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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Total Bead Love!

This is a picture of a set of beads that just arrived today in the mail. These were made by Laura Critchfield of Chestnut Ridge Designs. I cannot wait to make something fun, funky, fabulous with these beads!

I'm not sure yet what these will turn out to be, several projects come to mind, but as soon as I get something made I'll post a photo here on the blog.

Thanks Laura!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

The importance of organization

Some days no matter how hard I work, there are not enough hours to finish everything. I spent a lot of time stressed out about not getting 'it' all done. But what I've come to realize (with age - wisdom, Grasshopper) is that whether I finish it or not, it will still be there tomorrow. So, my new worry is that I actually will get it all done..... then what will I do??? My thought is that it will just be time to die, so I'm trying to just not get buried under an avalanche of To Do.

Toward that lofty goal - I'm working on being more organized, yes -- that's the key. Organize yourself and you'll be able to stay ahead of, of.... hm, whatever. I've devised several plans for this organization thing -- the first thing is that anything that MUST be done before the end  of the day, gets written on my hand. The rule is that I'm not allowed to shower or go to bed until the hand list is complete. It's working pretty well so far, I've learned that once I start to smell pretty bad and stagger about from exhaustion my kids will pitch in and help with the hand list just to get rid of me. I have good kids, right?

The second part is to organize my work space. A great goal, I'll work more efficiently if I don't have to keep trying to remember where I put stuff. A place for everything and everything in its place... yes, good - well, I think for now I'll just write that on my hand. If you have a fabulously organized workspace, feel free to send me a picture. Inspiration is a good thing.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Today's Favorite!

Kerry Bogert - wire artist extrodinaire! Check out her blog:
http://www.kabsconcepts.blogspot.com/

Kerry is one of my absolute favorite jewelry artists - she makes her own lampwork beads and her work is fun and colorful - she's what I want to be when I grow up!

What's New

I've been working on setting up the bead and jewelry section of the store. I don't have nearly enough stock yet, but the response has been really positive so far. It's always exciting to start a new project isn't it?

The next thing to do is to start hitting the bead shows, picking up some unique beads and other items to stock the store. My hope to have beads and findings that will be unique and spark creativity. Eventually - I'd like to have workshops and classes held at the store. We have plenty of space in the workroom to accomodate 10 to 12 people at a time.

Here's a look at one of the pieces I've been working on - if you'd like to see more check out my website: http://www.rigglettes.com/

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