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Slight Success

So, obviously, the season of Lent has ended. And therefore my three challenges have ended. I had very mixed results.

I wasn’t particularly successful at clearing things out, though I have a specific plan for the next few weeks now that life will (hopefully) calm down a smidge. And I did get a few things removed and tagged as “no longer needed in this house.” So not a total fail. Or maybe I’m just digging for the smallest feeling of success rather than failure. That’s possible. 

I did really well with my “NO EATING BETWEEN MEALS” bit. It stunk. Boy howdy did it stink. But I really did a pretty good job of sticking to it. I did drink some punch one afternoon at a 1yo’s birthday party. But considering they had an entire meal set out as well as cake, cupcakes, and cakepops, I think just drinking a bit of punch is pretty darn good. And there were two evenings (in a row) (at the end) (when my husband was out of town and I was really sad and stressed) when I just lost my mind. But other than that… Hmm. Okay. So maybe I didn’t do as well as I thought. *sigh* Oh well. 

I started off really well on the jewelry making bit. Which was the main focus, at least as far as this whole jewelry blog thing is concerned. I completed several pieces, many of which were earrings. So overall, it was a big success. I no longer feel panicky when I head down to the dungeon (aka: The B. Hive) And really that was the main goal for me. To get back in the game, lose the stress, and re-find the joy. And I really did take some huge steps in the right direction. And I got to take a cool soldering class in there, too. 

I did, however, hit a couple of snags with that third challenge. The first was that with my initial push to complete at least one thing each day, some of what I was making really wasn’t very good. I was just kind of “eh,” you know? And that’s just not cool. The other thing was that towards the end of the season, life got really really hectic, so there were days that I was just plain too pooped to party. And I decided to let that be okay. I didn’t want to slide back into having days of sitting down there just staring at everything with my brain all mushy. That’s just silly, and a waste of perfectly good veg time, which I was clearly needing. 

Probably the best thing that came out of this whole thing, though, was finishing a bracelet I started a while ago. Remember this one?:Image

 

I made a few slight changes, and it’s much better now! I’m really happy. I love how the resin piece turned out, and I love it with the leather. I don’t have a picture of it fixed yet, but I will soon. So keep an eye on Facebook and Etsy

Thanks for reading, oh ye few. 😉 I appreciate you, every one. =D 

 

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.

Pinterest Scares Me

I don’t think there is a person that has tried Pinterest that has not been sucked into its vortex of awesomeness. I love Pinterest so much that I gave it up for Lent nearly two years ago, due to excessive amounts of time inexplicably gone from my day. There are so many amazing, inspiring, fabulous things right there on your screen in massive amounts. What’s NOT to love?

Well, there IS something I don’t like about Pinterest: pinning my own designs.

I know that it is a wonderful way to reach more people. But putting myself out there in such a broad-spectrum format is intimidating beyond belief. I have a hard time even saying out loud that I make jewelry (and other things). I have to be pretty comfortable with a person before I even consider mentioning it.

Even though it scares me, I have started forcing myself to pin my jewelry more often.

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This is my most popular pin. For an obvious reason: They rock.

It makes me feel pretty darn good when something of mine gets re-pinned.  What’s even cooler is doing a search for some inspirational creations (or maybe due to my need to see how I rate) and seeing something of mine show up.  Maybe someday I’ll start pinning right after posting on Facebook.  Maybe.