this evening i finished my last (local) custom piece! all of my christmas orders are shipped, and my etsy shop is now officially in vacation mode! yippee! i also finished this christmas gift for patty today:
there've been all sorts of fun holiday goings on around here.
we made a gingerbread house,
went to hazel's winter program,
(sorry so blurry)
attended hazel's pride day assembly where she received the "self-control" award,
and hazel's class party
also, at the pub show, i traded a necklace with a friend for ten hours of babysitting! glenn and i took advantage of that barter on saturday.
we finally had some snow, so we went for a beautiful ski
and then he took me out to a swank dinner, where i drank mojitos.
we leave in the morning for our trip. our first stop will be outside of eagle, colorado for our two-night stay in the cabins. apparently there is a lot of new snow up there, good skiing and sledding. then we will continue on to denver to be with my family for christmas. both of my sisters and their families will be there! (we will miss you scott, martha, jay, andrew, and ellie.)
don't know whether i will be posting or not while i am away, so i will wish you all a very merry christmas now, just in case!
sorry i haven't been around here much lately. i have been working very hard, first getting ready for the show, then stocking the gallery, now working on getting all of my orders out in time for christmas. i haven't been sleeping much. this is my last tough week and then i am going to take some time off, even close down the etsy shop for the week! i can't wait until i can go out to the shop and make some new pieces, not custom stuff!
so this morning i decided to take a break and go for a ski before i started working. unfortunately, there is still not enough snow to go to my usual, favorite, only-nine-minutes-from-my-house spot, boggy draw. if i want to ski, i have to drive for an hour up towards telluride, but it is sooo worth it.
my skis, the felice brothers on my ipod...
fresh, falling snow and a beautiful track.
what more could a girl ask for?
oh yes, some canine companionship. perfect.
(incidentally, molly is on two new medications and is doing great! i decided to see how she would handle skiing today and she had a ball. it made me so happy to see her prancing around!)
i made it all the way to the top today, something that never happens when we all go.
(sorry, family, i love you dearly, but it was really nice without you today.)
a really awesome, wonderful time.
until i tried to drive away...
oh yes. VERY stuck in a ditch.
two hours and three very kind and generous people later, i was free.
we also skiied in the same place on sunday, with our dear friends, the baldwins. we had a lot of fun.
the show was marvelous, and very much worth the drive. i had such a great time with emily too. (how did i not get your picture?) thank you so much for everything!
the venue was this tiny little all ages place and it might as well have been somebody's garage. it was cold. but the sound was wonderful, the feeling was super-intimate and the crowd was awesome. everyone was sooooo quiet and respectful. with this band, that's so important, the way their music ebbs and flows, builds and releases. anyway, they were amazing. i gave justin his guitar pick and he was really sweet.
this guy made me think of the chimney sweep in mary poppins. he played every instrument you can think of. in this photo he is playing the fiddle and the drum at the same time...
also, the opening band, y la bamba, were really great as well. very intense, with a fantastic female singer. a seven piece band, everyone switching instruments all the time. beautiful! both bands are heading west together from here; you should go see them if you can...
so i had a fabulous show yesterday! it was so much fun and i made a lot more money than i had hoped to. there were a lot of awesome people there too, folks i rarely get to see. there's always such a great energy there.
the show is always very crowded. i had one table and even though it was pretty big, i had to squish things together a lot.
i had a steady flow of people, pretty much all day
there was a good crowd (and yes, even some dogs)...
good beer, good food, good people, and good music.
(incidentally, these are the folks glenn plays music with on thursday nights. )
i am working on listing some of the pieces that did not sell at the show in the etsy shop. some are there now and others will arrive tomorrow. most of them are small, less expensive pieces.
the 100 year old barn behind my home that houses my studio
bringing flight to your soul
my shipping department
here is jeff, one of the lovely postal employees here at the dolores post office. he and his co-workers do an amazing job of making sure my items reach my customers.
ironmaegan is a badass!
this is meg (a.k.a ironmaegan), my teacher/mentor/guru
my darling girls
my 3 daughters, hazel, june, and dorothy
and my sweet little olive
and this is georgia, my spectacular van
my original benefactor
this here is arky. when i first wanted to get serious about silversmithing, i made a flyer that said "i want your old silversmithing equipment!". he responded and helped me set up my original shop, all for free. a wonderful man!
i have three passions in my life~ my family, my jewelry, and my music. this blog is about all three. (cross country skiing is a close fourth, in the winter there will be a bit of that here as well!) i am the owner of my own business, silver sparrow designs. i make unique, rustic, organic silver jewelry. i am super passionate about my work and am so very grateful to be able to work at home and be with my kids.