I woke up this morning from a dream within a dream. I do not remember all the details, but I do remember the “outermost” dream was of me stuck at the auto-repair shop and my 9:30 class about to start. I was trying all kinds of things to get the word to the department that I was not going to be in class. No one would help me, I was on my own.
Why is this significant? I will not teaching this semester!
Maybe my old vehicle (teaching) is not going to work for me and I need to get creative to be able to go in another direction.
This summer I have started a new incarnation – as an artist. This is both exciting and terrifying, as I have said here before.
This week I am preparing some pieces to show at an open call for artists at a local gallery this Saturday. I believe my pieces are good enough to make the cut, but I need to make some necklaces and bracelets to go along with my earrings. These sets will be, by their very nature, “matchy-matchy”. I enjoy this kind of work, but I would also like to create OOAK (one of a kind) pieces that are out of the ordinary – that is a bit of stretch for me right now.
In the meantime, I have shown some of my pieces to close friends and invariably I end up selling a piece or two. That happened yesterday. I sold the beautiful amber and quartz Anglican Rosary featured a couple of posts ago and a pair of earring made from tiny turquoise scarabs. I have not had a sale in my Etsy Shop yet, but I keep putting the word out.
So, tell me, what are your dreams like at this point in the year? Are you waking from nightmares about a fall festival you are preparing for? Is the winter Holiday Season breathing down your neck? Are you panicking because school is starting?
Leave me a comment so I won’t think I am just writing all this for myself.
I have had the empty shop for nearly a year and I just sat down and photographed everything I had on hand on Saturday so that I could post it today.
I only have eight items up currently, but I have about 20 more to write about and post. I would be ever so grateful if you would go by and check out the stock and come back to give me some feedback. Hereis one of the items I have listed, an amber and yellow quartz Anglican-style rosary bracelet with a sterling silver toggle closure and cross.
Here it is the first of August, and if you think it was hot in Texas in July, you “ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” I have been staying close to home and in the cool of the house, but I still have my own little “power surges” or ”personal heat-waves”, if you get my drift. And when that happens and the AC is as cool as it is going get, I repeat to myself, “Think cool thoughts. Think cool thoughts . . . .” I was doing that today as I was making this bracelet.
It is a bit of a departure for me and I hope you like it, because I made it especially for this giveaway. (More on that in a moment.)
The bracelet is sterling silver links with a variety of glass beads (5mm – 12mm) dangling down from their silver wire wraps. The five orphan lamp-work beads are in shades of aqua and teal. They remind me of Monet’s Water-lily series.
I gave it a test wear this afternoon, and it is light and comfortable, and as you can see from the photos, it goes with anything from denim to chintz and lace.
Now, for the giveaway: I really appreciate all my readers and I am so surprised that my counter has turned over 1,000 visits. To thank you and to increase readership, here are the rules:
#1 On your blog tell your friends about the giveaway and ask them to post a comment on this blog #2 Stop by and post a comment on this blog – only one comment per person counts (if you should forget and post again) #3 Check back next Saturday (August 8) to see if you were the lucky winner selected at random.
From my earliest memories, I've been a creative person. I'm fascinated with the Middle Ages and find the artistic history and religion tend to feed my spirit -- except the Inquisition. No one expects the Spanish Inquisistion. (I also love British humor, if you couldn't already tell.)
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