Woooo! June is busting out! The MrsJax Shop & Sip event was a success. Made the most I ever have at a show. It was fun meeting the other vendors, seeing an old friend, and meeting new and current customers.

I found a new webhost: Jewelspan.com is the new home of Pond’s Edge Designs. Still transitioning products, but it is working. A few new cufflinks and home decor/gifts are already available. You can click on the pen photo to see the new shop.

My most popular items, the Fashionista Pen

My most popular items, the Fashionista Pen

Men's line is launched!

Men’s line is launched!

 

Next up is the next episode of the Eclectic Experience! I’m bringing back the hotties! It’s how the show got started so I’m going back to my roots.  There will be two divisions: Domestic and International. You can post nominees as a comment here, or visit my FaceBook page (facebook.com/shyrosalind) and post there. Within the next week I will have a poll set up. Voting will only be for a few days at most, then the show.  In the meantime, take a listen to the lastest Raise Your Glass with Tanya Mercado. We chatted with the crew from the new film “A Life for A Life” premiering at the Manhattan Film Festival July 1.

 

Dear Daily Mirror, If you want to profile a racist, let me give you some names:

Cliven Bundy – Nevada cattle rancher who declared that Black people were “better off as slaves”. Defiantly broke several federal land use laws and refuses to pay his rent for his cattle grazing land.

Donald Sterling – Owner (soon to be former owner) of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.  Was caught on tape ranting about black people by his now ex-girlfriend. As of today, his latest statement was “I should have paid  her off.” That’s just here in the United States-and no need to tap their phones or dig up old unused video footage.

By the way, I took a quick visit to Wikipedia and there’s quite the list of hate groups in the U.K.  As for politics, The British National Party appears to be the twin of the U.S.’s Tea Party. Surely you could use your investigative reporting to find a real racist or two there. Oh, never mind, The Guardian  did in 2013.  But it can’t hurt to revisit this topic.

There is one name that doesn’t appear: Jeremy Clarkson

I visited the Mirror’s  website and watched the footage. (How much did you pay for that unused video?  Smells like someone has a grudge.)  It’s obvious Clarkson censored himself. The point where the n-word would be is garbled. Add the fact that forensic staff had to review the tape to figure out what the word was–this isn’t a story.

As a Black American, I hear the n-word on a daily basis. The sad thing is that it’s not white people using the word. Unfortunately when rap music took a turn for the worse, we began referring to each other as n—–.   There is now an entire generation that has lost sight of the meaning of the n-word. As a result, we no longer respect each other. Now those who would have otherwise kept their racist opinions to themselves have begun to spout them publicly.

This is the true issue to discuss: How do we as black people regain the respect we had for each other? How do we get across to our children what the n-word really is and why we should NEVER address another  person with a slur.

Should Mr. Clarkson have used another word–of course–he could have said “piggy” (which is how I learned that nursery rhyme). He claims he asked the production staff to edit out any offensive sounding words. And as I mentioned it’s obvious on the tape he censored himself.  There is a line between offensive and sarcastic, sometimes it’s very thin, sometimes it will be crossed. But this time it wasn’t crossed at all. I appreciate Top Gear’s non-politically correct humor, the cars, and the adventures. Leave Mr. Clarkson alone. Find a real news story.

Rosalind B

 

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:

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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!

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.

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.

It’s Spring!!! Finally! Damn it took long enough. Flowers are beginning to push up through the soil, the air feels cleaner, and it is now light out when I come home from work.

I love Spring-can’tcha tell? 🙂

Still working on my new stitch project. Had to take a break due to a reoccurrence of trigger thumb. Trigger thumb is when the tendons in the thumb become entrapped. It becomes difficult to bend the thumb, and sometimes effects the rest of one’s hand. I’ve had one cortisone shot. This go- round I tried acupuncture, magnets, traumeal, and hot water. The hot water is the most effective for now.

My radio show is hoppin’!  This past Wednesday we dished on “If you had unlimited funds, what would you do?” You can take a listen here.

