Last Lap

I've got one week until my flight to I decided to start 18 more rings today. Because it doesn't feel right if I get things finished with time to spare? The first night of INDULGE is next Thursday, February 9th so I hope you drop by if you're in the Seattle/Bellevue area or peer pressure your friends with applicable geography.

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Things are getting pretty sloppy. Still no time for an overhaul.

Did I mention I'm also making charms for the Society of Contemporary Craft?

And more earrings...

And those long blue bits in the background have to assemble themselves into a serviceable entry for the necklace show "Hot Under the Collar" that's going to take place during the SNAG Conference.

These new polymer clay pieces are helping me get brooches moving more quickly. That's something at least. Trying to do this and cut back on caffeine consumption simultaneously is driving me a little nuts. My teeth feel sharper than usual. My tongue feels vulnerable. Shaky hands are counterproductive to my tiny dot painting regimen.

Must think small, calm thoughts.



Winter in Iowa is not the ideal time to work in my basement studio. However this freakish weather is making it more tolerable than normal. I just have to suppress my anxieties about how this will translate into the gardening season...

In less than a month I'll be trying my hand at INDULGE, a four day orgy of jewelry selling. I'm qualifying this event as my first real foray into the world of the high-end craft sale. The SNAG Trunk Show was a 2 hour scrum without the pretense of displays, charm, or dignity. It was perfect. My local favorite "What a Load of Craft" show affords a low financial investment--I show up and spend a day with my local Iowa Citians.

INDULGE will be different...plane tickets, major entry fees, and a lot of staying power along with an optimistic inventory. Though the price is comparatively low in the scheme of things, it's a tall order for this art hermit. So I'm working on new bits and pieces.

Yes, that's polymer clay. I'm as baffled as you are. Don't worry, lots to add.

And look at this disaster of a bench. I had dreams of cleaning and organizing...until my calendar reminded me that I have less than a month.

INDULGE takes place at the Bellevue Art Museum from February 8th through 12th.