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Sunday, February 24, 2013

I Need A Bigger Plate


I'm feeling over whelmed this beautiful Sunday.  Here it is mid-day and I have a to do list that will take 3 full days to complete.  Wha! Wha! Wha!  Making jewelry for a living isn't always perfect.  Al tho, I love every aspect of my jewelry business, there are times, like today, when I find myself wondering what happened to the well organized person!

These earrings aren't listed - yet!  But they match the bracelet above.

One of the reasons for my temporary craziness is keeping up with a jewelry business and at the same time working a full time job (only during tax season).  Having a job  has been a blessing financially during the lean start up years of getting my jewelry business going.  I can say that I am now confident that I will not need to have another job next year.  But, you know what they say 'Never, ever, ever say never!'


And so, I'm rambling.  Today I've been listing new jewelry in my Etsy on line shop.  So, I need to crop the pictures, write up a description, measure each piece, log each onto my inventory log and assign an inventory number.  While I was in the midst of doing this I opened my earring storage container and it was 'EMPTY"!  Where on earth were the 29 pair of earrings that are listed?  So, in-between laundry, lunch, making soup and cleaning the kitchen I was in a panic looking for the earrings.  I keep everything organized and labeled and it just didn't make any sense.  I finally found the earrings in the wrong container and sitting on my desk.  I had forgotten I needed to confirm that all the earrings were  indeed listed.  It turns out I have yet another time eater on my plate.  There are 18 pairs of earrings that haven't been listed.  Yikes!  I wonder if I took pictures or if that's something else that needs to be done.  To tell you the truth I will be putting a note on this pile of earrings, as a reminder, and leaving them for another time.


Besides working full time and keeping up with my jewelry, I have a couple big projects on my plate.  I'll go into more detail in a future blog post, but for today I must get back to the laundry and a 2nd pot of soup that needs to be made.  Part of my plate is filled with a diet to eat healthier and to trim down.  I'm being successful with the weight loss and yesterday I actually had to buy a smaller size of jeans.  All of this is good, but it does take focus and time.  Now I must stop whining!

I have added pictures throughout this blog post, of some of the new jewelry that has been created.  Most of it is in my on-line shop and if you want to see more pictures, you'll see them there.  As time permits (chuckle!) I'll write more about jewelry and post pictures.  I know things will return to normal soon.

These earrings aren't listed - yet!  But, they match the bracelet above.

In the meantime, remember that spring is right around the corner.  Only 25 days!  And sooner than that we will be turning our clocks forward to add some extra sunshine into our days!

Did I tell you I'm moving?  Yep!  So my studio is full of boxes.  More details will be written soon.

Have a beautiful day!


Sunday, February 3, 2013

Synchronicity and Our Creative Muse

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Well, dang!  I just don't know what to say, except to say our world is very mysterious!

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A few weeks ago I made a pendant based on a free tutorial by Zoraida Bros.  I was then inspired to tweak it with a few of my own inspired techniques.  I was thrilled with the new pieces of jewelry and more and more ideas kept flowing.  My creative muse was hard at work providing me with a steady stream of new ideas.
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Insert music from the movie 'Shark'....Then I was on Pinterest and saw a piece that was pretty darn close to one of my new designs.  I clicked and followed and found to my amazement another jewelry artist that had a line of wire jewelry that was not only like mine, but the prices were nearly the same.

No, she did not copy my creations!  No, I did not copy her creations!  So how did this happen?  It turns out that no one person is the creator of an idea or physical piece of art.

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Well, perhaps my creative muse is also actively inspiring other artists.  It turns out that she's not 'my' creative muse at all!  She's 'our' creative muse!  (I just looked up muse and it is said that there are only 9 muses.  So, perhaps....) Perhaps we all share the same or simular muse.  Perhaps we are all connected through an unseen loving and creative energy that we are all fortunate to be part of and we are merely the hands that are used to bring more into our physical world.

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So I calmed down and said thank you to that unseen creative energy for providing ideas and for shaing them with many artists.

From the Free Dictionary

Greek Mythology Any of the nine daughters of Mnemosyne and Zeus, each of whom presided over a different art or science.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article is about the philosophical concept. For other uses, see Synchronicity (disambiguation).

Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated or unlikely to occur together by chance, yet are experienced as occurring together in a meaningful manner. The concept of synchronicity was first described in this terminology by Carl Gustav Jung, a Swiss psychologist, in the 1920s.[1]

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Slip Sliding Away


The things an artist will do to complete a project. Can you relate to this story? I finished my February Challenge bracelet for the Facebook group, 'Realisart: Showcase for Jewelry Makers and Painters' and needed to take pictures.  Well, they say a picture is worth a thousand words....I take my pictures outside on my back deck, because of the lighting. I keep a bunch of scrap book paper in a plastic bin. When I'm ready to to take some photos I place the plastic bin on the deck railing, open it, choose my back ground, lay out the jewelry and take pictures. As you can see from the below 'accidental' picture, I even do this when there is snow covering my world (which is 5 months out of the year). This picture was taken as I slipped on the snow and caught the plastic case and bracelet with very, very, very, did I say very? cold hands.

As you might know, from my early posts, I have my home, here in the West Virginia mountains, on the market for sale.  I will be moving to a Warrenton, VA where I'll have a lot less snow and perhaps a lot less strange pictures.  I have so many memories of this beautiful mountain area, including my taking pictures of jewelry in the freezing and snowy weather.

Here's a another picture of the same bracelet.  It will be listed for sale in my on line shop later today.  First I need a hot cup of coffee and maybe prop my feet up in the recliner for a little break.

Have a warm and cozy day!  Linda