Friday, 31 October 2008
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Last night just after the sun had begun it's decent and just before it left us with shockingly premature darkness the redbrick houses at the back of my house started to glow. They were a gorgeous shade of red against the grey oppressive sky. Unfortunately the photos don't do it justice at all. So for all you overseas readers, this is what an English terraced street looks like. It's not the most beautiful view from a spare room but I still love to gaze out towards the fields and the farm house. The chap who owns the house also has a helicopter and I watch him land it sometimes. And no, I don't live on Coronation Street!
I'm so excited to be on Etsy. I've only got two items on there at the moment but I'm going to get some pictures taken today on my lunch break and get some more on tonight. The sun is streaming through my windows today and the beads look gorgeous in the light. Unfortunately once again the pictures don't do it justice. So as I have to prove to my Husband that I can make a living out of this. He has faith in me but we have to pay the mortgage and the many other ever increasing bills so it's about more than just believing in me. So from December the 1st my 12 month quest begins. If I am successful, in December 2009 I will be able to leave full time office work and work from home. Oh, the chills of excitement that scurry up my spine when I say that out loud.
This one is called Candy. The sunlight made the smaller beads look pink and translucent but indoor they are matt purple. I love this necklace it looks great with jeans and s simple T shirt
Thursday, 23 October 2008
All the blogs that I follow inspire me in some way whether creatively or emotionally. Above all they are all what I consider to be good people, nice people who are kind enough to let us into their lives, even for just a moment.
Follow the links, I know you'll agree.
I have recently developed an obsession for bracelets. I think it's the instant gratification. They don't take long to make and don't use up too many beads. I used to make earrings all the time probably for the same reason but that was before the days of Tiger tail. I must make some Necklaces soon. I'm wearing a gorgeous bracelet today, I'll take a picture when I get home. It's a silver charm bracelet with Fuchsia, dark purple, teal, emerald and silver shade Swarovski crystals. I'm wearing a teal shirt and it goes well.
Central Park NYCStill with me?
On Monday (payday, woo!) I placed a wholesale order. I ordered the basics, tiger tail, headpins, crimps but I also was naughty and ordered some Swarovski crystals and some lamp work beads. I forgot the necklace ends and display pins but meh, I'll get them elsewhere. I also ordered some gorgeous silver plated Bali style beads. I love them they look so good with vibrant coloured beads. I should get my order either tomorrow or Monday. I hope it's tomorrow I have no plans at the weekend so I could make loads and loads and loads.... Is it normal to get so excited by this? I'm 26 shouldn't I be out with my friends in a bar? If I had any money ever I would be, but I wouldn't drink much so I could get up early, make a pot of tea and get out my lovely little pliers!
I'm going to have a Jewellery party at a local cricket club at the end of November and I want to sell as much of the plated Jewellery as possible to earn enough to buy silver. I don't want to use plated any more. It's great when you get started because its comparatively cheap and you can perfect your skills but no matter how careful you are it will eventually tarnish and I want my customers to keep my pieces forever and get lots of use out of them.
I have now set up my Etsy shop but I still haven't listed any items because I can't get a decent picture of them. Also I think I'm only going to sell silver and gold pieces on there, I think. I might sell some older pieces cheapish. Oh I don't know. Maybe I'll just have two sections, a precious metal page and a plated metal page.
My brain hurts, I need a cuppa.
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Ooohhh the thought of it makes me so excited. James has told me that I have to equal my wage for 12 months and once I have done that I can resign. He says that I need to see the seasonal peaks and troughs. Like January probably isn't a great month for selling but November and December are. He is right although I used to be a manager at paperchase so I understand retail trends.
But i'd really love to know, is it possible?
Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Last week was a more productive week that the previous one. I've made a few pieces but once again i'm running out of tigertail, headpins, clasps and crimps. I really want to make some pieces with rich deep colours. I'd love to find some really nice deep burgundy dichroic glass beads but sadly this month we have some big bills and I can only afford the basics. Unfortunately the majority of my beads are pinks and pale blues and other pastels. Lovely colours but I'm a little bored of using them and there comes a point when you exhaust their potential. Also I like to follow the seasons, I change my colours accordingly.
I went to see my mum the other day and showed her my full collection. She was amazed. She said she had never realised how good I was. My skills are improving though. At my first jewellery party a year ago I sold lots of similar things but with different beads. My range is more diverse. I've also gained more knowledge about beads. I bought plain glass beads wholesale at first. Now i tend to buy a few really special beads and mix them with the simpler stuff. I love lampwork beads.My only problem now is that working with Tigertail is so much quicker and easier than the wire linked jewellery I used to make. I'm going to make some charm bracelets tonight and then phone charms and key rings the night after.
Friday, 3 October 2008
I have had couple of items back in for repair but it's usually a particularly delicate item that has been caught and pulled and a jump ring has opened, something like that. Sometimes people don't realise that you have to look after your handmade pretties.
I made a beautiful copper bracelet with Swarovski crystals and handmade figure of eight links. A lady who had bought it brought it back to me to demonstrate that if she pulled hard enough the links opened and the bracelet fell apart. I asked her under what normal circumstance would a bracelet undergo such an action. She told me that she had caught it on a door handle and it had fallen off and that this wasn't good enough. I offered her a repair or her money back and informed her that any bracelet or necklace that I made will open under that kind of force. I recently had to buy a medicalert bracelet because of my epilepsy and they use jump rings so that if you catch it on machinery, your arm wont get ripped off! She took the bracelet home.
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
"At work I have my own office and one wall is entirely glass, I love it because sometimes I can just spin my chair round and gaze at the sky and the trees (and the motorway and the industrial units!) and if I'm having a difficult day I can think how small my problems are in the great scheme of things"
So, if I were to rant, I would totally contradict myself and I don't want to do that. I still think I would have been well within my rights to rant but it really doesn't matter anyway!
I wish I had a camera today. I would have loved to have captured the weather. It's been alternating between bright sunshine and heavy rain, it's been quite exciting.
I'm going to Primark tonight with a friend to buy a jumper, woo! I love shopping, although I'm not really selling it there am I?Bye