This year has just flown by!!
Checking in here on the last day of the year to say that I hope all are keeping warm. While I sit at my desk with the heater pointed at my feet I am reminiscing about all that happened this year. I started out wanting to spend more time being creative and I can honestly say that it has been a great year for this process.
Looking back over the progress from the pictures that I had taken at the beginning of this adventure in wire it has improved leaps and bounds. I am still working on the designs of my alphabet letters and will be releasing more tutorials in 2018. We are moving the main workshop into town so I will have a dedicated space to take the pictures and document the correct way to create the alphabet. I will also be working on other tutorials including the requested tutorial for my custom cross and my award winning Tree Of Life. I know that some are asking themselves why would I purchase a tutorial when I can figure out how to make it myself. Well the answer to that question is that when you purchase the tutorial for the design it then gives you the right to reproduce the said design and sell them. It is just the ethical thing to do when reproducing someone else's design.
I am looking forward to this journey that I have undertaken and I hope that the path you are following is just as enjoyable!!
Here's to a Blessed and Healthy new year ahead!
Well, here's to August.
Daune here! July 2017 was a learning month. I learned a few things about publishing a website. I am still learning about the ins and outs of what it takes to get this going and I have barely scratched the surface.
I remember how excited I was when I signed in and saw that I had my very first sale on my first published tutorial. In the days to follow it was such a great feeling seeing that others were interested in learning what I had created. I understand that while writing the tutorial that it could have been written in fewer steps. But I wanted to make sure that no matter what the knowledge level of the person making the letter S had, that they would not have to guess as to what I intended. I hope these extra steps that have taken a great deal of time were worth the effort so that anyone at any level can complete the project. I hope that the Alphabet Tutorials will be around for a long time. I truly hope that this undertaking is something that can made a difference in someone else's life, in a positive aspect.
I was thinking about the show "A Craftsman's Legacy" on PBS. The show's tagline says, "Eric Gorges travels across the United States to gain insight into craftsmanship in the 21st century. Focusing on the history of a traditional craft and its importance in the U.S. Today. Episodes include interviews with master craftsmen and women, who explain why they chose their craft."
I just love watching and listening to what the artist/craftsmen and women have to share. I truly enjoy their insight as to why they chose what they are giving their life's effort toward. The host always ask the person in each episode if they consider themselves an artisan or a craftsman/woman... and I really appreciate their responses. If I were asked this question my answer would be, both. I enjoy working on the same thing over and over as well as loving the challenge of creating something completely new.
Some people draw things out, putting plans down on paper for their thought process but my mind works in a different way. I do it all in my head. I have had several custom orders where I was given a specific stone and asked to come up with something that would work for a specific occasion. I picture it in my mind and then go to work. I let the stone and the wire let me know how they want to come together and somehow, it just works. I am hoping to be here long enough to complete the alphabet as well as many more items that can be taught and passed down so that I will have something remain after I am gone and that it is a good thing. Thank you for your time.
Here's to happy creating!!
This has been quite the undertaking... building a website. A great deal of learning in the process, so please bear with me as I set out on this journey. I am so very grateful for my family and the pets for their patience with me in this process as well as Nicole Hanna for her guidance and encouragement. Her advice in her blog has given me a road map which truly made this possible. The love of a good husband and my mother who have been so supportive and giving wonderful feedback kept me striving to complete this part of my goal, to have a place to display and sell my jewelry. Now that this part is underway it is back to creating the tutorials for teaching my creations of the alphabet in wire... one letter at a time. Please join me in my travels.