Being driven to express myself through my work is both a blessing and a curse, and thank you all for enjoying what I make!
Would you believe that I am my own worst critic? I am a horrible perfectionist, and some of what I make really doesn’t live up to my terribly high standards for what I should do. For example, those earrings I just posted. They eventually turned out right, but they didn’t start out that way. I didn’t have any crystal fireline to make them with, and as a matter of fact, I didn’t have any smoke coloured either. I actually make them with big spool nymo in black. I don’t normally recommend using nymo for beadweaving, but the big spool stuff is different than the small spool stuff, and I have successfully maintained tension with it for a few projects now. I also wouldn’t normally have used black thread on this because of the whole issue I have with my thread showing, and the colours that I had on hand that spoke the loudest, were also including some transparent colours. SO I was sitting there thinking about how transparents show the thread better than anything else.. so not only would the edge of the thread be showing, it would show through the bead as well. I started off with just the peyote bezel around the cab and the thread wasn’t showing too much, but by the time on got to the alexandrite coloured AB crystals, it was plain to see that with 2 or more passes I would be able to clearly see the black thread. I almost cut them apart. Now.. all of this being said, I actually decided that I would use the black thread as a colour accent to the design and once I thought of it that way, the full on lace effect came out. LOL It’s actually really funny because I don’t apply those stupidly high standards to anyone else’s work but my own. There’s a place for everyone in this game of creation, from the first time hobbyist to the seasoned artist. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised when they sold. :)
I really need to come up with a better title than that one I have.
The online jewellery selling portion of the artist game is one of many, many hats. You have to be a photographer, a marketer, a networker, a sales associate, a tax professional, a bargain hunter, a shipper, and of course a manufacturer. There are other hats as well when you throw parent into the mix. Sometimes I handle it well, and sometimes I don’t. I have business guilt in there with mom guilt, and the fact that sometimes I just don’t have the energy to move. It’s such a great thing LOL When I have the energy, I get upset at myself that I should organise, but I don’t because I get too distracted with the pretties that I find. It makes it hard to keep track of all of my paperwork sometimes. And then I try and add making video or blog tutorials to that mix.. Does anyone else have focus issues? If I were a bird, I would be a magpie or a raven. Ohh! Shiney! ;)
Thank you for reading and I hope that you enjoy my flow of consciousness style of writing as well.
A flower does not compete with the beauty around it, it just blooms.
- Part 10: the mess that grows pt. 2
- Part 11: This entry was prompted by your nice comments. :)