Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Time to get Animated ...... heheheh

I believe there is a significant cross over between Anime Fans and Steampunkers... I'm going to test this Theory in July, July 13th through 15th because we are vending at the Premiere Iowa Anime Convention ! Go figure, it's called - AnimeIowa  and for the first time it's being held in Des Moines.  (It started in Iowa City, then went to Cedar Rapids and now it comes to the Capital!)

It seems like a good time to give it a try out.  Worst case scenario, we make no money and have a great time.  Best case, we make a mint and have a blast.  Seems a win-win either way.

Jerry started a new job just in November, and getting vacation time for the first year is well, like any new job.  So doing any long distance shows is chancy at best.  This seems a perfect way to try a new venue for us-- it's at home and we won't have to get a hotel so all we are out is food and booth money if it goes sideways.  If he can't get much of the time off, I have a small pool of helpers who would be darn happy to get a ticket to the convention and food to help out in the booth, and my Daughter is already jumping up and down going Me! Me! Me!

So that's the story.  I'm going to add this to my schedule and think pretty hard on if we really need to add more to the schedule or not........

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Farmer's Market, the website and so on.....

First, Jerry is doing great from his medical emergency.  He feels better actually than he has for a while... It's possible his appendix has been inflamed/infected for awhile, and we caught it before it went BOOM.

I'm just glad we got it before it went BOOM, or his fast recovery wouldn't be so fast!!

Still, scary times for me.  I've told Jerry (actually all of my family ! ) NO MORE MEDICAL ISSUES THIS YEAR!!!!   I just don't have the energy for more.
A view of my booth from 2017.... 

I've been notified of what slots I have for Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market -- I got a total of 11!!! wooooo hoooooo!!!!!!!

here is the dates, circle 'em on your calendars :

May 5th, May 26thJune 6th, June 23July 7th, July 28thAugust 11th, August 25thSeptember 1st, September 22thOctober 6th 

Just a few of the new one of a kind earrings for Farmer's Market 2018! 
I've updated my website with my schedule, as well as new pics in the gallery.   I've updated some of the pics sprinkled around the pages as well.  

Honestly it's probably time for a complete re-do of the website, but who has time?

Still it's out there in my head and on my vague list of stuff I should do when I get everything else done I need to do.. so look for a new website around 2057. 

Will I be at any other shows this year? Not sure yet.  I've applied to one other show, and I do have a couple I'm eyeing  -- as soon as I know I'll let you know!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

And then the shoe drops.....

Last blog I wrote about family and how important they are and how grateful I am for them.  Seriously when will I LEARN????   I write some sappy thing like that, and hubby has to have an emergency appendectomy Sunday Night.

He's fine now, he's not moving fast and he will be off work probably the rest of the week.  But seriously - it's like I dared the universe or something!!!

OK, this blog is going back to Jewelry for awhile... and I've told all my family no more medical issues this year period!   I've spend more time in hospital waiting rooms this year, and enough is enough.

So here is one of the January pile pieces ... Just a touch of vintage watch parts and pleasing brass stampings.

 I have started a new pile and I've been working on it between taking care of Jerry today.  I go back to work tomorrow, he will be OK without me, but of course I worry.  ( That happens when you get the Sh** scared out of you)

Saturday, March 3, 2018


For those who game, yes, these are personalize meeples.  My Brother Kirk, who is a fab artist made these for my hubby for Christmas.  He made a bunch of of them for gaming ( zombies, robots etc) but he made a special set of 3 featuring my family.  Top Left is my hubby Jerry.  It's hard to see in this pic but he's wearing a Hawaiian shirt surrounded by books.  I love that Kirk gave him Dimples just like he has in real life. 

Top Right is me, skinny ( I lovvvve my bro!) playing with gears.  ( I wonder what gave him that idea?? hehehe )

Bottom is our baby girl, who is now 21 ( arrrgh) surrounded by the cats of the household. 

That's my own, personal family.

I'm so blessed though, because I have 3 brothers, 1 sister, 3 nieces and 1 nephew, my mom, My mom's 5 sisters and brother and all their kids.... I have 1st, 2nd & 3rd cousins knee deep at this point On mom's side.  I have cousins on my Dad's side... and if you skip over to Jerry's family a whole passel of relatives including a couple of sis in laws,  a Dad in law, more nieces  and cousins and  aunts and uncles and even a Grandma in the mix.

Family is so important. 

I might get a chance later this evening to play with beady stuff, but my focus today is visiting with family and making sure they know they are loved and important to me.  It's important to tell them I love you everyday you can, but showing it is worth a million words.  So every week I try to bring my mom a few more paperbacks because she loves to read.  Each book I bring is me saying "I love you" .

My sister is recovering from surgery, and needs more pillows to get comfy.  So I'm dragging over every extra pillow I can find.   I'm going to remember to pop one of my sis in laws and tell her a joke or something.  I'll make sure I give each pet today a nice rub down.  I'll be sure to kiss my hubby when I pick him up from work today.  I'm gonna give my kid random hugs whenever she gets close enough to grab. 

So call your mom, hug your kid,  Send a random card to your Uncle.  And everyone have a great weekend!!