Things I learned doing the Beading Daily Earrings Every Day Challenge 2012
1) I hate french hook ear wires. The stick out and poke my head behind my ears and really REALLY bug me.2) I do like lever back ear wires. All the dangle of french hooks, none of the pokiness!3) You CAN make beadwoven post earrings that don't dangle!4) My photo setup sucks. Taking pictures EVERY DAY really highlighted just how crappy and inconsistant my lighting is. I will be investing in a better light box and lights.5) Forcing yourself to create something everyday is a great way to create hate. While I never made a lot of earrings before this, I currently don't want to ever make another earring EVER. I have come to realize that creativity can't be forced. While there were days when I loved what I came up with, there were more days where I just made something for the sake of making something. I am not ok with that. I think I would rather have days where I take a day off, do something else, build up ideas. Or, a day where I worked on something I was actually inspired by! There have been several days where I had another project but set it aside, cause I HAD to make earrings. So, while this was an interesting experience, it is not one that I will be repeating. I will stick with challenges that allow a little more leaway in what is created and on what schedule.
All of the earrings I created this month can be seen on my blog: http://bysalla.blogspot.com
* that it was easier to make a couple pairs of earrings every few days than try to force myself to do a pair every day.
*that my other crafty endeavors inspired me to make earrings in color combos that I wouldn't have thought of otherwise
*that I'm a serious slacker when it comes to actually posting pictures
*that I now have and love having such a wide variety of earrings in my personal collection
* that I need to make several necklaces to coordinate with all of my new earrings :-)
*and like you salla, my photo set up sucks
Salla, you do lovely work. I'm sorry that the challenge was so frustrating. I, too, learned several things during the challenge, but my own overall experience was positive.
If I had a major disappointment with the challenge, it was that there was less official support of the challenge as it progressed or ended. There's no sense of closure (noting that I still need to post pix for my last 4 pairs) or even accomplishment. How many people (that we can tell) participated? How many pairs of earrings were made (that we know of)? Who managed to complete the challenge? Just how proud of us is Interweave? Perhaps it's too soon to see this sort of thing, but it's the sort of thing that needs to be seen. If it's an official challenge, it needs some official cheerleading and recognition. I'm sure prizes or something would be fun, but "Attagirl!" is really all that's needed to make people feel appreciated as part of the community. Otherwise, why did we do this?
I joined this site because of the bead challenge. I happen
to finish a pair of earrings and thought I should give this challenge a try.
Things I got from the challenge are:
In the end, I’d have to say I may have beads in the whole
spectrum of the rainbow but I still want more. Happy beading!