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.
So come stop on down on April 1st. Pick up a Mother's Day gift that is one of a kind, something you won't find anywhere else. Or pick up that perfect Teach Appreciation gift for the end of the school year. Tell you favorite teacher how much you appreciate their hard work. Or just pick something up for yourself, I mean, you're worth it.
Stop bye, say hello, and support handmade. Mention this blog post and I'll give you 10% off your purchase (no minimum). If you cannot make it check out my Etsy Shop for unique items.
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.
So I'm getting ready to do my first arts and crafts show in at least two years. I can't believe it's been so long since I've done a show. I mean I sort of had a baby last year, so I guess it's understandable, but still, it's been a long time.
I was hoping to get a whole set up make over, but I just don't think I'm going to have the time to get everything done, which is okay. But I do have some new ideas that I should be able to finish up before the next one. You'll just have to stop by again to see what I'm up to.
Until then I'll leave you with some pretty photos of some beaded bracelets I've made over the years.
Purple jig saw puzzle bracelet. I have this bracelet as well as the pattern for sale in my etsy shop if you would like to make one yourself.
Okay, so year of rejection sounds awful, I know, but just hear me out. I'm actually looking forward to this year.
Last year was amazing. I married the man I love (it only took us 12 years to make it official), I had my first child (one of the most amazing things I've ever done), I found my calling at work in the lab again (after feeling like leaving science and never looking back), the Chicago Cubs won the World Series (being a life long fan, this was awesome), I helped one of my best friends propose to one of my other good friends (they are so cute together), and I finally decided to just do the beadwork I want to do (not what other like). I mean there were plenty of not so great moments, but that's just how life works.
This year, this year is the year of the rejection. Well hopefully not too much rejections, but that's okay if there is some.
This year I plan on going back to doing art shows. But not just any little art show, ones that my art fits. In the past I was always to scared to apply to shows that I knew I might be rejected, so I just didn't. That means I ended up settling for shows that didn't really fit my art. They were not bad shows, they just weren't for me.
This year, this year is going to be different. I'm only going to apply to the shows that fit my work. I'm going to be okay with rejections. It will make me a better artist. It will make me better at applying for shows. It will help with a lot of things I struggle with.
So this year is the year of rejections and I'm okay with that.
What are your plans for this year? More creating, taking more risks?
I have been working on something quite new and something very different. Okay, maybe not that different for me.
For a long time I tried to make beaded items that everyone would love. That would sell. But it didn't make me happy and as the market became more and more saturated with basic beaded items, they didn't even make me money. And a girl's got to eat. So a few years ago, my most amazing hubby, told me to let go of the ordinary and make things that make me happy. Make things that I like and would like to have in my house. So I did.
It started with some simple skull beaded work. I had no idea how many people would dislike these. Why? Skulls are pretty neat. But for everyone that didn't like them (including my FIL), I had more that loved them. People of all ages.
Then I started to branch out, started to make things that incorporated my science background. I started to make bead embroidered organs.
I love making these and I have plans to make many more organs. I've never had anyone tell me they don't like them. I've had plenty of people say they were not sure what one would do with a bead embroidered heart of set of lungs, but no one outright tell me they hate them.
I've even had my bead embroidered work displayed at the medical college. And I'm hoping to be able to have stuff there again.
But now I've started a new route, one that I've been dreaming of trying for a while.
Here is my first combo of bones and beads. It's a deer jaw that I beaded (okay, I guess you all could see that). I'm loving it. I just love the way the beads work with the bone, it looks so great. I cannot wait to start on my next project. I'm not going to give too much away, but it involves bones and beads again, imagine that. If you want to check out some progress shots, check out my instagram account. I post work in progress shots as well as cute photos of my little pug.
I am currently working on a few new things, but now pictures yet. Okay, maybe a few soon. I'm pretty excited about some of the things I've been working on. But until then, I've got a few new custom orders to share with you.
First is a beautiful beaded belt. This was not my work, it was a repair job. It was the first project I worked on since I had the little one, so it was perfect to get me back into the swing of things. I loved working on it and my client was fantastic. She was so great to work with. Nothing makes me love beading more then working with all the great people I get to work with.
The second project I worked on was this absolutely beautiful necklace. I am in love with it. It is beaded in three different shade of bronze size 15 seed beads, which are little tiny guys. It's so delicate, I fell in love with it and was a little sad I had to let it go. It has three interchangeable pendents. Which I think is really cool.
One of the pendents has freshwater pearls in a bronze color. One of the pendents has bronze size 8 seed beads and the final pendent has round magnesite beads. That last one I threw in just in case she wanted a little bit of color
It was so nice playing with beads again. I didn't really realize how much I missed it. I love spending time with my little one, but I still love to get some beading in during my spare time. Right now I'm working on a really cool project that I can't wait to share with you. I'll have some in progress shots soon to share. I'll have some finished shots as well soon. I can't wait. I'm so glad to be back.