You may or may not know by now...
But I have a little bit of a rock obsession.
I asked a contractor working at our house the other day if his daughter liked rocks.
He said, no she likes pop more.
I said, no, not rock as in rock and roll.
I mean, rocks, as in rocks.
He looked at me like I was loony.
If he had said yes, I would have sent him home with one of these.
My favorite classes at university were geo-sciences classes.
Can you believe it?
I couldn't, but they were.
I aced them and loved them.
I studied river beds and memorized all sorts of rock information.
I do love jewelry as well.
I have been making jewelry since 1992, but only started offering it online here last year.
I don't know what it is, but I am just obsessed with stones of all kinds.
You should see me at the gem show.
I used to bring a rolling suitcase to fill with loot.
Body weight worth of turquoise and crystals and metals too.
Nowadays I stuff my glass cabinet with rock treasures.
And some of our favorite and beloved old pieces of turquoise jewelry as well.
Once I became friends with a real estate client.
(yes, I was in real estate in my former life and am still affiliated, I know shocker, haha)
Anyhow, this client started visiting me at my city house all the time.
We would laugh and chat.
One day I went to change, and I guess she went through the drawers in this sculpture I have that has lots of little drawers for a body.
Because, at dinner she starts telling people...
"no van a creer lo que tenia Vanessa en sus cajones!!"
"You will never guess what Vanessa had in her drawers!!"
Then she exclaims...
That always makes me burst out laughing.
She was hilarious.
She said, some people have socks and underwear in their drawers.
But Vanessa has rocks in hers.
Truth be told.
They weren't just any rocks.
They were crystals I had gotten at a rock and gem seminar at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum.
And still, today...
I am in the rocks.
Obsession duly continuing.
I just love them.
I have others, although these shelves are full.
I think I need a bigger cabinet.
Since I am coming clean on my rock fixation.
I'll tell you another big secret.
You know Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs?
I always was obsessed with being one of the seven dwarfs and going to work in a mine.
Hi ho, hi ho, it's off to work I go...
With my little pick and all, oh I did dream of it so.
Whenever we went to Disneyland as kids, I would get overflowingly excited seeing the big trunks of loot in the Pirate's of the Caribbean ride.
That was my kid dream.
Being a miner with a giant trunk of treasure like those pirates had.
One thing I LOVE to date, is cracking open geodes.
Of course, the difficult part of this post is...
Photos can not capture the sparkle of any crystals.
And the golden jewelers light casts an orange tone in photos as well.
But the sparkle of these is incredible in person.
The yellow below is sulfur.
It's very sparkly in person and sort of chalky too.
Have you ever cracked open a geode?
It's sooooo exciting!
You just pop it into a sock and whack it a couple times with a hammer.
Sometimes you don't get a major cavern, but beautiful all the same.
So, guess what????
I have an extra geode that I have decided to gift away.
Who knows what is inside.
But it could be uber sparkly.
Isn't that fun??!
I'll let you crack it open and find out.
Then you have to let me know :-)
Hopefully you think it's fun too.
So I have one unopened geode to send to one of you.
Just leave a hello in comments to enter.
Ooooo, cracking geodes is sooooo fun!
Maybe it could be your lucky geode?
And the winner is....
Oh please email me your snail mail address, yay, hooray for geode fun!
Rock love abound!!