I’ve done it!

I’m not sure if it’s really up and running or if I’ve just imagined it all…

but I’ve done it!

It took me a week because I dithered around waiting to take some better photographs of some items, but it’s been cold, dark and dreary here so I kept putting it off because I like to take my photographs outside and I don’t like to be cold.

In the end I just decided that if I didn’t publish it now it wouldn’t get published at all because, knowing me, I would keep on putting it off until another year had gone.

Then another.

I’ve still got to work on the SEO’s etc., but I’ve decided that I need to take a break from it for a while else my brain will explode. I have yet to figure out what to do about Etsy, etc., but I just can’t think about that right now as seriously I need a cup of tea or five.

Anyhoo, any critique would be welcome, just so long as you’re gentle with me.

I’m feeling a bit protective of my baby right now as she’s so brand new…

;)

Here she is…

Cold Feet Studio

(Should I change my name?)

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So, now we’ll get on to the old lobster claw dilemma…

I like them, and I don’t like them.

O.K.

What else shall we talk about…

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First off, I can safely say, without having to dither around second guessing myself, that small lobster claws are definitely off the menu.

They’re fiddly and they just look like little, I can’t be bothered so I’ll just use one of these small things that are awkward to use and hurt when the prong jabs up under your thumbnail because the darn thing keeps slipping in your fingers which makes you have to swear a little, or a lot, depending on where you come from, and so you have to chuck the jewelry on the floor because now you have to wear that other piece of jewelry that you didn’t want to wear and which doesn’t go with today’s choice of clothing and so you have to curse again (but this time with meaning) the maker who thought it would be a good idea to put small little fiddly things on their pieces of jewelry without thought nor care for when you, the user, has to go out in public wearing the inappropriate accessory for your attire just because they, the maker, couldn’t be bothered to really think about what they’re doing.

See how that goes.

Very thoughtless use of the small lobster claw…

O.K. maybe I will have to dither a bit as admittedly they do look good on some of those lovely petite pieces of jewelry with fine chains… especially if they’re gold chains…

Man!

Amendment #1.

don’t like the small lobster claws on my jewelry pieces because they’re fiddly and they just look like little, I can’t be bothered so I’ll just use one of these small things, etc., etc., and so forth…

I won’t go into the medium lobster claws here because I believe the above goes for them also. Except that, if possible, they hurt even more because the jabby prong thingy is bigger. Granted they are a little more user-friendly than the small ones, but on the whole they should perhaps be included only as a side dish on the menu.

Now for the large ones…

And this is where we come to the, I like them and I don’t like them, section of todays entertainment.

I just don’t know.

I don’t want to use them, but… on the jewelry I’ve recently made, especially the latest bracelets, the hooks are just not working. The bracelets are meant to be worn snuggly so that the stone doesn’t keep turning and I’ve found that the hook is very awkward to close onto the best link for that fit. I certainly prefer the look of the hook, as Cap’n Ahab said to his first mate over morning coffee, but I put a lobster claw on one piece, under duress you understand, and it clasps the correct link so much easier.

I have to say that also they are far more secure, and when the bracelet is expensive, I think I would much rather feel safe knowing that the clasp was less likely to come undone and the bracelet lost.

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Hook (I’ve yet to put the little pearl on the end of this one).

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Lobster Claw

So, that said, I’ve decided to change the clasps on all of my recent bracelets. No, no. You can’t stop me. But I will be looking into buying some of the lobster clasps that turn, (as Gale mentioned in one of her comments), because I think those will definitely make the bracelets ‘wear’ more comfortably.

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In other news the website is nearly ready!

After me, you’ll be the first to know when it’s up and running.

;)

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Oh and the trivia we come across when we follow the rabbit’s path

HERE

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Suddenly, just when I wasn’t looking

All my clothes got worn out.

Yeah, I know.

Just like that!

Every last tee shirt I own is misshapen or has holes in it. Probably due to my dripping pickle on it in the studio.

Got to pay more attention to that.

