New Year At The Bead Table

A new year usually means new year resolutions. I’ve decided to try Gretchen Rubin’s approach (author of The Happiness Project, host of the Happier podcast, etc) by doing a 19 for 2019 list. Maybe I’ll do better following through on doing them, however I won’t chastise myself if I don’t. Being less critical of myself is on the list. Also, I’ll be using GR’s recommendation for a one word theme for the new year. I’ve chosen FORWARD. To me, it conjures up positive movement and taking on challenges and pushing through any fears or doubts. Not a bad way to begin.

My 19 goals are varied, but the central idea seems to be to try to be more disciplined and consistent in whatever it is I wish to do, be it exercise, creating, meditating, reading, traveling, have more fun, and so on.

Items related to jewelry making include working at my bead table at least 5 days a week. Should be easy, right? I mean I love creating and playing with my bead collection, but I can get distracted by my to-do list and put ‘creating’ for later. This will probably mean organizing my day a little better and sticking to a schedule. I’m not always a fan of that. I like flexibility, so this will be a work in progress. I’ll let you know how I do.

Also on my list is to learn a bead stitch. I know, many of you have already gone down that path, but I have been resistant for some reason. Maybe because my previous hobby was cross stitch and that about did in my eyes and patience. I find I like immediate gratification when it comes to creating. In addition, I will hopefully be attending more bead workshops and bead shows. I already have plans to go to Tuscon in February! I will try my hand at an Etsy shop as well, which means refining my jewelry design style, business name/logo, and business practices. I ran my own therapy practice, but this is a 180 from that! Lots of new to try this year as well as just trying to keep up.

May we all have a blessed and peaceful 2019.

Pondering over beads and coffee…. “Hope, smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’.” 
― Alfred Lord Tennyson

Ciao! ~Holly G

So it begins….

Hello and welcome to my blog. First, introductions. My name is Holly and I retired as a psychologist after 27 years. I have a long time passion for jewelry making (and wearing!) and collecting (nee amassing) beads and jewelry findings and now I can devote more time to this. Woohoo!

I am an amateur in this field and in no way an expert, so please keep that in mind. I am self taught in jewelry making, having gone to a few workshops, read articles and how-to books, and watched online videos for my ‘training’. In the twenty plus years I have been engaged in this endeavor I have made many mistakes and continue to do so, but I love the creative process in jewelry making more than anything. Czech glass beads are a particular obsession at the moment, but I love discovering artists who create objects to be used in jewelry making as well. So many talented people out there! I enjoy making earrings, bracelets, anklets, and necklaces by stringing on artistic wire or cord using glass, metal, clay, wood beads, semi-precious stones, and artisan made components. I hope to expand my knowledge and skill set and maybe even try my hand at stitching/bead weaving. Since I’m retired, I now have a little more time (and less money?!) to travel to workshops and bead shows as well. Cannot wait to see where all this will lead me!

Since it has become ‘a thing’ to state ones intentions for doing something, I’ll state mine for this blog. My intention is to share my thoughts/feelings on this jewelry making hobby gone wild as I journey through the creative process, and whatever else comes to mind on the matter including sharing my latest creations and bead finds, information about other creatives in the field, etc. Conversations may occasionally digress to my other obsessions passions in life (beach vacations, meditation, books, cats, walks in the park on sunny days, and the general welfare of Mother Earth and all her inhabitants). I am sure this will morph and change as time goes on. I will try to keep this positive and lighthearted. I want this to be fun for me, as well as anyone else that may wish to read it.

What I’m pondering over beads and coffee …. “I’m going to stop putting things off….. starting tomorrow.” ~Sam Levenson