Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Gone Fishin'

I cannot believe I haven't blogged since the middle of May.   Where the heck have I been?  
Well, I was trying to get a book outline done, and after four months, I have decided a book will have to wait.  Working on it caused me to ignore several areas of my creative life that I just can't ignore any longer.  My studio is under a layer of dust at this point!   Google instigated a new interface while I was gone, which caused me to have to download Google Chrome, which messed with many of my settings so that some of my programs wouldn't work, and it has been a major hassle trying to get everything back the way it should be.

I have not been completely happy with the book so far, so I have decided to shelve (no pun intended) it for now.  I want to do some experimenting with some translucent clay, but being on a deadline, even a self-imposed one, just takes too much fun out of the creative process for me at this point.   

I have also been spending a lot of time lately with my mother, who has ensnared me in her genealogy projects.  I have been a genealogist for 35 years, but until recently, my efforts have been concentrated mainly on my father's side of the family.  

Momma and I have had a great time discovering, confirming and even debunking some oral family history from her side of the family.   She is not really comfortable zipping around the internet, and had amassed a ton of paper, so I have spent a lot of time lately setting up a good genealogy software program on her computer which incorporates information from ancestry.com, a huge improvement over the way she had been previously gathering information... which has lead to a housecleaning of sorts.   Last week while I was officially on vacation, we managed to sort and discard much of that ton of paper, to bring her into the 21st century!

I also want to write some new tutorials.  I had a lovely compliment given to me by a customer this week about the faux bone and ivory tutorial, which is inspiring me to come up with some new topics.   I am also open to suggestions for polymer clay tutorial topics, so if anyone cares to offer up some, just post them here or email me.  


Laurel said...

Happy you're back! Missed you!

John said...

Welcome back. Did you catch any fish? Could you try a tut on amber? I really like it.
Take care Carolina,

lucia said...

hi! was wondering if all was ok but sounds like you're re-revved and ready to roll! so glad to you're back! xo lucia

JuLee said...

So glad to see you back. Isn't it amazing how time can fly by, and you turn around one day, look back wondering where it went. Speaking of family history, one of my co-works just had her DNA tested and discovered a whole new branch of her family she did not know anything about.

Suzanne said...

So glad you are back! Faux sea glass anyone?

Diva Designs Jewelry said...

Thanks so much, Laurel (glad to hear everything worked out with the rent, my friend.)

Hey, Lucia! Thank you! I think about you every time I pick up a piece of filigree! LOL I am itching to do more in the Tudor Jewels series.

JuLee, that's great to hear. My other passion besides polymer is genealogy. I always love to hear of someone else taking it up, and DNA technology has become and essential part of the research process.

John, I thought we tweaked the faux jade enough to give you a good faux amber... no? I'll certainly give it another shot then! :)

Faux Sea Glass is being done by several people right now, I think, Suzanne, but I would love to give it my spin. That will definitely be in the works shortly!