by Designer Lori Esterly

Posts tagged ‘Bracelet’

Wordless Wednesday

Pink Gold Hearts & Goldstone Necklace with Matching Earrings on a Pink Gold Chain

4mm Goldstone Hearts & Pink Gold with Heart Toggle Closure

4mm Goldstone Hearts & Pink Gold with Heart Toggle Closure

Getting Unstuck

Hi Everyone,

Well I know I have talked a lot lately about being stuck.  So, I decided to tell you about getting unstuck too.

I have had a lot of good suggestions come my way from push through, to take a break.  I have to admit that I tried almost all of your suggestions.  But there were a couple that really helped me and that is what I want to tell you about.

First, I saw a really great video interview on being stuck with Jenn Lee (author of RBBP) and Right-Brain Business Plan® licensed facilitator Amy Egenberger: (Making way for creative action, Amy Egenberger, MEd., CPCC is an educator, life coach, artist and founder of Spirit Out! Coaching.).  They gave some really great ideas but it was in listening to this conversation that I realized that the reason I was stuck was because I just finished a big project and was exhausted as well as needing to reframe and set a new goal.

I felt like I was floundering a bit and kind of lost my way.  It really helped me to hear that this was normal and all I really needed was some (a lot of) rest and to pause, reframe and catch my breath after completing the opening of my etsy shop.  That really helped me let myself off the hook for slowing down.  I needed to slow down and get the rest.

Second, I did not recognize that I had fear in stepping into my new website.  Fear can make me feel stuck, but in making one little change, like breathing, I found help.  One little step forward can loosen things up and as I was feeling stuck it helped me to do something different, like actually creating some jewelry.  It was just a simple bracelet and earring set but it really helped me to breath and relax.  Guess What?  It was really fun too!

Custom Patriotic Red, White & Blue Bracelet & Earring Set

I needed to acknowledge that this is a normal pause in the cycle of creativity.  I didn’t even know that there was a cycle of creativity, let alone what that cycle looks like.  Now that I have calmed down (pretty much) I need to ask myself,  “What do I need now?”.  (Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out.)

I Need to Create More!  It is THE part of my business I really  love and I felt  blocked by this “stuckness”. Breathing is helping me to restore the flow of my creativity.  Now I want to create again and I’m excited to work on an idea I’ve been toying with, instead of making it feeling like drudgery.

Finally, having really great, supportive friends and family helps the most.  They are the ones that I am able to bounce my ideas off and they tell me honestly when they stink.  More than that they have been the ones who have told me to take a break, slow down, and give it some time.  Guess what?  You all were right!  Rest, refocusing, changing gears, doing something different and giving my brain a well deserved break was just what I needed (& still need).

Thank you all.  I really needed your wise advise.

Next…I’m going to CREATE!  How great is that?  I want to throw myself into my creative work and prepare for some jewelry shows.

Have A Super Great Weekend!

~Lori

Wordless Wednesday

Patriotic Red, White & Blue Crystal (not swarovski) Earrings

Patriotic Red, White & Blue Crystal (not swarovski) Bracelet

What A Whirlwind…

Hello Everyone,

What a whirlwind this week has been.  Opening the shop, trying to keep adding more items, and the 4th of July plus a heat wave in the North East that promises to keep going at least through the weekend.  I have had it!  The heat is bad enough but I have a very hard time with the humidity.  I can’t wait for this to break.  Thank God for AC!

So what do you do when your brain has had it and you still have work to do?  I have miles to go before I sleep.  This week is a long week because of the holiday taking time out of the middle and having more work to stuff into less time.

So here are some of the things I have worked on…

Custom Sterling Silver & Aquamarine Crystal

Custom Stardust Sterling Silver & Aquamarine Crystal Earrings

Custom Glass Pearls, Glass Seed Beads & Ribbon Tri-Strand

Custom Glass Pearls & Seed Bead Earrings

…and I still have to post these on Etsy.  Miles to go before I sleep…

Have a Cool Weekend,

~ Lori

Announcing My ETSY !!!

Hello Everyone!

It’s finally happening!  My Etsy is opening for business!  I am so excited!  You can see a sneak preview today!  at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ajewelrymasterpiece  I will be officially open for business Monday July 2nd.  It has been a challenging 4 months to get here but it has all been worth it!  Come take a look and give me your feedback.  I plan on continuing to update and improve it often and appreciate your input.

There aren’t many items listed yet but check back often as I will be adding more pieces everyday or two.  Please know that not all the bugs are worked out yet, so if you have any problems, email me and let me know.  I want to make sure things are running smoothly.

I am so excited that things are finally coming together.  Come celebrate with me!  Here are a  couple of sneak peeks.

Custom Multi-Colored Bicone Swarovski Crystal Memory Bracelet

Ceramic & Tri-tone Glass Necklace, Bracelet & Earring Set

Custom Multi-Colored Swarovski Crystal Bracelet with Butterflies

Have A Great Weekend!  Come Check It Out!  http://www.etsy.com/shop/ajewelrymasterpiece

~ Lori

A New Friend of Mine…Chris VanCleave

Hello Everyone,

A new Friend of mine Chris VanCleave, fellow WordPress Blogger, just let me know that June is National Rose Month. http://redneckrosarian.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/june-is-national-rose-month/  It just so happens that Keith and I went to a local rose garden and took some pictures.  They were beautiful, all different colors and varieties, peach, yellow, pink and even white, I think.  Some were just bushes and some were on trellises but they all were just beautiful and in full bloom.

I am not a rose person, I mean I love roses, they are beautiful, but I’m not allowed to play in the dirt.  So I can’t plant and grow them.  Where I live is not conducive to planting anyway, so I just enjoy them when I go to the rose gardens.  But Chris is a rose lover.  You all should check out his site and see some of his beautiful roses that he and his wife grow together.  He has over 65 varieties in his garden.  That’s just amazing to me.  Kudos to Chris!

This is my little slice of Rose month.  My son, Keith among the flowers.  Have a great week, everyone!

~ Lori

June is national rose month. Keith in the rose garden a Cedar Beech.

June is national rose month. Keith in the rose garden at Cedar Beech.

Wordless Wednesday

An Old Favorite – Red Pearls, Antique Sterling & Black Glass

An Old Favorite – Red Pearls, Antique Sterling & Black Glass

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