It have been some busy weeks. My original blogplan didn’t work out but sometimes you have to be a bit flexible when other things are more important.
It started with the preparations for the Christmas market in Amsterdam. I designed a new display to show my jewellery. It took a lot of time but was very satisfying to make and worked really well. Then I made more small versions of the Inner Star, as some people add them to charm bracelets or use them as tiny pendants.
It’s always the challenge to calmly finish all the plans you have for a marketday. Then you can enjoy encountering new people and engage in fun conversations. As was the case on the Sunday market.
This time my son assisted me. He has a very good eye for construction and is more organised than I am. While I was busy arranging the jewellery he also made sure I had an internet connection. This is important because I now have a payment solution so people can pay with cards, very practical!
Then I went to stay with Yolanda Nieuwboer in Almere. I had applied for a private lesson focused on soldering. I wanted to step up my technical skills. Taking lessons from a master goldsmith with a lot of teaching experience is the way to go! Thank you Yolanda, you have taught me a lot that I can use in future designs.
Last was a workshop Branding on Tuesday at the local Chamber of Commerce. Anja van Rijen, a fellow artist (working in ceramics), had invited me to come along. It really felt like a present. I learned tons and made new contacts as well. But then my head was full of knowledge and my studio a mess.
It was time for a day off.
Having a good sleep and a long walk with the dog was a good start. Working in the garden, such as raking leaves and pruning conifers for Christmas decorations is something that gets the tension out of me.
Christmas is coming fast now, I always turn inward, it’s a time of reflection. I look back on what I've accomplished this year and be grateful for it. I want to celebrate what I have achieved. Only then it can get silent in me and am I able to listen what I want to achieve next year.
I wish you all merry days,
enjoy this beautiful time of the year with your family and friends.