Tuesday, September 28, 2010

New Pendant

I've been workin on this new pendant for a while, and guess what.....it's not made of clay haha.

This has actually been one of the trickiest things I've ever made with wire. I spent a lot of time first drawing out the design, figuring out a way to fit in the swirls and what to do in the center of it. Then forming the wire to match the drawing. Making the frame was quite frustrating. Keeping everything symetrical is not one of my strong points.


I wanted to do something different with gemstones. I was originally thinking of putting lots of tiny beads in all different collors all over the pendant, but as it came together there was so much going on in it already that I think just the one bead in the center was perfect. And don't you just love that shade of blue?

Monday, September 27, 2010

The Show

Well it looks like The Witches Ball will be my last show.

Overall it wasn't a horrible experience, but I don't think that I bring in enough money to justify the trouble. I made enough to cover the table, materials, dinner, and still have a good amount left over, but I didn't reach my goal.

The day was beautiful. The temperature was warm and there was a beautiful breeze all day. We were under a big tree so we had shade too. One thing I'm very happy about is that I have never had a rude customer. I've heard horror stories from other sellers about rude people and I'm very thankful that they've never come to my table.

After the show was over and we were home and relaxing and watching tv, we both remembered something very important. It was our wedding anniversary! Saturday was the 4th anniversary of our Las Vegas wedding, and we both forgot!

I will leave you with some earrings I just listed

Friday, September 24, 2010

Tomorrow

The show is tomorrow and I'm getting nervous. I've been packing for the past couple days, and making sure I have enough items. This is going to be the biggest show I've done so far and the most space I've had to fill up. This is also my first outdoor event so I've had to modify some of my displays. Many of my displays would blow over in the wind, they would just act as sails, so I've put together a bunch that are lower.

This show is going to be the test. The last two shows I did had factors against them, one was a brand new show that didn't advertise and had a very low turnout, and the other show ended up being on the hottest day of the year and had a low turnout. But in both shows I managed to make more than my table cost plus what I spent setting up. Tomorrow's show is well established, well advertised, and the weather is supposed to be very nice. So if I make a good amount of money then I will continue to pursue doing shows, if not then I will go to the Witches Ball which I already paid for and that will be the end of the shows.

And just so this isn't a completely boring post, here's a picture of one of my latest clay creations.

Friday, September 17, 2010

It's here!


My favorite time of the year! FALL IS HERE! Well almost. I really love this time of year, the cooler temperatures, the leaves changing colors, cider, pumpkins, and of course Halloween!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Even more clay

I'm still playing around with clay. I bought a few more colors to play with too. The only problem I'm still having is baking. It seems that either when I take them out they're still a bit soft, or they're overcooked and the color is off. But I'm having a lot of fun with the different colors and combining them. I made a few more Halloween themed items which I think are really cute. These aren't finished yet, they still need to be sealed but I couldn't wait to take some pictures of them.
Vampire bite hearts
I made these in a bunch of different colors.














This heart was really tricky. It involved making several identicle hearts in different colors, cutting them apart, sticking different colored pieces together and adding the teeny tiny little bits of black clay to form the stitches. It reminds me a lot of Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas.
Sally's Heart

And these were just plain fun. It took some practice to form the petals all the same, but I think they're so cute!

Treasuries!

I've recently gotten convos informing me of THREE treasuries my items have been in recently. I'm so excited, I usually don't get into treasuries! And all of these are so beautiful!


http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c8c2c1ba5dd8eef0b841b8d/for-all-eternity?index=0
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c917515b4a86d918ccd42d9/recycled-talent-fasonable-and-elegant?index=0
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c9174acb4a86d9107ad42d9/a-goddess-needs-her-accessories

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Earring Box

I solved a small problem today. What to do with all those earrings until their bought, or in betwen craft shows. I'd been thinking about this for a while. I wanted to store them in a way that I could just throw in the car and take to shows, and then store them neatly at home so they were out of the way. This is what I came up with.

It turned out to be pretty simple. I bought a bunch of these plastic shoe boxes at Walmart a while ago, for like $.5o I think. Well I took one, drilled a few small holes through the sides, fed some thick wire through and hung the earrings. The wires are low enough that I can still easily put the lid on. And I can just take the box, put it on a shelf in the closet, or put it in the car and go. I love it! Here's what it looked like before all the earrings were in it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Stats!

Did you guys see this? The Stats link in your blog dashboard. Check it out

Destashing!

So, I'm using my second shop (http://www.handmadefindings.etsy.com/) to destash some beads, as well. While looking for something, I came up on a box full of old beads that I had completely forgotten about. Lovely beads, and lots of them. So destash it is!

Here are some of the ones I've photographed so far

These incredibly beautiful amethyst beads. It kind of hurst to list them, I mean look how incredibly purple they are. But I never use these in my jewelry. At 6mm, they're really just too big for my taste.




I also came across a ton of these, in all different colors. They look like Swarovski bicones, but they're not. They're actually lucite, but I don't think you can tell the difference just by looking at them






I just know I have more things I can list. Now it's like a scavenger hunt through all my storage bins to see what I can list!

Monday, September 6, 2010

What I really did over the long weekend

I have been working on this project for a while. It started out with an idea that wouldn't go away. you know, one of those ideas that keeps bouncing around in your brain that you can't really get rid of.

I started a supply shop. It's mainly handmade findings. Earwirs, jumprings, headpins and such. I'm also using it to destash a bunch of beads.

Check it out. I've already had a sale!

http://www.handmadefindings.etsy.com/

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Stamped Pendants

I'm in love with my metal stamps. The day they came in the mail I went through all my blanks stamping and stamping. It took me more than a few blanks to figure out what worked and what didn't (and I ruined more than a few blanks) But I did get the hang of it, and here are a few of the little pendants I made




It was rather tricky photographing the shiny surfaces of these little guys. They are so reflective. I have some bigger ones that I made that I will photograph soon

Saturday, September 4, 2010

More clay play

I was playing some more with some clay, this time combining two colors in one piece. It was scary. But I like the results

Something else for my Halloween category. I made a bunch of these little coffin pendants. I tried different placements of the hearts, but I think this one came out the best. Making that little heart was really tricky.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Secret Sale

I'm currently in the process of listing some new jewelry to my shop. But I wanted to do something fun. So I'm having a SECRET SALE! Well it's not really a secret if you're a follower of my blog.

What's the sale?

Every item in my shop for blog followers is 25% off!!!

To claim the discount just write the word "BLOG" in the notes to seller box at checkout and I will issue you a refund via paypal to reflect the discount. But this won't last long so hurry up and buy something!

(the 25% will override any existing sale discount. For example I have a discount on my featured items, so if you bought one of those you would just get the 25% off)