Wow, I'm really bad about keeping up with the blog... I just had to write something in here to keep it updated... Two days before Christmas, still haven't wrapped anything... made yummy lobster rolls for my party here at work.... the oven caught on fire this morning... it was like mission impossible... the flame going just along the heating element. Now I wonder if that means I won't be able to do any cooking tomorrow? I hope I can at least make cookies, otherwise I will have to go out to the store and buy cookies, but Santa won't mind.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Today marks the end of my second craft fair. Here's a picture of my tables - since the ladies the day before decided not to come back.
I didn't do well (again), but I believe I did better than some of the other jewelers. There was not a lot of traffic. It really stunk that I wasn't in the main area, although I hear some of those people didn't do well at all. I did get a lot of compliments, and some people took my card for to have custom pieces made. I don't know if it was the economy, or if it was just a bad weekend all together. I really don't know what more I learned today, except make sure you have things that are lower priced that the parents can buy for the kids. My big sellers were my lanyards and eyeglass necklaces along with the seed bead memory bracelets. Those were some of my cheapest items as well. I'm just going to try and stay positive and try again at my next craft fair in two weeks. Wish me luck!!
Posted by Petit Rien at 5:41 PM
Saturday, November 21, 2009
This was day one of a two day fair. It was a big difference from my first fair. First off, I was a bit more organized. Although I was more organized, and it was a HUGE fair (over 80 vendors), I sold 2/3 less than what I did at my first fair. From what I saw and heard a lot of people did poorly, and some people sold NOTHING! So I guess I did pretty good compared to others.
I bought myself two little dollies that have a plastic carton on the bottom. I found them in Wal-Mart for less than $20.00. This helped me limit my trips back and forth to the car. I also only used one jewelry case, instead of three. I packed my earrings in plastic bags, on homemade earring cards with the lips on the back so I could just take them out of the bag and hang them up. It save a lot of time.
I really have no special hints or tips, because I wasn't very busy, so I learned no real lessons. I did hear that a few vendors are not showing up tomorrow because they did so poorly, so hopefully tomorrow more people will show up, and enjoy my jewelry!
I met a great artist (her table was next to mine). She's another jeweler, and I learned a lot from her. It was really refreshing talking with someone in the same line.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
I went to my first craft fair on Friday at my place of employment. There were about 15 tables there, five of which had jewelry. I got there a little after 7am to set-up to open at 9am. This being my first craft fair, I figured I would a little to be ready for my second fair. My first BIG mistake was having things packed poorly and with little or no organization. It took about six trips out to my car to get everything to the room. I'd like to make only one trip, and so hopefully next time I will be able to whittle that down a little. I had everything in boxes, which, I then had to take out of boxes to hang on the earring stand. That took a long time, since I first had to take it out of the box, then put the hanger on the earring card (I make my cards myself), then hang them up. First off, I am not going to store my things in the individual boxes anymore. I will store them in plastic baggies, with the hanger already attached. This will cut back on me having to bring three craft cases filled with the jewelry in the boxes, and maybe only have to bring one craft case, and a bag filled with boxes.
Second big mistake, I forgot a pen. ooooppppsss!
Third mistake, I had no way to hang my banner up. I thought I could hang it with ribbon on the table, but the ribbon kept pulling the banner, and the banner kept trying to keep rolling back up. I will have to figure something out with that.
I only had about four busts to hang necklaces on, so I had to keep a lot of necklaces in the boxes on the table. I thought it looked crappy like that. I have ordered a few necklace boards, so next time it will all look a little neater.
On a positive note, I did have small bills, my cards, everything priced and a mirror available for people to try on necklaces.
It was a good day. A bit stressful, but I am looking forward to another fair.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The contest is over! And I guess I did make it too easy ;) We have two winners! Aestraea will win two pairs of Earrings (her choice), and the last pair will go to Kristen Hardy! Thanks everyone so much for playing and taking the time exploring Etsy and finding new and exciting shops from talented artisians!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I thought it would be fun to have a contest! I love a good mystery, and puzzle, and although I may not be a great creator of them, I thought it would be fun to send people out on a hunt!! I will give five clues to who my mystery featured artist is. It won't be easy (at least I hope not!), and there may be many answers, although only one is right!! You can win one or ALL of the following:
Crystal Quartz and Sapphire Earrings
Amethyst and Rose Quartz Earrings
Swarkovski Crystal and Glass Heart Earrings
To play the game:
Follow the clues, figure out who the artist is... post their Etsy username, or store name on the comments of this post. Only one guess per person. For those not familiar with Etsy, it is an online handcraft and vintage website allowing artists to sell their items. Just go to etsy.com, make an account (it's free) and look around. There is some AMAZING stuff there!! To win the prize(s):
Win 1 prize: Guess the correct artist
Win 2 prizes: Guess the correct artist and be a follower of my blog
Win all 3 prizes: Guess the correct artist, be a follower of my blog, and have made a purchase from my Etsy shop. (geesh, talk about bribery!)
I will announce the prize after I post the interview. At this time, the winner can contact me so I can send their prize! If someone does guess the correct artist, and only wins one prize, then the next person who guessed the correct artist will get a pick of the remaining prizes. All prizes will come in a nice gift box with my logo name. Great for Christmas gift!
The interview will be posted on or around Halloween. Have fun! Thanks for playing!
Clue #1: This Artist uses leaves in some of his/hers work.
