Where Does It Come From? Where Does It Go?

I haven’t posted any jewelry-related news in quite a while. There hasn’t been any jewelry-related news to post, it seems, in a very long time.

Early last fall I had production surge that grew out of an idea for a new collection of jewelry (mostly necklaces) and a sense of urgency about the impending holiday shopping season. During the first week of November I designed and produced more pieces of jewelry than I had made all year. Two weeks before Thanksgiving I should have been giving the new pieces to My Sweetheart for pictures that I could post in my Etsy shop, but I let one unexpected conversation sink the entire mission instead.

The conversation started with “oh, honey! You made all of this? This is really good! This should be in stores, honey!” which led to a light bulb moment of “my dear friend has a very successful (whateverkinda) business and she’s just expanded that to include a fabulous boutique, but she doesn’t have anything like this… She needs some of this, honey.” Without much contribution from my side, the matter of a consignment deal seemed to be all but settled in the final comments “when I talk to her tonight, honey, I will tell her that she needs to do this. It will be good for both of you. Don’t worry, she’ll listen to me. You’ll be in the store by Monday. Consider it done.”

Of course I didn’t consider it done… But I did consider it a possibility and I expected to meet this “dear friend” within a day or two to explore compatibility between her boutique and my jewelry. In the meantime, I realized that my jewelry was not “consignment-ready” and needed quite a bit of work to make it so. To that end, I halted production of new pieces and turned my attention to expanding my consignment agreement knowledge base, pricing my pieces for consignment and creating informative and branded packaging with detailed descriptions for each piece. I was so busy for the first few days that I was grateful that the shop owner hadn’t been able to schedule a meeting. Once I got a handle on situation, though, with real production momentum diverted, the pressure from the countdown to Black Friday threatened to squash me as I waited each day for the introduction.

I realized on Monday, two days before Thanksgiving (My Sweetheart and I celebrate the holiday on Wednesday, in honor of our Diggity Dog) that the introduction wasn’t coming. I realized on Tuesday that I couldn’t make up for the days lost and have my Etsy shop ready for the two most important days in the retail industry. I felt completely defeated by my own foolishness and I crowned that defeat by forfeiting the entire holiday season. Inspiration to make new pieces packed up and vacated, taking the motivation to post the pieces already made in tow. Even interest in traffic through my Etsy shop had absconded.

That’s where jewelry-related news slumped, fell and died. I haven’t had an inkling of inspiration toward making jewelry since November. I have tried to force the creative urge, but the only results produced by that force, so far, have manifested as doodles, drawings and sketches… (Zentangle, anyone?) None of them have had any relation to jewelry. So that’s been a bummer.

And then…


This happened, out of nowhere.

{Sidenote: I know, I know… The photos aren’t great, but one of my major downfalls is the idea that I have lodged in my head that tells me I can only post photos if they look (mostly) professional. Perfection is far too elusive for my spur-of-the-moment skillset, which means most of what I make never gets published. That mindset sucks and I am actively trying to defeat it.}

I don’t have any idea from where the inspiration for either of these bracelets (or the drive to build them) came to me, but it came on like gangbusters and I made them both in a single sitting this morning. I have a feeling that I will even manage to post them to Etsy soon.

Does your creativity go through dry spells? What does it take to quench your creative thirst and inspire you to continue (or resume) creating? I hope you will share in the comments.

ISO: WP-Buddy

I mentioned in my last post that when it comes to getting new ideas posted on the blog I’ve felt like I’m stuck. I never seem to have what I need in order to make a potential post “pop.” I don’t consider myself a perfectionist, but I just don’t want to even start a new entry unless I feel like I have all that I need for a perfect blog post.

I’ve decided that I can’t get over this issue alone, so I am hoping that someone out there will help me out and buddy up with me. I don’t need coach or a mentor, although I am completely open to a blogging relationship of that nature. I just need someone to gently and not-so-gently prod me into getting my ideas out of my head and onto repurposedKATE on a regular basis… Kinda like a workout buddy (who would have to prod me to shut down the computer and get my rear-end to the gym), available and persistently encouraging. Constructively critical would be a great characteristic, as well.

I’ve never tried this kind of thing before, soliciting strangers for ongoing help, but I really want repurposedKATE to be a success, so I am willing to try just about anything and I’m looking forward to getting some good feedback.

In the meantime, I’ve started using Instagram on my Android phone and I’m using it to upload images to my brand new twitter profile. Now I shouldn’t have as much trouble posting without pics because I’m hoping to have the pics online even before I sit down to write a new post.

Check out these images I posted yesterday. My sweetheart and I found this complete Stanley bedroom set sitting by a dumpster in far North Dallas a few weeks ago. Can you believe the things people throw out?!!

stanley bedroom1

Waiting for the trash-man... So sad. 😦

stanley bedroom2

Does anyone know the collection these pieces belong to? I can't find the collection anywhere...