I never thought of myself as artistic. Sound familiar? I just like working with my hands and a friend suggested jewelry making. Chain Mail more specifically. I was hooked instantly. I started with a kit, but didn’t like the look of it in one colour, so I bought some coloured jump rings to use as accents. First artistic muscle stretch. Next I was introduced to the Swarovski corner of a great store. I bought some beads without knowing what I was going to do with them. I think that was my way of trying to kick start some creativity. Bracelets are also a great way to encourage creativity. I love to wander around stores and pick out what jumps out at me and then take them home and see what I come up with. Another source of inspiration is buying something by mistake. You’ll be amazed at how fast you find another use for it. So if you’re thinking of trying something new, do it! Take that first baby step and see what happens! You don’t even have to think about selling. I didn’t.