December 19th, 2010

I have had a fantastic week! Look at all the guitar picks I made for people! There are three not pictured because they are more personal…I didn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable, so I left them out. If you need a custom piece, come to my Etsy shop. I will do my best to accommodate you!

Pondering on why the sudden upswing in business gave me these answers: I have worked hard on marketing, it is Christmas time and people love personalized items- yup, that is all true! I believe the reason I had so many orders last week is that the big personalized jewelry people stopped taking custom orders a while ago. Those who still want something eventually found me! I worked hard to do things well and to include a lovely freebie- I want my customers to have an awesome experience and to come back :)

I will be back to show you the cool Christmas journals and Icon journals I am making. The fundraising is going great!

December 6th, 2010

Busy but happy!

So it has been crazy the last few weeks, but it has been a good crazy. I took a little time off from here, but I am always doing all the other social networking stuff and feel its okay. I had a sick daughter, three birthdays including mine and a lot of people are taking classes to get ready to make Christmas gifts. Sales have been good and I just had my open house yesterday. Yup, I still have a pile of reports to type, but I am happy to have things to do that I love!

So nobody suffered too much if I didn’t post, and I got lots of cool custom commissions; here are a few in the pics. I even did a custom guitar pick- that was a kick!


October 3rd, 2010

Having fun with custom work!

It has been enjoyable to do some commisions for a couple of people; the trend of wearing a saying or name(s) of family members is still going strong. I feel so honored that I would get to be part of the process!

At beadniks, I am teaching the regular classes that I have been doing for about a year now as well as the 2 new ones, “Get Connected” and “Bubble Beauties”; cold connections and soldered glass marble pendants, respectively. The classes have died down significantly since school started, but I am noticing a trend of gradually increasing enrollment. It will be the giftmaking season soon, which will get things hopping again! It is not such a bad thing that is slowed down, as it allowed me to get into a routine of working more on my shop and getting used to school starting in my family too!

Let’s see if I can figure out the best way to provide tips and tutorials. I am not sure where to start but have many ideas!