Monday, November 29, 2010

Balancing Act of Life and Beads

Life is a balancing act. For me I am constantly trying to find the balance in life; trying to make sure everyone is taken care of myself included.  The lives of my children, my work, my husband's business, taking care to see my friends and balance relationships, I can't forget taking care of my trusty companion, my dog and then I must take care of myself too . Planning, planning, planning. Planning for shows, planning for trips, planning for holidays, planning for my kids heading to or already in college. You know the ...the list could go on. Sometimes I get so focused on the To Do List that I forget to enjoy the moments. After all that is what life is all about, the moments.

The past few times that I have had the opportunity to enjoy my moments at my torch I have been focused on creating something specific. Custom orders, beads for upcoming shows, beads to list in my Etsy or ArtFire stores and alas a little something for myself. I recently purchased a cuff bracelet made of turquoise, sparkling seed beads and some brown stoney looking beads. I want to create a pendant that is similar in color with a textural look to wear with this bracelet. So far I have not been satisfied with the results. Apparently, I am my own worst customer. I have created some pretty beads but I have not captured the look I want to pair with my new bracelet. (This will be a story for another day.)

My plan for today was to make beads, my plan would be to try again to capture that perfect pendant for myself. As I began I felt frustrated. I did not want to work with "those" colors again. Ugggh! I was just not into today. "But I want to make beads so what will I make?" I was not coming up with any of my usual ideas. So I decided to stop thinking and just do. This felt so freeing for me. I tend to be a thinker and can think a subject or idea to no end. But today, in my moment, I was free. I didn't think or plan. I just picked up a colored rod that looked good to me and began to wind the glass onto the mandrel. There was no preconceived plan, stringers were pulled on the fly, matching colors were picked in the moment. I found myself happy and satisfied to just let it all go. I didn't worry too much about winding the glass perfectly balanced on the mandrel, if it wasn't perfect when I squished the glass I would figure out a way to embellish the bead to make a balanced bead. I am tired of all the to do lists and the planning. Today I just need to be and create.

So today I created my beads of balance and I love them!


  1. What a great post! I can totally relate to having to make certain beads, and then blanking out when it's time to just have fun. I'm glad you hit your stride - I LOVE your results!

  2. love this post ema...most of my time at the torch was my "zen" time, meditation time...i rarely thought about what i was doing...i love what you created by "going with the flow"...
    happy torching... :)

  3. Hi, very cool beads! I am a new follower from December Blog Hop over at Bloggy moms. :)

  4. Ema, I love this post.
    I could read so much in it about my own struggles to find a balance between kids, beads, husband, pets, house, custom orders, marketing, listing, car pooling duties, taking care of my family's, friend's and my own needs.
    Sometimes you just need to let go. I'm happy you found that free time and happy place and just had time and muse to create, whatever was coming to your mind.
    Happy torching!

  5. Your beads are beautiful. I used to do wire wrap, but not in a long time.

    I found you on the December Blog Hop on Bloggymoms! Happy to be following you!

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