Sunday, August 23, 2015

Come Shop at Aiken's Makin' and SAVE!!

In my last post I talked about the upcoming Aiken's Makin' show - September 11 & 12 in Aiken, SC.

So to encourage, entice, and otherwise help you get in your car and drive to Aiken to shop, I've attached, included, posted, whatever ... a coupon to make your shopping - well - CHEAPER!

Show me this coupon on your phone, or print-it-and-bring-it and I'll pay the sales tax on your purchase from my booth! Now sales tax is going to be 8% at Aiken, and the sales tax police are on our case to report and pay before we leave so I will be charging sales tax to everyone - unless you use this coupon. What a deal!!

So without further ado, here's the coupon:


Can't wait to see you there! 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Countdown Time

The countdown to Aiken's Makin has begun.  I have about 30 days now to create all manner of fabulous things that I've wanted to have ready for weeks now - okay months in reality - for the show. 

I am presently working on a large piece that will be framed in a shadowbox. Here's a preview: 


This is about 1/4 of the finished product. It will be beaded in halves and then sewn together with some extra fun add-ons before it goes to framing. However, this particular masterpiece will have to wait until tomorrow for more work, as I've run out of the beads needed for the background and they won't get here in the mail until tomorrow. It will have approximately 17,000 beads when it's completed. Stay tuned for details ... 

I also have Christmasy (is that a word? if not I just invented it) things to bead, and maybe some surprises along the way.  

For my friends out there, please be patient with me the in next 30-some days. I'm officially on countdown mode and won't be much good to anyone else until after the show. AND on top of this stress, my baby is starting high school in a little over a week. My stress level and emotions are on overdrive. 

Let the countdown begin! 


Monday, March 23, 2015

A Slight Deviation

Sometimes in life you toil, and toil and get frustrated because things aren't turning out the way you would like. You keep doing the same things over and over, and nothing changes. It's like the quote attributed to Albert Einstein (I don't know if he said it or not, but it works just the same) -
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
 
Recently, through a series of unrelated events, I've come to realize that I resemble that quote. The signs were there, but it took these events (which I won't go into) to make me truly see. 

It's like the story of the man that lived by the river. (Some of you may recognize this from an episode of The West Wing.) There was a man that lived by the river. He heard a radio report that the river was going to rush up and flood the town. And that all the residents should evacuate their homes. But the man said, ‘I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.’
The waters rose up. A guy in a row boat came along and he shouted, ‘Hey, hey you! You in there. The town is flooding. Let me take you to safety.’ But the man shouted back, ‘I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.’
A helicopter was hovering overhead. And a guy with a megaphone shouted, ‘Hey you, you down there. The town is flooding. Let me drop this ladder and I’ll take you to safety.’ But the man shouted back that he was religious, that he prayed, that God loved him and that God will take him to safety.
Well… the man drowned. And standing at the gates of Heavens, he demanded an audience with God. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘I’m a religious man, I pray. I thought you loved me. Why did this happen?’
God said, ‘I sent you a radio report, a rowboat , and a guy in a helicopter. What the hell are you doing here?

Okay, I will quit rambling. Here's the bottom line, which comes back to the title of this post, A Slight Deviation. I think that making beaded jewelry is really not my calling. I will still make it for myself, or for friends, but that's it. My focus will be in other applications of bead work. I feel that my destiny lies somewhere down the road less traveled. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Crafty Feast!

I am so excited about participating in this show - and doing Christmas shopping there!

Mark your calendars!


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Happenings

I have two shows this fall, if you would like to come by and see me and my stuff ;-) live and in person!

October 4 from10am to 5pm I'll be in Newberry, SC at Newberry Oktoberfest with a selection of affordable art and wearables.

December 14 from 12pm-6pm you'll find me at Crafty Feast in Columbia, SC. I am planning to feature some new items at this show.

I love fall and am really looking forward to these two opportunities.

Hope to see you there!