I want to first and foremost thank my customers, friends and family for allowing me to continue doing this thing that I love. Your support and encouragement has played a very big part in what keeps me inspired.
It has been a while since I have “blogged”. The year really got away from me. Working, family, creating, showing, and basically just trying to keep up. I did learn a few things this past year- good things that will help me going forward. Things like- it is ok to think of myself first. It seems that when I do that- a lot of other things fall in to place. I am learning my limits. Something that has never been easy for me. My big thing for the new year will be finding real balance.
So, what is the scoop for Quilibet in the year ahead? I will be doing some shows, still be part of some wonderful local shops and spend some quality time creating. Creating is my therapy, the thing that gets me away from the things I really want to get a break from. Politics, world news, and housework! I honestly have had the most amazing time this past year. Made some new friends and had some good clean fun. I am looking forward too much more of that going forward!
So, again- Thank you! Your support is a blessing and very much appreciated.
Happy New Year!!
Boy, it will take some time getting used to the 2018 thing.
Quilibet Jewelry designs are unique, fun and made with quality components. My jewelry is often described as a little off center. I enjoy making pieces that are not symmetrical, but somehow feel as though they are. I am inspired by color and texture. I often use others art work (lamp work, enamel, and ceramic) in my designs. Finding unique treasures to incorporate into my designs, from all over the world is such an adventure. One that brings many new friends and personalities into my designs. Making jewelry is my way of expressing myself and making new friends.
March has come and gone. April is a breathe of fresh air. Ideas are waking me up at night, I am going to have to add a pad and pen to my bedside table.
I am really enjoying this burst of energy. I hope that my new designs will speak for me. Seeing the sun is helping my mojo! Events will start heavy in June. I am so looking forward to spending the month of May seeing the ideas come to life.
I have added a few new stores to my list of places to find Quilibet . Spreading my wings a bit, venturing to some new Ct towns. Woodbury is worth the ride, very scenic and different. Lots of antique shops and interesting places. Soulbury is a lovely little shop that is chock full of amazing artwork. So many old friends have their work there, makes me feel right at home.
Over Andover- a new shop in Andover- just around the corner from home. Great shop with so many things to see.
Well- the sun is going to shine- it’s a new day
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So here goes- In January it is usually difficult for me to “get going”. The holidays and all of the things that go along with it are over. January is my time to breathe and replenish my energy. Sometimes that takes a little longer than usual.
I have purchased all of my supplies and am ready to begin. All of my shows (that I hope to get in to) are penciled in on my calendar. My hope is that I will do a few less shows and enjoy the creative process more than I have in the past.
I am trying to find my self. Changing it up a bit. I want my customers and friends to see my work and say- I know who that is- I recognize her work. That is my goal for this year.
I have collected many components that are handmade from artists that I admire. Artisans from all over the world. I delight in using their handmade lamp work, metal work, enamel and ceramic in my designs. I think the best part is getting to know them and collaborating with them to create a piece that I have in my minds eye. I enjoy sharing their story as well. The pieces that I make with their components are telling a story of friendship and admiration .
I would like to go back a little and share some history. I have always dabbled in crafty things. My mom and grandmother were always busy, creating beautiful things with their hands. So when I started playing with jewelry- friends began to notice and asked me to make them pieces. One thing led to another and here I am. I did have some life events that took place around the same time. Making jewelry was my therapy- it took me away from my thoughts and sadness. I will admit that it did become a bit of an obsession.
I do remember coming home from a bead show one day- laying all of my purchases on the table- it was void of color, but at the same time- that was comfortable. I have in the past stayed away from color. Years later- I find myself in a new place of playing with color and enjoying it more than ever. I believe that my evolution mirrors my design choices. Color makes me happy, the days of grays are behind me. Not to say that I will not still use gray- just to say that gray will have a friend – maybe yellow, red or orange.
Well- this was a good beginning. We shall see where this takes me. It wasn’t as bad as I thought. I guess I have something to say after all…