Tuesday, April 15, 2008

To Do

Day: Tuesday, April 15th
Stress Level: Maintaining
Unfinished Business:
- Wedding Ring for Diana
- Magazine article for "Ins & Outs"
- Deciding on booth set-up for next weeks Spring Fling craft show
- Rapidly piling up Etsy orders
- Yet-to-be-announced-secret-project (ooooooh!)

I'm noticing a pattern in my life these last few years -- I somehow manage to walk a fine line between laziness (my so-called "marginal" employment comes to mind) and work overload. Despite the fact that I seemingly have a lot of time on my hands (I only work at an office job 3-4 days a week) I am constantly busy. The jewelry aspect of my life consumes every second of free time I have. Then, on top of the jewelry work and the two part time jobs, I also commit myself to random things that turn out to be waaaay more time consuming than anticipated. Case in point being an article I am writing for a local magazine. I wrote for them a few months ago, and vowed I would never do it again --- the article took soooo long to write! But, they asked me to do another one and stupidly, I agreed. So just add that to the list.

By the way, the super-freaking-awesome pic was taken by my little bro, on a foggy night in Astoria. He rocks.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

It's all happening

Last Thursday was the SITE first anniversary party, featuring the jewelry of yours truly. They had wine in juice boxes!! That was an exciting little addition to what turned out to be a really fun party. Tons of local Astoria people, cupcakes, and alcohol.... a recipe for a rowdy night. (And a hangover the next morning).

I worked like mad on Sunday, and came up with some fab new designs that I will be premiering at the BUST Spring Fling on April 27th in Brooklyn. Lots of mixed metal pieces, rings and cuffs. One of the new pieces is my funky
"In Orbit" ring. It's delicate, but still very eye catching. It was SUCH a debacle to make, because I ran out of medium solder, which meant that i had to assemble the whole thing using easy solder. Everything was gravy till I started soldering the dotted rings to the base. The solder that I'd already applied began to flow again and the whole thing collapsed. That happened about three times. But I was feeling stubborn and kept fighting with it till I managed to get the whole thing to stay together. I think it was well worth it!

To get an In Orbit ring of your very own, go here.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008


It's been a hell of a week... I've been pounding out new designs as fast as my hands allow. Funky mixed metal rings, simple organic rings, another chunky cuff bracelet and a big, fabulous pendant. My fingers are really taking a beating -- I sawed a nice chunk out of my middle finger last night, and then burned my hand tonight.

In the midst of the frenzy, Angela of ElsieQ and I got word that we were accepted to the Bust Spring Craftacular. Hooray!! That gives me about three weeks to pull my inventory together. More on that next time...

Kicking off the insanity is the One Year Anniversary Party at SITE tomorrow, where Sprout Jewelry will be featured. More importantly, SITE will be keeping the party hopping with wine and cupcakes -- sounds delish :)