Sunday, June 29, 2008

Trying to Keep My Chin Up...

Sooooo, I attended Comfest this weekend - and to be quite honest, I was quite disappointed yet again. This is only the 2nd show that I have done to date - and the first one I sold nothing. This one was a tad better - but for 2 days that I attended this show I still made less than $50 - which was a huge disappointment for me. The event was well attended - but sales were slow - all the way around. But most of the other vendors still did much better than I did (thankfully for them).

I know the economy is slow right now. But I am really discouraged right now and I am trying to figure out how not to be so down on myself. I can't help but wonder if this business venture of mine is worth the time and effort that goes into it. It also makes me wonder whether anyone really likes my jewelery - or if they are just being nice to me. A vast majority of my sales are to my friends and family - and so it is now making me second guess myself.

So - now the question is this: How do I get around this slump? And how do I start to feel better about my jewelery? Is it worth the time and effort? What can I do to make things better? Is my jewelery worth it?

Any feedback would be nice....thanks for letting me vent...

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What I have been up too....

Ahhh - so at long last I finally have some pictures to upload to my blog. I am very proud of the pieces that I have created in the past week as they represent a first for me on 3 levels: These are my first pieces I have created using flat peyote stitch. The bracelets are the first I have made where I have made the clasp as well. And this is my first attempt at making a ring. I have already started a 3rd bracelet in red, black and white. I will not be listing these pieces in my shop right away as they are part of my inventory for Comfest which is 10 days away (EEK!!!). I am thinking that there are not nearly enough hours in the day at this point as today will most likely be my last day off before Comfest.

Please let me know what you think of my newest adventure in beading. I am really loving working with Peyote stitch, so hope that I have some knack for it.

Oh - and for those of your wondering out there - the silver and blue bracelet and ring are made with size 11 Delicas in steel and size 15 seed beads. The purple bracelet is made with size 11 seed beads.

Oddly - I choose to do the purple bracelet based on the lightest color. When I go shopping for beads, I often choose colors that I like and want to play with. I discovered when going through my beading stash a few nights ago that I had 3 tubes of the lightest color in this bracelet - decided that I must really love this color which is "gold lustered lavender." I had to chuckle at myself a bit for this one - my forgetfulness hits home at this

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


I had no idea it had been 2 months so I last blogged. Time flies....

So I guess I am well past due on an update.

I have actually already done my first show on May 4th - and to be honest it was a bust. I have 2 more days at this same event so I am hopeful that the other days will go better.

We did in fact make it into Comfest. I have been busy making items for this event. I have so many ideas of things that I want to create - there just are not enough hours in the day right now. Comfest will be held in Goodale Park here in Columbus June 27, 28, and 29th. If you are in or around the area, please stop by and say hello! I plan on being at the event Friday and Saturday for sure - and most likely Sunday as well. My attendance on Sunday will be dependent on how much inventory I have left at that point to be honest.

I will be posting some new pictures after Comfest - either here or to my Flickr account and hopefully I will have some new items to list as well in my Etsy shop.

I have been accepted to the Etsy Beadweavers team! This is very exciting for me - please take a look at their blog - which is listed on the right side of the page. There is some really amazing talent there - more than once I have had my jaw drop at some of the creations these ladies are making!!!! I highly encourage you to check it out!

I am off to bed for now. Hopefully there will be pictures to post soon!