Clue #2: This Artist joined Etsy in 2008.
Clue #3: This Artist used a stamp from another Etsy seller to make one of his/her pieces of work.
Clue #4: This Artist uses special printmaking with some of his/her work.
Clue #5: At the time of this writing, this Artist has over 65 shop hearts.
Let the hunt begin!!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I finished reading The Pact today, and really don't know how to explain how I feel about it. I think the author portrayed Emily and Chris too much like adults in their relationship. I know it was supposed to be them being soul mates and kindred spirits etc, but it just seemed they were way too mature for my liking. It was a good story, but felt something was lacking in giving the family any type of closure for Emily's death, although I guess in real life it is that way, it was a book of fiction, so I would have liked them to have some sort of closure. I got the feeling the author kinda left Chris in the dust, with me wondering what became of his life, but maybe that was her intent as well. I'm not sure if it was a happy ending or sad ending. I just can't get my grip on it.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I'm watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, I never realized just how scary that movie is for a kid..... The singing, while it may have been popular for back when it was created, just isn't making my kids sing along.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
I just finished reading The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes on my handy Kindle (Which I love by the way). It was pretty good. It was an easy read, but jumped around from the past to the present a lot. It was a pretty easy transition, and you got to know the characters quite well. Would I recommend it? Yes, if you're bored on a rainy afternoon with nothing else to do, but I wouldn't say it was a "HAVE TO" read.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Most of my beads are stored in here.... It is so difficult for me to go through them and find what I need. I waste a lot of time doing that.
This is the old TV I watch when I'm making jewelry.... I watch NCIS re-runs, and now that the new shows are out I enjoy Fringe, Survivor, Monk and Criminal Minds.
I hope you enjoyed my life :)... There's actually more to it than that, but it sure makes you wonder how I get anything done. Please tell me I'm not the only one like this!!
These are a bunch of the earrings I've been working on.... As soon as I fill up the rack, I tell myself that is when I will get organized........ OH NO!! It's almost full!!
This is another corner of the room. A shelf with things all packed up waiting to be shipped (I'm really really positive someone will order something, so it is ready to go!!!) All I have to do is put a pretty bow on it, pack it and ship it off! Misc books, photos of the youngins and things like that.
Posted by Petit Rien at 5:13 PM
I couldn't figure out how to keep posting pictures the way I wanted, so I'm making this into groups I can organize.. hehehhee....
To the right is my photography equipment. The cedar chest is my "filing" system. When I get a receipt in, I just throw it in there..... along with misc other things. Not going to be good come tax season when I have to wade through there.
This is actually pretty cool, it's just in a bad spot (well the lamp is in a bad spot.) I ordered some plastic containers and labeled them, and have many seed beads stuck to the metal bars on the wall with a magnet..... it's not working out as well as I would like for 2 reasons.
1. The magnets fall off --- I guess the hot glue gun wasn't the right glue.... don't know what else to use... any advice?
2. The stupid lamp is in the way. I really have to move it!!! It blocks my printer, along with a handy shelf below the printer, that I have to crawl on my hands and knees to access because I have a really bad room layout.
Posted by Petit Rien at 5:08 PM
Okay, here goes nothing! I'm so ashamed. Is this really me??? To the right is a close-up of my work area! What a pigsty!!! Are there any organizers out there that can help me???
Posted by Petit Rien at 5:03 PM
Remember The Breakfast Club, when the Ally Sheedy dumped her purse on the couch, and they said something about her dumping her life (or problems) out for everyone to see... I'm going to do it. I'm going to dump my disorganized space on you!! Well.... it's not just disorganized, it's a MESS! Hopefully I will soon show you the organized space it becomes!!
So, I will take some pictures of my work space, and you can see for yourself the very disorganized person I am. It doesn't make my creations any less.... aren't artists supposed to be a little weird? It seems like I will clean up my room and as soon as I get started working again, I just trash it.... as hard as I try to keep it clean, I guess it just isn't a priority with me. There are always more important things to do, like make just one more pair of earrings before I go to bed. It's a danger zone! And the 2 1/2 year old is banned from being in there!
So off to charge my camera batteries (I can't find my wide angle lens... hmmmm..... go figure - so I have to use the small camera). Will edit this post soon.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Wow, I had a long day today at work..... it was extremely busy!! Then, when I got home, took the six year old to swimming lessons, and just got home. She's reading now, and I'm anxiously awaiting the time to run into my back room and start making some jewelry! It's like an addiction! I'm getting ready for a big open house. My co-worker is having an Arbonne (spelling?) open house, and she asked if I would sell my jewelry there! So excited, but nervous too. Then in November we're having an employee craft fair. We'll see how that goes. Etsy is slow for me, but I haven't posted anything new for a while because I want to make sure I have enough for those two events. I haven't tried selling locally at boutiques or hair salons yet, too nervous to do the one on one. It's so easy being outgoing on the computer, but when you have to sell your stuff in person, it's scary!!
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Life is just a big circle... I remember a time where I'd look at my older people strangely because they didn't know how to work a cell phone or whatever, but now I am there!! There is so much out there, and I feel so lost with all this technology! I am determined to figure it out. I remember long ago running a BBS..... if anyone knows what that is, they are my age or older!! Kids nowadays have probably never heard of that! I could use DOS and ANSI codes, no problem. But trying to figure out how to design a blog.... OMG I am lost!!!!
Posted by Petit Rien at 6:51 AM