Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thank Heavens

When I lived in Los Angeles, I was blessed to know a wonderful woman named Joanna, whose husband Billy recorded, co-produced and poured his soul into 'Vox', my first full-length album.
They were incredibly generous with both their time and their hearts.

Joanna took me out one day for shopping excursion through some really amazing little shops in both Glendale and Silverlake, and one shop stood out in particular:
a rock shop with crystals and minerals and I remember finding a piece of stone called


I recall holding it and feeling something ease inside of my soul.

That day was dear to me for so many reasons, one of which being the seed it planted for lapidary.

Fast forward to working with silver and finding stones on the internet, learning their purposes and their origins.

I have spent countless hours researching colors and patterns and the hows and vague whys of their creation, ever expanding my adoration for what lies far beneath our feet.

When I visited Ed of Stones in Motion for the first time a few years back, I knew I wanted to work with stones. It felt so right to grind them down and create a cabochon where there was previously a slice of rough earth.

Does it make sense to say that lapidary makes me think of God, makes me feel closer to the One who created us all, He/She of infinite power?

It is nurturing to my soul.

Five weeks back I had to stop going to the lapidary studio on Wednesdays for reasons I don't feel at liberty to discuss, save that my heart broke a little and
being a woman felt like a liability.

I began putting money into a fund to someday buy myself a lapidary arbor, figuring that it would take until about April, but I was willing to make it work, and in the meantime, I had a few stones I had worked to put into my designs and that had to be enough.
For now.

Well, that husband of mine went and toppled my plans by getting me a CabKing lapidary arbor, a tool that will allow me to make cabochons from start to finish here at home any day of the week, and week of the year
surrounded by solitude, cats and three palm trees
listening to Nina Simone and Queen in my old Uggs
sipping something warm from a cup nearby.

Somehow a journey that I began with a new discovery years ago has led me here to this gorgeous place and I am overwhelmed with gratitude and

This is life at its finest!!



kerin rose said...


Katherine said...

I just love Anthony. I really do. I can't wait to see the beauty you create.

WillowMetals said...

That is so awesome Allison! Yay!!! I am so excited for you and look forward to seeing all of the magic that you will be putting out there♥ (((Hugs)))

Kathleen said...

He certainly is a keeper!
Cannot wait to see your creations

Sybil Ann said...


Mari Huertas said...

Oh, my darling friend! I'm so happy for you and can't wait to see what you create.

(And has it really been 5 weeks since I was there? Goodness!)

DalaHorse said...

Awesome gift got one hell of a partner there! Can't wait to see all the beauties you cab with it!

Char said...

Wonderful! Everything does happen for a reason even thought it may hurt a bit at the time.

I'm so excited for you, you have a wonderful man!

Anonymous said...

I am really sorry the lapidary studio didn't work out, but dude. What an awesome husband you have.

Sunny Rising Leather said...

Ladies, Anthony CONSISTENTLY blows everything I ever thought about romantic love out of the water.

A lifetime of this wonder, I pray for it everyday.


susie said...

The best sort of surprise, a gift that keeps on giving and growing. We're still trying to find classes for Tom in our area, and in the mean time I'm picking up slabs that catch my eye. To work with stone is to be connected to the earth, such a joy.

I am so happy for you to have this opportunity to create unhindered in your own space and time (so sorry about your Wednesday nights). Such a blessing to have a husband who is everything and more than you ever thought a husband should be. Have fun with your new tools, can't wait to see what gets discovered.

LumiDesigns said...

I'm SO happy for you! I know how you feel. I started cutting and polishing stones little more than a year ago. And when I got my own lapidary equipment - it was hard to put this feeling in the words. And YES, this way you are closer to the God.

Anonymous said...

hip bump! high five! smooch on both cheeks! and bear hug!

So happy for you!

dailycoyote said...

what a guy!!

resolute twig said...

that is so lovely.
What a wonderful man you have there! :)

Stacey said...





Sunny Rising Leather said...

Stacey: remember what I was telling you about?
It got worse.
Come on over to my house and we'll cab like the wind, chica!!!!!!

Hope we can hang out after the New Year!!

Anne Elizabeth Carmack said...

wooooohoooooooooooo! SUCH GOOD NEWS!

Nancy*McKay said...

...this one's for Schmilly...XOXO!!!

mywifesstudio said...

What a wonderful gift!

UmberDove said...


ooooooohhhh... that man, he, HE is a slice of golden earth.

And my pressing question is this: will I get to see it? IN LIKE, OH, FIVE DAYS?