Journies: Old & New

Greetings Friends!

This past week is ending full of feelings of calm, peace, mixed with just a little nervousness. I have been preparing for a vendor event coming this coming Saturday June 27, 2015 at Glen Maury Park Buena Vista, Virginia. This event is very near and dear to my heart because it is a Rock’ N 4 Autism event to raise funds and awareness for Blue Ridge Autism & Achievement Center Buena Vista satellite school. I am excited to spend the day in Buena Vista listening to music, hanging out with my jewelry and being a part of this great event. Keep up with information for the event here:

This week has also brought with it the decision to begin the journey of consulting with Usborne Books & More. Literacy is of great importance to me. I hold a career certificate in early childhood development. One of my beliefs about development is that literacy begins in infancy. Usborne’s stance on literacy is one of the many reasons that Usborne appeals to me so much. I have 11 weeks to meet some goals, to get this journey started. Here is my website: Check out our products and let me know if you are interested in having a facebook party or if you are local we can have a home party. I look forward to hearing from you!

Big things my friends! Big things are coming! So until next we meet at the workbench…keep creating, enjoy your moments and keep your chin up. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.

Big Love, Randi


Moving Swiftly

Greetings Friends! My oh My! How can it be six months since I have written. This journey continues to move swiftly.

Out of the house jobs continue to be a challenges for both hubs and myself. My mini-cavegirl has turned five and graduated from preschool. So much growing up; losing teeth, learning new tasks and becoming more independent with each passing day. How did she get big enough to get herself in the car and all buckled in? Many, many things my momma’s heart just aches over some days.

The jewelry just feels better every day. I have been working on the bezel sets. Rings are not where I want them…but that is why it is called a journey. But man, are they getting awesome. Chainmaille is really hitting it out of the park too. I have been comparing my jump rings to some of the first ones I ever cut and wowzers have they just gotten better too! I love being able to see the improvement within myself.

I have had one vendor event so far this season. It went amazingly! Another coming up in two weeks (I’ll get back to my every week schedule and share more next week). I am hoping to get a few more events on the calendar. Getting out and setting up my tables, then getting to meet people is one of my favorite things about events. Here are last year verses this year photos of my booth setup…talk about improvements!

Big things my friends! Big things are coming! I hope this first half of 2015 has started out with greatness headed towards much blessings! So until next we meet at the workbench…keep creating, enjoy your moments and keep your chin up. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.

Big Love, Randi

Setup 2014
Setup 2014
What a difference a year can make!
What a difference a year can make!

Springtime Planning

Greetings from Springtime Virginia! The warmth of Spring, bird chirping, and flowers not planted growing…I love SPRING. The promise of new life. The hope of less grey days ahead. It lifts my spirits and renews my hope is what is to come.

         We had the best vendors show this past weekend. Fun, engaging customers, sales were up and the weather was not bad either. It was nice to be close to home, catching up with old friends and enjoying celebrating being from Nelson County!

         I decided to do a new take on the traditional door prize. Plastic Easter eggs, basket, coupons and winning tickets! It was a huge hit. So much fun encouraging customers to pick an egg. My mini cave-girl got in on it. She helped people find the basket and pick an egg. Mini-cave girl was amazing! I was so proud of her. Best show we have had. Overall, engagement, sales the whole day was just fantastic.

         I am spending today staring at my sketchbook. I have not spent time with my sketchbook in quite sometime. I have been working off the moment. Which has been good. But I think it is time to spend some time planning out some next moves. I have all of these thoughts and ideas floating through my head today. The mini cave-girl is with her granny so I am going to deal with my sketchbook. Just the two of us; my sketchbook and I. So until next we meet at the workbench…keep creating, enjoy your moments and keep your chin up. As always thank you for stopping by and for being on this journey with me.


Big Love,


Mostly from the beginning

I have been spending a lot of time reading blogs. Researching how to create a blog. Which hosting site? Do you pay for it or not? Do you buy your domain name? And I decided I wanted to pay for it. I want a blog I would want to read. The blogs I have found that I love to read and browse mostly are the ones that are paid for.

So why am I on a free site? Thank you for asking. Because I am blogging as a way to document my journey into jewelry making, designing…something! Which kind of leads into how MickyAnn came into existence to begin with…

I have spent the last four and a half years working in the mental health/social services/rehabilitation field thinking that I would retire from it. I had made a few job changes within that field over these last few years, always searching for my nitch. Always to start out really excited, ready to take on the world and help individuals. Only to get burnt out, begin to feel bitter about all that I was missing with my child at home (including her 1st Christmas) and all the time my hubs (also currently in the field) did not have together.  Then came September 3, 2013. I had a follow up meeting to a weeklong suspension from work. No need to go into the details…I did not do what was alleged that I did. However, HR decided that my hard work and dedication was not worth fighting for. So I was terminated.

Now after giving myself two weeks to process the emotions that come with being terminated. And after being told by a perspective employer (that I had basically put all my money on so to speak) that after an excellent interview, panel interview and being at the top of their pile of candidates during all of their talks and negotiations, they went with another individual. That was the last blow I could take…at least for a while. I decided I needed to find a way to “contribute” while I was at home. I remembered my love of crafting, sewing, friendship bracelet making and creating. When those memories came flooding back I felt as though something was awakened within me. So I ran with that.


I spent the Fall craft show season doing several shows that were fun. But I spent more money paying fees to participate, gas to get there and food to eat (because I would have good intentions of packing and either do so and forget it at home or forget to pack) then I made. However, my plan, goal,  new dream has not wavered. Which is very new for me. Usually that first show with no success  would have been enough for me have thrown in the towel and said forget it. Not this time, no, MickyAnn is going to be successful. I believe in my heart, at least for such a time as this I am right where I am suppose to be. Staying home with my mini caveman (you’ll hear more about her later), taking jewelry making classes (that leave me feeling more alive than I have in years) and getting back to my creating roots.

Oh and back to why I’m on the free site…short version. The paid site I found and fell in love with wanted 36 months worth of hosting and domain fees upfront. Which was not a bad deal (overall much cheaper than I had envisioned)…but not wise in the position I’m in.

We’ll chat soon!

Big Love,