|This is a picture from maybe a month ago, honestly my desk top hasn't changed much. I'm still working on the big wings necklace and most of the stuff pictured here!|
Don't get me wrong, I have never considered my jewelry as a hobby, but until the last three years, any money I made in the business was pretty much used in the business, or I might fund a family vacation or something. The business income was for extras in life, not the essentials. Or more pretty somethings to turn into jewelry!
|Cog from a clock, new key, old typewriter key. I really want to express myself more this year in my jewelry, and part of this is letting go, or releasing some old baggage.|
I felt right after the season ended in November, and still feel to some extent, burnt out. Artistically, emotionally, and just about any -ly you can think of .
Don't get me wrong- it's not all been bad! But it's been busy and stressful - and i'm tuckered out.
I've decided 2016 will be low-key. The last several years we have done 18-20 or more shows every year. (I just looked and one year we did 27 shows, most between May and October!!! )
This year we are going to do maybe half that. I might look at galleries again. If I'm not doing such a punishing show schedule then doing galleries is much more possible. Or I might not. I don't really have new year's resolutions per say, but I do plan not to stress as much. I want my bliss back when I do jewelry. I want it to be more like therapy again instead of deadlines and profit driven and scary. I want it to be apart of my happiness again, not part of my stress of making ends meet. Overall I don't think I've been particularly happy the last few years. I haven't had time for it. I need to slow down, if not actually pause or stop.
If I have a watch word for this year, I think it will be "thoughtful". So many decisions in the last few years were based on the stress of immediate life demands. I want to be able to sit back and make decisions that don't feel so damn rushed. I want to be able to spend more time contemplating my jewelry as my art. I need to find the time to be happy again.
I still plan on writing my blog 2-3 times a week in 2016. I plan on doing Downtown Des Moines Farmer's Market this summer , if they will have me and for how ever many slots they allow. I'm hoping I can beef up my etsy store with more offerings. Anything more than that, I will think about... calmly, deliberately, and with an eye to my happiness.
It's going to be an interesting year!!
|Here's the general outline of my statement piece... now working on the embellishments. I love how the colors turned out on the wings!|