Somehow it's already been a month since I wrote on here last. Oops, sorry. It's been a busy year so far. In early January, I packed up my studio and moved it into my apartment and my daily routine has completely changed for the better. Life is a little slower, less stressful. But I still need to figure out how to take a day off since I've worked more weekends than not this year.
Last week, I went to the Tucson Gem & Mineral Show and dragged my friend Monica along for the ride. It's definitely the most focused I've ever been at a gem show- usually I come home with a lot of pretty things that I end up never using. I spent my time on the flights to and from Tucson working out the designs for this year and part of the next- which you would think would be great, but it's left me totally distracted. And then today, the box full of stones that I bought at the show arrived and I don't think I can make anything else until I get to play with them. Just getting the ideas on paper isn't enough, I need to push beads and findings around on my desk until I'm satisfied.
If you're curious, here's my current plan for the next year of collections.
Summer 2016: Green Aventurine + Pink Opal
Fall 2016: Lapis + Labradorite
Holiday 2016: Mother of Pearl + Onyx
Spring 2017: Feldspar + Moonstone + Australian Opal????
Don't hold me to it though ;)