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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Whoose!

2013 has come and in a few hours it will be gone.  I've covered a lot of territory this past year and made and kept some huge commitments.  Those commitments were about my wire jewelry business and certainly about my personal life.

This is the first piece I created and posted in January 2013

It began with me living in a small mountain town in West Virginia.  Last winter was partially cold, dreary and snowy.  It made for a very, very impatient winter.  In the summer of 2012 I had decided that it would be in my best interest to move away from West Virginia and return to Virginia.  West Virginia is beautiful and I had built a successful jewelry business selling to the tourist.  The tourist love to come to Elkins, WV to ride the scenic trains.  They would visit my tent at the farmers market that occupied the plaza at the train depot.  Other tourist love to visit the small mountain towns on top of Tucker County.  They would visit and buy from the WV Highlands Co-op Gallery in Davis, WV where I was a member, as well as the Mountain Made Gallery in Thomas, WV.  I was saddened to give up my business there, but I was even more sad with the notion of staying in such an isolated and rustic area.  And so, I made the decision to move.

This is the last piece I posted in 2013

My home went on the market in the summer of 2012, but it didn't sell until May of 2013.  I will spare you the details, but let me just say that it's not easy selling a home in an isolated area.  But I was fortunate.  After the contract with the local realtor had ended, with less than positive results, I continued to blast the internet with my home for sale.  I put up posters on any piece of cork board I could find.  Then God said 'It's time!'.  A local couple saw my poster and fell madly in love with the house.  It's now their home.  I am happy for all of us.

These are my favorite earrings from 2013

During the spring of 2013 I came to visit my friends here in Virginia.  They offered to rent me space in their large home.  I made the move in late May of 2013 and now live in what they call the condo.  There is a private staircase that leads to the large and spacious 3rd level of their home.  I have a large walk in closet, a private bathroom, tons of storage space and a large open floor plan.  The space is large enough for a studio, large bedroom and office.  Their are large windows that give me so much natural light and two (2) skylights.  One of the windows is flanked with built in bookcases and a window seat.  I must say that it is perfect.

The truck being loaded to move me from WV to VA

Once I was settled in I thought that I would return to teaching jewelry classes.  I applied on line for Michael's Arts and Crafts Store.  Boy!  What a huge mistake!  My experience was negative.  At first I blamed it on the initial store I was hired to teach in Manassas.  They didn't seem helpful and obstacles to teaching were everywhere.  I decided to transfer to the Reston store where the management was more pleasant and helpful.  But, failure was written everywhere.  I was frustrated and sad by the lack of success.  I finally resigned after several months and not one class.

During the later part of 2013 I mailed in my jury applications to two (2) co-op galleries and wasn't accepted into either.  The first gallery was hmmm, let's see, how to explain...well, it seemed to be a matriarchal organization and the bottom line is she didn't like me.  I was upset and angry, but now I giggle at the situation and I'm mighty glad I didn't get into a commitment with this gallery.  The second gallery was much more professional and sent me a letter explaining that they already had a similar type of wire jewelry artisan and for me to continue to apply for a future vacancy.  I had already checked them out and knew that there was no room for a duplicate artisan, but I also know that change happens.  Yes, I will reapply in 2014.  I will be blogging my goals and business plan in the near future.


My new studio space has lots of light and no, my work table is hardly every this tidy.

In  November of 2013 I did as small craft show.  It was sorta' successful.  I believe I was the 2nd highest seller.  It was in a small 'Moose' venue and had a lot of buy resellers.  I was pleasantly surprised that the shoppers walked immediately past a table of buy resell jewelry and purchased from me.  I am must higher in price, but it did prove that people are looking for original and unique jewelry and that they are willing to pay a good price for it.

During 2013 I was accepted as a wire jewelry teacher at the Reston Community Center and the Warrenton Community Center.  Both of these venues have me scheduled for teaching in 2014.  I also was accepted into The Fire House Gallery and into the Buxton and Landstreet Gallery.

The Fire House Gallery

So, all in all 2013 was good, bad and ugly.  But I see all of the experiences as necessary for the next steps in my journey.

I hope that I haven't discouraged anyone from their vision of making and selling their art.  There are ups and there are downs in all aspects of life.  I am not giving up.  I am simply taking a different path.  I have a plan and will be blogging about my new approach in the very near future.


The Buxton and Landstreet Gallery

Keep you head up, you vision in sight and most importantly your faith in yourself and your Creator.  Because, 'Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life...' Psalm 23:6

Now, let's turn the page of 2013 and begin 2014 with a smile and a heart filled with joy.  I wish you all a loving, prosperous, joy filled and creative 2014. ~ Linda

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!   Now where did I put those red earrings?

Monday, December 16, 2013

34 Pairs of Earrings Made Me Bored

So how come I'm bored?  After all I'm doing what I love. Right!?  Well, that's true, and I have no reason to gripe, but griping I found myself.  I had to give myself a good slap!  I think 'the mood' was a result of a deadline, a lot of repetition and some cabin fever.  Still, there is no value in griping!   Today, the massive project is 'almost' completed and I'm feeling better and yes, a bit ashamed!

