Wednesday, November 30, 2005

splurge!


I just splurged on some really stellar vintage and rare Swarovski crystals -- they'll be perfect for my Luxury line that will appear next year. I can't wait to get them! I can't believe how much some of them cost, but when you consider that they aren't made any more, and the colors are unique, it's worth every penny!

Monday, November 28, 2005

back from the show!

What a show! The new convention center is amazing and it really brought out the crowds. Friday, some people had to wait 30 minutes in line to get in. I had never seen lines like that for a craft show! Saw a lot of customers from the spring show and met up with a lot of the vendors, who are like an extended family.

It was great to spend the weekend with family and true friends. Ryan and Colin were in town and we had rented a house at Fort Story again and it was terrific -- much more peaceful and fun than the last time we went. Friday night we had our Thanksgiving dinner, and even though we had a full kitchen, we were limited to pots and pans and utensils, so we got a lot of comic relief trying to get the country ham split apart and in the oven -- Rick and the boys all tried to man-handle it and rip it apart like cave men.

Saturday we had dinner with our friend Diane and tried to convince Zack to try new food (no go on that one). Then Sunday, after the show ended, I took Zack to see the Boardwalk Christmas lights. That was a real treat. I got him a strobe Santa light stick thing as we waited in the line of cars -- one of those cheap toys that will break if you look at it but is a must, anyway. Then we drove up and ordered Christmas cookies, and at the ticket booth, they were waiting for us (very cool). Then we drove down the boardwalk looking at the most amazing light display. Zack just loved it -- it was his first experience with anything like that.

The web site is in need of updating as most of it has sold now, so will be working on that all week, and making new things, after I get all the custom work done. November is always an exhausting month.

Books -- I am in the middle of Anansi Boys which I was prepared not to like but have been pleasantly surprised. A different sort of book but I like the humor of Fat Charlie.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!


We're off to the show tomorrow! Have a wonderful holiday this weekend! I know I am blessed in many ways and am thankful for so many things. This year I'm thankful for my miracle child, thankful for knowing who my friends are, thankful for my wonderful customers, thankful for the peace and happiness in my home. I wish you all the same!

Monday, November 21, 2005

Memoirs of a Geisha


AT LAST! I knew this movie was in production (for forever, it seems) but now it's official, it's opening in December! The book was wonderful... going to have to reread it (my pile of books to read keeps getting higher and higher....)

Had intended to start a different book the other night but instead picked up SKIVVY NINE!, which is a book about the unit I used to be in when I was in the military. My husband is a retired Chief Master Sergeant and he's not at all enamored with the book (feels that CMSgts should not be writing books like this for many reasons) but I am enjoying it because it's reminding me of places I loved. Being in Korea was one of the most interesting things I've ever done. The book was written about events way before MY time in Osan, but I recognize the places and things like chem warfare exercises and IG inspections.

Countdown to Virginia Beach is fast approaching -- I've made a lot of things but I never feel like I have enough, ever!

Saturday, November 19, 2005

finished the book, on to another


I finished Girl With Pearl Earring -- good book! Spent some time online looking up Vermeer and trying to plan a trip with Zack to DC to a museum, but that will probably not happen until Mom comes to visit in December. I'm going to take a total departure and read Prep. Ordered Wicked and Son of a Witch from Amazon, can't wait for them to arrive.

Spent the majority of the day making jewelry for the next show -- used some stellar carnelian for a necklace and some beautiful smoky quartz and really large cultured pearls, that I was particularly happy with. With any luck I can photograph some tomorrow, at least for posterity -- I still have a lot to make before the show and very little time to do it in.

Also got a box of yarn today in the mail -- haven't had time to open it, but plan to do some knitting in the down time after the show hours over Thanksgiving weekend. Almost all the scarves I made sold last weekend (which surprised me for some reason) and knitting is what I do to calm my mind. I still have to sew together two sweaters I made last year, but THAT part of knitting does NOT calm me!

Anyone out there want to sew it for me? There's free jewelry in it for you.....

Thought for the day....

Thursday, November 17, 2005

A Wedding in December


Just finished Anita Shreve's A Wedding in December -- very good, and one that made me think. It's more or less about the "one that got away", and meeting up with that first love again after an entire life has been lived. I often think about people from my past, but there's really only one that I wonder about.

