The special project is a pair of earrings for my wifes birthday
tomorrow. They are Iona Bloodstone, which is basically the same
material as the Nowegian Unikite we talked about on Orchid a while
back. Various colors of gold Celtic symbols (lucky charms) and
Conemarra Marble, made to go with a gold barrette I made her for
Christmas a few years ago. If there is an Orchid Dinner for the MJSA
NY Show in March, I will be sure she wears them.
With a wife, 2 daughters and 3 female employees, Valentines Day is a
challenge for me. For several years I would design a new piece and
give each of them the same or a simiar thing. But one employee also
has a valentine's day birthday and my wife's birthday is Feb 16. I
have found it is too much pressure to keep that up year after year.
We do a Valentines Day promotion that has been working pretty well,
so I have not had much time to be creative. This year the daughters
got a simple silver heart pendant, which they love, because it is
actully fashionable, rather than my usual style (designed by my
apprentice). Everyone else got flowers.