Friday, June 25, 2010

What I Learned This Week

It's been a busy week for me. I am going to participate in more street shows, first and foremost is a 2 day event the weekend of July 4th. The Arizona Celebration of Freedom, July 2-3, 6-10pm. It's again only 4 hours each night, but it will hopefully be pretty busy as there will be fireworks and lots of free things to do and has plenty of sponsors so should be advertised well. No booth fees so you really can't beat that! So life has been about making stuff to sell! On top of that I went to a restaurant last night to set up and sell for a few hours and did sell 11 pieces there! Thankyou Cameron and Cindy Selogie of Il Vinaio! BTW anyone in the area who enjoys fine wine and food should really check them out.

Had to get a canopy for the 2 day event, argh. Now we still have to make weights for it and put it up so we know it's good to go. But this is good, because if I'm gonna do this, I need these things! Still thinking on what to light it with...we have 2 strands of commercial string lights laying around and I'm thinking that will be perfect, but I'll have to come up with a way to hang them (making notes now as I type lol).

But more than once this week I though "Ijust learned something new," I know I learn new things all the time, maybe this week I was more aware of it, I don't know. here are a couple, there were more, but they are already lost in the folds...was a busy week, and next week will be more busy!

I like cereal that floats.

Peso (our cat) loves the dog (Boozer) more than he loves us.

Boozer doesn't like grapefruit juice. He also doesn't like almonds, I had no idea he could be so choosy about what he'll eat (or drink)

I like gold polymer clay.

I like dark colored polymer clay paired with gold polymer clay.

So, back to the matter at hand. I will have a canopy at a street show next week, how cool! So, at my first one I used (OK, don't laugh, really) black nursery pots covered in fabric as elevations in my display and I want something better. I was hoping to have time to make some nesting plywood boxes for that purpose, paint them black, but I won't have time for that. Anyone care to share what they use to help give dimension to their display?

Oh, and here's some of  the goodies I made this week!

Friday, June 18, 2010

I'm in a Treasury!

I'm sure this isn't new for most of you, but it sure is for me. I have barely touched on Etsy so far, there's so much there to learn about and participate in. Once I have some time I plan to do some treasuries, too. But for now, to be picked by someone from all the thousand (hundreds of thousands?) of items on Etsy is wonderful. Thankyou 

Here's the treasury

Saturday, June 12, 2010

That was a blast!

Back from the 4 hour street fair I did last night.....and it was dead. Only stayed for 3 of the 4 hours, but I did sell 26 pieces not to mention oodles of blank chokers/necklaces. Everyone was so wonderful and did a pretty good job of feeding my growing ego. I hate when that happens though because I know some absolutely horrible and necessary event will happen to straighten that out lol But everyone loved my stuff and those that actually paid enough attention to look at the prices were VERY pleased :) It's funny, of those that stopped, most just wanted to look and I had to point out the prices to them, nearly everyone one of those bought something.

Feel confident about the name I picked for my studio/shop, too as I had quite a few folks mention how much they liked it. All the purple went over really well! I want to make a song similar to "Redneck Woman" by Gretchen Wilson (I love that song!) because women love purple, don't we? I just hope at 70 I'm not wearing mismatched purple socks.

Am soo glad I made a variety, because that really helped. I'm sure what sells will be different each time but it really was a true variety of pieces being sold from my booth. I will say the swirled hearts did well, the small steampunk dragonfly and the corseted heart were huge hits and both did sell, there was one large coppery piece that sold that surprised me, this lady knew she wanted it and that was that lol

And the winner is.......Moe Taylor! I had a drawing for a necklace last night, it was one of the steampunk hearts and last night it was on display around the gracious neck of the owner of Il Vinaio, (thank you!) a wine bistro in downtown Mesa. I want to thank everyone who stopped by to see my stuff and entered the drawing and I hope to see you again in the future.

Here's to growing success! You can't see it but my coffee cup is raised ;P

Monday, June 7, 2010

I cannot believe this!

How cool this came out that is. I LOVE this, I think it's too cool.
I feel an awful lot like a poser....I have put some polymer clay pendants in an Etsy store. I haven't been doing this for long, I know, but it feels so natural. I hope others like my stuff, too...I know a lot of my things are pretty basic, but I can see how I am evolving, and that alone is inspiring.

Am almost ready for the street fair this friday, but we have company this week so work (and creativity lol) is sporadic. But I did get a few items in the Etsy shop, am going to try and get a few more things finished by friday and have some odds and ends to tie up for the the display.

Here are some other neat things I made.
I uploaded lots of new pics to my Flickr if you want to see more! Thanks for looking :)