Happy Craft Month!!!! So….have y’all been getting all crafty? WE HAVE!!!! Well, I say “we”. I actually mean “me”. Poor Becca is poorly so she asked me to guest post. She has no idea what she’s in for! HAHAHAHAHA! By the way, Becca will be back next week with that thread review y’all are wanting!
A little about me…I’m the guilty party that created the monster that eventually became Becca’s Beaded Bangles. I’ve been making jewelry for more than 10 years and I’ve crafted all of my life. My style is a bit different than hers though. (don’t tell her but i don’t even OWN a seed bead. Not even one! Ed. note: that’s because she gave every single one she had to me!) I create from things i find or that are given to me. I started out doing things with shells and bits and pieces I found on the beach. That quickly expanded to things like car parts and rocks and old computers. LOL Yeah, I know it’s a bit odd. And that’s ok because that’s what art is supposed to be! I use bones, antlers, pelts, old draperies, and I’ve been known to rip up clothing.
Of course, I use beads too, just not tiny ones that like to run away from you…. I like big honking pieces that make a statement! Anyway, I sell cars, and I have a couple of grown kids, a husband, and 6 dogs. I created my “studio” in the corner of my new-ish hubby’s living room. Nothing fancy because I’m way too rough on stuff but it’s functional and I don’t feel like I’ve been sent to detention away from the fam. I spend as much time as I can outdoors hiking, swimming, canoeing, and generally getting into trouble any way I can find. (Bec will vouch for me on that!) I’m also rebuilding the gardens I sort of inherited. And of course, like all of you, I have a myriad of other life obligations that keep me running pillar to post every day. And like anything important, I force time for creating because without it I’m completely lost and I get depressed and laundry doesn’t get done and my family gets frightened I’m going off the deep end. But that’s enough about me.
So what are you creating? Late winter and spring are always good for delving into new things and stretching your creative eye. Lately I’ve been playing with leather (that started as pants and a jacket. Don’t worry. They were pretty hideous as clothes but the leather is first class!) I can’t say that I’ll do this long-term but it gives the rest of my brain a break. It’s a sort of cure for “creative block”. I actually took several weeks off after Christmas because I would sit at my bench and *poof*. Nothing. A total abyss. Ugh. So trying new things sort of sets everything on restart and I can move again. I strongly recommend trying new techniques, a new craft, a new perspective. Even if you never do it again, you’re forever enriched by the experience and will always see things a little differently because of it.
Speaking of doing new things…. Have y’all seen the new “Jackie” tutorial Becca did? She is actually the first designer to create a necklace with the AVA beads. Yeah…so… I really did create a monster. LOL I don’t know how she does it. I really don’t. All those little tiny monsters! I mean beads. Yes, I meant beads… LOL And she makes it all look effortless too! So go try a new pattern! Now is the time to snap it up because her entire webstore is 25% off this month with coupon code NCM17! (And she really needs the money with all that expensive medicine they have her on.)
Y’all take care and come back now, ya hear? It’s time for me to go fold laundry and be an adult so I can go cut up more stuff!
Oh….I almost forgot….. I promised I would also remind y’all that blogs ain’t free. It would be awesome if you could throw your spare change over this way. Don’t throw it hard cuz that would hurt. Just toss gently, maybe. Even better if it’s dollar bills!
Keep rocking your truth!