Despite carefully portioning out my life into segments: jewelry, barn, work, sleep, reading, cleaning, eating (not necessarily in that order, mind you) I've found myself filled to the brim with anxiety and doubt and discontent.
It's not pleasant, I assure you.
So, I backed off of jewelry for a few weeks. I didn't want to make anything. I focused on other things, other distractions. I stopped reading. My apartment exploded its contents in what seemed like overnight.
All of this over the start of a new job. My brain and emotions went into overload, even though this is just a job.
But I don't think you understand. Maybe not you, specifically, but anyone who thinks I'm dramatizing my life and the difficulty of change and not knowing what I want or where I want to be. My hands need metal and stone and pencils and glue and burlap and the weight of a camera. All of the time.
Not just in my "free" time. Not just when I can fit it in.
All of the time.
I forced myself back into the studio on Thursday, and then yesterday, and then today. I made myself make things. Sometimes that's what you have to do. Small steps.
I can't promise I'll be back to regularly blogging, but I will be here when I can. In the meantime, these are the things I've finished recently:
(Customly made for Cate)
Fordite & sterling
Nesting ring with Mexican fire opal (deep red opal & bright green flash!):
Umba sapphire (PINK!):
Lastly, a poppy jasper necklace that has been on my bench for nearly a year. This necklace just did.not.want. to work for me. But, I finally finished it!