About

Athena's Gift Shop  featuring Bobbie Erickson and other select artisans'  sterling silver precious and semi-precious jewelry.  We offer hand crafted cabs, slabs, rough and crystals from Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Arkansas and worldwide specimens and collectibles.

We proudly present many  Mia Benson of https:spiritbearrocks.etsy.com has entrusted us share and sell to the discerning lapidariest and specimen buyer from her personal collection including pottery chards from the recent estate sale of .....

Most recently we have introduced beads, finished jewelry and display, and rough specimens of the very rare Mystic Sage Tourquoise Variscite composite from the Lazy Old Men Mining Company in Nevada.  Mike Britton will happily authentic and answer any questions you may have beyond our expertise by emailing tohim at LazyOldMenMiningCo@gmail.com. Little known and truly unique in the world of turquoise, you'll be sure to please any collector or discerning jewelry makier seeking unique stones to create their next designer piece.

Our Brazilian agate slabs include small cab pieces as well as old stock (40 to 60 year collectibles) that are museum and collector quality not seen in recent year diggings.

As we focus on the jewelry made of semi-precious, precious and sterling silver you will also find pieces made of uncommon pieces such as Nevada Lapis (thulite that is light pink, beige and occassional green) and Purple Sage Agate with deep shades of purple and dendrites creating amazing picture scenes.

Hailing from Arkansas we've included world class crystals and minerals some that have been wrapped or created in one of a kind pieces such as the wavelite specimens showcasing the limegreen spinels that do flourese.

This 'N That features lighthouses, vintage sewing books and patterns. For those hand embroiderer's we have hard to find and no longer published Brazilian Dimensional embroidery patterns, tools and supplies.  You'll find new and used craft and cook books with gift giving guides for most occasions.

Visit often as our grow the the lapidary and jewelry sections and sell out of onsie This N That items.

We offer our  satisfaction guranteed to provide your product as described to the best of our ability as photographed and carefully packaged for safe arrival asking  that you contact us with any issues should they occur within three days of receipt of your order. Refunds cannot be offered for buyer remorse though we are willing to individually work with you regarding any returns or exchanges that must be PREAPPROVED with a return authorization and buyer paid return shipping.

We work to create a long term relationship with you and hope that you will share our site with your friends, family and coworkers interested in our specialty gifts with an earthly connection!                                                                     copyrighted 3/23/19 BErickson

Bobbie Erickson   Hello and WELCOME!

Once a sales clerk at Northern Caribou Wards (then a Hudson Bay Company) in Anchorage, I also worked as Regional Store Secretary for Rhodes, Personal Shopper then District Buyer Secretary at Liberty House in Sacramento, California. These  experiences enhanced with five star event and catering sales and  administrative management assistant for the Grand Hotel Casino Resort of Reno, Nevada have provided a unique background of customer service.  I owned and operated a custom wholesale embroidery shop serving 27 area high schools and most of the hotel casino properties with time sensitive and celebrity status demands.

My son's father and I had owned a scrap and precious metal recycling business for an exciting stint into heavy equipment operations and silver and gold reclammation from computers where i became an assayist (both fire and cyanide). Bidding contracts for military, government and private auctions was a lot more difficult than Ebay!  

Married to Darwin K. Ericksonn for over 35 years, we've partnered in a small placer gold claim in Northern California then moved to Arkansas closer to family. 

 

Suffice it to say I have dabbled in many arts and crafts since first matching bobbins to Gramma's many spools of thread.

I'd sit and smashed  rocks just to see the sparklies inside and was fascinated by the quartz matrix linesas they would fracture along them.

Observing nature in Northern California and Alaska imprinted the patterns of color, shape, texture and design, unteachable instinctive elements used served that I was drawn to and while sewing, crafting, hand and machine embroidering as a comm

I smashed quartz rocks just to see the sparklies inside and was fascinated by the matrix lines of the skipping stones that would break along them.

It seemed natural to wrap wire around rocks, then reshape the rocks, and of course look for rocks, gold bearing rocks and crystals too!

My husband Darwin and I did a little placer panning, joined the Reno Gem and Mineral Society and the rest is history as they say.  RGMS has a clubhouse with wonderful instructors and equipment to learn new skills.   We actively volunteered, enjoyed the fellowship, went on field trips and served in positions on the board whilemaking lifelong friendships!

We've enjoyed the warmth and fellowship and were adopted by Mia Benson ofhttps://www.SpiritBearRocks.com 

who introduced us to glamping and created a new chapter in our lives.

We'd commmunicated via email before and and attended our first Northwest Arkansas Gem and Mineral Society meeting over two years ago.  We're on the Board now and happy to have found a warm and friendly fellowship of rockhounders and skilled artisans as well!

 

 

Travelling the midwest with Mia Benson of SpiritBearRocks.com has been a true Darwin continues his lapidary arts slabbing from rough and cabbing as well as working on the bench.  

Neral Society where I am currently a Vice President on the Board and Darwin continues orta Board Member.

 forward expressing my creativeness and building expertise in design elall expressing mlove creating, teaching and sharing my passion for Color , Texture and Design. As a personal shopper for a major many years and embroidery shop owner, it seems only natural to combine my nuggets of wisdom with gems of insight held together with a thread and prayer.

First  published in Impressions Magazine, 1981, I foretold the popularity of applique in ready-to-wear and sold craft projects to Leisure Arts.  I  taught sewing and machine embroidery for 4-H, Bernina dealerships, and as an elective credit course for the University of Nevada Reno. 

Color surrounds me with rows of neatly arranged threads like wall art on their pegs.  I watch with awe as molten copper and silver metals cool to a rainbow of subtle shades. Shape, texture and design are everywhere to behold if you see what you look at!

I am happily married to my soul mate, Darwin.  Our children are grown and  blessed us with eight grandchildren. We're enjoying our Senior  semi-retired status as I still work. 

You'll find me under the pseudonym "Becky" the Chat Lady at www.https://EmbroideryDesigns.com where I provide customer service. Darwin stitches, does lapidary and makes awesome grilled steaks keeping the home fires going.

I look forward to your comments & suggestions in our Blog!

Feel free to Contact me weekday afternoons Central Standard Time up to 8:00 PM  or leave a slowly spoken clear message with your Name, Number and a brief description regarding the nature of your call at (479) 319-6845.

Feel free to email Info@AthenasGiftShop.com
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Live, Love and Laugh ~ Bobbie