It's been a while since my last post but you know sometimes life just gets in the way!I celebrated my 21st wedding anniversary last week, which was nice and faintly astonishing. Despite working like maniacs we don't have much money or live in a particularly nice house but... we are still together, we still have a laugh, our children are doing better than we could have possibly hoped for and we are all healthy. All things considered I feel blessed and hope we have at least another 21 years to look forward to.Traditionally our wedding anniversary marks the start of Christmas in our house so we have been out buying the tree, cards, presents, baking mince pies and tidying up in readyness for the holidays. Natalie is home already and we will head North to pick the boy up next week.Last time I blogged about social media and how much time I was spending trying to get my head round it and critical mass was reached and meltdown occurred. I have come to the conclusion that all the gnashing of teeth and handwringing is somewhat pointless. About as pointless as spending hours trying to figure out how to promote my beads in a way that I am just not comfortable with. I feel like somewhere along the line I got distracted and all my creativity and energy has somehow been sucked up by something enormous and soul destroying.So here is my way forward out of the chaos that is making my brain ache... I will continue to put beads up on my website and on Etsy and if they sell then that is wonderful and I will be extraordinarily grateful but I will not be spending entire days/weeks on the computer listing, posting and promoting my beads. I can't and I don't want to do it. I have four bead fairs planned for next year and I'm really excited about them. It will be great to get out and talk to beady people face to face again, I have really missed that the last few years.Most of all though, and this is the kicker, I'm going to get my ass back in the studio and make beads....lots of beads because lets be honest, the only way I can hope to develop as an artist is to spend my time doing what I love to do, melting glass to make beads not on the internet twittering about it! Here is my latest special up for grabs on my website, click here =DI will still be blogging, on Facebook and Twitter but it will be more about the beads than the business.