So I've always like to write and decided I needed to start blogging .... Hummmm , my life is paved with good intentions but I sometimes run out of the time to make everything happen that I want to happen! I am sure in this crazy world you can relate to that! So I am going to try to become more disciplined at it. When someone figures out how to add more hours in a day, please let me know.
On a typical day I start my morning with a "cuppa" tea. I am not a coffee drinker. I love the smell of it but do not like the taste, so my caffeine of choice is tea. Sometimes it is herbal, sometimes Chai, sometimes regular etc.... My cupboard if full of different flavors and each morning I pick the tea that matches my mood for the day. My hubby thinks I have a tea fetish as the cupboards are overflowing with all the choices. It is a lovely relaxing away to start the morning, that doesn't last long enough. Often during this time , I decide what I will make for dinner that night, remove it from the freezer, and then start in on the plan of what I want to accomplish for the day. Often this was decided the night before but I am usually flexible. I try to stay as organized as I can to be as productive as possible, however I often fail in this area and wish I was better organized though I am getting better with age. I think I need a house keeper and a secretary, and a gardener, maybe a chef and the list goes on.....
Going to my studio, I turn on the music. What I listen to changes day by day and often depends on what I am working on whether it will be soothing or up tempo but music will be on. I think better, can concentrate better and am more creative with it on in the background. Other times the hubby is practicing his sax so I just get lost in that as I am working.
Below is a picture of where I work my magic, my studio. It is my second home--and located within my home:) I enjoy being in here surrounded by my tools and stones. Tools and I have a special bond. I love shopping for, buying new and using them. Creating new pieces, trying different techniques, stepping outside of the lines makes jewelry design so much fun and never makes me feel like I am working. I wish all aspects of having your own business was this much fun! Paperwork is my personal downside to running the business. I really do not mind dealing with it, what I do mind is how much time it takes away from the creating! It is hard to follow through and do everything that needs to be done and still have time to actually make product, and on top of that to create new product and not just produce the same old, same old to fill orders. I am not complaining...I love to fill orders, I just need more time to make all the idea I keep coming up with, that my friend is the real struggle.
So what I am going to use this blog for is just to toss thoughts and ideas out there, to talk about what is going on, what it is like to be an artist, the challenges I face, how I grow the business, the amazing things that happen, the people I meet, the trouble I get into ( Haha I'd be spending all my time writing about that one!) and so much more. Some days I might be contemplative and this will reflect that, some days just silly and goofy, and some days I might be asking, HEY does anyone else have these issues? or feel a certain way etc. It will really be about being a jewelry designer, working from home, documenting my life, building the business, balancing family life, creating new pieces, failures in all the previous areas and the successes! It will be interesting- at least to me- so stay tuned and please leave me suggestions, comments and be interactive with me-- who knows, maybe we will be the next reality show:) Haha. Lord, I hope not....