A BIG thank you to all of you who took the time to respond here on the blog or to me in person, for letting me know what you think and feel. The overwhelming majority took the common sense stance that if I write out some of my non-jewelry related lessons directly on the blog (so the go out over the RSS feed) it would be easier for those few who are NOT interested in reading them to simply delete. Rather than for those who are interested having to go hunting to try and find it on a separate page. Besides out of all the responses only two said put it on a separate page. Majority rules.
So I will be posting my "Pearls of Wisdom" directly on the blog. I will try to remember to post as much or more about jewelry too! Though jewelry is always a main work focus in my life...(and I do work A LOT) truth be told is that people, relationships, truth, love and growing will always take precedence. Will always come first in my heart and mind.
Right now I am working furiously to finish the factory spec drawings for my next line with Darice for Michael's Stores. I love doing the design drawings but dislike doing the factory drawings, as it involves a lot of thinking. When I am designing new pieces and drawing my mind is quiet...love this. When I am doing the factory specs and drawing I am forced to think due to trying to explain all the nuances of a design, have to show how it is made and how thick I want it here and there...plus I have to draw each design from other angles. This is a skill in itself! I am getting better but still makes my little brain freeze! I do not make "originals" for every new design as this in itself would take a lifetime! I crank out 80-90 designs with each new line I create. Not complaining...I hopefully just sound more like I am explaining my process and letting you know openly what for me is hard and why. I actually get many inquiries about the process of manufacturing.
Yesterday had to stop and shift gears and take time to ship off the contents of my booth for the 2009 Bead & Button Show. I'm also starting to get very excited to head for the JCK shows in Vegas with my dear friend dichroic glass artist and businesswoman Paula Radke. We became good friends when I was relocated across from her booth at 2008 Bead & Button. She is a peach that one!
Unlike most, besides the food and shows I actually cannot stand Las Vegas but this is where many of the shows are held. Looking forward in particular to the Couture Show. Click here to go to the thumb nail gallery of the designers who will be showing at Couture, along with thier websites ( a resource in itself!)
I cannot wait to see what the top international designers will be showing in their latest lines! Always a great place to trend watch not to mention become inspired by! We might just be doing some cutting up and having fun while we are there as well! Paula and I laugh a lot when in each other's company. Love how that works.
So I had better get back to the factory drawings. These have to be finished before I go anywhere!
Have a fun weekend and thank a Veteran for their service!