Hard to believe we're already to the last day of 2012, innit? It's been a bit of a crazy year here, what with our first convention, and our first outdoor show, and... oh yes, the really big first.
Our first Hearts for Haiti donation!
Thanks to you wonderful people, Blue Box Imaginarium has just sent off a check for $180 to Faith and Love Orphanage! It seriously took me a ridiculously long time to decide where to send the money, where it might do the most good. While I love the JCC and Bonite and the Art Creation Foundation for Children, this year I felt that perhaps F&L didn't get quite as much attention and love as those other two organisations, so for this year, they got the whole lump sum. If things expand and do better next year and into the future (as I most certainly hope they do!), I'll probably rotate who gets the donation, or possibly even have enough to send a reasonable amount to each one! Wouldn't that be lovely?
Anyway, that's the big news, the most important news. Everything else is just extras!
Time to make a blood sacrifice to the lapidary gods, that is!
Every so often, as you may know, the lapidary gods require a... token of your seriousnessitude towards the craft. Otherwise, all your hard work and practice will do you absolutely no good whatsoever - all your rocks will crack, your dop sticks will break, your polishing jobs all orange-peel and don't shine up... it's an absolute nightmare.
That's actually just residue leftover from working on my cobra script jasper, over there on the right. It sure is a pretty stone, but daaaaang is it messy to work it.
(At least it's just messy and not messy AND stinky, which would just be trouble.)
Anyway, there are many stones that grind relatively clean, but then there are also many stones that are just... nasty. It's kind of fun to see what colour the mud at the bottom of my Genie turns into at the end of the day, though...
PS - lapidary gods, if you do exist, you rock, no pun intended. Oh, who am I kidding, it was totally intended. Please don't smite me. :-D
The Blue Box Blogger sometimes has a strange sense of humour that comes out here rather than the workshop.