Tuesday, December 02, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
It's funny to me how differently we act about snow here than where I grew up in the south. When I was growing up, if there was even the threat of snow they postponed or cancelled school. My Mom calls me almost everytime it snows here to ask if my kids have the day off. We have a running joke that the crawl on the bottom of the TV screen here says "It's snowing kids. Get your butts out of bed and go to school!!!"
I've got more necklaces to do today & both of my little kids are home. Not sure how productive I'll be in terms of jewelry making. I have some really cool new ideas I'm just dying to get produced and posted. It's going to be a challenge with the holidays coming up.
Tonight is my book club. The selection was "Breakfast at Tiffany's". I never finished it, but I think I'll go to book club anyway. I did see the movie. . .
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Here are some photos from the craft show I was in last weekend. Wow, my stock was really low! The tables look bare now that I see them in photos. Hard to say if that hurt or helped me. I think sometimes if you over stock your displays it looks too cluttered.
The best seller was definitely the custom stamped name necklaces. I'm so glad I made an order form at the last minute to take with me. I had originally planned to just refer folks to the website. Now I have get down to work and all those orders!!
It's a bit of a strain on the family when I'm busy all weekend. Not to mention all the work leading up to the show. I couldn't have done it without the support of my husband. We'll have to work on how to juggle his busy career, the kids and my growing business. If anyone has any tips or advice let me know.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Most satisfying was the positive feedback I got from visitors to the show and other vendors. It's sometimes difficult to know if what I'm doing is really any good when I'm working alone day after day. People were very generous with their kind words. It inspires me to keep going.
Now I have to buckle down and make the custom orders I took, as well as tend to all the home chores I've ignored lately. In the words of Lewis Robinson (of Meet the Robinsons) "keep moving forward".
Friday, October 10, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Next step - this may be awhile - add products to the earring/bracelet/necklace pages. . .
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
I didn't make any jewelry this weekend, but I did do a TON of work on my web-site. Within a few days you should be able to order the Mommy Necklaces straight off the site. I'n really excited. People ask about them all the time and it will be great to give them an easy ordering option. Stay Tuned!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Now the hard work begins. I need a lot of inventory!! Dates for the show are Sat and Sun, October 11 & 12. More inf. to come.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I use Liver of Sulfur to artificially age (oxidize) the jewelry. Picture #1 shows what is looks like. It's very smelly stuff (like rotten eggs) that you dissolve in water. Gross green huh?
Picture #2 shows before and after the oxidation. Drop the silver in, wait a few minutes, then watch the magic happen! It comes out black and dingy, but after a little polishing - very cool!
Picture #3 - finished product!
Monday, August 11, 2008
I cleaned, reorganized and added to the workbench space last month. Hopefully this will spark more productivity and creativity. I have all sorts of cool ideas just waiting to be "brought to life". Right now I'm trying to get some new work and good pictures taken to use in a show application due this Thursday. The clock is ticking!!
"If you want to see the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain."
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
I have some ideas in mind for teacher gifts. (Which have to be done by Friday!!! EEEK!) It's always hard to come up with an original idea for teacher gifts. Do they really want another scented candle?? I think probably no!
I'll take some pics and post them in the Etsy store. Some of you whose kids get out for the summer later might be interested.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Side note: I just finished reading a great book for my book club: The Red Tent. Has anyone else read it? What did you think?
Friday, May 02, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I'm really enjoying the stamped silver jewelry I've started making. The reaction from other people has been very positive too! I ordered more silver blanks and a 2nd smaller set of number stamps. More new designs to see soon.
Also, a major redesign of the long ignored website is coming. Look for a link to Etsy to purchase jewelry and a link to the blog too!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Molly was home sick today, so she watched TLC while I worked on getting the blog together. This is new to me. I read several blogs on a regular basis, but have never tried to do one myself. Let me know what you think!
I'm posting pics of a couple of bracelets I made recently. They are charm style bracelets with Kazuri focal beads from Africa. One of them went with my mother-in-law to Spain. So its' Kazuri bead is a now a true world traveller!