Happy New Year!

I’m not going to mention the cold. Not going to talk about the polar wave/swirl/express that roared into half of the United States. Nope, won’t complain about freezing my face waiting for the bus and asking “Is it March yet?”

Instead I will express gratitude for my warm home, quick home heating oil delivery, and the few breaks in between that allowed me to stock up for the next cold snap.

Is it March yet?

Speaking of Spring: Pantone announced their Color of the Year–Radiant Orchid. You can read about it here. It is a wondrous shade of purple, not too dark, and not very light either. Check it out:

From Pantone's website

From Pantone’s website

Have I created anything with this color? Hmm…this is is the family but not quite:

Purple power cufflnks

This is closer to the orchid–but not exact:

Much closer to the orchid tone, one of my classic earrings.

Much closer to the orchid tone, one of my classic earrings.

You can bet there will be more to come using this amazing shade. And when spring returns, it would be a travesty not to find any “radiant orchid”  in the gardens.

While we wait for the thaw, a few announcements:

Raise Your Glass with Tanya Mercado started 2014 with a hot topic: religious intolerance. Friday night’s show was hopping. Catch it in the archive: Raise Your Glass on NDBMedia

NDBMedia has a new up and coming star: Marc B. Lee – host of The Mark on NDBMedia His shows range from the Golden Globes, “The Walking Dead” viewing party, to cosplay, to celebrity chats. Pop over to his Facebook Page for the schedule.

Spring brings change- and it will be celebrated at MrsJaxShop&Sip on April 26 in Elmont NY. The theme is “Metamorphosis” and the charity supported is BASICs International. Tickets are $5.00. Click on flyer to purchase a ticket.

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Well, another year almost gone. Time has passed way too quickly. But then again, we say that every year. For some of us, it’s been magnificent, for others 2013 could not have ended sooner. Here are some highlights, follow-ups, and shameless plugs:

1. The Home Depot adventure – I am happy to report the refrigerator still works. We will not purchase another large appliance from HD, but will continue to buy smaller items. However, the mini-fridge from Sears needs a new part. Thankfully it’s under warranty so I expect a smoother repair.

2. Live appearances – My business goal was to do 2 in 2013. I made it!! My second show was last month, at MrsJax Shop&Sip in Elmont. I made back my expenses and a little extra.  For 2014,  3 shows are the goal. I will post the dates/location as I book them. On a side note, the store may be changing one more time. I’m considering moving the men’s items to their own shop. Seems the fellas get antsy when they have to search among “girly” stuff. When it’s up, the trumpets will sound and link posted here.

3. Radio shows: I have had a blast working with Tanya Mercado on Raise Your Glass. We had a phenomenal interview this past Friday with Charlotte Laws.  Charlotte took on a revenge porn webmaster and won. Listen to the archive HERE

My own show, “The Eclectic Experience” returned the day before Thanksgiving with the “Attitude of Gratitude” episode.

If you are a Science fiction convention maven, cosplayer, worked a convention, or just attended a bunch, check out a special show December 15,  7:00PM EST  hosted by Marc B. Lee “Just What Exactly Do Yo Do There?”

Finally, another shameless plug: Until December 13, I’m offering free shipping on any order. If you need an item in time for Christmas, please order no later than December 18 to ensure delivery. Visit my shop Pond’s Edge Designs by Rosalind Brinson to find that special something.

I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas, and a fantastic 2014!

So true for artists and office drones.

Praise Cleveland

 

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Good posture – holding the head, shoulders and trunk in perfect alignment – creates balance, which allows our many physiological systems to function optimally. When we habitually sit, stand or walk in a less than a fully aligned position, muscles stretch or contract to accommodate. This can result in chronic imbalances that can lead to pain. Studies dating back to the 19th century also suggest our posture affects mood, energy and self-confidence, all of which affect how attractive we appear to others.

Here’s four tips for maintaining good posture and keeping it all the way cute:

• It’s not just sitting for hours on end that’s bad for you; it’s how you sit. The dangers of sitting have garnered plenty of attention in recent years, especially since we have become a society of sitters. Sitting for long periods comes with many health risks, including obesity and cardiovascular disease. But…

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Boo! – Okay, got that over with. I do like Halloween. It’s the one holiday everyone has the chance to be someone else for fun, Unlike the corporate holiday party, or big family shingdig, where you have to hide your flaws to please the in-laws or boss.

I hate corporate parties. Glad I’m not part of that anymore.

The other reason I like Halloween is it reminds me that my birthday is coming up. 😀 I don’t need presents anymore, but appreciate that friends & family remember it. The saddest feeling is one of loneliness. Being forgotten is a pain I don’t think I could handle.

