My heart skipped a beat ... you mean a "person" made this! I followed the link to this etsy site and noticed that Carrie spent at least part of her time in Tampa Bay!
Her etsy site mentioned her blog, which was my next stop.
I loved Carrie's writing, which gave a good sense of who she is and what she was experiencing ... just the kind of person you'd love to meet and would feel comfortable around. I emailed Carrie and told her I had read her blog and was setting up a studio in St. Pete. When she wrote back, I was thrilled. We made plans to meet. She came to the studio/shop a couple of days ago wearing that gorgeous piece that led me to her in the first place ... and her zebra ballet slippers!
She explained a little bit about the piece. In my husband's hands he started playing pachinko with the three little stars that move. The piece is made of 6 sheets of sterling silver, a stock certificate, and cast resin. I felt somewhat embarrassed to introduce her to torch firing, but she loved it! I know in her hands she'll make something truly marvelous.
We had a wonderful morning of gab and a great lunch of Thai food at the Queen and I, just a few doors down from the shop. I've noticed a pattern with the Queen and I ... by about 11 a.m. the whole area is permeated with the smell of garlic! It's wonderful!
We're going to have another play date with Carrie, her mother, and her sisters before she leaves for Peru on March 22 for 6 weeks. She'll be spending the time at an artists' retreat.
Please visit Carrie's etsy shop and her blog. It's quite a treat. :-) Barbara