14 June 2011

Random Ramblings

{My hibiscus macro from my front porch...just a pretty thing to tide you over until you get bead overload!}

I'm baaaaaaaaccccckkkk!

Some random thoughts to tide you over until I can fully recap what has been going on...

  • There is a great big pile o' beads and components littering the floor of my studio (step gingerly!).
  • I didn't think that I would spend every last penny, I thought I would come home with some money to put towards a new laptop (my first!) but unfortunately, if I had it with me, I spent it. I should know better.
  • I thought that I had lost a special little baggie from a very cool brand new-to-me vendor (very panicky few moments until I found it tucked inside a big bag o' chain!). I am using it for a special project for my Earthenwoods Design Team for July.
  • And speaking of desing teams... I just found out that I will be getting a surprise goodie from the Chinook Design Team. What a treat! I love what Mellisa does.
  • On Sunday I had planned to leave the Bead & Button at noon to catch the semi-final baseball game in the tournament my son was playing in. I told my husband on the phone that I was just about ready to leave....and I left two hours later!!! But that is okay, because they won the semi-final and made it into the championship game and I got there just as it started. They won that one 16-5 and got a huge trophy. No pictures though since I was mighty pooped by that time. The games had been postponed due to rain so this one started at 4:00 pm (should have started at 11:00 am!) and then was pretty slow due to the big hitters we have and got done around 6:45! And then, as if I had not driven through the construction on Hwy 41 enough, we had to head back south (the exact direction I came from earlier) to go to my husband's nephew's graduation party. We got there around 8pm just in time to eat the last of the burgers and brats and stayed for about an hour before turning around and driving 2 hours home. Through the wicked bad construction (that is three times in one day, people!).
  • And last night we had ball until after 10pm for league, and pulled out an amazing win at 19-9 in the 5th inning. But I was too pooped to create...
  • I have a special anniversary necklace to make for a client (he is uber romantic!) and a whole wedding party ensemble I committed to months ago that is due now. As in yesterday.
  • There will be a surprise party for my mom this Friday (shhhhhh!!!), my sister and her family are coming into town, we are having a Prais family portrait session, and I will be entertaining my niece and nephew for the weekend with nothing going on in this dinky town. Do you think I could get them to clean my studio and sort beads?!
  • There are some other deadlines looming for publications that I have to complete. I can't tell you anything more than they are both for books rather than magazines. I am delighted to be participating in both.
  • I had the distinct honor to view the proof copy of the book that Heather Powers is writing. I am blown away. Heather's designs are always amazing, but I am most impressed with the way that Kalmbach has presented her work. If you haven't gone out and pre-ordered your copy, you really should. Right now. It is stunningly beautiful. I am so proud of her!
  • Speaking of books, do you think I have one in me? What do you think it would be about? Hmmmmm...
  • I have to get crackin' on the 'simple truth' charms for the sampler club for July. And I am delighted that the supplier of my bezels likes them so much she bought three of my newest ones I didn't even have pictures of! 
  • And if you are interested in a mystery bundle of goodies from the Bead & Button show, head on over to the Art Bead Scene Studio Saturday from June 11th... leave a comment there to be entered. The winner will be drawn at the end of this week!
  • I feel so blessed to have spent the time that I did with my best friend Heather and her Aunt Roseanne (I am officially adopted ;-), meeting friends from all over, seeing Heather Trudeau's beautiful baby boy, shopping with my friend Sharon, learning about the process of some amazing artists, enjoying food and mysterious fun with my bead peep friends at the Safehouse and making some phenomenal connections (and I mean phenomenal!). Sorry to be a tease....More later, I promise! 
Enjoy the day!

18 comments:

steufel said...

Oh Erin, I'm sure you have a book in you - and hoepfully it will make its way out soon - I pre-order in my head right now:-)

Alice said...

First, a word of warning - don't let anyone help sort your beads. You might think you know them well, but beads have a way of turning even the most honest person turn into a thief. Just kiddin'--sort of.

Wow, girl you've got a lot on your plate--errr plates! But I think you can sneak a book in there becuase you have a wonderful way of inspiring us with words, photos, and your creations.

I'm looking forward to seeing your bounty from B&B.

sandi m said...

