I have been awarded the Kreative Blogger Award from my talented new friend and Bead Soup Blog Party Partner, Kumi Fisher.
I must admit, I am quite envious of all the classes she has been taking and all the new skills she is learning. I was so excited when Kate was finally getting old enough to start into preschool because it mean we were just about to the age of Kindergarten. That was the year that I was finally going to start taking more classes and taking my skills to the next level. Well, just before we got to that point, we had another baby and I am back on hold for a few more years. LOL. So Kumi, I hope you have some extra fun for me.
So what 7 things can I tell you all that you don’t already know about me?
- When I was a little girl I remember seeing a McDonald’s commercial and I told my dad that I wanted to be a McDonald’s girl when I grew up. HAHA. I never did work for McDonald’s. But I did work in a little snow cone shack as my first “REAL” job.
- In high school I played flute and piccolo for the marching band. And in my Junior year, I began playing percussion. I went to college on a music scholarship. I currently own the MOST BEAUTIFUL Marimba. What is a Marimba? Think of a Xylophone on drugs. This thing is HUGE! My oldest is starting to play percussion this year. YAY!
- Once when I was in Jr. High, my cousin and I thought we would get a beautiful tan and put crisco on our skin and laid out for a little too long. Boy were we fried. LOL. It hurts to think about it.
- One of my favorite Authors was Dorothy Gilman. I have all but one of her books (it is out of print.) One of these days I am going to get her books on audio version so I can listen to them while working in the studio. I re-read the books every few years. I read the first one when I was in 7th or 8th grade. My oldest is reading them now and loves them too.
- I am a tool Junkie. Oh wait, you already knew that. But I totally am. I love tools.
- Jewelry making is a surprising new talent that I didn’t know I had. I was quite shocked when I found out that I actually did have a creative bone in my body. It is still new and while it is something that may be there naturally, it is not something that comes easily.
- I live on Chocolate these days. I love carbs – the ones that are SUPER bad for you. It isn’t a good mix when trying to drop baby weight, especially when you add my advancing age. LOL.
So now to pick 10 other bloggers…..
1. Valerie Heck. Valerie is my best friend and it breaks my heart that she lives 2,500 miles away from me now. She is super talented and an amazing jeweler. But even more than that she is just an amazing person. She is a genuine friend. Even with 2,500 miles between us, we talk at least weekly and the friendship is as strong as ever. Visit Valerie’s blog.
2. Joy Kruse – I believe I met Joy through my blog here. She is a very talented artist that teaches at a lot of the big shows back east. She has been very encouraging to me as I have struggled with various things with the move and kids, etc. I love her style and she was even one of my Featured Artists a while back. Be sure to check out her blog – You will LOVE the eye candy. www.wildprairiesilver.wordpress.com
3. Elenor Buffington – Elenor and I have been “friends” for a very long time. I met her on another jewelry forum and she has been a great source of encouragement as I have walked this new creative path. She is amazing when it comes to anything creative. She makes the most fantastic cakes and delightful and whimsical foods. And that is in addition to all the amazing jewelry she makes as well. Be sure to check out her blog, Cake and Jewelry
4. Angie Simonson – Angie is another one of those friends that I have had for several years from another jewelry forum. Again, Angie has also been a great source of encouragement and inspiration. She is also a phenomenal wire artist. Her blog is full of fun things including jewelry, recipes and the fun antics of her family. Be sure to visit her blog Weirdly Wired
5. Susan Estrada – Susan is another friend that has been in this small jewelry circle that I live and play in. So again, I have known her for a while and really enjoyed her take on various designs. She has a great eye for color and design and a taste for super fine materials. Her blog can be found at cserpentDesigns.
6. Kathryn at Kat’s Custom Kreations – Kat has been a reader of my blog for a little while and a huge source of encouragement to me. She is one of my top blog commenters. Her Blog is full of fun recipes for, not food, but other household items. I have a few of them on my list of things to try. But check it out and let me know if you try any of the items. Kat’s Custom Kreations You can also see some of her beautiful jewelry work on her website: http://katscustomkreations.com/
7. Melissa Meman – I have known Melissa Meman for a long while now too. She is up to some really fun things and I simply adore her style. Her blog is filled with fun posts about goings on in life as well as jewelry adventures. http://melissameman.blogspot.com/
8. Janice at Doxallo Designs. – Janice was one of the first jewelers I “met” when I got started with all of this jewelry stuff. It has been a lot of fun to get to know her and I adore her style. I actually spent a week with Janice and a few other ladies down in North Carolina doing nothing but jewelry. It was a lot of fun. Janice’s blog is filled with her designs as well as thoughts and posts about life in general. She has some of the craziest adventures. Be sure to check out Doxallo Designs.
9. Elise Thomas – Elise is a new friend of mine. I was introduced to her work when she offered to be one of my Featured Artists on my blog. She makes some wonderful glass beads. You should check out some of her glass birds and flowers. http://elisethomasdesigns.com/blog
10. Swati Nigam – Last and certainly not least, is a very good friend of mine, Swati. Her blog is a little out of date right now, but perhaps this little tag will get her posting again. Swati was one of the first people I met on my jewelry journey. We used to chat for hours and help each other come up with ideas, troubleshoot wire and metal issues and just have good conversations. We did that for a long time until she moved to California and we had a 3 hour time difference. Her wire work is impeccable. I actually bought one of her pieces as a gift for my mother a few years ago. http://fleurviolettejewelry.blogspot.com/
Thanks Kumi for the award.