What do you like to do when no one is around, the house is quiet, and the dog’s napping? I find that is the perfect time for tackling whatever I’ve been putting off for a while or trying something that will challenge my mind. Here’s hoping you have many quiet times ahead for taking care of yourself and working on your projects.
The holiday season offers us so many opportunities to be thankful for our blessings and to rejoice in what we have been able to accomplish. I’m so thankful to be working with the caring and sharing people at Jewel School and Jewelry Television, as well as the very best guest designers. It has been a terrific year! It’s a joy knowing that all the pretty jewelry making supplies that come across my desk can be repurposed by our creative Jewel Schoolers.
Keep in touch! We read your emails and always like see your work so keep sending in those pictures!
As I write this, we’re right in the middle of the text voting for the Jewel School Design Contest. If you haven’t looked at the finalists, there’s still time to check them out. Oodles of kudos to our Imaging Department for taking great care to photograph each design at the perfect angle and in the best lighting. Tune in on Sunday October 30 during the Jewel School show from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for the big drum roll. And, hold on for the surprise because we will also have a Viewer’s Choice winner announced on Sunday! View images of all the finalist's designs on Jewelry Television facebook page at www.facebook.com/jewelrytelevision.
We’ve had 125 or so Jewel Schoolers visiting for the last few days at the JTV corporate headquarters here in Knoxville. What an experience! There is nothing like visiting with your customer face to face! Many thanks to jewelry makers from 21 states that packed up their magnifiers, donned their own designs, and showed up at our doorstep! We were joined by all-star designers. Our classrooms were buzzing with Dale Armstrong, Jackie Truty, Katie Hacker, Wyatt White, Barbara Carleton, Fernando Dasilva, Stephanie Eddy, Maureen Oliveto, Julianna Hudgins, and our very own Christiane Ross helping customers learn new ways of expanding their creative horizons.
Here are a few pictures from the event. We’ll have more on the JTV blog and on the JTV facebook page. If you didn’t make it this year, we’re already planning for 2012 although we don’t have a date just yet. So far, we’ve never had to charge for the classes or the supplies and look at the workshop as a way to give back a little something to our customers.
Have you ever heard of Beads of Courage? Jean Baruch, a former pediatric oncology nurse, recognized a real opportunity to give children with cancer something tangible to record their successes throughout treatment and recovery. Read a recent Ladies Home Journal article about Jean here. Beads mean a lot to us as jewelry makers but they mean so much more in this Arts in Medicine program. They represent hope! Jean visited Jewel School In October. She inspires us and we thought you would enjoy knowing more about Beads of Courage. Be sure to visit their website at www.beadsofcourage.org to see how you can help.
Kumihimo is back for the holidays! Anne Dilker will be here on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Join us and learn how to use an ancient technique to add a modern flare to your jewelry! We are working hard with our artists and vendors to bring you some great kits, techniques, inspiration and techniques for the New Year 2012.
See you at Jewel School on Thursdays and Sundays.
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