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February 2013

2/27/2013: To Pin or not to Pin...    Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I have had a Pinterest account almost since it started and for the most part, it just floats out there exposing my innermost dreams to the world. I love it and could become seriously obsessed with it, if given the time. I have been told by those whose opinion I hold in high regard that I should put my jewelry on my Pinterest page. Here's the flaw in that logic as I see it. If everyone uses Pinterest the way I do, they are out there cruising for ideas to make their own stuff.

2/15/2013: Motivation    Friday, February 15, 2013

What motivates you? If you are a creative person, putting your heart and soul into your art is a catharsis, of sorts. But what keeps you coming back for more? What keeps you sitting at your easel or workbench for 10 hours straight? For me, it's a way of paying it forward. I am closing in on my 60th birthday. I have been around the block a couple of times and have had some wonderful, and not so wonderful, experiences in my 60 short years on this planet. I have always been creative but I have not always been able to spend large chunks of time creating.

2/13/2013: Time's a' Wastin'!    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Wow, tomorrow is Valentine's Day already! I swore...SWORE that I was not going to spend my two days off with Mr. Virgo on the computer and what did I do? Monday...connected with other like-minded business on Facebook all day. A great way to free advertise each other's businesses. OK, Monday is Mr. Virgo's day to rest and catch up on some zzzzz's on the couch so I could have sat and watched him sleep or be productive...good choice, I thought. Then yesterday, it just so happens that my contract renews on my phone just before Valentine's Day.

1/8/2013: My Hero!    Friday, February 8, 2013

Good morning, everyone! It's another blue blaster Colorado day today! I love days like this. I don't mind the snow on the ground so much if it's sunny. Today is another busy day. First, there's coffee with the girls. Hey, I have priorities, alright? Then I get to go to my brother's six month evaluation. Now, before you "tsk, tsk...that poor girl's brother is in some kind of trouble" let me tell you about him. Gary is my hero...my absolute, cape and mask, leap tall buildings hero. Gary is a year and half older than me.

1/7/2013: Junkin can make strange bedfellows!    Thursday, February 7, 2013

Well, it was a very busy day after all. I hit a few junk shops but unfortunately, we live in a touristy area of Colorado so nothing much is cheap. Also, some of the major hotels in Aspen are doing complete remodels and the junk/resale/Habitat for Humanity stores are chock full of very pricy things. One in particular caught my eye. My hubby (aka Mr. Virgo) used to work for the oldest hotel in Aspen and they are one of the big players doing a major remodel. When he worked there, he used to take a shift once or twice per month as Manager on Duty.

2/6/2013: Better Late Than Never!    Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I had a late start today. You ever have one of those days that you REALLY want to get a ton done because your attentions have been spent elsewhere and you REALLY need to catch up? Well, that was today. I woke up early. Really early. Like 4:30am early. TOO early! I was debating what I would work on first today and prematurely delighting in how much I was going to get done. I stretched. I yawned. I looked back at the clock and it was.......9:30am!!! As in...FIVE hourse later! No, no, no! This cannot be possible!

2/5/2013: Growth    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

When you have built your website. When you have written your blog for a month. When you have sold some pieces. When you have developed a Facebook presence. Then you need to start marketing yourself. Get your name and your creations out there on the web. I have spent the last couple of days doing some of the most fun marketing I have ever done. I am cruising through Facebook looking for business sites that I like. Really like. Like enough that I would love for them to like my page back.

2/4/2013: Fun with Mr. Virgo!    Monday, February 4, 2013

I had a great visit in Denver with my daughter. We hit a couple of ARC Thrift Stores and picked up a few things. My biggest find was a 1936 book on opera with some really great, dramatic pictures that I can use in my jewelry. I also bought some really cool old dishes to make some bird feeders. I also found an old aluminum cake cover. I always have to use plastic wrap when I make Mr. Virgo a cake and this is funky enough to fit in with my semi-retro kitchen. I say semi-retro because my decorations and accessories are all the large fruit print of the '40's.