Sharing My Joy

Are you like this? Afraid sometimes to share happy news for fear of sounding like you are bragging? I am. I never want people to think I am bragging about something because that is just not who I am. Yet when good things happen to us, that is the time we need to stand up and shout it to the rooftops. Because face it, life can be hard and so we really need to embrace our joys and share them with others when they plunk themselves down on our doorstep.

So I am embracing my happiness this month and sharing with YOU dear friends what made me happy. Stampington approached me this past Spring and I am thrilled to announce that I have had two pieces of jewelry published in two of Stampingtons' publications, Jewelry Affaire and Belle Armoire Jewelry this month.

Now how cool and exciting is that?! 

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I think for me it is a validation. Validation that yes I can call myself a jewelry designer, jewelry maker...whatever it is I am at this point in my life. Validation that what often lives in my head, whether I am aware of it or not, can come out safely and be enjoyed by others. Validation that, yes, I AM good enough. I bet many of you out there can relate to sometimes needing validation of some kind.

So thank you for being out there and letting me share with you.

Sweet Southern Smoochies ~ Gail xxoo




8 Responses

Creative Workshops
Creative Workshops

May 12, 2018

Thank you! And yes you are absolutely right! :)

CraftyHope
CraftyHope

May 12, 2018

You should ALWAYS share good news. I’m so happy for you! Congratulation! :D

Creative Workshops
Creative Workshops

May 12, 2018

Thank you Anita! You’ve always been a great supporter. It’s been an interesting journey hasn’t it! :)

Anita Jo Jahner
Anita Jo Jahner

May 12, 2018

Congratulations! It’s a joy to hear about your success. Yours was one of the first blogs I followed. You have always inspired me with your creativity, from the earlier art projects to the gorgeous jewelry you make. Enjoy every minute of this well deserved validation! :)

Creative Workshops
Creative Workshops

May 12, 2018

Creative Workshops said in reply to Pat…
I love to experiment and play too Pat! And motivation for our creativity should never be undervalued should it! :) Thank you for your kind words and continued support!

Pat
Pat

May 12, 2018

I am thrilled for you!! I know that feeling and I can’t wait to get on track again with submissions to Stampington. And going to go for CPS too, never tried. It’s good for many reasons………absolutely validation, absolutely exciting, but it also pushes me in the creativity department. And it gives me a soulful reason for experimenting and I absolutely love to experiment and play. And if published, you are spot on with their readers or the potential to be or you wouldn’t be in their publications!

Creative Workshops
Creative Workshops

May 12, 2018

Thank you so much Lorrie!

Lorrie
Lorrie

May 12, 2018

Congratulations! What a wonderful accomplishment for you and validation of your talent. I am really happy for you. You definitely are a jeweler and craftsperson.

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How to Measure for a Bracelet or Necklace

Measuring for a Bracelet

Measure your wrist with a flexible tape measure or a strip of paper just above the wrist bone, where you would normally wear the bracelet. If you use a plain strip of paper, make a mark with a pen or pencil. You can then use a ruler to measure the marked length. That would be your wrist size.

If you prefer a snug fit add 1/4" - 1/2" to your wrist size. For a little more of a comfort fit add approximately 3/4" - 1". If you like your bracelets really loose with lots of movement add about 1 1/4". It really is all about personal preference.

 Measuring for a Necklace

Necklace length is truly a personal preference. Lengths pictured here are guidelines for illustrative purposes only...to offer you a visual idea of where a necklace might lie.

Body build will make a difference in where a necklace will fall. The best way to determine where the length of a necklace will fall on you is to measure. It is very easy. Grab a soft tape measure (like used in dressmaking), and stand in front of a mirror. Wrap the tape measure around the back of your neck and find the lengths in front that you like best. No tape measure? No problem. Use something like a string or piece of ribbon, wrap it across the back of your neck and down your front where you want it to hang. Continue to hold on to one end for marking and use a ruler or tape measure and measure from your finger to the end.