Sunday, December 21, 2008

A walk on the beach but no Bon Bons

This time last week, I would have told you that it's time for a break.  Christmas and Hanukkah are fantastic times for the jewelry business.  Long walks on the beach and eating Bon Bons sounded so appetizing too!  The funny thing is, I currently don't live anywhere near a beach.  Technically, I'm landlocked except for the Chattahoochee River.  So long walks on the beach are out of the question, right?  

So yeah, I grew up in Laguna Beach, CA.  I come home 2 or 3 times a year for a visit with the family.  If I'm lucky I do a quick walk on the beach when I'm visiting, otherwise I'm chasing after my 2 year old daughter, trying to prevent her from running straight into the ocean.  Notice, I said they are quick walks on the beach; chasing a 2 year old is exhausting.  

The strange thing is, I wrote about the so called, "long walks on the beach" and "Bon Bon's" a couple of weeks ago in my blog, while I was still in Atlanta. It's so strange, because I wasn't expecting to come home to Laguna so soon, but an unexpected funeral changed everything. I've been totally consumed with jewelry making for the holidays, that I wasn't seeing the big picture. So while I was here in Laguna, I took that walk, a very quick walk, on the beach to meet up with my good friend.  Even though I had my walk on the beach by way of a sad situation, I think I needed a burst of reality.  I got a few hugs, some fresh air, sand in my toes, and cold water splashing on my feet that has forced me to re-energize and re-focus on the important stuff. That's what the holidays are all about, right?

I can't wait to celebrate Hanukkah with my husband and daughter, I can't wait to have a little bit of a jewelry break... for about a day, and I can't wait to work on a new line.  I'd also like some of those Bon Bon's too.  

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, & Happy New Year.  If you don't get a chance for the long walks on the beach like me, I say...  Bon Bon's sound like a really yummy alternative.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008


I feel like that is my life right now. I keep on telling people that I'm crazy busy right now. Good crazy, just working hard and trying to get it all done. I dropped my daughter off at school this morning and ran some errands. I needed to go visit one of my stores, Hand in Pocket, to drop off more jewelry. By the time I got to the store and had Mona, the owner, take a look at everything she needed, I was already late. I left her store when I should have been in the carpool line. Can I even tell you how mommy guilt feels? I called my friend, a fellow crazy working mommy, and asked her to hang out with my little munchkin until I could get there. I was over 20 minutes late! Of course Traci, my mommy savior, was awesome and understanding. My little munchkin was great and totally worn out from school. I guess it's just this crazy time of year!

There are just a hand full of shows left before Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years! This weekend I'm going to be in 2 places at once. See why I'm crazy? Throwing Stars will be at Mitzi & Romano in Virginia Highlands from Friday through Sunday. (I will be stopping by periodically to see how it's going). And I'll also be at the Beehive Holiday Market in Dunwoody, Thursday through Sunday. (I'll be stopping by when I'm not at Mitzi's). There is also a "Meet the Artists" Wine and Cheese party this Friday night from 6-8pm, and you can bet I'll be there drinking some vino!
The last and final show is next weekend, the 19th - 20th. Throwing Stars will be at Frolic in Buckhead. I'll be there taking last minute orders too. Last year I had a customer stop by and ask Ashley for some custom earrings for his wife. I thought, what a great idea, I can do the same for other last minute shoppers this year! I'm planning on being at Frolic in between my hubby's office party and our family Hanukkah party. Pretty much, I'll be in 2 places at once again. After next weekend and the last minute holiday orders, you bet you can find me eating Bon Bons and taking long walks on the beach. He he.