Wednesday, April 8, 2009

At Long Last....

I was beginning to think I might never get back to my work bench, but finally yesterday I seized the afternoon as my own and set out to play with my little treasures. The result was ISLAND DREAMS REVISITED. Bright pastels, summer breezes and memories in technicolor come to mind with a myriad of charms--14 artisan lampwork beads by Cassie Barrigan, with assorted gemstone, pearl, resin, swarovski crystal and czech glass charms set the tone. Sterling findings, of course, all designed to put a smile on your face.
I've noticed that when I take a few weeks without doing jewelry, I lose my confidence in my abilities and the longer I wait the more hesitant I am to get started again. I've found that when that happens, I have to start with something familiar--a creative jumpstart of sorts. Usually it just takes a little time--getting the tools and findings in my hands and I'm ready to plunge back into my work. Then the ideas start coming. I love color and wanted to think springtime so I dug out some of Cassie's colorful beads and did a bracelet that puts a smile on my face and hope you feel the same. Now those seashell beads are calling my name...so I have to grab a window of time again today and see what comes together.

I LOVE these colors--they just make me smile---nothing new, or sophisticated, but the perfect wrist art for your sundresses, beachwear and evoking memories of lighthearted pleasure--whether on a tropical island or your own backyard.


6 comments:

Kristen said...

Rickie, that bracelet is gorgeous!! Good for you! It's kinda like riding a bike! :) Here's to being creative again!

Jelveh Designs said...

yum yum, love the island colors, they are so spring and summer...good for you finally getting to get some art done...welcome back...

Rickie said...

Thanks Kristen--it is kind of like riding a bike, and I'm hoping I don't fall off and skin my knee, lol!
Jelveh-Thank you! Those colors just start popping out at me this time of year, I'm happy to have found a little time to play with them again!

Hearts of Glass said...

You're back with a BANG! And I'm so glad - I missed your eyecandy!

Elizabeth said...

Fun and lovely at the same time! Nicely done, Rickie.

I feel the same way. I need to catch a head of steam and then I can really create.

Although sometimes I feel a bit robbed: when I have the time dedicated to design and the creative juices just aren't flowing. I feel blah. It's really frustrating. I have so little time to create so when I have the time, I need the feel creative.

Pretty Things said...

Never, ever lose your confidence -- no, not you!