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what will the new year bring?

what will the new year bring?

Happy New Year!  Can you believe another year has blown by?  WordPress notified me that I have made 152 posts since starting my blog, and soon, my blog and web site will be integrated into one, and we will leave WordPress for a new destination. I will keep you posted on the transition–should be seamless.

Ten days have already past in the new year and the last four days I have been down with the flu.  Well, a version of the flu, without the fever & chills, but all the other bells & whistles.  I thought I’d have a huge dent made in my 2012 taxes by now.  Much of the beginning of the month was spent picking my jaw off the floor when I found out that the really old version of Quicken I use for my business expenses will not convert my data into a newer version.  I am mad!  I am furious!  I’ve been online with Intuit to tell them that they left some of us high & dry.  I realize I had an old version, really old, but for the Macintosh, they did not do a lot of updates.  I have spent countless hours online doing searches for “best accounting software for a small business”, “best bookkeeping software for a sole proprietor”, “best bookkeeping software for a jeweler”, best spreadsheet–anything!!  I refuse to purchase another Intuit product!!  Help!  I just had a thought, I’ll change my search to “best software for an artist”–maybe there is something creative out there.

new ideas...

new ideas…

In four weeks, I’ll be leaving for Tucson and the wonderment of Gem Show!  Thanks to Laura for coaxing me down there over 10 years ago.  I’ll likely turn this creative blog into a ‘foodie visits Tucson’ blog like last year.  We do have our favorite Mexican restaurants–maybe we’ll try something new this year.

Goals for the new year include: trying out Goldie Bronze Clay by Hadar Jacobson, breaking in a new kiln for base metal clays, taking an enameling workshop with Linda Darty, (an amazing artist), setting stones in sterling silver, making rings & bracelets, making more texture plates, hopefully making some new tear-away sheets as mine are worn out, and last but not least, being less hard on myself and having more fun!  Oh and hauling my desktop Mac to the Apple store to get it to speed up–it is soooooo slow!

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My 2013 Schedule so far…

Denver Potters Assoc. Holiday Show
6th Avenue United Church
3250 E 6th Ave
Dec 5, 6, 7, & 8
www.castleclayartists.net

Arvada Center Fine Art Market
Dec 12 - 22

My Home Holiday Show
December 13 & 14

Gallery of my Work