Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tangible Tidbits 2010 #7: Short & Sweet...Well, Not That Short!

Sorry I'm a bit late this week, but Mom had her surgery on Tuesday and that kind of took center stage focus since the end of last week. She did well, although it was a long night, since the surgery started and ended later than expected, and we are now waiting to find out when she can be released from the hospital -- in the middle of the third snow storm this month! :p I'm trying to keep up with everything the best I can, but the next 4-6 weeks of her recovery will increase the level of chaos in my life.

I attended the Bead Society of NJ meeting last week. Nice party. Check out the Swarovski(R) Crystal earrings I made for the exchange in the GALLERY section of the Store if you get a chance. ;)

Still working hard on my class at Montclair State. The new Focal Piece of the Month helped me jumpstart my research for the five-minute oral presentation I have to do in a few weeks for the mid-term critique...mid-terms already? :o The new Focal Piece should be up on the site in the next week or so. Sorry, that's a little late, too. **hides**

As always, please feel free to pop in and leave a message or comment for me on the website blog. It would be nice to get some activity going here (or there, if you are reading this via the email newsletter or the Facebook Fan Page). For those of you who know me from my message board days, remember "The Sharing Threads" at MR/ARD/5LYF? I was hoping the blog would evolve into something similar to that, only maybe a little less "heavy." KG is back...tell all your friends! LOL ;)

Until next time, "TTFN...ta ta for now!" (Gotta love Tigger!)
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tangible Tidbits 2010 #6: Awards Season Is Upon Us...

The Tonys...The Grammys...The Oscars...and's Beading Contest? Why not? LOL So, I know I'm new in this business, but I have a lot of PR experience (14 years) and I know nothing buys you the kind of publicity and exposure that participation in these kinds of contests can. Your work and your name gets "out there" in front of a lot of people you would never otherwise reach...people who would never see your work or hear of your name otherwise...people already interested in what you do. So, here I am, entering or planning to enter any contest I come across. ;)

The first such contest is the aforementioned contest sponsored by I came across it in an email magazine I receive from BeadStyle, I think. In any case, I've entered in all three categories: Contemporary, Traditional, and Eclectic. I've also entered one necklace, one pair of earrings, and one bracelet, which are the three kinds of items accepted. Voting begins on February 17. Check out the site for details. :)

Wish me luck! ;)
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Monday, February 8, 2010

Tangible Tidbits 2010 #5: Easy Come...Easy Go...

I originally wanted to post here last night, but when all was said and done, I didn't have the energy for it. I was going to post a message about "Chain maille stress therapy," since I brought my tools and packages of jump rings with me to keep me occupied for a long afternoon. I was in the waiting room of the ER for 6-1/2 hours waiting for my mother, who fell on the ice, fractured her arm and dislocated her shoulder. I used my time productively, making two necklaces, two bracelets, and three pairs of earrings! Someone in the waiting room even admired my work and asked me for my business card! LOL Of course, it didn't hurt that I kept drawing attention to myself by dropping rings on the floor. It wasn't exactly optimal working conditions. And it probably wasn't my best work, as my hands were a bit shaky. Still, the work wasn't too complicated, so it kept my hands busy and my mind somewhat occupied.

Unfortunately, all of that effort went to waste when I LOST it somewhere between the waiting room and my car in the parking garage. :o I realized it when we got home and I didn't have it with my tools and purse in the back seat. I went back to the hospital and retraced my steps. Checked with Security and the Lost & Found. Nothing. All of that time and effort, wasted. At least they were only aluminum jump rings and not more valuable ones like 14K gold fill! :p Que sera, sera!

BTW, Mom has to see an orthopedic this week. Her arm is pretty purple, but she knows she's lucky it wasn't worse. :)
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