Not Enough for the Canoe

I think I may have mentioned  that once the final tallies were done on the taxes, I owed a little less than I'd feared. Seeing as this is possibly the first year in my personal history of self-employment where I have actually set aside money just for the purpose of sharing with the IRS, this is the closest thing to a tax return that I have had in 18 years.

Yay me!

So I decided to buy rhinestones.

Then I decided to post my decision to buy rhinestones on my salon's Facebook page.

Naturally, the response was overwhelmingly positive and my clients — and several colleagues— were in favor of my decision.

So I ordered 6,696 rhinestones. Genuine Swarovski crystal rhinestones. All in various sizes and colors.


At least one client has arrived in my chair since my Facebook posting asking if the rhinestones were in yet. Which led me to the perplexed realization that apparently she was previously unaware of the vast selection of rhinestones that I already have. Seems weird. I mean, I post pictures of nails that I do all the time online. Some of them have rhinestones. But [shrug] whatever, I guess.

The thing is, I don't like blinging out a set of nails with 100 rhinestones in various sizes. I don't even like using Swarovskis on nails anymore. I mean, for shear brilliance you can't beat them without stepping up to precious gems. But [!!!!] … for what Swarovskis cost these days, you might as well step up to precious gems.

I know ... just charge more for them. And I guess I will be adding that caveat to my price list in the near future. Just as soon as I separate these little packs by color and size.

What I do know is that six thousand, six hundred, ninety-six rhinestones cost a pretty penny and arrived in a 6” x 9” padded envelope — which contained a 3” x 5” Ziplock bag that held the rhinestones. Ouch! At this rate I will never realize my dream of filling our canoe with rhinestones!

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