My art is on display this month at Bloomington Stitchery. Who would have thunk that would happen? Well, I would have a little.
This is an entry-level endeavor, but it took a lot of work. It’s great to find out what you’re capable of.
I also have my handmade bracelets for sale at the shop. A few of them sold on Friday. It’s nice to know people like them.
This could be the beginning of something great!
By the way
If you live in or near Bloomington, IN, be sure to stop by Bloomington Stitchery. They offer professional sewing and custom design for all bodies. Their specialty is custom wedding apparel, fine tailoring, and on-site wedding services.
It’s time to stop being casual when it comes to my various so-called ‘side hustle’ endeavors. I relaunched my Etsy shop several months ago and hoped that my bracelets were pretty enough to sell themselves. That’s not how it works.
In my job as a social media specialist (whatever that means), I have been tasked with learning how to buy advertising on Twitter and Facebook. It’s a little confusing, but in the end, it’s not rocket science. It doesn’t have to be expensive either.
I made a little video featuring the bracelets in my shop using Quik. I made it a promoted post on Instagram. You have to switch to a business account to do this. Traffic to the shop increased only slightly. Then I spent $50 to promote the video on Twitter. I did this with the “Quick Promote” option, so the run was short and didn’t do much for me.
My next effort was to do a promotion directly on Etsy. I got one sale, but I’m not sure what did it. I’ll need to do some research before spending any more on advertising.
Next, I downloaded an audiobook called How to Sell on Etsy with Blogging. The book mentioned an Etsy plugin for WordPress. I’m going to see if I can get that installed.
The next thing to address is my inventory. My bracelets might not be trendy enough, so I bought a few magazines about jewelry-making to see what’s going on in that world.
I have a lot of work to do if I want to have a successful jewelry business.
My father’s funeral was last Saturday, but I don’t feel like writing about it, or him. It’s hard to talk about someone you’ve known your entire life without most of it being about yourself. So I’m not going to write about him tonight.
I need an app that will tell me how much time I waste scrolling through my Twitter feed. My addiction to Twitter must be contributing to the low mood I’ve been in this weekend. I hope to find good news and do. The problem comes when I see something ugly, mean, or scary. I forget all about the good.
The weekend wasn’t so bad though. I finally got around to wrangling my ridiculous bead stash and posting it for sale on eBay. If you’re looking to purchase a bunch of beads on the cheap, check this out.
I hope to develop a jewelry style. Owning hundreds of beads that don’t inspire me has not been helpful.
I ordered some watercolor pencils that were advertised on Instagram. When it comes to art and craft supplies, I might have a problem with control. Will I be selling all of my colored pencils and markers on eBay next year?
A new work week begins tomorrow. Let’s promise to stay positive and resist the forces out there that want us to live in fear. Let us also remember to every day find something to be grateful for.
It came to me like. flash. A flash? The flashy notion was that I can use this blog to document my creative journey. I want to be an artist. No, I shouldn’t say that. I will say that I am an artist! I have something to express. Something to share with the world. I have the passion, now I need the skill. I need to learn how to use those tools I’ve purchased.
Okay, I know that in a previous post I said the blog was going to be all about jewelry. That was a good thought, but now I’m thinking bigger. The concept may get bigger still. It may shrink. We shall see. The important part is that I keep posting.
I was going to talk about a few things in this post, but instead, I’ll keep it short.
I will give a preview of what’s to come. Not necessarily in this order.
I recently discovered something new about myself. I kind of love jewelry. This is a big surprise to me because I’ve never been one to wear a lot of jewelry. My mom bought me a pearl ring with little diamonds when I was in high school, and I wore it every day for several years. When I got to college and started taking dance classes on most days, I stopped wearing it because, as a rule, you take off jewelry before participating in a dance class. I was afraid of losing the ring, so I stopped wearing it.
I got engaged in 2009 and married in 2010. I wasn’t dancing as much, but I was still afraid of losing the rings, so I decided not to wear them. I sometimes get on kicks where I like to wear earrings, but those kicks don’t last for long.
