Last week was another exciting roller-coaster ride at Red Scorpio Handmade. So action-packed that I completely forgot to write about it on Friday. Ooops.

 

Monday while tending our tiny garden, I finally found the dirty culprit that has been eating a little bit of every tomato on the plant, rendering them unfit for human consumption but perfectly fine for chickens and tortoises. This monster was as big as my finger. So, sorry chickens, you won’t be getting anymore tomatoes, but here’s a big fat caterpillar for you instead, ok?

 

Tomato Destroyer!

Tomato Destroyer!

Also on Monday, I had a consultation with a creative business coach whose opinion I respect a great deal. She suggested splitting my business into two brands; Red Scorpio for the crazy bold statement jewelry and Richellemarie for the nostalgic, personal photo jewelry. At first I was a little freaked out, but by the next day I was totally on board with the idea and I am moving myself forward in that direction.

Order yours at richellemariejewelry.etsy.com

Order yours at richellemariejewelry.etsy.com

Tuesday I got to work on my new business plan. More desk work. Woot. And also my Dad had double bypass surgery. He is doing well. Neither of those things are particularly uplifting, so here is an adorable picture of my dog Lola.

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Wednesday, my Mom’s birthday present was ready to start stringing. Here is a picture of my work space. It is utter chaos. Whenever I make a new jewelry piece, I basically break out 20 or 30 bead choices to work from. Every necklace has four strands of beads, each with its own unique patterns and bead palette. It is a time-consuming process, but my desire is for every piece to have its own personality, and for the bead palette to perfectly complement the photo. It is worth spending time to make them extra special.

something about a messy desk = creativity?

something about a messy desk = creativity?

Throwback Thursday featured this awesome photo of my Tia Margaret and Uncle Joe with their sweet ’53 Chevy. They passed the car down to my Uncle Jack when he started driving, then my Uncle Bob, and then when I turned 18, it was passed down to me. I loved this car. Loved. I still think about it all the time. It is the car I wooed my sweetie in, way back in the day, until one night it blew up on the freeway while I was driving him home after a date because I had a car and he didn’t. If I ever win the Powerball, one of the first things I plan to do is track that car down. Not just the same kind of car, but the exact car.

Best. Car. Ever.

Best. Car. Ever.

Finished my Mom’s necklace on Friday, one day before the deadline. Not bad. It has been unbearably hot this week in SoCal. This is how my dog Gladys likes to stay cool. First, she bathes in Frank’s water basin, then she rolls around in the dirt and grass. I’m not really sure what the second step accomplishes, but she is really into it. Poor Frank has to drink her bath water though. I am just trying to stay as cool as possible by blasting a fan right at my face.

Dirt makes you cooler somehow.

Dirt makes you cooler somehow.

 

Saturday was my Mom and my Grandpa’s birthdays. I made some yummy pulled pork, we all got together to celebrate, and Mom loved her necklace.

 

This is my Mom you guys. Right?

This is my Mom you guys. Right?

Sunday started off hot as heck. 95º at 10:36 am? That’s just ridiculous. Worse yet, it was only supposed to get hotter. 105º by Tuesday. Yay. Fabulous fish tacos for brunch made it bearable to live in SoCal for the time being.

Except for my family, the only thing i would miss about San Diego.

Except for my family, the only thing I would miss about San Diego.

We visited my Dad at the hospital for the last time, since they finally released him to go home. After 10 days in the hospital, he was very excited to get the heck out of there. I don’t have a picture of that.

wait what?

wait what?

To keep from melting, we went for a nice long swim in my Mom’s pool.

Cool pool

Cool pool

This week is going to be another hectic week, just like everyone else’s I bet. I am still working on splitting my jewelry line into two brands. It’s a lot of tedious work and it keeps me from doing what I love to do: make art! Being in business for yourself isn’t all just fun and games, and playing with art stuff and beads. It’s a business with lots of business-y tasks. It is still a thousand times better than my last job, so I’m not complaining.

Beautiful sky

Beautiful sky

We are also prepping for our weekend camping trip to Silver Strand state Beach, planned 6 months ago. How funny that we will be camping near the ocean the two coolest days in the forecast. Perfect. That’s fine, it is still going to be amazing camping at one of the most beautiful beaches in SoCal. There will be lots of pictures of that next week.

Alright, we are all caught up. What have you been up to? Share in the comments, please!