Moving on to things I’ve come to love and hate during the summer/fall…

1. Top Gear on BBC America: I LOVE this show. Yes there is an American version (and Australian too), but there is nothing like Jeremy, James and Richard (Richard is FIIIIINE by the way) tooling around in expensive sports cars. Well, other than Jeremy, James and Richard struggling in old beat up cars.  I’m torn between the Africa and the North Pole road trips. Both presented amazing vistas, and unusual challenges for the guys. Seeing Richard break down and cry during his sledding run to the North Pole (it’s freaking lonely out there) made me cry. James and Jeremy’s near slugfest outside their vehicle in the snow made me nervous, They went from friends to near enemies in  a matter of days.  This show was a highlight of my summer. Catch it on BBC America.

2. Tia & Tamera:  These sisters are a hoot.  Watching them both experience pregnancy, and their adventures as working mothers was a refreshing change from the typical “reality” show.  They are more genuine than the family that starts with “K”.  The show has moved to Bravo (the Style Channel is no more).

3. Iyanla Fix My Life:  One of OWN’s true hit shows.  Counselor Iyanla VanZant travels across the country to help couples/families experiencing issues. Troubles range from parental negligence to abusive spouses, to  “reality” stars refusing to acknowledge true reality.  Several episodes stand out, but the one that got my goat was HWOA (Housewife of Atlanta) Shiree’s lack of emotion. Her ex husband called her out on how she blocked his contact with his children. She just sat there. No anger, no sorrow, no nothin’.  He made it clear that he felt he and their children were just “accessories” on her tv show.  No response. Chick just didn’t care.  It was a shake-my-head moment.  What I appreciate about this show is no quick fix is promised. The participants have to work at change even after Miz Iyanla leaves.

So, what made my hackles rise this summer/fall?

1. Reefer at 7am.  One of my neighbors smokes a joint on their front stoop before they leave for work. Not every day, maybe 3 out of 5 days/week.  If your job is so bad that you need a joint before leaving the house, perhaps you should look for something else? Or take early retirement? Haven’t smelled that stuff since high school, and it still stinks.  Other than that, they’re great neighbors.

2. Cutting the line at the bus stop: There is this one woman who saunters up the street, stands at the end of the line,  then as the bus pulls up pushes her way to the door.  Everyone’s giving her the “bitch are you crazy?” look.  She doesn’t care.  Haven’t seen her in a while, but I would not be surprised to hear someone pushed her out of the way.

3. Reefer at 7PM: Coming home, a different neighbor is outside with a halogen lamp, makeshift dominoes table and the gentlemen are—you guessed it—smoking reefer and playing dominoes. Cold as it has been, they are bundled up, lamp shining, playing dominoes.

4. The loss of a favorite show: The Bronson Pinchot Project.  It was on the DIY Network for 2 seasons. There was some filming for a spinoff “Bronson Pinchot Saves America”, but alas it is not to be. Bronson Pinchot, goofy as he is, knows architecture. His method has madness, but the results were off the chain. He takes reviving classic homes seriously.  No sanitized crown molding, or polyurathane flooring. He and his crew are salvage wizards.  It was such a pleasant change from the ton of other remodeling shows, I can’t believe it won’t return.  If you want to know what Bronson is up to, follow him on FaceBook (Bronson Pinchot Online)

5. Express bus follies:  Since hurricane Sandy, I’ve been taking the express bus to/from work. There are a few things that get on my last nerve. First TAKE YOUR BAGS OFF THE SEAT. You paid $6 for ONE seat, not two.  And stop rolling your eyes when someone asks you to move said bag.

Second, IF YOU CAN’T FIT, DON’T SIT.  Hey, I’m not a tiny person, if I see the seat’s a little tight, I move on. I do my best not to squeeze in and cause discomfort for the person next to me. DO THE SAME.

Third, DON’T EAT DINNER ON THE BUS. It’s an EXPRESS, which means you’ll be home in less than an hour. Save your dinner until you get home. Remember, it’s still NYC Transit, which means the buses are not cleaned every day, which means critters may be hiding.

Whew! That’s all for now.  If you are in the Elmont NY area, stop by MrsJax Shop & Sip Holiday Show. November 16  1-6PM I’d love to meet new and old customers.  Follow me on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook (Pond’s Edge Designs by Rosalind Brinson) This coming Friday, join me and Tanya  on Raise Your Glass” on NDBMedia via Blogtalkradio.

