Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Beginning of My "Passion"

Now, don't get too excited --I'm not talking about my sexual drives here I'm talking about the beginning of my passion for jewelry design and creation. Sorry, I hope I haven't disappointed you too much. Oh well!
About 6 years ago I was invited to a wedding of a dear friends daughter. WooHoo, another excuse to go shopping, and I just love that! Looked around and found a fabulous 2 piece outfit. Black background, red and orange flowers and green leaves. The skirt had an assymetrical hem and the top was pretty low at the bossom. Now, that's not meant to be sexual! Or is it? Ah ha!!!
Okay, okay, now on to accessories. Looked around and found a really lovely red etched glass pair of flower earrings that accented the outfit perfectly. Happy I was--however, now I really needed a necklace for that low cut bossom. Again, I was off to the stores but this time I was quite disappointed by the necklaces shown and their riduculously high prices. Are these stores crazy?--no, I guess the shoppers are for buying all this commercially made jewelry that is over priced and not made very well. I found something I liked however, as soon as I saw the price I nearly "freaked" out!
Are they kidding? How do they get away with this? Again, it's the shoppers who actually buy these things! Shame on them for not buying HANDMADE!!!
Anyway, I checked out how the necklace was made and being "a crafter all my life" I knew that I could make my own piece of jewelry. So, off I went to Barnes and Noble and bought a cup of decaffinated cafe latte with a few books on jewelry on my table to read. Well, after reading a few pages I was off to Michael's Craft Store to buy some nice red beads and the basic supplies.
After a few attempts--getting that necklace to stay taut was not easy at first--I created my own funky and cool necklace! So proud I was of this accomplishment. So, I wore the necklace at the wedding-- which went quite well with my earrings and outfit--and you know what? People came over to ask me where I bought that cool necklace from. When I told them I made it myself a number of them asked if I could make something for them that they'd actually pay for. Oh yea, I certainly could and get paid for it--"Oh yea, WooHoo, cool, groovy, and out of sight!"
The real surprising thing is that I enjoyed making jewelry alot. I even found that it is quite therapeutic. Yea, that's what I said--quite relaxing indeed! As time went by I found that there is no end to my ideas about designs. My mind is constantly thinking about new things to make. In fact, all I need for inspiration is a bunch of beads and I'm off designing something. I have become quite passionate--not to mention addicted-- to this artistic craft and find that there is so much to learn and so much more for me to create. Hooray!!!
Now, "that's my story and I'm sticking to it"!

Well, that's all for now. Talk to you later.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

So Now I Am Officially A Blogger

Who would ever think that I would actually have my own blog? I have been resistant to having a blog for so long now and have said over and over that I don't want to have a blog--but alas! I have given in to peer pressure (which happens to be quite funny at my age).
So, here I am the author of my own blog--now, of course I have to hope that someone will feel that it's worth following--Oh, the pressure we put on ourselves in this life!
If someone out there is actually going to read what I write you may be pleasantly surprised how good I am at talking. There is no end to what I have to say on just about everything. Yes, they wrote the song "you talk too much" in honor of me. And yes, I did get in lots of trouble for talking too much during my school years.
So, this blog is going to be my venue to discuss a whole lot of things--like handmande products and the artists that create them, like jewelry techniques, designs, supplies, like on line selling and buying, like how to handle stress and how to relax, how to assert yourself in a nonconfrontational way, like recipes--yea, you read that right, like jokes and so much more. Btw, I haven't mentioned this before but I am a retired school counselor so there's lots for me to share. I only hope that you will smile and think it's worthwhile to follow some of my talks!
Okay, enough said for my first day--talk to you later!