Wednesday, May 31, 2006

My new accountant

Zack is a stitch -- I was working at my computer and he came into my office with his little chair, sat down, propped his feet on my inventory boxes, and started punching the buttons of the calculator on my clipboard. He was so intent on what he was doing, so serious -- that is, until I got out the camera, and then he had to ham it up!

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

new bracelet

I had to share this -- I've had the lampwork beads for a year and was waiting for just the right thing to strike me, and it finally did! I'll be putting it on Ebay this weekend.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Hope you had a great weekend~

I did! We just did the whirlwind trip to Connecticut. I did the Westport Craft Show, met some awesome people, bought a few things (a must), and got to try out a different area of the country for a change of pace. Rick and Zack spent a lot of time with Colin, helping him finish getting moved into his apartment in New Haven, and Zack couldn't have been happier to see his big brother.

I also got to meet my friend Jen Cook, a fabulous lampwork artist that I've chatted online with and on the phone, but finally got to meet in person. It was terrific and I was grateful to her taking time out of her day to keep me company in the HOT Field House -- I don't think New Englanders believe much in air conditioning!

I updated the web site tonight and will be busy all day tomorrow with custom orders, and somewhere will find time to make a few new things for Saturday's show. I need to hit the library soon, too -- on my last book here in the house and need more. I'll get the book list section of my web site updated soon, promise!

Leaving you with some photos of new work! Visit for more handcrafted artisan jewelry.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Zack's Preschool Graduation

Zack finished his 2-3 year old Preschool Class on Tuesday and they had a little graduation ceremony that was too cute for words. They sang songs for the parents and got little medals and photo albums that the teachers had worked on all year, with lots of pictures from various days at school -- that was the coolest thing, almost had me in tears looking at it. My little boy has grown so MUCH!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

WOO HOO! No more cast!

I went to the doctor today to be recasted, as some sand from the beach got into my cast and was annoying me, and she took an x-ray and I'm all healed! So I'm out almost 2 weeks early, joy of joys!!!!

I had to share a photo of my little helper -- he has his own box of beads and today I gave him a bangle to play with and he was quite intent on his creation!

He loves to help me -- today he discovered my "PAID" stamp and was busy stamping invoices for me. He then helped himself to one of my pens and took a notebook and I learned an important truism -- never leave a child unsupervised with a magic marker. He was very, very careful not to get any on the floor, but one entire hand is blue.... as if he PAINTED it blue. He could play with Blue Man Group and fit right in! And of course it won't come off until it wears off... geez.

I'm starting a new book tonight -- Truman Capote's Summer Crossing. It's actually a book that he told everyone he destroyed, but apparently he set it out by the curb for the trash and his landlady rescued it (so I read). In reading about Truman Capote, I found out he was good friends with Harper Lee, and I can't even imagine what it must have been like to be in the inner circle of influential artists like that.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Back from the show

Great weekend! Nearly doubled last year's sales, which is great, and now preparing for the next show in Connecticut. And I got my acceptance letter today from the September Occoquan Fall Craft Show so I'm stoked. I can't quite believe I am doing 11 shows for sure this year, possibly 12, and have no idea where I'm going to get the time to do everything I need to do, but I've never been known to sit still for long, so it will get done!

Some quick photos from the show -- I'm thrilled with the earring display Rick built for me! This was the first show where I didn't look around and find something else to change. I think I'll stick with this set up for a bit (at least for THIS year!) Oh wait, I take that back, I AM adding lighting under the shelves of the book shelves at the front of the booth -- found a way to do it and I think it will really add sparkle!

Books -- I think I mentioned that I took a break from serious stuff and read the first six books of the Wizard of Oz series -- fun stuff! It's good to nuture your inner kid! Then I took a complete left turn and read a classic banned book, Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence -- I didn't expect to like it but really did!

And now I'm going back the OTHER direction and re-reading another children's series that I loved, The Borrower's by Mary Norton. I think I loved these books because of the inventive things they did with all the scraps they picked up, and it reminded me of how I furnished my dollhouse -- dollhouse furniture was way too expensive for me as a kid to buy, so I got creative and made some of the cutest things out of random stuff.

I can't be the only one out there that has reread children's classics as an adult -- and I have to say, it's been so enjoyable to discover nuances and things that previously went unnoticed. And there's something to be said for taking a welcome break from the race of a normal day to enjoy something just for the fun of it.