I love my husband Rick with all my heart, and I can't even believe the things we had to go through to finally meet up again 10 years after our first introduction -- it's a wonderful story that never fails to make me smile. But there is always that one person, met when your life wasn't fully "formed", as it were -- someone who always holds meaning in your heart. Luis and I used to joke that when were were in our sixties and old and gray, if we weren't with anyone, we'd get back together. I hear from him every six months or so, a quick, friendly, "how are you" with photos of kids and spouses and updates about jobs and health. This book made me think about our first meeting years and years ago, and because I'm so happy in my marriage, the memories are happy rather than poignant and sad, as they long ago used to be.

So what to read next? I think it's Girl With Pearl Earring, and then I have to get Wicked to reread before starting Son of a Witch -- got SOAW at the library but realized I really wanted to read Wicked again, too.

Back to work -- another big show coming on Thanksgiving weekend, and I sold almost all of my inventory this past weekend, so I need to get cracking!

Monday, November 14, 2005

Back from the show!


Had a SUPER show this weekend in Northern Virginia -- did even better than last year and really enjoyed seeing customers from last NOVA and Occoquan. Thank goodness Lesley was with me -- I lost my voice on Saturday from laryngitis and it's still not back. I am pretty sure it's from allergies (come ON, cold weather!) but it could also be from just burning the candle at both ends.

My inventory is now woefully depleted so I've got to somehow finish a bulk buy for crystal, make enough jewelry for Thankgiving weekend (supposed to have the same level of crowds, so yikes), and get all the customizations from this weekend done. So as strange as it may sound, will NOT work tonight but get to bed early, to get healthy and start burning that candle again.

Started reading a new book last night, Anita Shreve's A Wedding in December. Haven't gotten that far but already can tell it's going to be hard to put down.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

added a new store today


Had a lovely visit with Trade Whims, a new store in Easton. I went in the other day with Zack and could have spent FAR more time browsing their wonderful fabrics and yarns. They purchased a number of semi-precious gemstone pieces, which I think goes well with the theme of their store. I ended up buying some yarn, too, and talked to their fiber artisan -- her knit work is luscious! I need to learn how to do invisible cast-on for a scarf I want to do, and she's going to help me with that. I stink at learning things from a book -- I have to watch someone do it and then I can get it.

Getting ready to pack up to leave tomorrow for the Northern Virginia Christmas Market -- I'm bummed, my friend Melissa is really sick and can't come up as she had planned. Poor girl, she has to have her tonsils out.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Tired


Long day. Took Zack to the doctor this morning because he said "ear hurt", which is the first time he's been able to actually tell me when something doesn't feel good. He's a very healthy child, has only been sick a couple of times, fortunately. He has the start of an ear infection (ouch) and a sore throat, which I now have. Feel fine other than that. Had a skin cancer screening today, and thankfully got a clean bill of health -- been worrying about that for a while.

Got a huge shipment of crystal in today and got it sorted out and am now waiting for my new printer to arrive tomorrow so I can print postage to the 30-odd people who bought it. What a time for my printer sensors to die!

Still have a million and one things to do before Thursday, when we leave for the show. I have an appointment on Wednesday with a new store that wants to carry my jewelry, and I sold a ton to one of my best customers, so I'm trying to squeeze in more beading time but I'm not sure how much more sleep I can lose before I start to see things! It's all a rush, though, because it's so much fun to do these shows and talk to people and really see their reactions to things. Plus, I get two helpers this time, two friends who are fellow beaders who are selflessly giving up their time.

Got a load of books in the mail today, too, but haven't had a chance to unpack them -- already forgot what I ordered so it'll be like Christmas! Love books. So glad that Rick and Zack love them, too.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Good weekend, lots done


Had a great weekend -- got lots done on the jewelry front. Made the bracelet to the left to take to the show this weekend. LOVE making those type of bracelets but they take a lot of time.

Zack and I totally rebuilt his train table layout tonight, and that sparked Rick to start looking at MORE things for the train table. I'm afraid to guess how much we've spent on Thomas and Brio stuff, but it's got to be a thousand at least. With each train costing almost 20.00, it adds up fast, but Zack loves them, takes them to BED with him, even, and Rick and I rationalize that "they're collectibles". Haha! It's as much fun for us when we find a train he doesn't already have as it is for Zack, and I've started looking or the "retired" ones now.

