Monday, December 30, 2013

New Year, Goals, Inspiration

A new year, new goals, new inspiration. 

First  I need to say a huge thank you to all of my customers for their continued support and feedback. You make my job such a pleasure! And a big thank you to my friends, artist and non, for their support when I was stressed out, serving as a sounding board, helping me brainstorm new ideas and listening to the occasional whine. 

I have not had a chance to run all my numbers (those that know me, know how I like numbers!) but I do know that I met many of the goals I set for this year. That feels good.

I will start 2014 with new technology, a new camera and a new computer. There will be the inevitable learning curve, but I hope once mastered I will be more efficient at my tasks. I also got a battery set up at years end that will allow me to have lights in my booth whether there is power or not. Cool! 

Among my many goals for this year are to add to my wholesale line, update my catalog and get additional accounts. My wholesale rep has already given my a list of possibilities to add to my line. I want to improve my photographs. The new camera is already helping with that and I will be investigating a new light box and backgrounds. Might be time to retire the cardboard box I currently use!

A very important goal is to learn some new techniques in metal and wire work. I am going to tap into some friends who have these skills and take a few classes. I was inspired by 2 websites I came across. One is amazing wire work. There are some tutorials and I plan to give some a try. The other site had interesting metal pendants. When I am in a meeting my notepaper is covered with doodles. It occurred to me that I may be able to turn these doodles into metal art pendants. 

I am looking forward to putting all these new ideas to work in the new year.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Recent Work

During the last hour of my time at Tidefest in Gig Harbor I sold all of my green opal and several snakeskin jasper necklaces. So I took time this morning to make a few more. Here are three new necklaces visitors to my sale in Minneapolis will find.

 Green opal, glass and copper.  SOLD
  Green opal, glass and copper.  SOLD.
Snakeskin jasper, aventurine, glass and copper.  SOLD