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The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~Walt Disney

So… I’ve been gone from the scene for a while.

It was actually planned. Well, at least at the beginning I had a plan.

I didn’t talk about it before I took a break, but it maybe would have been a good idea to explain why I was planning an extended break from my blog and Twitter. I was just afraid to admit it out loud because I don’t like to fail. If I explained what my plan was, then I’d have to come back and say whether it worked out or not.

And here’s the deal, it didn’t work out. Nothing worked like I thought it would. But I learned from my break and some things really changed.

Sometime around the end of the last Bead Soup Blog Party (when last we met), I decided that I was going to put into action what I’d wanted to do for a long time. I was going to make some pieces (30 to be exact) and I was going to finally open my own Etsy store. I wanted to create a line in time for Christmas shopping.

I’ve been designing and creating jewelry for eight years now. I’ve been gathering up supplies (for years), saying I was going to make certain pieces I’d designed, and I finally decided I was going to “quit talking and begin doing”.

I was going to leap right in.

Just watch me.

I’m here on this ledge…

I had a plan. Starting at the end of July, I was going to take 6 weeks. The plan was 1 week to firm up some ideas, 4 weeks to create (all of August), and 1 week to take pictures and post (beginning of September).

You can stop laughing now.

Once I started on creation, I quickly realized that there was no way I would be able to put together 30 pieces. If I was planning on just doing stringing or some wire work, then I might have been able to pull it off. But what I wanted to do was make some soldered focal pieces and bracelets.

Like this…

Soldered Pendant

I also wanted to do some metal work, which was going to take more time than one piece a night. I wasn’t specific enough in what metal pieces I was going to create. I had ideas, but my designs were still forming.

I wasn’t too discouraged because I figured I could put together some earrings pretty quickly to round out my 30 pieces. And I had some simpler stuff I could do too.

But things kept consuming my time. I work full time. I was taking a drawing class every Monday night until 10. I was actually in class 3 nights a week at the end of July. There were birthdays late in the summer, which took up some evenings.

Then, my oldest started Kindergarten at the end of August (sniff), and suddenly my evenings in September were filling up with back-to-school things. I was also working with my sister-in-law to plan the 40th Anniversary party of our parents-in-law in mid-September.

I just kept pushing my dates back and working as best I could. But by mid-September I still only had 5-6 pieces in various states of completion.

Then… at the end of September, I found out about this…

And everything came to a screeching hault.

I felt pretty okay for about 2 weeks after we found out, but then the morning sickness and exhaustion hit.  This one has been especially hard.  I’m not sure if it’s because I’m older or because I have two other kiddos, but I have had a hard time.  It was probably some where around Christmas that I started seeing some of my energy come back, but I still can’t keep up like I used to.

I am itching to create though, and I haven’t forgotten about my vision to put together a shop.  I’m hoping to create some pieces for Valentine’s Day and Spring.  It may end up being 10 things, but I’m going to try.

Bracelet-to-be

work-in-progress

I’ll post when it happens, but this time I plan to be back before then.

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I had been blogging along pretty okay for a working mom of two little boys, and then all of a sudden, I vanished for 3 weeks or so.  Well, I wish I could say that it’s because I’ve been creating up a storm.  Sadly, it’s just not true.

I’ve spent several weeks doing this…

clothes

And, no, it wasn’t making a big mess.  I was listing and selling most of this stuff on eBay.  A royal pain, but the cash is almost worth it.

In the midst of it, the boys and I got sick, so we stayed home one weekend and did this…

closet

We’d had this closet organizer that we bought not long after we moved (which was well over a year ago), and I finally broke down and installed it.  It took longer than I hoped, but turned out really well.

Then I had to take this one to the Emergency Room a week and a half ago…

ER Visit

He managed to smash his finger in the door at grandma’s house.  Poor guy needed stitches, a follow-up with a specialist, and a plastic bag over his hand while he ate.

We went to a concert in there somewhere.  Last weekend was Easter activities and family stuff.  And I think that’s about all.

But I have managed to take advantage of some of the spring sales.  I hope to be sharing my purchases soon, but here’s a little peek at what I bought to play with from The Beadin’ Path.

lucite flowers

I hope to update again soon, and I’m trying to get my posts together for a Sunday Brunch again this week.  I was going to go back and do the weeks I missed, but I’ve decided to let those go.

I’m not making any major promises at this point because I am having this huge draw to create something, and I think blogging is not going to be the creative outlet I seek this time.  I’m staring at about four different projects in various stages of completion right in front of me.

I also have a master plan for organizing my workspace once and for all that will probably take half a day to put together and the rest of my life to organize.

I’ll leave you with this thought tweeted by TheCraftsReport today…

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~Walt Disney

So I am off to do.  Well, actually, to sleep, but then later to do.

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