So the short story of January never happened. I've regretted it several times this week. I keep wondering if I should guilt myself into writing one and guilt myself into using the remainder of this shortest month of the year to try publishing it. Not gonna happen, I can already tell. I'm not even teetering toward taking it seriously this time around. I do still want to use March for a writing month and get back on track with that. I have been rereading my first project though...and I'm about halfway through...taking notes on it and everything. I stopped tracking what I'm doing with writing related activities though, which I also regret. I should do that tonight. I will. It's only February for crying out loud.
I have sort of started running more regularly (marginally). I have definitely started reading to my older daughter pretty regularly. We're almost done with the first Ramona book and I'm really enjoying the new tradition. I haven't done yoga once (or maybe I have...once?).
All in all...I'm feeling pretty good about the new year. I have an awesome thing regarding jewelry that will take up at least a paragraph.
---Intermission...the video to 'Take Me to Church' is probably the most depressing thing I've ever seen.---
So a friend I work with was wearing this bangle bracelet about a month ago that had a few cool little charms on it...looked really nice...made me instantly create my own version of it in my mind (this happens often...I have a jewelry shop, so I can't really help it). Then, over the past few weeks, I've spent almost every day building a whole new line of jewelry for my shop. I honestly just discovered about two days ago that there's already a popular line of bangles with charms (Alex and Ani...I confirmed that my friend's is also this version on Friday). I'm still going with my version though because I'm doing a few things differently. For one thing, I'm relaunching the My Life charms I spent so much time and energy on a couple of years ago. They're the stick figure charms I designed and drew and turned into stamps, which I then pressed into metal clay and fired in my kiln and polished up all from scratch:
I'm also going to use shaped metal pieces (from white copper) to create the clasp for the bangle...which is quite a bit different from the other line of bracelets. The reason for my clasp is so the charms can be interchangeable.
So far, I've spent several nights making every astrology sign, all the 'My Life' charms again, hours of research on ways to speed up the processing time (I got a rock tumbler and everything) and I've even revamped old listings for the new bangle line...now I'm just waiting on the stainless steel wire to make the actual bracelets so I can photograph them for the listings. I'm pretty ticked at both suppliers I've ordered it from...neither have shipped it yet and both have promised early shipment. Gr...I mean...if you're going to promise something to a customer on Etsy of all places, you fucking honor that promise.
Honestly though, the new bangle bracelets have me all tingly with that creative excitement. I feel really confident that this will do well...I just hope a whole bunch of strangers who come across them while they're shopping for mother's day presents agree. At least it's giving me a chance to try my luck at the My Life brand again. I plan to pay for some social media advertising and I hope the fact that I'm making everything with a more affordable material helps make them more accessible for people. I have a feeling people liked the silver ones (they got great feedback on Facebook) but the price was just too steep. These bracelets will start at $30 and will come with 2 charms...then each additional will be $5. This is all subject to change.
So that's my news for today. I'm excited. It's all I can think about.
(oh hey, if you're reading this and want to see more jewelry...click here: CarmellasJewelry)