Wear your Jewelry!

Quick story to tell….today I took my mother in law out to some craft fairs and at one of the first fairs we went to a woman came up to me and told me how much she liked my necklace and where did I get it? I told her I made it some time ago and if she wanted it I’d sell it to her. Gave her a price and she said yes! So off came the necklace and she put it on! How fun is that?
I haven’t done any fairs myself in a long, long time and I was just thinking since I haven’t beaded in about four months that after this winter if I still wasn’t doing anything creative with all my beads it’s time to get rid of them and move on to a new hobby. Now, that this happened maybe I should re-think that. 🤔😉

Marta

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Terrie ...

Get rid of your beads?! Really? No, never! LOL! Set them aside, you might come back to them in a while. I would say that that woman buying the necklace right off of your neck is affirmation that you should be designing jewelry! Just do it!

Marta ...

Thanks Terrie. Seriously, I went shopping one day with a friend of mine to Kohls and they had a bunch of jewelry marked down and I thought, why am I making necklaces for 20-50 or more, when one can get something for four bucks?? It just left me feeling down. Then when I go to some of these craft fairs and there are so many tables/booths of jewelry makers all competing for the same business….well, discouraging. So, it did lift me up knowing someone liked a piece I made so much that they were willing to buy it right there! I

Debbie Pribele ...

I do believe “the Universe” has spoken!!!

Cindy A. ...

Amen Debbie!!

I have been through several slumps myself, Marta. One lasted for years. Working the fairs depressed my creative drive so much I thought I would never make jewelry again. But I did. I know exactly how you feel seeing cheap mass manufactured stuff…like Charming Charlie’s or the stuff in thrift stores…but I am seeing an upsurge in people buying hand-made. I think people are waking up to the reality that cheap and convenient doesn’t really hold up to unique and hand-crafted. A few friends and co-workers have recently discovered their own talents and started small side businesses making things they love. It’s great! Don’t give up hope yet. Maybe your creativity needs another outlet for awhile. In the meantime keep wearing your jewelry!!! It is the best form of advertising there is! Keep business cards in your wallet. I have a lot of people look at me all surprised asking “you make your own stuff?” and I hand them a business card. Good luck!!! Keep the faith!

Martha Brownell ...

I totally understand the “slump”. It can come as a result of many things. Sadness or a blow to your self confidence are two big ones. I have had both recently and still struggle. You are right, the competition between jewelry artists can be disheartening. i simply don’t allow myself to compete in any way with my fellow jewelry enthusiasts because if I do it completely takes the joy out of making a piece of jewelry. There is always someone out there more talented than me, or with more creative ideas than what I have. So, I turn inward and try to make what I like. Sometimes a slump can mean it’s time to try something new. I love making jewelry and that is partly because there are so many different methods, types of media and styles out there to enjoy! Try your hand at something different! Pick up some heavier wire, shape it into something you like and take a hammer to it! Anything that brings back the joy. Remember, it’s the process!

Anna B ...

Are you serious Marta that you want to get rid of beads? Though, bringing change is good but why cannot you mix beads with the hobby you are going for.

Marta ...

I was serious. I’m back at it, but just messing around. At Christmas I made a friend two necklaces and that brought me back to it. Right now I’m trying my hand at bead embroidery…slow going, but oh so pretty!

Debbie Pribele ...

woo hoo!!!
sometimes you just need to take a break … and sometimes you have to let something go to realize how much you need it.

Marta ...

Lol! You are so right!

Debbie Pribele ...

:)