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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Virginia Beach Craft Show

This has been a great weekend so far! I still have one sales day at the show and I've already exceeded last year's sales. It's great to see people who visited me last year in the spring and the winter, and I love seeing the vendors I've come to know, too.

I truly love what I do. I know that the jewelry I make is no different and no more distinctive than what thousands of other avid beaders do, but it's all in the attitude you bring to the table, isn't it? I love interacting with my customers and I love doing shows and and I am so fortunate to get to do what I love.

My mom and step-dad arrived today for the rest of the weekend, and it's the first time they've seen me at a craft show. Zack is in heaven with Nana and Pop-Pop here, and is getting spoiled even more rotten than he already is! He's talking a blue streak, telling them all about this, that, and the other thing. He's a riot -- and he's also up WAY past his bedtime so I have to go get him to bed!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Great Weekend

This weekend was so productive! Rick and Zack went to Pennsylvania to visit grandparents, and from Friday to Sunday afternoon, I had the house to myself. I worked, worked, worked on jewelry for my upcoming shows, caught up on TIVO'd TV (that last ER episode in Darfur, fabulous -- I wish I knew where I could get that African music), and basically just decompressed. Most of you know I'm a total night owl, so I stayed up until 3am each night, which I haven't done in ages!

I got a lot of pretty things made, things that were more time-intensive than usual. I finally learned the Full Persian chain maille weave, too -- I thought I would NEVER figure that one out! I'm now going to try my first Japanese weave, which is totally different than any of the others I've done so far. I don't have a picture of mine yet, still making lengths to go in between some cool beads I got, but the picture is of my friend Lesley's work -- check out her site by clicking here. Hers is far more creative, with copper and silver and beads trapped inside the weave. I don't think I have the patience for the beads inside! I actually watched her make this one and I was amazed.

So, we'll end with some photos of things that I made -- not on the web site yet because I ran out of time but I'll work on it this week.

Friday, May 05, 2006

A Design Weekend

This weekend I'm definitely kicking things into high gear. I have two shows this month, one three-day show, and one two-day show in a new venue, and the rest of the year is pretty much packed, too, so I'm working like crazy to keep inventory up, while at the same time keeping up with orders. I just finished a bridal party's jewelry, and now am starting on a wholesale order for dichroic heart necklaces and Thai Hill Tribe silver and gemstone necklaces. There's just not enough time in the day! But I wouldn't have it any other way -- I love what I do.

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The knitting class went well -- I hung out for a while afterwards catching up with my friend Lyn. She has a great idea for hosting a Creative Moms group at Guppys (the indoor playground here in town -- awesome place, and where I taught the class). The idea would be for people to get together once or twice a month in the meeting room and bring their "stuff to work on" -- scrapbooking, knitting, needlepoint, whatever, and the kids would be able to play while the moms could relax a bit and hang out in the meeting room. Kind of like the Stitch and Bitch groups that have cropped up everywhere, but open to not just knitters. I love the idea, and can't wait until fall when they (hopefully) start up!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Knitting Class Tomorrow!

I teach a knitting class tomorrow and have been busy collecting hand-outs, balls of yarn, etc -- should be fun! I've always loved teaching, regardless of the subject -- I've taught aerobics, Microsoft Sales classes, military stuff -- I just really like to show people how to do new things. I had actually thought about getting my teaching certificate to go with my Bio degree so I could teach school wherever Zack happened to go, but now the jewelry business has taken off and the plan now is to open a boutique in a couple years.

Good day for Zack today - - no more occupational therapy! He's made SUCH strides in his fine and gross motor skills and is completely at his age level now. Half of his trouble, the therapist felt, is the fact that he's a perfectionist (just like his mom!) and if he can't do something perfectly the first time, he tends to not want to do it at all. But he has come SUCH a long way, and I'm so proud of him. I have no idea why he had delays (maybe because he wasn't breathing when he was born?) but everyone agrees he's bright, just needed a little nudging on the motor things.

Speech is also coming along fantastically -- he talks a blue streak and is more and more understandable. In fact, the school system doesn't even think he needs speech therapy anymore. He came running in today saying, "Mommy, Mommy, I saw the ice cream truck!" plain as day -- his full sentences are coming out of nowhere now, and I'm just so happy he's caught up.

Kids are amazing, aren't they?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Fizz Tab Beads!

I finally own some Z-Beads! I've been wanting some Fizz Tabs for ages -- actually, I love all of Sarah's work but the Fizz Tabs are so fun! Not sure what I will do with them yet, but I have them!!!!!