And this all makes me sad as I do not want to go shop for more.

I hate clothes shopping, almost as much as I hate going to the dentist.

O.K. so that’s a lie.

Dentists are evil and should be avoided at all times.

Unless of course, like me you have a fear of authority and have to do as you’re told even if it does mean facing danger every six months at the hands of the menacingly innocent looking, poky spike thing wielding, hygienist.

Yes, you know who you are…

It’s a good job that I have turned into something of a recluse over the past year and people don’t see my worn out clothes. I’ve even stopped answering the door because I think people will just think I’m the cleaning lady.

And you know how that goes down with the handsome U.P. S. men who’ve got a few minutes on their hands.

Alright, so that was a bit of a day dream right there.

Maybe I really should start getting out more.

So, while my clothes have been sorely neglected (sorry clothes), I’ve been focusing my powers into buying up every last cabochon in the world.

Dr. Evil would be proud of me.

And the madness continues.

Just this morning (thank you Penny) I bought four uncut slabs just because I had to.

I mean, what kind of reason is that!

If someone doesn’t intervene soon I’ll not only be lost beyond help, but naked to boot.

Not a pleasant sight.

In other news.

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I’m still working on the Flourish and Thrive course.

Unfortunately, every time I listen to the lessons I fall asleep.

My only hope is that I’m learning how to be a brilliant jewelry entrepreneur subliminally.

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I am working on my website – again.

I started it back in 2012, so I’m thinking I’ve maybe got it down now.

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I’ve also just finished making a necklace with a wiggly chain.

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Plume Agate. I think it’s Graveyard Plume, but there are so many plumes sometimes I have a hard time keeping up…

But, not to worry, I won’t be doing that again.

And I reworked a necklace I made a long while ago by tidying it up a bit and resetting the bezel.

Silver Lace Onyx

Silver Lace Onyx

Very satisfying.

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So there you have it my friends.

I might have to check myself into a rehab that specializes in rock habits as soon I’ll be on the streets having spent all my money on cabochons.

But, not to worry, on the good side…

I’ll have the clothes for it.

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To dangle or to not dangle? A survey…

I made the bracelet without the focal cabochon and really like it. It’s heavy and fits perfectly.

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I timed how long it took me to make, and I figured about three hours all told.

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Then I tried pricing it out as the flourish and thrive course suggests.

Which brought it to $451!

I’m just not sure about that.

Anyway I also made some earrings.

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And an unusual yet booootiful necklace.

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But I think I’m going to have to stop thinking about pricing for a while because I just can’t seem to get my head around it.

In the meantime…

To dangle or not to dangle, that is the question.

Do you like a little tail on your bracelets – or not?

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We’ll discuss lobster claws next time.

Very exciting.

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Stepping it up a notch.

I’ve been making a lot of bracelets in my, step it up a notch, campaign :)

But first, look at this beautiful stone.

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Agua Nueva.

Such a beautiful colour.

I made it some links, and included some pearls.

The grey ones are my favourite, although I do keep trying to like the other ones – honest.

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Soon, maybe today, I’m going to make the same bracelet without the focal setting as I think it will make a nice simple piece of jewelry.

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Below is another piece of Ocean Jasper this time with a simple chain.

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I never used to like Ocean Jasper, but I think that might have changed.

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Because recently I seem to be using it a lot.

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Again with the grey pearls and that strange little acai nut thing.

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I’ve also been working on how the bracelets fit and seem to be getting better at that.

Now I’m on to earrings…

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This is Laguna Lace Agate.

Other than that I’m still practicing for my operatic career while I’m in the shower.

I get a little light-headed when I try to hit the high notes, but other than that I think it’s going pretty well.

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Am I too pickled for opera?

Between you guys (sorry been in Texas too long) and the Flourish and Thrive course I’m really beginning to sort myself out… I think.

Either way I’m enjoying myself.

In January I decided to take my jewelry to the next level.

To Infinity and Beyond.

