Yesterday Chad and I spent time at a local Greek festival that occurs each October. When I see signs displayed for it in the weeks prior, I know that Fall has arrived. I love the smells and taste of the food, hearing the cheerful “Opa”s!, and listening to the music play. It never fails to be bright, cool and breezy. It is a slice of heaven.
In the past week I’ve been busy making new jewelry and rethinking the backdrops I previously used for photographing some of my pendants. I kept looking at my photos and something wasn’t quite right; my design sense told me the photos were too busy. Sometimes, less is more.
So, the photo of my hammered ovals pendant went from this:
Aaaah, that’s much better. 🙂 My photos will evolve over time, but I was starting to lose sleep over that one.
Today I added the first pair of earrings to my shop. I love these earrings, so much that I made 2 pairs…one to keep (ha!) and one to sell. I had no intention of keeping a pair, but when I saw how beautifully the first ones turned out, I couldn’t sell them! I laughed because that’s a habit I don’t want to start but knew I’d feel that way sooner or later.
Here’s the pair that IS for sale:
Did you notice my maker’s mark on the back of the earrings? I found a fellow Etsian who makes stamps/tools for metal and asked him to create a stamp for me. (His stamps are art themselves!) I love that I can easily mark my jewelry with the same signature I apply to my drawings and paintings.
This past week I made a few small strides in metalworking. With each piece I make, I learn what works and what doesn’t; hands-on experience is the best kind. And while some of it may still be Greek to me, it’s a language I plan to master.