Monday, September 28, 2015


Let's face it... Rejection is HARD. No matter what form of rejection... a friendship, a job, and for me lately... show applications. Rejection is like someone is physically punching you in the stomach and knocking the breath right out of you. It hurts. It is hard enough to even muster up the strength and courage to apply for a new show, or a new job... only to be rejected.

They seem like they are friendly enough... talking up their show (or their shop)... and all of the applications they received... and how many people are involved in the show... and how hard it was to select artists for the show... then, BAM... they hit you with the word... "UNFORTUNATELY" and you read on... sometimes fighting back the tears. See examples below...

"There was a high volume of applications (the most we've ever had!), and limited space to fill. Unfortunately your application was not selected."

"Unfortunately, we will not be able to place you in this year’s show. Please know that with our limited number of spaces, the selection process is an extremely difficult one – and we have to say no to many talented females like yourself." 

"Unfortuntately, it does not blend in with the style of what we have going on at the shop. I am sorry to not have a better answer for you."

What I have found therapeutic... is to research the other artists they let in to the show... and when I say "research," I mean cyber-stalk. Then, I go to the show and look at my competitors as a way of letting go of the self doubt. It is my way of picking myself back up and facing my fears. I try not to compare myself... I just realize each show is looking for a variety of different artists.

"Comparison is the thief of joy." Theodore Roosevelt

ACCEPTANCE is much easier. You scan your letter (or e-mail) and there is that happy word... "CONGRATULATIONS!" You did it! You exhale. You may even do a little happy dance... Wasn't that worth it? 

I am getting better about accepting rejection and criticism. I am still learning. I am growing as an artist. And, I am realizing that every show is not meant for me. I am more selective. My time is more important. And, I refuse to give up on me! Making jewelry brings me JOY and I love sharing my passion with others. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

2015 ~ New Rings

Amy Foster Jewelry ~ Rings ~ 2015

Rings... Rings... Rings...

I have been working on restocking items after my last show (some of these rings have already SOLD)! I will be posting more items soon (and maybe some progress shots of what I have in the works)!
Blue Lapis Buffalo ~ SOLD

Titanium Druzy ~ SOLD
Scalloped Turquoise ~ SOLD

Moss Agate

Gold Druzy

Turquoise Statement Ring

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Enough is ENOUGH!

First, let me start off by telling you a little secret... (you are awesome)... WAIT... What?  SHHHhhhhhhh...
Did you hear that?


You are doing your very BEST. You are trying your very HARDEST. You are an INSPIRATION. And, YOU ARE ENOUGH!

You know them well. Perhaps, they are even in your family. Always telling you their unwarranted opinions and advice - even if it is hurtful.

The Nay-Sayers.

The Thunder-Stealers.

The Negative-Nellies.

The Joy-Killers.

The Cyber-Bullies.

The Haters.

They love to make you feel like you are not good enough. Because... it looks like you are HAPPY and misery loves company. MISERY LOVES COMPANY. Maybe, you are proud of a certain project or a successful show or (gasp) that you actually love what you do!

Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But, that does not give you the green light to bash others. I have actually had people stand in front of my booth at shows and shout (YES... SHOUT!!!) How "Tacky" they think my jewelry is. I am so glad my jewelry provoked you in such a way that it caused you to have a lack of manners. You know what else... those are the comments we HEAR.

I hear so many positive compliments at shows. I blush. I change the subject away from myself. I point out the flaws. I show them the mistakes. Mistakes I have learned along the way... I am human. I am imperfect. But, this is my life's work. This is what brings me JOY!

And, then "THEY" show up... to give you a reality check... to knock you back down... to give you a reason to work harder... to give you THICK skin. If it is not your "thing" it is better to walk away and not say anything than to make someone else feel WORTHLESS.

So... Hold your head up high! Because, Guess What? YOU are Enough.

Monday, February 9, 2015

GOALS for 2015

Well, I skipped a year and I am a little late...

Business Goals for 2015:
* Set faceted stones
* Design new GOLD line
* Lost Wax Technique
* Find Balance
* 100 Sales
* Save up for the 2016 Tucson Gem Show!!!

* Downtown Edmond Arts Festival
* Heard on Hurd
* MidSummer Night's Fair