Thursday, April 22, 2010

Has It Been That Long?

WOW. Has it really been 10 days since my last post? I have to tell you, time is really flying by lately! I left my job at the end of the year, and if I didn't have a calendar I would have thought it had only been a few weeks since my last day. I'm amazed how my "waiting for the weekend" lifestyle has done a 180. No more "3 more days 'till Friday, 2 more days 'till Friday" - it's all like WHOA - it's Friday already?!?!
My original plan was to head back to work within 2 years so I don't lose my licenses. I've got every license you could imagine needing to be a financial advisor (or their assistant, which is what I did) and MAN OH MAN I don't want to end up having to study for those tests again! (You lose them if you're not sponsored by a licensed firm for over 2 years.)
With time flying by I honestly can't say what my plans are now! Who knows ~ maybe in a few more months I'll be ready to work again, maybe if I'm lucky enough to have a much larger-scale jewelry business I won't need to, maybe we'll be lucky enough to have a 2nd kiddo and I'll need to stay home, or maybe I'll just continue loving my time with my family like I have the last 4 months.
Who knows. All I know is that I'm incredibly lucky, blessed and grateful to have the life I'm living today.

And I'll get back to business soon enough - wowing you with new affordable jewelry and more of my favorite finds on Etsy!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Back to Work...

It's been a while since I updated the blog, but we've had a tough couple of weeks and a little time off really seemed to help. Our sweet pug Phoebe passed away, and it's been tough on the whole family. Matthew is only 3 1/2, so he kind of understands, but not really. She got so sick so fast. It was a cruel disease that took her way before her time.

After spending lots of family time together and enjoying the unusually pleasant weather (aside from the crazy pollen count), it's time for me to get back to work.

I started looking at my workbench again this weekend & have a couple of new necklaces.

This owl necklace has actually been in the works a couple of weeks (I couldn't decide on pearl vs. jewel) and went unfinished while my attention was diverted to family matters. I just love anything to do with owls, and have since I was very young. They hold strong sentimental value for me.

The butterfly necklace came to be slowly over the course of the last week. I just love the delicate filigree & sparkly but subdued vintage jewel.

When I first started making jewelry, I used to tell everyone that it was like therapy - stress relief. That was when my full-time job was really draining me and I just needed an outlet. After eliminating that stress (and moving on to all new ones being a SAHM) I forgot how finding my creative side and creating jewelry calms and centers me.

I hope you enjoy my newest creations & I'm looking forward to diving back in (after I attempt to get the house back in order today) to create lots of fun, simple and affordable summer styles!