Trying Something New

When I was at school an art teacher told me that everyone should take an artistic/creative subject however in my case they should probably make an exception. Hardly inspiring but to be fair I’ve never been very good with making things, art, crafty stuff and what not.

I actually surprised myself when I signed up to a jewellery making workshop at my friend’s local shop (Kristina’s in Thirsk – well worth a visit) but figured as long as my clumsiness didn’t cause actual injury to anyone it was bound to be a giggle. A giggle it was however more than that, I really surprised myself. I created a couple of rings during that first session and it’s safe to say I was buzzing by the time I’d left. I didn’t hesitate to book onto the next workshop (they run on the second Thursday of each month).

I’m so glad I did! This was an open session where we could make anything from any of the projects that had been covered over the past 5 sessions, with Rae of Rae Finn Jewellery standing by to help, support and encourage. I chose to make a bracelet and a necklace and by the end of the evening had created this little lot:


To say I was proud of myself would be a huge understatement and I have well and truly caught the jewellery making bug. A shame Mr Art Teacher won’t see this but hey-ho, I took a chance to try something outside of my comfort zone for me, not him and guess what… I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

Turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks! Now all I need to do is to stock up on some beads, some wire, string, clasp, tools….. I’ll have to do some shopping around to bag some bargains, hopefully saving some money on but hopefully I’ll be able to enjoy making bits and pieces at home as well as at our monthly classes!

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