I'm thrilled to be sharing my work on A Jewelry Accord blog!
Erin Siegel and Lorelei Eurto are co-authors of the upcoming Interweave Press book by the same name, so this blog is a little peek into the wide world of stringing materials...the cords, get it?! Leather, ribbon, cotton, cording, lace...you name it and they're into it. I've gotten to know these two ladies and their work over the last couple of years here in the world of jewelry blogging. Lorelei's a prolific creator and it's always amazing to see the fresh ideas she comes up with week after week. Erin's work is organic and gorgeous but, most importantly, she's a new mom and shares plenty of pictures of her baby girl, Nora.
Erin wrote to me a couple of weeks ago asking if I would consider being a "featured artist" and it made me realize just how much non-traditional stringing material I've been using. All that luscious suede cord that I picked up a while back at Hobby Lobby is so motivating! This collage of some of my most recent work featuring those yummy summer colors is part of the post today.
I pointed out in the Jewelry Accord interview that my life is sort of a strange balance of a military career and a creative lifestyle. I've been running into problems with that balance lately because I've been at the gym so much trying to pass my PT test that I haven't been at the bead table in ages...at least that's what it feels like. But, I'm thrilled to pass along (as I've told every person I know today) that I got my highest score on the test ever! At least in recent memory, that is. I had to go to some drastic measures trying to lose water weight and haven't eaten much in the last couple of days to get through the waist measurement, but it worked! Plus, I almost collapsed after my run because I wasn't paying enough attention to the lap counter and ended up sprinting an extra lap...it was painful at the time, but hilarious to hear my running partner tell the story. It has been a very stressful week since my career basically rests on my girth and that's hard to face...I'm more motivated than ever after my success to keep up the work and actually not have to make weight like a wrestler next time.
Anyway, off the waist measuring topic and back to jewelry...many thanks to Lorelei and Erin for inviting me to be a part of their blogging adventure and featuring my work today!!! In addition to their collaborative work, each has a wonderful blog you can check out... Erin Siegel Jewelry and Lorelei's Blog: Inside the Studio.