Tidbits and a moral…

August 26, 2008 § 5 Comments

I’ve returned to the world of school, to the tech college. After spending time with Don Norris, who taught me quite a bit about silversmithing and jewelry work, I decided to head back. And, as luck would have it, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College happens to have a good, solid program for jewelry design, fabrication and repair.

Not only will I improve my knowledge and skill, I will have more tools to explore. I look forward to working with the instructors I have…they have a good reputation and are good people to work with. My husband and I are hoping to find, through this time in school, to set up a public access/club access for a local art studio we’re planning.

We’re also taking time to focus on our customers and what they need. Each customer has an entry in our Special Dates and Days database. We include personal information, dates to remember, names aand addresses of anyone they might like to have reminded of said dates (some have listed themselves to be reminded of anniversary, etc.). In it we include information on what their gift recipient has had his/her eye on, what gifts are connected to certain dates, etc. Putting this together has been a large undertaking. And while I had hopes of the information being entered from several websites, it is only available to those who purchase or work with our company.

And the moral I’m sharing is to not put off for tomorrow what can be done today. I have not spent as much time drawing as I should have. And drawing is not something to be rushed. So I’m off…and those of you working with me on custom jewelry will probably notice a big difference in my sketches as well as the software I use to scan it and then send it out.

Enjoy the day!


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§ 5 Responses to Tidbits and a moral…

  • Dee says:

    Gosh, Kim! What a great opportunity for you! I would love to be able to take jewelry classes at the local community college…but alas, our local school doesn’t offer those classes. Good luck to you!


  • Ken Merwin says:


    Good to see you have some good opportunities with your technical college. Ours, Madison Area Tech. College, may have some programs we could benefit from but their main campus is a good 40 files away but I might check their Fall offerings out based on your post.

    You are amassing quite a database on your customers, I imagine you capture this when you first have contact with them so they don’t feel you are “spamming” them with notifications. I’ll have to mention this to wife Barb as she has a laptop that would make it easier to capture some information on customers at craft shows although sometimes you get too busy to be keying down personal information and we try to keep an eye on our displays to prevent any shoplifting.

    BTW Our blog is

    I must check to make sure you are on our blog roll!

    Good luck fellow Wisconsonite. Ken/Barb of Magpiedreams.

  • Teri says:

    I took a 1 day class from Don this spring and loved it. He’s coming back this fall for another 2 days! Joy (but I always spend way to much money!)

  • Wilma says:

    congratulations on returning to school t further your education in what you love to do. I admire anyone who will take that step to further their knowledge. will be watching to see what you will be desigining


  • Lois says:

    I would love to be able to go back to school for jewelry. This too is something that I must wait for retirement for. In the mean time, I read everything I can get my hands on. If Don ever comes this way, I’ll find a way to take his class though.

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