Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Last Day of the Earring Challenge

If you follow my blog (what do you mean, you don't?!  Click on that 'follow' button right now, or you'll miss access to all my inane fascinating ramblings, and then where would you be?  Having a life, you say?  Oh, okay, then) you'll know that I set myself an April challenge to make a new pair of earrings for every working day of the month.

The Serpent and the Apple

One pair of earrings a day - shouldn't be too much of a trial, I thought.  Well, I was right and wrong at the same time.  There were days when I was so busy, I didn't know how I was going to fit in creating even something as quick (ha!) as a pair of earrings, and they were the days when the execution was less complex.

But I'm so glad I did.  An important part of my job is coming up with new (to me) ideas.  I'm not saying many of them haven't been done somewhere in some similar way before, but I don't look for other people's work to copy (you know how I feel about that!), so the ideas were fresh to me.  And that not only keeps me interested in my work, it also fires my imagination.

I made an effort to make more wirework earrings for the challenge, and that took me in a new direction.  I also finally gave some woven backdrop earrings a go - featuring the sheepsies, of course!

So am I glad I added to my workload in this way?  Of course.  It was fun to do, and as making things to order is also an important part of my job, it was a good exercise, too.  How did any of you do with your own challenges? :)


Nancy Pritchard said...

Beautiful and inspirational. I really must challenge myself in the month of May. Love seeing your new designs :)

Louise said...

Aw, thank you, Nancy! :)

Anonymous said...

I like the apple, and the flower, and the leaf and, and, and I just wish I wore drop earrings!