My weight loss journey

In the spirit of "you never know what you'll get", here on the blog, I've decided to share my weight loss journey.
The facts are these: I have lost 50 pounds on Weight Watchers. It has taken over a year. And now I'm stuck. At a plateau, they say. I want to loose another 25 pounds. So I decided to set a BIG goal for myself.
I want to run a 5K. At the Disney World marathon in January of 2019. I have given myself 15 months to prepare.

So I figure that setting this goal and training for it will get me over the hump, and unstuck to loose this additional weight. Plus journaling in this way, may keep me accountable, if only to myself.

We are big Disney fans, so I like to think of running this particular 5K would be a great reward!

Today is the first day I'm recording my journey. I'm basically starting as a beginner walking. Today's early morning walk was 4600 steps, about 1.6 miles, which is about half of a 5K (3.1 miles). Not too bad, I think, as …

Labor Day Sale at Devine Designs Jewelry

A BIG 35% off all items in my Etsy shop! Use coupon code LABORDAY35 at checkout or follow this link:
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Tarpon Springs fine art festival on the bayou~ A review

This is my experience and my own opinion of the Tarpon Springs fine art festival from April 8-9, 2017.
This fine art show has a reputation of large crowds; waiting to get in early upon opening the gate, and (mostly) a large buying crowd.
This year, the show did not live up to its reputation.

My booth was situated near one of the entrances to the show, near the arts building, but up on a side walk "ledge" where people would have to step up to get into the booths.
To one side I had a fabulous pottery and glass artist (museum quality); on the other side were wood workers who made handmade children's toys/puzzles, which were all hand cut, carved, painted-very detailed.

Saturday had a slow start (crowd wise). The folks (with the handmade toys) told me that there was such a drop in crowds; that people were usually waiting at the gate to get in and this was not the case this year. The clay/glass artist said that maybe this was "not his type of customer". Sales wer…

Tarpon Springs fine art festival 2017

Welcome! Or should I say, welcome back. I've been away from my blog lately, I know, but I'm going to keep it going! So please follow, subscribe and pass it on.

I'm happy to announce that I will be taking part in this year's Tarpon Springs Fine Art Festival/Art on the Bayou. This is a large show in Craig Park, Tarpon Springs with over 200 artists and with lots of food and entertainment. Please come out and join me while I debut my new jewelry, featuring the techniques of fusing and granulation work.

And if you want to follow my progression of new work, please follow me on Instagram here. See ya soon!

Join me this weekend for PAVA's 2Cool Art Show in Gulfport, Florida

Come join me this weekend, Feb. 4-5th in Gulfport at the Gulfport Casino for the 6th annual 2Cool Art Show featuring artists from PAVA (Professional Association of Visual Artists). This is a great indoor smaller event that features the talents of many fine artists in jewelry design, wood, ceramics, photography, painting and more. The Gulfport Casino is located right on the water with a beautiful view.
Show times are 10 am-5 pm Saturday and Sunday. You can stop by a local beachy bar and grill for lunch too!

Back to blogging, updates, and links

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It's about time that I got back to blogging. So I'm making the effort to keep this blog going with updates on my jewelry business, Devine Designs Jewelry, book reviews, and user friendly content. What would you like to see on my blog this year? Leave me a message in the comments!

I'm using a new computer system, so bear with me as I learn.

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I'm learning some new jewelry making techniques, such as granulation, (see photo) just to name one. I figure I've got to stand out and be a little bit different that other jewelry designers, currently in my area, who I am constantly in the same shows with. This means I'm going to have to update my current metalsmithing set up that I have; but growth is good. New jewelry designs will b…