July 2012 is almost history. I'm shocked how fast it went. It's been a weird summer so far. Drought, heat, with no end in sight. The Iowa River which runs through the town where I live is running at less than 10 percent of it's normal flow. We've had 2/10ths of an inch of rain since the beginning of June. It makes a person edgy, when the weather misbehaves like this. Maybe that's a Midwestern thing.
Well, I've been here working hard. Gail and I have been working (separately, due to geography) on our class samples of our submissions for the 2013 Bead & Button Show. All of the making is done and my samples have been sent off to Gail to photograph and then we'll get them submitted. I love what we came up with and I hope the committee that chooses the classes will too. This year we're offering a mix of traditionally fabricated jewelry and silver clay projects, and one that combines the two. I'm very excited about them and later on we'll post some pictures of our submissions.
At the same time, I've been making a lot of new jewelry that I'll have for the first time at the show at Brucemore on August 25th. I'll post pictures of some of that as soon as I have time to take them. I hope I see some of you there. It's an excellent show at a lovely place. More on Brucemore later.
I've also been working on refreshing the findings section of my Etsy store. Tons of new buttons, toggles (some new larger ones since people have been asking), charms, and rings. Some are listed and some are waiting to be listed. Also, I have a few new tools to add to the tool store. Yikes! I need an assistant.