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As I write this I am really tired. I wake up too early because I'm excited for the day to begin ... I mean, how wonderful is that! I hear my son upstairs working on a new song, belting it out and my husband's getting ready to start dinner, which is his favorite thing to do ... cook. As I write to you, friends, most of whom I have never met in person but feel a kinship to, I am grateful for your encouragement over these past many months. You have contributed so much to who I am today by your encouraging words and kindness. I feel as though I am complete, finally at age 60! I hope you don't take that long, but I had a rocky start, and I'm a late bloomer. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!
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My early days of etsy were discouraging. By early days, I mean about a year. I read everywhere that you had to give etsy at least 6 months for people to find you. I guess people found me but didn't like me ... or what I had to offer. By July 2009 I was ready to quit etsy, stop making jewelry, and start cleaning my house ... because it certainly needed it. Then a miracle happened. Christen Olivarez, Editor of Belle Armoire Jewelry (BAJ), saw some of my work on flickr and asked me to submit something to BAJ. I couldn't believe it. In fact, I was convinced that she would get my things and then have to figure out how she was going to break it to me that she couldn't use them.
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By this time, I had started enameling. My enthusiasm was palpable. Mary Jane Dodd was the first one to encourage me to consider writing a book. I thought, "Who me?" Then I remembered a blog post written by an incredibly talented artist, June Roman, that went something like this, "Do you remember when I told you I was thinking about doing a book? Well, the book concept has been accepted!" I used to visit June's etsy site all the time to drool over her work ... she was terrible about keeping up her blog. So I wrote to her, introduced myself, and asked for her help. I explained that several people had suggested I write a book and any advice she could offer would be greatly appreciated. June was so forthcoming. We also discovered that we were going to be in the Winter 2010 issue of BAJ ... firsts for both of us.
... to be continued Hang in there with me. :-) Barbara