In my opinion, springtime is the most wonderful time of the year. Summer is a close second. Sitting here in my sunroom studio right now, I'm listening to birds chirping. Their music inspired me a couple weeks ago to create Swooping Swallows.
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Yes indeed, I was out of blog posting mode for the past half year. Life has moved right along, and has been mostly good. I continue to deal with chronic health issues, but TRY to keep a joyful attitude and be grateful for the many gifts I've been blessed with. A new health issue that was added to my list this winter included some weakness on my left side. As a result, my left hand (dominant one) could not squeeze jewelry pliers hard enough to be adept at making jewelry. Sooo, I had to resort to plan B. I decided that I wanted to learn how to knit…left-handed. I tried it using my right hand as the dominant hand, but I'm just not that coordinated! So I taught myself (through youtube videos) a basic understanding of how to knit left-handed. My mom gave me some guidance, although right-handed. Then I stumbled onto some videos on how to crochet. I tried this too and found that crocheting comes much easier to me, and it doesn't matter which hand is dominant! So I've been busy crafting dishcloths for my family members and myself.
I found that the Clover soft touch crochet hooks work best for me, since they are ergonomically correct and feel soft in my hand. I really enjoy the process of crocheting; it's relaxing and allows me to be productive even when I don't feel well. I have recently been able to get back to using my jewelry pliers again. I'm thankful! And the ideas are overflowing!
I was excited to open up the Jewelry Stringing Spring 2014 issue, knowing that my colorful bracelet cuff (#2) would be in the bracelet gallery. :-) This is my 6th piece to be published, and it's still just as exciting!
Hoping to try to keep this blog updated more often. We'll see how that goes. I'm headed off now to my jewelry table to make some pieces for spring. Sadly, spring is having a hard time coming to VA this year. Even my big sad pup is done with snow!
For several years now, I have named all of my jewelry designs. I wrote about it in a previous blog post. While I began the process with enthusiasm, now it has become somewhat of a burden. Many of you have told me how much you enjoy seeing the names that I give to designs. Despite that encouragement, I have decided to end the tradition. Shakespeare might have been been onto something! I think you will like what happens when I can give up this process which actually has been stifling and not promoting my creativity. I gave myself the freedom to try it this week, and lo and behold, I cranked out 20 pieces of jewelry! I found that because I didn't have to interrupt my creative flow with the process of name brainstorming, I could keep creating and designing.
I will leave you with a cute story about the "Olive Branch" earrings pictured at the beginning of the 3rd row on the left. One of my customers, Cheryl, wrote this note to me. It all started when my mom started texting and she tried to sign off "I love you" but it auto-corrected it to say "Olives". So now every time we sign off from each other we say Olives instead of I love you. So I thought getting her this piece of jewelry would be very special!
I will miss hearing neat stories like that, but methinks this change will be a good thing!
What a delightful surprise it was to find out that I was one of the winners of a blog hop challenge giveaway! And the host of this blog hop is the talented Rebekah of Tree Wings Studio. She creates with polymer clay and makes the most adorable little forest creatures like the ones below.
I considered all the possibilities and had settled on designing a necklace. I had it all laid out and was ready to start wire-wrapping. But then for some reason, I changed my mind and made a bracelet. I am mostly pleased with the results. I think it still needs a little tweaking, but not quite sure yet how that will look. For now, this is the finished piece...
I wanted to highlight the purples and yellows in the beads. I decided to go with some Czech glass beads that were simple so as not to detract from the beauty of the polymer clay focal beads. There were some copper colored undertones in the beads, so I knew that the metal had to be antiqued copper.
Rebekah, thank you so much for your generosity! I am honored to be part of your blog hop.
If you would like to see what the other winners created, they are linked below.
A friend of mine from high school days asked me if I would make a necklace for her using the same concept as the "Spirit" earrings pictured below.
She has 3 children, and said that she is always drawn to things in 3's for that reason. So I developed this design for her necklace. I'm really glad that she asked me to do this and like how it turned out.