It started with the need to get earrings completed and delivered to one of the galleries that sells my jewelry.  WHAT!  I know, I know!  How can I whine about that!!!  Like I said, I had to slap myself.  Since, I needed to get some inventory together, I thought it would be wise to make duplicates of each pair and list them in my on line shop.  That started the repetition and repetition isn't very creative.  Skill and experience yes, creative, nope!  Also, I decided to try my hand at a new design, so there was some creativeness.  And, the result has made me happy.  So I'll post a few of the pictures for you and then I need to finish the project.  I still need to put inventory numbers on half of the earrings and put them into zip lock bags.  I keep them in bags to help control the possibilities of tarnish.

 A side note about tarnish....After I make my jewelry, polish, tumble, photo-graph, inventory, I place each piece in it's own zip lock bag, press out as much air as possible, place the bag in a plastic container with an anti-tarnish strip or some caulk, and put on the lid. For the most part this works.

Here are a few of the many earrings.

 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Demonstration at The Fire House Gallery

Today was very busy.  I drove an hour to The Fire House Gallery in Berryville, VA; shared a demonstration with Charmaine Jackson, a wonderful lampwork artisan; came home and immediately took a long nap; and now I'm writing a blog post.  I plan to spend the next day or so snuggled up safe inside, because the weather forecast is calling for a lot of cold weather and wet roads, perhaps ice, perhaps snow, but definitely stay inside kind of weather.  My to do list includes coffee, hot chocolate and of course wire.

These earrings sold today, because of the demonstration.

Here I am focusing.

Charmaine and I doing more chatting than demonstrating.

I had some anxiety driving to Berryville today.  I repeatedly found myself behind large state road trucks that were pre-treating the roads for the predicted bad weather.  So naturally I looked at the clouds over head and the trucks in front of me and began to worry.  I checked the weather on my phone and it continued to say mostly sunny and 38 degrees.  I guess the mostly sunny was someplace else, because I'm certain I was seeing clouds and very little blue sky.  But, the trip both ways was safe and dry, and as I type, the wet weather hasn't begun.

This necklace was sold today.  I had it on the table as an example, as I made some of the same links.

My hands at work.

Charmaine's hands at work.

The Fire House Gallery is a sweet and pretty place, packed full of excellent and beautiful art and artisan works.  The director, Kate, does an outstanding job of marketing.  Today was a special event for the public.  The Gallery was promoting hand crafted jewelry.  I, along with Charmaine were invited to demonstrate our techniques to the customers.  Demonstrations are important to promote the Gallery, but also to introduce the artisan to the public.  I'm not a bit shy about demonstrations.  I love what I do and I love sharing the techniques.  The customers are eager to discover the methods behind the artisan pieces they purchase.  Demonstrations also encourage the shoppers to buy the artisans work.  Both Charmaine and I sold several pieces of jewelry and I should mention that we didn't 'sell', we just chatted with new friendly faces and the jewelry went home with them.  So, I will eagerly be accepting opportunities to demonstrate wire jewelry techniques in future venues.

Work, work, work

Watch that necklace on the table in front of me.....abracadabra- Sold!
 
Now its time to go watch some tv or perhaps read.

Have a joy filled and creative day, ~ Linda

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

3 New Necklace Designs

I'm keeping my words brief today.  After all, it's the pictures that really count. Right!?

The 3 front hoop links have been inspired by a link designed by Cindy Wimmer.  Check out her new book on wire links "The Missing Link"  it is truly amazing! 

Here's a different view of the necklace.  The original design had larger beads at every other link, but the dang things kept cracking down the center.  So I went with a consistent size and quite frankly I like it better...happy accident!

Here are the matching earrings.  Yes, the larger bead is the one omitted from the necklace.  But, I didn't have any problems with the bead in the earring design.  I believe that 'some', but not all, of the beads in the necklace were defective.
 
In my head I hear Stevie Wonder singing "Isn't she lovely?"  I can't help it, but I do love the way this necklace turned out.  I had seen a link similar on Pinterest, but when I went to make it my hands and pliers decided to be a bit different. SOLD
 
 
I found these jewel colored beads at A.C. Moore.  I was very excited in the isle.  I have the best time in the bead section because I usually end up making new friends with other bead lovers. SOLD
 
Last, but certainly not least, the 'Cumulus Cloud" links in this necklace and the earrings below are from the book "The Missing Link" by Cindy Wimmer.  I modified the link for the front focal bead on the necklace.  Since I used 16 GA wire it was tough on my fingers to fold the wire (as instructed), so I used 2 strands of wire and curled/spiraled the ends.  I want to make another one, just for me.

