Just to warn you, this is my inaugural post so it's going to be fairly long!
There are so many things I would like to accomplish but I have learned to never make 'new years resolutions'! The word 'resolutions' sound so inflexible to me and we all know that most resolutions fall by the wayside some the flowers and beautiful weather of spring. Instead, I have a list of 'new years goals'.
So besides the normal self and home improvement goals which I won't go into here, my first goal is to keep up with this new blog! :') My goal is to post to this blog at least once a week even if it's just a pic and a few words.
As you may have noticed, that last year I changed my website to the present one. I'm happy with the look of it but I didn't get all that I wanted done since show season started. I also want to list more items for sale which means taking pictures. I'm not a perfectionist exactly but I do have my standards and I want to have pictures that accurately capture my designs and that takes time. :') It's a perfect project for the winter when there aren't many shows to participate in...unless I want to travel out of state...which I would love to do occasionally but it's a little more difficult now...more about that later in the post.
Above is an etching of my real world workspace. It was done using my camera phone and an app called appropriately enough...Etchings. I don't dare put an actual picture of my workspace here because i don't want you to see how messy it is. :') Everything somehow looks better and more artistic in black and white!
Building up my inventory and working on new designs are also yearly goals. Speaking of new designs, what type of designs would you like to see? I'd love to hear from you! Feel free to leave a suggestion in the blog comments section.
I ordered a bunch of new tools to make jewelry easier for me to fabricate and to enable me to expand on some techniques I've wanted to use more of. I'll be posting pics here and on my Facebook page as I create new designs.
Although I don't use karat gold in my jewelry, I certainly still appreciate the workmanship, technique, and beauty of this collar made by ancient Egyptian goldsmiths. I really love the counterweight piece that helped keep the collar from falling too far forward and I think it was gorgeous enough to be it's own necklace!
I'd wanted to see King Tut's treasures since I found about them in elementary school so it was a dream come true! The hieroglyphs and variety of half-human half-animal gods were so interesting. The jewelry of course was of particular interest and although the pieces were much more ornate than my simpler designs I still found inspiration in the details of the jewelry and other art and will diligently try to work those inspirations into my current years work. Pictures to follow!
Anyways, Phoebe is not quite a year old and she's full of puppy energy. She's a real sweetie, even though she was supposed to be housebroken, we found out otherwise and have been dealing with that. For a while I was affectionately calling her Pee-be! She's getting along with my other two 10 year old dogs and our kitty although it hasn't been 'incident' free. :') All in all though, she's settling in beautifully with our little family.
I call this picture "Happy James and Vicious Attack Basset". lol Our pretty Foxie girl is in the background. She doesn't like change and is finally getting around to deigning to play with the new, noisy, quick-moving creature.
I'd love to travel to shows outside the state but with 4 pets, the cost of boarding is just too much...especially since we have a special needs kitty...she has diabetes and requires insuiin shots twice a day. Whew! It would be a real adventure to travel with all 4 but our dogmobile isn't big enough for all the pets and all my show gear! Next project....a bigger vehicle! :')
Well, I think this is long enough so I'm signing off. I hope you enjoyed my rambling and I'd love any encouraging comments you'd like to leave!