Monday, March 14, 2016

Jewelry Resolution Update

We’re now about 10 weeks into 2016 and I’m pleased to report that most of my creative resolutions are still going. I’ve been chipping away at my goals to make more tutorials and frog old designs, though I’m still a bit behind on my commitment to stay organized and put away my beads on a regular basis. I have managed to keep my desk from getting completely out of control, but I haven’t yet done a 100% overhaul of my workspace. I’m sure I’ll find the time sooner or later.

Meanwhile, I’ve been sticking to my challenge of wearing every single piece of beaded jewelry in my stash. I haven’t been moving through them quite as quickly as before. Back in January I wasn’t wearing a uniform to work every day, so I had many more opportunities to layer on multiple designs. Lately I’ve been sticking to just one necklace or bracelet, with the occasional combination.

Medallion and Cuff Combo

One of my favorite combos of late was an embroidered medallion which I paired with two cuff bracelets in similar palettes. I’ve nearly worked through all of my favorite pieces and I’m now finding it more difficult to choose designs that I want to wear. I want to say that I had more time to pick pieces to complement my outfits back in January, but I think it’s more likely that I just need more time to decide on which of the remaining pieces I actually want to wear.

Jewelry Stash Out-Box

My out-box of worn jewelry is starting to overflow now. I’ll be moving these pieces to a new container to wait until the challenge is complete and I can reorganize my wardrobe. On the plus side, this challenge has provided yet another opportunity to stress-test my designs. It's always nice to see how well they hold up when I treat them with the opposite of proper jewelry care - like stuffing them into a tiny shoe box at random.

How are your creative goals going so far? What’s been your biggest challenge this year?


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