Category Archives: Time

Art is never finished, only abandoned…

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brass pendent

Time Flies

I’ve been working on this piece well over a year. I looked at the date when I first uploaded the picture and it was February 2, 2012. I admit that I was fairly happy with it at the time. I really loved the rustic aeronautical look. I debated what type of chain I would use and ultimately decided to go with leather cord. I was satisfied with my decision, took pictures and put it up on my etsy site.
brass pendent

Time Flies

A few weeks ago, I pulled it out my jewelry box and as I was looking it over, I decided I didn’t like the look of the leather cord and the weight seemed all wrong. I cut off the leather and started experimenting with chain. I altered the top of the pendent and how it was connected to the cord and added jump rings and beads. I believe the heavier chain looks better and the toggle clasp has more purpose.
brass pendent and necklace

Time Flies Revamp

Ultimately, I don’t know…I may just abandon it a while longer or maybe I will destroy it and start completely over.

close of of brass pendent

Time Flies Close Up

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How Daylight Savings Time knocked me off the wagon.

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Daylight Savings Time...or Death by Daylight?

WOW!!! It’s been way too long since I’ve posted. I wish I could say I’ve been busy making jewelry to sale, but I haven’t. I have started several pieces but I have had a serious bout of bad time management. Is it just me, or does everyone try to get more done when there is more light at the end of the day? It’s the same 24 hours but somehow, I’ve managed to add more things to get done just because it doesn’t get dark until 7:30 – 8:00 pm. Arrggg. I’m going to fix it this week. I will rule the Daylight Savings Time demon.

A few positive things have occurred in the past 10+ days despite my DST demon. I created a beautiful charm bracelet for my daughter’s friend Mazzy. Isabelle picked all of the pearls and the crystals and I put it together. I enjoyed collaborating with her.

Mazzy's Bracelet. Her favorite color is green.

I admit that because she is only 9, I don’t give her the credit she deserves for having a great eye for color and design. This experience has made me determined to work with her more and trust her judgement. This is what leads to great artists, someone taking the time to take notice of your abilities and encourage you.

Garage sale finds have also been on the up and up. At one sale I bought a bag of buttons and a bag of beads.

bag of buttons purchased for $1

I wasn’t sure about the beads until I saw the chicken, then I knew I had to have it.

random bag of glass beads

At one sale, I got a great bundle deal for $4. I’ve actually worn one of the necklaces and received several compliments. I wish I would have made it, but I love it none the less. My four dollars bought 4 necklaces, 1 pair of earrings, 2 bracelets, one a copper cuff, a silver decorative key, and a little wooden box with brass sides. I think she was still sleepy when she made the deal. A couple more sales and I acquired two small tackle boxes. They have the see-through top that divides all the little lures, one was 50 cents and I paid a whole dollar for another. Those things are great for storage and much more expensive in a craft store. Did I mention that I really love that chicken!

The infamous chicken charm

Other big news, big to me anyway. I ordered chain, brass, antiqued copper and gun metal from chaingallery.com. They are an awesome wholesaler of chain and I got some great deals. The chain prices are basically half of what you would pay retail. The more you order, the cheaper it gets. I hate to cheat on my beloved bead stores but, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. I’m super excited to get it and start creating. As much as I love my g-sales, finding good quality chain is probably the hardest thing to do. Many times people will realize they have sterling. They price it accordingly which is more expensive than I can purchase it from a store. Brass and copper are really hard to come by and they are my favorite to use in my designs. I have found a few nice brass and copper chains at sales, but it’s just not enough. I had to find another outlet for quality chain and that’s one of the things I accomplished.

I guess these 10+ days haven’t been wasted; they just unfolded in ways that I didn’t expect or plan. I’m sure this is a good lesson, but I need a little more order and planning in my life. So now I’m officially back on the creating jewelry and blogging wagon. I find myself armed with my new g-sale finds, chain, and the knowledge of my daughter’s creative abilities.

I will slay that DST demon and grasp just a bit more control over the daylight filled hours. DST lasts until November 4th so the sooner I get a hold of it the more time I will have, or something like that…..

Time is on my side…

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It’s mid week and the 1st of February. This is my reminder that I wanted to accomplish a lot in the month of January. On a scale of 1-10 I would give myself a 7. I still have a goal of 50 completed pieces by the end of February. Luckily it’s leap year and I get one extra day.

It’s difficult to balance work, family, housekeeping and workouts. I’ve now added a new jewelry business which needs a lot of nurturing. I don’t mind putting in the time because I’m passionate about my art. Seriously, finding the time to get everything done on the never-ending “to do” list is overwhelming.

Nautical, metal mixed media pendant

What needs to change? How do I squeeze more time out of the 24 hours in a day to accomplish all that I set out to do? You may say multi-tasking. This is not an option for me. Before long, I’m loading the dishwasher with socks and underwear, and pulling raw chicken out of the oven. I set the timer but forgot to turn on the oven. Multi-tasking is my way to screw up more than one thing at a time.

I’ve tried time blocking. It’s been fairly successful, but I never seemed to block the right amount of time for the job. I’m also (just a tiny bit) OCD and ADD. I get bored with the project I’m doing and move to another task. Guilt sets in and I become obsessed with finishing what I started. This leads to compulsion. How was I so easily lead astray to begin with? All of a sudden, I’m cleaning the bathroom floor with a toothbrush to kill all of the germs.

The fact is, when I’m creating a piece of jewelry or working on another form of art, I get lost. Time and commitments fall away and I focus on solving the artistic question I’ve presented myself. Abandoning it to move to the next thing on the list isn’t an option. I’m there in the moment and I’m intimately involved and consumed. I admit that I’ve missed meals and baths because of art. Nothing gets in the way of passion.

Traveling to Asia, mixed media pendant

I guess that all artists suffer from the inability to put it down and walk away. It seems life would be easier if we could apply the same kind of enthusiasm and focus on the non artistic tasks in our life. It would be easier for me and many others would greatly benefit if I could do this.

Maybe that’s why artists are at their best doing what they do. Nothing drives or interests us like the art we make. It’s distracting to do the other jobs we see as mundane. The million things that need to happen in order to survive annoy, bore and get in the way of what we want to spend our time doing.

Hover, mixed media necklace

This leads me to think, I’m not going to worry or stress about the tasks I’ve defined as mundane. It is a necessary evil to have clean laundry, but it doesn’t need to be scheduled and planned, just done. Focus on your art. Spend the most time doing what you love. The happiness this provides will outshine all the other little things that have to be done. Design your life and time the way you want to live it and make the best of it.

It's all about how you spend your time.