An overdue update

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!

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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.

new collection pieces

 

In April, I participated in Susannah Conway’s April Love month, and did quite a bit of art and writing based on those prompts. Here is one.

imagination

I also learned how to make ear cuffs!

ear cuff

 

I’ll post more updates soon! I’ll definitely send out a newsletter once my cards are ready, so if you aren’t already subscribed, sign up here.

Update: Centerpiece bracelets

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.

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.

Ending and beginning, retrospective and hopes

As a new year begins, I like to look back on what I’ve accomplished over the past year.

In 2015, I:

  • Officially registered my business, Seeking Spirit Designs.
  • Created my website.
  • Opened my Etsy shop.
  • Participated in 6 craft fairs.
  • Established myself on Facebook and Instagram.
  • Got a new art desk, which should give me a good surface to work on and a place to store my supplies.
  • Promoted and sold my work, both online and in person!

I don’t really do resolutions, but I do have hopes for the new year.

In 2016,  I hope to:

  • Develop a stronger presence on Etsy and social media
  • Learn more business strategies
  • Continue to develop my creative skills
  • Sell my work at several craft fairs and apply to at least one juried show
  • Finish my oracle cards
  • Structure my time:  Make dates with myself to specifically work on both the creative and logistical sides of my art business

November 2015 accomplishments

November accomplishments:

  • Did one craft fair and sold 9 items!
  • Etsy updates.
  • Made more prints for cards.
  • Made holiday-oriented cards and gift tags
  • Ordered cards to reproduce one of my prints
  • With starting a listening program to help with my sensory processing issues, I’ve been carving out more personal time for creating art.
  • Got engaged!

engagement photo

 

Turning towards the holidays: updates!

Etsy update
A few of the items I’ve added to my Etsy shop!

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!

I sent out my first e-newsletter!  If you’d like to be on my mailing list, sign up here.

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!

October recap

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.

    Two pieces of Ametrine from the gem show!
    Two pieces of Ametrine from the gem show!
  • Did one craft fair.
  • Started working on editing my oracle cards again.

    Screenshot: working on a card in Photoshop
    Screenshot: working on a card in Photoshop
  • Sent off my first holiday order.
  • Made a pair of earrings and a pendant for a friend for her birthday

    Earrings: bronze plated wire with lapis lazuil and aquamarine
    Earrings: bronze plated wire with lapis lazuil and aquamarine
  • Constructed a feather barrette and mask for my Halloween costumeBird costume!
  • Did my first art abandonment and  three pairs of Halloween barrettes in different places for people to randomly find.

    Halloween barrettes
    Halloween barrettes
  • Made a few other jewelry pieces, such as these:
    Chrysocolla and brass pendant
    Chrysocolla and brass pendant

    Quartz and silver pendant
    Quartz and silver pendant

I finally got a new mixed media sketchbook and have started playing in it already.

Treee!

 

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.