It has been a challenging few days. Two family members are dealing with serious health issues, which is weighing on me. I am concerned for them both and they are far enough away that there isn’t much I can do except pray and petition God for their healing and comfort. Not that prayer is ineffective – but I am a recovering “doer” and “fixer” and it’s hard to be so helpless when people I love are hurting.
Life in general, though, is good – I’m past a “jeweler’s block” (or whatever the equivalent of writer’s block is for jewelry people) and diving in head-first into a couple of fun projects. It’s my great privilege to be working with Kate McKinnon as part of the editorial team on the final manuscript of her new book – getting an advance peek at some of that astonishing work is just mind-blowing. Humbling and mind-blowing. I’m working with Melissa Muir on putting together a jewelry artist retreat in the Pacific Northwest late next year, and working on my curriculums for the teaching I’ll be doing at Wired Designs starting in January. I’m also helping them and another friend update their respective websites, and – always – spending time in the studio, which makes me so happy.
And my dear daughter is coming home for a visit in one month’s time. I cannot wait to see her, to hold her, to just spend some normal time with her watching movies, cooking, hanging out.
Lots to be thankful for, in other words.
New stuff has been going into the shop regularly, including these pretties:
I am particularly fond of that last one – I made the cabochons in addition to the setting and the chain, and I feel like I am finally getting the hang of the photography side of things. It’s enormously satisfying, at the same time that it’s a little frustrating – at this point, I am sorely tempted to go back and reshoot all the stuff in my shop, but it would be so time consuming that I keep talking myself out of it. What do you think? Is there a big enough difference between that last photo and the first three to justify it?
And finally, don’t forget there’s a giveaway going on through the end of the week – you can check out my post about it here. Hope everyone is having a great week!