Wednesday, April 3, 2013

BABY STEPS

As you can tell, I have been spending a lot of alone time. Besides the usual juggling of exhaustion, of dealing with autoimmune, headaches, real job, and real life, I have been spending some moments here and there teaching myself to solder....rather slowly...baby steps, but getting there. I have wanted to make these earrings for myself  for probably 2 years now. It finally happened. They are not perfect, but that is good. I embrace imperfection, craggly little divets and spots that remind me of daily life. I am enjoying practicing sawing, I really like it. Soldering is more of a challenge only because of the shakiness of my hands, but I will persist!

These are for me......


This necklace I spent a long time working on also. It was a process of working through a puzzle of sorts, but I am very happy with the way it turned out. I used a few different techniques in this one, again, sawing the bird I am most proud of. The nest was fun to make, a technique I learned in Stephanie Lee's Homesteading Course. I incorporated my favorite bits and baubles of building a nest and home and a safe place. The necklace itself will take you on a journey, you just have to be courageous enough to begin.
 
 


 

Wishing everyone courage, for whatever reason you may need, whatever aspect of your life.

I am always grateful for you, your comments, and visits.

30 comments:

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh Sharon, both are sooo beautiful and well worth the effort you put into them! Good for you to keep them for yourself, you are worth it!

Sending hugs from across the oceans

Terri said...

I am so thrilled for you that you made your earrings! Yay! They are gorgeous to me. I love the little imperfections. Life is like that. The imperfections give it texture.
And your necklace is truly lovely. The nest and the birdie are amazing. And I love the theme. I think we all need courage every day.
Thank you for sharing your art and life with us.
I hope you feel a little better soon.
Hugs,
Terri

A said...

Hi!

I have enjoyed your blog for awhile now. I too have an autoimmune disease that has greatly affected my life over the last 12 years or so. Though I am "disabled", not a word I like, I continue to find joy, strength, and motivation as well as a much needed calm in my creativity. It has truly been a lifesaver for me, for I feel it's helped me keep "me" alive when so many other aspects of myself have been about adjusting.

I've been teaching myself to solder lately too and also find sawing joyful. Your earrings and necklace are beautiful.

I hope you feel better. I also hope that on those bad days your creativity is able to help keep your spirits up like mine does for me.

Keep inspiring!

HenrietteWhiteJewelry said...

Your earrings turned out really pretty! Well done! And love the necklace too!

suziqu's thread works said...

Oh Dear Sharon I sense a feeling of struggle with you but I so admire your own courage and persistence. If your earings are imperfect then I lOVE imperfection!
Your little nestie and bird are both amazing. I have only every once made a wire nest and I loved the whole process. I need courage to try again.
Thanks dear friend for inpsiring us and for leaving such a beautiful comment about my cards.
Sending you a big hug full of energy!
Suzy

somethingunique said...

Well I don't have shaky hands and have been taking every soldering class I can find and haven't made anything that fabu yet!! Both are amazing....thanks for sharing your creativity as well as your vulnerability xox

steufel said...

Oh My, Sharon - both pieces are amazing! Love those earrings and the necklace - right up my alley!

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Kathy Lindemer said...

Well done ! The earrings are beautiful. I love the design of the necklace.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

The little bird is just perfect. Don't know how you can saw sich timy pieces...bravo! Earrings are lovely and the necklace quite spectacular. xox

Karen Larko said...

Those are some sweet earrings my friend! Good job!!!
The necklace is beautiful too! Perfect little bird!

Alice said...

Those earrings are the sweetest, especially because you make them yourself. And the necklace is beautiful. Courage is just what I need, but difficult for me to drum up. I'm one to dip my toes in for a while before I jump in. Thanks for the encouragement!!!

khess136 said...

Sharon, your work is not only beautiful but so very inspiring. You speak to my muse with each posting, thank you! Sending you well wishes, too.
xoxo
Karen

TesoriTrovati said...

Your baby steps are opening up a whole new world for you. Remember how quickly those baby steps turn to leaps and bounds? Amazing watching your art grow. I am hoping to make more baby steps myself. Thank you for the inspiration. Thinking of you! Enjoy the day. Erin

Eila said...

Good for you! Fine work.

Dorthe said...

Dear Sharon,-
Yes I missed you, and thought you was away ! But happy you used it to create these gorgeous flower earrings to yourself- you so deserve your wonderful jewellery pieces, to wear, my friend.
I can`t see any imperfections at all, only fantastic workmanship!
And the necklace is so beautiful ,too- how fantastic that you can saw those tiny pieces like the bird!! and I love the : be courageous... I need to be that those dayes,too!
Love and hugs to you from Dorthe

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Stunning, both of them
xx
julie

Caterina Giglio said...

those earrings are amazing, good for you for keeping them!

Marilyn Rock said...

Your earrings are incredible Sharon! I adore them and I'm happy you made yourself happy by creating beautiful jewelry for yourself. WOW! xxoo

mirsini's creations said...

Wonderful jewelries Sharon !!!!!! Love both your earrings and the beautiful necklace !!!!
Kisses..have a lovely spring !! :)

IIJInstitute said...

It is looks like stunning jewellery design. I like the locket necklace. It is looking innovative and pretty impressive. I will take care such aspects during Jewellery Manufacturing in Mumbai.

Mary Newton Designs said...

I think they're great!

roc said...

love your new jewelry!

roc said...

love your new jewelry!

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