Because, seriously, Friday is still 2 days away.I love you, Wednesdays is my bloggin' attempt at a.) shutting up about my products and sharing the love of others' with others! and b.) sharing sources of inspiration that often stands behind my jewelry and creative process.The following confession may mark the end of your readership, but I need to be honest. I have never liked the 4th of July. Now, let me be clear - I don't dislike it because of what it stands for. Au contraire. I love America and the freedom we have gained from events such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. But what I don't care for is what the 4th of July has turned into for many Americans - a chance to get drunk and sunburned while roasting animals on the grill (there's the vegetarian in me coming out!). I think fireworks are a waste of money and aren't all that great for the environment. And I have never been one to dig the American eagle or any other airbrushed on leather or thin white cotton t-shirts representation of what my freedom apparently means. I really hate the feeling that I am required to engage in any of these activities on the 4th of July when, in all honesty, I would rather take a nap or clean my craft room (which of course would mean I am un-patriotic, right?).
::stepping down off the soap box::
Whew. There, I said it. Moving on. That said, I DO like stripes... and I do like stars. And, as seen by last week's post, I love red polka dots... and I do like light and dark blue. Thus I LOVED these candles and napkins I bought from the TAG outlet store in Chicago. Here is a picture of them on my desk at work. I especially love the star, stripe, polka dot, and light blue modifications! Now this is a 4th of July decoration that I enjoy!
Seems like fellow Etsians dig the combination, too... look what I found!
I must admit, I am LOVIN' that super cute rabbit card at the top, and the Sofie Clutch is hip! And the "Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake" print - my kind of 4th of July celebration! And can I give a thumbs up for the "American Ninjas," too? And that "Ellie the Elephant" clutch - how did the artist know I had a stuffed elephant named Ellie? I want them all!If these things can be part of my celebration, I guess I can't dislike the 4th of July after all! In fact, to prove that I am not a 4th of July Grinch, I have an announcement to make.
::mike check. testing 1-2. ah-hem::
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Let's just say the 4th of July - no, our freedom - inspired me :)
So, what inspires you this 4th of July?
I made my first jewelry sale at the age of 8 when I initiated a fund raiser for a terminally ill classmate outside of the cafeteria during lunch. The product? Old school friendship bracelets! We sold $30 worth on the first day - a large sum in the eyes of a 2nd grader selling constructed string!
My passion continued through my youth as I mastered the art of camp gimp bracelets and teenage hemp necklaces. While shopping in a flea market in Beijing a new medium struck my interest: semi-precious beads! I have since been fascinated with the medium as an element in formal and casual jewelry alike.
Though some of the materials I use in my jewelry are from the local craft store, I purchased a good deal of my materials while bargaining in Chinese on the streets of Shanghai or San Francisco. I thus hope each of my pieces act as a mini-souvenir of places we have each been or hope to go.
I hope you enjoy joining me on my jewelry journey - thanks for reading :)