Had a great time at BeadFest this year!  Before I discuss my beady adventure, I must rave about the Reading Terminal Market   in downtown Philadelphia. My friend Liz kindly picked me up at the train station and treated me to lunch there.

This place is amazing, especially if you are a foodie. Just about any kind of food you crave, they have; Cajun, soul food, Chinese, sushi, middle eastern, vegan… They also have several butchers and organic produce shops that accept Food Stamps (SNAP). The program helps people afford healthier food.

We decided on a New York style sandwich shop–Hershel’s. The owner relocated from Brooklyn and opened the stand with his family.  The pastrami sandwich melted in my mouth. It was better than any pastrami I’ve had at home in New York. A “medium” soda cup is what a “large” is at home. You definitely get your money’s worth.

We also picked up some Amish treats. I couldn’t resist the red velvet cake, and hand made donuts.  Later that night I dived into the red velvet with a cup of hotel coffee. I had a radio show to do and needed a boost. Well, between the sugar and the caffeine, I didn’t fall asleep until 1 AM.  😀  I still dream of the red velvet cake.

The next morning–Knotting Class with Reenie of Designs by Reenie. Reenie was a patient, fun instructor. There were seven of us in class, but we all received individual attention, and all of us finished our necklace project. I’d seen the Easy Knotter before, but never up close. Now I’m happy I did. Someone has already asked me to make a necklace like the one I did in class:

Pearl knotting project

Pearl knotting project

After class, it was time to hit the show! Can’t share photos, since they were not allowed, but you can visit the BeadFest page on Facebook and see some highlights. One of my favorite artisans, Singing Cat Studios wasn’t there this year (I missed you Kimberley!), but I discovered a new one, Bokomo Designs.

Their specialty is leather and special clasps/sliders for leather. It’s the new thing this year, and fortunately a lot of their items were on sale. That seemed to be the theme this time around “Everything on sale”. Another favorite supplier is retiring. (Good luck S&L Lapidary!) Snatched up as many cufflink stones as possible. Good quality is hard to find.

At the end of the day, I spent 50% less than I did last year, paying retail at that. (The tax Id number doesn’t always help, some vendors require a minimum purchase.) Next weekend, I’m settling in and designing some wonderful stuff for the store and my next show…

That’s right! I’m doing another personal appearance–November 16th, location and time TBA.  As the date nears, the info will be here.

One other thing I must rave about: The new Hilton Garden Inn. It opened this spring, right next to my usual haunt, the Hampton Inn. Couldn’t get a room this year, so I had to book the Hilton.  It did not disappoint. Comfy king-sized bed, flat screen television (I want one!), microwave, fridge, and coffee maker. The bathroom has no tub, just a huge walk-in shower with massage shower head. Had breakfast, cooked to order eggs, delish! The staff bent over backward, even with two wedding groups and the BeadFest attendees, just what one would expect at a Hilton.

Well, that’s all for now. And I did fill in for Tanya Mercado on 8/23 for Raise Your Glass

Yes, I said “summer”. I know I missed a month. July was nuts. Had to get another cortisone shot in both hands, and my friend’s wedding, and prepping for my appearance at Mrs Jax Shop & Sip. A few words about that:

It was a BLAST!

The turnout was good, my fellow vendors were friendly and cheerful. A group of friends from high school showed up. The organizer  also attended the same school, so she got them out.  The DJ had the best mix of gospel, R&B, and funk/soul. He kept the crowd going. The best news is that I made my sales goal! Came home with a little $$ after expenses. The next one is in November, stay tuned for that announcement.

If you want to see photos go here:  Mrs. Jax Shop & Sip

The best part about doing live shows is learning what customers like, don’t like, and hearing what they are looking for. It helps me decide what to stock up on, and what to phase out. For example, I didn’t expect my keychains and pens to sell out, but they did. Girls bought the men’s pendants, lots of interest in the cufflinks, but no one jumped at the swizzle sticks.  It was a great learning experience.

Next up, three radio shows..two for Raise Your Glass, one of my own “The Eclectic Experience”  My last show featured and interview with Terri Callsen, author and biopolar disorder counselor.  The interview is here:  ShyRosalind’s Book Corner 

Finally, next weekend I head to BeadFest Philadelphia!  Got my class registration, train ticket, and hotel.

Before I step off, my next radio show is August 28, 10PM EST. The topic is “How to be successfully self-employed-without getting scammed.” I’ll post the link as it gets nearer to the date.

Here’s a photo from Shop & Sip:

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Ring a ring a roses

August 16, 2013

Yep, just in time for BeadFest, I see this lovely inspiration. Happy Friday!

