Friday, January 30, 2009

2 weeks!

AGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Thursday, January 29, 2009

SALE!

Thats right... Im having another sale!!

Ive been working hard to fine tune my line, and Ive decided to place some of the items that im not including on sale! Take advantage!!!
Also, Im sad to say that after MUCH consideration, and double-checking, Ive decided that its time to raise many of my prices. Unfortunately, my old prices didn't take into account labor, and at this point i think its important that the price reflects the amount of time that goes into EACH and EVERY piece. All made with my two hands- no machines, tricks or short cuts here!

All the better reason to scoop up what you've had your eye on now!


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

overload

If i have to add one more thing to my calender before market, I just may scream.

I came home to a beautiful bouquet of flowers last night after having a bad day. Daisy's are so cheery!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Im alive!

Im back.... and alive!! whewwww!!! We spent all day yesterday snowboarding, and I am already feeling the pain BIG TIME! I just poped some advil to make my booty and knees feel better and sat down to uplaod some pics. The lake and mountains were BEAUTIFUL, especially when we woke up to fresh falling snow.

Just thought i'd share a few photos with you :)
Before:

After....

Friday, January 23, 2009

Back on Monday!


Look at all these castings I got in the mail last night. Aghhh...I cant believe Im going away this weekend....!!!!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Work work work

Its one of those weeks (and i dont see an end in sight), where I cant get my mind to settle down. Its always making lists, thinking ahead, prioritizing things that need to get done before the show. Actually beyond the show- my fingers are crossed that I will have MANY orders to fill afterwards. Here's hoping!

Somehow (dont ask me how), we have a trip to Deep Creek Lake planed this weekend. I am super pumped to get up to the mountains and spend time with good friends doing something fun, and unusual. Im hoping that my worries about time and work will disappear at least for the weekend.
Maybe after all my orders are filled- I can consider grabbing some of my girlfriends and convincing them to go on one of these Craft Cruises with me. Alaskan beading cruise, China knitting cruise?!?! They also offer cruises for scrap booking, and hand weaving. Sign me up!

Happy Day


What a beautiful day!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pricing

As Im getting closer and closer to the Buyers Market, Im slowly crossing things off of my to-do list. One of the biggest things on the list is my catalog and line sheet. Im working on finishing up my line sheet but have reached a bit of a road block. Its time to plug in my prices-both wholesale and retail, and i find myself going back and forth between raising the prices and keeping them the same.

So far, Ive felt my work was fairly priced, and i was happy with what i was getting for each piece. Then again, so far Ive only done retail shows, so ive been getting double what I will be getting in February. My work is all hand made from start to finish, so every piece has a lot of time and love put into it. I know all makers can relate. When its time to put that price tag on, you cant help but think of all the time, and steps that goes into each and every piece. Of course, ive done the traditional cost of material, labor and mark up equation, but it doesn't always seem to match up with what i think is a good price. Sometimes its too low, and sometimes too high.
I guess the bottom line is- i dont want to undercut myself, and i dont want to be too greedy. Its a fine line to walk.

Im curious about the implied value a high price tag adds versus the amount of sales a low price tag can get me. Which one is better for an artist just starting out. (in a bad economy no less!)

Just throwing that out there...my current dilemma.... too raise or not to raise, that is the question.
Monday, January 12, 2009

Flashback




I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the work i made before i went strictly lucite. I think i need to find a happy medium, since i really do enjoy more of the silversmithing. Maybe after Philly...
Saturday, January 10, 2009

Seriously...

I really try to stay positive on my blog and not complain. Who wants to hear that....? But something just happened to me that I am SO mad about, i dont think i will feel better until i vent it...

I have been waiting to get some of my work back from a shop who was carrying my work on commission. I guess my work just wasn't the right match for this shop, no big deal! I realize this happens. But what do i get in the mail today.... this....
Oh.
My.
Gosh.
I dont even know what to say. Someone from this shop took my HANDMADE WORK and simply DROPPED it in this mail bag. No little baggies, no note, no nothing. Not even little pieces of tissue... The chain was completely tangled and the work tarnish. Not to mention that i should be getting 6 pieces back from this shop. Did the other 4 fall out of the bag?

