Well, Christmas has really crept up this year. It seemed to be November for ages, then December has flown by in a flurry of sales and busy-ness. I can't complain, and the thought of literally hundreds of people opening Blue Forest Jewellery handmade presents on Christmas Day all over the world really makes me proud and happy. Sometimes selling online seems like such a slog, but at times like this it all seems worth it.
For me, creating something beautiful (hopefully!) that lasts and has meaning for the person giving it as a gift and for the person receiving it, is very satisfying. I always remember listening to a radio programme where people were phoning in to talk about the objects which meant the most to them, and for the women ringing in, it was almost unanimously pieces of jewellery that people had given them or they had bought for themselves to mark significant events which were talked about. Jewellery is more than something pretty - it's a little shared luxury that says something about the taste and personality of the person wearing it. And it has the permanence that a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates can't compete with.
When I was a child, jewellery was much more of a luxury. Women saved for items like 9ct gold gate bracelets, or waiting until significant events or anniversaries for them, and cherished the relatively few pieces they had bought or been given. Nowadays you can easily buy a pretty pair of earrings with your weekly supermarket shop, and the relatively low cost of pieces means that far more people can treat themselves more often. I love that. Little luxury treats make difficult times more bearable, whether it's the effects of a world recession, or a personal or family crisis, there is meaning in people, especially women, stopping amidst their busy and difficult lives to say 'I want to get myself a little something to wear that looks good and makes me feel good.'
Enough of the philosophising, I hear you cry. What have you made this week?
Very please to appear in the January edition of Bead Trends too with my field of flowers pendant
Hope to see you all again in the New Year - although if the spammers want to target someone else, I don't mind that at all!
Here's the link to what other crafty people have been making this week.