Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Making Magnets

I'm making more recycled magazine magnets for our upcoming show: The Etsy Dallas Spring Bash! It's so fun to search through magazines finding cute and unexpected images to use. I was running low after the Funky Finds show, and I think I might need a bigger display for them in the future. You can get a free magnet by being one of the first 50 people at the door, as they are included in an awesome screen-printed goodie bag full of handmade items by Etsy Dallas members! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

First Show of the Year

I am spent from my all-day adventure at the Funky Finds Spring Fling! I've done several shows by myself, and last year I did several shows with my amazing glass artist friend Larry. I learned so much from him watching how he interacts with customers, the way he talks about his work, and how he makes them laugh. I had my own booth this time, but Larry was right around the corner. I'm a lot more confident when I explain the complexities of my work, and I no longer cringe when I hear "$20 for a pen?!" because I know it's worth it. I had a great time and met some cool people.

Now I'm thinking about how I can improve my booth. I definitely need a new sign that coordinates with my new colors of sky blue and white. My goal is to help people understand what they are looking at. I slide the beaded tube off the pen, and explain how I weave all the beads ONE AT A TIME. I want to have a sign with shots of the process for the Spring Bash. Some people will just "get it" and love it, and those are my customers.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Beaded Locket Decision

My Beaded Locket class with Melanie Doerman is two weeks away. She is coming to teach the Dallas Bead Society, and I have been excited about this for months! The first project is a fully functional beaded locket and the other is her Dragon Lariat. Now it’s decision time. The locket kits were just posted on her site and I am agonizing over which color combination to choose. Black is nice because you can wear it with anything. Purple is my all-time favorite color. I love the idea of bronze; that’s a great fashion-forward color for summer. I really like the green one, too. It has a flower pattern on it and the shades are celery, olive green, and cranberry. Or I could buy my own kit and choose my own colors. Bronze and green might be just what I need. It would be cool to have a maroon and white locket and put my wedding picture in it. We had a Aggie wedding of course. Ah, decisions, decisions. I’ll definitely post the finished piece!