Aug 072010
 

…to sooth the savage beader. 🙂

While I love the sounds of silence, I do like to have some background “noise” when I’m working in my studio.  I’m not much of a TV-watcher, although I find some of the “how to” shows on public television interesting (even if I have no interest in the subject, like sewing!).  More often, I’ll pop a concert DVD in my studio TV, or turn on the radio.

When I’m working online – blogging, Facebooking (I guess that’s now a verb, LOL ), listing items on Etsy, or doing research – I occasionally will have my television set to a satellite radio station.

Until yesterday.

My daughter commented on her Facebook page that she was madly in love with Pandora…I instantly thought of the popular beads with the big holes, but no, she meant Pandora.com…online radio that YOU program yourself.  After just a few minutes of using the site myself, I was hooked.

So, I’m off to listen to one of “my” favorite stations while I catch up on this morning’s news.  What do you listen to you when you are working on your projects?

BTW, your useless bit of trivia for today is the source of the original quote, usually misquoted as “Music hath (or has) charms to sooth the savage beast”.  It’s by William Congreve, in The mourning bride, written in 1697:

Musick has Charms to sooth a savage Breast,
To soften Rocks, or bend a knotted Oak.
I’ve read, that things inanimate have mov’d,
And, as with living Souls, have been inform’d,
By Magick Numbers and persuasive Sound.
What then am I? Am I more senseless grown
Than Trees, or Flint? O force of constant Woe!
‘Tis not in Harmony to calm my Griefs.
Anselmo sleeps, and is at Peace; last Night
The silent Tomb receiv’d the good Old King;
He and his Sorrows now are safely lodg’d
Within its cold, but hospitable Bosom.
Why am not I at Peace?

Apr 072009
 

Disclaimer: No jewelry is involved in this post. If you don’t want to read my mini-review and go to a link for a good current work of fiction, carry on.

I won’t go into the long, involved story about how I acquired Sean Doolittle’s latest novel Safer, but it involved three Barnes and Noble employees, my bad memory, and a sudden AH HA! moment.

Any who….

Sean’s a local guy…he’s published four previous novels, with Safer being his first hardbound book. I wanted to pick up the book mainly because I see him every day – he works just down the hall from me (in our daytime, non-creative jobs, LOL), and because I was curious. Not to drop names, but he’s collaborated with the son of a certain Famous Writer who happens to be my favorite. 😉

Read the book. Enjoyed the book. Recommend the book.

Feb 012009
 

My baby turned 15 today.

We spent the day at a wrestling tourney, and the evening watching “Bad Movie of the Week” on Sci-Fi, playing “Trash” (card game) and eating pizza. All his favorite things.

Mom and Dad gave him all clothes – we felt badly and thought we should have gotten him something “fun”, but fought the temptation. He was actually Very Pleased with his new hunting gear and Under Armor.

Maybe he’s actually growing up. 🙂

Well, maybe not……

Dec 212008
 

It’s been a busy holiday season here…I’m taking some much needed time off from my “day” job to relax (what’s that?) and just sort of hang out. For the sake of my family and close friends who read the blog and think I’ve fallen off the face of the earth, here’s a quick update on jewelry and not-jewelry news!

Wrestling has consumed our December. Jeremy started back up in wrestling as a freshman, and between daily practices and (at least) weekly tournaments and duals, we’ve been running all over SW Iowa and Nebraska. January isn’t looking much better 😉 But he LOVES the sport, and is gaining experience and having fun. Since he hasn’t wrestled since he was about 6, it was a surprise that he wanted to take it up again, but he is really enjoying it this time around. Me, I’m now crowned Mat Mom and have an idea for some Mat Mom earrings, LOL.

Final jewelry commissions are going to be completed today…even the last minute call on Tuesday this week for a brag bracelet! Generation Gems pulled through and “Rod’s” wife will be very pleased that her gift is going to be on time.

I’m breaking into the stash I got from EarthBazaar a couple of weeks ago. They are still running their end of the year sale, and I picked up some yummy gems. One complaint about EB is that the drills in their gemstones are tiny…but I just take out my trusty battery operated reamer (from Beadalon) and ream away. I find reaming out stones to be therapeutic…one of those mindless things that I enjoy.

And since the weather outside is frightful (it’s stinking COLD and there are windchill advisories), I’ll hunker down today and work on a few projects. And maybe get those Christmas cards out…New Year’s cards, anyone? 🙂

May 232008
 

Putting jewelry aside for the day.

For anyone who has been following the recent Dingo Drama…Rex has undergone surgery this morning and is going to be fine. 🙂 He had a minor blockage in his intestine, but Doc Kelly thinks he will bounce back quickly and be 100% soon.
I’m pretty relieved…this has been wearing on me for nearly two weeks (he started getting sick on Mother’s Day) and it’s good to know he’s going to be on the mend now.
Back to jewelry. 😉
Apr 102008
 

I think it was about November, 2006. For some reason my stylist, Roseanne’s, words stuck with me…”You have a LOT of hair!!” and her other memorable quote “It’s JUST hair!!!”. I decided to work toward donating my hair to women who have experienced hair loss due to cancer and other disease. I began checking out donation sites, and found that the most common hair donations are to Locks of Love – making wigs for children who are fighting cancer.

Locks of Love has some pretty stringent guidelines, and I’d heard reports that hair that didn’t meet those guidelines was thrown out. I certainly didn’t want my (mumble mumble)-year old hair being thrown out, so I did more research.

I was happy to find that Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths program accepts hair that has some grey (yeah, okay, so I have “natural” highlights…) and a little shorter (8″) pony tail. So I kept growing my hair out. It grows fast (about 1″ a month) but with trims to keep it healthy, it was still going to take a while!!!

About 3 weeks ago, I thought to myself that this long hair wasn’t so bad…it looked good, and wasn’t all that much work. I was growing attached to it, and maybe I wanted to just keep it.

But there was a greater force working. A few days later, I was ready to take a chain saw to it myself. I was walking through the bank and ZING! there went my hair clip. My hair was just “too big” to stay in a clip. Pony tail holders were not even keeping the mop in place. Something was working at me to say CUT IT and let someone else enjoy it.

On Tuesday, April 9, I went to my new stylist, Tammy (Roseanne, my old stylist had retired). We measured the length, and there was enough to donate. As she cut off the first chunk (so much darn hair that she had to do two sections!!!), I felt a pang of grief. Looking at the tails of hair on her table, I almost felt like I’d had a limb amputated.

BUT. I love my new style. I went out Tuesday night with girlfriends and was told that I tossed my hair all night (I didn’t realize I did it LOL!). I went to work the next day and felt more professional, and (true story!) I got a promotion.

Long story short (hahahaha), I don’t consider myself to be an altruistic person. I had a commodity that I could take care of for a while, and I wanted to let someone else maybe feel pretty while they were going through one of the most horrific and courageous fights I can imagine. I sincerely hope that by donating my hair, I’m giving someone else a gift that helps them get through the day…to be able to go to the grocery store, day care, or work and appear “normal”.

So that’s me this week. Yes, I’m working on some jewelry projects (and will share them with you in a bit 😉 ), but this just seemed a little more important at this point. 🙂