I have been very busy with OPALS embossing enamels and not only have I made quite a few pieces - and sold several - but I have had both a workshop and a make-n-take at a local craft show. Both were unqualified successes. At the craft show, things were very slow until a couple of children asked their mom to let them do it. Before long, they were standing two and three deep to do a make-n-take! For a small community, doing 27 of them in about 5 hours was quite remarkable in my estimation! There were some slow times, but for the most part, my helper and I were quite busy. I have another workshop scheduled for my home on the 6th, then will be doing a make-n-take as part of a Haiti relief effort, so I'm hoping we have a really great response and make quite a bit of money!
One of the biggest changes in our lives has been this little guy - Jean Pierre Puddles I. I introduced him the end of October by e-mail, but have to include him here. For such a tiny guy - about 6" long and 6-7" high, he was sure an intrepid little soul. Someone had thrown him into a ditch beside one of the busier streets in town and I still think it was God's will that we drove down that street, rather than taking the highway. He had managed to get out of the ditch and was sitting on the yellow line. He was so cold and wet it took me 45 minutes to get him dried out and warmed up enough to quit crying and shivering. How anyone could try to drown this little guy is beyond me.
Our trip to Florida was great - we met my daughter-in-law, her son and the daughter of a friend of hers and spent a week with them. We, of course, "did" Disney, Epcot Center, Sea World, and attended both the Medieval Times and Arabian Nights dinner shows. They were quite something - particularly the josting and horseback games at the Medieval Times show.