Happy 2017

We’re 2 weeks into a brand new year already. It’s time to implement those changes. So, what are your plans for 2017? I’ll tell you what mine are.

Those who know me know that I LOVE TO CREATE! But, am I making enough time for it? Probably not. Living a handmade life and running your own handmade jewelry business isn’t all about making. There’s lots of other stuff that takes over your time.

My plan is to set aside blocks of studio time. If necessary, I’ll even drop everything when an idea comes about (I should, right???). Now I’m not normally one to waste time, however, it does happen. So, I plan on working more efficiently and being more aware of time flying out the window.

I will also continue to implement sustainable practices into my contemporary jewelry.

There will also be education for me in 2017. I will be attending Arrowmont school of arts and crafts in Gatlinburg for the first time this summer. I’m so excited about this! Lot’s of friends have gone or taught, so I’ve heard so much about it. Can’t wait for that playtime.

I hope you’ve reflected on 2016 and are looking forward to your fresh new start. Who knows what else the year will bring, but make it count…

Peace, Jo

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Living a creative life

The other day I was listening to TED talks about creativity. One of the speakers said that everyone copies someone. It’s called inspiration. Then, when you’re ready, your own ideas take off. There is definitely truth to this. Think about how many times you’ve seen something and made it. Then, you asked yourself, what if… What if I add this? What if I change that? And so, the creative process moves forward.

The thing about creativity is that it comes and goes. The important thing is to surround yourself with creative people and things. When you hit a block, don’t be afraid to push that project aside and then come back to it, even if months have passed. It’s like taking a vacation from it and you’ll see it in a new light!

Peace and creativity, Jomama

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Feeling bored, dying to create

Sometimes you find yourself in a situation you cannot change. But that doesn’t mean your mind can’t dream.
Today I find myself bored (which almost NEVER happens)  and my mind wanders to my workbench…all that metal, stone, fabric and inspitation, and there’s nothing I can do about it. But the way I see it, I’ll appreciate it that much more when we meet again. So for now, I’ll sketch in my mind… Stay tuned
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