Studio Saturday: Cindy Gimbrone

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Welcome to the Studio of Cindy Gimbrone!

As the holidays approach, in the studio I’m already looking ahead to next year and the next holiday. It takes time to design and craft new beads so I always have to be looking ahead.

Here are the new beads I’ve created for Valentine’s Day. They’re made to look like old hand carved painted wood….

Are you looking ahead or just trying to keep up with the hectic schedule of the holidays?

Leave a comment and you’ll be entered to win one of Cindy’s new faux wooden heart charms.

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25 Comment

  1. Alice
    December 11, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Love the heart beads!

    I never feel like I'm ahead, but then I don't really create for specific holidays either. Since I don't do a lot of shows I don't want an unsold holiday piece sitting around for another year.

  2. Christine
    December 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Oh I am definitely looking ahead! I love Christmas, and I am trying to stay in the moment as much as possible and just enjoy this time with my family. 🙂

  3. Spirited Earth
    December 11, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    these hearts are wonderful.
    i'm both trying to keep up with the frantic rush of the holidays..that's the part of this season i don't care for.
    but also trying to think ahead
    (for a change) what images and colors will be interesting for after Holidays and spring.

  4. Sabine
    December 11, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I haven't even looked forward to THIS holiday season! Since I am a graduate student and a teacher, I am just trying to finish the semester. So, after next Tuesday, I will be able to focus on Christmas and then the next semester.

    Great hearts!

  5. Elaine
    December 11, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    With the last of my shows done and the Canadian mailing cut off past, I'm now winding down for the year and concentrating on family and friends.

    Work wise, I'm looking forward to next year. Packaging up inventory for next year, laying out designs to photograph, filling in show applications.

  6. rockcreekcreations
    December 11, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I don't normally design my jewelry for specific holidays. Like Alice, I don't do a lot of shows, so Valentine's objects really don't sell well in the fall shows. 😉

    I like the look of your hearts!

  7. Birgitta Lejonklou
    December 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    Oh I love those hearts!
    ….trying to pretend I am faaar ahead with season plans but the truth is I still did not get some red pearls i ordered for Christmas jewelry…(but there will be Christmas next Year tooooo 😉

  8. Desert Wind Designs
    December 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Those hearts are lovely!

    I'm definitely looking ahead! I've only recently started selling and haven't really worried about creating Christmas items. Right now I'm thinking about spring and summer. I plan on working on ideas for Christmas next summer.

  9. Erin S
    December 11, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    are you kidding? I'm just barely keeping my head above water for Christmas–I don't even want to think about valentines day…
    Erin S

  10. Off the Beadin' Path
    December 11, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Am I looking ahead? … Only to the next couple of hours, possibly a day or two! Makes life more manageable for me. I do have short- and long-term goals, though, I think they're on my iPod somewhere 🙂

  11. Elizabeth
    December 11, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I'm doing both trying to stay caught up and looking ahead in the same glance. Guess that is just life.

  12. lynsey
    December 11, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    funnily enough i am looking ahead to the new year and valentines day. I've been making jewellery for about 7 months now, and have been getting alot of interest from people, mostly i've created for my self, but i'm starting to think about holding a jewellery party in the new year, and i've got some ideas for valentines day also.

  13. KeRobinson
    December 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Oh, I like the Red Heart 🙂 it reminds me of red coral!
    Am I looking ahead? YES!
    I never feel like creating Christmas y things till Nov, so am
    NEVER ready…but I am making things for nxt Christmas now. LOL! That's my plan 😉

  14. For My Sweet Daughter
    December 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I am looking forward to next year, making my resolutions and plans.
    I am looking forward to Valentine's and Mother's day for craft fairs and jewelry parties. I am loving those beads, I can't believe they are not real wood!
    Shannon C

  15. gaela
    December 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    While I don't make my art to cater to any specific holiday, I do try to keep an eye on where my ideas are heading while at the same time enjoying the present moment I am in. Not always
    easy, but I try. I do love the organic look of these new heart
    beads. I think that aspect makes them desirable for use at
    any time of year, not just Valentine's Day. Thanks Cindy!

  16. Seduced by beads...
    December 12, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I do a little of both. I am making Christmas earrings for myself and non-holiday items for future sells. I have not started selling yet, but am building a stockpile of items to sell at a series of small craft shows we hold through out the year at my workplace, a local community college.

    Dorris C.

  17. stacilouise
    December 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I am NOT looking past making christmas gifts and ornaments right now! Kudos to you for looking ahead…I am inspired!
    [email protected]

  18. TesoriTrovati
    December 13, 2010 at 1:42 am

    Oh goodness. I can barely see past Christmas let alone next week! I really should be thinking long term, but sometimes that is so hard to do.

    Enjoy the day!

  19. cw
    December 13, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    These hearts are wonderful. They do look like they are carved wood. Beautiful design!
    Me, I've worked retail for so many years that I am programed to always be way ahead of the current holiday season.
    ' love your work and the blog.
    In this holiday season, best wishes to you and yours.
    [email protected]

  20. Hazel Ward
    December 13, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I end up making seasonal beads about one week before the actual holiday date..so I'm either late for that year, or *really* early for the next. (I find it so hard to work to trends/events!)

  21. Imaginative Jewelry
    December 13, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    I am so looking ahead! But for personal reasons, I await with expectation the new life that we are going to welcome into the family.

  22. Kinderhook
    December 14, 2010 at 12:23 am

    I'm always looking ahead but that's the problem — I just look and don't actually DO. I have so many ideas for Christmas for my family and don't see them through. Then the next fall arrives and here are those good ideas again. Still not done. I'm hoping to be better about it this year. Really. –SallyAnderson

  23. SueBeads
    December 14, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Gorgeous hearts! I can't even keep up, let alone think about the current or next holiday!

  24. Klassy Joolz
    December 14, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Love, Love the hearts…but thinking of Valentine's…oooh no not now…I am so behind with Christmas…I need to catch up…where has the time gone???

    "Tis The Season To Be Jolly"…I think…


  25. Malin de Koning
    December 15, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    It happens I am ahead, but generally so far in my life I have worked last minute. But I also think I am slowly changing. Now the jewellery making business is fairly new to me. And I have understood that if you want to have things for sale suitable for each season and holiday or event it is good to be a bit ahead of time. So that is a nice and fun challenge for myself.

    I loooooove those heart beads you made! They are gorgeous! Especially the red one. Please please let me win!


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