The Fork…

…in the road. That’s kind of where I feel like I am now-a-days. I’m not usually a down-in-the-dumps person, but I have to admit that I’ve been feeling pretty defeated lately. It’s not the first time I have considered being done with jewelry making, but this is probably the most torn I have felt about it. I enjoy it, but it can be overwhelming at times. And I’m still not very confident in some of my new skills, so I wonder if I’m wasting time and materials (and therefore money) while I try to get better. And let me tell ya… I’m the queen of avoiding things that I’m unsure about. (I’m talking things like avoiding parking meters and pay to park lots because I had never used them before, and it stressed me out. Until about 3 years ago. And they still stress me out. Yeah. I’m not kidding.)

Anyway, back to my woe-is-me junk… 

Every time I go to look through my pieces to find some to dismantle to use the bits and pieces for other things, I have this “Well geez… why didn’t this sell? I think I need to give it a little more time.” voice in my head. Some of what I have made in the past was a little on the pathetic side, but some of it really surprises me that no one was interested (like this and this). And I’m just not sure what to do to find those people that would buy those pieces. I’m working more on posting things to etsy (oddly enough, when I go to do that, I have this OTHER voice that asks “why on earth would you post that piece of crap?” It’s very confusing sometimes) but I really just don’t reach many people via Etsy. My whoppin’ three sales have been from friends. Which is great, but it means I’m not reaching beyond people I already know. 

I’m not quite at the point where I’m ready to give it all up, but honestly if things don’t start selling, it’s going to become a very real possibility. I feel very defeated a lot of the time. 

*sigh* Pathetic, aren’t I? 

Any suggestions for getting out of this sad little pity party? 

Playing with Resin

Hi friends. I haven’t forgotten about you. Promise.

Things have been busy lately, with life AND with jewelry-making. About a month ago I had a friend over for a resin play date. We had a ton of fun. Resin is a wonderful medium to play with.

And I use the word “play” seriously.

Resin allows for so much freedom to move things, shift and adjust ideas and compositions. Pretty awesome when you are indecisive like I am. Thankfully it has a time limit, too, so decisions do need to be made. Just the right combination of freedom and discipline.

I was able to make quite a few components during our play date, and my friend made some earrings. All kinds of awesome happen when girlfriends get their craft on.

Happy day.