I have received several comments lately from my regular readers here at Viva Cindy. You have noticed that my posts have slowed a bit in the last month. My friends, being a working girl has its down side. This was my 4th week working for the US Census. I have been really busy, and I have overcome many new challenges in this position as a Crew Leader. For example, this was the first time I have taught a class or been been a supervisor to one, let alone 16 people. It is as if I am on call due to all of the last minute changes that need to be addressed. Also, my time management skills are really being tested. Good thing I don't have any other obligations right now. ha! Unfortunately, I have not balanced how to be really busy with work and also do my workouts. I have really been slacking. Oh well, a few weeks rest never killed anyone! (last two "fit fridays" were not posted and today all I can report is that I took one 45 min run/walk run on the Freedom Trail )
Of course the up side is that I have some extra cash to spend as I please. Add to that a successful jewelry show last weekend in Roswell = trip to the America's Mart. My friend Livini and I made a stop at my favorite store, Kona Imports where my friend Arif is always so good to me. I have been his customer about 4 years now. He always has a great selection, and although it takes me way too long to decide what Im going to buy, I always walk away with a beautiful stash.
Today I was feeling all of the blues and greens (this is nothing new) and came home with [mystic] green amethyst and iolite, aqua chalcedony and an assortment of random beads that were in a bowl. (from left, pink topaz, yellow topaz, amethyst, labradorite, rubies, emerald, green amethyst)
I don't know if you have been into Marshalls or TjMaxx lately but I found some great jewelry storage. Check out these green leather(ish) storage boxes.
They are lined with velvet and divided into 6. They were only $5.99. Have I ever told you that I love that store?
One of my customers at my show last weekend wanted a pair of ruby earrings. She picked a style similar to another pair I had and I think they turned out so pretty.
These are some of the prettiest rubies I have worked with. They are a bright reddish-pink and are simple and elegant. They are reminiscent of India with the bright gold too, don't you think? I will mail them out to her this weekend. I hope she is as happy with them as the photo I sent her. If you have any ideas for a custom necklace or earrings with my new gems (or any others) just email me.