Monday, October 06, 2008

Autumn Leaves...


Hello friends....still out there?

It's been more than a full two weeks since I showed 'face' here on this blog...I have to admit, I was feeling somewhat uninspired and going through my usual end of Summer inspiration burn out. I always know it's happening...I stop seeing the details, the little things I normally do...like leaves on the pavement, perfect light casting perfect shadows and feel incapable of capturing any interesting imagery....I can see things as a whole, but nothing through a view-finder...like I normally want to. Does that ring true with any of you?....

So, I took two weeks off from worrying about it. Didn't pick up the camera...and now, I am beginning to 'see' again. I'm just in time, Autumn is in full swing - it's beautiful out and the cold air is wooing me, slowly and surely.

It is a funny and hard time just now. The news is full of economic crisis, and it's not something that isn't being felt or can be held at arms length either...it's affected friends and family. I know, as someone whose business nestles firmly in the luxury market, that the pressure is on - and that it is difficult to always manage keeping worry at bay.

..however, I have been talking with a lot of people recently about just this, and I feel in these difficult times a lot of the values that we hold; regarding buying handmade, buying local, buying sustainably produced goods where and when possible...ring more true than ever, and will have more positive impact than ever should we all actively uphold them - especially this forthcoming Holiday Season. I know for one, I feel more grateful than ever each and every time someone chooses to buy a piece from me and help keep me, and my business, healthy and afloat - for today and tomorrow.

So now that I am feeling a little more inspired, and a little more together - I just wanted to share with you these beauties I found whilst out the other day....I'm in love with the burnished copper tones on the front, and the verdigris contrast on the reverse....back to seeing bijoux in everything...so thank goodness for that!

Three new pieces to share tomorrow...they are but in need of a lick of gold.....
Good Monday to you all, and have a swell evening!
xo

7 comments:

L'Atelier said...

i read your post over and over again. thanks its really touching. and very true. we just in spring now- so inspiration just hit me... and i can't complain in this regard. i am actually finishing a collection- and wanting to move-on with my next ideas and inspiration, but have to finish what i started.
I know how it is when one doesn't have the view-finder. like its all gone into sleep mode-but i think its just like a rest for the next dicovery, how can we rediscover our world over and over again without having a little break?
i know what you mean about the financial situation in the world- but i think that precious metalls are never going to be a no buissnes market- its been round since the beginning of time. i also saw (i can only talk about south africa) a trend to artisan jewellery- people want more and more individual and inspired jewellery. and your stuff is so beautiful you dont have to worry - have a good week!

lottie said...

hi abigail!
it's lottie here, purchaser of one of your beautiful ring sets! very happy to see you're back in the blogging world :)
i know what you mean about that end-of-summer dullness, but hopefully it won't be long before the delights of the new season make you feel better!
think of wrapping up in layers, halloween and nights that start at 5pm (i love the early darkness, is that just me?!)
anyway, feel better soon and have a lovely evening! xoxo

shari said...

such a thoughtful post. lovely. those leaves are beautiful too. thinking of you. xox

Janet said...

A very thought provoking post as I do accounts!! Glad you're seeing again and glad you're back. I am coveting the whole of the Toast catalogue too, but funnily enough 'waiting for the sale'!!!

mav said...

remember that all good work and thinking must swing in and out of balance. you will lose your way and find it again many, many times... your words are lovely. keep pushing! miss you xxx mav

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Suzanne said...

These leaves are so, so beautiful Abigail!