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

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.

September 2015 Gallery and Recap

It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of September.

Me at craft fair
Me at the OFF Center Folk Art Festival in downtown Albuquerque

This month, I participated in one craft fair.  I didn’t sell too many things, but the atmosphere was pleasant and I learned from it.   Looking ahead, I’m trying to sign up for at least one craft fair a month through the holidays.

It’s been hotter than usual for this time of year:  the high temperatures are still lingering in the low 90s and high 80s.  It’s definitely feeling more like Fall at night and in the mornings, though.

This past weekend, I went on a hike with my dad and his friend and saw some of the fall colors.  I came out of the forest, turned, and saw this:

The Sandia Mountains, late September 2015
The Sandia Mountains, late September 2015

I’ve also been busy making things.

I hope to create more custom orders, some seasonal and holiday items, and more.  I’m looking forward to seeing how Fall inspires my creativity.

Custom circlets!

I am not what you would call a sports fan.  I played soccer for a few years when I was younger.  I sometimes would stop and watch the last minutes of a basketball game my dad was watching on television.  Simply, I lack the patience and the interest to watch the full game of any sport.

One of my regular customers recently bought this circlet and she sent her family pictures of her wearing it.  The next thing I knew, I had a request for two circlets in Broncos colors.
I enjoy commissions:  they give me a chance to be creative, experiment, and collaborate with my customers.   This particular request gave me a new challenge:  I am used to working with the colors and energetic qualities of gemstones.  However, this project required a different approach.  When trying to match beads to Broncos team colors (navy and orange), could I successfully bring out the kind of team spirit a sports fan might have?  Could I succeed in making something visually appealing?

 I went to several bead stores to find what I needed:  orange, white, and navy seed beads; a strand of dyed orange bamboo coral beads; and finally, several triangular-shaped cobalt blue glass beads.

Then I took my beads to my design board and came up with this:
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which evolved into this:
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I’m pretty pleased with the result, and the chance this project gave me to practice and come up with something completely new.

The two together, complete with ribbons
The two together, complete with ribbons

My circlets are great for Halloween costumes, dressing up, and other occasions.  If you’re interested in a custom-made circlet, please contact me here.
One of my other circlets.
                    Me in one of my other circlets.

Intuitive Custom Orders by Seeking Spirit Designs

My vision:

I sit in an office, or maybe it’s the back room of a store, or at a small table in a living room.  I ask my customer what she is looking for:   is there a specific stone she is drawn to?  I have a bowl full of stones to look at as well as other resource books on crystal meanings.  Would this be a gift for someone or herself?  Is there a quality she would like to embrace in herself more?  Something she wants to let go of? Something she wishes to protect?  Are there any symbols or shapes she is drawn to?   I ask her record her dreams for a week and tell me any details that stick out to her.

Once I have information I spent time brainstorming.  I show her some sketches. She gives me feedback about what she is drawn to, and why.  At this point, we discuss materials and price.  Then I create, playing with wire, gemstones, and intuition.

I would like my jewelry design and art business to have an intuitive custom aspect, where I combine my energetic and artist gifts to create one-of-a-kind pieces for people. I’ve made a custom piece for a friend, and I really enjoyed the process:  it was experimental, collaborative, and very satisfying.

Jewelry Portfolio
Custom Piece: Citrine and Silver Spiral Nest
My energy healing training:  I am Reiki Level 2 attuned and I’ve also done some informal training based on the teachings of the Berkeley Psychic Institute.  Energy work feels like it comes naturally to me, but training and attunement has made it easier for me to access and sense energy.  I also identify as empathic, and can pick up on others’ emotions.  I want to continue to integrate these skills and abilities into my creative process – it feels healing for me, and I hope it will help others as well.
I love the idea of setting an intention and working with someone to make something special for them or a loved one.
If you are interested in ordering a unique, intuitively-created piece, let me know.  You can contact me here.

Bracelets!

I’ve been on a quest to diversify my jewelry inventory and add to my available collection.  In this case, this has meant playing with bracelet designs.

Copper ridge bracelet with with jasper, red tiger's eye, and onyx beads
Copper ridge bracelet with with jasper, red tiger’s eye, and onyx beads

It’s been fun to pick out beads and come up with different ideas.

Bracelet 2Sometimes I play with the design several times before it feels right.

Lapis and Labradorite bracelet during the design process.
Lapis and Labradorite bracelet during the design process.
Lapis and Labraodorite Copper Twist bracelet and Jasper and Wood Bead bracelet
Finished:  Lapis and Labraodorite Copper Twist bracelet and Jasper and Wood Bead bracelet

Jewelry design is such an intuitive process for me, and it’s so satisfying to see the finished products.  I’m looking forward to making more!

Creative time and new items up on Etsy

Etsy items 8:10
               New Items in my Etsy shop!

On Saturday, I spent the day mostly offline.  In the morning, I went down to the Rio Grande and took a walk.  I also spent some time just sitting by the river.  Then, I came home and created up a storm:  I made prints, jewelry, and a watercolor painting.  I was really grateful for this time:  after all the busyness of the past few weeks, it felt wonderful to call a time out of sorts.  I need to take intentional time offline more often –  it allows me more space to dream and to refill my energy reserves.

Nature and river
From my time by the river

I also took some time this weekend to write out a few new listings on Etsy, and posted them this morning.  You can find them here.

Recent news – August 2015

Me and my new Nia White Belt!
Me and my new Nia White Belt!

I’m slowly easing into the rhythm of daily life after a weeklong Nia intensive training in Santa Fe.  Nia, a form of dance fitness, is one of my other passions and expressive outlets.  I am now a Nia White Belt, which is the first level of certification for anyone who wants to teach or wants a greater depth of understanding of the principles and practice.  I am so grateful for my experience there – it was both healing and enriching.  I’m also feeling really inspired, and I already see that leaking into my creative life.

I brought a few of my jewelry pieces with me to the training and ended up selling three things.  I now have learned to bring more items at similar events in the future, and also to have a good stock of business cards with me at all times. One of my classmates is a successful jewelry designer and I hope to connect with her more soon.

I sold this Red Jasper heart last week.
I sold this Red Jasper heart last week.

I’ve been working on updating my website!  If you have a chance, please look at it and tell me what you think.  I’ve been working with a friend on online marketing and she suggested that I work on making the home page more visual.  In any case, I had fun playing with the images.

I signed up for a craft fair in September, and I’ve been looking at the possibility of selling some of my pieces on consignment at local shops.

I also submitted both poetry and art for consideration for the 2017 We’Moon calendar and datebook. I’m excited for more opportunities like this – no matter what the outcome, it’s good practice and exposure.

Also, I got proofs of my oracle cards!  I made the originals with pencil, pen, and watercolor two years ago as part of a project.  Since then, I have digitized them in Photoshop.  I’m still working on editing and rewriting the card descriptions, but hope to have them ready and available to sell at some point soon!
Sacred Spiral oracle cards
Sacred Spiral oracle cards

Update and Sale on Etsy

Etsy assortment
Now on Sale on Etsy!

I have a weeklong Nia (dance fitness) intensive training starting on July 25.  I’m nervous and excited.   Dance is another one of my creative outlets, and it also is great exercise.  In the meantime, from today through July 23, I’m having a sale on Etsy – 15% off with the coupon code NEWFOLLOW.  I just added a few new items to my shop, too.  www.etsy.com/shop/seekingspiritdesigns.

Also, I’m looking into printing some of my drawings and two-dimensional art pieces to make them into cards and larger prints.  I just ordered one set (for proof purposes) of my oracle cards and should get them next week.  Exciting times!