On May 2nd, 2011, I wrote my first post. I had no clue what I was doing. I thought I knew what I was doing. :) I had ideas about what I wanted to do. I read lots of articles about how to produce a great blog. I learned about how to make money off a blog- something I've never been comfortable with. I jotted down notes to myself. I created a folder for the ever growing list of ideas that I had.
Alas, a super blogger I was not destined to be. I have been happy with my blog, though. At least, I haven't gone back to erase any posts.
I've tried to be interesting, illuminating and real. I'm good at being real. To quote Popeye, "I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam." I love Popeye- the old black and white ones where he swears like the sailor he is. That was real, too. I know. My Dad was a sailor. (And my 1st husband and husband and son and for many, many generations previous on my Mom's side.) Anyway, I digress.
The reason for the long pause between the last post and this is that I have been trying to figure out something cool to do for the monumental 200th post. I know, it isn't much of a milestone for you all, but for me it is. I stuck to it. I almost gave it up a few times because of the changing dynamics in my life, but I have hung in there. For me, that really is something.
I'm definitely the kind of person who flits from one thing to the next like a butterfly. Only wire wrapping and rocks has kept my interest for any length of time. Which brings me back to the sailors in my life. I have moved around a lot. Only in these 15 years have I been more in less in one spot. I never put down roots. I have always been happy to pick up and move on to the next adventure. I would never change a thing and it gives me reason, today, to be proud of my sticking to the blog.
My Secret Cab Source
As a way to say thank you for reading along, I am sharing with you one of my favorite sources, Greg's Cabochons. This shop is run by husband and wife team, Greg and Sarah. We opened our shops at about the same time. They became an instant hit. Many people, including myself, check frequently to see what is new. Greg is an awesome cabber who does lots of different freeforms. His father was a lapidary, too. Greg and Sarah have a great resource in dad's rocks collection, which provides for a great variety of material. The prices are awesome, too. :) If you get a chance, stop by the shop and see what they have. If they don't have what you want, odds are good that they have it for the asking. Sarah is a wonderful lady, she won't mind you asking. She might even go out back and find the rough herself. :) Although I cab, I still buy cabs and this is one of my favorite shops.
In the next day or so, I will be putting my book back in my blog store. I have gotten many emails about it and after a lot of thought (and a little embarrassment for behaving so dramatically) I have decided to keep it here on the blog.
Thanks everyone. :) I wouldn't have kept this up for so long without y'all.
And.... since this is a jewelry blog, here's some visuals.
|Orange Peach Aventurine Sterling Silver- One of Greg's cabs.|
|Gem Silica Silicated Chrysocolla Necklace in silver- one of Greg's cabs|
|One of my own- Ocean Jasper- half border wrap; half sculpted|
|Turquoise Sterling Silver- This is a stone from a failed wrap. I recabbed it and set it as you see it. I like it a lot.|
I have spent the last week, off and on, trying to come up with something new in an earring. I think it has all been done before. Wish me luck, I need it. I feel like I have just been banging my head against a wall.