Things I love: Earrings

Hello all! Say "hi" to my collection of earrings...

First I hope that you had very merry festive season and that all your wishes will come true this year. As I am sure that this is going to be a great year for all of us. So starting from today, I am going to me more precise with the categories of this blog and I am adding some new series of posts of the things that make me happy. I am hoping to inspire people in the same way that I feel blessed to be able to create and express myself through simple things. 

One activity that I enjoy greatly is simple, clean design jewellery. I indulge myself in creating small gifts for the people I love: earrings, simple bracelets and not so simple ones. I have a big collection of hand-made, unique earrings. I prefer the hook type, but I also own a big stash with post ones. In general I wear silver, wood, glass, natural stones and I am not a big fan of super expensive jewellery pieces as I misplace them easily. What to do! :")

What about the design then?

Well, the ones I make are purely my own design using the materials I have and own currently. I rarely buy some specific bead or wire for a single pair (too much funds to spend, too little time to open my dream-shop for now). I focus on cleaner looкs, less bling-bling, high quality materials and reduced use of plastic components. 

The materials I prefer to work with include Czech glass, Swarovski xilion beads and glass pearls, Toho beads, leather, felt, copper and silver plated wire, different silver-plated findings. I also have a great variety of hand-made glass beads and semi-precious stones like quartz and amethyst. The most important thing for me is to relax, have fun and make somebody I care for happy. 

Someday I want to learn to work with precious metals, but for now this is out of reach for me.

Take care! 

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Am I crafty?

  • Category: Loves
  • Published: 16 November 2013

Do you consider yourself a crafty person?

First, let's get it clear. I do not consider myself a craftsman, but yes, I am crafty person. Especially if I compare myself to the rest of my friends. Since my early childhood I was inclined in drawing, cutting, gluing and creating small things out of nothing. It made me feel good. It continues even now, 20 years later.

I am not patient enough to become a master in one field. I spread my energy and motivation around and sometimes honestly, I don't have the will to finish something that I started.

Some things you simply can't change...

I grew up in Bulgaria, in the very beginning of the long transition towards democratic government. During those years that I remember fondly, we didn't have many toys. My favourite toy was a rag doll that used to sing a small part of the "Yellow submarine" by The Beetles. We also had some old-fashioned metal constructors and wooden blocks. The rest if you were lucky was paper and pens.My parents always tried to provide me with what they can, but we never had the luxury to try and use beautiful stationery as kids. 

The bad part was that I couldn't experiment with new craft materials. 

The good thing was that you can experiment with whatever you have around. This included rocks, sticks, nails, old shoes, old clothes, sewing materials, wool.

The best part of it is that I had an amazing childhood.

Modern crafts and goods

Excluding the professional crafter, nowadays it is really easy for the average person to create something by himself. We have all the tools, the supplies are one click away, there is no need to invent anything. All is super easy, super glue, super convenient. You can watch videos, read some books, have a private lesson, attend a workshop. This is great, no? I like the freedom to choose and try different things, but there is stays the not so nice side of the price tag.

Some years ago before applying for the Architectural school I wanted to become a better artist and I followed a 6 months course. What I learned from it was the following:

  • I need to wear glasses as I am short-sighted
  • You don't learn anything if you are bored to death
  • Nobody should give me Talent's Gouache in Green 600 as this will create a huge mess
  • Practice indeed makes perfect
  • Stress is not helping you
  • Everybody has a weak side
  • Everybody is better in something than the rest
  • If you finish something and you don't really like it, you should fix it as soon as possible or you won't fix it ever

At this very moment I own a nice collection of paper, cardboard, wooden panels, brushes, pencils, watercolours, acrylics, pastels and ink. I seldom use those. Some of those are not even tried once. The cost? Several thousands dollars. For every beginner out there exist a special kit that will help him become a master in the field of (choose one, please). 

Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is no special kit, no special course that will get you going other than starting doing something:")

 

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