Sometimes, like at the bead show last weekend, people ask me how I get so many projects into the magazines. And when I look at all the work I have had published in the last year, it does seem like a lot. But what they do not know is the amount of projects that I *don't* get into the magazines. Honestly, half or more of the projects I submit are not accepted. And I have become pretty good about not taking this personally, and not getting hung up on the rejection. I celebrate the success and move on. Sometimes, I think the projects are good, they just do not fit that particular magazine or issue. So I can keep them for entry some other time or place. The bracelet above was made as a companion to a rather more elaborate necklace that I also entered for submission, which was not accepted, which I really like. But also in that issue is the Nesting necklace by Michelle Mach, you may remember I posted about it here. And I think that is a better and more interesting spring project than the one I made, and since both used the Seabird, I can totally see why it was chosen. It's lovely!
HAHAHA! I luv this LOLcat above! And I swear I only act like him for a few minutes when I get a rejection, and then I carry on. I put him on my desktop wallpaper today, for a bit, to make me giggle. Really it balances out... this week I received several rejections for an upcoming summer project, which was a bummer, but then was really excited about one acceptance for a brand new magazine that I haven't written for yet, which is really exciting. It's a process...give and take.
Speaking of the Nesting necklace, I am listing a few of the sets above in the Etsy shop today: the three beads...my Seabird and Birdnest and a pendant by Melissa of Chinook Jewelry.