Saturday, January 2, 2010

Goals for 2010

pearl and labradorite ring

It's the time to think about goals and plans for the upcoming year.

I was checking my last years "goals" post "Trying New Things-A New Year's Resolution".  I was relieved to find that I had actually done some of the things I set out to do.  I think this year I will post a list where I can see it every day. 

Here are my goals for last year and how I did:

Try new jewelry techniques, especially more wire work and Art Clay.  Alas, I didn't get much art clay done.  But I did do new techniques.  I learned to anneal heavy copper wire, I did some hammering and forging, I made some of my own findings, expecially ear wires, and I did some wire weaving with iron wire.  I plan to do more of all this plus other new things this in 2010.  To that end I'm taking several classes at Adorn Me! in Houston in March. 

Post at least once a week on Etsy.  Not even close. 

Submit some of my written works for publication.  I already have several short stories.  This one, plus Write some more, particularly fiction weren't done at all. I think I did go so far as to buy a new Writer's Marketplace and to look at a couple of magazines to see if they would be a good fit for one of my stories. The Writer's Market is completely out of date by now.

Make at least one component for jewelry everyday.  Usually I just buy my findings, but I want to start making them.  I did make some of my own findings, but I didn't work on  jewelry everyday.

Submit jewelry works for publication.  A photo of one of my twisted wire bracelets was published in the gallery section of Step by Step Wire Jewelry. 

I'm keeping all of these things on my list for 2010.  I'm adding this one:
  • Get my studio up and running.
I've picked out a room and started cleaning it out.  It's not going very fast but I figure if I work on it a little at a time eventually it will be done.  Right now my jewelry stuff is in nearly every room in the house.  It's driving me crazy.

There are lots more things that I need to do.  I don't want too long a list though; it's overwhelming.  All this has to be done around homeschooling my son.  We just started this last April so has been a new experience for both of us. 

My personal goals are to get the house in  better shape (I'm not much into housework) and to do a good job with the homeschooling.  I'll be sitting down with my son and we'll be doing our own goals list with the homeschooling and other factors in his life. 

Feel free to comment and/or share any of your goals.  


Lisa Crone said...

Great goals and great accomplishments!!

I just absolutely LOVE that ring!!

Leslie Todd said...

Thanks! I just realized I didn't put a link in about the ring. A friend ordered a pearl and labradorite bracelet, earrings, ring set. This is the ring from the set. It's based on a tutorial by Cristina Amador at

Silverlady said...

That is one of the most beautiful rings I've ever seen. The fire you captured in the stone is outstanding. I love reading your blog, the pictures are beautiful and you cover so many subjects. Keep up the good work.

Leslie Todd said...

Thanks! It was fun to do.