So today, on the First Day of Spring, I want to share with you my Top Five Ways to shake off the winter doldrums and get your jewelry-making mojo back. Choose what works for you!
1. SORT THROUGH YOUR STASH. Every time that you bought something and added it to your stash, you had the beginning of an idea forming. Maybe if you hold that piece in your hand again, the inspiration will come flooding back. It was only when I began picking out jars and laying different colors next to each other that I finally felt something click.
2. CHECK OUT OTHER PEOPLE'S WORK. Read magazines, browse Pinterest, go to craft fairs or art galleries or local shops. Don't just look at jewelry that is exactly like yours; look at everything! One of my favorite pieces was inspired by a design on a cake, of all things, that I saw pictured on the blog Cake Wrecks. Look at fashion blogs or museum exhibits or go for a walk through the mall and see what's selling (or not selling!).
3. GO HANG OUT WITH OTHER CRAFTY TYPES. I'm lucky to have an awesome group of people around me who make jewelry. I know I can drop into a studio or send a Facebook message or wander across to a coworker's office to get a little advice or pep talk when I need it. If you don't know anyone in your geographic area who shares your interests, take a class, or find a Facebook group. They're amazing.
4. BE BRAVE AND SHARE YOUR WORK. Post it on Facebook or Instagram, enter it into a Design Challenge, show it to your friends and family. A little positive reinforcement or constructive criticism can really send your work to another level. And may just get your work in front of the eyes of a potential client!
5. MAKE SOMETHING. I don't care what. Just sit down at your workspace and WORK. Follow a pattern, experiment, just make something. Paraphrasing a piece of advice that Stephen King often gives aspiring writes: make it for yourself, don't worry about pleasing anyone else.
The biggest thing thing that really got me motivated again was to get into the studio and actually MAKE something. Working with a friend and using a brand-new Spring color palette kickstarted me creatively and got me interested in my own jewelry again. You may see the results here on this website in the near future!