Thursday, September 17, 2009

Bracelet Making

I've been wanting to make some bracelets for a while, but I just haven't gotten around to it.

So I made a point to make some matched charms, with words and pretty images in them, to make a bracelet. And made up the bracelet last weekend. I wasn't sure how I was going to attach the charms to each other.

The words that came together were "OLD" and "NEW" and "BABY BLUE" - sort of like a jump rope rhyme that kids play.

It sounds like the old saying for brides to have luck. You know, "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" -- so I decided to put a glass faceted blue bead on the toggle clasp. For something blue.

It's tricky getting the jump rings lined up and attached. It's lightweight and pretty, fun to wear.

Imagine giving it to a bride or, better yet, letting her borrow it! Then the whole saying would be complete!

I noticed something interesting this week. The difference between how I got up to start the day last week and how I'm doing it this week.

Last week I was on vacation from the day job (thank goodness it's there, by the way!) and this week back in that routine.

I got up at the same time both weeks, between 5:30 am and 6:00 am. Last week, though, I bounded out, threw on some "don't care if these get dirty" clothes and went down to the studio. This week - I lingered and didn't move quite so quickly.

Not sure if this is a fruitful line of thought or not, but I spent a few minutes thinking about the hours of the day. From midnight to 6:00 a.m. - asleep. From 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. - commuting, working. That leaves the hours between 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for leisure, play and creativity before the hours of 10:00 p.m. to midnight for sleep.

Just four hours out of the twenty-four doesn't seem like enough. I have to think of a way to increase that time somehow.

Any ideas? What do you do during the day to "sneak" in some "me-time"?


mairedodd said...

it looks great! i can see you getting custom 'word' orders with this idea...

SummersStudio said...

My very first thought, even before I read anything, was the traditional brides 'charm' of something old....Good work, Lynn. I think bracelets are especially hard to do.

Katie said...

Love the bracelet! And, I completely understand your dilemma of how to get "me" time into the schedule. I get up at 6 for work and am not home till somewhere between 5 and 6...That leaves me that same window of time to get anything done. I guess that's why our house is never quite as nice looking as I would prefer - my husband and I would rather spend our evenings getting some "me" time in...If you find the answer, be sure to share :o)

TesoriTrovati said...

You do all this fabulous-ness in four hours?!? I totally feel for you. My own creative profession is my 9p-midnight job. I wish desperately for more time to create all the things in my head and on my heart, but I just can't. This quote from a Christine Kane song(who writes a wonderful blog) I saw at my local coffee shop this week. Seems like it was meant just for me and it speaks volumes..."Some choices hold you down. Some chances set you free." I am mired in my choices and it ain't pretty. I am going to keep your quest in my thoughts and prayers...because if one of us can make a change or be presented with a chance to be set free, there can be hope for us all!
Thank you for sharing your beautty with the world, Lynn!
Enjoy the day!