Hi, my name is Dawn. I design jewelry and love doing it. It relaxes me plus I get to stretch my imagination by trying to create pretty things. My day job can be fulfilling and some creativity is used but making jewelry is what I love to do.
I only began blogging in 2012 but was not very consistent. There was lots going on like work, family, friends etc. Same as everyone else. Last spring I decided to try and make posting to my blog something that I would consistently do.
That failed but now i'm doing my best to balance it all and blog on a regular basis.
I began making jewelry about 6 years ago. I was inspired by a co-worker who made and designed jewelry and I used to buy things from her all of the time. One day I started talking to her about her jewelry-making process and she suggested that I buy some supplies and she would help me get started. Very generous of her. I would make earrings or necklaces and take them to work with me and she would show me what I did wrong or right and how to correct.
That began my love affair with creating and designing jewelry. I have a little shop on Etsy that I dabble in and I make items for friends and family. But the reason that I love it is because it just soothes my soul. Even if I make something that no one but me likes I take it in stride because the relaxation it gave me was worth it.
After I really got into making jewelry I signed up for an online certificate course which I thoroughly enjoyed taking. It gave me something to look forward to when I got home in the evenings and on weekends. I need goals to work at something and that was just the ticket for me. I have long since completed the course but I learned a lot.
Here are a few of my recent pieces:
I have always loved trying to do things creatively with my hands because I grew up with a mother who sewed for a living. She worked for several clothing designers in Dallas. My sister and I hated for her to make our clothes because we wanted store-bought clothing like everyone else. It wasn't until some little friends of mine commented how they wished their mothers made them stuff that I realized how lucky I was to have that.
My mother tried to teach me to sew but she was a hard task master and would often rip seams that my sister and I had sewn and say "no! They must be perfect". (I know she sounds like mommy dearest but not really). That is when my sister and I decided amongst ourselves that we no longer wanted to learn. I wish to this day that I had continued just like I wish I had continued taking piano lessons and my sister wishes she had stuck with the violin.
Many regrets later I learned how to crochet and that took me awhile but I learned and still love it. I learned to crochet because another co-worker taught me (by the way we really do work at work). I usually only crochet in the winter months. It's another thing that is brings me piece and relaxation. I tried knitting but didn't have the patience for it.
I am very much looking forward to this blog hop because I would love to find some new bloggers to follow and because I think if I have some regular readers that would make my commitment to blogging better. Please email me with any comments and I look forward to finding more bloggers to follow and for others to find and follow me.
**I can't believe I did not thank Vicki from vicki-2bagsfull.blogspot.com for hosting this blog hop party. Please stop by her blog. It's full of deliciousness!!
The drawing will be on February 15, 2014. Comments must be made or emails sent by February 14, 2014 to be entered in the drawing.