Jewel School Program Monday July 28 from10am-noon (EST)-
Yay!! I get to be on-the-air with two of my favorite people this week- our host Kim, and the Crochet Queen, Laura Timmons. How cool is this? … VERY cool because my friend Laura is a Swarovski Crystal Ambassador and is bringing a beautiful new Crystal Ring Kit!! Not only will you receive all of the supplies necessary to make Laura’s crocheted ring, but detailed instructions are included too.
When I asked Laura to share a bit more about the Beadalon products she will be promoting, she laughingly said, “Toggle Findings Tool, Conetastic, and Kumihimo...oh my! What’s a girl to do, but learn three new techniques! As a designer, there is no better satisfaction than to finish a piece of jewelry from start to finish. I will also be sharing some creative crochet skills, and of course… this spectacular, sparkle-icious, crocheted ring. I’m ready for some serious, non-stop fun; so stay cool, while we heat up the show!”
Don’t you love the brilliant sky blue color that Laura used in her samples? Kinda “icy” and cool. I like the way she combined her crochet magic with the Satin Wire Kit and used the silver accessories in the Crimp Beads and Covers Kit. Oh yes…Congratulations on your engagement Laura!!
Yes, I will also be on this week’s Jewel School program, with some of my favorite products like our Economy Neck Mandrel. I’ll also be sharing a couple of tools that most of you don’t realize I use! One is a Jeweler’s Saw. (I am very excited that the frame comes with 30 Saw Blades and a sheet of copper to play with, because if you are new to using a jeweler’s saw, you will break a few blades getting used to it!) And this Bench Polisher is lightweight, small and so practical for your home studio! The photos below show what happened when my husband “borrowed” it the other day, to polish up some stainless steel parts for his travel trailer. Believe me, this little wonder made short work of the task, rather than using steel wool. Imagine the shine it will put on your solid metal jewelry designs.. and your tools!
Now I have a mystery for you, dear reader. What wondrous wearable thing did I create using the following components?
Well, you’ll have to tune in on Monday to find out!!
"Cougarism"- Vacations/Breaks are Important!!
Getting away from work, the people you work closely with day after day and even your family and a daily routine can be the best thing an artist (or anyone) can do for themselves. One doesn’t have to spend a lot of money to do this, sometimes a day or two away, by yourself, can change your entire perspective on the world, and your work! No, work related travel doesn’t count, because even if you’re in a different country you still have to deal with a work routine; be it emails, text messages, conference calls, and/or conducting a presentation or class.
Your brain needs to take a break from being “on” and “scheduled” all of the time.
Can you take such a break at home? Maybe working in your garden, reading a book, or taking a simple ride? Perhaps, but only if you don’t have to also worry about doing laundry, dishes, cooking, or managing your family and/or animals. Therefore, for most of us the answer is NO.
My younger brother once told me that everyone needed to take a vacation at least once a year. I thought, well that applies to him because he has a high stress career…but lately I’ve been longing to just get away from everything and everyone– NOT work related…and so I am heading back to my teenage stomping grounds for a few days, and I can’t wait to see what new design ideas I have when I come back :) I hope all of you take a few days for yourself this summer!
Until next week, stay “twisted”!