Original Artwork by Rebecca Hillwig


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.



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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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.