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Something Different.

I have been making beads for nearly ten years, granted the first couple were a huge learning curve, and it certainly took a while before I had anything I felt was saleable and even longer before I could confidently say that I had something that was distinctly mine in terms of style.  Its not really any surprise that my mojo has taken a little bit of a hiatus recently and in some respects I think my confidence has thought ‘ooh, mojo is on its hols, I think I will go with it!’  I will be honest, its a pain, and a worry, I don’t want to go back to working for someone else, I love that I am home with my kids, I love that I get to listen to audiobooks while I work and drink tea whenever I want, I don’t have scheduled breaks and if I want to sit and eat my lunch in the sunshine and dip my feet in the kids paddling pool I can do that too 😀

 I don’t love the fear of not selling enough, or the realisation that selling in quantity has become validation for what I am doing. I wish with my whole heart that I could pop back to the days when earning money from, what was then a hobby, was a wonderful bonus to what can only be described as the absolute pleasure of melting glass and turning it into wonderful new shapes.

So this week I decided to cut myself a little slack, I pulled out my rather dusty paint box and started to play 🙂 I don’t know what will become of these yet, I think that little notebooks might be rather nice but we will wait and see. For now the pleasure lies in watching the paint float across the page and mingle its colours dandelion girl1 lostgirl2

4 thoughts on “Something Different.

  1. WOW, Sally! These are absolutely beautiful, I love the innocent beauty they evoke. I have to say, I’m right there with you. I think being able to do what you love for a living is a truly wonderful thing but there are times when you can lose track of what made you love your craft when money comes into the picture. When ever I start to become aware that I am viewing my business in this way I try to take a step back, absence, no matter how short, usually quickly reminds me of how much I truly love creating, the void that is left behind when I take a little “time off” is very real to me, I feel it deeply. I think your detour to painting is a wonderful idea, because you are still creating, and creating lovely things by the way! ❤

    1. Thank you Mary, our pursuits are so solitary that it’s always good to know that someone else understands the emotional aspect 🙂

  2. Simply beautiful! Whatever you make is very special. 💜

    1. Thank you Karen x

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