I’m very happy with the view from my new studio space here in Escalante, UT. Â It’s spring here – 60’s, blue skies, and the daffodils are about to bloom at the Post Office. Â It’s hard to believe winter is over – it wasn’t very cold, there wasn’t much snow, and I didn’t get much jewelry done. Â Sigh!
Hiking season will begin early. Â And Turn About Ranch enrollment will expand. Â It was graduation weekend for one group this weekend. Â It’s fun to see the difference in the whole family mid-term to graduation. Â The level of self-respect at graduation Â is huge compared to midterm. Â Self respect is such a major issue in life. Â It affects what we wear and the message we send. Â Whether we wear 8 rings at a time or 2. Â And where we wear them sends an even louder message.
Have you seen the transformation in Adam Levine in the last year? Â From punk rocker with tats to suit wearing, hair combed gentleman about to marry the love of his life. Â She loves him and he cares. Â The message is loud and clear. Â Blake Shelton, however, is the opposite. Â He’s withdrawn, everyone talks about his substance abuse problem and he is always fiddling with his wedding ring.
Having had two husbands and a father with the same problem (yes, I’m a slow learner), I know first hand the damage to everyone’s lives that occurs with a drinker in the house. Â I hope Blake gets help soon. Â It won’t be easy to kick in an industry that lives for the party.
Our industry lives for beads. Â And our obsession is having “enough”. Â How do we know what amount that is? Â There’s so many things to create. Â For me, and what I create, it is 52 woven bracelets a year. Â Then do as many strung pendants on hand-beaded cords as possible (usually one a week). Â It varies, but I make and sell about 100 items a year. Â I need to get busy, I’ve sold 5 this week. Â At least I know how much is “enough”.