The Artisan

The Artisan
Kelly Oswalt

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Gem Fair here we come!

I'm really looking forward to going to the International Gem Fair in Santa Monica, CA today. My husband, my new partner in crime and I are all going. Then tomorrow afternoon it's off to a craft fair in the Orange County Great Park. Busy weekend. Wish I had more time to sleep. I'm finding that the only time I have to work on my jewelry is the middle of the night. I have had chronic insomnia for so many years now, I've learned to just accept it and work with it, kind of embrace it instead of fighting it. So I make good use of the middle of the night. That's when I make my jewelry. That's when it's quiet and my imagination can creep into the canyons in my brain. I used to hate the middle of the night, full of dark thoughts and fears. Now it is full of color and imagination.

It's kind of funny, I don't wear any jewelry at all, not even my wedding ring, but nothing gives me more pleasure then designing and creating it. I love the colors. I am a graphic designer and color is my passion. I love the vibrant colors the most. My work is progressing, I'm learning new things all the time. Now I want to start in on Chinese knotting and incorporate that into my pieces. Sold my first piece on Etsy! Yeah, never thought it would happen. Made my day. I've really been working at promoting my business. Takes a lot of time. to the fair. Have a great day all!