May 7, 2012

Being Committed to Developing Your Skills...

Developing your jewelry making skills is like anything else in life - it takes practice.  And the more you do it, the better you are at it.  I have been making jewelry for 20 years now - but it has been a hobby - something that I have bounced into time and time again.  I buy supplies, I play a little, make some jewelry for myself or some friends, and take a class every now and then.  I know I have the talent to make jewelry, but I have not fully applied myself to it... until now.
This year I decided to commit to making jewelry.  I made some goals, started some blogs, but most importantly,
I've been practicing regularly.  It is hard to devote time to it with a full time job, a husband, children, cats, etc. but I decided to approach it like school.  You have to complete the assignment or you fail.  I hate to fail at almost anything.  And so, I make the time.  Even in the most stressed week, I find time.  I plan projects during my kids baseball games or when I'm cuddled in bed.  I cut wire while dinner simmers or the laundry dries.  And even in the midst of the stress, it is satisfying.  The results have pleased me - the jewelry projects I have made, the response from my friends and jewelry peers, and the increased skill I feel.  It is very satisfying to feel the commitment pay off.
So, if you are looking to improve your jewelry, make a business of it, or learn a new technique - that's my suggestion.  Commit yourself to it.  You will see the improvement (and it doesn't take long)!

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree! It is really hard to fit in a hobby and get better at it. I've gotten much better at jewelry-making and tatting since I decided to focus on it! I still feel like it's not "good enough" but I'm not sure if I ever will. However I do feel like my design skill are getting better and I am getting better techniques under my belt!