Karen Walker

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Vintage style rose rings. Made with? Yes you guessed it- the wonderful CERNIT polymer clay!

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Trayvon Martin

George Zimmerman

The four most discussed words in the United States at the moment.  When the verdict came in, I was at a friend’s wedding. Lots of love, happiness and good food. On the way home, a friend checked her Facebook account and found the news.  For me, it put a damper on an otherwise beautiful day.  In the hours, and now days that followed, tensions have run high. People are falling into three categories:

1. Travesty of Justice/No Justice No Peace/Racism is alive

These folks are mad as heck. Stating the obvious but not making suggestions for solutions.

2. Justice was served/Trayvon deserved it/Black people kill each other more than we do, why aren’t they complaining or marching about that.

I’ma get to this in a second, hang tight.

3. I can’t take this negativity any longer –people please stop posting about this and move on.

Nope, we can’t move on just yet. Take a break from Facebook and Twitter for a while.

Numbers 1 and 2 bother me the most. For the Number 1 campers – look up the links I post; walk through your neighborhoods, find/create organizations to prevent violence.  Say hello to your neighbors. Have a cookout, pass a plate of food over the fence,–hell SMILE and say good morning at least. A little kindness is a great start.

Let me horsewhip the Number 2 campers next:

You claim we don’t talk about or combat black on black crime. Some of the nastier of your ilk suggest that we prefer to use racism as a crutch to avoid responsibility.  Guess what? We DO complain about black on black crime. We DO work to take illegal guns of  the streets. We DO prefer to have safe places for children to play, old folks to walk, and be able to sit on our stoops and chat with the neighbors.  Since you haven’t noticed what has been reported, let me pass on a few examples:

Boeing pledges $5million to Chicago antiviolence campaign

Brooklyn grandmothers rally against violence

Florida’s own Crime Prevention in the Black Community

You see we live with it, so we are dealing with it. Should it get more press? Yes

Do we all follow the “don’t snitch” bullshit? No Because that’s what it is —bullshit. If your child/friend/spouse/parent were shot, wouldn’t you want someone who knows something to come forward? Don’t say ‘no’ ’cause you know that’s not true.  And if you’re thinking “don’t snitch because we don’t trust the po-lice” well not all police officers are inept or corrupt. Vigilante justice is not allowed in this country, so we have to use the people OUR TAX MONEY pays for to keep the peace.  Yes, we pay them, they work for us. Considering how quickly they captured D’aja Robinson’s killer, it seems someone got tired of the “don’t snitch” foolishness.

What gets my goat the most is reading comments suggesting that Trayvon wouldn’t have been approached by Zimmerman in the first place if he was “dressed properly”. The author of this statement said that if you “dress with respect you’ll be treated that way” (I’m paraphrasing).  Trayvon was walking home from a corner store.  Not a drug den, not a whorehouse—a CANDY STORE. Dear sir, how should one dress to buy Skittles? A suit and tie?

Let me digress for a moment about the “dress properly” statement (which was removed by the author–I just searched and it’s gone). Many moons ago, my godmother took me to a Christian day retreat. It was in a very nice neighborhood. I asked, since it was on a Saturday, if  I could wear jeans and a blouse.

She said “Most certainly not. You will wear church clothes.”  When we arrived at the retreat (it was a group from her church and me), the other participants wore –you guessed it, jeans and tops. Sensing my confusion (and a touch of aggravation), one of the other ladies had me walk with her around the church grounds.

“Look at these photos. What do you see?”

“Kids in their uniforms.”

“What else? Look real close.”

“How come there aren’t any black kids?”

“Ah,” she said. “This is ****. “(I’m not divulging the town) We have to dress up just to come here. Otherwise what do you think they would say?”

I realized then why my godmother insisted on “church attire”.  The only way to prevent white people from dismissing you as ignorant was to overdress. The whole “first impression” thing.  The sad part is 30 years later, people are suggesting that we don’t “dress properly” even when we do, so we are all ho’s and thugs.

However, there is a point. Young men need to PULL UP YOUR PANTS. No one, and I mean NO ONE wants to see your underwear.  The rap “artists” that run around like that don’t live in the ‘hood anymore. They have homes with security cameras. They only want your money.  Young women need to PULL DOWN YOUR SHIRTS. If it’s too small, buy a larger size. No one wants to see a muffin top or that extra boob. If you can see your buttcheek, then the shorts are too short. And do you ladies realize these rappers diss you on the regular? They’ve called us bitches and ho’s for years, and you all just keep buying the songs. Life is not a music video.

