Thank you all for your encouragement after my last “floundering” blog post. I really appreciate it. Things are still up in the air in so many facets of life, but things are getting better. We do the final closing on our house in Ohio this week and that will be one less thing to worry about. Although, we realized just how much a pay cut my husband took when we moved here, and let’s just say that you could buy a nice car with that amount. UGH! But it is worth not having him work the night shift anymore, so I won’t complain too loudly.
Last week my dad had another surgery on his foot. My baby (Miss Fussy Pants, aka, Kiari) and I flew out on Monday to hang out with him for a few days. It was so nice to be out there and to just relax, well, relax as much as possible with one of the fussiest babies on the planet, that is. My youngest brother even watched her for a couple of hours so I could have a rare pedicure and really have a moment of relaxation. I was able to do lunch with a good friend of mine and we chatted about EVERYTHING from swimming with dolphins to jewelry making to life’s problems and wonders. It was refreshing! Thank you for the love and encouragement Kim, the timing was PERFECT!
I flew home first thing Friday morning and went from the airport to the Oregon Convention Center where the Creative Metals and Art Guild have joined with several other guilds in the area to put on their annual Meeting of the Guilds Art Show. It was AMAZING!!!!! I only had time to see the booths for the CMAG members, but it was FANTASTIC. It was everything that I hope for the Ohio JMAG to be able to do. I am so excited to be a part of this guild and have the opportunity for my skills to grow once again.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to take my hydraulic press and do some demonstrations for about 3 hours. I met so many great people and of course the purple press was a HIT! I was also able to meet one of my long time blog readers from Las Vegas. She had no idea I was going to be there either. So that was a lot of fun. There were a lot of people interested in classes and I am excited to say, I have just finished my class line up and will be posting that in a couple of days. Classes will start in about 2 weeks. I have really missed teaching and am excited to get back into it.
Riley (my oldest) came with me yesterday and she helped out with the kids craft. It was so fun to watch her work and show kids how to emboss thin sheets of metal with little wooden dowels. She was really cute with the kids and they were all happy to walk away with a pin or magnet. Also, I think the adults had more fun than the kids did. I think I saw more adults doing the project than kids at the booth. LOL.
I am happy to say that I just finished my latest video. I demonstrate how to use the swage block. I know that some people can pick up what I was saying from the written tutorials alone, but others also do well with visual learning and hopefully this will help those of you that need that. So watch your in boxes this week as I will finally have a Tool Time Tuesday. Boy it sure seems a long time since we have had those. I recorded several videos last week before heading off to Utah, so I just need to finish editing them and will have several weeks worth of TTT posts. See you all soon!