Sunday, January 20, 2008

Krewe du Brrr...

last night was krewe du vieux here in the big sleazy. as always it was butt-numbing cold ( for us) and it was an absolute blast.
some pics from the evening above ...
parade revelers
title float
inside at the party my friends laurie and john threw

Friday, January 18, 2008

Making a Decision

I couldn't sleep at all last night. I tossed and turned but in a good way - well, apart from not getting any sleep. My mind was alive with creativity. I did not want to got to bed and finally just gave up and did it anyway sometime after midnight. I dreamed all night of colors and shapes and beautiful creative moments. Still, it was a sleepless night.

I thought and thought about the photo I found and posted of the garden room. It made me think a lot about my own work space ( which I continually gripe about - it is in the HALLWAY between the bedroom and kitchen) and how it actually is like a little creative cave for me. So, I took these pictures this morning. I love my beads. That one is my favorite.

And I have decided to continue making jewelry. It's been a process, I can tell you that. Usually I just stop working and party a bit, but this time I really wanted to look at what was making me so unhappy about something I used to love. I realized I was putting too much emphasis on the working part and not enough on the creative part. And I was trying to be something I am not. I was thinking too far ahead and berating myself for working in BEADS. Then I realized I LOVE COLOR and I LOVE TEXTURE. I am not interested in molding metal. I want to paint with little dots of color. And, I am good at it ( sold another bracelet this week).

Being creative makes me happy and I am going to continue to do it. But, this time around, on my terms. I want my love for what I do to show through on every design. I want each piece to be special and I want to enjoy creating it. Period.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


i found this pic on a blog i was looking at tonight while waiting for my holiday photos to upload. it's never too late to start something wonderful, is it?

Blast from the Past

This is my favorite drinking glass. I have had it for almost 20 years. Bought it in college from a girl named Miyuki.Check out her website.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Still Thinking

Well, I have mulled it over and I have not come to a conclusion regarding my jewelry. I am leaning toward just creating for a while. See where that takes me. I get so depressed sometimes. I should be working, but I don't. I just sit on my arse and watch my big a** tv. How is that creative? Have no idea. But, I have to make a decision soon. I have been really looking inward a lot lately and frankly, it's boring. I am boring. I didn't used to be boring. When did that happen? The day my thighs fell over my knees? I dunno. Anyway.... Have taken to looking for inspiration in other artists. It helps keep the creativity flowing. A blog I read pretty regularly had something to say recently about not comparing your work to others, but getting out there and creating. She's right. Sometimes you just gotta get out there and make something.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Thinking Out Loud

I have been thinking quite a bit lately about giving up making jewelry.

I do this a lot, to be honest. I flip. I flop. Then I get back on my horse.
Don't know if I want to get back on at this point.

I have been thinking a lot about what happened to me in November when Fairy decided not to sell my work anymore: The reason she dropped me was that I had picked up a second boutique in our fair(y) city and she viewed that as competition. Now, I realize that New Orleans isn't exactly a booming metropolis, but to be fair, the new boutique is in a separate zip code. Most jewelers work that way. Figured I could too.
Guess we know how that ended up.

Anyway... called Tomato ( the other boutique) last week to see how things had gone over the holidays and Nina told me that only a few pieces sold.

Now, my Better Half is always much more optimistic than I am and he quickly reminded me that I had done very well at The Shop. Touche. I did ok. Not as well as I wanted, but I did ok. Considering the amount of jewelry we carry I did very well.

But, I put so much effort into making these things and then to have them not sell. It's just frustrating, to say the least.

I really don't know what I want to do.

If I didn't make jewelry I would not feel that I HAD to make jewelry. I think part of the problem is I put too much emphasis on selling and not so much on making. I can think of at least one person I know who has the same problem and I constantly complain about it and wonder what's wrong with them. But, to make a living, one does need to sell.

I miss the creativity I had 10 years ago when I was just learning to bead and I experimented all the time. I want to get back to that point, if I decide to keep going.

And if I do decide to keep going, I really have to put more into it than I have been. More time and effort. Get more gigs, so to speak.

On the other hand, I have really been into taking pictures lately and I really want to start a scrapbook. I would have more time for even more creative pursuits. But, one of my goals for this year is to be more creative in everything I do. Why can't I go back to the creativity I had when I first started making jewelry? Get in touch with my inner bead-child. I dunno.

Guess I'll mull it over some more and see where the day takes me...

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Weekend Warrior

Had a wonderful weekend this past.
Had a lot to do, but got most of it done as well.
Met some of The Better Half's friends at the French 75 in the Quarter. Lovely.
Saw Kermit Ruffins live at the Blue Nile.
Had brunch at Commanders' Palace for Twelfth Night.
Went to the Delachaise for drinks and the watch The Forty Funny Fellows do their streetcar ride for Twelfth Night.
Still managed to get going on a special order and do a load of laundry.
The weather has been 75 and mostly sunny.
Wish it could stay this way.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Welcome 2008

I have been thinking alot, especially over the holidays, that I need to be a better, more creative person. I have always believed that our goal on this planet should be to try to be better each and every day. Lately I have been a bah-humbug grouchypants to everyone including My Better Half. So, as I ring in 2008 I have made a little list of things I would like to do this year. And now I share....

Be more creative in all aspects of my life
Buy handmade merchandise more and often
Worry less. Much, much less
Write real letters even if no one writes back
Practice my calligraphy and lettering techniques
Take more pictures
Exercise more/often
Be nicer/less grumpy/more positive
Appreciate what I have EVERYDAY
Experiment more, artistically
Start a scrapbook - not a cheezy one, either
Draw more in my journal
Put up work on Etsy and apply to
Take a printmaking class
Appreciate what I have EVERYDAY
Keep my bangs trimmed
Eat more sushi
Find representation in 10 more galleries/boutiques
Try new things more often
Stop being afraid
Drink more good wine
Eat less salt
Appreciate what I have EVERYDAY