Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Party has Started

So, supposedly the holiday rush is on. You would never know it on our end of the street. I know things will pick up, but I am finding I am missing working in the gallery. We have been up to our eyeballs in shipping, but it's just not the same. Our supervisor thinks we should all be happy, perky little elves and insists on playing Pink's "Let Get the Party Started" at least once a day to " keep us in the party mood". I realize most people would KILL for a boss like that, but I suspect I will HATE that song before the end of the season. I may hate it now. Too early to tell for sure. Perhaps we should have a Pink Advent Calendar to count down the days until we don't have hear that song every day. Or ever again.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Color of the Season

I got these wonderful green onyx heart shaped drops back in October. I read that this color green was "the" color for fall. I think I came about this info on here. I haven't seen much in the stores to prove this theory, but I love these beads anyway.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

New Pursuits

I have been trying for over an hour to link the photos I uploaded to Flickr here. IT'S NOT WORKING and I am quickly loosing my patience. Ahhh... computers. They make life soooo much easier.
Anyway.... here is one photo. That's all I can do tonight.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Slices of Life

It's a beautiful Saturday in the Big Sleazy.

It's November and the high today is supposed to be near 80 degrees. Hallelujah!!! I know global warming is bad, but today it feels so good! This, people, is why I live in the South. My goal - never to move above the Mason-Dixon Line.

Went out last night with the Better Half and our friend, Laura. Had a great Grenache at the Delachaise. My only complaint is that since they serve food, they should be a smoke free environment. They aren't. I had to wash my hair this morning and I hate doing that on Saturday. We had a nice night though. Smoke and all.

Tonight we are planning to hop aboard the St. Charles Ave. Streetcar as today is the first day it has run since The Storm. It's only going to Napoleon, but that's where we live, so it works out well for us. Trying to get a group together and do a little Streetcar Club Crawl. It's been a while since we have been to the Circle Bar, and I can't think of a better way to get there. Of course, I imagine we will have to endure the other thousand people who also came up with this idea. Yeah, I doubt we are original on this one. But, I will try to curve my loathing of crowds and embrace my love of vodka and see where the line takes us.

On the jewelry front there isn't much to tell. Well, that's not true - there actually is but I am not going to talk about it just yet. Some prospective good news regarding my bracelets ( and I met someone from the Museum of Arts and Design in New York who said I could drop her name to the buyer at the museum shop) and unfortunately some bad news. Without going into detail, I will tell you that Fairy is no longer carrying my work. It was a blow, but I got over it. Trying to grow some tougher business skin.

I have a lot to do today and am counting the hours till I can get on the street car. Yay!!!!

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.