Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Best Laid Plans or Confessions of an 80's Child

I came home from work tonight all motivated to make jewelry. I started a bracelet a few days ago that I was looking forward to finishing. I made some dinner and sat on the couch to relax for a few minutes.

It is now 2 hours later and here I still sit. But, it's not my fault. VH1 is re-running their Top 100 Songs of the 80's. How could I leave? I couldn't. I didn't. You know girls just wanna have fun!

Anyway... I suppose I will try to work a little before bed, but my body has not gotten used to Daylight Savings Time yet and I find myself sleepy and it's only 9 o'clock.

I suppose that it doesn't help much that I am still recuperating from my trip to Atlanta this past weekend to work the Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show for The Mann. I dropped my Better Half off in Birmingham to visit his folks, and then 4 hours later I arrive at the DeFoor Center to begin setting up the jewelry for the next day's show. Now, for those of you who do not travel between Birmingham and Atlanta often, let me just inform you that it is a 2 1/2 hour trip. Notice I said I got there in 4 hours. Well.... let's just suffice it to say that I do have my clairvoyant moments and predicting I would get lost in Atlanta was one of them! I did have some traffic on the way, but mainly it was just me, lost and alone in the backyard of a railroad switch. Who knows what I did, but I truly, madly, and deeply blame Google Maps. Those bastiges. I called the Better Half and he talked me through my wrong turns and got me to the center with enough time to woof down some pretty fine chow and at least fling most of the jewelry into the display case. I was shaking by the time I got to my hotel. And then I couldn't sleep. And the next night I stayed out until 2am catching up with my friend, Elizabeth and drinking way too much German beer. Yum.

But, I had an awesome time at the show. Everyone was so nice - I guess I never expect that, being that I am not actually the artist. I am just the hired help. But, I still enjoyed myself immensely. I was stationed next to Jamie Cassavoy, whose work is so delicate and beautiful and yet strong and very bold. I had only seen her work online or in The Guild catalog. It's is even more exquisite in person. And she is one of the nicest people I have met in a long time. I talked her ear off and she was nice enough to let me use her computer when my phone konked out.

I also got a chance to re-introduce myself to Lena Marie Echelle whom I had met in Baltimore when we picked up her work for the Gallery. Also one of the nicest people I have ever met. Her work is so striking and so unique. She had a belt buckle of Texas that she shot through with a .22 caliber bullet. Very cool. And on Saturday this lady came by the booth wearing one of Lena's necklaces which I had greatly admired on Friday. This lady had been by The Mann's booth alot on Friday but could not make a decision. She told me she was making a list and would decide when she came back on Saturday. I was glad to see she chose Lena's work. It is absolutely stunning.

I did not get a chance to talk to Lisa Ceccorulli. I also greatly admire her work, but I only had so much time to walk around. And since I felt like I was already acting like the jewelry show equivalent of a groupie ( or lap dog) I thought I better give it a rest.

I did talk to Randi Chervitz a bit as well. Her work is even finer and more elegant in person than in pictures. I do very fine bead work and some wire work, but I have not idea how you crochet metal around other pieces of metal. Mindblowing!

I guess that's about it for the update from the show. I have been up to my eyeballs in shipping and customer service crap since I got home. Rebecca is in Philadelphia doing the ACC show with The Mann. It's quiet and boring ( no Journey songs to rock out with) without her in the office and I realize I depend on her quite a bit. Miss you Beka!

Well, off to try to be productive. But I doubt I will make it tonight. It's cold and I have a new Neil Gaiman book to start.

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