Here are the earrings for the necklace.  Since the tutorial uses a random technique I had to come up with a plan to make each earring reasonably close in design.  So I would make a 'Cumulus Cloud' on one earring and go to the other and make a "Cumulus Cloud'.  Back and forth I went to come as close as I could.  I then added crystals with an open spiral on the end.
 
Thank you for visiting.  I hope you'll stop back again.  Have a joy filled and creative day!, - Linda
 
 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

First Fair in Virginia

My first fair since I move back to Virginia was somewhat of a success.  I did make enough money to make it worth the day.  But, I didn't reach my sales goal.  I thought I would critique my experience.  Perhaps for you and myself, to learn from and improve from the experience.

The good news is I got into this event at the very last minute.  That in itself is a win.  Also, the event was held less than 3 miles from my home.  That is a terrific win.  The savings in the driving time, gas and stress of the travel is huge.  Also, I enjoyed speaking with many of the other vendors.  And, a really big win is the contacts and information for other events in the area, one event has hundreds of vendors and it's held twice a year. So the day was successful!

 
I signed up for an 8 foot table.  This is a 6 foot table.  I wasn't happy with this at all.  I asked the event planner for a larger table, but I would have needed to go to a different location.  The other location was in a distant and dark area, so I chose to stay put.  The tables were extremely close together, so there wasn't any room to add a bigger table and stay in this well lite spot.
 
Because of the short table, I needed to leave 2 of my displays off of the table.  typically, I use a wooden crate in the back of the center of the table.  This crate is covered with fabric and is open in the back.  It's handy for using the open back as an office for receipts and bags.  I would have put the smaller picture frame (on table) on top of the crate.  I decided to eliminate this feature because it made the display too crowded.  I also, eliminated a large wire manikin. 
 

So, I cheated a little bit.  I pulled the 6 foot table away from the wall and let my crate hang over the edge.  This gave me another 10 inches.  In this picture you can see how close the tables were to each other and there was very little space for the customers to walk.  So I wasn't satisfied with the floor plan and it's something to learn from for future events.


Here's a close up of the right side of the table.  There is a small bowl of $10 key rings and 2 displays of rings to attract those folks who just want a trinket.  The display with the teal colored flower and the small frame with the burlap flower, both have $18 earrings.  These are priced to sell and keep people hanging out at my table.  The earrings on tent cards are priced higher and are more involved in detail and materials.  When people are at your table or booth it makes the other shoppers wonder what they are missing and encourages them to come over and check things out.


Here is the left side of the table, with the crate hanging off the edge.  I place the credit card sign in clear sight.  My sales have doubled since I started to accept credit cards.  Check out SquareUp.  There's no credit check, no monthly fee and the transaction fee is cheap..  All you need is a smart phone and WiFi connection.
 
A word about that big in your face credit card sign:  Some people don't see it!  No kidding!  They will look at me and say 'what type of payment do you accept?'  And, when I say 'I accept credit cards, check or cash' they are surprised  I can't explain it.  It has become one of my conversation breakers to say 'Hi!  I accept credit cards, check and cash." 
 
I have written my contacts from this show and gotten lots of great information on larger events in the area.  It is most likely too late to get into them for this winter season, but there are 2 large events in the spring and that gives me time to prepare more jewelry.  And, these events have the typical 10' x 10' space, which means I can used my full display of 2 tables and giant folding screens and signs.
 
Thank you for stopping by and visiting.  I hope that my blog can provide some insight to the world of a jewelry business.
 
Have a joy filled and creative day! - Linda
 
 


Monday, November 11, 2013

A Whole Lotta' Earrings

19 pair of earrings, there's a total of 30 pair when the duplicates are counted into the mix. Some are new designs. Some are favorites. All will be on my booth table at this weekends event.  No, not just earrings!  There are pendants, necklaces, bracelets, rings and key rings.  But, today's blog is all about earrings, which seem to be the most popular of my jewelry pieces.  It's my first fair since I've moved back to Virginia. My goal is to have fun and meet new people.

Copper, antiqued, herringbone weave, cats eye, hemalyke.  I do believe these are my favorite earrings
Copper, antiqued, green jade (agate)
Copper, forged, antiqued, glass
Copper, forged, antiqued, crystals
Copper, forged, antiqued, crystals
Copper, forged, antiqued, crystals
Bronze, crackle glass
Silver filled, Swarovski crystals
 Copper, forged, antiqued, Swarovski crystals
 Copper, antiqued
Copper, forged, antiqued
Copper, antiqued

Copper, forged, textured, antiqued
Copper, antiqued, herringbone weave cap, crystal

Silver filled, copper, antiqued, forged

Copper, antiqued, herringbone weave cap, crystal

Copper, partially antiqued, crystal 

Copper, forged, antiqued.  Original design by Linda Jones
Silver filled, herringbone weave cap, crystal
 
There's lots to do, but it will need to be done at a later time. I need a nap!
 
Thank you for stopping by for a visit. 
 
Have a joy filled and creative day!
 
Linda