The point is, you wouldn’t expect me to be as interested in jewelry as I am. But, something happened to me. I began learning how to make jewelry. I decided I want to sell the jewelry that I make. Now, I’m obsessed with looking at bracelets and necklaces to see how they are constructed. I’ve also become interested in vintage jewelry, because I wouldn’t mind collecting and selling it.
So this blog is going to be the place where I talk about my interest in making, collecting, selling, and learning about jewelry.
I’ll start with showing off a necklace I finished today. The beads are from a necklace of my Aunt’s that I took apart. I finally learned how to use eye pins to link beads together, and I’m getting a little better and opening and closing jump rings. I’m really proud of myself for finally diving in and practicing these techniques. If you want to learn how to do something, you have to just do it. You’ll fail at first, but it’ll get better.
Here’s the necklace. I’m calling it a prototype because I’d like to make another with better quality materials before trying to sell it. I’ll keep this one for myself and hope that it doesn’t fall apart.
For the last few weeks I've been getting my spiritual groove on. I was secure in the knowledge that I am at one with the universe and that my thoughts have the power to shape reality. I felt as if everything was fine because everything I see is only an illusion. I was feeling infinite and eternal with no beginning and no end. Something happened to make me lose those feelings.
Could it be that I subject myself to too much noise? I have been spending too much time on Twitter. I get free access to the Washington Post online edition with my IU credentials, so I've been spending too much time there. I listen a lot to the Thinking Sideways podcast. Maybe I've got too much of other peoples' stuff in my head.
I've been working on wrapped loops.
I started a couple of collage collage projects. I hope to find some greater meaning through these works.
I finished writing a piece for work that I'm proud of.
Now to take some time for myself. It's time to start meditating. It's time for silence.
I knew I wanted to write today, so I thought about it and then got nervous. I got myself a little worked up about what to write. Now I seem to be writing about the process of thinking and worrying about writing. Is it supposed to work this way?
Dreams are the New Reality
In one of my dreams last night, I was in some unknown location when a guy (I think he was Asian) asked me to meditate with him. I agreed to do so, and we sat down on the floor holding hands with eyes closed. The session was successful. The guy acquired lots of good energy from me, and I felt as if I helped him. The dream tells me that I'm on the right track in my spiritual pursuits. I am sure now that when I dream, I go to real places. I visit other planes of existence. I may have thousands of lives.
I bought some baby spinach the other day. I think I'll do a salad with strawberries. I need some almond slivers and red onion to add to it. I can either make my own vinaigrette or buy some.
Another food thought is to prep an onion or two and freeze them for later use. I think you can do that. What about garlic? I'll have to look it up.
I have sweet potatoes to cook as well as frozen salmon.
I've been doing yoga fairly regularly. I think it has improved my gait, but it could be that I'm just at a good walking time of my nutty hormonal cycle. It seems to work for me to do a session at 9 pm most weeknights.
I've been spending a lot of time practicing wrapped loops. I'm getting better at it. I made a necklace for Linda, one of the residents at my dad's assisted living facility. It's not perfect, but I'm happy with it. I thought the pendant was an angel, but I realized it must be a fairy after looking more closely at it.
I think I have a pretty good design sense. I can arrange beads in a pleasing way and make a nice looking necklace or bracelet. What I don’t have is solid jewelry making technique. My goal is to improve. I’ve gotten a little better as of late. I conquered my fear of using eye pins to make a chain of beads. I did this making the necklace pictured in my previous post. Now my loops weren’t perfect, but I got a little better as the chain got longer.
My biggest jewelry making fear has always centered around finishing pieces. I once made a nice little bracelet and finished it with a crimp. Unfortunately, I didn’t know how to use a crimp properly, and the bracelet broke. Finally, I understand crimping better, so my task is to keep crimping until I do it right. After that, I’ll figure out how to use crimp covers.
Here’s a necklace I made for myself.
I had some crimping mishaps, and it’s shorter than I want it to be, so I re-did it.
I want to make a bunch of necklaces for myself so I have a lot of different pieces to wear to work every day. I have lots of beads to experiment with.
And here’s the new necklace, waiting to be finished. I decided to go ahead and finish this post before finishing the necklace. Hopefully, I’ll post in a few weeks and show several new, nicely crimped, creations!