What Should My Blog Be About?

After about a million forgone ideas for blog themes and topics, I’ve given the boot to all self-imposed pressure and have decided instead to write about the following topic on any given day:

Whatever-the-Hell-I-Want

Not necessarily because I believe I have important things to say (*wink*), but more so because if I don’t just start, I’ll be sitting here ruminating and rebounding from topic to topic in my head until I die.

So without further ado…

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See Through Fear

Look fear in the face; gaze through its blank stare; see beyond.

What are we afraid of? There are so many answers that come to mind for me; fears about others’ perceptions of me and my expression, be it creative, emotional, spur-of-the-moment or well thought through, perhaps over-analyzed.

I want to stare fear down, watch it cower, turn and walk away (in fear of me).

Egos swelling inside, approaching the brain, preparing to attack.

Face to face. What would you say?

Get the fuck out of here.

I’m in charge.

.raefoN

Creativity and Jewelry : Earring Hooks and Jump Rings

Experimentation is crucial in jewelry-making, and I’ve discovered most of what I know through trial and error. Recently I introduced some minor changes that have made a significant difference in the outcome of my work.

I began incorporating longer earring hooks and smaller jump rings to create a more elegant look for my feather and thread earrings. The long hooks add a classy, pretty element while keeping the benefits that the leverback hooks offer. The main benefit of leverback hooks is that they’ll keep all earrings secure in your ears- even the lightest pair. The long hooks provide the same benefit, as they extend further below the earlobe and stay in place.

Smaller jump rings have also improved the aesthetics of the jewelry. The smaller jump rings draw eyes away from the connective pieces, enhancing the beads and design elements. They also streamline the joints where the jump ring connects to the earring hook. The combination of the long elegant hooks and smaller jump rings have actually renewed my excitement for creating earrings. I love the way my creations look since I’ve replaced some of the standard lever back hooks and larger-gauge jump rings.

It’s the little things that make a difference in the outcome. Keep experimenting!

Going There

Look fear in the face. Gaze through its stare. See beyond.

What are we afraid of? Many answers come up for me. Fears about others’ perceptions of me and my expression, be it creative, emotional, spur-of-the-moment or well thought through, perhaps over-analyzed. The fear of being seen and un-seen.

I want to stare fear down, watch it cower, turn and run away (in fear of me).

Egos swelling inside, approaching the brain, preparing to attack.

Face to face. What would you say?

Get the fuck out of here.

I’m in charge.

.raefoN

 

Brain-Storm: A Brief History of Personal Writings

I didn’t realize that the phenomenon of writer’s block could last so long. Is it a result of lack of practice, or focused attention on other matters? Or, have I run out of ideas altogether? It’s a bit of a confusing place, Writing World is. Yet it wasn’t always that way.

Let’s see… It truly all began in 6th grade when I discovered the greatest thing I could have ever imagined: expressing myself and my thoughts on paper. I’d scribble away with my #2 for the entire allotted journaling period in Language Arts class. So much so that I requested a second journal to continue my detailed accounts of what happened at school that day, what was happening after school that day, and other such gossip prone to pre-teens in the 90s. The fire was lit, and burning.

I continued journaling diligently throughout middle and high school, using it as my number one outlet for expressing myself. I confided relentlessly, pouring my heart out onto the pages, and filling up several journals each year with my daily thoughts, pleading outcries, opinionated rants, deep feelings, and dark secrets.

As an English major in college, my writing improved over the semesters, from my introductory English course through my senior seminar where I composed papers that I felt pushed boundaries. But nowadays, I sometimes find that writing plain and simply doesn’t come as easily to me anymore. The difference? Practice, I suppose. Lack thereof?

Two years ago, I began to sift through the journals that I had completed over the years. I re-read pages of my previous self, a person filled with such strong emotion, heartache, naivety. I wanted to start fresh, to literally turn a new leaf and leave the images of my previous self behind for good. So I burned the books in a fire.

Did I also burn away a part of myself who lived and longed for written expression? Dramatic so it may be to think such a thing, I cannot help but wonder if the writer in me will someday rise from the ashes and reclaim herself.

Etsy’s Online Handmade Marketplace Grants Exciting Changes

As the people behind Etsy work hard to consistently update the site, they’ve announced some new changes that will improve the experience of buying and selling through this diverse venue. Etsy is a fantastic online resource for unique handmade goods, vintage items, and jewelry and crafting supplies. The community is comprised of buyers and sellers around the world. The Etsy marketplace serves individuals who would like to purchase unique, handmade items as well as support artists, small businesses, and creative entrepreneurs.

The Etsy team is implementing a few new features to improve the overall experience for the Etsy user, including tweaking search engine relevancy and effectiveness, differentiating a person(seller) from their brand(shop), simplifying the item listing process, and the most exciting change in my eyes: granting sellers the one-time opportunity to choose a new shop name. For sellers, this is a huge opportunity to take a look at our shops and products, and re-evaluate our entire mission.

Feedback and sales are important criteria for establishing credibility as a seller on Etsy. Like many other people, I chose a shop name on a whim and didn’t have a brand identity developed beyond the name that I chose. Now, I am being given the chance to develop a completely new brand and image on Etsy, while keeping my positive feedback and number of sales to date.

This is an exciting time for the Etsy community. I look forward to becoming a more active member of Etsy as I develop and implement ideas for a shop makeover, complete with a new shop name and feel. I’m ready to take this a step further, and I can’t wait to see what we can all come up with given this opportunity to reinvent ourselves through our online shops.