Archive for the 'self-promotion' Category

I am tired

The baby is cutting his first tooth and fighting his first ear infection. I am getting no sleep!

I did manage over the weekend to snap some pics. Today, I was able to find time to edit them while holding a fussy baby.

For your entertainment:
Floral pendant


pink bicone


peach floral pendant



pink floral pendant

stormy beach


Another preview!

I haven’t even added these to Flickr yet! I had them soaking in water for 3 days and finally cleaned them up late last night and grabbed pics this morning! I am really sad that I broke my favorite leaf, but I will make more! Also, made some beads into earrings! I plan on selling those not only on etsy but also in our store and the other 2 places you can find my jewelry and beads IRL! 😉

So here they are!





And some closer pics of the leaves that are sellable:





So that is all for me today! The kids have a half day of school and I have two home sick with sinus infections and ear infections. I am clorox-ing EVERYTHING today! Gotta get the germies out of here!!!

Featured Artist! Check it out!

I am so thrilled! I was chosen to be a feature artist on a fellow etsy store owners blog! Please check it out!

Precious Memories

You what??

Yeah, I did it. I agreed to do a show locally at the end of April. Yes, I will be EXTREMELY pregnant at that point. Just how pregnant? Uh, 37 weeks. *blushes*

 What was I thinking? All the prep work and then the actual show, which is 2 days. Oh man, someone smack me!

Will I have enough stock to bring? I think I need to start prep work and packing my totes now so I don’t have to do it last minute. It’s a pretty decent show from what I have been told. It is being held in historic Spook Hall in Jerome, AZ. If you are going to be in the area, stop by and say ‘hi!’ Um, I’ll be the extremely pregnant one….I am sure you won’t miss me!

Wanna see???

I recently opened a Flickr account. By going to this page you can view past and present beads that I have made. Some are available now through the venues I sell at. Other beads can be requested by contacting me through my blog or through Just mention the name of the beads you would like remade, send your email address and the ball will get rolling. Any other questions, always feel free to contact me!

In the mean time, make sure to check out my Flickr account:
SMG Design’s Flickr

Let me know what you think! I will be adding more pictures as I find the time to do so.


A new topic for FlamingHot! A topic that my hubby and I just discussed this very morning!

At the beginning of 2007, I worked really hard and built up a great customer base. I was very happy with what I was making and hey, I was doing something I love!! Fast forward a couple of months and I find myself working full time at our family’s new business. I didn’t have a lot of time for making beads, let alone the time for promoting myself. Guess what? My sales dropped. Drastically. 😦

Recently, with me doing my portion of work from home, I find myself with more time to make beads, jewelry and time for self-promoting. But at this point, I have let my sales drift away to almost nothing so it is like I am starting all over again at the beginning.

I have made a few notes in my bead journal, goals I guess one would call them. Steps to take and work hard on to get my sales back to where they were and above.

So, on to what do I do?

I blog, you are reading this right? Well, I hope someone is!!! I joined the very cool group of FlamingHot! I try to blog when new topics come up.

I am trying to keep up with new auctions on Keeping fresh auctions up always helps. I got into such a bad mode with relisting week after week after week.

Recently, I opened an store. I am putting some new stuff in there along with some of the sets I have had in my stash for longer than a month. I have had no sales there yet, but I do know that it takes a lot of networking. I am trying to reach out to other store owners there as well as keeping that link in my sig lines on most forums I visit.

Lastly, I alluded earlier to our family business. Well, we have a storefront in Sedona, AZ. Just before Christmas I set up my rack and displayed my finished jewelry and put out a rack for earrings. I have been selling things like crazy there lately. In fact, a few customers have given us some tips to get more sales and I plan to act on those as soon as I can.

I guess from what I have rambled about, it’s all about word of mouth, getting your name out there. I never realized just how much work that can take but I do know that in the end, it will all be worth it.