Monthly Archives: June 2007

Another Thinking Blogger…

Ok. Another Thinking Blogger means five more blogs for you all to check out. Here goes:

1. Judy Dunn – A great resource for the working artist.  It looks pretty nice too.

2. Artistic Musings – Another blog that I really need to read more frequently.  In this day of fluff and ‘how’s the weather’ posts, this is one that can definitely enrich your day without wasting your time.

3. This Eclectic Life – I love this blog.  It has cool contests, cool graphics, and a cool crochet quilt square project for kids with cancer.

4. Creative Think – Ok, so Robert van Oech doesn’t look like he needs, or necessarily wants, a Thinking Blogger award but I still wanted to use this opportunity to turn you on to his site.

5.  NTs are Weird – I only recently found this blog so I haven’t read it very long.  It is “An Autistic’s View of the World” something I’ve always been interested in and it makes me Think with a capital T.

So, numbers one through five, if you accept your mission, your task is below.  Even if you don’t link back, it would be fun to find out who your favorite five blogs are that make you think.  C’mon…I know I want to find more things to make me think!

The participation rules are simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think,
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme,
3. Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).

The Six Ps

I’m on a roll…and that’s rare, so I’m running with it. It feels counter-intuitive to sit at the torch cranking away killer beads when I have bills to pay and sales tax to file and books to write and web sites to update, and, and, and…

But it must be. I am the mode where I’m being compelled (can you be compelled? Or is one just compelled?) Whatever it is, I love that feeling because it doesn’t come often and when it does, it needs to be grabbed! So, for the last week I’ve been grabbing.  And creating.  And growing.


Isn’t it interesting that it comes right after a short vacation? If you’ve been reading Margot Potter’s blog you know that she’s been trying to unplug, as well as JC.  So I’ve been thinking about my two friends and understanding where  they’re coming from.  I’ve heard people talk about needing to find balance.  Needing to get back to basics.  Whatever you want to call it, we drive ourselves hard and I wouldn’t have it any other way, for myself.

I think the three of us may have been doing this self-employed-driven kind of work for about the same length of time and I’m forming a theory.  I think 3-4 years is about as long as you can go at that pace before you start to really feel it.  I mean, REALLY feel it.  Yet we continue.  We have gotten this far and we’re on the edge of the ‘next thing’ (at least I feel that way and suspect it always feels that way).  It would be interesting to hear what others think.  Chime in.

I will speak for myself here.  It’s like gambling.  Or should I say, gambling if you have a problem with gambling.  That next pull of the arm is going to be IT. THEN you’ll be happy.  Just five more dollars.  Ten more minutes.  THEN you’ll be able to stop.  But it’s not that way.

Sometimes I think about my motivations when I’m so driven.  I have come to find out that I am driven by accomplishment.  I am driven by the thirst for more knowledge, better skills.  I love a brain full of information.

All of that to say, I love being driven.  I love accomplishing things.  I love doing what I do.  But I’m better at it when I can step away for a little while.  It is this mark, the 4.5 year mark, where I realize that a new phase is coming.  I can keep going like I’m going and feel like I’m spinning my wheels or I can do it differently.  I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I’ve been doing it differently.

While stepping back every once is a while is part of it, as is exercising, taking my B12s, eating right, the most important thing is to prepare better.  Plan ahead.  Have a plan.  As a good friend of mine used to tell his restaurant employees:

Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.

Thanks Tom.  Words of wisdom.

Appearing beads, disappearing words…


These beads flew out of my torch the other day. Out of nowhere. No planning. I just sat down and they appeared.

I just wrote a nice long post about them (and the lavender blue ones not shown here) and the different design elements that I incorporated from past designs and it just disappeared.  After hitting the refresh button and then the back button to try and find my lost words I finally scrolled down to publish the short version and saw this message:

Server Maintenance

Your server is going through a few minutes of routine maintenance. Please don’t touch your browser for a few minutes.

What do I do?

  • If you were posting a comment or making a post on your blog then do not press BACK on your browser. Wait 5 minutes and press the refresh icon on your browser. Your comment or post will be sent as normal.
  • If you are browsing a blog here just wait a few moments and hit refresh. The page you were expecting will appear.