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Where have I been?

JE82SONY DSCThis past year has been a tough one for me. I lost a brother, my elderly parents have been dealing with serious health issues, and I, like many of you, have been trying to learn how to deal with everything. My family is always first in my life so as a result, my business suffers.

The people I have met while making a go of this endeavor have been thoughtful, friendly and kind, so I know that you will all be patient with me as I get back into the swing of things, and am hopefully able to focus more on my craft.

There are many items to choose from in my gallery, and keeping prices reasonable for you or your loved ones to own something specially handmade is my ultimate goal. If you see something you really like, let me know and I will make it yours. Until I am able to set up a cart on my site I am always available for your orders, so email or call me and I will ensure your items reach you when you want them.

My mother, who has always been my mentor and my artistic inspiration, and the person who instilled in me my work ethic and my honesty, is my guarantee that I will always do the best I can for everyone. I will ensure that whatever I sell comes with “her” seal of approval, and “her” guarantee, that if you are not satisfied, you will be reimbursed for the cost of the items sold.

Look around, come back often, and be sure to check out my events near you.

All my best, Rebecca
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Make a statement with a gift from CVA

I, like you, prefer to give gifts from the heart. Whether from my heart or another artist who loves what they do, the passion one feels when creating each piece, passes from the creator, to the giver, and on to the recipient. The love and care involved in creating each piece is the energy that speaks to you as you see and touch it.

As I experiment with my artwork I am always looking for new ways to showcase my watercolors and jewelry designs. I’m pleased that I’ve been able to incorporate my watercolors into tiles and coasters, and I hope soon to add my favorite images to my jewelry collection. By giving my watercolors SONY DSCa new dimension, they can be enjoyed in many different ways…beyond the matt and frame.

Creativity gives me joy, joy that can be felt and passed onto others with the hope that each of you feels this same emotion with each purchase. When you take your piece home, or give it as a gift, you are taking with you a part of my life.

Please take some time to look around, come back often, and be sure to visit me at an event near you.




Joy of Spring

395Spring break, whale tales and beautiful creations.

What better place to be for spring break than at the beach during whale watch week. Hopefully the weather will be picture perfect, but if not, you can always spend quality time at the 45th Annual Yachats Arts and Crafts Fair March 21 and 22. I’ll be there, so why not join me.

I have new creations to show you, and as always my timeless grape cluster jewelry which has been a crowd favorite since my mom created the design. In addition I will have watercolor prints and framed and unframed tiles featuring my watercolors. New for 2015 are my watercolor print coasters. Not enough wall space? No problem, take a tile or some coasters home to create functional table or kitchen art for you and your visitors to enjoy.

I’ve been doing this show for several years and I’m always amazed at the quality of the arts, crafts, jewelry, food and children’s gifts. So don’t spend your spring break around the house. Come visit the coast and look for that elusive whale or that perfect treasure!

Arrivederci (“until we meet again”)


Wine Your Way to Savings

thanksgiving 2014 blog imageThanksgiving is a time for sharing the bounty of the harvest with those you love and those you share a meal with. I know when I celebrate the feast of the harvest with my family the bounty is appreciated by all.  Family, food and togetherness is what Thanksgiving is about. There are no worries this time of year, except to ensure the meal gets done on time and that your guests leave full and content. What a wonderful celebration!

To celebrate with you, I have teamed up with Debbie, the tasting room manager at Claar Cellars winery in Zillah for a Black Friday weekend bottle and artware discount. The more wine you buy, the deeper the discount on all I have to offer; art, women and children’s jewelry, tiles, coasters and more. On top of a 10% discount I will be offering, you will receive an additional 3% discount for every bottle of Claar wine you purchase over the weekend. The more bottles you buy, the more you can wine your way to savings. For example; buy 5 bottles of Claar wine and get 25% off a Columbia Valley Artware purchase. Buy a case of wine and get a 46% discount.  What a great way to shop and save for the holidays while enjoying great wine and Thanksgiving treats at the same time in one place. Why shop any other way!

