Summer is over and it's time to welcome in my favorite season of the year! I had a fantastic Summer full of fun adventures with my husband. But I am always glad to see Summer go by this time of the year. I am ready for sweaters, hot apple cider and taking car rides just to look at the changing colors of the leaves. There are too many things I love about this short season. To name a few: the beautiful and inspiring colors in nature, mulled cider, fluffy down comforters, cozy thick socks, homemade soups/chili, the crisp breeze, and finally, shorter days which equals more time to cuddle up on the couch and be lazy with my husband at the end of the day. Of course there are many more things I love about Fall. One of the most important for my little business is that the gem show comes to town every Fall!!! I get so excited to go. It has become a tradition for my sister Emily to come with me. We spend the entire day there together walking around trying to find treasures. We always get lunch at the hotel restaurant and spread our finds out on the table to assess what we still need to shop for. It's such a good time! Yes I am fully aware of how much of a dork I must sound like to the non-jewelry-makers who read my blog...but that's okay, I embrace it ; )
Here is a picture of my stash! White pearls, colorful pearls, turquoise, silver...you name it and it's probably in here somewhere!
This picture is almost embarrassing... Like I said, I have a bit of an obsession with white freshwater pearls of many shapes and sizes. I don't know what my problem is? I suppose I could be obsessed with worse things! In my defense not that you are accusing this is about 6 years worth of finds!
Now that I am caught up on orders and other business responsibilities I am devoting the rest of my week to getting ready for the gem show. Today I am going to start going through my supplies and see what I'll need (and not need...I always always buy too many green and white freshwater pearls, it's a sickness I swear...we'll see if I can stop myself this time). Then I am going to do some browsing online to check out new trends and get inspired. I must say that this is one of my most favorite parts of owning a jewelry business! I love to see what other jewelry artists are doing and creative ways they are using classic materials. I always find some kind of new trick to add to my design process.
Well, it's time to move on with my day. I hope you're all well and enjoying this first day of Fall as much as I am. I'm thinking I'll make chicken/wild rice soup for dinner...mmmmmmm