Dec 31, 2012


I have never been good with specific goals.  Believe me, I have tried but I have always found them to be too confining.  And then towards the end of last year I discovered the answer in reading blogs and chatting with other jewelry designers.  Instead of goals, a lot of them choose a word for the year.  And that word, or perhaps a phrase, is something to concentrate on.

My word for 2012 has been focus.   I choose it because I was one of the opening crew for a new department at work so I needed to focus on learning.  I also wanted to work on my photography skills and equipment.  I also wanted to focus more on my blog and everyone that stops by to visit.  And to focus more on the friendships that I have made in online world.

I feel that I have succeeded.  At work, I am still in the department and most of the kinks have been worked out.  I have had a lot of fun with this project.  My online friendships... I have gotten to know several people through my blog and on Facebook where I belong to couple wonderful groups, The Bead Soup Cafe, and Creative Bead Chat.  If you enjoying making jewelry, beads or components, these groups are the place to be.  Everyone is so friendly and willingly shares knowledge and eye candy.

As far as the photography, well I have an new Panasonic camera that I love.  Not a DSL which I didn't want as I don't want to mess with lens but one small step below.  I also have a light tent but I need to relocate it so that it functions better.  As far as whether my skills have increased, well I will let you judge.

This picture was taken back in 2011 with my old camera.  I only had a 4x zoom  :(

This picture was taken a couple weeks after I got my new camera.  I will admit that my jewelry pictures still need a lot of work but they are getting better all the time.  Wow this is turning into a long post.

My word for 2013 is Commitment.  I really want to get my jewelry business, Shaiha Designs, going and I keep hearing that a hundred is the magic number of how many items I should have for sale.  This means that I have to quit giving away so many pieces and start producing more.  So spending more time in my studio.  To get me in the habit I have joined a group on Facebook, The Year of Jewelry Project and have committed to making and posting a pic of at least one piece a week.  I have also signed up for a wire class being given by Kerry Bogert so I have committed to learning new skills.  And I have committed to doing my first show at the Witch's Ball in October.

I am sure that I will end up committing to more things throughout the year but I have made a good start.  Do you set up goals or perhaps words for next year?


  1. Yes, I do! We can all but try and measure up to our resolutions. So pleased to hear your jewelry pictures are improving. Keep up the good work!


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