Well folks, it’s Monday again and I am starting off the week feeling a tad better about myself! You may know that I have been struggling with my creative process since my car accident a little over a month ago, and I am proud to say I finally made a new piece! This is not to say that I have overcome my emotional turmoil over the weekend, but it is definitely progress.
I have been doing so many craft projects lately, my friend Amy says it’s “Art Therapy With Abbie” and I suppose she is kind of right. My fiancé, our two best friends, and the young girl I mentor all gather in our garage and spend hours crafting. So much so that I have forbidden myself to go to Michael’s for awhile, I’ve spent way too much money on all of this! We even went to Lowe’s and got a long table so we could set up a work station in the garage, and we have so much stuff (and so many people) we might have to go back and get another one. Here is one project we finished over the weekend…
All of this crafting, which has been a lot of fun, really is kind of like therapy. It has been my way of trying to find the path back to my passion for jewelry making, which has been eluding me since the accident. I know it’s there, tucked away, hiding somewhere inside me while I heal from this traumatic experience; but the knowledge does not ease my frustration.
Yesterday I picked up my tools with a touch of hesitation. I picked out one of the most beautiful stones I have and tried to get comfortable. I don’t know how to describe what I was feeling, I mean, why am I so reluctant to do something I love?? I do not have all of the answers, and I am seeking professional therapy to guide my healing process. But yesterday I did pick up my tools and that beautiful stone, I wrapped and re-wrapped it (and re-wrapped the re-wrap) and I still wasn’t convinced it was good enough. Yet I finished it, and then I allowed myself to like it. I photographed it for the listing and realized it really is beautiful.
This is what progress looks like…
Hopefully there will be more progress, and more new pieces of jewelry, in the weeks to come. So do me a favor and go check out the Contortum Designs Etsy Shop! And let me know if you like what you see!
Thank you (yes YOU) for joining me on this journey. The support and encouragement I have found in the blogosphere has astounded and humbled me, and I want you to know that I appreciate it greatly. XOXO