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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Reality Check

When I would walk through the aisles of art and craft fairs, as a customer, it was so much fun.  Excitement filled me with what new treasures I would find.  The crowds of people would enhance my experience.  I so looked forward to the up coming events.  I would day dream about my future plans to be a vendor and exhibiting my jewelry creations.  Notice I am writting in the past tense and as a customer.

Just a few pendants that have been oxidized.  Now for the steel wool.

Fast forward to the present.  My goals are quickly unfolding.  I have done some smaller fairs and the experiences were pleasant.  Then I achieved my next goal for a large festival.  I submitted to the jury process and was accepted for the Autumn Glory Festival in Oakland, MD. 

My least favorite part is using the steel wool to remove the excess darkness.
Now for the reality check.  I don't mean to be a downer or complainer, but it's interesting how a dream doesn't have all the facts, simply because they aren't in my head - yet!  Since I didn't know how the crowds would respond to my wire jewelry I decided to make as much inventory as I could.  I knew that any extra jewelry would sell at either MountainMade Gallery or WV Highlands Gallery.  But still, I didn't have any numbers to relie on, so mass amounts were made.  This process was a new high in stress for me.  Rushing and making consumed my time.  I was intense.  Where was the fun? I asked myself.  My dreams of these events were filled with fun.  This certainly felt like work.  Not to mention all of the mental anquish I put myself through.  My friends who have years of experience tell me that it will get easier, but some of the stress will remain, just not as much stress.  I'm looking forward to it getting less tense. 

Getting there.  Now for the tumbler.
Yes, the event was successful.  Whew!  And the 2 days that followed were spent sleeping late and chill'n out.  In fact, I didn't touch my tools for a week.  Nor have I blogged.  Both of which I typically enjoy.  I was burned out.

The bottom line....My goals are to find a couple more galleries or shops.  Tamarack is high on my list.  I'll do some fairs in the future, but not as many as my initial goal. 

More pretties!  I enjoyed making these.  I love the colors!
Thank you for visiting.  It is my wish that you will achieve your goals and that happiness fills your days.

Monday, October 17, 2011

A New Jewelry Book to Inspire Us - 'Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry'

I'm so excited! 

Two of my favorite jewelry artists and bloggers Erin Siegel and Lorelei Eurto have their first jewelry book published.  I say first, because these ladies are so talented that I'm certain there will be more publications in their futures.  I have never met these lovely ladies, but I follow them on Facebook and their blogs. I just can't wait to get their new book Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon, and Cords.

Now that I've tempted you, I'm sure you want to check it out, perhaps do as I'm doing and pre-ordering it so that we will be the very first to be mesmerized and inspired by their talented designs.

As soon as my copy arrives I'll let you all know how addicting it is!

Have a joy filled and creative day!


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Rainy Day Change of Plans

Each Saturday morning, I typically take my tent and jewelry on a drive along the winding mountain road and setup at the Elkins Farmers Market.  Here I enjoy conversations and jewelry sales with the many tourist that are waiting for the trains to arrive.  But, not today.  Today is filled with rain and wind.  So today I will spend the day inside the studio.

I'm getting ready for a the Autumn Glory Festival in Garrett County, MD.  So I will be putting some final touches on jewelry.  There's a lot of tumbling and polishing in my future.  Here are some of the final pieces.

I decided to make my outside in the rain photo-shoot really quick and have all these pieces in one picture.  I have a covered deck, but it's wet and chilly.  Brrrrr.

The bracelet is from a tutorial by Denise Peck from her book Wire Style 2.   Here's a video of Denise Peck being interviewed and lots of pictures of the beautiful jewelry in the book. http://www.amazon.com/Wire-Style-New-Jewelry-Designs/dp/1596682558