Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Celebration Time!

I have to share the good news with you that I got today! I am the lucky recipient of a generous gift certificate from Rio Grande Jewelry Supply in Albuquerque, New Mexico! I won this by purchasing a helpful metalsmithing book from Just being a member of the Ganoksin site is extremely helpful and the book that I purchased, Cheap Thrills in the Tool Shop by Charles Lewton-Brain, was worth the cost of the entry.

You have to understand, I don't win things! When I go to Las Vegas I take $25, put it in a slot machine, turn away, pull the handle, and go do something fun. If I ever won, I would probably be a relentless, handle-pulling, fully focused gambler. But I don't win. This time I did, and I have been light-hearted and happy all day.

Shortly after I saw the raffle winners' names in an email, Hanuman from Ganoksin called to tell me about the award. He was warm and gracious in delivering the news--another plus to an already positive experience. If you work with jewelry, you must know that to give me a large gift certificate to Rio Grande Jewelry Supplies is like taking a kid to the proverbial candy store.

So now I have to decide what to buy. There are tools I need; I will get a flex shaft right away (Bye-bye dremel, you've been a good friend. It isn't you, it's me!) I want to use my windfall wisely.

What would you buy if price were almost no object? Help me out here!