I am usually a huge fan of Dallas in the winter; consisting of bright blue skies and snappy temperatures that keep me clear headed and briskly active. But this winter has consisted of a daily diet of atmospheric gruel; a cold, wet blanket of ‘meh’ …. not inspiring at all. Unless a strong urge to nap can be considered inspiration.
So once I (force) myself out of the house and into the studio, I am desirous of color and light. Experimenting on colorways for a new line and deciding how many items will form the new line (how many necklaces of what length? How many earrings and bracelets? Should I even mess with rings?) Here is what has emerged in the last few weeks. Most of it is not on my Etsy shop yet (though it should be) but please bear with me. (they will.)
What does Valentine’s Day mean for you? I can only speak for myself, but my general response generally runs the gamut of microemotional shades – as quick as watercolors fade into paper – ranging from alarm and fear, followed by worry, followed by silly joy, and then fading back down into resignation and disgust.
What is it, really? A pre-fab, Hallmark Holiday with a bizarre history that somehow includes elements of a storyline involving cupids armed with arrows, boxes of chocolates, roses, diamond jewelry, cards, and a dead saint. At least half of this list is made up, out of place, or overpriced.
So in the past few years, gals (and a few precocious guys) have decided to start celebrating themselves – or at least the love they have for the people that they are, not who they *should* be or some perfect ideation of beauty – and called it Galentine’s Day. While I generally hold my nose at attempts to re-name holidays with cute rhymes, I can’t say this one does any more harm to anyone than the original. As such, to everyone, I say – Have a Happy Galentine’s Day! Stay true to your personal selves and treat yourself, if you wish, with a locally made, non-diamond, non-rose, non-chocolate alternative. Insert shameless self promotion here!