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What's My Line?

No I'm not a surprise guest on a 50's game show. I do wonder how to create and hold true to a group of creative works, and still advance in my craft. 

This can be an elusive beast. I've never been one to follow trends in jewelry much if at all. My one attempt at making tassel necklaces was a horrid failure. I did finally get rid of them all. 
If I continue to make what I like and not worry about trends and the color of this summer, what ever that is, I do much better. So I guess I really don't plan my product line, it's more of a progression of my talents, skills and the elements and colors that please me most. This keeps me happy and when I'm using the bits and parts I like wonderful things happen. 
So I have learned do what I love and be happy, for me it creates better art. I do want to push myself into new areas by learning new techniques and playing with new patterns and materials, but still keeping the Designs by Royce look. I also want that "look" to evolve. 

I do love making jewelry and I've put aside other things to invest more into my jewelry designs. I'm sure that some day I may quilt again, but for now not so much. I am still drawing thou and I did do some free motion practice yesterday. You can't turn your back on some skills for they will degrade. 
I would really like to do more shows this year. Shows are a gamble for sure. One that was great last year may be under new management and be a big let down this year. I've done my share of "bad" shows and try to be more careful now with my research. 
It's still a gamble, but one I'm willing to take. 
Selling to the end user face to face is perfect for me. Sharing the process and giving the customer all the information about each piece gives them full understanding of how they were created. 









Friday I picked up Ian from school and we made a cat toy for his cat Lucy and my Olivia. 
I made Olivia a stuffed toy when she first came here and she would have no part of it. 
So I upped my game by adding cat nip to this one. 

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