Though it might not seem like I've been silent over the last month because my blog is still humming along. I've been steadily moving away from social networking. In October, I noticed that all my ideas were becoming jumbled in my head. Projects I've been meaning to do weren't getting done, and I was over caffeinated on socializing.
Taking a step back from Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, and Flickr over the last two weeks showed me how I use my energy. One of the hardest things about starting an art project or jewelry design is narrowing down the ideas -- editing. I don't know if you have this problem, but I get super excited about so many things that it's hard for me to filter and contain my creative impulse into one cohesive message. I see something neat, and I want to add it into the mix. Can being over inspired actually lead to be uninspiring?
Looking at my friend Catherine's work from Shadow Dog Designs, I definitely feel like she understands how to find the balance between inspiration and making something beautiful. In this necklace called Wild Horse Canyon, she made the perfect marriage of brown opal rondelles from Magpie Gemstones and Hint Jewelry's Wind Horse pendant. She lets the beauty of the brown opal gemstones speak for themselves, telling the story of delicately sculptured sandstone walls found in Utah's Little Wild Horse Canyon. I imagine that Wind Horse would love to roam free it this slot canyon!
Keeping it simple can be hard for me, but I have a lot of people helping me return again and again to this way of being. Sometimes it's a client who is inspired by my work and creates a personalized charm necklace like Kata's Story, sometimes it's people like Catherine from Shadow Dog Designs who help me see the essentials, and then of course I usually get a reality check from my husband when I start spinning off too many ideas that don't seem connect :)
Our culture admires things that make a big statement and are completely unique; however, pushing seems to have the affect where people begin looking for more balance and wholeness. Letting simplicity be the focus can feel like a let down, but I'm wanting to embrace it as my true way.
Thanks to the many friends and family who have supported my simplicity and help affirm this essential truth!