Hi, everybody! Thanks for stopping by to read my first blog of the new year! I hope you all survived the holidays intact, and are well on your way to breaking those resolutions. You know, it's amazing how time will just get away from you if you're not careful. Here it is already the 8th of January, and I already met one of my goals. That's right! I now have my online store up and running on this website! My plan is to have some exclusive pieces outside of Etsy, just to keep things interesting. We'll see how that goes. I'm proud of how it turned out, so if you feel up to it, go click on the "SHOP" link in the tool bar up there and have a look around. I'll be adding more to it as time goes by.
Another goal I'm creeping up on already (and, I have to admit, it's going to be lifelong), is to learn how to add texture and depth and other visual interest in my work. Well! Say no more! Feast your eyes on this!
I've signed up for two back-to-back workshops in April, and I'm super excited! The first picture is a workshop about keum-boo. Keum-boo is an ancient Korean technique for adding a thin layer of gold to existing metal without sending it to a plating company. You fuse it using heat and other stuff that I'm going to find out about. The second picture is about contour-forming. I have absolutely no idea what all that involves, but I intend to find out. I'm looking forward to learning new techniques to incorporate into my work!
In the meantime, let's talk about February! In February, I will be exhibiting at the Round Top Winterfest, February 9 (preview party, $25/ticket) from 5pm to 8pm, February 10 from 10am to 6pm, and February 11 from 11am to 3pm. Tickets to the festival are $10/person and kids under 12 get in free.
In other news, I've sold all but one of my oboe jewelry pieces! Zounds! I've been working hard on making some more. I chose some really bold pieces of turquoise for the new batch. Take a look and see! I'm also getting a huge stash of American and Chinese turquoise in the mail soon. You know, because I don't have enough.
So that's the story, morning glory! In my next installment, I might show you the rest of the turquoise cabochons I got, plus my trip to the Dallas International Gem Show! (Or I may forget about it entirely and do something else. One never knows, does one.)