Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Learning about self-control

I know it sounds like a strange title but it will make sense when I explain that I visited the Toronto Bead Oasis show for the first time this past weekend. For anyone who enjoys beads, jewelery and/or the challenge of creative possibilities, what a WONDERFUL place to go. You want everything you see, hence, the title of my posting.

I purposely limited my purchases to the actual cash I had in my wallet and was proud -- at the time -- that I still had money left. Thinking about it now, I wish I'd bought more. Did come away with some beautiful items I haven't used before and once I've made some new pieces, I'll add them to my picture gallery on the blog. Also came away with a pocketful of business cards for future reference -- thank goodness for websites.

One of the things I was most excited about was finding a solution for a beaded choker (Russian spiral stitch) that I hadn't quite decided how to finish. Inspiration came from a poppy lampwork bead made by artist Kirsty Naray. What I most appreciated (aside from actually finding the perfect piece) was how generous she was with her time and advice. Will be sure to include a photo of the necklace once it's completed.

You have to start somewhere

Q. When does a hobby stop being a hobby?
A. When you no longer continue the activity for pure enjoyment.

That being said, I’m a hobbyist who enjoys creating. My current interest is mostly jewellery – glass beads, metal, natural stone and minerals. I get a kick learning a technique or working with a medium I haven’t tried before. The problem is what do I do with all the items I’ve made. My solution is this blog.

I’d rather see the bracelets, necklaces et al find a home with someone who will enjoy wearing them as much as I did making them. If I can cover my costs as well, then I can afford to keep trying new projects without going broke. Sounds good in theory. Hope it works.

Look forward to hearing from you by email if you see something you like or have questions.