Support Systems

We all need various support systems, right? Church, family, friends, work friends, fellow parents, etc. are all support systems that we need. 

Today, I’d like to tell you a bit about my jewelry support system. More specifically, a lady named Brenda Sue. 

Let me tell ya… this lady is amazing. Not only does she create AMAZING Art Jewelry, but she provides amazing resources, advice, and information to everyone interested in making jewelry. She has a website filled with some of the coolest findings and components you will find in the US. And they are MADE in the US. Top it off with extremely reasonable prices for those US made jewelry supplies, and you’ve got yourself a winner. You can find her on Etsy, too. 

She created a group on Facebook as a place for all jewelry makers, whether they use her components or not, where they can show off their pieces, ask questions, and just get all of the moral support they need. It is a pretty amazing community. And boy howdy are there some amazing artisans on there. You’ll see stringing, bead weaving, wire work, metal smithing, collage, and everything in between. She welcomes everyone. She’ll even let you pester her with questions. Not that I know from experience or anything… 😉

And above and beyond all of this, she offers FREE tutorials and videos on youtube. Yes. That’s right. This super-experienced and successful jewelry artist will teach you. FOR FREE. She is constantly trying new products and techniques, and she passes on what she learns. And she’s really funny. Which is a huge bonus.

So, basically, she’s a kind, generous, experienced, thoughtful, sweet, hilarious, skilled, and fabulous lady with a killer website filled with cool stuff and a youtube channel that teaches you just about everything you could possibly want to learn about jewelry making. 

Check her out. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Oh, and she sends candy. 

Here’s one of my fav videos.Thanks to B’Sue, I LOVE ice resin. It’s so fun! 

Being Descriptive

I can be descriptive when the mood strikes. I actually enjoy it most of the time. But I have discovered that I do NOT enjoy describing my jewelry on Etsy. Or naming every. single, piece. for that matter. So I came to a conclusion. For better or worse, I decided to use an alternative method for describing things. I’m not even sure you could call it a “description” but it works for me. I’m a born smart aleck. Just ask my mother. 

Most of what I make is pretty darn obvious as to what it is. Not sure? Do that crazy thing called asking. But if you want to know if that’s sterling silver or real turquoise? Check the price. Because believe me… it will be reflected in the price if I’m using that caliber of materials.

But I figure… for every person that won’t buy from me because of it, another one WILL. Maybe. I hope. 

I gotta be me. 

Otherwise, I think my prices would go up due to the amount of time it takes to come up with new ways to describe a pair of earrings. By a LOT. I have better things to do with my time. Like scan pinterest. Or crush some candy on Facebook. You know… productive things like that. 😉

Peace out, y’all.

Progress

So far I’m doing fairly well on my efforts for Lent. The eating thing is difficult at times, but I have really held to it. The decluttering thing is a bit harder than I thought it would be, but mostly due to time constraints. I’m hoping this week will go better on that end. 

The jewelry thing is going really well. I have managed to make something every day. Friday was tough, and I almost skipped, but I got something done. (I went on a double date with my hubby and some friends, which made it tough to fit in but I got ‘er done.) I haven’t been thrilled with all of the finished products, but I am already feeling so much less stuck, which was the point of all this. 

So. I’m feeling pretty good (aside from being really hungry) and the thought of heading down to the messy workshop (aka the B. Hive) is no longer bringing out a sense of dread and defeat. 

I have made 5 or 6 pairs of earrings, a necklace, and a bracelet. BAM.

And I’ve been torching some stuff. Because torching stuff is fun. Fire makes metals really extra pretty. Usually. 

If you are interested in any new stuff (or old stuff!!!), check out Facebook and Etsy

LENT

I have only done something for Lent once. I gave up Pinterest two years ago due to absurd amounts of time spent on that ridiculously addictive site. I recovered from my addiction and am now capable of going on that glorious site for a specific purpose, or for only 5 minutes. Impressive, right?

Anyway, this year I have decided on three, yes THREE things to do for Lent. (I promise this is jewelry related. Really. It is. Just hang tight and we’ll get there.)

The first is no snacking between meals. Nothing but water. And right now? It’s nearly 8pm and I am ravenous. I’m not normally an evening snacker anyway, but tonight I had about half of my usual supper quantity. But here I sit with my water cup. And it will be okay. 

The second is a decluttering challenge. I saw a blog about filling up a bag full of trash every day for 40 days. I’m not sure I have that much garbage, but the point was to go room by room and get rid of stuff, clean it out, and shape it up. I have things that I have had for YEARS that someone gave me so I feel guilty about getting rid of it. Well… that’s about to change. I think it will feel really good.

Now for the jewelry part.  I’m sure you are on the edge of your seat. You can probably sit back and relax though… it’s really not that exciting. But it IS important. To me anyway.

I have really really really been having a hard time creating lately. And every time I walk away from my workshop without accomplishing anything makes it so much harder to go back down there and try again the next time. I’m feeling very defeated and just plain stuck. So I decided about 10 minutes ago that I would add this third challenge for Lent. I am going to make at least one thing EVERY DAY. I am not leaving my workshop until I have completed something. 

My hope is that once that first thing is made that it will lead to other things. 

Wish me luck. 

 

PS: if you like earrings, you probably want to pay attention to my posts since earrings are the easiest/fastest thing to make. I see a LOT of earrings in my future.