It has been a long time since I endeavored to learn a new creative process. Or even had a moment to indulge my creative side. A Masters in Accounting, starting the new business – Brass Tax Services – and a beautiful relationship that still feels fresh after almost two years of marriage, left no space or interest in my brain for such things. But that changed last May
With the exception of blogging, all my creative interests have had to do with color. Quilting was my go-to for years. So many beautiful fabrics! A good quilt shop was mesmerizing. But my new life with my husband wouldn’t support this avocation. We live minimally, and quilting takes up an incredible amount of space with tubs of fabric, a sewing machine, cutting boards. Not a good fit for our 578 square foot condo.
The quest for a new way to get my color fix brought me to learning how to create jewelry. This bit of whimsy takes up far less room. When I started I knew nothing. Internet articles and YouTube proved to be great teachers for the basics.
And so for a year I’ve been plodding along handcrafting bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and anklets. With the exception of a few memory wire bracelets, nothing really left me feeling totally satisfied. Yes, my creations were respectable – made well enough, and looked nice – but my endeavors were generally not hitting the mark for me. I was left with this mild sense of dissatisfaction.
Then all of a sudden I began making pieces that honestly felt right. Unique as opposed to a piece you could pick up at Wal-Mart or Target. And attractive. This happened for the first time last week. It was as if my brain had finally reached critical mass in understanding and all of the jewelry articles I’d read, the numerous creations of others I’d studied, and the practice I’d been doing all came together. Finally!
Alas, that makes me want to redo or remove nearly every piece in my Etsy shop. Slowly, I am doing just that. The pieces shown in the photo at the top of this article shows exactly what I mean. One pretty, but simple. The other interesting and unique. Ah well, it’s all part of the process, right?
Looking back to childhood and being a young adult, I can now recognize occasions when the same thing occurred – that critical mass in understanding came on abruptly. It’s a nice feeling. More importantly, this is a lesson I can take into the future. I’ve always wanted to play the guitar, but quickly find myself demoralized and frustrated. Maybe I need to give it a year rather than a few weeks?