It started out a bit boring and at first I thought it weren’t possible capt’n. Also starting the course put me in a little funk and I kind of lost all my umph, but suddenly I got right back into the groove again and I can see some improvements now.

I’ve really enjoyed making these bracelets, however I worry about how they fit on the wrist.

You have to wear them snuggly otherwise the stone flips or slides around to the other side of your wrist.

It just can’t be simple can it!

I worry too much about the people who buy my jewelry, but I really can’t let it go. I can’t imagine someone spending money on something that isn’t just right.

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Oh and I forgot to show you my very first cabochon.

Remember this

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Well I took a piece of this

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red plumb agate

Actually this isn’t exactly the piece because I forgot to take a photo before I cut it up, but it was very similar.

And I used this,

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And made this.

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It’s my very first one.

The most difficult part was getting the shape perfectly round, and getting a brilliant shine on it.

Both of which I haven’t quite mastered yet.

I’ve got the compound and the wheels, but used my felt on metal first and think that’s why.

Ani said sometimes tiny metal fragments can bed themselves in the felt wheel when polishing silver and in turn they can scratch the surface of a stone when you come to polishing one.

I knew that, but was too impatient not to try it on both metal and stone.

It was too exciting.

Now I’m going to have to buy myself a separate felt wheel just for the stones.

Still exciting though :)

I can see it’s going to take me some time to see the inner beauty of a stone also.

I’m not particularly fond of the off white opaque part of this one.

Anyway, I have a few more slabs to experiment on so I’ll keep you posted.

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In other news I watched The Quartet again over Christmas.

Do you think it’s too late for me to take up opera singing?

I think I have the lungs for it.

That is if the pickle hasn’t got to them first.

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Well O.K. then.

You thought I’d forgotten you hadn’t you ;)

Never.

I’ve been trying to figure things out.

I’ve just finished the first week of the Flourish and Thrive course, which has made me sit down and really think about my jewelry making.

Of course this has brought out all my ambiguity issues.

Do I want to take my jewelry seriously, or do I want to keep it as an expensive hobby?

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In the Hobby Corner.

If I don’t try harder to get rid of the stuff it’ll just keep on piling up and when I die the people who live with me will find billions of pieces of jewelry stashed away in every nook and cranny.

Could work. They could sell it all and retire to Hawaii.

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In the Serious Corner.

But I want to see if I can do it. I want to feel successful, and make money, and feel grown up.

But. Do you really want to work that hard?

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Hobby Corner.

It’s fun, you get to make what ever you want, when ever you want to.

But, you’re always wondering… what it.

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Serious Corner.

You might end up investing in it and then you’re stuck.  What if you can’t do it. What if you have to actually go out and talk to people, and do the sales pitch stuff.

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Hobby Corner.

You take yourself too seriously. Get over it.

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Serious Corner.

What if you find out that you’re lazy or if as soon as you decided to make a go of it, you get bored and flunk out?

Am I a flunker?

I hate that I might be a flunker…

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I tell you this only because my brain will explode otherwise.

Also, I know there are others of you out there who think the same as me and hopefully you’ll find comfort in knowing you’re not alone.

(Please tell me I’m not the only one)

Bottom line is I think that this is all fear and no confidence, and so I’m just going to know it’s there and let it go already.

The good thing about the Flourish and Thrive class is that it has made me think about it and sort out in my mind how I can accommodate my fears.

It really doesn’t have to be that hard.

Of course, I haven’t done all of the homework yet, because it’s too hard.

;)

The hardest thing I’ve come up against so far is discovering who my dream client is. And that’s the first darn question in the course!

Frankly I just don’t know what ‘type’ of person wears my jewelry, and this is important as then you know who to target. If it’s just a hobby I guess this doesn’t matter as much, although it still helps you when you come to selling it.

I can’t believe that I’m still stuck on Monday’s paper.

Not going to worry about it. I’m just gong to let it hang out with me for a while.

Hopefully it will smack me in the face soon so I can move on to question two…

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Ocean Jasper

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Man!

What am I going to do with it all…

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