Valentine's Day is just around the corner, only 29 days to be exact, so it's not too early to start thinking about getting your loved one that truly unique gift. Shop small and get them something special.
Or maybe get yourself something special, because you deserve it. Treat Yo' Self.
Check back later in the week because I'll be having a Valentine's Day sale (hint, it might be free shipping).
If you follow me on IG (if you don't, you should) you know that I've been working on a beaded skull for a LONG time. A VERY LONG TIME.
Now a lot of time has gone into it, almost 22 hours at this point. But some of the problem was trying to figure out how to bead with a LO running around the house. She is absolutely obsessed with my beads. Lucky for me, she also understands that she is not to touch them. Well, she understands, but she doesn't always care. I am also lucky, because she doesn't put things in her mouth, so she's not eating my beads. So I think after months of trial and error, I figured out how to work on it with a toddler. So, long story short, I've come up with a method to actually get some beadwork done (it mainly consists of not doing it when she's around or giving her her own craft projects to work on).
So after some beading
And more beading
I've covered the skull with small purple and bronze beads. I used a stitch called RAW (right angle weave). You work in a circular fashion, creating each small circle as you go, covering the whole skull. I knew I wanted to use this as my base from the beginning. It's a great stitch to work with for something like this.
Once I got it covered I was at a little bit of a stand still. I knew I wanted to embellish it, but I wasn't sure how. So I tried a few things and just let the beads speak to me (I know it's hokey but it's what I did).
After some trial and error I decided on a tropical rain forest type feel. Like it had been left alone for a long time and nature was starting to reclaim it.
I used a combination of seed beads in a teal color, glass flowers, and glass pearls to embellish.
This is where I am right now. Well I've gotten a little bit more done, but you'll have to wait until next update, or you can follow me on Instagram and get all the updates as they happen.
I'm really loving it so far. I have it on our mantle right now and I love how it looks. I know I've said how much I love it multiple time (a few in this paragraph), but I really do. This is something that I've wanted to do for a very long time and I'm so glad I'm letting myself work on things like this. Things that I love. It just makes the process so much more enjoyable.
Well 2017 is coming to a close and soon it will be 2018, and it will take me at least a month to get the date right when I write it. This year has seen a lot of great things as well as some not so great. I'm only going to dwell on the good in this blog post, we get plenty of the bad with other news and social media outlets.
So what did I celebrate this past year?
This year the hubs and I finally got to go on our honeymoon to beautiful Mexico. This is seriously one of my favorite places to visit. And after being together for almost 14 years, two of those married, we got to enjoy a week on the beach. It was amazing, though it reminded me of how much I would love to move away from the cold and live somewhere warm, but that's not in the cards. Oh well. I guess it makes me appreciate it even more when we get to visit.
We got to watch our best friends get married. I even got to shoot their wedding. It was amazing watching the two of them start this new journey together.
I got to watch my LO grow and develop into quite the little lady. She'll be two soon, but you'd think she was ready for college some days. I am so happy to have my LO in my life. She has made things different, but in an amazing way.
I got back in the swing of things and did a show. It was a total bust and I only broke even, but it got me out there thinking about my business again. I needed that.
And speaking of getting back into the swing of things. This year made me really look at my business. I decided to stop acting like it was a hobby and start treating it like a full fledged business. I started doing SEO research and listening to business podcasts. I started taking all aspects of it a lot more serious then I ever had in the past. And I have seen a great improvement in my numbers. Now if only I would have done this 10 years ago when I first opened my online shop. But I don't have time for what ifs.
This was a pretty good year for me personally. And I'm hoping to just make it better next year. I going to focus on my business with the goal of being able to do it full time so I can spend more time with my family. I am also going to be focusing on more things I like and not what the masses like. I know that sounds crazy, but why make things for an over saturated market, when I could easily fill a niche that no one has captured. And it will make me happier making things I love, so there is that. I'm also going to continue working on my photography. The more I practice the better I will become.
I hope everyone else can look back and reflect on both the struggles and accomplishments of the year. Let's all make next year amazing! And don't forget to shop small. Because shopping small isn't just paying artists. It's giving them the ability to spend more time with there families. It's helping them make rent this month and putting groceries on the table. It makes them do a little happy dance every time a sale is made, and trust me, we all do a happy dance.
Here's to 2017. Now on to 2018!
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I'm having a sale! Get 15% off any order over $10. Shop handmade this holiday season and get your loved ones unique one of a kind gifts. Just head over to my Etsy Shop to save, no coupon codes needed!
Shopping handmade makes it possible for independent artists like me to pay our bills and get gifts to our loved ones. It means the world to us. Support handmade.
Sale ends November 27, 2017
I had these big plans to get all my jewelry moved over to my new Etsy Shop before the holidays, but that doesn't look like it's going to happen. I have about 75% moved over, but I don't see me finishing up before the end of this week. So I'm going to keep all my jewelry in my main Three Fates Etsy Shop for now and after the holidays are over, I'll open the second shop.
I was really excited about the new shop, and I still am, but with all the craziness that is going on, it will have to wait until next year.
But I will still be having a Black Friday sale, so make sure to check back to see how you can save on all your beady needs. I'll be announcing that sale next week.
And don't forget, shopping handmade this holiday season doesn't just support the artist. It helps them pay for school, for their family to go to the doctor, for food to be purchased, and gives them the ability to get gifts for their loved ones. It is so much more than just a small purchase. So shop handmade this year.
Check out my holiday gift guide. It's filled with all kinds of holiday ideas for all your loved ones. There are new items listed all the time, so check it out often. Fill your life and the life of others with some beady goodness this year! Buy handmade!
'Where did this year go? I'm serious, I feel like it was just New Years. How can it be the Holidays already? I'm sure everyone is feeling that way right now. It's just crazy.
This year was a busy year for me and my family. We celebrated our daughter's first birthday. We remodeled a basement room into a speak easy (crazy I know). We finally went on our belated honeymoon (we just got back and miss beautiful Mexico already). I had my first craft show in a few years (it was a bust, but at least I got back in the swing of things). We go to celebrate our best friends' weeding. It was a great year.
But now it's getting cold outside and it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving and Christmas. About family gatherings and friends you haven't seen all year. It's time for hearty soups and hot cocoa. Mittens and warm hearths. Oh the holidays.
It's also time to start shopping for Christmas gifts. I just want to remind everyone this year to buy local and handmade. You're not just buying an independent artist's work. You're making it possible for them to continue doing what they love, to pay their mortgage, and get gifts for their loved ones. It means the world to us artists when people give our items as gifts.
I will be having a holiday sale soon, so check back to get more details on that. If you are interested in having something custom made, shoot me a message and I'll work with you to make something completely unique and special (don't forget most custom orders take at least 4 weeks to complete). Stop by my Etsy Shop for new goodies and great gifts.
Don't forget my Halloween sale. Stop by my Etsy Shop and get 10% off every order over $10. No coupon code needed, the discount will be taken in your cart.
This beauty is going up in my new jewelry only Etsy shop soon (early November). It would make a great Christmas gift for someone you love or maybe for yourself.
And don't forget about my Halloween Sale. 10% off every order over $10. No coupon code needed. Just swing by my Etsy Shop to check it out.