Lotsa Luck! / ¡Mucha Suerte!

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MY ENTRY INTO the business of ToldemArt (click here) was via a large trade show in Las Vegas while I was still gainfully and miserably employed in early 2008. Moments before the trade show opened, I received a call that My Mother the Dowager Duchess was hit by a car (hit and run) the day before after visiting her sister Sylvie, appeared to be seriously injured and, in typical Dowager Duchess fashion, took the bus home instead of going to the hospital. We spoke. My cousin then drove her to the hospital, although she should have gone in an ambulance. I arrived days later followed by San Geraldo. The Duchess had a punctured lung, two broken ribs, and the most hideous bruising I’ve ever seen. But after only a week and a half she was home and seemingly fine. For a day or two. She had a staph infection that had us rushing in an ambulance back to the hospital where she spent another three weeks near death until the infection was stopped. Her final recovery was phenomenal, especially considering she was already 80 years old. And, yes, months later she admitted to me that she “might have been” crossing against the light.

But, as usual, I digress. My dreams for ToldemArt were slowed, but I managed to get things going when The Dowager Duchess was home and independent again two months later. A trendy retailer in Hollywood (who catered to the likes of Lindsey Lohan) wanted to carry my jewelry, but first she wanted to get one of the items in a wedding swag bag. I thought the jewelry needed to be 14K gold with real gem stones, but she didn’t agree (she was wrong). It happened but didn’t go as planned (nor did the marriage). Next came The Good Luck Collection, which I mentioned before was carried in the gift shops at Bellagio and MGM Grand hotels. And then came the economic crisis. So much for good luck!


MI ENTRADA EN el negocio de ToldemArt (haz clic aquí) se realizó a través de una gran feria comercial en Las Vegas, mientras que a principios de 2008 empecé a trabajar de manera justa y miserable. Momentos antes de que abriera la feria, recibí una llamada que Mi Madre La Duquesa Viuda golpeado por un auto (golpeó y corrió) el día antes después de visitar a su hermana Sylvie, parecía estar seriamente herida y, en el estilo típico de La Duquesa Viuda, montó el autobús a casa en lugar de ir al hospital en la ambulancia. Nosotros hablamos. Mi prima la llevó al hospital, aunque debería haber ido en una ambulancia. Llegué días después seguido por San Geraldo. La Duquesa tenía un pulmón perforado, dos costillas rotas, y el hematoma más horrible que jamás haya visto. Pero después de solo una semana y media estaba en casa y aparentemente bien. Por unos días. Tenía una infección por estafilococos y nos llevó a una ambulancia al hospital, donde pasó otras tres semanas cerca de la muerte hasta que se detuvo la infección. Su recuperación final fue fenomenal, especialmente teniendo en cuenta que ya tenía 80 años. Y, sí, meses después, ella me admitió que “podría haber estado” cruzando contra la luz.

Pero, como de costumbre, me divago. Mis sueños para ToldemArt se hicieron más lentos, pero logré poner en marcha las cosas cuando La Duquesa Viuda estaba en casa e independiente nuevamente dos meses después. Una tienda de moda en Hollywood (que atendía a personas como Lindsey Lohan… uf!) quería llevar mis joyas, pero primero quería poner uno de los artículos en una bolsa de boda. Pensé que las joyas debían ser de oro sólido con piedras preciosas, pero ella no estaba de acuerdo (ella estaba equivocada). Sucedió pero no salió como estaba previsto (ni tampoco el matrimonio). Luego vino The Good Luck Collection (La Colección de Buena Suerte), que mencioné anteriormente, que se vendió en las tiendas de regalos de los hoteles Bellagio y MGM Grand.Y luego vino la crisis económica. ¡Tanto para buena suerte!


Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

23 thoughts on “Lotsa Luck! / ¡Mucha Suerte!”

    1. Kathleen,
      I had 5 designs and wanted to come up with 7 for the collection. They wanted 10. Sin City was #10.

  1. They are all exception in design, form, and colour but “Luck” has a certain Gaelic look to it that immediately caught me.

    1. Willym,
      LUCK was popular in the boutiques around St. Patrick’s Day. I enjoyed creating KA CHING the most.

      1. Willym:
        Oh, don’t worry about it. I could drive myself crazy with my “thumbos” when I comment and reply from my iPad, but I sometimes don’t do any better at my computer. I had to look back at your original comment. I filled in the word correctly in my head without even noticing!

      2. Sadly I think I do that as I’m typing – fill in the word without realizing I have put it all down.

  2. Wow, your digressions are fascinating! I love all of these, but the Blackjack one is a favorite. Must be all of the colors. It cheers me.

    1. Deedles,
      Thanks. I was surprised by how much I liked the black jack one when it was done. Maybe it’s the white enamel.

      1. Could be. Not being creatively artistic myself, I just go with my feelings. I wasn’t ignoring the story of your mother. I was all caught up in the drama of it all and then your “I digress” hit me in the funny bone. You can certainly put a person in the moment, Scoot.

      2. Deedles:
        I was out with my pal Luke and his parents this afternoon and we talked about you. You make the days so much better!

  3. What an exciting time this must have been for you, Mitch! ….once your mother was ‘out of the woods’, that is.
    I really like your work. Have you ever considered a ‘reincarnation’ of these?

    1. Jim,
      Considering reincarnating them. Have to find out what it will cost to restart in Spain.

    1. Debra,
      Unbelievable. She spent 3 weeks in intensive care. And most of that hallucinating or unconscious. The day they found where the remaining infection was lurking and went back in was the day we had thought there was no hope. Within an hour after the procedure, she was completely conscious and coherent again.

  4. Amazing that your Mum survived all that. What no one helped her ? Police or 911 ?

    Fabulous !
    Like them all hard to chose but Las Vegas (reminds me of the old Vegas) and Winner are wonderful .

    1. Parsnip,
      Police and ambulance came. She refused to go to the hospital. She was in shock and thought she was fine. When she got on the bus and sat down she realized she wasn’t fine. Given her age, the police were supposed to have insisted she go to the hospital. Glad you like the pendants. I was pleased with the results of the LAS VEGAS sign.

    1. Walt the Fourth,
      A little brains a little talent with an emphasis on the latter? Thanks!

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