Well, vacation is over. What a nice, relaxing, productive vacation it was.
I'd planned on going over to the coast for a week or so, to decompress, destress and relax, but...things didn't work out that way. Truth be told, as much as I wanted to, it seems I wanted new gemstones instead. Many gemstones. Many many.
A gazillion I think.
But, in my defense, just loooook at how shiny some of them are!
Emerald and sapphire and topaz, OH MY!
I'd have probably been ok to still hit the beach, for a few days at least, but while working on a new earring idea, I ran out of chain. Thinking I could just go pick a little up at the bead lady's place, I headed out. When I got there, it turned out she had more new shinies. And, I went apeshit. Again. But, I couldn't help it. I mean,...
OMG BIG FACETED LABRADORITE DROPS!!!!!!!! I've never had such things before. I dream of them often. So, in my excited frenzy, I spent the rest of my vacation money.
I mean, come on, what's a girl to do when confronted with that?
Needless to say, I did not make it too the beach.
Instead, I stayed home, pet all my new shiny, and began preparing for my new life as a jewelry maker. I am quite pleased actually. I used my time to...
- Build a new website (how's it look?)
-Got all caught up on some pieces I made a while back but never listed, like my ancient greek glass earrings...
- Made, and listed, a few new pieces, like these little tourmaline babies...
- Worked on reorganizing my new studio and started my bead wall...
- Finally got caught up on some custom orders I've been struggling with...
-Aaaaand...reopened my gem shop on Etsy.....
...because, lets be honest, I have a few too many gemstones..
Phew. That's a lot of stuff!!
What a wonderful, very busy, very shiny, vacation. Go me.
It's been so long since I've blogged anything, I'm unsure how to even start back up. I guess the best thing to do is just...jump in. So, here goes.
I've been pretty scarce lately on the shiny front. I have decided...this is not ok. So, I'm diving back in, full force, and shakin' things up. Way up. Like pulling out of my day job type of way up. In 2 weeks, I'm turning the tables, and making my day job my hobby, and my shinies my day job. Mostly anyway. I cut my hours to part time to free up more days for shiny making. The end goal is to make shiny full time, and open a brick and mortar jewelry and bead store. It's going to be so great. So so great!
I am so darn excited I can hardly stand it.
To kick off my new work plan, I'm taking a long, 2 week vacation, starting tomorrow. YAY! During that time, I have much to do. I've got several new pieces ready to list (hopefully this weekend), then
I get to go meet with my old bead lady who will be coming back from market on Monday with a big ol' pile of shiny new gemstones of awesomeness for me, and then Tuesday...it's my birthday.
Happy Birthday to meeeeeee!:D
After that, I'm hoping for a vacation of jewelry making. Maybe with some fall photography trips intermingled throughout. That would sure be great.
I thought a good way to celebrate all of this would be to have a shiny giveaway. Being September, I thought a sapphire tree would be a good choice. Sterling silver, sapphire and aquamarine tree, to be exact. :)
Want it? :D :D Of course you do!!
Let's play giveaway!! :D There is just a couple things to do to enter, the more points you rack up, the better chance of winning.
That's all there is too it! Easy peasy.
Ready, set, let's play!