Pairing old with new

As I mentioned previously, I love to shop for beads and artisan made pieces, often doing so from online sources. I get a little thrill when the packages arrive at my home. I rarely make anything with them right away. I like to let them sit on my bead table for awhile, letting them adjust to their new home. I honestly just like to look at them and admire their beauty. Eventually, I look for a place for them to safely reside in the assundry of beadbox containers I have. Beads, focals, charms, etc can sit in those containers for years, just waiting for the right inspiration or additional pieces to arrive before they are used in my creations. It will amaze me when a new piece comes in and as I’m sorting through my containers I’ll run across just the right color/shape bead to be used with that new piece. I usually had forgotten I had those older items or just passed over them many a time waiting for when I would use them. That’s the advantage of having a stash to sort through. I don’t always have a design in mind when I buy something, but putting it along side findings I already have can make for a great pairing and inspire ideas. I tend to lean toward similar colors, shapes and styles so often I have a mix of things that will blend together nicely.

Here are some examples of my inspirations of mixing new items with those I had tucked away in my bead containers. The new item was the pink stone ready made necklace I found on Etsy that matched well with the previous purchase of the lamp worked leaf bead (artist Rita Schneck, bought in Tucson 2019) coupled with beads I already had in my stash. A mix of semi precious stones, ceramic, artisan made and glass beads. (This necklace appears in a previous post).

Close up of the lamp worked leaf pendant
Ready made beaded necklace with the artisan leaf pendant

Again here is another example of old/new pairings. The new is the turquoise butterfly bead that I got as part of a recent subscription mailing from Candie Cooper. All other items I already had on hand. The round turquoise beads I have had in my stash for many years in which I have only used a few of the beads in previous pieces. I also found hiding in my container of crystal beads these precious little butterfly pieces, just perfect for the earrings. A nice nod to the butterfly pendant without looking too matchy matchy.

Close up of earrings with the crystal butterfly beads
Butterfly necklace and earrings

I feel blessed to be able to have such a variety of items on hand to play with in my designs and creations. You just never know what you can put together, old and new. Don’t forget what you may have tucked away in a box somewhere. You probably have something to go with that newly acquired piece. Play and have fun!

If you celebrate Valentine’s Day, I hope it is a special one. If you created jewelry for the occasion, I hope it is beautiful and made you smile.

Pondering over coffee and beads- ” Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.” ~ Paulo Coelho

Regards; Holly G (HBG Jewelry)

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