New Mine Finds: Bad Always Gets Better!
Well I have to say, this has been one of the craziest road trips I can remember.
It all began right after the February event. As always, I want to say a big THANK YOU to all who tuned in and made it such a success. Also, I’d like to thank all who took the time to write and let me know their personal thoughts and feedback about what they bought. It really helps to know what you’re thinking. We are always trying to improve what we do and develop our craft to keep the line exciting and different. So, for those of you who watched the show all three days you probably were aware of the fact I was losing my voice. I set my international travel plans in December, and I had so many appointments and new mines to visit in a very short period of time – about three and a half weeks. I left on my trip after being on air at HSN in February. It really isn’t a good thing to start a major trip when you have a major sinus infection going on.
So, here are just a few highlights thus far. My first stopover was in Toronto, Canada. There was a major ice storm and the airline computers went down. This created a major backup and many delays. I hadn’t made a hotel reservation and all the rooms around the airport were taken by the time I arrived. I ended up sleeping up-right in a chair for fourteen hours. To be honest, it didn’t really bother me that much, since I believe that when trips start out rough they usually end really well. Next, I got to my first starting point and it was extremely cold. Freezing is probably a better description. I left my bag with a friend and climbed aboard a small commuter plane with only what I could carry in my brief case. Things really got ugly a few days later when I ran out of coffee, snacks and clothes. I was completely miserable and in a very remote area going to even more remote places. It makes you appreciate what you have, trust me. You miss the little things most - like a mattress, a hot shower, certain foods, coffee, aspirin, eye drops – when there is no chance of obtaining them. But I have to say, this was one heck of a ride and it was only getting better each day.
You wouldn’t believe what I found. Two brand new turquoise finds; one a spectacular, blue material; the other a natural, green, clear material. It’s like a turquoise dream come true. I met with another miner and he showed me three new opals that are incredible. Also, someone I haven’t seen in years just happened to be staying in the same village hotel and showed me two new corals. I am so excited to share all of these new finds with you!
I’m also excited to share that the American handmade mesquite coaster sets are now available on hsn.com. These coaster sets are a true labor of love – the mesquite wood is inlayed with Kingman Turquoise on the stand and on the individual coasters. Please check them out!
My next event begins on April 4th during the 24-hour jewelry event. The we rally the troops once more for the big show on the 22nd and 23rd. I’ve got a lot of super cool, new designs for you to see, so I hope you take the time to tune in!
Until then, safe travels.