So Come by and say hi, celebrate the bounty of the season with Debbie and I in the Claar Cellars‘ tasting room, and have a great time to boot. You won’t find a friendlier place to be over the holiday weekend!


Catch the Crush

October!  Catch the Crush, harvest festivals, Halloween, spooks, goblins and fall bounty. I love it.06 110810 autumn color of the day-UL

In keeping with the spirit of a long Indian summer and the bounties of fall, I am personally inviting all of you to the Yakima Valley this weekend for one of my personal wine country favorite events, “Catch the Crush”.

I will be on hand at Claar Cellars in Zillah, pouring wine with my sister and selling my signature grape cluster jewelry, watercolors and tiles. I will have other handmade jewelry for you to choose from if you’d rather drink your grapes than wear them! So please come by and celebrate the harvest with me and my family.

I will offer 10% off on all of my items for sale, and 20%, if you buy a bottle of wine!

So get in your car, saddle your horse, come by bike, or mosey on over to the tasting room for some of the best wine and company you will find in the valley and beyond. Why go all the way to Walla Walla or Prosser when you can be pampered and entertained right in little ole Zillah.

Take care everyone and be safe in your travels no matter how far you may be traveling.



Until We Meet

2013 was full of projects. Projects that took much of my time away from one of the things I enjoy most…creating art and jewelry.  How could I have let this SONY DSChappen? Easy, life gets in the way of fun. Am I right?  Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.

So you might say this is my debut for 2014, and with it I hope to re-energize my business and my passion.  My New Year’s resolution to you is to create new and interesting things, and to keep my prices at a level everyone can afford.


Oh, and I’ve found a new way to showcase my watercolor prints this year!  They are copies of my originals permanently decoupaged onto tiles and protected from the elements.  I’m excited to show them off, and to offer them for sale on my website, and at various events throughout the year.  As we speak I have several pieces sitting on the floor in my workshop (a.k.a. my living room).  From tiles you can hang, to coasters and trivets you can use for every day, I think you’ll find these new goodies enjoyable to look at and functional to use.

For those of you who may frequent the Yakima Valley and the many wineries and tasting rooms, I will be at several special events there this spring, summer and fall. The beginning of the season in wine country starts with Red Wine and Chocolate over President’s Day weekend, February 15-17.

This year I have decided to showcase my creations at Claar Cellars, and to be around on event weekends in person as time allows. That way I can visit with all of you about my art, while my sister and I introduce you to some great wines from Claar made in the tradition of old European wines.

I look forward to seeing you, and if you can’t come to Claar, don’t forget to check my events page for the dates and times of all of my upcoming events in Oregon and Washington. And just for visiting my site and reading my blog I am offering a 15% discount to anyone who mentions my website and current blog at any event you are able to visit.SONY DSC

Fino a quando ci incontriamo (until we meet)…Ciao,


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It’s Been Too Long!

To those who have followed my blog in the past, it’s good to have you back. It’s been too long since we last connected. For those new to my site, WELCOME . I hope you’ve all been well and enjoying the summer. I myself have been busy with family, work and life in general, while trying to find time to be creative.

Since you’ve been away you’ll see my penguin family has grown, with new prints and new SONY DSCcharacters. I love penguin babies and coming up with different ways to express them and theiractivities. I look forward to creating more scenes for the whole family to enjoy. See the rest here.SONY DSC

I’m also in the process of creating new necklace, earring and bracelet designs for all occasions to be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere. Stones, wood, ceramics, paper and colors alone and in combination to bring out there natural beauty. Look for new pictures and additional blogs to come.

My last show was over Memorial Day weekend; so it’s time to get those vendor applications in for the rest of summer and fall, where I can see old friends and meet new ones. Although it’s easier to stay somewhat close to home in Oregon, I will be looking for additional venues in Washington, so be sure to stay tuned for my upcoming schedule. Until then, take a look around my site and find your new treasure.

As always I appreciate your patronage and would love to hear your thoughts.  So, post comments, won’t you?


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Love Is in the Air

When have you ever known the color red to be so full of emotion and meaning during any other time of year?

