Sunday, January 20, 2013

Bead Soup Sign Ups!

Even though I've been so busy these past few months, I have to sign up for the Bead Soup Blog Party hosted by Lori Anderson. Lori hosts this awesome event every year where each participant is paired up and sends each other a "soup" of coordinating beads. When you receive your package of a focal, clasp, and other lovely matching goodies, it's as exciting as getting a Christmas package in the mail!

Here are some of my pieces from the 6th Bead Soup Blog Party. Or you can click the images on the side to see the blog post.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

A New Year

***Turducken*** A New Year's Eve tradition. Chicken and
duck stuffed into a turkey, layered with strips of bacon......
Happy New Year!!!!!!!!

The holiday is almost over with a few more days to go. After all the delicious food I've had this past week it's time to think about the future of my "hobby business".

I've come to realize a few things.
1.  I haven't created any new items for half a year. Part if the reason is my day job as a teacher. Teaching a new grade makes my life a bit busier than normal. I come home from work and all I want to do is rest and watch mindless t.v. and then do some more marking/planning till it's time to sleep. The other reason is that I really don't have the motivation the create anything. So I have decided to put my shop on hiatus for a bit. I won't be renewing anymore but I will still be taking custom orders. And maybe do some bead soup... :)

2. I've been to a few craft/handmade shows this year and I find that the people who go to these shows are young women with kids. I wanted to sell at a craft show one day but now I don't think that is where my target audience are. Most of my customers are people who purchase for weddings. They most likely will not go to a craft show looking for bridal jewellery. So.... I probably won't be entering into a show anytime soon. Unless I come up with a line of jewellery that is unique and serves the audience at craft shows.

3. Even if I had the motivation and the time to work on new pieces, I don't have a convenient area to work. Even though in a previous post,  I mentioned that I made room on my bedroom table, it is now taken over by school related material. The hubby and I are in the process of looking for a new place to live so hopefully I can find something soon and set up a real studio!

So, in conclusion, it's time to say goodbye (or see you soon) to my shop for the next little while and move into my new house (after I find one of course), then set up a studio work space for my beady stash.

HELLO 2013.....


We've bought a new house!!! I'll be moving at the end of this month (April 2013) and have already picked out a room for a studio.  A real studio! With a desk, chair and hopefully some shelves! So that means I might be starting up my shop again by the summer! Yeah!!!! 

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