Another Farewell

The current digital age is none too kind to physical magazines, and one by one they drop off the face of the planet. Even those that offer a less frequent physical version and a digital version. Case in point Bead & Button magazine. I received notice that they are closing down after twenty years! There are so few beading magazines already, and now we’re losing another one. I don’t know what I’m going to do for inspiration and challenge….

I lost Simply Beads. I lost Bead Style. *cry*

Now I’m losing Bead & Button. *sniff*

The only remaining magazine, that I know of, is Beadwork.

Other than that, if I need inspiration or information I will need to rely on the wonderful articles at Fire Mountain Gems & Beads, and I hope and pray that they will continue to be as awesome as ever. In fact, below are the links to the different sections on their website where you can find articles or design inspiration, etc.

https://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/jewelry-making-articles

https://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/todays-jewelry-making-trends

https://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/stylishstringing

https://www.firemountaingems.com/resources/gemstones

In fact, you can also search their jewelry making articles by category / subject, and I know they have several about Sales and Marketing. This is definitely something I need to start reading on since I’m attempting to sell my pieces on Etsy….

Design Ideas

Today I received my Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalog in the mail.

I love catalog day, and I’m always so excited when the hubs hands over each thick installment of this beading superstore based out of Oregon. This time the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads catalog focuses on “Crystal and Glass’ with an additional informative article about “Designing with Color”. Each installment is like a magazine… but with no ads! (of course, we all realize the reason they have no ads is because each page is filled to the brim with their gargantuan selection of beading supplies).

What I love most about the FMGB catalog (besides the lovelies listed inside) are the pages upon pages of design ideas. They are a wonderful font of inspiration that sets my mind working on what I would do to give the piece of jewelry my own little spark. In fact, I only had to turn to page 18 before the design idea there sent my brain into high gear, planning how I could take this bracelet idea one step further and heighten it’s customizability (is that a word?).

We never know when something we see, read, smell, taste, etc. is going to inspire us to something more — even if what is inspired is not even remotely similar to the inspiration. It’s a launching point to greater things, and sometimes that’s the most precious and priceless act, and it’s one of the reasons I like sharing anecdotes, images, phrases, and the like. One can never tell where inspiration will strike.

Sometimes It’s Always

I know the popular saying is that “nobody ever ‘always’ or ‘never’s”, but sometimes it’s ‘always’, whether we like it or not. ‘Motivation’ is my ‘always’ challenge. Whether it’s chores, grocery shopping, writing, or crafting there is some aspect of it that makes me lose interest. My husband calls it ‘suffering from a lack of wanna’.

With my Beading, the motivation wanes when I look at all the sorting I still need to do before I know exactly what I have in my inventory. I mean, why is sorting all these beads and findings and gemstones so important? If I have it I have it. If I don’t I don’t. >.< One would think, sure. Unfortunately, when I’m piecing together a design, if I don’t know what my options are, it seems to limit my creativity. Are at least it seems to.

Why I can’t get away from the constant struggle of Motivation is beyond me at the moment, but it probably has something to do with a necessary challenge to improve my character. ^_^;

So, just like with chores and other things that are less than glorious, I need to find a way to push through and just get started. Usually, once I get started with the task that I don’t want to do, I can push through to the end and really feel a sense of accomplishment. For sorting, I think that once I get my computer setup in my crafting area so that it’s easier to stream my favorite shows, it will be much easier for me to stop focusing on the mundane act. You know what I mean?

With housework, it goes faster if I have a show or music playing in the background. For grocery shopping, once I get to the store, having a shopping list makes things go so much quicker. Even with laundry, the folding and sorting usually goes by fast when, again, I’m streaming my favorite show. I guess it’s just a matter of knowing what my strengths and weaknesses are and how to work around them.

For me, it’s always Motivation.