Posts Tagged ‘jewelry affaire’

it’a been a while!
I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last posted. I don’t know what to say other than that I’ve been….busy. I strongly dislike that word – busy. When people say they’ve been busy I bet they can’t really even say exactly what it is they’ve been doing. I’m not really sure what I’ve even been doing – taking care of Lily, housework, my job, stuff – but I certainly haven’t been creating anything or posting on my blog.

But all that is going to change, mainly because I’m about ready to go crazy! It’s been at least three weeks since I’ve worked on any projects – and that is simply unacceptable. No wonder I’ve been feeling so frustrated lately. I was put on this earth to make stuff and post on my blog – two of my most favorite things! So let’s get back to business, shall we?

a little help from my friends
I’m very excited about a new book I bought last week: The Artistic Mother – A Practical Guide for Fitting Creativity into Your Life, by Shona Cole. I first heard of this book a few months ago in the Postscript newsletter from Stampington. As soon as I read the title I knew this was a book I needed to get.

artistic mother

I had stopped in Barnes & Noble last week to see if they had Jewelry Affaire (which they did, and more on that in a minute). I’ve been trying to find some crafts that Lily and I can do together so I decided to check out the craft books. As I was perusing the shelves my eye suddenly came upon The Artistic Mother sitting on the shelf right in front of me.

Considering how utterly frustrated I’ve been lately with trying to find time to create, I felt this was a sign that I should get the book.

So now it’s mine and I can’t wait to get into it. Miss Cole covers some foundational topics (motivation, inspiration, creating your own space, planning) as well as some basics in digital photography, mixed media & collage, and poetry! (a forgotten art these days but one that I’ve always enjoyed)

I like how she uses an “art action plan” for each project, which breaks the project into small bits that you can fit into your day. I’m the kind of girl that loves a good action plan!

I decided to dedicate a half hour a day, at least, for creating. If I don’t create, I get downright ornery! Creating keeps me sane and at least a little more balanced. An unbalanced mother is not a good thing.

a jewelry affair

jewelry affaire

So I see the jewelry I submitted for the first issue of Jewelry Affaire was not selected for publication. Looking through the magazine though I can see that I was off in the jewelry that I made. I think my jewelry was lacking in imagination and creativity. The pieces I made were very pretty (and I’m looking forward to getting them back!), and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I need to ramp it up a bit. At least now I know better what they are looking for. The next submission deadline is May 15, I think, and while I’d love to send something, I’m not getting any concrete ideas and time is so short. Might have to wait until the next deadline!


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don’t mess with the t.
Tabatha is back. I love Tabatha. She is one tough cookie. I admire her integrity and her high standards of salon excellence. And I like her clothes too!

off for an affaire
Tomorrow (of course at the last possible minute. Here I go paying a fortune for overnight shipping yet again! I don’t know why I can’t get it together to get this stuff mailed earlier.) I am sending off my pieces to Jewelry Affaire. Here is the last set I made, called Sea Dreams.

Sea Dreams Necklace

Sea Dreams Earrings

I think these two pieces turned out really well – very elegant, but not complicated to make.

I’m still not sure if this is what the editors are looking for, but the idea of the magazine is elegant jewelry that a beginner can make. All the pieces I am sending are, I think, simple for a beginner. The wrapped loops do take a bit of practice, but I made certain in the instructions to say that you could make simple loops instead. I hope the editors like at least something!

Artbeads discount
I have a coupon code to share for Artbeads – SCF10P-ARTBEADS-0424. This is good for 10% off and expires 12/31/09. Artbeads carries some unique jewlery-making supplies, as well as the more typical ones. Enjoy!

cookies for a cause
I found a great website dedicated to providing a bit of comfort to those serving in the military – bakinggals. These baking gals bake cookies and other treats and send them off to a designated military personnel. If you want to do some good with your baking skills check it out.


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time. time. time.
Time. Lately I have felt, more than ever, this crushing sense of time. I wake up in the morning and immediately feel pressure and stress, thinking about all the things I need to do just to get out the door in the morning, not to mention all the things I have to/need to/and dare I say want to, accomplish that day. I’ve turned into quite a good little clock-watcher – I find myself constantly looking at the clock, which drives me crazy and does nothing to alleviate the pressure I feel.

What time is it? How much time do I have? How much time is left?

I wonder what it would be like to get rid of all the clocks, and live the day according to my own pace.

Between taking care of Lily and Julian (who both need attention although in very different ways), working, taking care of the house, and shopping, I can barely squeeze in time to do the things I want to do for myself. And then it makes me feel selfish for even saying that!

time - digital art

I know I have too much to do, but I honestly don’t know what to cut out. I don’t think that I’m doing anything that isn’t necessary. But something isn’t right. When I’m in tears in the morning because of the stress, then all I can say is this is not working, and I need to either cut things out, or accept the fact that I want to do all this stuff and have a better attitude about it. I’ll let you know how that turns out!

but on the other hand
But somehow (and I’m not really sure how) I always do manage to find time for my creativity. Probably because if I didn’t I would be utterly miserable and crazy.

Here is a necklace I made to submit to Stampington’s new publication, Jewelry Affaire

ruby red pendant

They are looking for elegant jewelry that is simple for a beginner to make. I have another necklace I am working on, and an idea for one more. Plus I have a few things made already that I am sending as well. I figure if I send a bunch of stuff, there’s got to be something they’ll like!

bad mommy
My sweet little daughter had her first visit to the dentist a few days ago – and she already has a cavity! I feel like I must be the worst mother in the world – how can my three-year old have a cavity already? We brush her teeth twice a day, although sometimes it can be rather a challenge to do it well. I just pray that when we go back to get it fixed, everything goes smoothly.


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a jewelry affaire
Here are a few of the things I’m sending to Jewelry Affaire for consideration.


I also sent off an order to Accessories Susan for some lovely antiqued-brass supplies to make my charm earrings. I ordered some birds, dragonflies, leaves, and hearts, as well as some beads, drops, and chain. It’s so nice to know that one day next week I’ll have new treasures to add to my collection.

more ocean city pictures
I got a few more Ocean City pictures from my mother-in-law.

Lily, on the beach in style.
Ocean City MD, September 2009

Our men, napping after a hard day of…um, something.

Ocean City MD, September 2009

Marc and Julian heading into the water for some boogy-boarding.
Ocean City MD, September 2009

Lily, on the balcony at the condo.
Ocean City MD, September 2009

another magazine down
I finished reading the July/August issue of Somerset Studio. Two articles stand out in my mind – With One Palette, by Rande Hanson, and Faded Beauty: The Artwork of Priscilla Jones, by Beth Livesay.

I love the colors chosen for this issue’s With One Palette – blue, turquoise, parchment, and rust. I think blue and brown is a lovely combination. And Miss Hanson made such lovely things…

Somerset Studio, July/August 2009, page 9

See? Very pretty.

Miss Jones’ work is also lovely, and very different. I would love to know how she makes her objects. They look as if they are from another century, and yet are whimsical and delightful. You can see some of her work on Flickr.

Isn’t her stuff cool?

~filled with inspiration, but regrettably suffering a lack of time~

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