Monday, November 28, 2011

Last blog post

Since I've had no comments since well back into summer, and not having a laptop makes the posting process difficult and sporadic, this will be my last blog post for awhile.  They've already been few and far between, but honestly - no news is no news.  I wish I could say that my presence on the blogs or even on Facebook has made a difference in my sales, my recognition, or my life - but it hasn't.  I'm sorry I'll miss the next blog hop, though, but really, with so many to look at, I think I would have gotten lost in that shuffle too.  I'm not going to delete the site just yet, as the links may still be of interest to some people. 
Still beading, still creating, just doin' it for me....
TaTa.  Goodbye.  It was fun while it lasted...

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Prep pep

Down to my last day of prep for my open house sale tomorrow.  It's going fairly well so far - the front room, escentially the formal living room I never use, has been completely transformed - everything fit and worked exactly as I had hoped in that room.  The dining room, however - not so much.  I'll be working on squeezing table number 3 in there today, and table number 4 will just have to remain in the trunk of my car.  I supposed I could set it up in yet another room - but that would have to wait until last minute tomorrow if I decide to.
I'll take photos when I'm done - but it's turning out quite nice.   I just hope I have some peeps.  Boy, there sure are alot of my friends and family 'busy' on Sunday.  Mmmhmm.  Whatever. 
Still plugging away on this ancient desktop.  For whatever reason the words I type on the keyboard don't flow automatically to the screen - I have to stop and wait for the computer to catch up with me.  Frustrating.  Maddening.  I think I've pretty much decided to go with the original offer by the Vertex guys on the purchase of a new laptop - but I'm still nowhere close to having the funds for that.  I'm not going to take anymore out of savings for things like that.  It's bad enough we had an unexpected vet visit this week. Poor Bella.  Confined to her little white head cone for a few more days.  She somehow and for some reason scratched herself raw by one ear.  No ear infection.  Just a few soon to be dead pesky fleas.  Poor baby.
And for those of you that are here because you went to the website.  Sorry!  I attempted to update the site yesterday, and found that I've misplaced the password, and that Wordpress won't accept my email request for a new one for some strange reason.  So - it may be back to the drawing board on the website thing.  But glad you stopped here.  Keeping this maintained lately has been touchy too - I'll try to do better!  I'm thinking of posting 'a piece a day', complete with price and email for purchase request.  Or maybe a second blog devoted specifically to that.  Like I said - thinking.
Off to enjoy an hour or two of quiet beading before the remaining room prep begins.  Tomorrow morning will be devoted to food prep and ME prep. 

Friday, November 4, 2011

No show go

Well, poop.  I received a call from the museum event coordinator yesterday - they are CANCELLING this years event due to lack of interested vendors.  Apparently, in the 10 years they've been hosting this event, this is the first time that they had planned to require the artists to be available in person during the show.  DIDN'T work out quite they way they hoped.  Turns out most of the artists would prefer to pay a small commission to NOT have to be there.  And since I was going to have to schlep tables, chairs, displays, merchandise AND drive 40 miles one way two days in a row - I think I would have preferred that too.  So they are rethinking next years event, notifying us early of June's Art and Wine event, and refunding our jury fee.  There were only 6 of us to reply.  Sad, relieving and stressful all at the same time.  Sad, because it sounds like it's been a successful event in the past (not sure why they messed with it), relieving because now I don't have to worry about schlepping those tables, chairs and stuff and getting there in a reliable vehicle, AND not to have to worry about having enough museum quality work, but stressful because that was my last hope for a holiday show besides my own.  I DID have an offer from someone to allow me to put a 'tray' of items at their booth in next weeks Mason show, but 1. I don't know the person,  and 2. I prefer to display my items more professionally than a tray.  I am getting many offers to participate in events NEXT year, so I guess I'll have to set my sights on those, and just bead, bead, bead. |
And on a related note - I'll have a brand new photo soon of my space at Coyote Wisdom.  We've made some changes, added some shelving, and I'm in the process of doing what the girls at the shop call "Sheryl-izing".  haha.  I will be clerking all day tomorrow, and will probably have plenty of time to work on it.  I definitely need to add more merchandise!  And I had a decent sales month BEAD wise last month too - for a change.  I had thought of pulling them out, but now, with the new display, I may stick it out a bit longer with them.  
Off to the bead table early on a Friday morning - my favorite time to bead - when the dogs and the hubby are quiet, and traffic hasn't started speeding by, or backing up during drop off of the kids at the school complex across the street yet.  Shhhhhh......beading.
Peaceful beading to you too..

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Overwhelmed and under appreciated

That's about the jist of it.  I will feel either more or less so after Friday, when I find out whether or not I'm accepted into the Ella Sharp Museum show.  I'm not even sure I have enough high caliber items to take.  Many of them are already committed to the art market at the LAG and can't be removed until after the holiday season.  And I still haven't even made my way to Owosso to check with the Art Center there.  THESE are the types of commitments that I WANT to make, but all of a sudden, I'm finding myself freaking out about them.  And there's my nitwit idea to have a home based open house show right in the middle of it all.  It sounded like a good idea in my head.  I got the post cards printed, which are kick ass professional, and I've been handing them out to specific friends and friends of friends, along with an email invite and Facebook invite.  And all of a sudden, the week before the event, all I'm hearing are sorry's.  Great.  Going to alot of trouble (and going through a lot of guilt - long story for a different blog) to prepare, and I may end up with just 3 people.  That are coming more for the one on one time and catching up, rather than shopping.  ~SIGH~.  I always put myself through major panic when I plan these, and yet - I continue to do it.  ~double sigh~.
Off to the LAG today for more volunteer hours and to check in my holiday market pieces.  Let's hope it's a profitable market.  I did pretty well last year....
Sorry for the absence on the blog - still no laptop, and lots to prep for, so it's been kind of nice to step away from the keyboard for awhile....I miss this, though...
Til next time...