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!
By again, we of course mean the Lunar New Year that's coming up very shortly.
There have been a few exciting things already this year. First, and I promise not to delve into politics much if ever again, the pulling of SOPA/PIPA from Congress. We're mostly internet based here, folks, so legislation that threatens the freedom of the internet is of the bad. (Yes, piracy = bad, but so does killing the internet.) Okay, I'll shut up about that now.
Second, the Imaginarium is all set up to head down to Burbank, CA, in March with the intent of setting up a vendor table at a Supernatural convention. Ahoy, geeks! To that end, we've been cranking out all kinds of different items in a range of prices. If you can think of anything awesome that you think geeks and nerds might enjoy, leave us a comment and we'll see if we can make it. Yeah, that's a challenge. Bring it! (Small disclaimer: we do have to worry about licensing issues, so there are things that we simply will NOT make, don't ask, it won't happen.)
Third, we received our lovely new business cards that have fun little doodles on them by Hugh McLeod of Gaping Void. They're quite fun and make this here blogger a bit giddy.
Finally, we're playing with some graphic design here. Notice our new header? It's no longer the sunset visible from the Blue Box! We've also put a nifty little graphic in with the Hearts for Haiti campaign. Thoughts? Suggestions? Love it or hate it? Either way, let us know. We take all comments into consideration and then patently ignore them. Er. Ignore that last bit. Or send us a comment complaining about it, either way. Something interesting is bound to happen!
Today, I am ridiculously excited to announce the official launch of the Hearts for Haiti design line. Ever since I came back from Haiti this summer, I've been wanting to find a way to continue supporting the people I met there. I won't put the entire information release here on the blog, since it's all under the Hearts for Haiti tab one easy click away.
Please take a moment of your time and read through the information, though. Haiti and the people that I worked with have worked their way deep into my heart; I'm sure that if you had the chance to get to know them, they would do the same to you.
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.