Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I also finished some ocean jasper rings. Pretty simple bezel set rings, with an open back to see the beautiful backs of each stone. Each ring is a little different from the next.
Pop retired this past December, and hasn't let grass grow under his bicycle seat shaped butt. He can ride his age in miles faster than I can scrape the ice off my car windshield.
Biking isn't a recent hobby, but rather a reclaimed one. When he was much younger...younger than I can ever imagine him being- he and a just-as-crazy friend rode their bikes from Boston to San Diego in 50 days. With a tent and few spare tires on their backs they pedaled across the country.
My Dad has indirectly taught me that life is like a bicycle ride. Overall it is good. Often there are tough hills to climb, but always with a down hill reward. Sometimes you hit a pothole and get jolted from your path- other times you can take your hands off the bars, and feel the wind blowing through your hair. Pedal fast, and then let your feet go to see how far you can coast. Always keep your eye out for traffic, then take the back roads to slow down and enjoy the wildflowers along the way.
This is the poem that Dad left for me when I went away to college. I can never read it without crying.
To A Daughter Leaving Home
When I taught you
at eight to ride
a bicycle, loping along
as you wobbled away
on two round wheels,
my own mouth rounding
in surprise when you pulled
ahead down the curved
path of the park,
I kept waiting
for the thud
of your crash as I
sprinted to catch up,
while you grew
smaller, more breakable
for your life, screaming
the hair flapping
behind you like a
Dad, you've taught me a lot about life. I've always admired you and your many passions.
Enjoy your retirement. Make it long and fulfilling. And as I begin my journey in your bike tracks, I'll aim to fill my life with enrichment as you've done. I love you.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
One of those errands though, was a stop at the post office to drop off my application to the Roycroft summer and winter festivals. So that's good to get out of the way.
Then I had to run to Home Depot to get a new space heater since the basement this time of year is colder than cold and the last heater gave up on me. While I was out, I noticed that Office Depot was going out of business, so I had to stop to see what they had. I picked up a cheap rolling chair for my studio, packaging supplies, a calculator and stapler for my shows, and finally a wireless printer. I wasn't going to buy one for a while, but my other one crapped out and I need one to print the rest of my applications.
It must be the cold weather, or lack of light- but by the time I got home I was exhausted and instead of being productive in the studio I snuggled with my pup until my pilates class.
I put a little package of pieces together that I'll be working on tomorrow. Everything is all organized and ready to go. Tomorrow I'll get some pieces done.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Today, after a month of sitting in my basement, Mike and I put the filters in my dust collector. This little project was supposed to be done way back in October, but due to some ordering mix- ups, I didn't receive the filters until mid December- and by then I was knee deep in Christmas.
Friday, January 9, 2009
I filled out all of my yearly obligations...and yes they are all color coded because it's just easier for me to comprehend. Every day has a commitment, weather it is just to practice my banjo , a designated studio day, or a show. I have to stay organized in order to be able to accomplish everything I want to do this year with my jewelry.
My goals are easier to fulfill if they're organized on paper-looking at me in the face every day.
On another note, I signed up to take an online course to learn QuickBooks. (That's on the calendar too).
Only a little over one week into 2009 and I'm moving right along...and looking at my huge calendar-I have a feeling this year is going to fly by really fast.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I have an idea that would use PVC pipe, and it's appropriate angle joints (if that's what they're called) to create a big cube. Something I can easily assemble, and strong enough to hang curtains and lights from. Maybe even concealing extension cords within the tubing.
Is this a common way to construct a booth- or bad news? Do any of you indoor show do-ers have any suggestions for me? I'd appreciate any suggestions. I have until the end of may, so time is on my side....right?
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Soooo, I turned the dining room into my jewelry booth! Complete with my new glass cases, neck pads and earring displays.
The booth looks pretty good for a mock-up, but will definitely need more additions and alterations by the time of the show. I'm hoping this is good for the judges.
For the application, I also had to include a picture of myself working in the studio. This is to prove that all of the work is handmade by me. This is me "at work". :)
Besides getting the application in, I got a list together of all the other shows I'm going to apply for this year. I'm hoping to do 6- if I get accepted. This will be a big challenge for me while working a full time job, but I think I'm up for it!
I also got all of my tax info together! I can't believe how much I've done this week. I'm usually a last minute kind of girl, but I'm having fun being on the ball.
Tomorrow, I'll be photographing some materials so I can finish my application for the 30 minute earrings book. That's an exciting step that I'm looking forward to completing. I don't know if I'll get accepted, but I'm so glad that I'm ready to put more effort into promoting my work!
Wish me luck!
Monday, January 5, 2009
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
I'm of to a great start! I now have a clean studio! My list of goals has really motivated me. The studio is mine again and doesn't belong to the ghost of Christmas present anymore!
Also, today I began researching venues to put my work in, and shows to do this year. This weekend I'll be going to check out one potential shop with my friend Sue. I can't wait to get the ball rolling!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Now that I can walk in my studio again, my next task will be to organize the mess that I made getting ready for the holidays. For the most part, all of my tools have a resting place somewhere in the room. Once I get my tools reorganized, I'll be able to organize my projects. I'm getting there!
Next, I've got ambitions to search out and apply to more jewelry shows/ venues. Which means I'll be making more time to be in the studio. I'm going to focus on pieces that I want to make. A good combination of production and one of a kind pieces. No custom work- allowing me to explore more. Ultimately, I want to be able to create more pieces, taking time to learn and improve along the way-no pressure-just fun :).
I also want to better my abilities to organize the business aspect of my jewelry. I need to finally take time to learn QuickBooks, get better with online sales and promotions, and maybe take a step forward and join Etsy Metal. I'd like to become a part of a group of like-minded artists to keep my motivation and excitement high.
Beyond my jewelry aspirations, I'd like to make more time to go fishing with Mike. Keep up with my banjo, yoga, palates, and also take more walks and bike rides. I want to be able to spend more time outside this year. As much as I love my basement studio, I definitely need to get some fresh air once in a while.
Another thing I need to improve is spending more time with friends. I've been quite the hermit the past year being busy with other things. I've got to make more of an effort to be near those who mean the most to me.
Lastly, my biggest challenge, I'd really like to improve my diet. Pizza and Tacos need to become more infrequent on my dinner plate. I have a terrible fear of the kitchen and planning meals. I am going strive to change this. Healthy eating, more home cooked meals, and conquering my fears. Cooking can be creative...I just have to figure out how.