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.

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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. :)

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That's it for now lovelies! Ta!

Sweet Southern Smoochies ~ Gail xxoo

 

 


Renewal

I always tell people right up front, I am not a gardener. Yes I plant flowers. But then I can only "hope" they grow the way they are supposed to.  My favorite flowers are multi petaled flowers. Peonies, hydrangeas and roses are at the top of that list. Over the years in this house I have used my hope method of planting all three of these flowers throughout the yard. For the most part this has seemed to work out.

But or some really strange reason I could not figure out, my hydrangeas stopped blooming the past two years. I was so, so sad. 

But this year they are starting to bloom again!

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And I think I figured out why. I've never really trimmed my hydrangea bushes in the Spring. Once they bloom I will go out and cut out the dead branches in the summer simply because they look messy. Since I know I'm not very good at gardening the past two years I was determined to do more for my flowers. This year I have been busy enough that I have fallen back into my non-trimming of the hydrangea bushes. I think I got to rambunctious in my desire to "do better" and was pruning the wrong part of the hydrangea bushes! 

So in not doing much for the flowers I was actually doing myself a favor and enjoying beautiful blooms throughout the summer. So much for me and gardening! 

Here in our valley the weather the past two days has been pure perfection. With 73 degrees, soft breezes, no humidity and a pure cyan blue sky I have been putting out a lot of  pure gratitude vibrations, I know these days are fleeting and to be enjoyed in the moment while I can. And so it is.

I hope your weather is as beautiful. Happy weekend one an all!

Sweet Southern Smoochies ~ Gail xxoo


Moving into the New Year.

Hello friends. I hope you all have been doing well and that you survived the holidays and are ready for the fast ride through yet another year.

Did you set a New Years resolution? I do not do resolutions because I seem to not carry through. But a number of years ago I decided I could choose a word to guide me throughout the year and that seems to work for me.

Last year I chose the word Explore. And explore I did. I explored a whole new creative world, the world of jewelry, and learned a lot!

I learned more about using resin.

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I learned new processes and new techniques involving metal and wire.

Etched copper pendant2

I began to experiment with ways I could solder.

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I took an online torch fired enamel class...

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I enjoyed successes and learned from failures.

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I got totally immersed in this medium and wanted to learn more about different ways to enamel.

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I learned how to mix it up. 

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I created my first product line which is also my first unisex jewelry

And for Christmas I even bought a kiln, to widen my enamel knowledge.  

Kiln 

So this year I chose the word Grow. I think growing is a complimentary extension of the last years' exploration. 

I want to take what I learned last year and grow it into something that takes me further than I've been. I want to mix together the things I've explored to see what happens. Sometimes in order to grow we end up in a scary place. I am there now. But my hope...my desire...is to grow beyond that scary place.

We'll see what will happen and what is going on this time next year.

Until next time stay happy, stay healthy, and tell your loved ones what they mean to you.

xxoo ~ Gail

 



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.