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Monday, October 31, 2011

Maxed Out!

Those who know me will confirm that there is absolutely nothing minimalist about me.  Among my favourite sayings are "More is more", and "Minimalism, schminimalism!"
So when the website crashed yesterday, and when I started looking properly I found that it had been misbehaving for 10 days or so, it should have come as no surprise that I had completely maxed out my data allocation!
Apparently my disc was totally overloaded...

Getting a little MORE was no sweat for my clever techie Anita.

The Toy Boy is just glad that it wasn't my credit card that was maxed!

So look out for lots of lovely new beads being added daily...Yeehaa!  I can have MORE!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Drumroll please....


It's taken six months, but we finally found the perfect sign writer and look what he made for us!
Alex Burnett from Mapua made them, and his specialty is 3D sign designs.  He has made the train and necklace out of a special lightweight foam made from compressed plastic bags.
So they're recycled, handmade and fun - just perfect for us!
What do you think of the name?  It was the Toy Boy's idea and is a play on the Indiana Jones movie title "Raiders of the Lost Ark".  We had to come up with a name of our combined work, and this seemed like a bit of a chuckle.

He also made the Golden Bay Toys sign for the side of the building - it has the 3D train on the top, and sits out a little from the building in a shallow "V" shape.

And this is a shot of the little courtyard in front of the shop - I love the little fernery and tables - it gives us a little distance from the street and invites people to linger.

We even had a soiree last week to celebrate the fact that we're (almost) organised.
It was a glittering affair, with the guests wearing their finest (beads) with a number of local celebrities in attendance.  The hostess forgot to organise photos...so you will just have to take my word for it.

Friday, October 7, 2011

I Fell Off!

No, I didn't fall off my perch, just felt a bit out of sorts and was fully occupied with just getting through the days with absolutely no added extras.

 "So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground."
Oprah Winfrey

I've had a bug - yes, the one I picked up in Invercargill and it has been very hard to shift.  I think I'm on the tail end of it now - I have the chesty thing going on. but am getting back into my yoga and morning walks - a sure sign that I'm feeling better.
Meanwhile there have been lots of fun things happening in the studio - the Raindrops series is moving along nicely with the new Palest Emerald Green Raindrops just finished and uploaded to the website today.

The Palest Pastel and Watercolours sets of Raindrops are also now gracing Red Gallery in Nelson for their exhibition celebrating the launch of the latest Nelson Arts Guide book.

And..TaDa...we have the new signs up at the workroom!  But more of that later.