Saturday, September 14, 2013

I'm back. And I can breathe.

We landed in New York City about two hours ago and I felt like I could breathe better the minute we walked off of the plane and into the airport.  The calm I feel when I'm in the city is something I have never been able to put my finger on...but it is palpable.

My plan for this trip was to try to get some exposure for the new line of work...not sure if that's gonna happen...but there might be a possibility that popped up today.  Cross your fingers for me pretty please.  I'm hoping to show them the pieces I finished this week...

I am over the moon with how this piece turned out!  It is by far my favorite back plate I've made to date. And the bit on the back is a line from one of my very favorite Jim Croce songs.  If you're a young'n and have never listened to Jim Croce or, gulp, haven't even heard his name (that thought makes me die a little inside) go iTunes search him now.  There is a lot of music that I love that I will admit has not stood the test of time...for instance, I adore Andy Gibb but maybe he wouldn't make it today...maybe.  Jim Croce though, beautiful lyrics, music, voice, just soulful.  His music is funny and real and honest and you need to know it.  In fact, I feel so strongly about this that I just decided something - go to iTunes or YouTube and look up Jim Croce.  Check out any of his songs, but my favorites are: Roller Derby Queen (hilarious), One Less Set of Footsteps (my favorite),  I Got a Name... Go listen, come back here, leave a comment telling me what you listened to and what you thought of it (you can tell me I'm crazy, it wont hurt my feel bads).  Leave your email address and I will send you a coupon code for 20% off of any item in my etsy shop.  I'm telling you, I love Jim Croce!  Sadly he passed away at only 30 years old.  Within the music industry I think he is considered a huge loss, specifically for his writing.  Ok, I'm climbing down off my soap box now.  Whew, I got all riled there for a second and I didn't even see it coming!  Moving along...

This ring.  She has a story.  I found these precious little vintage reflectors and snatched up all four that they had (two red, one green, and one yellow) like they were gonna sprout legs and run away if I didn't act fast!  I felt like they were just begging for a second life as something beautiful, a little beacon on someone's hand... This is the first one I set.  it was really fun because Tom and I collaborated quite a bit on this one.  He is always super supportive and lets me bounce ideas off of him constantly, but this time he was even more into it - I think the fact that it was this cool little object of mysterious origin sparked his interest...I think it was a perfect melding of our ideas and she turned out beautifully.  When it came to what would go on the band or back of the ring I struggled a bit...Tom and I mulled it over for two days and then one afternoon it came rushing into my brain with full force: "Be a spark and glow awhile".  It was exactly what I wanted.  

Be a spark and glow awhile
You'll be dead a long long time
Be a shooting star 
and in one mad moment
Burning bright
like the night
Make us stand in awe

Now, I could so easily climb right back onto my soap box because the artist I have borrowed this from is one of the most amazing human beings ever - that no one in this country seems to know about but I'll just share this with you and I'll move on to this exciting news...

I've got a New store carrying my work!!  I'm giddy excited!  The shop is in Eugene, Oregon and what is just plain awesome about that is not only have I been wanting a store in Oregon for eons, two of my VERY favorite cousins live there (I love you Bren and Christi!) - so Plume Red, I might just have to visit!  I am officially volunteering for a trunk show!  The cool thing about this is that the owner found me - and I can honestly say, after looking at photos of the store, I would have been clamoring to be in this store if I had known about it!  So - win win!

Ok, one last thing and then I've gotta jet - I made this ring last week and I think I wanna turn it into a whole super hero series...who's in?!?!?  I'm thinking BAM! and ZAP! and, for you Big Bang fans, Bazinga!  I've found some incredible vintage Lucite cabochons that look like a bulls-eye that just scream super hero!  I've got this image in my head of all these girls wearing these rings with their fists pumped out in the air feeling all sorts of empowered!  Can't you just see it?!?
That is the only thing about being out of town, I keep getting these ideas that turn into urges to work and I don't know what to do with myself.  I meant to bring some wire along to just do some chain or something but I forgot...

Alrighty, it's actually day three of my trip (took me a little bit to wrap up this post) and I'm gonna try to find something to eat in this city full of possibilities...
Nighty night my dears...

ps  If you are interested in any of the jewels in this post please keep an eye on the etsy shop.  I will post them over the next day or two.  Or let me know if you want one and I'll hurry up and get it posted!  Sometimes I just need a little kick in the pants!