Bead Retreat!!!

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About 11 years ago, I transplanted into a teeny tiny community that has ZERO art culture.  Sure, there are plenty of crafters, all of whom I adore, but my art and I don’t ever really seem to fit in here.  (Don’t get me wrong, I like the little town and there are some pretty amazing people here.)  Every once in a while, I treat myself to a trip back to my home state where people ‘get’ me.  Last weekend I was blessed to be able to attend a three day/two-night bead retreat in Annandale, Minnesota.

O. M. G!!!  It was soooooo much fun!  There were about 35 ladies, all with massive amounts of beads and gigantic quantities of creative energy.  The camp staff prepared all of our food and did all of our dishes, so we had lots of time to bead and some of us even took a little time to sleep.

I was able to finish a custom order, restock a Marilyn Monroe bracelet, learn a new stitch, make some super fun earrings, and almost finish a ruffle bracelet (it just needs a clasp yet).  Oh, and I worked up a few paper beads.  I also spent a lot of time ogling over other artists’ work.  The amazing talent in that room was incredible and inspiring.

Bead Retreat Projects

I’ll add more links to these items in a few days.

This retreat gave me a renewed sense of creative passion.  It also reminded me that I should never ‘settle’ with my artwork.  The only limit to my creativity is that which I apply.

Whatever your passion is, go renew it!  Jump in with both feet and your eyes wide open.  Explore new possibilities and stretch your limits.  Most of all have fun!

To Blog, or Not to Blog?

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Once again, my personally set deadline for a new blog post has come and gone without a new blog post. My sparse free time makes me question weather blogging is really a good fit for me.

I enjoy blogging for several reasons. First and foremost, I enjoy blogging to share my new creations and to get feedback on my artwork. Not a lot of people get to see my work in person, so I like to put it on as many internet based communities as I can. Although I share my jewelry with ‘show-and-tell’ intentions, I run the risk of coming off as a salesperson pushing my jewelry onto anyone who might be in my path.

That being said, I also try to incorporate other tid-bits into my blog such as information on gemstones and little lessons I might have learned as an artist. I enjoy the challenge of learning new things and passing them on. I never feel stuck in a rut when I am striving for new and exciting.

I eventually would like to post tutorials for jewelry making techniques and perhaps for other interesting crafty things.  For example, I’d love to post a tutorial on how to do peyote stitch to go along with the peyote patterns I sell.

All of these things take time, and that is something of which I am continuously short.  “Experts” (whomever they are) suggest a blogger to post 3-5 times a week.  I have a hard time fitting in one post per week!  So, the question becomes, do I blog to share the things I’ve done and learned?  or do I skip blogging in exchange for more time to do and learn?  or perhaps I eliminate my goal of one post per week and only blog when mood, content and time align?

I’m looking forward to your feedback on this dilemma!