2016: Artistic accomplishments

It’s been awhile since I last posted. I hope to give more of an update soon, and perhaps post about my artistic goals for the next year.

First, I wanted to share some of my artistic wins from this year through images:

Participated in an artist card exchange

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Released my oracle card deck!

Oracle Card archetypes

Participated in several craft fairs, including two in my new home in the Las Vegas, NV area.

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Sold 12 items on Etsy.

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Turtle bracelet, from August

Got married! (not artistic, exactly, but relationships are an art unto themselves)

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October 9, 2016, photo credit Adam Durant

Quote about my angel pendants

One of the best quotes from yesterday’s craft fair: “You know what these remind me of? In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, when he made an angel out of silverware.”

angels
                      Angel charm pendants

I currently have three angels listed on Etsy here.

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.

Wishing.

Ways to Make a Wish Card
     Ways to Make a Wish Card
A woman at a recent craft fair, looking at the wish bone illustration on this card (second row on the right):

“You know, wish bones have worked for me every time.  I grew up on a farm so we often had wish bones.  I kept wishing for a horse.  It took several years, and then finally, my parents got me a horse.  You know what I named her?  ‘Wishbone!'”

You can find my wish card here.

First arts & crafts fair!

My first arts & craft fair yesterday was unfortunately interrupted by the weather, intense gusts of wind that threatened to topple over my entire display.  Also, it was unseasonably cold for Albuquerque in May.

Necklaces and earrings display
             Necklaces and earrings display

However, I did it!  I learned so much about how to prepare and what to expect.  I made a few sales, too.  I met other vendors and make some good connections.  I need to practice setting up the table and display – I didn’t anticipate the amount of time it would take.

Necklace display
        Necklace display

I’ve had fun gathering my display items together – I found a few pieces at yard sales, one at a discount store, and I gathered the branches from a local park.  I’ve been enjoying looking at objects in a different way and imagining how I can repurpose them.  I absolutely love the dish that I used to show off my rings:

Spiral ring display
                          Spiral ring display

While it was disappointing to have the fair end so abruptly, I’m really grateful to now have a solid inventory of jewelry.  It’s been good for me to get into the rhythm of creating.   I’m looking forward to future craft fairs – and hopefully, if they’re outside, the weather will cooperate.