A chronicle of the meanderings, false starts (which in retrospect, while sort of embarrassing turned out to be highly instructive), epiphanies, selective apathy (still evolving), wild mood swings, opinions (subject to frequent change), and life lessons of an inveterate dabbler (and her latest dabblings).

Friday, October 28, 2011

Earrings Everyday

Art Bead Scene's founder, Heather Powers, is starting a new blog just for earrings, called "Earrings Everyday."  There will be 7 additional, regular contributors, including Lorelei Hill Eurto, Marie Noel Voyer-Cramp, Kristi Bowman-Gruel, Erin Prais-Hintz, Kristy Carroll Abner, and--SERIOUSLY? FOR REALS? WELL I'M SURE THERE'S BEEN SOME MISTAKE AND I'LL BE NOTIFIED SHORTLY -- Me!

I was cruising blogs recently and stopped by ABS on just the right day, and read the post about the new earring blog. I thought it was a great idea--I'm always scouting for earring inspiration. I read the invitation to submit yourself as a contributor and I thought what the heck, I'll throw my hat in the ring, and when it invariably comes to naught I can pat myself on the back for putting myself out there and continue enjoying my current level of obscurity.

But then--GET OUT--I got a convo from Heather letting me know I had been chosen as one of the new contributors. STFU!! I said to myself. (Someone else also said this to me when I told her about it. And I said USTFU! And she said LOL.) HOLY CRAP!! I said to Heather. She didn't seem to take offense. She's chill like that. (I tend to use all caps when I'm excited or incredulous.) So now I will be submitting posts twice a month with earring designs from my shop. And I have a sketchbook full of designs I've never implemented so now I'll see if they are feasible. Nothing like a deadline to help you get focused.

But now I obviously need to get a hyphen, or at least one more appellation. I'm feeling unsophisticated. Or at least some quotation marks. Keirsten "Pattycake" Giles. Keirsten "Cougar-licious" Giles. Keirsten Lee-Giles (that's my middle name, makes me feel like I'm in trouble). Or I could take a cue from the former United Nations Secretary General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali and call myself Keirsten Keirsten-Giles. Feedback?


  1. Keirsten! Seriously, when I saw the earrings you were contributing with I was completely blown away. They are so fantastic. And you can see the exquisit craftmanship in the details. I am so much looking forward to follow your posts on this new blog. And everyone elses too of course. I am so happy for you. And for me too ... And those sketches in your ideas book ... intriguing. Congrats!

  2. You so totally rock, Miss Keirsten! Welcome aboard! And you are right, there is nothing like a deadline to make it happen. Reminds me that I need to make more earrings (or at least take more pictures of them). And for the record, I had the same HOLY CRAP reaction when Heather invited me as well. I love playing in the sandbox with all of you. And I promise to share my sandbox tools with you. ;-)
    Enjoy the day!

  3. That's hilarious - as I was reading the list of folks included, I thought to myself, "Whaddya have to have a hyphenated name for this?" So yes, you definitely need to jazz up your name. I like the Boutros Boutros-Ghali option, but "Pattycakes" works too :) Of course, if you decide those aren't the right fit, you could always choose a Captcha word to be the first half of your hyphenated surname. It would be especially hilarious if it was one of those Captcha words that isn't even a word, but some weird symbol!

    Congratulations and I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. I often feel guilty or lazy for just making earrings, but if I'm only going to wear one piece of jewelry, earrings it is!

  4. I am happy for you and at the same time, hoping this whole thing doesn't amount to too awful much, for obviously selfish reasons. Also, in case nobody thinks to call you, too many people were sick today to proceed with the little par-tay, so we're rescheduling for next weekend, maybe. Hope you get to feeling better fast. And again, congrats!

  5. congratulations goofball... you got chosen because of your talent... your experiments are paying off!

  6. OOOOH Love them...!
    Me encantaron estos pendientes, exquisitos!

  7. Of COURSE you should be part of this cool earring-making-group! Your pieces rock and your naughty-spunky-funny attitude makes your descriptions and process a smile-fest. Yay you!

  8. Congratulations! Much deserved.
    As for the name-thaang - I am missing a suggestion that includes buttons. Keirsten- 'Buttons' Giles? Or maybe there is an obscure word for buttons...

  9. Wow, the best of wishes to you Keirsten! You are very deserving. I continue to work on my metal work, using all of your guidance and experience. I'm having a blast. I can't wait to see this blog. It's really going to be something.

    p.s. I think your name i just fine :)


  10. Sei talmente brava che certo il nome non sarà un problema! Congratulazioni!!!)