I don't know if this is true of other creative people, but I find that when the weather is too warm, I just don't feel much passion for jewelry making or anything else. Once the temps go down, I start reviving. I guess that's why I love the spring and fall months best.
Winter is cold enough and invigorating in its way, but the days are short, so I miss the sunshine. My way of dealing with that is to work under lamps with natural light. It really does help.
Lately I've been packing, organizing, and generally making myself ready for a month-long trip I'll be taking at the end of this month. I'll be teaching the last week of August in Midland, Michigan for the Bead Weasel. I believe there are still some openings in some of the classes; to see what I'm teaching, click here. Just scroll down the page of my workshop schedule, and pretty soon you'll see my Michigan classes.
On Sept. 1, I depart for a three-week trip to Provence, where I'm teaching for a private group. I hope to be able to blog about that experience with some beautiful pictures, so stay tuned. It will be magical, I know that—in the south of France, how can it be otherwise?
Meanwhile, I'm trying to be creative. Over the last two days I have made two new bracelets; one of them is pictured above. I enjoyed making it, simple as the design may be, because everything is handmade. The focal bead is a purchased Thai silver moth—handmade, but not by me—the headpins and the little Bali silver beads are also handmade, and I did all the wirework and made heavy-gauge sterling silver jump rings embellished with fine-gauge wire. I also made the toggle clasp.
Sometimes it's best to keep it simple. Especially when you're too hot for anything else!