I should SO be in bed right now but I'm wired.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Speaking My Mind


Worked late into the night last night so I couldn't seem to get wound down enough to get to sleep that fast, so my mind was working a mile a minute.

Have you ever met someone who you thought was a wonderful person, and then the more you got to know them, the more things started to tap you on the shoulder and whisper in your ear, "You know, something's not right"?

I trust my husband's intuition but I should REALLY just accept it as a given -- if he meets someone, right away he can just TELL if they're a good person or a not-so-wonderful person. It's just a weird sense that he has and so far, he's never, ever been wrong.

I, on the other hand, can't seem to learn, and want to believe that everyone is inherently good at heart and that they're just "misunderstood".

I think I've learned now!

There are some people that just can't be saved from the emotional wasteland that is their heart. Some people are just users, complete fakes, who will be nice to your face and then ridicule you behind your back.

Ever want to know how a person's heart really is? See how they treat strangers. Someone who walks by an overweight person and hisses, "STOP EATING" has some serious issues. I'm no skinny-mini, not anymore, so what in the world did that person think about ME? Found that out when the relationship was severed (thankfully!) and she called me a cow -- what, is she still in high school, making taunts like that? Sad.

Yep, you can tell a lot about a person by how they act when they think no one's looking. It's easy to be nice when you're on top of the world, but when things start getting difficult, that's the real test of your personality. People who are humble and don't have to put others down to feel good about themselves are the true friends. People who don't feel the need to brag and embellish are the ones with the generous spirits.

And that saying that even pretty people look ugly when their personality is nasty? SO true.

I'm hoping that as Zack grows up and starts making friends and interacting with all types of people, he'll be trusting in nature, but smart, and will know to listen to his mind AND his heart. All I want for him is happiness, and with true friends and loving family in his life, I hope he'll be able to weather the bumps in the road that come along, even if they come in the form of "friends".

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

books


I eagerly awaited the 12th book in the Series of Unfortunate Events (only one more book to be written!) and finished it last night. "The Penultimate Peril" -- I like the books -- there are some subtle plays on words in it, like twins named Isadora and Duncan and a villian named Esme Squalor. Things that kids may totally miss but most adults will grin over.

I went to the library today and picked up Candace Bushnell's Lipstick Jungle for a chick-lit break, and Girl With Pearl Earring for afters.

I also had to share this WONDERFUL pendant I just got from the most amazing glass artist, Sandra Miller. Click her name and check out her sold pendants, or check her site at www.sandramiller.com. The cool thing about her pieces (other than their beauty) is how she uses a photograph for inspiration for color and design.

Here's MINE!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Two are Better Than One

My friend shared this with me tonight and I think it says a lot for friendship:

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Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, 12

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work:

If one falls down, his friend can help him up.

But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.

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Says a lot to me -- and it's comforting, isn't it?

Halloween photos


This was the first year that Zack was excited about Halloween! Last year, we had his costume on for about two minutes before he was DONE. So this year, we did without the costume and just did the orange sweatpants/pumpkin face t-shirt and we did much better!

The night started with Mommy giving Zack his first candy, Smarties and a lollypop. He's never seen Smarties before so held onto those for a while.

We then met up with my friend Shannon and her two kids, Lexi and Jake. Zack immediately took off down the sidewalk with them, going up to doors and saying his version of "trick or treat" and "thank you". Our neighborhood gets a LOT of kids, so many of the parents were sitting on the steps handing out candy and watching the parade of goblins.
















There were a few houses that really went all out. The one photo shows Shannon helping Zack pick a piece of candy out of a bowl. Not sure if you can tell, but there's a body in that bin holding the bowl... he has his head down in the photo, but when people went for the candy, he jumped! Didn't scare Zack but it terrified a few kids! Unfortunately, my photo of his sisters didn't show up well -- they had a table next to his bin, and one girl had her head coming up through the table cloth, like it was a head-on-a-platter. They really worked hard on their display!

We came home and Zack immediately asked for chocolate. He got a little bite of some and then was fine with putting it away. Of course, this morning, the first thing he asks for is "candy", but I managed to direct him to something else!