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Another Golem Piece

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I think I'm in a creative slump right now. I haven't really liked anything I've done recently. I wanted the two sparrows to be really good. Sometimes I think I just can't make jewelry anymore. Maybe this a phase that will pass.


Golem pendant, periwinkle African glass, Swarovski orange drops, gold toggle and waxed linen

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  1. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Hey Sweetjane. I assure you at least one other person has that feeling all the time – me. Especially when we feel we are having a creative slump, but it’s not true. There’s something about our brains that wants to tell us things that simply aren’t true, and not just about our jewelry making skill. It’s that inner voice and we have to talk back whenever it rears it’s ugly head. The voice usually shuts up for me when I get totally into that creative dream state, but that doesn’t always happen. Don’t listen to it. It doesn’t speak the truth. I love this necklace, and look how happy those little birdies are. I was watching my hummingbirds today and it made me feel good, just like this necklace does now. It’s getting cooler and more of them are coming around now plus some hungry bees. They don’t even seem to worry about me when I am near them and sometimes hover and look right at me for a minute. So when my inner voice tells me I’m no good, as it frequently does, I say well the animals seem to know who and what I am, so it’s ok. I really love seeing all that you do and who you are.

  2. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    Thanks K….I appreciate your input. Your right. I struggle sometimes with the negative…old tapes..running through my brain. I’m much better than I used to be. Maybe my designs haven’t been as good….so what. It doesn’t mean I can’t make good pieces still. As a matter of fact…I made a bracelet tonight I think is better. And I have an idea for a necklace that I will make tomorrow.

  3. Jogi
    Jogi says:

    Jane, I love the pendant and I love how you take elements from everywhere, literally, to put together something and make it look sweet! I mean, really, swarovski and African beads and Golem and Irish waxed linen? You do it so sweetly. I also like the blue of the thread peaking out. It is hard to put pendants onto a necklace and you do a wonderful job! I love your happy birds hanging on your sweet necklace. Back to that inspiration thing, you inspire me with all of your pieces. Go back outside and view the beautiful mountains around you and remember where your hope and strength and peace and gifts comes from. You got it gurl!

  4. Kimberlywilliams60
    Kimberlywilliams60 says:

    Oh Jane this is so joyous and sweet !! I love this necklace and I think you are an amazing designer….Your pieces always convey happiness ….you mix items in a way that showcases each and every element in the piece ….you have truly inspired me to appreciate every aspect of a piece ….every individual bead ….It’s almost like you find a way for each individual piece of your design to have its moment to shine …. as for the creative slump I was in one most of last year and it’s sad because I could have been using the down time of the pandemic to be creative but to be honest I didn’t have the motivation to even walk into my craft space ….for a time I even wondered if I should just sell off everything that’s how unmotivated I was but just Like K says I had to get out of my own head …sometimes we forget to be kind to our own self …Jane you truly have not lost your creative magic

  5. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Beautiful sweetjane. I love the way the orange drops mimic the flowers.
    I try not to venture into my head.

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    thegreenzebra says:

    Sweetjane, this is SO cute! and sure to brighten anyone’s day. I’m sorry for what you are going through, you are still doing a great job here and we are all loving your pieces. Yes, what ever you are feeling, this will pass – inspiration sometimes shows up when least expected – so, not to worry (as my mother would say!) :D

  7. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    I thank you all so much for your supportive comments!! I honestly don’t know what I could have done better…and maybe it’s o.k.. I know not every piece is going to be that spectacular. I think acceptance is the key here. I know what I may not like that well…someone else may love.

  8. Robin nursechick
    Robin nursechick says:

    Jane, your necklace is beautiful- as all your pieces are. You have a gift and I’ve been so inspired by your talent. To name a few: you’ve taught me to think outside the box- which for me is very hard to do. Your use of colors and shapes- stands alone – it’s uniquely you. I’ve learned from you that layering pieces is a good thing! I think you’re in a slump. We all go through that- I think that’s why I try so many different things, and when that doesn’t make me feel better, I quilt or garden or crochet . I bet everyone on this blog has more than one thing they do. Beading though is at the top! When you’ve pondered all our comments., order some pasta at Olive Garden, go pick it up and enjoy it with a nice glass of wine!:)

  9. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Jane, this is a wonderful piece that definitely spreads joy & smiles. Many of your pieces are a bit more complex, and maybe that’s why you feel odd about this one. But be assured, this is a great necklace! I would never have thought to use the bicones like this, but it is a fantastic effect that readily stands out because of the simplicity of the rest. They look like flowers hanging on a vine to me. Immediately you can see the connection between them and the focal–which in turn makes the focal stand out in the design. As far as slumps, we all face them, we get through them, and we get back into the groove. I like what Robin said–trying different things (for me possibly a different beading style) allows us to get away from the block, refocus, and return with a renewed zeal. I love that we can share our ups & downs and find great support from each other. Your work inspires us all!

