Monday, March 23, 2015

A Slight Deviation

Sometimes in life you toil, and toil and get frustrated because things aren't turning out the way you would like. You keep doing the same things over and over, and nothing changes. It's like the quote attributed to Albert Einstein (I don't know if he said it or not, but it works just the same) -
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Recently, through a series of unrelated events, I've come to realize that I resemble that quote. The signs were there, but it took these events (which I won't go into) to make me truly see. 

It's like the story of the man that lived by the river. (Some of you may recognize this from an episode of The West Wing.) There was a man that lived by the river. He heard a radio report that the river was going to rush up and flood the town. And that all the residents should evacuate their homes. But the man said, ‘I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.’
The waters rose up. A guy in a row boat came along and he shouted, ‘Hey, hey you! You in there. The town is flooding. Let me take you to safety.’ But the man shouted back, ‘I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.’
A helicopter was hovering overhead. And a guy with a megaphone shouted, ‘Hey you, you down there. The town is flooding. Let me drop this ladder and I’ll take you to safety.’ But the man shouted back that he was religious, that he prayed, that God loved him and that God will take him to safety.
Well… the man drowned. And standing at the gates of Heavens, he demanded an audience with God. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘I’m a religious man, I pray. I thought you loved me. Why did this happen?’
God said, ‘I sent you a radio report, a rowboat , and a guy in a helicopter. What the hell are you doing here?

Okay, I will quit rambling. Here's the bottom line, which comes back to the title of this post, A Slight Deviation. I think that making beaded jewelry is really not my calling. I will still make it for myself, or for friends, but that's it. My focus will be in other applications of bead work. I feel that my destiny lies somewhere down the road less traveled. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Crafty Feast!

I am so excited about participating in this show - and doing Christmas shopping there!

Mark your calendars!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Happenings

I have two shows this fall, if you would like to come by and see me and my stuff ;-) live and in person!

October 4 from10am to 5pm I'll be in Newberry, SC at Newberry Oktoberfest with a selection of affordable art and wearables.

December 14 from 12pm-6pm you'll find me at Crafty Feast in Columbia, SC. I am planning to feature some new items at this show.

I love fall and am really looking forward to these two opportunities.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Heat is On

Aah Summer. For some it means vacation. For some it means travel. For most artists it means work round the clock time. You see, summer is the time to create, craft, and make all of those lovely things you see at arts and crafts shows in the fall and early winter.

My conundrum is always the same. What to make this year? I have millions (okay, not quite that many) of ideas, but then the practical side has to take control. Beadwork takes a HUGE amount of time to create. Do I spend 20+ hours on a cool idea I have or do I spend less time on a couple of items that I can ultimately sell for less than the one big, bad, super creation? And what if I make the big cool thing and it doesn't sell? Yet, a well appointed craft show booth has items at many price points. It is a question that I can get lost thinking about ... then I snap out of it and realize that I've just wasted several hours analyzing when I could have been working.

Another question this time of year relates to stocking the store. I have my Etsy store to think about, which serves as my virtual storefront. Some customers go there directly, while some are directed there from my website or social media presence (Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter). When I am in "creation mode", do I stop and list (or "stock") each creation in the Etsy store, or just keep creating for upcoming shows? If someone has perused my Etsy shop, will they still come to shop my booth at the show? Isn't there something to be said for the element of surprise?

Finally, geography plays a part, this year in particular. This will be the first time I've done a show in the southeastern U.S. I knew my clientele in New Mexico pretty well. Had a handle on what they might like. Now that I live in South Carolina, there's a wild card in play. Obviously (if you've ever lived here or visited) you can't go wrong with anything representing the University of South Carolina Gamecocks or the Clemson Tigers. However, that isn't the only thing you want on display. There's also Christmas coming fast on the heels of my first show, yet the items I always made and sold in New Mexico for Christmas may not be as successful here - or they may be a great success. Again, we are down to time, and its finite supply.

So I've now spent a chunk of time on this blog post, that I could have been beading. SIGH. What to start on next?