Thursday, November 15, 2007

Thankful Thursday

I am thankful for…
My mama!

Oh man, where do I even begin with this one! There's too many reasons to be thankful for my mom, and I could obviously never cover ALL of them, so for the purpose of this blog, I'll focus on just one memory in regards to her helping me along the path of my career…

The year after I graduated college, my parents helped me set up my metalsmithing studio in the basement of their house. I created a series of work around the holidays that year of what I like to refer to as my "easy, everyday, wearable type of jewelry," simple sterling and stone earrings, bracelets, etc. - not my barbie work in other words - to try to make a little extra cash for the holidays. My mom works as a secretary in the main office at the local high school and offered to take in a batch of my work to school to sell to the teachers, aides and various staff members. It was the perfect plan! She's located at the social hub of it all, and as a result, The 'What's Everybody Looking At?!' effect took over her desk and most of the female population there wanted to buy some of my jewelry. However, it turned out to be A LOT of hard work on my mom's part. On top of acting as cashier, coordinating the exchange of money from all the on-site purchases, she also was taking custom orders left and right. She kept track of all the names, quantities, and sizes, essentially acting as my own personal jewelry sales rep on the front lines, all the while trying to do her own job.

My mom owns quite a few 'margaux lange originals' and never hesitates to brag "my daughter made it!" when wearing one of them. She believes in me, and her efforts to help me succeed that Xmas meant the world to me. I made what, at the time, felt like of a lot of money for a fresh-outta-college grad! She even offered to do it again the following Xmas, which I gladly took her up on ;-) And my bet is, that if I asked her to do it again this year, she would still say yes!

Thank you Mama, I love you with all my heart.


Lynette said...

Wow! What a nice post! Moms are great, I am lucky to have an amazing one too!
P.S. I saw that you have work at the Cervini Haas Gallery! I will have to check it out so I can see it in person! So cooL!

Margaux said...

Thanks Lynette!

I actually only have a few pairs of earrings at Cervini Haas right now b/c they just sent back a ton of my work to switch out for new stuff. I will let you know when I send more! ;-)