Thursday, June 24, 2010

Back in the Saddle...

during one of our many practice teaching sessions

Not that I was entirely out of any saddle... just side saddle maybe! But I am back to work on the jewelry front. The first two weeks of yoga teacher training were amazing. Despite the excessive heat through about half of it (heat indexes over 100) - it was fantastic. It was definitely one of those life changing experiences and wonderful to share it with so many fabulous people who are now very much like family.

Over the next 6 months we'll continue to practice teaching, do some studying and a few other homework tidbits, then in January we'll have the second two weeks.

The ring business isn't quite as jumpin' in January, so I think it'll be a little bit easier in that aspect. Though I'm quite pleased that I was successfully able to take the two weeks this summer and come out of it not stressed at all. I guess 2 weeks of yoga helps with that, regardless of how intense it was!

I've got a new batch of waxes full in the kiln this morning and am headed off in just a few minutes to cast again for the first time in almost 3 weeks!

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Before and Afters

Just a quick post! Hair officially shortened! I absolutely love it. My dear friend Maranda did an amazing job - if you are in the Chattanooga/Ft. Oglethorpe area - you should check her out at Serenity Salon! She caught me mid laugh on the befores - the shot before was even goofier! And it all got donated to Locks of Love. Its the third time I've donated. I kind of feel like if I'm going to get it cut - do it all at once and donate!

And I washed it this morning - what a HUGE difference. I'll save tons in hair conditioner!! ha ha!

and ps - the shirt is one of my fabulous new pieces by my friend Gaby - who is not only a talented jeweler - but is a goddess as far as I am concerned in making clothing that is amazing. You should check out her shop InnerEvolution. I got several pieces from her and LOVE them all.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Where I've been and Where I'm going....

So this title sounds a bit more 'deep thinking' than its really meant to be, but it might be fitting!

I've been really busy that last two weeks wrapping up all the custom orders for any June/early July weddings. I will be taking two weeks away from the studio for a yoga teacher training course starting on June 5th. I will be back in the studio on June 21st - but during that time, I will not be making any jewelry! I'm pretty excited on many levels.

The photos are all the rings I made in the last week and a half - it was a HUGE push - which is why I haven't been around here much! I wanted to make sure everything got done that needed to be done. I got them all finished and then some. There are a few more rings I'll be finishing up today that aren't in the photos - though I think they may deserve their own photo finishes. :)

I'm also really excited to be embarking on my yoga teacher training journey. The first session is 2 weeks this summer. The second session will be in January of 2011. I haven't been this excited about something in a long time... well, I don't know about that. I'm a pretty excitable person. But this does feel different in terms of it being a major life changing experience. I'm debating blogging about it over the next two weeks. If not during, I definitely will after it is all over.

I'm very interested to see how it affects my jewelry as well. I haven't taken a two week break, well, since I started my business full time in 2006.

Oh, and I'm getting my hair all chopped off. Big Changes! I'll post some before and after photos :)