Thursday, April 23, 2009

I Wish I Knew What To Write About...

I just went down to visit my mom and help her clear out a house she is going to rent out. We had a big sale and I got to go through all of her stuff. And she has good stuff! Lots of good stuff.

Lots of dishes, linens, furniture, you know, house stuff. Well, she also buys hardback books. (I am too cheap and mostly buy paperbacks or get what I want from the library) One of the books she has is called "The Artist's Way". It is all about developing your creativity by writing a daily journal. I was really curious because it is one of the few in paperback. I found out my mom writes everyday, for 30 minutes. Everyday. Have you ever tried to write for 30 minutes everyday? I couldn't fathom it.

I tried to think of what I would write about if I did try & write everyday. Stephen King does. And look where it got him.

So, I started to wonder, do I even have 30 minutes of thoughts that have some kind of cohesive nature. I could write about what jewelry I am making, new techniques and all. I could write about my family, what my kids and dog have done that are interesting. My husband works around winegrapes all day. That is interesting. The weather, cool and breezy. My house, messy.

I was going to write about Obama's dog, Bo. He's cute.

I guess I will try to write a little each day. There is always something going on around here, and I do make reasonably nice jewelry which people seem to like.

I think I'll try for about 10 minutes and work my way up.

see my mom's children's books at

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Oh My God, I Can't Believe How Many Earrings I Made...

It's that time of year again. Time to get ready for the farmer's market. I have been selling at our local markets as an "artisan/crafter" for 5 or 6 years now. I have finally figured out that my biggest selling item is earrings. I sell a lot of them. They are reasonably priced, and really, you don't make a big commitment when you buy them. They're small, can fit in your suitcase if you are traveling, and everyone likes getting them for gifts. I take pride in my earrings. They need to last for years (I mean I love stores like Clare's, but really). I want customers to come back and say, "those are my favorite earrings, I never take them off!".
Anyway, I started making earrings, and I must have gone into a little trance, because before I knew it I had made a couple of hundred pair! It was great. I wondered, did I take some kind of drug? How did this happen?
I am so excited and ready for the market! I have dangly pairs (is "dangly" spelled right) and sparkly pairs. Something for everyone.
Now I have to start on necklaces....Hmmm...

Monday, April 13, 2009

My Yard...

I love working in my yard. It is so rewarding to pull weeds, prune, fertilize, etc. But I haven't had a lot of time for a year or so to do any yard work. I decided the yard looked like crap and I was going to tackle it. The trees in the front are too big to prune myself, so we hired a professional to prune them, remove an ugly sycamore and prune our tall dogwood. This is the first spring we have had an abundance of flowers on it! It is so beautiful. Happy, happy spring