Friday, October 30, 2009

Merry-Go-Round - Failure sucks but instructs...

Every month the 9 of us blog on the same subject, and this month's headline is: Failure sucks... but instructs!!

I learnt basic silversmithing skills a few years ago, and quickly became the most prolific member of the class. I was also the ONLY one who made ALL the mistakes under the sun… but I could not help it, this was the way I learnt then, I wanted quick results and I wanted to try everything my way. I remember feeling like someone who invented something new every time, so when I fluffed up (and I did countless times…), I just kept on trying… It was fantastic!!! I lost time and money, but I also learnt LOADS. Now I am able to imagine the end result before starting a project. Had I not ‘failed’ so many times, I would not have been able to learn that particular skill. And that’s just one example, but it is a very important skill for me personally. I also got technically better and although I am not silversmithing at the moment, when I do go back to it I will not make the same mistakes again. Invaluable LEARNING. No 'failures' there!!
So what’s failure? The opposite of success? No, I personally believe it is an integral part of success. I believe one just can’t become successful without being the best at what one does, and you are the best because you know what works and what doesn’t work for you. So one will 'fail' along the way BUT learn from one’s mistakes. I believe failure is finding out something that does not work; the word failure does not have to convey the bad vibe, the negative connotation, the sinking feeling of something final, on the contrary, ask yourself why it did not work and your next project will be better.
I also believe that with businesses like ours, we have to be prepared to take risks in order to move forward, and by accepting to take risks, we must also accept to make mistakes along the way. These are not ‘failures’, they are part of a growing business that’s going somewhere... :)

Please go and visit the other Merry-Go-Rounders to see their views on this subject, you will find direct links on the sidebar.

Thanks for your visit!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Turquoise & Hummingbird (Colibri)

This is a TINY cocktail ring (well by my standards of monstrous normality in terms of ring size, my smallest ring, actually. Very sweet with a little hummingbird...

Voici ma plus petite bague, carrément minuscule par mes standards de monstrueuses tailles de bagues MDR!!! Mignonne comme tout, avec un petit colibri...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Frolicking Frog... Grenouille Canaille

Il pleut ici en Turquie depuis une semaine... les grenouilles adorent, bien sur!
Alors voici un gros pendentif pour garder le sourire sous la pluie...

It's been raining here in Turkey for a week... Nice weather for frogs of course!
So her's a pendant to keep a smile on your face, even in the rain... :)

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Merry-Go-Round Ring...

Inspired by Ruth (our Merry-Go-Round guru) and by my fellow Merry-Go-Rounders, here's a mad ring to celebrate internet friendship, supportive blogging and HAVING FUN!!! :)
P.S. the merry-go-round is brass, it is articulated so it does actually GO ROUND!! How cool is that!!! :)

Friday, October 2, 2009

Cendrillon s'enfuit... Cinderella's Flight...

Je n’ai pas pu m’empêcher de craquer pour ce cabochon de résine super bien détaillé, une calèche avec chevaux… Moi je vois Cendrillon qui s’enfuit du palais au douzième coup de minuit !! Monté sur synthétique, serti de wire, de perles d’eau douce et de toutes petites perles de verre. 5 cm de diam...

I couldn't help but fall for this super detailed resin cab depicting a horse-and-carriage... All I see is Cinderella fleeing from the palace at midnight!! Fixed on a synthetic base, the cab is bezelled with wire, freshwater pearls and glass seed beads. 5 cm diam.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Textures by Kangooroobijoo...

Je craque sur ces cabochons de céramique texturisés faits main par Kristine (Kangooroobijoo), également créatrice de belles grosses bagues comme j’aime, et de déco de toutes sortes… Kangoroobijoo s’inspire de tout et a une philosophie de la vie que j’aime beaucoup aussi : la vie est trop courte pour faire triste !

I am a sucker for texture, so check out these beautiful textured ceramic cabs made by Kristine of Kangooroobijoo... Superb! She also make ceramic cocktail rings and decorations of all kinds... and her philosophy of life is just like mine: life's too short, enjoy it!