What I’ve Learnt About Being Creative

The period in-between Christmas and New Year is always an incredibly reflective one for me. I’ve found myself contemplating what I’ve achieved, learnt and loved; but also where I’d like to go. A few years ago I found myself blocked, frozen stock-still and started a journey just to get moving again.

Here are three things that I’ve learnt this year:

1)  Set Goals: It’s an oldie but a goodie. You hear it everywhere, all the time (especially working in education) – but I’ve never before practiced what I’ve preached. This year, for the first time, I gave myself a new year’s resolution; I would get my jewelry online, nothing more, nothing less – just get it up. I’m the kind of person, like many creative people, who flit. I’m a crafty, creative magpie. I want to try to do everything and as a result master none of them.
Setting a goal this year kept me focused. Many times I’ve wanted to stray and start a glitteringly attractive new project, but remembering the goal I’d set and more importantly why I’d set it in the first place, forced me to stick with it. I’ve not had over amounts of success with my etsy shop but I have sold some things and in my eyes the success is that I did what I set out to do – I put my jewelry out there.

2)  Start Before You Think You’re Ready: If you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me this one is really important. I don’t want to do anything or put anything out there before I think it is flawless. I’m scared of criticism and I’m scared of failing at stuff. This one has taught me to just go for it and learn as you go. It’s alright if things aren’t quite ready yet – I’d never be ready. I’ve learnt more about photographing jewelry and writing a blog by doing it than I have thinking about it or planning it.

3)  Read and Follow A Lot Of Blogs: This is the reason I’ve started my Online Love series. I find seeing other people doing what I aspire to do spurs me on. It gives me inspiration, ideas, focus and drive. I also find the blogging community to be as supportive as everyone says they are. People are willing to encourage, comment and share.

I’ll get working on next year’s goals to help me move another creative step forward…. suggestions welcome.

Online Love: The Merriweather Council

Christmas is great, but work in educational pastoral support is tough at this time of year. Issues upon tissues start coming out and people want everything fixing before we break up for the Christmas holidays; which naturally, isn’t humanly possible.

I’ve spent today finding a new online love to ferry my brain away to a happy crafty place, and came across The Merriweather Council.

I found Danielle Spurge, founder of  Merriweather, on etsy’s Featured Shop. I’ve fallen in love with her cute style and bright colours. Take a look:

Merriweather collage

Hauled Up Under Covers

This weekend I’ve been experimenting with photographing my jewelry. I’ve been trying to add more character and focus on saying more about the influencing factors behind my style… I managed to single handedly trash my flat, by getting out every prop, teapot, cup and saucer and feather display that I own.

It was worth it!

See it here in my little Etsy shop ***

My Weekend World

Weekends are a world away from work life and the everyday, suck-you-dry life. Weekends are for recharging and reconnecting.

A Sunday stroll along Fort Paul, in East Yorkshire, reconnected me to my oh-so-Yorkshire roots and to my amazing friend Heather, who introduced me to the joys of drift wood: Drift wood will be making an appearance in my jewelry photography for sure!

Saturday night saw vegetarian chilli and an evening of wonderfully rubbish TV. I recharged with my lindy hop girls, Baby Ben, two cats and a dog.

I love weekends.

P.s Find this weekend’s necklace at Etsy...

Online Love: Jessica Celebre

I am loving discovering new blogs at the moment. I’m wanting to retreat into a private little world, all on my own, and only deal with fairytales, lace and butterflies; maybe with a misty hint of darkness.

It’s that feeling of discovering style and who you are through other people; people you will never even meet. With all this in mind let me introduce you to today’s muse Jessica Celebre:

She takes me to another world and it is exactly where I want to be!

Why Not?

After a fair bit of debate I’ve decided to give putting my jewelry in the cafe a go. Why not? As my boyfriend said, it’s something different, try it out and see what happens.

This is a selection of pieces that I’ve been working on and will be appearing in Zoo cafe in Hull as of Friday. There is an awful lot still to be done and I’m super disorganised – but ho hum, I’m sure I’ll get there.

Watch this space and wish me luck.