Musings

Changing Seasons

They say that everything happensMe for a reason. I may not believe that entirely, but I do believe that whenever an unexpected event hits your life, you have a choice. You can let it beat you, or you can use it to change your life for the better. Recently I was laid off from a job that I have had for the better part of my working life. I honestly planned to retire from there. But, it seems it was not to be. Instead I got a severance package and unemployment, and an opportunity to explore what really excites and motivates me. When I sat back and thought about it, the idea of learning to navigate the politics of a new office, learning new systems, and likely having to dye my hair back to a “natural” color just didn’t appeal. Shooting Stars

Instead I thought about the shapes and colors of the beads in my collection, the ways I’d like to raise awareness of my designs, and the ways I could use my designs and my shop to effect change in the world around me.

So, this year I’m taking a huge leap and depending on my own skills and talents to support me. I hope you come along for the ride, it’s sure to be a fun (if occasionally terrifying) one!

~Jessica

Musings

Creativity

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Creativity is a funny thing. I know many very creative people, who would tell you that they are not creative at all! I think we all contain a spark of genius that just needs the right fuel to blaze to life. For me, color has always been that fuel.

Hand me a box of crayons and I will immediately start playing with which colors go best together, and how to create different shades through varying pressure and mixing of colors. Set me loose in a yarn shop and I will have six projects mentally on the needles and $500 mentally spent before I’ve even left the first set of shelves. And beads. Oh the glory of beads in all their colors and shapes and styles. I have an entire box of white beads. Sounds boring on the face of it, but there are beads in ivory, pure white, ecru, silvery white, bone, etc. And they are seed beads, roundels, crystals, adorable little elephants, pearls, I could keep going but you get the picture.

Every time I get an idea for a set of jewelry, it starts with a color story. From there I move to textures and shapes. Finally I start laying the beads out and deciding how they should all relate to each other. I find the whole process to be meditative and peaceful.

For others, the fuel for creativity might look completely different. I know people who do woodworking and for some of them it’s all about the smell of the wood, the texture, and the trans-formative process of making something into something else. For others it’s about the semi-violent nature of wood working, cutting, pounding, and shaping. Nothing says that creativity has to be peaceful! By it’s very nature, transformation is often a violent process, and creativity is often about transforming one thing into another at it’s core.

Whether peaceful or violent, I do recommend exploring your own creative nature. You may think you don’t have it in you, but I promise you do. Your creativity will not look like mine, and mine will not look like anyone else’s. You may find that you express yourself by keeping a bullet journal (have you seen those? Some of them are down right incredible!) or by taking pictures of ordinary every day things. Your creativity may be expressed by making nourishing meals for your family, or by painting your fingernails in amazing ways. But until you try, you will never know what you are capable of, so get out there and rock out with your bad self!

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Summertime

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Summertime brings to mind lazy days with friends, soft grass between my toes and wildflowers blooming along the roadside. I remember picking berries in the wild brambles growing in my neighbor’s yard, and wading barefoot in the local creek looking for minnows and crayfish.

Games of Red-Light/Green-Light and Mother-May-I, and the smell of back yard barbecues, not to mention the calls of sea-gulls and the dance of the ocean waves with the soft beach sand all combine to make summer a season of magic for me.

I hope that my summer jewelry collection evokes some of these memories for you as well!