Things have slowed down a bit over here, shiny wise. Feels that way anyway, considering how much I used to crank out. Life got a little... berserk...so I decided I needed to escape for a bit. Told work I was outta here and went on a short vacation. To the beach.
Everything is just better at the beach.
So I loaded up all my shiny supplies (cuz surely I'd be wire wrapping my little heart out) and headed out. While I was there I managed to make...
Not a single thing.
When I got home however, I managed to finish up several goodies. A couple of writer's bracelets I had on order, and a new kind of Tree Charm Bracelet...
Rather diggin' the tree charm idea. Bracelet itself needs more stones though. I think.
The big shiny piece I finally finished up has me all excited. It's an Antique Silver Charoite Medallion. Been working on that baby forEVER. It finally all came together and...
is UBER shiny! Note to self: No, you can't keep it. This one isn't for you.
Darn self wants to keep all the shinies these days.
The BIG and vera exciting part of my vacation was...
OMG I'M IN A GALLERY NOW!!!! A REAL LIVE UBER FANCY ONE EVEN!! :D :D :D
It's called Breach the Moon...
and it's down on the historic bayfront in Newport, Oregon. The go to place for shopping on the central part of the Oregon Coast. Not sure if it's even possible to go to the coast and not go to the warf for a bit of shopping fun. It's just not done.
The whole thing came about rather by accident. I'd been approached while shopping for daughter up in Lincoln City by a lady at a rock and gem shop when she noticed my tree necklace. We chatted for a bit and I left... totally turned off and more than a bit scared. I'd brought my trees with me, just in case I got brave, but what that lady was telling me was just... not at all going to work for me. Especially given where and what her shop was. I decided to hold off on the whole getting into real life stores thing, for now.
The next day I headed to Newport for some bayfront awesome, walked in to Breach the Moon to drool over the art and the shinies when the sales woman noticed my necklace too.
"OMG what a beautiful necklace!"
"Thank you. *beams* I made it."
"You did?! Wait.Right.Here. You simply MUST speak to my manager."
The next thing I knew, the manager of the gallery wanted my trees. Whatever I had with me. One, or 100, she didn't care. She just wanted them. NOW.
Ok. :D :D :D
I went back to the hotel, tried to make some makeshift displays that look 1/2 way decent and carried them in the next day. She took them... ALL.
I am now featured in a "Fine Art and Jewelry Gallery".
I still may be full of a bit of ... SKWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE :D :D :D :D
Before I came home, I managed to go back one last time, and they had already started putting the trees out. This time I managed to control my shaking to fire off 1 clear pic of one of the displays. Each display is in a glass case and designed to look like a fancy aquarium... type thingy. With corals and shells and and and...
...lots of shiny. Now with my little ol' tree of life hanging out with the other shinies. :D
I still feel a bit like I'm in a dream. I had hoped someday to be able to be in such a place. Down on the bayfront. In one of a couple of their 'look but don't touch' awesome galleries. This very one even. Someday. Ya know, when I "made it". Never in a million years did I think that day was today.
Best accidental awesome ever.
I... am in a gallery. Not just a shop, but a gall-er-yyyyyyy.
If I'm dreaming, please don't pinch me. I don't wanna wake up. I wanna be in a gallery. :D :D
And I am.
I still can't breathe when I think about it.
Now I need to make new trees. Because I don't have a single one. Not a single solitary one.
Best get wrappin'!
:D :D :D
Best adventure in jewelry ever.