Archive for the 'silver' 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

Davinci

pink bicone

olive

peach floral pendant

button

rounds

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!

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And some closer pics of the leaves that are sellable:

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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!!!

Didja see? huh? huh? didja?

I got to torch last night! *dances*

I already added them to my Flickr page so the little “thingy” on the side should show them but just incase 😉 I plan to give you sneak peeks 🙂

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Now to get my tush moving and get some jewelry made. I am, with other artists, going to have a space at the artisans galleria over the Holiday Season!

A sneak peek….

A quick preview of what I worked on this weekend, before the crash:
Mystery:
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All that Glitters:
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Focus:
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Tranquil earring pair:
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The Path, set of button shaped beads:
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Spiral:
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Rosa:
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Daisies:
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Psyche:
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Dirty Martini:
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The bead I was working on during the crash, well it’s not even worthy of a pic. The darn thing just was not right. LOL But it was goign to be a set of buttons in my “dirty martini” style, like the last snap shot of the olive colored sleek pillow focal.

Hey, Little Lady!

Just a little plug for My Etsy store.

Little Lady

An actual finished piece for me! Not just a bead! 😉 String this up this pendant on a sterling chain and WOW!

Self-Promoting

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 JustBeads.com Keeping fresh auctions up always helps. I got into such a bad mode with relisting week after week after week.

Recently, I opened an Etsy.com 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.

Silver Silver everywhere

A new topic for FlamingHot! has to do with your comfort zone, what is your staple item you make.

I know without a doubt right now that I tend to rely on silver. Silver wire and silver foil and silver leaf and….

LOL If you read my blog post, Confessions of a Lampworking Mom, you will see that this realization has hit and hit hard. I know if I make a set of beads with silver, it will have a higher chance of selling for me. From simple use of silver to more elaborate designs with it, they sell.

I feel suddenly like I am in a rut. My creativity has gone bye-bye. I need to stretch my limits and move forward. Instead, I sit at the torch and stare at the glass, suddenly not knowing where to start! It’s terrible!

So right now, it’s back to the drawing board to see what new ideas I can find hidden in this mind of mine….something without silver.