Saturday, January 31, 2009

Expanding My Horizons

I've had a huge response to the One World/One Heart Giveaway, and I loved reading all the comments from those interested in winning my turquoise necklace. So far, it's more than 250 comments - how amazing! I am thrilled to be a part of this worldwide event.

Now my whine:

Working on maintaining a website is a ton of work, and I'm seeing that the gain does not warrant the amount of work it takes to keep it up and current. It is a great networking tool and I would not want to take it down, but it is time-consuming. I have a few pieces on Etsy but no sales. I signed up for ArtFire but haven't used it. It seems complicated and not as user friendly as Etsy. So I'm going to post some more items on Etsy - new pieces that I've made, as well as jewelry supplies that I purchased but haven't used. I've thought of doing this for a while, but have not felt motivated to do it. It seems important to figure out what is keeping me from being pro-active about this. I can come up with a list of reasons, but none seem quite right. I would love to be able to blame the weather, lack of motivation, being too busy, etc. The truth is I really don't know what the issue is. I need to get a handle on this, or I will sink deeper into non-action. Needing my muse to show herself!

Humm, sounds a bit like depression doesn't it? I am not aware of being depressed, but will need to watch out. Depression has not been a part of my experience but that doesn't necessarily mean anything. I am a psychotherapist by training and I believe I have the ability to spot depressive symptoms, but it is more difficult to see it in yourself than in others. I do know that this is a difficult time of year for me, full of memories of my mother getting ill on her birthday which was March 5, and my brother dying from lung cancer on March 3. Much as I wish I was someone who could push feelings away, I'm not able to that easily - so here I sit thinking about these two important losses in my life. Wow, writing this was so helpful. Once I wrote this I realized how this is a very difficult time of year for me - and I need to give myself a break and stop being so hard on myself.

On a lighter note, here are pictures of a new set I made that will be posted on Etsy. I must say that I love the colors! My muse is around, just difficult to access sometimes!

Grey Agate, faceted Amethyst. Hill Tribe Silver:


  1. I guess I'm lucky in some ways, because as a painter I'm free to express some VERY difficult emotions through my art. (and my art, unlike your necklaces and earrings, has NEVER been very pretty...)

    But whether it's through painting or writing or simply talking, the "difficult stuff" needs to be externalized. Demons can't live in the light, and I KNOW that YOU know that....

  2. Hey Terry, love the grey agate necklace, way to go :)


  3. It seems that the writing has helped you so that may be a sign that just journaling some of thoughts may be helpful.

    Your work is beautiful yet it takes some time to get noticed on Etsy, so keep at it.