We have been so obsessed with stone and wire and that I haven't written anything for a while. Each day we get up and wrap finished cabochons, often times as pendents but sometimes as bracelets or necklaces. Each piece is different as the stone we are working is superb and unique and so today I am not going to write much more just share our new treasures.
Renita works and grinds her stones, in some ways better then mine and then she wraps it in her own unique and beautiful style. She often finds rock while we are rock picking, in this case King Cobra Jasper, that I dismiss as boring and she says nothing until I admit I was wrong again. I don't mind being wrong and I always buy any rock she picks.
So the days have flown, as they do when you are retired from your past life and now embarked on a grand adventure. Our days happen to involve rock and wire and there are worse obsessions one could have. Clear skies
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Busy, Busy, Busy
Part of the joy of any learned skill is passing that skill on to others and so we decided to hold classes on wire wrapping. We set up a class where we are and also at another rv park. Both classes had people who signed up for them and so we have taught classes at Lagoons and Watersedge.
Yesterday was a day of madness in which we taught a class in the morning and set up and sold at our rv park's Art and Craft show. Our work was well received and we had a really good day as people gave us the best compliment of all, they bought our pendants and stones.
We also made a trip to Beesvilee and bought rock from a rock shop that has gone out of business. There we found some pietersite, quite a bit of dinosaur bone, and even some really beautiful dinosaur coprolite,(fossil dinosaur poop). Its about the most exquisite poop we have ever seen and even has visible and large fragments of plant material, chewed of course! I can't wait till we can work some of it as its going to make great cabochons and jewelry,(It doesn't smell and tastes like rock)!
Tomorrow we have our biggest show at Lagoons Arts and Craft Fair. There are going to be over fifty dealers and we our now armed with a credit card account so people can pay with plastic! WE were told by other dealers that it really makes a difference when the prices of your stuff is over thirty dollars and our prices range from thirty five to over three hundred per piece, so we shall see. Regardless we have had a good month and have lots of coprolite! Clear skies.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Fishing Mud Island, Getting My Butt Kicked!
It didn't really matter as I had already decided that today was one of those dues days,( A dues day is when you catch or find nothing but gain a little bit of experience which theoretically leads to a payoff down the road).
The day had started and I had no inkling I would be fishing Mud Island. I have been coming here for five years and it is the first time I have ever had the chance to fish the bay side of San Jose Island. Excited but knowing that it was my first time there I wondered if I would catch anything. We were after red fish and the others all had strike indicator bobbers on their lines while I was fishing a Carolina rig, a Lindy rig to my walleye fishing friends.
A little later I saw Dave set the hook and land a nice keeper red and he measured it before putting it on his stinger. It was as it should be, the captain of the boat should always catch fish and even when others out fish the captain its still about his/her skill and knowledge. The captain also gets the blame, but I have been there too many times myself and so it doesn't really matter, its all about time spent on the water, and dues days.
I never did catch another fish although I did have two pickups. We went to several other spots and Dave did catch another keeper, this time a nice twenty seven inch red. I was happy anyway, I had fished new water, got to watch experts wade fish for reds, and most importantly I hadn't fell over in the mud! Clear skies.
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