Thursday, May 17, 2012

Stretching Those Creative Muscles

Here comes a confession.  I am terrible about exercising.  Not just a little bad, but pure, downright pathetic.  I'll get on an exercise regimen and be very good about it for a while, and then something (injury, illness, I want to sleep a little later one morning) happens and the discipline is out the window.  Then four or five years later, I'll start up again, whether I need to or not.

However, I do love to flex my creative muscles on a regular basis.  And let's be frank, moving the beading needle back and forth between the piles of beads and whatever I'm working on HAS to burn some calories along the way, right?  Right?

A lovely lady in town sometimes presents me with a different kind of creative exercise -- taking vintage pieces she has inherited and repurpose them into something she can wear on a regular basis.

This is FUN.  And a little daunting, especialy since the most recent project is to create a necklace for her to wear at her son's wedding.

Here are the starting pieces:

I do think I'll remove the jewelry box lint. 
It does add a little extra something, but not for a wedding!

This is a bracelet, not an enormous necklace as it looks beside the other photo. 
It, too, will lose the jewelry box fluff.
Maybe I can make a second piece just from fluff and lint...

Because this is such an important and personal piece, she and I spent a lot of time discussing and trying different ideas before I grabbed the tools and started the revamping.  Luckily, we had similar visions.

I can't wait to get started on the new creation.  Perhaps I should put on my workout clothes first?


Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Bobbie.
Those are beautiful pieces already. Please post a picture of the finished revamped pieces. Have fun creating!

Shirley said...

You crazy woman! I love the part about, 'whether I need to or not'. I always need to exercise, but it's not my fav thing to do, and my exercise partner is now in a different state, so no one to 'make' me do it! I love those components, and can't wait to see what you make with them.

Karen Williams said...

Of course you need to put on the proper 'work out clothes'! Or at least I do. I definitely have outfits that make me feel more creative, more like a 'real artist' than others.

And on days when I need an extra push, they help give me that extra push to get into the right mental focus. :)

Can't wait to see what you come up with in remaking the jewelry!