Monday, December 5, 2011

Going with the seasonal flow

I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
~ Jimmy Dean

Recently, I blogged about my intention to treat my writing like a part-time job. But since I've gotten back from my Thanksgiving vacation, my second job has been beading. I have put in countless hours over the past ten days or so and it has been very satisfying.

First, I had two more beading sessions with my Beading To Beat Autism volunteers. I am happy to report that all 300 of our bracelets are completed and most of them are sold. I hope to wrap up that project this week.

Then my hairdresser invited me to set up a table and sell my jewelry in her shop on Saturday, so I spent every spare moment last week creating a few last-minute items to sell.

It was so much fun I am thinking I would like try renting space at a real craft show or two next year. I enjoy maintaining my Etsy site but when I actually get to interact with my customers it's even better.

I also tried my hand at beaded silverware; I was really pleased with my first attempt.

Although I didn't have time to do anything else before Saturday, I plan to buy an assortment of large serving pieces plates and spreaders and put together some coordinating sets to list in my shop in the next few days.

Anyway, by the time Saturday was over, my house looked like a craft shop had exploded inside it. There were beads and supplies scattered upstairs and downstairs; the kitchen and bathrooms had been sorely neglected, too. I worked all yesterday morning and this morning cleaning up after everybody; by now the main living areas of the house are in reasonably good shape, although everything still needs a good scrubbing. Tomorrow I will tackle my bedroom; I haven't even unpacked the suitcase I took on my cruise Thanksgiving week. Sigh.

But that suitcase has waited patiently for me while I seized so many precious moments--to support a charitable organization with my piano students, to try my hand at a new beading technique, to promote my jewelry design business--and to attend a card making workshop Saturday night

and a tree-trimming party with friends on Sunday evening. And if another opportunity presents itself tomorrow, I have no doubt that suitcase will still be there on Wednesday.

Sometimes you just need to throw the daily schedule out the window, let the dishes pile up, and go where life leads you.


S.M. Carrière said...

That sounds like an awesome time! Your stall at the hairdressers looked awesome!

Looks like you're on the right track.

Pam Asberry said...

Thank you, S.M.! I need to figure out a better way to display my earrings, but overall I was pleased with the way my table looked on Saturday. And considering no one was expecting me to be there, and I had no way to accept payment by credit card, I did okay. Next time will be even better. :-)

Jennifer said...

Very nice display! I also love the quote! It's such a good thing we can "go with the seasonal flow" otherwise we'd have NO fun!What is you alleged Beat Autism deadline? Ie. when do you to turn the money in?

Jennifer :)

PS - Puterly challenged me figured it out!

Pam Asberry said...

Hey Jennifer! I was going to post a picture from the tree trimming party, too, but it seems I left my camera at my hostess's house! ;-) I need to turn the money in by the end of the week; I am past 30 days at this point. But I have the tree on display in my piano studio and Anne said she might take a few more, too. So it's all good! Thank you for commenting! :-)

Anonymous said...

Saw this and thought it would be great...and it's free!

Anonymous said...

"on the rocks" sign.

Hopefully this link will work.

Pam Asberry said...

Anonymous, I am actually very sad that "On the Rocks" is going out of business, and I have no idea what I would do with that sign or how I would go about removing it from the wall. So I guess I will leave it for some other lucky recipient!

Julee J. Adams said...

You're doing great--the table was beautiful and yes, the dishes can wait.

I put about 50 of my Christmas ornament earrings in our booth at an indoor flea market in two bowls. I have them on a bunch of plastic earring holders, with the plastic stoppers on the back to keep them attached. Others went to a service that sells stuff on eBay for a percentage. They're not as nice as yours, though.

Take a deep breath or many and enjoy the hustle and bustle without getting too overwhelmed! I promise to do the same.

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

"Sometimes you just need to throw the daily schedule out the window, let the dishes pile up, and go where life leads you."

Well said, Pam!

Very cool on the display and all.

Pam Asberry said...

Christmas ornament earrings, eh? I'd like to see those, Julee! Good luck to both of us as we navigate the madness that is the holidays. :-)

Pam Asberry said...

Thanks, Carol! I had a blast. :-)

Eydie said...


Your display looks really nice. Years ago I was really into beading and I know how intense it can be on the body.

It’s a great thing you are doing.


Pam Asberry said...

I bet your work was beautiful, Eydie. Thanks for the encouragement. Somehow all the things I am doing are going to merge into one. I just haven't quite figured out how. In the meantime, I keep plugging away!

Bella said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog Pam.

I love your beaded silverware! So pretty!!

I know what you mean about throwing the schedule away. I'm planning on letting the dishes and housework pile up this weekend, and just read!

Pam Asberry said...

Thanks, Bella! I am so happy to meet you! I finally found some spreaders yesterday so I will be beading like crazy the next couple of days! Enjoy your relaxing weekend; I am hoping to find some time to curl up with my TBR pile over Christmas vacation. :-)