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Monday, March 25, 2013

200th Post: Shhhhh... My Secret Cab Source


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.




16 comments:

  1. 200 posts! That's awesome. I'm the sort of person who flits from one thing to another and who has never put down roots, so I understand how truly impressive that is.

    I'm so glad you're going to bring your book back! I'm doing another Epic Indie Book Fair of Awesome in May or June, and I'd love to include you. <3

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    1. I have to admit, I was a bummed that I missed your book fair. It was awesome. I saw some books my granddaughter would like. She devours books.

      Being a military brat has some disadvantages, but for me, moving around a lot isn't one of them. I have always enjoyed moving around. :) I think it had a huge impact on who I am, though, I only see that now in retrospect.

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  2. Congratulations! You're an awesome blogger and an amazing artist. Keep up the great work.

    Inner Beauty

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    1. Thank you for the vote of confidence! :)

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  3. I have no idea what happened to make you pull your book but I'm glad you ;decided to go forward with it. I still tend to disappear for a few weeks at a time with all the craziness still going on in my life but there are two blogs I never fail to read. One is yours and the other my daughters. Sometimes they are saved up but I doubt I've missed many along the way.
    Congratulations on your 200th issue. That is really quite an accomplishment to be proud of. I hope you keep writing for a long time to come. I'm guessing there are many more of us out here reading than you will ever know.
    Hugs,
    Lois

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    1. Hi Lois- always good to hear from you. I guess we both have crazy lives then. Keeps us busy, anyway. :)

      I'm really happy and tickled to read your comments. It's gratifying to know I have interested you enough to keep reading. Big hugs!

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  4. well, as my writing instructor (my husband) said: everything has been done before, what's important is if you do it well. I think that applies to both jewelry and writing, including blogging. :)

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    1. Too true.... I need to remember that as I try to reinvent the wheel every time. LOL!

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  5. Tela Dear, Congratulations on your 200th blog post! You should be very proud of this accomplishment. I believe I have read, enjoyed, smiled, drooled and learned from all 200 of them. Thank you for taking us along with you on your journey. You are deeply missed when you are away. The cabs are all beautifully done. My favorite is the turquoise!

    It is a dear of you to share the gift of your secret cab source.

    Happy you put your e-book back up as it is packed with information many will continue to learn from.

    Here's to the next 200 posts! Cheers!

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    1. Hi Christine! :) I think you deserve some applause, too. I think you have commented on all 200. I would miss you terribly if you did not. I'm so happy to have such wonderful friends and readers. BIG Hugs!

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  6. Congratulations! I was so afraid you were going to say you had reached 200 and you were done. I look forward to your sprinkles of sunshine and inspiration.
    Thanks so much for sharing Greg's Cabochons with us. I looked at them and his prices are very good.
    Love the gem silica. It's one of my favorite stones. The color takes me back to a happy memory. My parents didn't have much and I always had hand me downs and used things. But I didn't know we were poor. I had an old boys bike I learned to ride on and I rode the wheels off it. That Easter I got a brand new stingray bike with the sparkley seat. It was the most beatiful thing I had ever seen and it was the color of gem selica. When ever I see that color the memory comes flooding back. Thanks for making my day! :)

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    1. Oh Gina- you reminded me of a similar story of my own. How wonderful! I had hand me downs, too. Then I, too, got a stingray with banana set and sissy bar, but mine was purple with sparkles(of course). Maybe that's where I get my fascination with that color :) I was so delirious with happiness. Getting that bike and my military id card was better than getting my first car. :) I have a picture of it somewhere.

      Thank you for the memories. HUGS!

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  7. I also wanted to tell you that your book is AMAZING.

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    1. Thank you, Gina, I'm glad you like it. :)

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  8. Congratulations, Tela, on your 200 posts...you have inspired, informed, and instructed me with you work..thanks for taking the time to put you work and your words out there.

    I think it was after you mentioned it earlier that I "found" SlabsCabsRough on Etsy. Greg and Sarah have since become my primary supplier because of their quality and service...they are just good people.

    Looking forward to seeing some of your cabs as soon as weather and time permit. Have a beautiful day!

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  9. Hi Phil :) Thank you very much for your comment. I think I have the most kind readers. :)

    Today the weather was very nice and I did some cabbing until I could tell it was plucking DH's last nerve. But... Monday it will be 70 out, so I will be able to cut some slabs. Wait until you see the goodies I have! I'm just itching to get at them. LOL!

    Greg and Sarah are awesome people! I didn't remember mentioning them before. I guess after 200 posts you start to forget. ;)

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