Yes - I predict your book releases late 2012/early 2013. Just sayin....
Sorry I missed you on Sunday. You were already gone when I got to Humblebeads later. I'm so bummed not seeing 'simple truths'.
Look forward to seeing your stash. I escaped under budget - well, I did run out of time. I found some real cool old findings and new techniques to try. Everything is inventoried ~ now to go play!
It was good seeing you on Friday even if it was too short.
Sounds like you'll need a vacation after this week....
sandi

ps - belle flower!

Holly said...

Erin, your book would be an instant best seller! Of that, there's no doubt :) Sounds like an awesome time at B&B, and a generally busy, but good weekend! Can't wait to see your stash ;)

Kristen said...

Missed you girl but I am so glad you had a time! I can't wait to see your design team pieces you know your work touches my heart! Maybe I can join the fun another time.

Hugs and I am so glad you are home safe and sound. I bet a little broke too! LOL

Jenners said...

Love the macro..I could see that inner part of the flower being turned into a bead design, actually.

As usual, it sounds like your life is busy, creative and filled to the brim.

Jenni said...

Erin, glad you had a great time at B and B. Goodness you have a lot going on...you are a doer that's for sure! Yes, I am sure there is book in there....a person who loves to write and create...how could you not! Definitely have that on the list!! As Holly said..it would be an instant best seller. Thank you for dropping by...jenni

somethingunique said...

Hi Erin, i think if your were to release a book it would top New Yorks Best Seller list no doubt you most certainly have a way with words and so eleaquant<did i say that it's a big word for me lol :P i prob spelled it wrong anyway i don't have spell check to save me in a post sometimes i resort back to my e-mails and hit the compose button just for the spell check so i don't embarass myself on a comment's opps :P i think i just "embarassed" myself cause thats not how you spell that and i am definatly not bare assed cause that would be very uncomfortable on my computer chair. I better stop now before i do anymore damage ttfn Lana:)

Mandy said...

Write the book Erin! I would be first in line!

Off the Beadin' Path said...

Erin, your to-do list never shrinks, does it?! Makes my list seem simple! Glad you survived your Sunday travels, aaaugh, once was enough with the detours, but you just had to keep going and going. Congrats to the baseball team, they must be quite a bunch! Good memories for them! The book subject: Of course you will write a book, it's inevitable with your skills and all that you have to offer!! Meanwhile, we can look forward to whatever Heather has in store for us, that will be exceptional, I'm sure! That was sweet of you to mention our shopping spree at the Bead Show, it was just the best time possible!

Heather said...

Oh Erin you will write an amazing book, I have no doubt about it! You just need to set your mind to it and give yourself a mini deadline.

Miss you already!!!

ladynoble said...

Girl you are one busy momma. Sometimes it just all piles right? Even though you seem to have a lot on your plate I agree with all of these comments above, you should write a book. I can totally see you doing a book of designs inspired by words! Amazing text everywhere, in your inspiration, in the graphics, in the actual jewelry... seriously it could be awesome and I know people would be so excited to have it in their personal creative book collection. Go for it lady!

Cindy said...

Erin, it was nice to see you at B&B...can you believe meeting one another twice in one year! :-) You truly are one busy lady - again I say, how do you do it all?? Congrats to your son's team for their big win!

urbandon (Don Pezzano) said...

Wow- busy! Great macro.

Mellisa said...

Macrolicious! Can't wait to hear the details of your B&B experience :) Sounds like you are one busy bunny but of course you'll get it all done...and a book to boot!

Silver Parrot said...

You have no idea how hard I am laughing at the thought that you really thought you'd come home with "leftover" money. HAHAAAAAAAHAHAA!

JeannieK said...

Love the macro hibiscus. I think you have a book in you. Get some rest, that list looks long.

Erin said...

Wow, Erin! Contributing to TWO books! I'm impressed. How do you do that? I'm happy and excited for you! I wish you could say more. I want to know all about it. About your book - Well, I'm sooo glad you asked! Yes, I do think you have one in you and it would be about creating sentimental, meaningful and inspirational jewelry, of course! Jewelry with words, of course. As far as I know there's not a lot of beading books out there with a theme like that. You are the perfect person to write it. Maybe the jewelry in your book would be based around universal themes such as love, marriage, friendship, peace etc. and inspirational quotes and ideas like from your "simple truths" line. Maybe you would also talk about how to create meaningful jewelry for family, friends and others. Give beaders pointers on how to go about creating a special piece for someone.

What about special occasion jewelry?

-There's so much you could do!

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