I apologize – I’ve been neglecting my website and business blog. Here’s some of what I’ve been doing:
Finishing my oracle cards! I just submitted an order to print the first sets of cards, which I should get in the next two weeks or so. My current plan is to start with a small number, and if there’s enough interest, I’ll get more printed. I also ordered a proof of my oracle card book. I’m planning on beginning to sell them this summer, so stay tuned!
I’m still making some jewelry. These are from a new collection I’m working on. I’m experimenting with playing with wire in an organic, free-form way and creating unique pieces that stand out.
Last month, I watched a webinar on creating new product lines, which introduced me to the idea of collections. I realized that while I do have some products (like angel pendants or collaged word pendants) that could fall into that category, I have a lot of general jewelry that falls under “wire wrapped gemstone jewelry” without a specific theme. So, I’ve been working on a new collection: Centerpiece bracelets. Mostly, it’s assembling already existing pieces and charms, but I’ve also experimented with making my own centerpiece connector. Here are a few pictures.
Celtic goddess bracelet
Crystal beads with brass filigree centerpiece
Gemstone beads with copper plated filigree centerpiece
Two bracelets: repurposed watch band and button and wirewoven crescent centerpiece
They remind me a bit of watches with a focal point in the center. There are so many possibilities for the centerpiece connection, from buttons to charms to wirewrapped or wirewoven pieces. It’s been fun to play with this design and see what unfolds.
Major Etsy update: I now have 45 items in my shop. Check out my Shop Updates for a coupon code for free shipping for the holidays!
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More of the items included in my Etsy update:
As for myself, I’m excited to see my love over this coming Thanksgiving weekend. I’ve managed to do a majority of my holiday shopping already, so I’m looking forward to cozying in…and hopefully selling a few things online!
Wow, it’s the last day of October! Happy Halloween!
This month, I:
Sold two items on Etsy – from people I don’t know in person!
Went to a gem and mineral show and bought quite a few pretty stones.
Did one craft fair.
Started working on editing my oracle cards again.
Sent off my first holiday order.
Made a pair of earrings and a pendant for a friend for her birthday
Constructed a feather barrette and mask for my Halloween costume
Did my first art abandonment and three pairs of Halloween barrettes in different places for people to randomly find.
Made a few other jewelry pieces, such as these:
I finally got a new mixed media sketchbook and have started playing in it already.
I’ve had some days lately where I’ve wondered if I’m doing enough. After writing all this out, I realize that I’ve done a lot this month – and that I deserve the moments in between where I can rest, play, and dream.
I made this piece using my Gelli printing plate, which is like a permanent reusable version of a gelatin plate for printmaking. After I made the print using the plate and acrylic paint, I added painted details. I really like how it turned out.