I'm sorry for starting off here with an apology, which I never like to do, and now it turns into two, as I apologize for my inattentiveness here of late. Many of us hibernate to a certain extent in the winter months, but for me, it's chaotic here underground. So much life preparing itself to burst open in the spring, and it all seems to require my attention.
The new jewelry is taking up a lot of time, and I don't mind a bit, because I love it. I'm getting so much positive feedback and encouragement that even though sales are slow at the moment, I know I can get this thing to fly, if I can just get it a little ways off the ground. The possibility of putting it in select, high end stores is very tempting. I haven't done the wholesale/retail thing in so long, I'm not sure how to price this new work with resale in mind. I think I'll have to raise the prices in order for it to be worth while for both a shop and for me. That of course means prices would have to go up in my website shop as well, which might mean I lose a certain segment of my long-time following. But I also realize that I need a broader client base, so getting myself out there in this new way might be worth some short term losses. So much to consider. I'm moving slowly...
There's one other big "project" that's going on now, and unfortunately, I can't talk a lot about it. Rick and I are about to become grandparents, and we're so excited, and also so sad to have to keep so many secrets. Our daughter Julia's baby is due in April, and that's all I can say. Baby Daddy is a very bad human as it turns out, to the point where there's a 3 year restraining order in place against him. Of course a person of his character will ignore such a technicality, and he has gone to great effort to stalk Julia and attempt to get back in her good graces. Our girl is no fool though. She's very clear that BD must be banished for all time, and we will do whatever it takes to protect her and her baby from him. So, as much as I want to spill details and plans, I can't. For now at least, until BD really gets it and goes away, I can't say anything more than Julia's in a safe place - not here - and has good protectors standing by.
(And BD, if you're reading this, I wish you Love and Light, far, far away from Julia. Please understand that what you want is not relevant here. Your only concern needs to be for the welfare of Julia and her baby. Your selfish persistence is causing her great stress, which is not good for mother or baby. Know that you are continuing to do harm. You made your choices and created this reality for yourself. Be an adult for the first time in your life, and move on.)
So, my friends, you can see why I'm kind of... distracted... I'll be here as much as I can. This week looks tricky already, but, ah well, what can be done? Tomorrow night Rick and I are having some good friends over for Soup Night, which we used to host regularly back before we went to Oregon. It's always fun, and is a great way to get us all out of our caves in the winter. Then on Thursday, our youngest daughter, Lauren, is coming for a long weekend visit, to celebrate her 25th birthday. I'm a happy mommy!
What a year this is shaping up to be... a new baby in the family, my own baby turning 25 (impossible!), and my baby sister celebrating her 50th in Las Vegas in March. Of course I will be there, with sparkles!
And there you are, all caught up, and off I go, to take pictures of new earrings to share. Have a great week. I'll be back as soon as I can! Phew! I'm tired already and the day's just getting started!