It started back in 2004, when I was first hit with major depression and a fairly large anxiety disorder. My full-time job as a library technician got punted onto the sidelines as I started a ten year fight to keep myself alive and sane. (Mostly sane? At least 1/4 sane. Honest. Maybe a little less....)
I quickly learned that I needed distractions in order to keep myself in check. Making jewellery became one of those distractions (along with gaming, music, and nature photography. Weird combo, huh?).
Turns out, I was good at it. The older necklaces are gone (honestly, as I progressed, I decided I didn't like them and took them apart to reuse the beads), and it's only the newer necklaces that grace the pages of my store.
Jewellery making is still my go-to thing to do when I'm hermitting myself away or when those pesky, dangerous, low moods decide to attack. It keeps me from thinking about things, lets me focus only on the art, which helps to, if not calm me, then at least level me out.
I've just been putting the finished pieces into bins, not really doing anything with them. And all the while, I bought more beads, made more pieces, and kept filling up those bins.....
Until I stumbled upon Etsy, spent a while debating, then opened the shop.
So, please, go take a look. Maybe you'll find something you like!Rebel Heart Creations @ Etsy