There have been storms a-brewing in my mind lately and I woke up this morning with an idea that I had to document immediately. I can't reveal it just yet, but I'll let you in on the details as soon as things are ready to go. But I'm so excited about it that I might burst and spill the beans even sooner! Where's that duct tape?

Here's a hint: you


House of Gems Contest

Passing along an awesome opportunity for all you jewelry designers out there. Here's your chance to win up to $1000 in supplies from House of Gems! Here's the info from their site:


Looking for a Few Good Featured Artists:

Do you do a happy dance when you come across a gemstone you don't already own?

Do you find that every conversation you have comes back to your latest jewelry project?

Do you love to help other people on their projects by giving tips or showing them step-by-step how to do things?

If you answered to yes to any of these questions, we may have the perfect opportunity for you. If you answered yes to all three, then consider this destiny.

House of Gems is looking for Featured Artists to spotlight and promote on our website. In addition to the opportunity to present yourself as an artist, you will also generate traffic to your personal blog, Etsy store or social media profile. Artists may also be given opportunities to test new products, receive additional discounts and be the first to be informed of new releases.

Fill out entry form here:

Grand Prize (1):
$1000 Shopping Spree on HouseofGems.com
Runners Up (1):
$500 Shopping Spree on HouseofGems.com
Consolation Prize (5)
$100 Shopping Spree on HouseofGems.com

Contest runs July 18th, 2009 thru August 15th, 2009

Enter formal entry form here: spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?key=t-nh2cLJGns_PPZR7E8y... and then
Contestants are to upload a maximum of 5 original jewelry designs to the House of Gems Flickr "Featured Artists" group www.flickr.com/groups/featuredartists/. Any and all design types and styles are welcome.

In addition to completing this entry form, you must also upload digital images of your entry pieces to this Flickr Group: www.flickr.com/groups/featuredartists/ and share the contest on your personal blog or website.


Rain or shine...

...we were determined hit the beach one last time!

It wasn't ideal beach weather (check out the looming clouds), but there was no stopping us. We have less than 3 weeks left to spend on the east coast and there's no way we'd skip the sand and ocean. There's none of that where we're going. :(

Here are some snapshots I took (have I mentioned how much I love my camera?? I'm a total tourist everywhere we go). It was a wonderful and relaxing time with some friends and our little squishies (aka. children). I will sorely miss the people and places here...