I also wanted to keep in the habit of writing - as like a lot of folk I mostly write emails or make use of shortened forms of communications, such as social media to keep in contact with people. Having a blog would help me continue to keep writing, keep contact with friends, indeed make and share content with new people and continue to do something with my trollbeads that I'd started out doing, taking photos of beads and sharing them.
Normally I write a lot of my rough blog content on the weekends, I have a full time job during the week so I find what works best for me is to concentrate on ideas, mock up rough drafts, and try things out, then during the week I'll go back to it with a fresh pair of eyes, polish it and publish, or scrap it, or put it on hold as a good idea (but not ready yet). Some pieces do just come straight away where they're written, edited and published all in one go, but mostly I follow the former process. This weekend I was planning to have a long session writing; I had received 7 packages (oops) last week and wanted to have a day of photography and putting pieces together.
Doctor Who! Everything stops for Dr Who in our house, even trollbeads.
Sunday I thought, I'll do some writing Sunday!
Again sidetracked, this time by a road block, an impromptu shopping trip (why don't they sell non seasonal clothes anywhere out of season) and trying to remember just how high a factor of sun cream I need when abroad. I am easily sidetracked (or led astray) so I guess you can see how the buying of
Anyway (see I'm even getting sidetracked writing this) I have a few draft pieces that aren't quite ready so I decided to write abut why I blog, and also why I didn't blog this weekend.
What I was hoping to find but wasn't sure quite where to look, and was utterly delighted about when I found it, and that Pauline wrote about so eloquently about... was the community element to collecting trollbeads which has been, to use the cliche, the icing on the cake.
Especially since I started blogging, and also buying from other collectors that has now become a really enjoyable part of the trollbead journey and one that has opened up other interests; when my bead fund recovers I have seen some of the most amazing artisan beads made by artisan bead makers and whilst this takes me away from the trollbead path, it is most certainly part of my Trollbead Journey.
So given that I've not delivered on any choice photos of my new beads for today yet, here is a peek at what one of my packages contained, and the arrangement below is down to seeing some other leather bracelet photos where the beads are more organised (as I tend to wear mine in a normally chaotic fashion). So thanks for the inspiration girls!
Because above all what I really wanted from My Trollbead Journey was great jewellery that I can wear!