Tuesday, March 20, 2007

For Me

I've had all sorts of stuff rolling around in my head since I am so ADD when it comes to crafts. The fact that I've been trying to settle on what sorts of thing I want to try out at the farmer's market definitely adds to that, too. In all the craziness, I often think so much and then accomplish nothing. I made myself sit down this weekend an work on some ideas I had for stuff for me--stuff I can wear.

I'm so weird about colors and matching and all (but I'm trying to get over it some), so I ended up making these earrings with the Czech rhinestone thingies, and some black glass beads. These are similar to the ones I made for my sister-in-law for Christmas except hers were all rhinestones, and bigger silver beads.

This is really a charm bracelet to which I added swarovski and silver bead wraps. I am loving this whole wrapping thing. It makes for some interesting combinations. I think I am going to offer this bracelet at the market only it will be made from a different base chain and will just have the awareness ribbon charm. They can be made with all different colors that represent different things, but the pink and blue is for pregnancy and infant loss awareness. The idea is to create a base piece, and then people can add charms for lost pregnancies or babies. I haven't quite found any charms that I love for those purposes yet. I'll probably offer other colors for special order. I'm just hoping I can work out the pricing to a reasonable level, but I'm so bad at knowing what's reasonable.

I'm getting frustrated, too because it's so hard to photograph jewelry in a way that really shows it off--especially with limited lighting. Ggrrrr.

Friday, March 16, 2007

This is what you get...

...when you're scrappy energy has been spent making 25-30 thank you notes and then you forget to take a photo before they are all in the envelopes. They mostly came out of my scrap box and used those cute little acrylic stamps from Michael's. Those things are just right for card-making. Anyway, I think all of the cards were pretty much different except for a few pairs here and there. I'll have to remember to take a pic of the next ones. I'm sure there will be more.

I'm pretty much trying to get back in the groove of things without putting too much pressure on myself. Perspective is so much. Some things that people get so stressed about just aren't that important in the scheme of things. I'm enjoying having a pretty free schedule again, although, I do need to get on the ball a bit more as far as actual schedule goes. I'm still trying to decide if I want to try to have a table at the Farmer's Market when it opens this year. I just can't seem to get it together and decide what I would be able to sell that wouldn't be insane to keep up an inventory and that would actually sell. I really need to get that going if I plan to do it. So I guess I'll be brainstorming in the near future. I do have a few ideas.

Friday, March 02, 2007


That's how I feel about my scrapping now. When it comes to calls and submissions, I know that editors and DT coordinators are looking for outstanding and innovative work. These things do not describe my stuff. I accept that.

So, now I'll just keep on going with what feels good to me and have some fun in the process. After everything we've faced in the last several months, I realize I don't want to spend my time trying to please someone who might pay me a few bucks for my work. I want to focus on fun and enjoying my family and getting out and living life. Who cares if no one ever requests any of my layouts. If they preserve the moments of our lives, then I have succeeded.

All that said...I thought I'd share another page. They are few and far between right now, but I'm getting back in the swing of things. Also I think I mentioned the whole non-cooperating scanner thing, so I'll have to do my best to photograph the layouts for now. It's never the same, but it works.