Wednesday, September 23, 2009

More Relaxed

layin' around

First of all, thanks to each and every one of you for the love and support you give me anytime I dive into my life behind my art exterior. I truly appreciate each comment you leave for me and every email that is sent. I don't know how I would get on without the e-friends this blog has brought me together with. Thank you. Things went well yesterday with the new in-home therapist. I am armed with a magic phone number I can call anytime I feel overwhelmed and although she is young, she seems bright and intelligent. It has me very hopefully today that there might be some better days coming our way. Though, I have been warned, it always gets worse before it gets better.

Moving right along though... I spent most of the morning in the studio. I had an idea POP in my head and I was very excited to make the beads asap so I can bring it to life tomorrow. I spent a solid three hours making dozens of beads for this new design... and GLASS headpins too. Wait till you see it!! When I started to wind down from the bead making, I wasn't ready to leave the studio, so I set myself down at my desk. And a half hour later... this new necklace was in my hands. I am calling it "Layin' Around".

I find it funny to think "which came first? the design idea or the beads?". For me, most of the time it is the design idea. Then, I make the beads to suit. Case in point, the design I will show you tomorrow. Over time though, there ends up being lots of beads that are one off from what I need and they sit homeless on my desk. They sit patiently and wait for their turn to be needed. There are usually some stand outs that audition for lead roles in my finished jewelry more often than others, only to be turned away at the last minute. Poor things.

All these beads, all 13 of them, were just laying around on my desk. Really! Finally they have found a place where they can shine. My stars I am sounding corny. LOL!. This was just plain fun to make and for the half hour or so that I have been wearing it around the house, it is just plain fun to wear too.

Hey... have you noticed my new photo experiments? What do you think of the simple solid color backgrounds? I bought one of the scrap booking packs of colored card stock and I am shooting against those. I feel like everyone does the "white background" thing these days (or the vintagey staging which just wouldn't work for my pieces)... I want to mix things up and try something new. I would love to hear what you think! Leave comments!

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15 comments:

Pretty Things said...

I like the backgrounds! I have tried color backgrounds but I must have my lighting all wrong because I can't get it quite right. I keep trying, though!

TesoriTrovati said...

I seem to have missed a few posts of yours. I think that you need a massage, young lady! Do treat yourself right, even if just for a few hours. Because you need to be strong and I firmly believe that if momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy! I am glad to hear that there is hope because that is the one thing we cannot let go of. I love the new design. So creative and bright. You really are a marvel, you know that? Please enjoy the day! Erin

sundownbeaddesigns said...

love this necklace...I'm a sucker for bold bright colors...the bold solid background colors really make this piece POP!!

Lynda said...

Love the backgrounds, and love that necklace too!!

Jenn said...

Adore the necklace and you're right...the colored backgrounds are so YOU. I love it!

Amy said...

I love the colored backgrounds. And today's beads/necklace too. Your work always brings a smile to my face and the colored backgrounds seem to really enhance your beads. As for the ups and downs of life, hang in there. And as someone else said, don't forget to take care of yourself.

Greer said...

Go the coloured backgrounds! They really suit your bright happy fun necklaces

Jennifer Cameron said...

You will get through this rough time. You will. And it's great that you now have someone that can help you figure out new ways to get through it more easily.

Love the necklace and that it took you only a half hour. WOW! I play with things, get stuck, leave, mull it over, go back a week later and maybe finish it then. Love the backgrounds, but prefer the green. That yellow is too overpowering for the necklace on my screen.

I am curious what type of colored wire you use and do you have problems with it scratching or fading?

Christine B. said...

I love the colored backgrounds! Duh, I never even thought of that....they really make your pieces stand out!
:D You're so cool!

Anonymous said...

HI Kerry,
The colored backgrounds are very cool, they make the jewelry pop.
I really love the necklace.
You always have cool ideas.
I am going through some things now too with my son. I jut have to tell myself to give it time.
Kathy

rosebud101 said...

That is really a neat necklace, Kerri. I'm glad things went well at home, too!

mairedodd said...

sooo glad you feel reassured after yesterday and your mind got freed up enough to be creative today! such a great feeling... your beads are kind of an analogy for your experience yesterday, yes? things are there, but it has to be the right time for it to come together!
i use the scrap book papers too... they are inexpensive and i can try out all different colors... yours look terrific - very fitting for your work...

Ellen said...

Background's great, Ker.

Alice said...

I'm glad the first day went well, and that you were able to sit down and create some awesome pieces!

I really like the bright backgrounds!

RockerJewlz said...

I say keep going with the solid backgrounds. They look good with your bright colored beads