Blog – o – sphere #2 – Yes I am the lamest

I’ve struggled with the updating of my blog.  I don’t want it to be all jewelry or all life stuff.  I honestly don’t have a ton of time to sit down & get into creative writing.  SO, sale cheap   I joined a blogging group!  Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank

This group came to me through a fellow jewelry artist.  We post on a specific topic on the 20th of every month, all at the same time.  Everyone comes from different places, so its going to be interesting to see their take on the topic.

I really don’t like new years resolutions – not many people actually follow through & I feel that it just sets people up for failure.  I’d much rather subscribe to a goal or life change.

Mine is more of a realization – growing self-confidence – If I don’t value myself & my business then no one else will!

I am a busy Mum of 4 kids, a real job, a farm, cows, horses, rental property – the list goes on and on.  I really love my silversmithing work, but until now, it has been pushed back.  I finally realized last week that it wasn’t life, or other people and commitments that were stopping me from working at it – IT WAS ME.

Secretly I didn’t take my work as seriously as I should have.   For me this was a bit of a hobby that turned into something more serious, but I didn’t really consider myself an artist.  It wasn’t until I was invited to show in the Western Showcase at Calgary Stampede last year that I felt like this was serious.  I kept thinking they made a mistake, that they were going to tell me they changed their mind.  I went in there surrounded by ‘real artists’ – they seemed different than me, the way they talked and expressed themselves was real.  Then I realized they all have other committments, real jobs – the difference between them & me is that they make the time to work on their craft.

So what is in store for me in 2013?  Its simple – I am committing to working at my bench/business for 2 days per week.  I am going to be at WORK, taking my self, my art & my business seriously.  I got some great advice from a great & wise friend, Gena Lacoste.  She said, “only YOU can give yourself permission to be an artist Shelagh. Go for it!”

Check out the other participants of the Blog-O-Sphere Think Tank:


Andes Cruz:

Robyn Hawk:

Natsuko Hanks

Christine Esovoloff:

Sierra Keylin:

Kathleen Krucoff
This month my Blog – o – sphere group posed the question: What is one thing you really love to do & why?

My one thing I really like to do, physician to outsiders must seem super lame…

I like to be alone…I’m NEVER alone, like never. I have 4 kids ages 6, 8, 10, & 13.  Its certainly not as bad as it was when they were babies; you know diapers, bottles & constant supervision.  But they certainly require my time & attention.  At these ages, they demand a different set of skills other than just keeping them alive.  Now it seems like the management of the paper that comes in the house is overwhelming; between school & 4H record books, its tough keeping track of who has library which day, & whose homework book is due back to school when & who has a 4H Club meeting tonight (hoping their record book is up to date).

Here are my hillbillies:

Hillbilly Deluxe

So, the time after they go to bed is golden to me.  The problem is I stay up way too late, just enjoying my time by myself in silence.  It feels like such a waste to go to bed at 9 or 10 at night.  I end up sitting up in bed, reading, replying to emails, sketching new silversmithing ideas, Facebooking, Pintresting, reading saved articles, all number of ridiculous ‘time wasters’.

Check out the other members that are posting on this topic – I’m sure they’ll have much more glamorous things to do with their time!

Andes Cruz:

Mary Spencer (WATTO DMW)


Kathleen Krucoff:

Robyn Hawk:


7 Responses to “Blog – o – sphere #2 – Yes I am the lamest”

  1. andes said...

    I love alone time!
    I don’t have to work so hard to get it though 🙂

  2. pencilfox said...

    oh, i TOTALLY get the “be alone” thing….truly, i do.

    love your photos!

  3. Shelagh said...

    glad someone else doesn’t think its lame!

  4. Brandy said...

    Not lame at all! I don’t have kids and I relish my alone time (which is probably why I have fears of being a bad mom- I like my time by myself, and I’m scared that would never happen again 🙂 But looking at your “hillbillies” it looks like you guys have a lot of fun too!

  5. Shelagh said...

    Oh Brandy, its just a little tougher to make it happen. I’ve never been good at asking for help, that was probably my downfall. If you have people who will help you & you let them; you’ll be fine! BTW, you’d have beautiful babies

  6. Cindy said...

    I do the EXACT same thing Shelagh…I even add a little Netflix on my laptop beside my bed. :S
    I pay for it though, because I do end up staying up way too late as well and then am dragging my butt in the morning. LOL

  7. Kathleen Krucoff said...

    Oh yes, alone time is the best.