Make somethin’ Monday

New feature beginning today!
It was inspired by a little daydream I had this week . . .

I was remembering how years ago (when I was a new bride and then a new mother), it was very tough to find time to work on a craft project with any regularity. One day, a neighbor suggested I sign up for a Fall class on Floral Décor. She had gone the previous year and was excited to return. The class met one evening a week for 6-weeks. Sir Beads cheerfully offered to baby-sit.

Each week, we completed a project designed to be finished in a couple of hours. When the series ended I had six beautiful decorations. That class was truly a revelation to me. I realized that the secret to being creative in the midst of a very busy life was to “schedule” something – on the calendar!


In the years that followed, my friends (who were also busy mothers) and I came up with the idea of holding a weekly “craft night” in our homes. We would take turns hosting the group and providing the refreshments. Sometimes we all worked on the same project. Other times we did our own thing, which was actually even better. It was amazing how enthused and inspired we became as we shared our designs and ideas.

Lately, I’m feeling the creative time crunch as much as I ever have. Why would that be? I mean the kids are grown and I’m no longer a new bride . . .

Of course, I do have a bead shop to run and then there’s a certain retired husband with whom I like to spend some quality time. The thing is, if I’m not creative – I begin to miss it quite a lot. So, the other day, during a light bulb moment, I remembered the “schedule” method and figured the blog could help me out!

“Yikes, Crystal, that was a pretty long-winded explanation to introduce the new feature: “Make somethin’ Monday

What can I say? You’re right. 😉


To begin the series, I have a pair of earrings – just finished them!

Now, you’re probably saying,

“Who are you and what have you done with Crystal!?!? Those earrings are more earthy and organic than Crystal usually makes – and they’re not even purple!”

They definitely are a departure… and I love them!

Maybe this scheduling thing is inspiring me already.

(The pear-shaped stones are vintage, made in Czechoslovakia. In order to make the earrings, I found suitable settings and then “set” the stones, myself. Fun! I will soon be carrying the vintage stones, in several colors, in my etsy shop.




Make somethin’ Monday — 7 Comments

  1. Hi Crystal!

    I LOVE those earrings! They’re just as beautiful as everything else you make…and I still see Crystal in them! That green color is positively gorgeous, (I thought of Scarlett O’Hara as soon as I saw it!) and I’m loving that antique gold look too. 🙂

    I like this new feature, “Make Somethin’ Monday”. I always look forward to seeing what you create…and you’re so inspiring too. (I started one of your Queen Anne scarves last night!) It’s so important to make some time for creating. That’s such an important part of who you are. I know it keeps me happy, more so than buying a new blouse or anything like that. Just give me some quiet time at my crafty table and I’m a happy camper! 😀

    Can’t wait to see what you make next Monday!

    xoxo Paulette

  2. I like them too. Well, not the green too much..sorry…but the design and I especially love your component choice. These are great.

    I never have scheduled create time, though I did take a lot of classes with Laurie as she was growing up..ceramics and clay mostly. It was a great time to be together.

    How time files.
    xx, Carol

  3. Crystal, your earrings are gorgeous!! Green is one of my favorite colors. I love how you paired those lovely stones with the brass. Very beautifully done!

    I’m also loving your inspiration! You go girl! I think it’s great that you’re scheduling time just for creating and sharing it on your blog. I started scheduling creative time about 3 weeks ago, and I’ve been sticking to it too. I can’t wait to see what you make for next “Make somethin, Monday.” I just love that! I also can’t wait to see the stones you’re going to list in your shop soon. 😉
    hugs! 🙂

  4. Lovin’ those earrings! Green is my favvvvvvvvvvvvvvvorite color.

    I will be on the lookout for your vintage stones in your Etsy store.

  5. Stunning earrings! I know I have to get back to scheduling some creative time too, I mean I finally have an actual craft/sewing room now lol.

  6. I bought a dress in Jamaica that would look great with a pair of earrings like that. I love green. I cannot wait to see what you create each week. I’m sure it will be wonderful.

    I have been working at school and on homework. I understand the importance of scheduling some fun time. There are some end of the year pool parties for dogs so I will be taking Artie because Kouga hates the water. Kouga will be going to the club’s BBQ. Have a great labor day everyone.

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