I have finally gotten back into the swing of things here. It only took about a year since my daughter was born to find my beading mojo again. It's a nice feeling to finally get back to creating.
I did have a slight setback a couple of weeks ago. We had a huge storm and my studio got a little bit of water in it. Luckily, nothing got wet except for flooring, but it did mean I needed to pull up the floor and let everything dry. It has been a bit of a blessing in disguise because it has forced me to go through and get rid a bunch of things I no longer need. Which is what I think I needed. My studio is now a lot cleaner and organized, which makes is so much easier to work. Soooo, that means I've been getting some beading done.
I've been working on some new beaded objects, like this little beaded bottle.
I found these great little vintage bottles and knew that I had to bead them. They are so cute and I just love them.
I finished up the first one this weekend and I can't wait to work on the next one. I have a few more ideas of what to do with them, but I won't get to far ahead of myself. I have decided to finish up as many unfinished projects as I can before I go crazy looking at them. So that means I have a bunch of new projects I will be sharing.
And if you want to see some projects in the works, check out my Instagram account. I have beady pics, some of my photography practice shots, as well as some cute little pug pics.
Down the Rabbit Hole Bead Embroidered Cuff
Summer Time Bead Embroidered Cuff with glass focal bead and silver charms
A Walk in the Garden Bead Embroidered Cuff
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I'm in love with big beautiful earrings. I can't wear them right now because LO will rip them out of my ears. Just mine, everyone else she leaves alone. Mom's hair and jewelry is much more fun to pull, but I digress. Big beaded earrings are my thing. I love beaded hoops and fringe earrings (which are so hot right now). All of these pretties can be found in my Etsy Shop.
I have made a number of bead embroidered pendants over the years. Here are a few of my favorites. You can find some of them in my Etsy Store.
So I know I said that this year was the year of rejection and that I was only going to apply to high end shows, but that was a little lie. I decided that I would ease into the arts and crafts fair scene with a simple small local show.
This past Saturday was my first craft fair in almost two years. It was here in Madison at Warner Park. The weather was beautiful (but I was stuck inside) and I thought it would be a great show to ease back into things.
Unfortunately it wasn't.
The customer flow just wasn't there and the ones that were there were just not buying. I think the lovely weather really had a big part of it. Why would you spend a chunk of your day walking around inside when you could be out in the sunny warm spring weather? I know I wouldn't want to, I really wanted to be outside with my LO playing with bubbles or taking a walk. But oh well.
I did get to use a new display that my husband made. It was pretty nice to have some extra space on my small table to show off things. I didn't have time to stain the base and the top, but I still think it looked pretty nice.
I had a friend from work come help me set up and she was in charge of setting up this display. I think she also did a very nice job.
I did make a pretty big decision at this show. I don't think I'm going be bringing any jewelry to shows anymore. I think I will keep them up on Etsy, but I don't think I'll be bringing them to shows anymore. I just feel like the market is so saturated that you can't really make any money with jewelry, even with beaded jewelry. It's just not a great market. It's not unique enough. I always thought my beadwork was unique enough, but it's not. Maybe there was a time that it was, but it's not any more. I'm going to focus on my mixed media pieces. I have not really seen anything like them at any of the shows I've done, so I think I might have a niche market.
I have another show I'm going to apply to in July. I have the application all ready to go, I just have to send it in. So if i get into this show, I'm going to test out my theory on weather or not my mixed media beadwork is a good fit for shows. Which also means I have to get back in the studio and get some new pieces made. And I need to get some photos of my jewelry up on Etsy.
I can't believe it's been two years since my last arts and crafts show. Wow, where did the time go? Oh yeah I was pregnant and I had a baby. That's right. So the time was spent doing something amazing, but now I'm ready to get back into it.
I'll be at SpringFest at Warner Park in Madison, WI on April 1st from 9-3. Booth 49 in the gym.
I've been working on a new layout for the booth and I've been working on new product branding. I'm pretty exciting about trying out new things. I'm really liking my new tags, I'll share a photo soon.
I'm a little interested to see how LO is going to do. She will be accompanying us at least for some of the day. This will be kinda interesting. My MIL is going to come and help out with her later in the day, but she'll be my little helper in the morning. She loves people, so she should be okay.
I'm hoping to clear out a bit of my stock so I can make room for all the new ideas I have. I got a bunch of little bottles I'm excited to work on and I have some new animal skulls that I can't wait to bead.
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Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone. The day where everyone is a little Irish. Well, I'm pretty Irish everyday ;-)
I made my obligatory corned beef and roasted veggies last week. I wish I would have gotten a photo of it because it was a thing of beauty, but it was devoured before I could, which is a good thing I guess. I know it's pretty stereotypical to make one, but I just can't help myself. They are sooooo good. Just like my weird obsession with Shamrock shakes (don't lie, you know you have one too). But I'll save that for another day. Let's move onto some beady goodness. Well beady business goodness. Fun I know.
I've been working on some new beaded items. Progress has been slow, real slow. I only get time to work during nap time and at night, but let's face it, most nights I collapse on the couch without doing much. Who knew having a baby would be so exhausting ;-) I'll try to get some progress shots soon. But you should check out my Instagram account because I'm always posting fun things there. The link is below because for some reason I can't seem to add hyperlinks to anything right now. Blah.
I've also been working on my whole business model. I've been reading some new books and listening to a bunch of podcasts (especially ones geared towards introverts). After taking a few years off, I need to get back in the game. I need to get my butt in gear. I need my motivation back. Seriously, having a baby really changed a lot of things. I mean I obviously don't have the time I use to have. I'm having to learn all over again how to manage what time I do have. I did learn last week that I can get a little bit of work done by giving LO some fabric to play with. She was having all sorts of fun waving it around and playing peek a boo. Oh to be a child again. But that does means I can get things done while she's with me, I just have to figure out how. I know lots of parents do it, so there is hope for me.
That's all I have for now, just some random ramblings. Now I have to go back to taking my class on logo design, something else I'm working on. But I'll leave you with a pretty beady photo.
I hope everyone has a great St. Patrick's Day and a great weekend. I'll see you all next week. Stay crafty.