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studio-before1table-beforeThere’s not really a lot to be said about these photos.  Obviously, things were getting out of hand. So I took a few days to get a handle on where I’m going to be doing my work. We couldn’t eat at the dinner table because it was over run with tools & papers & miscellaneous c-r-a-p. I couldn’t work anywhere else, or put things away because the ‘studio’ was clearly never fully unpacked and was serving as some sort of purgatory for my books & tools & miscellaneous c-r-a-p. Everything needed to find a home, a place to go, a landing spot. Clearly, the organizational method of just-leave-it-where-you-drop-it couldn’t last forever. Now I have an organized place to go, I know where to find things & I can get back to the business of making things. Yay! Off to work…studio-aftertable-after

Well, let’s just call this the first go round on the pictures.  They need work (a lot of work), but I felt the need to get something here. Be kind.

Of course, there will be more to come, including some earrings & a special bracelet that may get its own post.

For now, I’ve put Flickr on the backburner. It was supposed to be in the sidebar, but I couldn’t get the code right (seriously…I can *not* believe I just typed that). And I tried & read forums & FAQs and I kept getting little red Xs and file names instead of pictures. Not in the mood for little red Xs to make it look as though I don’t know what I’m doing.  So instead I figured out this gallery feature and we’ll just do this for now.  So enjoy…but remember be kind

I’m working on them. I promise. A friend was going to help me tomorrow, but things come up and he’s now unavailable. But since everyone keeps asking about pictures and I know (I really do) that they are my number one priority now…I am keeping the ‘appointment’ on my calendar and at 11:30 tomorrow morning, I will be taking pictures. I promise. Call me, e-mail me, text me, try to get in touch with me however you want at 11:30 am tomorrow and I will tell you I’m to busy to talk, I’m taking pictures of my jewelry. I hope Photoshop has a magic wand feature to magically correct my lack of picture taking ability.  I’m going to start the tumbler right now so everything will be shiny & pretty.  I just joined Flickr, so it is my understanding that the link to the pictures will be there to your left, if it doesn’t work I’ll figure out something. I promise pictures will be here soon.

Thank you so much to everyone that has asked about acquiring a piece from me.  For now, just ask me. if you know what you want, let me know and we’ll work out the details. If not, as I mentioned above, the pictures will be here soon or if you are near me I can bring my arm (where I keep most of my samples) and all the other samples to you. Call some friends, open a bottle of wine or water or Champagne (my personal favorite for shopping, you know me and Mariah Carey) and we can chat and shop. So keep in touch…it’s all moving forward.

If you ever shop at lululemon, you are familiar with their manifesto, which is emblazoned on their shopping bags. Every now and then, (especially right now as I’m using one of their totes to cart my ‘business’ stuff around) one of the tenets pops out at me and really seems to define what I have going on. The reminders to drink more water & practice more yoga always ring true, but right now, as I plan and work on this Studio 219 project the one that screams at me everyday is, ‘do one thing a day that scares you.’

These days I’m averaging 25 things a day that make me nervous and that’s just the stuff I’m thinking about. When I went to the courthouse to file my DBA, faxed in my application for a sales tax ID number, when I ordered business cards: scared. The scariest thing had to be saying out loud: I want to sell this jewelry I make. I whispered it to myself in the mirror. I mentioned it to my kids. I said it in passing to my mother. I remind myself before I fall asleep at night (or during the day if it’s naptime, whatever). What is so scary about it to me is that I have committed myself to the idea that someone might want a bracelet or pair of earrings that I make. I stubbornly cling to the belief that if I can make it, it must not be that hard, so everyone else can, so why would someone want me to do this for them…do you see this self-defeating cycle? It goes on forever, trust me. I think it is more of a self-defeating spiral, but I digress. That is the scary thing for me: to decide I’m going to break that cycle of thought and go ahead and believe that there are people (not just my Mother, though, God love her, she’s my biggest fan) that would love to wear a piece of my jewelry.

And here’s the thing, even though it’s a scary prospect to put these creations out there and imply, do you like them?, I’m loving it! I’m really enjoying this process. I’m figuring out what I can do, what I have time to learn, what will have to wait and I get to make lots of lists. I *love* lists! Things that I thought were scary, end up being fun, or let’s be honest here, at the very least a valuable learning experience. And I get those little leaps of excitement in my stomach, like butterflies or mild nausea (your choice) when I see things like my DBA or my business cards (they really are lovely). And check this out, if you go here, the link that gets you back to this place & the link that lets you send me an e-mail, get this, *I* wrote those two tiny bits of HTML code! My first ever! The scariest thing was the decision to give this jewelry thing a go, so every day as I plan and make stuff and do little scary things, I’m making the big scary thing happen with the intention that someone else will benefit and enjoy one of my pieces.cards

 

You’ll also notice there is now a way for you to subscribe to this blog. It’s up there on the left near the top. It is my understanding (let me know if it’s not true) that if you fill out the little form you will be kept up to date when this blog is updated by e-mail. Neat, huh?

 

Thanks to Roland at DAOS Business Services for making my business card dreams come true. Thanks to Bill for the (great) first order that I will be able to collect sales tax on (see how crazy I am about this, I can’t wait to pay taxes!?). Thanks to JoAnna of Vidriosa Glassworks and Joe of Joe Natural for taking time away from your business to chat with me last weekend at the Panther Creek Fall Arts & Crafts Festival