Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Dream big

I made earrings this weekend. After practicing for awhile, I decided I was ready to move to sterling silver wires, so I went out and bought some, and made four pair of earrings, all very different. I'm having a really good time with it. I have a couple of partitioned boxes that I've gradually filled with beads and crystals and metal findings and beads. I sit down with the boxes and start pulling out things and trying them out to see what looks nice together.

It's also a nice change of pace from sitting in front of the computer all evening after having done the same thing all day. Last night I called up a new episode of Raines (my new favorite television show, although I've yet to see it on television, having only watched episodes on iTunes and on the computer, and sat down at the dining room table with my beads and tools and made a couple of cell phone charms.

It also gives me something different to do in the evenings now that Bob is working a lot of nights. I don't tend to fall asleep over them like I do over a book or my knitting.

I sold this one yesterday:

They're all up for sale at my Etsy shop; I'm thinking about building a store here at the site sometime soon. I haven't sold a lot of stuff, but enough to build my confidence. I've been told before that I need to dream bigger, so I'm kind of trying that this time, albeit tentatively. Worst case, I've got Christmas well in hand.

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Joanna said...

I'd never heard of a cell phone charm before seeing them appear on your blog. Today, though, I noticed one of our grad students had one hanging off her phone. 'Made me smile and think of you.

I tend to carry my phone in my pocket. Do you think the charm would cause problems in that case?

Willa said...

No, I don't think so. I carry mine in my pocket when I'm out walking, and sometimes I let the charm dangle out of my pocket, and sometimes I put it in the pocket, and I haven't had any problems. They're pretty sturdy -- I don't *abuse* it, but I do sometimes pull the phone out of my purse by the charm.

The ones I have up now are pretty long -- I use a long one myself, but I think the next batch I do will probably be shorter.

Marcia said...

Willa, have you already sold the earrings shown in the first two pictures? Both pairs are gorgeous!

Willa said...

Yes, I sold both pairs today, but I'll be making more this weekend. I'll put a note when I've restocked. :)

Thank you, Marcia!

Marcia said...

I'll have my mouse pointed, ready to be clicked. :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful jewelry and charms....I'll have to check out your Etsy shop.

Willa said...

Marcia -- I made two more pairs of those earrings and put them up on the Etsy shop. If they're not there when you get there, and you still want some, just email me and I'll make some for you and I can reserve them there with your name on them.