Wow, I've been such a slacker on the whole blogging thing. I would say I'll do better, but... I can't promise that.
However! I can announce some big news for the Blue Box. A couple of things, actually.
1) You may have noticed that our web address has changed slightly. Booyeah, BlueBoxImaginarium.com is active and is now our own domain. (Okay, I actually find that kind of terrifying.)
2) If you are in the SoCal area, I invite you to stop by the Camarillo Santa's Village Holiday... thing... after the annual Christmas parade, on December 8. Why? Because we'll be there, of course! It'll be a great time to get some holiday shopping done, and there should be lots of other fun vendors around as well. I'm not sure what time the parade begins, but Santa's Village is set up at the end of the parade route and will be open from 10 AM until 4 PM. Come visit! It'll be awesomesauce.
3) Not exactly a Blue Box thing, but I've just come back from two weeks in Africa, Tanzania, to be precise. It was a fantastic trip, even if I didn't manage to find any tanzanite lying around. I was helping teach English to students at a teacher training college, which was quite an experience. While I was there, I managed to find a few (hopefully interesting) agates that I'm looking forward to cutting open. The whole trip was amazing and sparked a few new creative ideas that I'm excited to try out in the ol' workshop!
I think that's about it from here; there's been lots of work done on geeky things this summer (Marvel's Avengers ftw!) as well as lots of progress on the Hearts for Haiti project. As of right now (if my head math is correct), the Blue Box will be donating nearly $200 to one of the groups I was working with in Jacmel, Haiti. That, my dear friends, makes me so happy. I haven't decided whether all the money will go to one group, or if I'll split it amonst all of them, so if you have an opinion, drop me a line.
'til next time,
March has been surprisingly busy for me here in the Blue Box, both profesionally and personally. Three main points of excitement, though -
1) Supernatural convention in Burbank. That was a blast; not only did I get to see some old friends, I met lots of new ones as well. It was fantastic getting out and seeing people from all over and getting some new ideas and inspiration, along with great advice from some of the other vendors.
2) As of yesterday, I've started posting items on Etsy, hurrah! You'll find us here. Please be lovely and share that link around to anyone who might be interested; there'll be more things added shortly!
3) The big personal bit of excitement, my Small Cousin got married! So there was a week long trip to Pennsylvania, where one of my other cousin's gave me a bunch of rocks out of his child-hood collection, along with some Hawaiian pumice. I'm looking forward to playing with those!
It's hard to believe we're already up to April, but there you go. Time flies when you're having fun making a big dusty mess grinding up rocks!
Blue Box Imaginarium is now on both Twitter and Facebook. Exciting, no?
You can find us at http://www.facebook.com/blueboximaginarium or on twitter as @BlueBoxTweets.
Other than that, there's not a whole lot of exciting news here in the Blue Box. We finished up a new piece, which has been posted in the gallery. It's the first time we've tried wrapping together multiple stones; as an experiment, I think it went rather well! We're also trying out custom chain-making - not making the chains themselves, but cutting them down to size and using our own findings and clasps to make them a bit more unique. To that end, we've been sorting massive amounts of jumprings of all sizes. It's a bit mind-numbing, trying to spot the difference between a 3mm 20 gauge jumpring and a 4mm 20 gauge jumpring and a 4mm 22 gauge jumpring, but it's also sort of soothing. (Yeah, I know, we're a bit weird in the Box.) We've got some normal clasps as well as some fun filigree clasps, so it'll be fun once we get everything sorted and ready for chain-making.
Today we received some more opal rough; some of the pieces are absolutely gorgeous. I'm quite excited about getting to work with those. And of course I'm quite excited about sharing the pictures as we go along in the process of cabbing them.
Here's hoping for grey gloomy weather tomorrow so we're not tempted to hit the beach instead of working in the Box!
The Blue Box Blogger sometimes has a strange sense of humour that comes out here rather than the workshop.