Is this really how you treat you artist, their work, the products you carry in your shop? I am so baffled, insulted and really just a a loss for words.

Thanks for listening...i feel better already!

Saturday

Its official. My little bird will be cast this week and available soon in my shop and at market!

After I complete the list of things i want to get done today, Im gonna cut myself a break and work on a little sewing project i have in mind using my new fabrics.
Hope you all are having a good weekend!
Friday, January 9, 2009

To cast or not to cast..

Although Philly is still 5 weeks, I feel like its getting down to the wire when it comes with creating new work and designs. Im ready to finalize my catalog, and stop thinking about it!

Now i am faced with this decision; do i cast this little guy and put him into production? I really do like him, and A LOT of people love bird jewelry. Its hard to tell the scale in this picture, but he measures just 1 1/8 inch beak to tail. Tiny and cute!
I spent a wonderful day with my good friend Annie in her studio. I got to ask her a million questions about wholesale shows, and got her opinion on lots of things too. Although i am appropriately nervous about this adventure, she helped to calm me down and re-prioritize.Her intern, Lizzie, has been helping me out with the production of new work for the show as well. Thanks Lizzie!
Back to work! Happy Friday!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Grey Wednesday


It is a cold, wet day here in Baltimore. Its hard to get moving on days like this, but im trying to take full advantage some extra days off.

I spent the morning at the tire shop because i had 3, yes THREE nails in my tire. Not fun! Especially the part where i had to hand over my visa card to cover the one and only tire i can afford. There are so many more fun things to spend money on, im sure you agree!

Anyway. Im devoting the day to getting stuff ready for Philly. Maybe some paperwork/computer work? I cant believe market is only 6 weeks away! I literally have a stack of paperwork at attend too. But...i kinda enjoy it! Im a weirdo! Wish me luck!
Ps. Just bought the Lady Gaga album on I-tunes. TOTALLY rocks!! I highly recommend it! Im dancing around the apartment!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Sale


Be sure to check out Mo Jewelry for an awesome sale. Going on NOW!
Friday, January 2, 2009

Resolutions

This year I have 2!

1. Stay in better contacts with the people I love. Im ofter amazed at the amount of time that goes by between talking too, or seeing good friends and family. Im sorry guys. Im gonna change that.

2. Not be such a people pleaser. and just say "no" sometimes.... imagine!


Here is a photo of a pillow I made over the holidays. Its over stuffed and quite large with a patchwork front. Casey has been thoroughly enjoying it, as you can see...
Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy New Year!

Its the first day of 2009, and Im back at it!! What a whirlwind this whole holiday season has been! I can hardly believe its all over. We got to spend time with family, enjoy good food, catch up with old friends, and just relax.

Santa was very good to me this year! It was definitely a handmade/domestic themed Christmas. Ive been cooking recipes from my new Rachel Ray cookbook, using the new crockpot, and sipping some new wines! (Im trying really hard to like red wine- no luck yet!) My mom found lots of treasures on etsy for me, and even got me a sewing machine! Its heaven!! I never thought i could be so domestic!

Another way cool present my step mom got me was a bag of geodes. I got to crack theses open myself too!! So far ive only been strong enough to break one open! But i was happily suprised by what i found inside:
I dont know what it is about these stones..but i just love them!

Casey and I went to PA with my mom yesterday to go antiquing. She was looking for treasures for her jewelry, and i was looking for vintage sewing supplies and stuff for my Philly booth design (t-6 weeks.....AGHHHHHH). Here are some vintage bottons i scooped up!
So i have been in major show planing mode. I just decided on my booth layout, and that answered questions i had to resolve. Now I jsut need to make some more new work...but thats the fun part!!

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