By Jeannie Havel
Comments and Observations
From the Publisher
It's only the second month that I've written this journal and
already I'm thinking it's just too much work. Isn't that what everyone
says about journaling? Maybe it's the time of year. May is usually a
busy month, but this year, it's especially busy around the cramped
little wigwam I call "pcPolyzine World Headquarters." I swear if
I have a full nine square feet of work space left in this office, I'm
exaggerating. Can you believe a high class, uppity publication like
this one is created in a space that's only about 3'x3'? It's true.
And you should see my car. Well, actually, you can't see it because
there's just too much stuff in it. In fact, my entire life is filled
with "stuff." My daughter calls me a packrat. I called myself a
collector for awhile, but now I prefer "preservationist." Nonetheless,
while the rest of the world seems to be going to you-know-where in a
hand basket, I rest easy knowing I will never run out of polymer clay
or beads or cookie cutters. How many people can say that?
If it seems I'm rambling, it's probably just stress because Mother's
Day is here and I've made no gifts whatsoever; the
deadline for signing up for the Donna Kato workshops in June is here
and I'm b-r-o-k-e; and my daughter is about to turn 18, graduate from
high school, and leave me! Waaaahhhhhhh!
But I do have some good news -- there's a rumor that Porro, the
world-famous poly Diva herself, is arranging a trip to the U.S. as we
speak. Now that's exciting. If you don't know who she is, now
is a good time to find out. I recently had the good fortune to actually
hold a piece of her breathtaking polymer clay work in my own little
hands. Porro is a friend of a friend who just happens to be a member of
my polymer clay guild. It seems they've corresponded
for years, and now they're planning a get-together for mid-July. As
soon as I know details, I'll share my information with you.
Got an email from Lynn O'Neal about the Carol Duvall cruise. The
Craft Queen and seven of her nearest, dearest friends (Priscilla
Hauser, Donna Kato, Lisa Pavelka, Karen Thomas, Mary O'Neil,
Cherryl Green, and Tim Holz) will be cruising and crafting across the
Western Caribbean from February 27 to March 6. There are three
price tiers that include cruise fare, taxes, port charges, and
Travel in Grand Ledge, Michigan is handling reservations. If you think
you might want to go on this trip, contact Linda or Shirley at Drolett-Travel.com. And be
sure to send me a postcard!
saving up my money for ClayQuest 2005 scheduled for next November. It's
sure to be the East-Coast polymer clay event of year. For more
information, contact Lauren Van Hemert at: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Paula and
Carole at Old Town Crafts: email@example.com.
I think that's just about all the news I have for now...oh wait, I
almost forgot...the results of the first-ever pcPolyzine
Reader's Poll are in and it looks as if we'll be accepting paid
advertising as early as the June 2004 issue. The rates will be
extremely affordable, so tell everyone you know to buy an ad.
I'll also be sending out news via the pcPolyzine Members-Only
Mailing List about our brand new subscription newsletter
devoted to turning your polymer hobby into a profit maker. We've
partnered with Crafting For Dollars author Barbara Brabec to
jam pack it with lots of what you need to know to make your clay pay. It's All About the Clay
debuts June 15th and will be published every month on or about the same
date. That way, if you subscribe, you'll have pcPolyzine at the
beginning of the month, and the newsletter in the middle of the month. pcPolyzine
will continue to be F-R-E-E and the newsletter will cost just $12 for
the year. That's 12 issues for a buck each. But wait, there's
more....if you subscribe on or before the day the first issue comes out
(June 15, 2004), you'll save $2.00 off the regular subscription
price. That makes it just $10.00 and you can pay online by e-check or
credit card through your PayPal account. Be sure to sign up on
list if you haven't already. It's the only way you'll get the
special email with the link to the $2.00 discount.
I hope you have a
very happy month of May. As always, write to me if
you get a chance.
Your polyclay pal,