Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Progression of an Obsession

I have been thinking that perhaps this should be called "The absorption of a dining room" because that's probably the biggest indicator of what's been happening with this "art stuff" (as my spouse, let's call him... ummm Bert, likes to call it)

It started simply... a bead here, a bead there.. mostly cheap, mostly plastic... one tool. Slowly but surely I started collecting and filling up plastic boxes bought at Lowes, Home Depot, or the KMart fishing section. You know the ones. You look at them and think "man, I could really use one of these to put______ in !!". Well, I look at a shelf of them and think "wow... I could really use ALL Of those to put BEADS in !" or pieces of glass, or buttons, or... well you get the idea !

Once I started going to REAL bead stores and moved beyond the Ben Franklins of the world, my collection started to grow. Online stores were wonderful and allowed me to see how many options were out there as well, but REAL bead stores let me see the beads, understand what 4mm faceted rondelle meant. I could touch them, hold them next to other beads. And what it also allowed me to see was that I wasn't going to be happy with just my 5 little plastic boxes and my one tool. I wanted to expand my horizons and not just put beads on fishing line and silk thread, so I started to buy the tools that I knew I'd need at some point.

That's when I took up residency in the dining room. At first I'd clean it up each night and pull everything up from the basement the next day. Then I started leaving some things out a day at a time. Slowly, but surely, I just started setting it up as a work station ! Some day I'll spend some time talking about actually setting up a great work space, but right now I can tell you that my dining room is a wonderful space for creating ! It might not be the safest, but it's big and bright, central to the house, and let's face it, who eats in their dining rooms anymore?!? I'm thinking it was basically wasted space until I put my anvil there :)

As you can see, there's little space for my tool collection to get much bigger. Adding a kiln will mean that I'm going to have to either add a side table or actually (and I hate this thought) move! I still maintain a space for my trusted assistant to sit and stare at me, and I still have a spot for house phone, cell phone, and a nice big mug of coffee. Knowing that I have that still usable space is a comfort for me. It means that I can add some more plastic boxes, get a handful more stamping tools, some more hammers, and that tumbler I'm checking out ! Yes, the obsession is still growing .... it's changing... and it doesnt seem to be slowing down. But right now, Im still being encouraged and so I consider it a healthy addiction at this point. If it gets out of hand, Im sure someone will let me know......

Monday, April 12, 2010

the name

Last week my husband and I were having a "discussion" when he told me to "go pound metal" which was a reference to my jewelry making, but sent us into fits of laughter! It's now become the saying around the house for various reasons, but mostly to make each other smile.

Years of exploring different ways to express myself have led me to jewelry making. Will it become another way for me to just "collect" materials or will it be a path that will lead me to much more fulfillment than quilting or scrap booking? When I started this journey, I had just cleaned out the basement where I came across the very large box full of papers that were meant for beautiful pages full of pictures and snappy remarks. Im also fully aware of the trunk just crammed full of fabrics that were chosen to become snuggly comfy quilts ! Those went by the wayside, but it seems like my jewelry making is here to stay... there's sooooo much to learn and I'm pouring over websites, books, magazines, and talking to anyone who might be able to teach me a thing or two!

I hope that as I get further into this blog (my first) that it will help connect me with people who are in the same boat.. .learning a new craft, anxious to learn more, maybe putting their pieces out for people to see (and buy) for the first time. Come join me... talk to me...for now,
Im going to go "pound metal" !!!