If you have a podcast, or small business/hobby and wondered what was tax deductible, check out Roger Noriega’s show tonight. “The Tax Man Cometh-part 2″ 

I’m also looking for craft fairs/festivals in the NYC area–preferably Queens. One of my goals for this year is to participate in at least one or two.

Well, I’m off to listen to Roger’s show.  Guess I’ll really need to buckle down and do my taxes this weekend. Blech. 🙂

Cheers!

Baby it’s cold outside. It’s just February, but I’m already wishing for April.  The nice thing is the cold forces me to stay in and practice my peyote stitch and market my work.

The not so nice: all the plants are dormant, so no wonderful colors for a few more months.

Peyote stitch, the mainstay of beading, was my nemisis for a long time. Every attempt at lining up beads, then keeping them even fell flat.  The rows never held up. The effort resembled a twisted cord of beads and thread. Of course I tried to salvage and create a new twisted lariat out of the hysterical error. No dice. Finally, I decided to walk away from peyote and focus on any other method, paticularly bead embrodiery.

At BeadFest last year, I found the solution. The woman who invented this is a saint.

Quick Start Peyote guide

Quick Start Peyote guide

Quick Start Peyote cards re-introduced the elusive stitch. They are so easy to use anyone can learn the basic stitch.  (Click the name to visit Deb’s website for more information.) The packet includes a group of cards for different size beads, and a very clear instruction guide to follow.

It took a little practice, but now I am confident in my basic peyote. 😀

Here’s a peek at a new bracelet in the making:

Peyote stitch, here I come.

Peyote stitch, here I come.

In other news, I’ve been very busy on the radio, filling in for the illustrious Roger Noriega at NDB Media. Visit the website and check out the listings. There’s something for everyone, especially if you’re a sports fanatic.

Before  hitting the hot cocoa, here’s a special treat:

From now until February 28, use the code “FBVAL” at my store, and receive  10% off any order of $20+

Stay safe, stay warm, and stay loved!

Baby it’s cold outside! However, winter is half-way over and we just received our first cold snap and a little bit of snow. We have no right to complain. 😀

Updates updates:

My Adventure in Health:

I had to pause my workouts for a bit. Without going into a heap of TMI, my body wants a checkup. So I see a new family physician this week. Not that worried, though. Still losing weight–everyone’s commented on it, and another pair of pants has become too large. Since the workouts have stopped, not sure why I’m still losing.

The Store:

After a few hiccups, the store is chugging along. Lots of new art, in addition to some originals from the early store. I even have a newsletter again. To subscribe, visit the store and sign up. Newsletters are sent at the end of each month, only once a month, so no spam. And I do NOT rent or sell my mailing list.

Click the logo to visit:

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Radio Show:

Yes, I’m back! My regular show is January 30, 10PM EST.  Show topic: Internet hoaxes, Facbook annoyances, and whatever current event I feel like dishing on. Hosted by NDB Media on Blogtalk Radio. The link will be posted shortly.

Holy Moley! 2012 is just about over. Blink–it’s gone. What a year. Some of us had a great year, some of us just want it over. Last night, my compatriot Tanya M discussed resolutions on her radio program (Raise Your Glass). She refuses to make resolutions. First, people make them and don’t keep them. Then, if you need to change something in your life, why wait until the year is over to do it?Good point.

My feeling is people need a starting line. Folks need that sense of “okay it didn’t go this time, but I’m starting again”. Resolutions are a promise to “do over”.  I do agree with Tanya however. Don’t wait for January 1–just do it now.

Speaking of January 1st: join me as I fill in for Roger Noriega on Tuesday Night in America on Blogtalk Radio. I’ll discuss the top ten resolutions people make, but don’t necessarily keep–and offer some positive advice to start 2013.

How was the Holiday Event, you ask?

I met some lovely people. My table looked just the way I hoped:

My display at the Holiday Event.

My display at the Holiday Event.

Unfortunately, the turnout was very light. We vendors supported each other after the initial crowd left. It was a positive learning experience. I know I’ll be ready for the next event. Square worked great with my new tablet. Most of the “lookers’ gave positive feedback on the designs:

“Very different!”

“This is outside the box.”

“You’re going to do well. This is not your average jewelry.”