developing my creativity

These past five months of jewelry making have been a grand adventure. I was so proud of myself for taking that giant leap and making my creative design dreams a reality, but I'm starting to feel antsy. November is nearly upon us and soon, a new year. One that marks a huge turning point in my life.  

I want to know more. I want to keep learning. I want to expand my horizons, to create pieces out of metal and stone that are fully mine. It's so much fun shopping around for beads and charms, but I really desire to take my creativity to the next level. To take the next step with my jewelry line, into something so carefully curated and crafted.

The piece in the photo above is a hammered metal V design, and I'm in love with it. The other day, I created a huge outline of what I want to make and where I want Milk + Crown to go, and I am so excited. Maybe it's a little premature to be blogging about it so soon--after all, the new line probably won't launch until we're a ways into the new year. I have a lot to learn until then, but I'm more than ready to tackle it (once this semester is over, that is). 

The new line will include handmade hammered metals, wire shapes, precious stones and eventually rings (including engagement). But, the concept will be the same: minimal, delicate and modern. Feminine but understated. Unique but perfect for everyday. Simple, and still fairly affordable. I really want to get into more organic designs, picking up inspiration for shapes and textures from nature, sticking with recycled materials and ethically sourced stones. 

It's definitely a big undertaking. But I'm just going to take it in baby steps. One thing at a time. Learn something here, a little more there, and develop the new line slowly. Let it culminate until I'm satisfied with what I've designed. In the meantime, the current collection will continue--and I do plan to keep a good number of these designs next year, but develop them more. Perfect them. It's going to be a beautiful thing. 

Anyway, I just thought I'd share a little early bird sneak peek. Very early. Everything is just in the beginning stages, and I can't wait to see where this journey in creativity leads me. 

What have you been working on lately? What are your hopes for the upcoming year?