I had kind of a rough summer last year. Right around August, I was dealing with a painful health issue (ovarian cyst), there were city wide electrical problems as well as my own house electric problems that were very inconvenient, it was hot, and I was stressed. To top it all off, one weekend in August (I think), I was moving back into my Rust Belt both after returning from an unsuccessful show and at some point I lost my Bead Girl bag above. I searched everywhere and asked around for weeks. I figured I dropped it upon load-in somewhere in the parking lot, and someone picked it up and had a new treasure. The bag was filled with beads, findings, and all of my best tools, and I was devastated. After a month of searching and mourning, I gave up and replaced some of the things that were in it.
AMAZINGLY! yesterday, a woman called me and left a message that she had something that may be mine. I called her back and was absolutely shocked to have her describe the bag. Apparently, she picked it up in the parking lot, near the neighboring dollar store. She took it home and looked all through it and never found any contact info, until this week, when her sister looked through it with her and they found a label with my name and phone number on it. After seven months, I am reunited with my bag, and all my stuff! Can you believe that? Also, look at the picture above... can you also believe how MUCH stuff I fit in that little bag? It had 11 pairs of pliers and some other tools, bags full of beads and findings, wire, chain, geez... the kitchen sink! I am so grateful to have it back now. I gave the woman a big hug and a necklace and bracelet set to thank her for her thoughtfulness. How awesome is that?
While I am snapping pictures of the kitchen table/work desk, I thought I would show an ideal Tuesday morning. Orders stacked up in trays, ready for Jen to come over to pack for shipping, and me calmly working on the computer and sipping my vanilla decaf coffee. Of course, most Tuesdays involve me running around like a crazy girl losing my mind, trying to get the shipping together as Jen laughs at me and calms me down, but today was pretty picture perfect.
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.