I am working on a write-up, but for now here are a couple of photos.
One more and I need to get some sleep!
Michael and I are joining a couple of friends to sell our collective crafts. I made 16 new necklaces and squeezed in extra shoe clip at the last minute. I have several pieces ‘in process’ that will help me with a show I’m doing here in Charleston on June 5. I took photos of everything but have only managed to get 6 uploaded to my Flickr. I also tried shooting a new way today while being SWARMED by gnats.
I’ll upload the rest when we get home along with a full report. Oh yes, new computer will be purchased next week!
I have a few more sassy glitter vinyl designs in the works. Glitter vinyl is sooooo much fun!
I feel like I’ve completely abandoned my blog. Where, o where have I been? The answer to that is…house hunting! We started looking in January for a place suitable for me & Michael, our studios, my mother and a guest room. That’s a lot of space needed. We found a house at the end of January that was a wonderful fit but the offer/counter offer process fell apart. We held off on continuing to look until we returned home from our trip. Sadly, we had to cut some of our housing budget which made the hunt a little more challenging. It has taken up most of my time and energy but yesterday we hit pay dirt! We put an offer on another house and today the sellers accepted our counter. It’s a huge weight lifted from us and we’re excitedly starting to plan our garden and other awesome domestic things. We won’t close until June so that the seller’s children can finish out their school year at home. They’re moving to Ohio. The house hadn’t been on the market very long and they made a large price cut that allowed it to show up on our radar. Yay!
Anyway, during this time I filled a custom order for a necklace. I found myself to be a tad nervous making this one, as I wanted everything to be perfect because it is for Ariel, who does Offbeat Bride. In her ongoing support of independent artists, she will do trades for ad space. I decided to bite the bullet and submit my photos to see if anything tickled her interests. I was very excited when she replied back saying she’d love a version of the very first piece I made, but with hot pink detailing. I finished it last week and it’s on it’s way to her. Ariel, I really hope you like it!
I have finally added the first pair of shoe clips to my Etsy page and have two more ready to photo. I’ll post those soon, if it will stop raining!
A while back, my delightful friend Lindsey linked me to a site where I could buy kraft paper boxes. I really liked them and felt I could make the largest one work for my packaging. I placed my order but during the ordering process I got kicked out of the system. So, I sat and waited. I had purchased my previous boxes at Michael’s. They’re not cheap – $2.99 a pop – but I’ve managed to almost keep within my shipping cost parameters and still be able to insure the packages.
Ok…I finally listed those last two necklaces on Thursday along with another I haven’t posted here. The pink & black one sold within a few hours! I journeyed up to Michael’s yesterday in an attempt to buy several boxes while I got off my butt and try to order from Uline. Much to my dismay, they were out of the square boxes. So I kept searching around the shelves until I found this one and fell in love:
I went to the website listed on the bottom of the box http://www.darice.com. Awesome, BUT I have to have a store front in order to purchase from them, as well as a ‘minimum’ yearly purchase amount. http://www.darice.com/ecom/ViewContent.aspx?sectionId=2&cmid=2003. I hit the intarwebs late last night and found them for $2.29 at Create4Less. With shipping, it’s still probably cheaper than Michael’s when you add taxes for the store purchase.
So, I am trying to decide whether to buy some of these and suck up the costs, or go back to Uline and work with their great deals for the smaller rectangular ones.
I finished these last night! I’m very happy with them except for the hardware. They’re a bit difficult to open and close, but we’re trying to remedy that. Good thing is that they won’t come off your shoe! I bought a smaller version of them and I’m testing them next.
I’ll most likely sell these as ‘samples’.
Clicky on the photos to see larger versions.
Michael made this for Renata, who is catering a birthday party tomorrow. The cake will be the hat. I love this so much! I can’t freehand for shit any more.