Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lush Cluster Revival

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I swear to all that is sewing holy that I am not avoiding my sewing machine...I promise that the fabric fast has not got me on the run.  It is simply that events as of late have led me to revisit some of my other hobbies.

Once upon a time, in what now seems like another life, I used to own a jewelry business called Lush Cluster.  Well technically I still own it I just don't sell anything anymore.  It became an awful burden as what had begun as a fun creative thing to do in my free time became an all consuming drive to mass produce objects that other people would buy.  Instead of making things I thought were beautiful, funky, fun, I began making them with the sole purpose of making a profit.  Totally ruined my love of jewelry-making.  So, after moving to Far Far Away I essentially packed up my jewelry goods and let it all collect dust.

But recently a friend asked me to show her how to make earrings...I dragged everything out in order to teach her and ended up coming across all the fun shiny things I used to make.  A tiny bit of nostalgia and the need to create set in.  I don't know what this means, maybe this will only last a little while and maybe I will only make things for my own personal use but, whatever happens I am resigned not to make a grand plan that might end up ruining it for me again...  I'm a creator not a businesswoman and I learned that lesson the hard way.

Because I used my sewing table to spread out the jewelry supplies I needed to put it all away in order to get back down to sewing business.  But before I did I decided to make myself a pair of little shiny somethings... Untitled
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Looks like I'm still smiling.  As long as that remains true I am keeping the jewelry making supplies close at hand in my studio.
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Lush Cluster Teardrop Dangle Earrings
sterling silver box beads imported from Bali, 24g silver wire, suspended from solid silver earring hooks

6 comments:

hydeeannsews said...

wow, so beautiful! but I'm not digging out my beading supplies. too much fabric to work with right now. =)

you look so much like your girls in that smile.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

I had a beaded jewelry era too complete with one horrible craft show... Never again! Now I am content making things for me and my daughter.

Lisa said...

They are lovely! I'll leave my beads in the closet for now! Fun how so many go through thesedifferent hobby!

piecemealquilts.com said...

They're so pretty! I like that they're a little funky and still totally elegant.

Archie the wonder dog said...

They're stunning...as are you!

Nat at Made in Home said...

So pretty!