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Some days, I'm bursting with ideas and other days it's like I'm just fussing in my studio. Today, I fussed hard. Since I'm trying to be more open about the making process, there are many days like this in the studio and I've decided to not let them bother me anymore.

Here's the thing, I'm not like most makers. I use a lot of different techniques, I design on the spot, or a little bit every day, but I rarely repeat the work unless I've been commissioned. Even when a maker is doing one-of-a-kind work, they usually stick to a few techniques or to a color scheme or to a theme and that's what distinguishes them. I'm interested in so many different things which is why I wanted to do A Year of Earrings.


I wanted to focus on one thing even if that one thing is still covering a lot of different techniques and methods.


I had some new ideas today though. I thought about how already in just a few weeks, I want to be more inclusive. The type of inclusivity I'm talking is personal preference. Things like do you prefer silver or bronze? Hook or post? Do you have sensitive ears? Are you into statement or medium-sized? What about studs? I spoke about this right from the start, but it was because I as a designer/maker wanted to experiment with all these earring varieties but now I'm really interested in how something could work for you.


There's a shift that's happening where I want to bring you into my world, but I also want to offer you the highest quality. Today I was fussing because I just couldn't come up with an idea that would work for you. I want to offer these earrings but I want to make sure that each pair is done well, that it suits more of my followers, and that you get to find something special for yourself.


My art is for you at the end of the day, not for me. I've been wanting to get to this feeling but today was actually the day I felt it. I felt it in my bones. I just can't offer you subpar work. It's not fair to you.


Maybe today I didn't achieve all these incredible earrings, but I did finally arrive to this feeling and that's a victory in my book.


Wishing you a wonderful evening and thanks so much for reading.

Stay well,

Caitlin


Today I worked on hoops and I'm so excited to be able to offer these in the upcoming earring drop.


I have always wanted to make hoops, just something really simple and everyday and today was the day. I made three sizes and all sizes will be available in both bronze and silver. I love a good hoop because they're such an easy grab-and-go piece and they can dress up any outfit. I only made one of each size and metal type because I want to see if they are in demand before I start making more. They all turned out very lightweight and comfortable, a major plus.


I'm also thinking of curating my website a bit more. I had an idea of selecting the work that would go best with that month's earrings that way it could make your shopping experience easy and you'll know what to pair the earrings with if you choose to select another item from my shop. One month, you'll be able to shop the new earrings plus curated items from previous years, and another month you'll have a totally new curation.


I want to spice things up a bit, give my website a shopping experience makeover and highlight the works that I think would look best together. I know nobody else is doing this on the web (at least not from what I've seen), but I think that's a part of the fun. I know I'm not the only one who sells exclusively online, so why not make it fun and bring you the best selection du jour.


I'd love to hear your thoughts, have a wonderful evening.

Stay well,

Caitlin


Today was another good day.


I woke up and decided to add a 10-minute meditation routine to my morning, and one of the questions that came up was, "how do you want your day to end? What do you want to feel at the end of the day?"


It caught me by surprise because I plan months in advance for things but I rarely focus on the actual day-to-day. I sat and thought for a moment in the meditation and told myself I wanted to feel satisfied, no matter what challenge came my way.


And today was actually very challenging.


I finished a pair of earrings that combine both beadwork and metalwork, and throughout the day I had to take things apart, try another way, put it back together. It was mostly due to the weight of the earring, combining both 'genres' of metal and beads proved to be a bigger challenge than I had anticipated, but I really enjoyed it.


I've finished the earrings and I feel like I learned so much in the process. I have a lot to think about especially since now I want to incorporate more beadwork into my pieces. With earrings, you just have to be careful and there will eventually be a set of rules and guidelines that I'll have to come up with as I begin experimenting more and more.


But I am satisfied. I have wanted to do this for years and I finally broke through some barriers. It looks like from now on, I'll have to implement guided meditations into my morning routine.


Wishing you a wonderful evening, and thanks so much for reading.

Stay well,

Caitlin