I started my blog in January 2012. That's four whole years ago. My first post was a bit off-the-cuff and not very inspired but it makes me laugh so it's all good.

I think a lot about social media and how it affects me. Without going too deep into my thoughts on Facebook or Twitter or the rest, I think about how my blog fits in with all that. If you talk to anyone who's around me when I write a new post or take pictures to update my portfolio, I stop and ask myself what the point is. I've come close to deleting my blog because I tell myself that it's me being "nuff" or "showing off" or being vain.

Over the last couple of months, I've realized a few things.

I concern myself too much with other people's opinions and I try to think for other people. But that's tiring and it's silly. It's hard enough living my own life, much less worrying about other people. I've also reminded myself of why I started this blog in the first place. I started it as a place to document and show my work. And yes, the fact that it's public means that I welcome other people reading it and writing comments but more in the sense of starting a dialogue with other people who are interested in what I do. (This blog is also a place where my parents can see what I do with all the beads I ask them to buy for me.)

My blog has changed since I started it four years ago. I taught myself crochet. I realized that I like more traditional forms of art. I incorporated my summer program and the thoughts I had during it. I have a chance to write frequently. I learned (and I'm still learning) the importance of posting and creating regularly. I've also been touched by people who read what I write and enjoy what they read.

I don't plan to stop this blog for now. School will start back soon so I'll see how posting twice a week will go. I may go back to once a week. We shall see.

The song is "Live For Today' by Kelissa and Keznamdi.

Thanks for reading,
Keren



Hi friends,

This is a late one but it's still Sunday where I am! (If I went by that logic, I'd have at least three extra hours of Sunday - that's treading some dangerous water.)

Reading The same 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang

Writing Nothing. It's bedtime.

Listening  "My Whole Life Changed" by Lecrae

Thinking Actually, I'm going to hold off on The Sunday Currently. It's too late for me to do anything worthwhile for anyone to read. Instead, I'll leave you with two of my drawings from this week. I joined in the Creative Bug Draw A Day challenge where there's an item for each day and you draw it in your sketchbook. I did one for "apple" and I'm working on "root vegetables".


I'll write more about this later.

Thanks for reading,
Keren


I haven't written about jewellery I made in a while so this post combines my latest ones. I made half at the end of summer last year and the other half during this break. There are bracelets, earrings, pendants and necklaces. No rings though. (Although I did make a friend a ring for her birthday last week.) A few of these are pieces I did before and decided to revist (and refine) and the others are completely new designs. Let's get hype!

Or not. You can be chill too. That's fine.



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Today in church, the pastor mentioned a verse from Ecclesiastes. (Ecclesiastes is one of the books I've read entirely but on a serious level, it goes from 0 to 100 real quick.) The verse is Ecclesiastes 9:10 and it says, "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom". I've translated it as: You better just do what you can do well because one day you going dead like dog. (A bit harsh?) I like that verse and it speaks to a lot of what I've been thinking about related to my interests and talents. Look at Solomon giving me food for thought. Such a wise yute. 

Reading Blog Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit and to Create Community by Joy Deangdeelert Cho

Writing Not much but I'll probably write in my journal before I sleep.

Listening "Hit the Quan" (I'm not exactly sure whose song this is. I see iHeartMemphis and King Imprint. I'm not sure if those are the same people or if one is the producer or what. It's so difficult to keep up with the young people these days. Okay. It's by iLoveMemphis - I checked the Internet. )

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From page 53 in Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon. Theodore Sturgeon said that 90% of everything is crap. (I explain it better in the post, I promise.)

In my last Sunday Currently, I mentioned that I’d put up some of my art pieces. They’ll mainly be from 2014 (when I realized I could draw) and last semester from my Drawing class.

I decided to take another art class at school after the one I did two semesters ago because I realized that I enjoy drawing. My roommate had to deal with all my complaints and tirades and then see me come back after a critique praising the wonders and joys that art brings. This semester brought home that art and making things are important parts of my life so I'll (try harder to) stop denying it. 

I’m also trying to put more of my work out there. My main focus on this blog has been jewellery, then I included crochet, and I’ve thrown in bits and pieces of art. But this blog is Keren Creates, not just Keren Makes Jewellery and Does Crochet. (Do you dig the vibe that I’m putting down?) I also read Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon and I’m making my way through Blog Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho. They’re keeping my momentum up and giving me a lot of ideas of what to do with the blog.

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Happy New Year everyone!

This will be a short post because I'm still not sure of the direction that I want to take the blog. (You can tell it's bad - I deeven have a picture for today. I guess my words alone will have to suffice.) I'm considering how frequently I want to post, whether I want to do a Sunday Currently every week or make it every other week, how the blog will look during breaks versus during school...lots of deep and meaningful questions I'm pondering over here.

Reading I just (re)started A Concise History of the Caribbean by B. W. Higman.

Writing Messages

Listening Music from a party I wasn't invited to. lol.

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