I used to be the kind of person who needed the approval of others to validate what I do. If I made food, I didn't really know if it was good unless someone told me it was. If I hung up some pictures in a way I liked, it didn't look good until someone told me it did. This went for most things.
As I've grown up, I've moved away from the need for that validation. If I make a necklace I like, I'm going to wear it all over the place whether people like it or not. Same goes for food, decor, and projects at work. I do it my way if that way is the way I like.
However, every now and then, validation comes along when you lease expect it. I have an account on Twitter which allows me to keep up with shops I love on Etsy, friends that were left behind in Texas when I moved north, blog writers I follow and just crafting in general. Today the Twitter account that Etsy manages Twittered (what you call a post on Twitter) about my Desert Breeze necklace. YES - they noticed my sweet, little necklace. And now, hopefully, so will their followers.
No, I did not need the validation that my little necklace is nice from Etsy admin, but it sure does feel warm and fuzzy that I got it anyways. Proof of the post is seen below - you can't click on the link, but I assure you, it linked to my necklace.
Okay - enough excitement.
I sat down at my crafting table last night to make some new earrings for the Walton Arts Center Holiday Bazaar. I started out just remaking some of the more popular earrings but freshening up the look with some new beads. I also made some new designs that I hope do well. All are out of antiqued brass findings since that seems to be my favorite look right now, but that also seems to be my customers favorite look right now.
Sitting at my table has me looking forward to the many days off I'll have around Christmas. I have some new ideas in my head for jewelry designs and I'm dying to have enough time to sit and do them. I want to beef my bracelets up, use more silver, more gemstones, and more vintage beads. I think there is a market for pricier bracelets and I want to test it out. Don't worry, I'll still be making the ones I have now, but new items are good... right? WAIT, that is asking for validation.
I don't do that.
Happy Thursday fellow bloggers.