For me there will be no New Years resolution this year. Every year as the new year starts I begin it as everyone does with a list of good intentions. Only for each good intention to either never start or to only last a day or two.
As I start this year I start with a list of to-do's on a pad. These things on my list are not good intentions or resolutions,
they are things that must get done. They are not things like loose 10 pound, although I probably should, or give up a bad habit, because I don't have any (lol), but things like work on this website or work on this blog.
So here is the start of my New Years list. I am working on my blog.
So also here is a photo of my lastest painting in the works. I will post when it is finished.
For some people me included color coordinating comes easy! But to others not so easy. A short time ago I went with my husband to an event at his work. While there one of his female associates came up to me and said "Oh you are so color coordinated." I graciously thanked her but suspect it wasn't meant as a complement. Understand I'm not a femme fatale or anything similar to Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. Quite the contrary, in fact I've always felt I was a little plain. But I do have the ability to match colors. This I assume comes from my artistic side.
Growing up I sewed my own wardrobe for school. I spent the summers sewing dresses and skirts to wear that winter to school. Through life I learned that different skin tones look better in different colors. And different colors make you look differently. Take for instance me; I am very light complected with freckles and have red undertones in my hair. I look best in the browns, peaches, greens. That doesn't mean I can't and won't' wear any color I want it just means what looks best. I have quite a few pieces of turquoise jewelry done in silver. Silver looks a little washed out on me, but I love the Native look of Turquoise and Sterling Silver. Although, I do wear it frequently it looks better on me after I get a good summer tan.
The reason I am telling you this is to bring you up to colors and jewelry. When I create a piece of jewelry I do try to match colors. When I do beading I try to match colors that complement each other, and same goes for wire wrapping. Some shades of a certain color look best with gold whereas a different shade of same color looks better with silver. Although there are not any set rules, I do try and use my artistic eye to create using color coordinating.
So it doesn't matter if you look better in a different color, if you like it wear it! That is unless you are going for a beauty contest.
Sadly in this high-tec age it is very easy to have your identity stolen. There are so many ways of doing it both business and personal. Most people know about credit card theft and how to protect your bank information. But did you know there are many scallywags out there stealing your business information also.
As some of you know I have been selling my jewelry on-line for quite a few years. I was selling with Etsy for a few years but with Etsy you have to constantly renew your listings every 3 months. Every time your relist you item you have to pay 20¢. You think well that isn't much but if an item doesn't sell it is another 20¢. That will the selling fee adds up. Well over a year ago Amazon opened up Amazon Handmade. They offered no listing fees and have waived the monthly fees for a year. Being that Amazon was a huge sales market I decided to give it a whirl. We have done ok with the sales with very little effort and not very many glitches. That is until recently! While checking my listing out on Google! I discovered my items were being sold through another site in Saudi Arabia. They went into Amazon and stole my name, my photos and my descriptions of over 50 of my listings. I have been working to get them shut down because they are using my name and my product to scam people out of money. They have marked up the items so it appears that they are using me for a drop ship company, when item is purchased I would have to ship it to their buyer. I would have to pay shipping and send it out. So f
It is very difficult to shut them down because they work out of a different country. I have contacted Amazon and they say there isn't anything they can do. So far there hasn't been any sales through them so hoping they will just give up. But in the meantime I am working to transfer all of my listings off Amazon to Barkley Gold. Barkley Gold will grow!
Isn't it funny how fast life happens! 25 years ago tomorrow I became Mrs. Lawrence Barkley Jr. As it was happening it seems life stood still but looking back it makes you wonder where did the time go.
When we met 26 years ago it was a knee knocking love, that grew into lasting friendship. We quickly became best friends and realized we had the same values and interests. Our love grew and a year later we became soulmates for life.
This year we decided to take a boat ride to get away. NO not a cruise, a boat ride. It was a day trip on the London Bridge Jet Boat. It goes from Laughlin NV, to the London Bridge in Lake Havasu, Az. It is 58 miles each way. It takes 2 hours down, 2 hours for lunch on the Island Havasu, and 2 hours back. It was a fun excursion!
If you look close at photo #3 you will see one of two deer we had seen on the trip! Also, on that day we had seen several burro's. I tried to capture them in photo #4 but didn't show well! We did see several mines and posted claims in the area so need to do our homework to find out if there are any open claims or BLM areas. Both areas that we explored are great for shooting also! Of coarse, you shouldn't shoot where you are going to metal detect!
Here we are all settled in in Arizona! The trip was to say the least a total nightmare. If anyone had their choice of moving across country in the middle of December. I would definitely recommend not doing it. We packed full this huge rental truck which Larry drove, with all of our belongings that would fit into it. I followed in the Ford Explorer with our son and our cat. Our grandson followed me in his vehicle. Because the truck was so heavy it had a hard time over the mountains so most of our trips max speed was 50ish. Then there was the snow, freezing rain and very slippery roads, and soooo many accidents. After driving only 400 miles the first day and 600 the second day the last two days we made up time and drove 12 hours straight. On Monday night we made it too our temporary rental to find that the neighbors dogs had gotten into our yard, and were not going to let us in. The neighbor was working and the dogs were trying to protect what they thought were their home. Finally after 12 hours on the road and the dogs we were able to get into the house. We were so tired we camped on the living room floor that night.
We are currently getting business licenses and setting up our prospecting business. The jewelry part of it is at this moment still on Amazon Handmade, but will eventually be in our store. Come back soon to see our changes!
2015 has flown by and 2016 is fast approaching. Some of our to do list has been completed. Our online store has opened and very soon we will be adding more supplies including metal detectors. Our jewelry is now available on Handmade at Amazon, and sales went well during the Christmas season. You may also purchase or request a custom special piece of jewelry right here!
We have some exciting plans for the new year. Stop back and visit us in 2016 to find out our news.
We are please to announce that our work has been accepted to be sold by Handmade at Amazon. as another one of our shopping sites. Stop by and check it out!
These are some pictures of our hike up to Beryl Mountain, In Acworth New Hampshire. Beryl was first found on the mountain around 1820. The longest reliably reported beryl from this locality is 5 feet (Cameron et al., 1954), although some reports of larger crystals (to 6 a 1 feet = 2 x 0.3 meters) appear unsubstantiated. The Acworth beryls, when perfect, have a fine light blue green color, of that variety known as aqua marine.
Although we did not find any perfect specimen we did find smokey quartz, lots of mica and some golden near crystal. I say near because it wasn't totally crystallized.
The hike up the mountain was a steep but easy road. After you get up further there are lots of white boulders, some quartz some feldspar, and a lot of climbing. Something you would want to plan on doing for a day trip.
I know this is a little different from looking for Gold! But it certainly is tons of fun and exciting looking for that special specimen.
Every night for the past month we have had visitors. In all of the pictures there have been 4 raccoon. It appears now that there is 6 of the little critters.