Waffling with the Struggle

If you are still following my blog you may have noticed something that has been going on for some time now. I don't post as often as I used to. And it has been a struggle deciding in what direction I want to go. 

I have been blogging and sharing my creative life since 2006.  When my creative world blurred and tilted and I found myself creating jewelry I wondered how it would fit in with my blog. I started to doubt and second guess my blog content.

Although designing jewelry has simply been a metamorphosis of the creative muse I started wondering whether my followers and visitors would even be interested in anything I had to say about where I was headed. And so I have been waffling.

Today all you hear about in the virtual business world is that it is all about content and sharing content your readers and market would be interested in. I am no expert in jewelry, I am still a babe in the woods when it comes to learning skills and techniques. So I keep asking myself, aside from sharing new jewelry I have created, what else do I have to offer any more? After all who wants to visit a blog that is only about that?

I am not ready to throw in the towel yet but I felt I needed to let my readers know why my blog has slowed down in regular postings. For now I will continue to share my jewelry as I wrestle with this dilemma and will see what evolves.

A most wonderful thing did happen to me this summer. I got invited to submit some jewelry pieces to Stampington's magazine Jewelry Affaire. It lands on news stands Oct. 1 and I have 3 enameled pieces in this beautiful magazine along with some other amazing jewelry designers! I got my complimentary issue early and want to share with you. I am proud of this small accomplishment for a newbie.

Jewelry affair spread 1

Jewelry affair spread 2

I've also created some lovely leather bracelets that take leather to its feminine and romantic side with embossing, hand painted pastels and rhinestones. These make perfect gifts! And you know Christmas is coming sooner than you think. :)

4 pastel leather bracelets 1

That's it for now lovelies! Ta!

Sweet Southern Smoochies ~ Gail xxoo

 

 




4 Responses

Creative Workshops
Creative Workshops

May 12, 2018

Thank you so much Debbie! Your words made my day and I feel so humbled and honored that you bought the magazine just to read about my jewelry! xxoo

debbie
debbie

May 12, 2018

oh i hope I’m not so late finding your blog that I’m at the end of it. your jewelry is incredible. when i saw the enameled blue piece you made, i went right out and purchased the stampington mag just so i could read about it. i no longer purchase magazines and do all my looking online so this was a big deal lol. anyway, i am very interested in what you have to say on your blog so please keep going and thank you for allowing us to see your wonderful creativity .

Creative Workshops
Creative Workshops

May 12, 2018

Oh Lesley you have just put a smile on my face and made my day! Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement!

Lesley UK
Lesley UK

May 12, 2018

I don’t know if my comment was published. I just wanted to say that I have followed your blog for a long time and I’ve always enjoyed it. Your work has changed, but that is not a bad thing. When I look at my output over even the last 2 years, it’s changed so much too. I love your work, and am always inspired by it. Put those doubts away. Believe me, you are an enormous inspiration to so many of us. blessings

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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.