My brain, like so many other alcoholics, is constantly jabbering away at me. I don't think you need to be an alcoholic to have this brain. I'm sure perfectionists know what I'm talking about, as well as people who struggle with obsessive/compulsiveness, anxiety or depression.
These are all diseases of the mind; you can become imprisoned in your own head.
For so many years I turned to an unhealthy outlet to turn down the volume. Alcohol, to me, felt like a magic elixir that erased all the background noise, and made the world focus into one beautiful point.
It took me years to realize that peaceful, relaxed space lasted for maybe half an hour, if I was lucky, before it turned on me and the restlessness and anxiety returned. Because I'm an alcoholic (although I didn't know it then), I kept drinking and drinking, trying to get back to that warm, fuzzy place.
It's the reason getting sober is so hard. All the mental madness you thought you were keeping at bay with alcohol comes flowing in like a rushing river. It takes time for the brain to retrain its pleasure pathways. You need to fill the hole left with alcohol with healthy distractions.
In early sobriety I read a LOT. I slept a LOT. I watched tons of crappy, funny television - anything that held my attention but didn't make me think too much. I made an upbeat play list on my iPod and went for long walks. I went to recovery meetings. Little by little, I had glimpses of a peaceful brain.
When I found jewelry making, though, I found my new drug of choice. Newly sober, I used to prowl the aisles of crafting stores like I used to prowl the aisles of liquor stores, searching madly for something that would catch the attention of the mad yammering monkeys in my brain.
|Cupped Flower Ring|
For the first year of my sobriety I made jewelry alcoholically.
I stayed up into all hours of the night trying new techniques, obsessively watching YouTube tutorials to learn new techniques (I didn't have the patience to take a class, are you kidding me?).
|Swivel Pendant - Stamp on both sides!|
|Wide Stamped Ring - Hand Hammered or Smooth|
In the coming weeks, there are going to be some announcements about my shop - some changes are afoot. I'm really excited about the direction it's going. And what I love the most is that I don't feel like I'm running the show. Business ideas and jewelry designs come to me out of nowhere; they wake me up in the middle of the night, shooting into my subconscious brain like little meteorites.
|Cupped Heart Ring|
One thing I can announce now is that I am making hand stamped rings. If you're a Facebook friend of mine, you've already been inundated with my posts about how excited I am about these.
They are a terrific gift idea, or for a hint to someone to give to you! And for the month of November ONLY I am having a sale on all hand stamped jewelry, teacher gifts and I've even made a section of my store full of over 35 holiday gift ideas (and adding more daily).
|"There is a crack in everything; that is how the light gets in"|
The only catch is you have to be a newsletter subscriber to find out how to get the 15% discount (and every month I send out new promotions and discounts for newsletter subscribers only. I only send them once [or sometimes twice if I have a special announcement] a month and I will never share your email with any third party).
|Steely Sapphire Stretchy Ring|
So stop on by and check on my new pieces, if you want. I'm mentioning all this now (I know, I don't want to think about holiday shopping either) because the stamped/soldered rings take 1-2 weeks to process and deliver, so if you're considering one as a gift for someone (or for yourself) you should order soon (especially if you are a subscriber and have the discount!).
|Customizable stamped necklace - use any words!|