At one point (a year ago, apparently) it became too much to try and do all the things. Working full time + working at the barn + riding Cholula 5-6 days per week + making jewelry and doing all that is involved with that = no time for blogging.
Or etsy, apparently, since I became one of those people that allows their shop to expire to nothing. I never understood those people until now.
But, keeping new work in the 2 galleries and building up my on-hand inventory for shows twice a year seems to be about all I'm capable of these days.
I'm ok with it. I'd like the time to maintain this online presence and etsy, but it's something that I don't have right now. I don't much read up on any blogs anymore, just occasionally skim a few here and there.
It's interesting what all of this has meant in my work. I feel a little more free, a little less constrained by etsy and the constant obsession over people liking a piece enough to buy it. I miss the interaction with customers, but sending things off to the galleries is a little freeing...I've made a lot of things I don't know that I would have, otherwise. I play and experiment and I don't have room in my brain for all of that fretting so I'm feeling a little more confident in the work I'm producing.
Here is some of the stuff I've made:
Two ring, labradorite and pearl. I acquired some of these really lovely rose cut labradorites around the same time I became adamant about making more of an effort to combine stones.
This piece just makes me SIGH. I'm fairly sure if it returns to me, unsold from the gallery, it's going to find a swift home around my neck.
Yellow sapphire + labradorite.
PUT A BIRD ON IT.
Custom Ocean Jasper necklace
Most of what I write these days is about Cholula. I keep a pretty detailed log of all of our rides and training. I'm also trimming her feet myself now (because I didn't have enough going on in my life)!
And that is basically the last year, in summary. Until next time, whenever that may be.