February and Valentine’s Day has many meanings, some good, some historical, but it has always been known as the month of love.  Love is a wonderful thing, not just for couples, but for families, relatives and friends.  Everyone needs to know how special they are, and my way to make people feel it is to show them with something that comes right from my heart and my hands.


Every piece of jewelry I make and every watercolor or tile I paint tells that the person who receives it “is” special.  My mother always taught me that, when a gift comes from the hand of the maker, it holds not only the love of the person who has chosen it to give but also the love of the maker.

From the beginning, I have made it my work to produce unique items that I connect with on a personal level.  “From my hands to yours” is a motto I live and work with to help you know that my hands have created something exceptional for you or a loved one so precious in your heart.

Come and spend time with me at Windy Point Vineyards in the Yakima Valley over the Presidents’ Day weekend, Saturday – Monday, February 16 – 18 for the annual “Red Wind and Chocolate” (I will most likely be there from Friday, February 15; please call Windy Point Vineyards at 509-877-6824 to verify).  I will look forward to offering you the finest my hands have to give.

Or, look around my website and let me know if you see anything that touches your heart.  After all, art is an expression of oneself, and the love of art is that of your appreciation for the love and joy my hands have experienced.

Be well, my friends, and all the best for this month that reminds us of how special our loved ones are.


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Great Gifts and Stocking Stuffers

xmas tableThe stockings were hung by the chimney with care in hope that a gift from CVA would be there!

Have you ever just been too tired, too busy, too stressed out, or just not in the mood to go to the mall…especially around Christmas?  Well, If you feel any of these things, I invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy shopping from your very own sofa or table. Let me take the tension out of the season so you have time to spend doing equally as important activities such as cooking, being with family, soaking in a hot tub, or just reading or watching TV.  The unique gifts I handcraft are not sold in department stores.  They are one of a kind pieces made from metal, gemstones, crystals, silver, gold, paper and paint. (more…)

Family, Friends and Thanksgiving

Cool air, warm colors, family, friends and the best food all year…I love it. Time away from work, time with loved ones, cooking together and enjoying a holiday where the only stress is making dinner on time.  With the onset of colder weather, one thing I’ve made time for is working in my little studio designing new and eclectic creations. The eclectic part of me loves the look of old and new together. You will see this in many of my new offerings on my Jewelry page.

For those of you following my website, it’s been a year since it went live. Over the past year I’ve interacted with wonderful people, heard from visitors to my site, and learned many things from shoppers at events. With your suggestions, my work has matured.  I am excited to discover what comes my way in Year 2 on the web.


Warm Days, Crisp Nights

And fall fun!

Fall is a great time to create using the beautiful changing colors of the season. The greens and blues of summer are making way for gold, red, brown, orange and purple. With shorter days, I spend less time outside and more time working on new creations, yet to be revealed on my website.  While enhancing earthy gemstones, metal and wire in several fall articles, I continue to feature grape cluster designs in your favorite colors.

Fall is also the end of season for many fruits and vegetables, but for grapes, it’s the beginning of harvest and production on 2012 vintages, as I am pursuing my 2012 vintage collection with gemstones, crystals and natural brass, along with buttons, pearls and components reminiscent of a bygone era. (more…)

A Bittersweet Goodbye

What a great summer!  Hard to believe this weekend unofficially marks the end to it all.


Festival in the Sun

Come join me for Fremont Fest on Saturday, August 4th in NE Portland. There will be lots of fun for everyone.

It will be my first participation in this street festival.  It happens right in my neighborhood so I feel the need to get out and support the locals.  (more…)

Summer Smiles

Wow, can you believe it’s July already! ?

I don’t know how the weather’s been where you are, but in Portland where I live, it has been spotty at best.  A little sun, lots of rain, plenty of cool, cloudy days. At times, it’s hard to believe that summer is actually here specially when we are dying to feel it. (more…)

Celebration and Rememberance

May Day, Cinco de Mayo, Armed Forces Day and Mother’s Day…

What better way to spend a month in celebration of some wonderful people and cultures.

