Thursday, July 18, 2013
A Bad Case of the Shoulds
I've been on myself to get into production to make more components.
It seems that the jewelry making is more relaxing and can be done in the house watching TV and whatnot and the real work is the focus at the torch.
I keep pressuring myself to make huge runs of all of my best selling components and then something new and novel to stretch myself creatively.
But I am becoming discouraged by the lack of sales of my jewelry this summer at our local market.
It's always been a given that I could move it in person but this year has been different so far.
Not sure if it's my change in style or economy. I know that I love what I'm making and don't want to go back to old bread and butter items that I used to rely on.
I'm hoping to have some new best sellers.
Suddenly I'm doing better online than in person.. with components that is.
So I imagine that I need piles of all of them but there's only so much time and I can only handle about 3 hours of torch time in a day.. it used to be 4 but I need to listen to my body and hands and eyes and I will stop at the precise moment I feel I've had enough or mistakes and accidents and burnout can happen.
I did do something that has been on my list for three or four years that I had been procrastinating on.
At least that gave me a chance to improve my photography since I first had it on a list of things to do.
I want to make more of these stony faceted nuggets.
and these limpet bead caps
The great news though is that I got recognized for my polymer clay work last week.
I got a couple of emails from folks in the know ( thanks Ginger and Richelle)
that I had been featured on the front page of the online magazine Polymer Clay Daily.
Talk about beginner's luck! Now that was a huge surprise for sure.
Less jewelry making and more components? Really?
I think I should give the "shoulds" a big shove.
I'm gonna do what I want!