Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Sitting pretty

My old friend in Thailand bought my necklace for his wife. He actually bought 2 necklaces for her. What a lucky lady!
She makes my necklace look good, doesn't she. Relaxing in her white shirt at the balcony of her condo, near a golf course, on top of the hill, in Phuket Island, Thailand. I envy her.
It mush be 85 degree there, with a nice warm breeze from the ocean and a nice sunshine. What am I doing here, in a freezing cold, in the frigit 19 degree? May be I should go home.
Will you miss me?

Friday, January 25, 2008

The morning after

Last night, I stayed at the restaurant until 2 am. We open up the wall between the existing dinning room and a new bar area. It was excited. Dust flew all over the place. We have to wipe all the counter, table, chairs and wash all the dishes again. The construction guy broke the saw at about midnight, so we have to call his supervisor. Then he slipped and fell off the ladder. He was OK. The next morning we patch up the wall, put paint on and start wiping the white dust, again. Around 5 o'clock, my boss decided that we will let people sit at the other side, so we all on hands and knees cleaning up the room. We did not think we are going to make it today but all the guests wanted to sit in the other room. Here's why. I think it looks really nice. The bar is not quite finish yet, still a lot of work to do. More pictures and wall decoration will be hung.

The last picture is the view from the existing dinning room. We rearranged the furniture, added some new decoration and this restaurant will be "the place" to dine in Broad Ripple area.

Now I can go back to my clay table. :) Yeh.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Life coach

This is a note that my friend, Cheryl, wrote for me. The first time we met, I was waiting her table at Thai resaturant. She gave me a compliment on my bracelet so I told her that I made it. Cheryl and Mary were about to open the new Bead Store at the time and she asked me if I would like to work with her. So we became friends. Fast forward to later when I was struggled with what to do with my 3 tray polymer clay beads and jewelry, Cheryl quickly mapped out what I should do and told me not to come back until I got part of it done. And I did.
Last year, we volunteered to be on the Board of Director for Indiana Bead Society together. She always email or slipped me a note before the meeting to tell me what to do and what to say. When I want something done, I called Cheryl and Mary. During the last 2 month when my life was such a mess, Cheryl came over with a note to tell me what to do, step-by-step. She is not only a good friend, but my life coach, my mentor and I cannot thank her enough to be there for me when I need her.
My commitment with Indiana Bead Society is done. Thanks to my team: Mary, Cheryl, Bonnie, Joyce, Francie and Carol. Now I can focus more on Polymer clay. I think I will ask Cheryl to map out what I should do this year. I know it is going to be a great year.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Under construction - Part 3

The construction is moving along slowly, but we are happy with the outcome. The wall and ceiling are painted, track lights were mounted, now if we finish putting stain on the bar and cabinet, then we can cover the floor. Last night, with a little bit of my elbow grease, Austin and I stained the bar and tonight we will work on the cabinet. We already laid out the equipment behind the bar, and, wheww...., everything fit together like it meant to be. I got a permission to decoupage the big table at the far end of the wall. It shapes like a lip, so I will have fun with that, (thinking about Mick Jagger), if I have time to do it. Work is crazy everyday, but I get up every morning and want to go to work, that's the good sign, right?

I still clay during the night, since I don't need much sleep like I used to. Funny how I always wonder why my parents can get up so early in the morning.

Here are some painting I was working on. They are small round discs that I will put frame on and turn then into pendants.

Thanks for everyone who email me and asked some questions. It is nice to know that someone actually read my blog.

Monday, January 07, 2008

Leather stamping tools

I stopped by at the Leather Craft Store and bought some new stamping tools for my texture sheet. There are so many to choose from especially the leaves and flowers which I intend to use the most. For those of you who do not have a store near by, I will put these tools for sale on my Etsy store soon. Let me know if you are interested.