  10. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    sweetjane, Your style is so distinctive, it is always cheerful and bright and this necklace fits right in. I really admire the way you play with unusual color combinations, unique styles of beads and focals that mix and match all of the components you have used. If you are uncertain about this necklace… Put it is the closet for a week.
    Creative slump? I know what you mean. I think we all know what you mean. I’ve had more of them than I can count but that may be because of my age. I’ve been around for a loooong time. One of my solutions for a slump is to just get away from everything, go out and work in my flowers (and curse the rabbits who want to snack on the leaves and stems.) If that doesn’t work I can always get lost in a good book or my favorite thing, “Creative Loafing.”

  11. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    Oh my dear friend. Always remember that we all have different likes and dislikes. I started collecting your jewelry because it was “all” so different and different from each other. I see this one on a white t-shirt in the summer especially with the sun brightening up all the beads to something spectacular. I have to ditto so many of the comments here. But you know how much your jewelry is loved. I like the idea of the comment about putting a piece away and give it a few days or even more. Read a book or whatever. Sometimes that’s all it takes.

  12. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    You all are the best !! I think I’m always afraid of not being able to make jewelry anymore. What would I do? I do paint sometimes. The older I get…the more that fear creeps in . My birthday is next month…I will be 69!! I’m going to keep trucking and make jewelry as long as I can !

  13. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    You have made so many creative pieces during this Covid crisis even last week. This necklace is a “simple elegant necklace! Sometimes I think creative people have a need for a “vacation” from their creativity. I know that I have had a hard time even to try making something.

  14. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Sweetjane, I will be 70 in March. I may be the oldest one here, although I don’t know that for sure. It’s normal to worry about what our abilities will be in the future, but if we dwell on the worst possibility we will not have any happiness now. I remember years ago my aunt had to go into a long term care hospital. There was a man there who made things from pieces of wood and still did his work from his hospital bed. I worry that I won’t be able to take care of myself someday, as I am alone and not even close to rich, and I would never want to leave my Noodle Soup. So I simply refuse to do it! Right now I have such a messed up arm. Probably a rotator cuff injury. I just have to rest more, wear this compression garment I bought, and let the house go to heck for a little while. As Robin said, most of us probably have other things we do as well. I was just thinking I should get back into crochet again. Shall I name the unspoken truth? We are all very worried about the future and probably dealing with it in different ways. I’m trying to prepare a little given my limited means. I’m waiting for a food dehydrator today and will be trying that. Should be interesting and hopefully helpful. You can make jewelry as long as you want to. You will find a way.

  15. sweetjane
    sweetjane says:

    K….sorry to hear about your rotator cuff injury. I have had a time with my left shoulder…1st rotator cuff surgery shoulder replacement 3rd…three years after that and two surgeries three years ago…I am left with basically no shoulder . I can barely lift my left arm. So…go ahead and have the surgery…it helped me at first. My outcome was unusual.

  16. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Surgery isn’t really an option for me but I’m not too worried about it. I’m very much about self care, although I suppose there are extreme cases where modern medicine is needed. I’m pretty pain tolerant and this garment is making a big difference in the pain. It will heal but I do have to learn that I am not superwoman. It’s not the first injury I have had. Pulled my intercostal muscles and that took a long time to get better. Once I smashed my wrist and did have surgery. I was told in a year or two I would have severe arthritis in the wrist. 21 years later and I don’t. I didn’t even do more than a couple of physical therapy sessions, AND I went to work every day through the ordeal. Driving with one hand and going to work with no bra as I couldn’t get it on. Ha. My mother used to say I was the most stubborn person she ever knew. Is that so wrong, LOL? I’m sorry you have had such a lot of problems. Maybe one of these compression garments would help. I got it on Amazon. It has 2 sleeves and a back. It’s short and fastens under the breast like a bustier. I think it could help you move more easily. Don’t be as stubborn as me, LOL, but be stubborn because it really helps you handle the challenges of life.

  17. Granny Nancy
    Granny Nancy says:

    K I may be the oldest as I’m 81 and will be 82 in a few weeks. I’m not able to create and make pieces any more other than to put a pendant on a chain. I have so many health issues that slowed me down several years ago and finally gave up and decided to give beads away. I’d love to try making something again after I get thru my present health issues. Having surgery this Friday and then have my lungs looked at – there are multiple nodes in each lung. So I’m trying to get rid of much stuff like paperwork and books, etc. along with beads. But if I’m still around in a year or so. I might try making something again.

  18. K Ralston
    K Ralston says:

    Nancy. I’m so sorry you are having these problems. I hope your surgery will allow you to do more. I do understand. Before I retired my health was getting so bad I would routinely get pneumonia twice a year. I had bowls of beads and books everywhere, and because of my asthma and constant illness I got rid of everything. It does collect dust and it does take work to manage it all. But our health can improve and things can change so that is my hope for you. And I’m glad you are here among everyone even if you are not creating right now. I decided to retire from a job that was killing me and take far less money than I wanted, so I am definitely poor, but I was able to get better, and maybe you can too. I mentioned in my poem that things must change and I must take care of myself again, because I have not been dedicated to my health since the pandemic, and it shows. There are no guarantees in life but I know for sure from experience that diet is huge in keeping our health. Do all you can. Maybe, if you like, check out Dr Joel Fuhrman. There’s probably some of his stuff on YouTube.

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