And for the love of Pete, can we stop using the N word???? That’s the number one reason other races don’t respect us any more. If we call each other the second dirtiest word in the language, why would they not want to?

Finally, I’ve got to rant on this:

Jay-Z Disrespects Harry Belafonte  (click for the full article)

Mr. Belafonte criticized Jay-Z and Beyoncé a year ago about their lack of community service. Beyoncé’s publicist responded fairly quickly. Jay-Z didn’t say anything until he put lyrics in his latest album.

Sometimes I feel survivor’s guilt
I gave some money to this guy, he got high as hεll
Now I’m part of the problem far as I could tell
Did I do it for him or do it for myself
Can’t lie to myself
I love my n—–s more than my own blood
I die for my n—-s and I love my cub, hope that’s not f—-d up
I got a problem with the handouts, I took the man route
I’ll give an opportunity though, that’s the plan now
No guilt in giving clear a n—– conscience out
No guilt in receiving, every thing within reason
Can’t see it taking food out my little monster’s mouth
That’ll drive me gaga
Run up in your momma’s house, two nickels, one dime
Manslaughter charges, the lawyer, knocked it down
I’m just trying to find common ground
‘fore Mr. Belafonte come and chop a n—– down
Mr. Day O, major fail
Respect these youngins boy, it’s my time now
Hublot homie, two door homie
You don’t know all the shít I do for the homies

Doesn’t matter what point he’s trying to make. Jay-Z was completely out of line.  If it weren’t for real artists such as Harry Belafonte, there would be no Jay-Z. Period. If you disagree with an elder, fine. There is a right way and a wrong way to disagree. Jay-Z took the wrong way. If someone called my grandfather or father a “boy” they wouldn’t have a tooth left in their mouth after the slap I’d give them.  Jay-Z and his ilk gave us nothing but “bitches & ho’s”,  the N word, “stop snitchin'” and video vixens with fake hair.

Whew! Wow, that was  a rant and a half.  Next week it’s back to the fun stuff.

It’s summertime, and the livin’…

okay, it’s not that easy. 🙂

However, it is fun. Spent the better part of last week helping my mother get the yards in order. Yes I said ‘yards’, back and front. Mom is a plant aficionado as far back as I remember. She can take a cutting (sample) of a plant, stick it in water and POOF…plant sprouts up. Every spring we look forward to shopping at the nursery (and they love her too), picking out flowers for the beds, and plotting what goes where.

My duty is the “muscle” woman. I pull weeds. This time I knew what to pull without holding up a sample of a butt ugly plant and asking “Mom do you want this?”

“No mon! That a weed. Chuck it.”  Then my task is to pull a few pounds worth from the section I’m in.

This time I grabbed the nettles, dandelions, the “fake corn” as I call it, and wild grass.  If you want a good cardio workout, grab a hoe and some gloves then hit the yard. At the end of the day, we sit on the stoop and admire the fruit of our labor. The neighbors make a point to stop and check out the garden. It’s nice to be the envy of the block.   Here are a few of our beauties:

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Lilies are the top photo, Begonias the bottom.

For my July radio show, if you are a landscape artist/garden guru, contact me! I’d love to discuss the do’s and don’ts of home gardening.

In the meantime, this Wednesday June 26 is Soapbox Wednesday! I’m dishing on some recent news and listing my summer guilty pleasures.

Click HERE for the link.

Oh My! It’s been much too long. Every week has  been a “life adventure”. First the trigger thumb decided to resurface. Then I fell down a flight of stairs and bruised my  back all the way down to the tailbone.

Let me tell you—a tailbone bruise is probably the worst pain next to childbirth & menstrual cramps. I couldn’t walk for a day or so. Sitting was impossible for two weeks. It still gets sore if I don’t move around.

Fell completely off the exercise wagon. I can run a little now, and walking is no problem.  My goal of losing 20 pounds before my boss’s wedding is out the window.  For now, just staying as active as possible, and let the chips fall where they may.

The good news is that acupuncture helped me avoid a doctor visit. This is the third time I’ve had acupuncture, and it made a difference. Not necessarily a cure, but my body healed faster than I thought. Which leads me to my next radio show:  The Eclectic Experience: Alternative Medicine  Wednesday May 30 10PM EST

I’m also the producer for Raise Your Glass With Tanya Mercado now. We call it the “Girl Power Hour”.  You can check out our latest show here:  Raise Your Glass

Business is on an upward trend however. My goal was to find at least 2 events to present my art before Beadfest in August. Well–I got into one on Aug 10, and have an application for another. 😀  My FBook and Twitter are more active, and the stats show it. Now if a couple orders come in that would be icing on the cake.