Tuesday, April 9, 2013

How an Earring Swap Helped Me Overcome My Creative Block

This year started off with a creative bang, with me participating in the Art Bead Scene Challenge for January, and the Art Jewelry Elements weekly earring challenge. I was on track with all of that, but there was a monkey wrench thrown in my plans. I finally went to a "hand" doctor for pain in my thumb that I had been experiencing since last September. Thumb tendonitis it was, with at least 6 weeks of therapy. I got done with it in the first week of March, and I thought I would be raring to go once again. I went to my beading area, looked at the supplies, and felt nothing. At all. Was one very sad moment for me. I decided to organize the space, thinking the clean area will help. Everything got put away in new drawers, and yet nothing.

Then, I saw these earrings on my friend's Michelle's Facebook page, and I fell in love. I needed them!


So I asked her if they were for sale, she said not these, but she could make me another pair in the color of my choice, for one of my creations in exchange. I was totally game for it! These are really pretty colored lava beads, she didn't even have more in stock. So she combed the internet, and found a source, bought the bestest colors and offered me a choice from these, truly yummy colors!


It was SO hard to make a decision:

This is what I wrote back to her when I finally made a choice:
"I was hoping you would have purple, which you do, but now I am like...oh, I don't have yellow...or peach...or pink...lol :-)
But then, I don't have any clothes in yellow or pink either. I LOVE the green, but I do have some nice green earrings. So now i have to decide between purple and mauve. I think I will stick to purple. Although the peachy mauve IS my favorite of all. But purple wins
"

While she was busy with the purple lava beads, my mind suddenly came alive, and I knew what I was going to make for her even before I got home from work! That night, I was finally able to design again! I put together the design, and set it out on my new beading tray to work on it the next morning...at 6am! Not only did I make her pair, I also made two more new designs within that hour! I cannot thank her enough for this timely intervention!

She quickly made these for me:


 They are SO pretty, they actually inspired me to get all dressed up and go find a friend to take a pic of me wearing them!



Her requirement for what I make was...something with color, and something short. Color is not a problem at all...but short...now that was definitely a challenge! But like I said before, this time the ideas came to me very quickly, and I made these:


And here she is, rocking them!


Isn't she gorgeous!!!

Michelle and I met through the blog world...she does the most amazing work with sterling silver (her earwires were recently featured in Stringing Magazine!), and holds a Graduate Pearls Diploma from GIA. Her designs have been published many times over, and she has the best free tutorials ever on her blog! I searched through my emails to see when and how we started talking, and it was when she had put up a tutorial on making hoops on her blog, and I asked her for some more tips. She was more than generous with her knowledge, and quite the expert in what she does. She is really good with pearls, and I have recommended she write an eBook sharing her knowledge. And I have reason to believe she just might be working on one!

She has a store on etsy as well (MiShel Designs), a very well stocked one, with lots of beautiful versatile designs.
I secretly wanted this one after we decided she would make me the lava ones ;-) And now the secret's out and she knows ;-) But I do love the ones I got :-)

See those gorgeous earwires in there! Yummy! (click on picture to go to her store)


So go on over and see what other gorgeousness she has made up!
Oh, and here's the link to a post she did about our swap...

Shel, this was fun, and a huge help to me :-)

22 comments:

  1. oooh! I don't wear orange often, but I LOVE that pair you made! I love the simplicity yet it is still unique.

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    1. That's what Michelle said too...that she thought she could not carry off orange, and never wore it! But now she will :-) This was such a winning design, I made another longer pair. I think I should make some more and put them up in my store.

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  2. Great story Kashmira. Isn't is strange how we meet people thru the internet and become great friends without ever having met. I love both pairs of earrings. I think Michelle's earring rock as do yours. I was lucky enough to win a pair from her blog and I love them. Keep the inspiration going!

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    1. Thanks Linda :) Yes, the internet is amazing that way!

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  3. Michelle's earrings look beautiful on you! The earrings that you made for earring are so pretty, too. And it's so nice to see a picture of her wearing them. Two beautiful women and two beautiful pairs of earrings (three if you count the silver pair!).

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    1. Yeah, it seems we both got exactly what we needed/wanted!

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  4. Yay!!!! I love all 3 pairs. I am so glad you're unblocked and that your thumb has healed. Take care of those hands - our tools!

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    1. Janet, oh yes, I am! I got ring splints for both my thumbs and my friends bought me a whole set of Tronex pliers as a bday gift :)

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  5. What a nice story! And the earrings are beautiful! I'm more orange girl, but I like both of them very much!!!

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  6. How fun to exchange earrings! and you both ended up with such wonderful ones!

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  7. Fabulous swap! Now I'm off to check out the link...

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  8. Oh Kasha, what a great post! Thank you so much for my pretty earrings you made and for your friendship and endless encouragement and support - it truly means the world to me! So, you like those little silver ones, eh?! LOL!! ;-)

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    1. As to me, Shel :) Am glad you're my friend!

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  11. Lovely earrings, both of you
    Neena
    www.capriliciousjewellery.com

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