I've been pricing and tagging new inventory for the shop and as I wrote "E800" on the back of an earring card it struck me: this is the 800th pair of earrings I have made. That doesn't count the countless pairs I made that didn't stick around long enough to get a number, or the ones I made in my pre-professional jewelry life. (You can read more about that era here.) And I'm sure there are other jewelry artists who have inventoried way more than 800 pairs of earrings. But AnneMade Jewelry is coming up on its 8th birthday next month and it's fun to think about the different chapters of my story. (You can read about chapter one here.) And I sometimes struggle with the instinct to one-up myself with every new piece of jewelry. But I'm striving to showcase good materials with simple settings, so while there's a lot I could do with a fluorite briolette and an earhook I have come to love the beautiful simplicity of earrings like E800. I don't need to win awards for creativity or earn badges for making each new piece different than anything that came before it. I just need to make jewelry because it keeps me sane!