Friday, February 10, 2012

Sundance Calling...

When it comes to jewelry, I am amazed and inspired by the artists and artisan jewelry in the Sundance Catalog.  Honestly, this is what I aspire to be.  What a kick it would be to be featured on the pages next to Jes Maharry! 
While that remains a dream at the moment, I will continue to use the catalog as inspiration for my pieces.  As an artist, I am very cautious not to rip off the designs of others. Technique though, I try and mimic in order to continue to grow my own talent and design capabilities.  
The handmade market is full of wonderful jewelry designers, artists, and metal smiths.   Sometimes it is easy to think of just giving up and letting everyone else have at it.  As a matter of fact, this has been suggested to me.  This is my theory on the matter.  First, everyone has a different taste and style and no one artisan can fill the needs of all the various likes and wants. Second, I like creating beautiful jewelry.  It’s fun. It’s rewarding. It’s my thing! I am not switching gears now!  Third, there is room for everyone!  I have a jewelry box full of jewelry of all different shapes colors and sizes.  I can’t imagine only being able to buy from one or two people.  Variety is the spice of life!  I am if I sat here all typing all evening I could bore you to tears with all the reasons why I believe it is perfectly fine that there are so many jewelry designers, and artisans in the world, but let’s just leave it at this for now.  The fact of the matter is, whether Sundance calls or not, I plan to keep on creating beautiful jewelry. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Losing My Grasp!

How does time slip away so quickly?  Just when I think I have a grip on it I see how far I have slipped…  So here I am writing my first blog post for February of 2012 and my second blog post of the year…  I do intend this to be more than a once a month blog.  Truly, I do.
I think one of the worst problems I have is time management. When it comes to work, kids, husband, house, jewelry, and everything in between, I don’t exactly have things balanced.  I am trying, but sometimes I really feel like the proverbial chicken with no head. When everything is important how do you prioritize?  My blog is all about stealing crafting ideas, so I want to know…  How do you do it?  Maybe I can use your ideas to bring this picture into focus…

Friday, January 13, 2012

Resolutions? What resolutions?

So it is Friday the 13th. We are nearly two weeks into the new year and I have already fallen off the resolution band wagon... 1. Be a more consistent blogger... Its been about a month since my last blog... No worries. I still say I can recover this one... 2. Lose weight... Did I remember to wrap up the gravy from dinner tonight? Can't let that go to waste! Where did I put those button extenders? Hmmm... I still have 11 1/2 months. Don't worry. I can catch up. 3. Make more stuff. Now this one is the one I get a gold star in. Well, at least a silver star.

I have been busy creating new jewelry. I am experimenting with precious metal clay. PMC silver is fun and rewarding to work with! I must start selling so I can buy more!!!

I have ordered business cards, purchased a domain and web hosting package, and set up an Etsy account. Now I just have to get it all up and running... Looks like I will be busy this weekend!

The beautiful red head in the photo is my niece. She is wearing a Simply Southern Whimsy original, turquoise and carnelian necklace. There are more pics to come, and I hope to have her model more for me soon.