Sissinghurst Anthropologie Plate courtesy of Google Images
First of all, just let me say how much I LOVE this Windows Live Writer. SOOOO much easier than logging in and out of my Google based blog every time I want to update you on the latest! So here goes! Are you ready? Lots of things to say today!
There are a few changes to my layout – upfront and center – the Etsy shop. I’ve been listing new BEADS daily – mostly semiprecious, a few glass pendants thrown in here and there. Still some great stuff to clear from my inventory – so be sure you’re checking those listings often. I’ve added the option to pay directly by credit card through Etsy – and it’s made a world of difference in the sales. TRY IT! So easy! You may not find quite as many jewelry pieces in the coming months though – as they expire – I’m pulling them out for the show season.
I’ve also added the link to SmittenDust’s blog. It’s where I’ll send you, linkwise – to get all the info you need, and to register for my upcoming classes and workshops. Right now, we have TWO planned – “Unlock your Passion” key charm pendant workshop will be Saturday June 29th from 10 to 4 – and includes a yummy lunch!
There will also be a fun fringe bracelet class in July, as well as other plans cranking through my brain for future dates. It’s a really, REALLY cool place. I am so glad I found it!
Next up: I’ve come quite a long way, and am closing in on the final stages of “Mariposa”:
All it needs now is the back portion of the straps, the closure and a bit of stablizing accent to hold that bottom wing in place. Should have it done this week – I didn’t really intend to rush it – but with all of these other things starting to pile up – I thought I better get it done, and inspiration sprang forth! As soon as it’s submitted to FMG, then it’s KIT MAKING TIME!
I also don’t think I’ve posted since my fun little excursion to the Bead Bonanza in Detroit on Sunday. I hadn’t planned to even go – like I NEED more beads but the girls convinced me on FRIDAY, and we carpooled. I took what I thought would be part of the Mariposa piece with me to work on (didn’t like it once it was done, but it kept me busy) – and only bought from FOUR vendors. It’s a record, for sure. But it was fun – and I still brought in quite the haul:
I plan to make some cute lucite flower earrings for the show at the church at the end of April. Speaking of which….I’ve never done a show in a church before. My previous jewelry inventory was geared more towards the mystical – faces, fairies, goddesses – stuff that didn’t quite fit the ‘church’ crowd. But now that I’ve branched out a bit, I think I can come up with some items that they’ll like – and affordable ones too. Eyeglass chains, scarf jewels, cute earrings, and purse charms….with angel wings, of course!
I’ve also got several road trips in the works – THREE just to Shiawassee Art Center, alone! I’ll be switching out the old inventory, and taking them some new ones. I still haven’t sold anything there – I am just happy that they seem to like my work, and want me to stay on, regardless. And although it would be even more ideal to actually sell these pieces – it will be nice to have them back for show season:
I’ll also be making a separate trip to take an actual exhibit piece, AND to attend the open house in relation to it. Want to take a few friends to see the place too – so Owosso, here we come – A LOT!
Last but not least – because you’re probably bored with the babble – don’t forget that NEXT WEEKEND – Saturday, March 30th is the FIRST REVEAL DATE for The Bead Soup Blog Challenge. There are three dates – mine is the second one, that first weekend in April. So cancel your plans, make a big pot of java, and settle in to browse. The wealth of craftiness always amazes me – and now that I think about it – I don’t even think I made it through the entire hop the LAST TIME! OOPSY!
Hope your plate is full of all your favorite things. I know mine is!
And a quick P.S. As soon as the Bead Soup Blog Challenge is OVER, I’m going to switch my comments section back to accepting the Chaptka. I know they’re difficult to read sometimes – but with comments set to moderation – I’m literally swimming in email spam – sometimes 20 at a time – every day. I also think that moderation keeps some folks from commenting – and I miss them.
So be aware. It’s for my sanity.