Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The holidays...they be upon us!

So, I just finished a gut-wrenching semester in my masters program (yea, just a few classes and a thesis left!).   And I suppose I am not REALLY done--as I still have to respond to a couple of discussions, if my partners in crime in the class would post their analysis of the class already!

And, it was a tough semester--so tough in fact, I actually ordered presents from Etsy instead of making my own!  I love all the original thought the crafters on that site put into their products--amazing!

So, I am sitting here looking at my work table...beads, yarn, tons of academic books, one novel a half drunk cup of coffee and some receipts...wait receipts, why oh why did I put it off so long.  Oh yeah, two classes "Organizational Communication" and "International and Intercultural Communication." Got it.

So before I can play, I suppose I must clean.  Anyone else stuck in this during this holiday season?

Monday, November 14, 2011

No, no, no, no, no!!!

No, I never really stopped making jewelry.   Yes, I know I have been away from this blog for a long, long time.  A lot of personal stress going on as I get ready to finally finish my masters. Only a year behind my original plans, but no biggy, eh?  Looks like this summer. Woot!

As for jewelry, can I just be obnoxious here and say that I am rather disappointed at the jewels at some of the traveling shows.  And yes, I do get that prices are going up (big time) but is that any reason to sell buyers cheap crappola?  Just sayin'. 

When I go to a show I want to still see high quality beads, gems and findings and not be overwhelmed by stones that are clearly the dust from the bottom of of the stone mine and glued together to then look like a newly discovered stone?  (see chalk turquoise, low-grade azurite).

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I realize that with the plethora of people currently making jewelry, or like my mom, simply collecting beads (love ya mom) that it is very likely we are running out of semi-precious stones in the current mines out there--which is why reconditioned jewelry is so fascinating.

I suppose I will be looking at that for a while now, lol.