No doubt about it ... it's been a busy summer. I expected to move but didn't (yet) so I packed (and now have to unpack stuff because I haven't moved). And my business has kept me busy. In anticipation of moving, I applied for a tax license in my new state and registered my business name. And with a desire to offer more products, I have expanded my selection of colors and worked on some new designs.
I've also managed a few domestic moments. I did a little gardening in buckets. Got a little sewing done. Experimented with a few new recipes. We've picked blueberries about 4 times -- not sure how, but that became addictive. And in some not-so-domestic moments, I've been able to go to a couple Nascar races (and have even fixed dinner for one of the Nationwide teams).
Before I knew it, our days have turned crisp. A few leaves are starting to turn shades of gold and orange. Farmers are harvesting crops. And it's football season.
I'm just a simple country girl. I like quiet pleasures and wide open spaces. I love to play in the dirt (and call it gardening). I like the smell of the breeze after the rain. I love the sound of a shallow creek dancing over stones. Even in my travels, I've loved the gentle drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, sunrise on the Atlantic Ocean, the southwest deserts in bloom and sunset on Lake Michigan. I love the colors, the views, the sounds and the smells (well, most of them -- there was this skunk....).
In a part of the world, very remote from my own, the big name fashion designers are launching their spring lines. It's Fashion Week in New York City. Now, I've always been a blue jeans and t-shirt kind of girl and I've never been interested in couture. When I started making jewelry, it wasn't because I loved wearing it -- I loved the art, the craft, the sense of balance and the creativity of it. But this year, for the first time in my life, I even bothered to pay attention to the fact that it's Fashion Week. I'm watching the colors. And when creativity inspires creativity, well, let's just say I have a few new ideas floating around my head.
It's not very likely that I'll be tempted to trade my jeans for runway style, but next spring, when the new clothes hit the racks at Macys, Penneys and Walmart, they will be coming out in the colors seen this week in NY. And when you buy that cute new blouse or sassy dress, I'll have the perfect jewelry ready for you.
Drop by anytime ... I'll leave the light on.