I finished the earrings! And the best part was that I enjoyed doing it. Instead of getting halfway through and giving up or getting frustrated, I enjoyed the whole process. I did get distracted, though, by perusing Etsy at all the different designs, looking for inspiration, what’s possible, and studying the close-ups to see if I could decipher the technique and see for myself how easy or hard things would be. I bookmarked a bunch of shops to go back to.
I also got positive reviews from people who have seen the new earrings and viewed my blog. This is encouraging, because not only did I get good reviews, I felt good about the work I did. It came out more or less according to what my expectations were, and even breaking a bead didn’t slow me down – I reconfigured things a bit, added an extra silver bead to the mix, and am very satisfied with how it came out. It makes me want to do more. In fact, I want to keep going so much that it’s taking a lot of willpower to keep myself from going to the craft and bead stores in town and spending every penny I have on supplies.
I must pace myself.
I did buy a few things the other day to start another pair, this time an original design, and so far I’m liking it. I’m also getting ideas for another design, so I might go to the craft store this weekend. But the works in progress shall be kept a secret for the time being.
In other news, Greta is awesome. We’re having some challenges getting her to go potty outside, but we’re working on it. She was most likely never properly housebroken, and it’s become apparent that there was quite a bit of abuse. Except for the potty issue, she’s the perfect dog, and we just plan on loving her and using positive reinforcement until she gets it.
Also, I feel like I’m never going to catch up on reading blogs, but I’m slowly making my way through. Maybe this weekend I can catch up – if I don’t get lost in the craft store.