January 9, 2013
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Bench Tips for Jewelry Making: 101 Useful Tips by Brad SmithBench Tips for Jewelry Making …..comes from years of experience. Author Brad Smith has close to two decades as a Studio Jeweler, MetalSmithing Instructor and Rock Hounding Ex…
December 20, 2012
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December Topic: What is the best Gift you’ve ever gotten? …and why?
So this can be from a couple points of view – there is the esoteric…I mean who isn’t thankful for the Sunrise every morning and the Sunset every night? …the smell of a pine forest? or the sound of crashing waves?
However since we are knee deep in the Christmas Holiday and this is after all the end of the world…those Mayans have us all sweatin tonight. 😉 Let’s look at more personal, real things.
If we are talking physical gifts…the best ones are the ones that show the person has taken the time to really “know” you and what is important to you, with any luck they come from the people who are closest to us.
BUT – BEST? Well this one will take a little background… suffice it to say that Bobby and I had both lost our jobs and were pretty much at the end of our ropes when my Mom & Stepdad offered us the two bedrooms at the back of their home in the OC. This was a lifesaver but not the BEST gift…we both got jobs to save up for getting our own place and negotiated a rental agreement with my folks.
Fast forward a couple years…Bobby was offered an amazing job – but – to take it we needed a trailer or RV, well you might as well have pulled the rug out from under us. Oh – the GIFT part? Fred, my Stepdad had been socking away all the money we had been paying as rent! This upped our spendable income dramatically and well, here we are 10 years later still with the same company!!!
What did we buy? a 40 ft, RV fully equipped (was a luxury model in its day) with washer & dryer…I can’t find any exterior photos I think they were on my old computer that died (why do they make those thumb drives so small I can never find them).
…and that arrangement gave me the opportunity to grow my business without the fear of failure because I could take the time to bring in the right clients at the right time.
From Our Fearless Leader – Andes Cruz:
What is this “Blog-o-Sphere Think Tank” thing? Andes and several friends formed a group of bloggers…named “Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank”…we come together from different areas of life, ‘once a month’, to do a blog circle on a new but specific topic. So, check back in once a month, or join us as we all write about the same topic, and hopefully we all post at approximately the same time , on the 20th of each month.
We get a new and different topic each month which keeps it refreshing, and it is always interesting, to read everyone’s unique take on a new idea or topic. It’s fun, light, and gets your mind going. Everyone has different thoughts; so you might learn something, or open your eyes to new ideas . In any case, I hope you’ll visit all the blogs and have a read!
Andes Cruz: http://www.andescruz.wordpress.com
Kathleen Krucoff http://mysticalmythicalmetalwork.wordpress.com