Craft Show Prepping

Once I complete the wire wrapping order for my co-worker, I have to start making multiples of my themed jewelry so I have enough inventory for craft shows.  I am hoping to do the craft show on Southport Road in Indianapolis at the beginning of June, so I really need to get working on this.  By themed jewelry, I mean Pokemon, Harry Potter, Dr. Who, etcetera.  These are fairly easy to reproduce and will probably be popular items for a craft show.  My one-of-a-kind pieces may be popular, too, but I know some siblings or friends like to have the same (or similar) things, so I am appealing to these potential  customers.

I’ll let you know the exact dates of any craft shows that I will be at so you can come on out and visit with me!


Thank Goodness for Super Glue

I usually wear glasses on my days off from work, unless I have to go somewhere and don’t want to mess with pushing my glasses up a billion times. So, there I was a couple days ago minding my own business getting ready to go to the grocery store. I had my glasses on because I was off work. They felt a little too loose, so I was going to gently bend them (I have done this before with no problem) so they would fit a little more snuggly. That didn’t work out so well (as you can see in the picture above where the little crack is).  I heard a crack, then my lense flew into the air and landed on the floor.  The only way I could think of to fix them was super glue because masking tape wouldn’t have fit with the lense in that spot.  Luckily, I think it worked.  Needless-to-say, I had to wear my contacts to the grocery store because the glue needed to dry.  Grrrrr!

So after the grocery store, I worked on making more jewelry.  I now have 35 items in my Etsy store and have made a set with earrings, bracelet, and pendant for the woman I work with.  20160325_201024.jpgShe is also going to have me wrap some stones with wire since she hasn’t found anyone until now who can do that.  I can’t wait until she sees this set.  I love doing this!

I Can Do This

I still only have 27 items on Etsy, but I have sold a couple to local people. I think my best customer is going to be a woman I work with who likes big flashy jewelry. I love that woman! She has been through a lot the last few years, but she still pushes on and keeps moving. She’s going to be my inspiration.

One of my boys (my geode cracker) opened a few small geodes last night–one had what looks like pyrite (fool’s gold) and crystals, and two others had druzy centers. Druzy is the really sparkly white center of some geodes. Very beautiful! If I had the proper tools or equipment, I could neatly slice those geodes into thin layers and make earrings or multiple necklaces. For now, I’ll stick to wrapping them in silver wire for pendants (or hanging onto the larger ones).

I have so many ideas for jewelry, just not enough time in the day to get everything done and put my ideas into creations. It’s kind-of aggravating, but at least I know I won’t be bored any time soon! I love that I can create something, then ask my boys what they think of it. They give me their honest opinions, which really helps. If they don’t think something looks good, I take it apart and start over. Sometimes they even give me ideas on how to make something better. I love getting them involved in the process.

Well, I have to run (okay drive) to work. After work I have to make chore charts and a meal plan for this week. Then I have to re-do the load of laundry I just remembered is in the washing machine and fill the dishwasher. Then, if there is time left, I will create some more jewelry. I can do this!

Slow, but sure!

I officially have 27 items in my Etsy shop! That’s really not that much inventory, but it’s getting there. I am loving the whole process–thinking up a design or picking out stones or crystals, then using my ideas to create interesting jewelry. It’s so much fun! I would really like to do this full time (in addition to homeschooling my boys), but I have to build up a customer base before I will be making enough money to quit my day job.

I feel like the tortoise–moving slowly, one step at a time. That’s how he won the race, and that’s how I will, too! Keep calm and carry on!

I’m exhausted!

Starting a new business takes a lot of time and energy–something I don’t really have with working thirty-six hours a week and homeschooling my boys.  Somehow, though, I have managed to get an Etsy shop opened and stocked with a small amount of items (22 to be exact).  My eleven-year-old has made a few bracelets and earrings, so that has helped tremendously.  We are in the process of making extra stock of a few bracelet and earring styles so I can start selling them at craft shows.  I can’t wait to see if they are as popular as they seem to be on Etsy (based on the views and favorites I have been receiving).

The only issue I am going to have with doing craft shows is that they are on weekends–when I work.  Luckily, I have a couple weeks worth of vacation time.  I can use some of that to take days off for craft shows.

I really hope this business takes off because I love thinking up new designs and creating jewelry with those designs.  It has been an exhausting couple weeks, but I think it will be worth it in the end.