Recently, I have really let my passion for J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth inspire my jewelry designs. It goes beyond my love of Peter Jackson's recent movies and is not just limited to the epic fantasy of The Lord of the Rings. Not unlike the Dwarves of Khazad-dum, I have delved greedily into Professor Tolkien's other treasure, The Silmarillion, and his extensive background material regarding the history of Middle-earth. There is so much to discover and ponder. I can easily lose myself in that world for hours, if not days, at a time. Middle-earth has been a big influence on my life and my art in the last few years. The people I have met, and the events I have attended, and the creative endeavours I have been part of, all thanks to this Middle-earth. I just love it! So it is with barely restrained glee that I will be posting a very special announcement next week. It will be regarding a project a long time in the making, and I'm absolutely thrilled with it.