30 Day J.Crew Challenge: Fun on a Cool Autumn Day

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I have been enjoying blogger Abby Hathorn’s mission this month of creating 30 days of outfits using a few key pieces. I am honored today to have some of my jewelry featured, along with BluKatDesign and Sparkle Cat Studio. I love how she mixed and created new looks out of just a few switches and encourage you to look at all of the looks for month!

A Month’s Worth of Items: What I Learned

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Here are all of the challenge pieces I made for the month of July, minus a couple that sold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So I was pretty pleased that I was able to make one or more items each day in July. This didn’t include orders made for customers; it was simply to provide a creative boost and to ramp up my shop for the busy selling season that will be here before too long.

I learned a few things about myself and about being creative in general by doing this.

It is not that hard to be creative when there is a deadline; others may disagree, but with a public promise made, I really did make something. It didn’t have to be mind blowing, or totally new, just make something, darnit!

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I made 4 resin pendants on July 30th. I have missed playing around in this medium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t set any limits on myself, such as the piece had to be finished and ready to list, I just wanted to create a component, a whole item, it didn’t matter. It also didn’t matter if I had made one of those before; see lesson one, just make something darnit!

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This bracelet was made with the feeling I had at that time; elation and a bit of pride that I made it through the challenge! It was the last day and I had no time to work at all, but did it anyway 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also learned that I work well under pressure, in this case, anyway. The just make something, darnit, really applied here. There was no question that I would do this, just what will I make. Many times I had laid all the components out for a project in my mind and ended up scrapping it. It was too late in the evening to hammer a few times, I couldn’t come up with the final project with my existing items, etc. There weren’t any mistakes in this; its just part of the creative process. Here is a bracelet made due to hammering curfew restrictions. I wanted to use one of these wood bangle blanks for some time. I am not sure what I bought them for either!

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I hope to get the items I made finished into a real piece or listed soon. Most are in a shoebox waiting to be finished/photographed. It was a fun thing to do and I will try to challenge myself again soon. I just purchased items to try torch enameling and know that will be a lot of fun- woo hoo! 

A challenging challenge

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I am still making items each day with my self-imposed creativity challenge; the last week has been super-difficult though. I have had an upswing in the amount of orders, which is wonderful, of course, and my hubby and I have been taking care of 4 kiddos ages 10 and under. Needless to say, I am excessively busy, but told myself I had no excuse 😉

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I had fun making ear cuffs on two consecutive nights- copper on the 23rd and sterling silver on the 24th.

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I etched these plates/pendants on the 25th- I am figuring the heart piece can be made into a bracelet; who knows what I will do with the owl?

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This leather necklace was fun- I made it on the 22nd.

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I finished these rings moments ago; I started work very late as usual and didn’t want to break my hammering curfew 🙂

Just a few more days of July are left; I am glad I pushed myself a bit and had fun digging through my hoard of supplies too!

Not giving up!

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July is flying by and I am really getting into the habit of trying new things. I wasn’t sure what would happen, truthfully, and I am glad that I haven’t wimped out and have made one if not more new pieces each day this month!

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I soldered these earrings on Tuesday and had fun making this ring on Monday.

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Wednesday brought these ear wires: I made some soldered discs to hang from them, but I don’t like them. I will head back to the drawing board tomorrow.

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Today I had fun with a necklace- I haven’t done too many in leather. I see more in my future!

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More and more challenge pieces

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I finally found a bit of time to make something I have wanted to for a really long while- yesterday I made two challenge pieces; soldered earrings! I am not certain why I had not made some. I solder the tie tacks all the time!

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I did these in sterling silver with sterling posts and ear nuts- one set is just hammered and oxidized and the other is stamped with x and o!

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I made this bracelet yesterday too- it was to show another example of the leather bracelet I am giving away on my Facebook page

I am off to the workbench to create my piece for today- I know it will be a quickie as I hope to watch a movie with my hubby in a bit!

Still plugging away!

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I have been able to make an item, sometimes more, each day this month! It has been difficult some days and exciting on others… Many times I am restricted by the “hammering curfew” in my house, which will make me change direction 🙂

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I think the best thing I have noted with this is that I am having fun with some materials I had purchased and not gotten around to playing with yet. I have so many things to experiment with- if only I didn’t need to sleep!

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