New Chan Luu Style Leather Wrap Bracelets!

I’ve just listed a few of the many leather wrap bracelets I’ve been making the past few weeks. They go fast at the local art market here so if you’re interested – check out my Etsy shop to pick out one for yourself.

Here’s a few to wet your interest:

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Silver City Art Market

For anyone visiting or living in the Silver City, NM area, check out the art market on Saturdays from 8:30 till 2. I’m sorry I didn’t think about getting pictures of more than just my booth. There’s lots to see from pottery, jewelry, wood cuts, Mata Ortiz pottery and more!
Check out my good looking new banner made by Sean of Everywhere Signs. He’ll give you a great deal on banners and more – email him at

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On the Road Again!

Sam and I are hitting the road again. We’ll be touring through TX, LA, following the Natchez Trace, OH, and then on to WI and MN. If any followers of this blog would be interested in seeing my full collection, email me. I would be more than happy to show you everything. We’ll be spending quite a bit of time in Louisiana and in Minnesota.

You’ll find my email address on the contact info on the menu above. Anyone contacting me through this blog – either in a comment or an email will receive 20% off your purchases in either of my shops!

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Splitting up the Shop

For the last few weeks I have been in the process of splitting up my Burro Mountain Arts Etsy shop. I came to the decision that my gar scale and wetland themed jewelry just didn’t fit with the other jewelry I was making and needed a shop of it’s own. I will continue to use this blog site for both shops and the same with my Burro Mountain Facebook page. I definitely don’t need double work all the way around!

Take a look at the new shop: . I have quite a few gar scale items on sale at 40 to 50% off!

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Big Weekend Sale

This weekend only – 20% off all items in my Etsy shop! This includes sale items! Use coupon code BMA101 at checkout. Sale ends at midnight eastern time on Sunday, Dec. 19th.

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Christmas Special

I am offering a discount to readers of my blog and past customers. Look for my email address on this blog and email me to receive a special coupon code to receive 15% off your next order from . This will be good until Christmas!

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Autumn Butterflies

Autumn in New Mexico is a colorful place to be! Besides the beautiful colors in the foliage, there are tons and tons of colorful butterflies – more than I have ever seen before in one place!


On a local hike to look for migrant birds yesterday, I was surprised in finding out that New Mexico is a grand place for butterfly watching. I was told that the cool but not cold nights and the few number of flowering plants had concentrated the butterflies into amazing quantities.

We saw everything from Monarchs who must have been on their way to Mexico….. 

 to varieties I had never before seen or heard of…



Even the grasshoppers here are painted with beautiful colors!

At times there were so many, you couldn’t count them all. It was amazing!

Despite being outside to enjoy the beautiful weather as much as I can, I have been busy adding new pieces of jewelry to my Etsy shop. I will be adding a lot of new pieces in the weeks coming before the holidays. Below are a few of the new earrings I have added in the last week. Please check out my shop frequently!



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The Latest

Fall is here in Gila River country! We haven’t gotten much color yet but within a week it should be here in full gala. So far, everything is turning browner with the cooler nights. New wildflowers continue to bloom and the old ones are dying out. Birds are migrating and feasting on the plentiful seeds from grasses and flowers.

With the beautiful fall weather we’ve been having, things have been on the hectic side. A few groups of out of town visitors have come and gone. I did a backpacking trip into Geronimo country. I also set up a booth at a local festival to sell my jewelry and plan to do another in December. I am working on new pieces to add to my Etsy shop and will have them posted in the next few weeks.

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The Winner Is…

Jeremiah drew a name out of a hat and the winner is…..

Captain John Swallow! Congratulations Captain! If you’ll email me your address, I’ll get your necklace and earrings off in the mail to you shortly. My email address is on the contact page above.

Thanks to all who took the time to answers all the questions on both Bayou Woman’s blog and here.

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Summer Wildflowers and Wildlife

The wildflowers have been incredible in the Gila National Forest this summer. We have had much more rain than normal and the hills are as green as Ireland. We have heard from locals that this is not a normal summer as far as rain amounts go. The grass and flowers on our hill is waist-high in many places. I never expected this much growth!

I’ve been trying to document every wildflower I find. Here are a few of my favorites:

Even the bugs here are beautiful!

Besides being unusual, normal type bugs are in unusual places! Do you think this one was trying to catch a hummingbird?
We’ve been welcomed outside our front door daily by this checkerboard lizard.

These black-tailed jackrabbits are practically tame. They seem to love the apples I’ve thrown out for wildlife to eat.

I didn’t know what to expect as far as snakes went in this part of the country. I thought that we would be overrun with rattlesnakes. That hasn’t been the case. I did see one rattlesnake but it was in lower country about 20 miles from here. I have seen one rather large garter snake. It was at least 3 feet long.

Oh, and one last thing – the hummingbirds we have at our 3 feeders is nothing short of extraordinary!

Summer is close to being over. The nights are getting longer and they are getting cooler. I’m really looking forward to seeing what fall has to offer!

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