And, on Memorial Day, we remember those we have lost. (more…)

April Showers

bring…new beginnings…

Spring is finally in the air and the sun feels so warm and inspiring.

I am so anxious for the rain to go away and the summer to be here. I know those of you who live here in Portland know exactly what I mean.

My summer creations have started, and they are filled with my excitement of the season.  I will have them posted soon (4/17/12 they have been posted at the top of the gallery! Go to Jewlery.)

With spring comes spring barrel tasting in the beautiful Yakima Valley. (more…)

March Madness

Spring is in the air and March Madness is upon us! No, I don’t mean basketball, I mean our anticipation and excitement about what’s around the corner. Yes, that’s right, summer, sun and fun. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait.

Speaking of spring, be sure to check out my new arrivals coming with the new season. (more…)

Why buy from me

or anyone else who is small?

You are a discerning customer who wants maximum quality out of the dollars you spend. (more…)

Promised and Delivered

Ok, today is the day I deliver on my promise!  I promised to get creative and motivated, and to post new artwork and jewelry; so here they are!    Please take a moment to see what I have prepared for you and if they please you as much as they do me.  (See larger images on Jewelry  and Watercolor pages!)  

Art in all forms is such a subjective thing.  Sometimes a piece just hits us where our heart is and we can’t live without it, sometimes we may like it, but not love it, and sometimes it stirs nothing, or possibly even displeasure. (more…)

Year 2012

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope the start of this new year, the year of the dragon, is full of promise, excitement, and strength of purpose to help you take full advantage of the wonderful things ahead. I myself am hoping this year will bring me more visitors like you, people with an appreciation of art and jewelry…especially mine ;0). (more…)

Holiday Cheer

Wow, can you believe it, Christmas is so close I can taste my favorite holiday foods, smell the aroma of pies and pastries, cinnamon and evergreen, and feel the warmth of being together with family…”insieme con la famiglia”.

When I began writing these blogs, I wanted to ensure they came from my heart, and that people could relate to me in a personal sense.  Although it is sometimes difficult to make that connection without talking to each of you in person, it has become easier for me to feel it the more I write to you.  As always, I invite you to be a part of what makes me happy as I create new things along the way.

You will find a watercolor print list now on the Watercolor page. I hope it will help you identify each watercolor in the slideshow when you want to ask me about them or any particular one.  I will add some wolf prints to the page, as well as some more necklaces and earrings for my Jewelry collection.  So, stay tuned as they will be uploaded within the next few days.

If you are in the Portland area this weekend or next weekend, please come by the “Crafty Underdog” at McMenamins Mission Theatre at 1624 NW Glisan, Portland.  (more…)

Still Counting My Blessings

So, another Thanksgiving holiday has come and gone; once again, I am overwhelmed by how fortunate I am.  This holiday more than any other reminds me that I should always be grateful for everything.  I hope all of you had a wonderful time with your family and friends, and that you were able to enjoy some time off.  

As I promised in the previous blog , many more earrings, along with a few new necklaces, have been added to Jewelry.  Also price ranges are now posted on each category page, to give you an idea of what to expect.  It has always been my desire to make my work accessible to as many people as possible through reasonable pricing.


Thanksgiving Thoughts

Another holiday season is approaching and I am thankful for all the visitors to this site.

In addition to some great new earrings and necklaces to be added to my Jewelry page in a day or two, a promo video featuring my art and jewelry is in the works.  I can’t wait to share all of them with all of you!

I also will try to get some time in the very near future to do some more watercolors.  I love to paint.  It is one of the greatest joys in my life.  That’s why I’m so tickled and happy when other people like what I have painted.  It brings me not only a sense of pride but also a feeling of fulfillment that keeps me plodding along.  I do so appreciate all words of encouragement; and I welcome “constructive” criticism to help me grow and mature as an artist. (more…)

A New Beginning – Prelude –

Hello everyone, and welcome!

The website you have entered has been quite a process.  If it were not for my good friend, Kayoko, I would not be talking to you right now, or sharing with you my passion for art and jewelry.  I am very excited to show you my work and hopeful that it will touch a cord in you, that will make you want to share it with me. (more…)