I'm sure you are all wondering what the hell I've been up to. It has been weeks since I updated the blog so I'm going to try to bring everyone up to date.
When I think about what has happened since the last time I blogged, the biggest thing beadwise was doing my first 2 shows. The first show was not a huge success but I did make back my entry fee. Of course, I immediately spent what I made on a wonderful handmade scarf that I gave to my daughter-in-law for Christmas. I'm not sure that really counts as making money.
The second show was much better. It was kind of scary though because we were moving and I had to do the show by myself. I was lucky that one of the folks I met at the first show was also doing the second show so I was able to go to the bathroom and have someone to watch my shop. Although my take was only in the 3 digit range, I sold a number of my favorites. It was hard to see some of them going away.
I am now convinced that I will do more shows. In fact, I'm planning on entering some juried shows to see what happens. Before I can do that though, I need to figure out how to make my photos meet their standards. I've read the rules but I don't have any idea what they are talking about. I obviously need someone to help me. I'm not sure if I need a photographer or a computer nerd. Maybe I need both. The show I'm thinking of trying to get in is huge. They average about 4000 visitors each year. I'll have to start making things now if I want to have enough stock to last through the weekend. What fun!
The other big thing that has happened is that my husband and I bought a new house and moved. Our new house has an office/library on the first floor that is going to be my new studio. I've always had to use a room in the basement or upstairs. I've never liked it because when I was in the basement, I couldn't hear the doorbell and several people have told me they stopped by but I wasn't home when I was just downstairs working. Upstairs isn't good either. Now though, I'm right in the middle of everything and I love it. I'll post a picture as soon as the room is done.
For some unknown reason, I've had a great December and January as far as sales are concerned. I've not only sold quite a few pieces, I've sold some of my most expensive pieces. I always wondered who would spend that much on online jewelry. Would you spend four or five hundred dollars on something you haven't seen in person? I'm not sure I would. Of course, I offer a no questions asked money back guarantee so it is virtually risk free. I had one customer buy a beautiful aquamarine necklace and then return it when it didn't go with the dress she bought it to go with. I was happy to take it back.
Maybe all my hard work is finally starting to pay off. I sure hope so.