Well, it has been quite a while. Have been busy building my advertising business at home, having a new baby, getting life organized with two children, and finally getting back into making jewelry, and hope to pick up the tablet & start creating more illustrations for my children's books as well. Here is my latest creation in jewelry though... I am still practicing on different metals before springing for the more expensive sterling silver. All of the french hooks I use are sterling silver though, so at least your ear won't turn green ;)
Looking forward to creating many more pieces over the Holidays when I have some down time.
Well something seems to be working because I sold two flower necklaces, and a ring in the past two days. Sold two sets of earrings the week before as well. I have stumbled across so many wonderful people on Twitter that have sites on Etsy as well. I went from wondering how to get my jewelry "out there" with the other big fish, to feeling confident in the fact that I have my own style as does every other artist out there. For the first time in my life I am enjoying just being me. Colorful & whimsical. Very different from traditional jewelry and art, but everything I design makes me happy, and I feel that is most important. It's icing on the cake that other people are enjoying it too.
Beads are wonderful and a staple in any design, but I love working with Clay and made a flower necklace that I posted earlier. I have had so many people ask me about it, so I decided to make 6 more. 2 have sold already, and I have 3 more interested in them as well. Sure makes a rainy day much brighter! I have also found that are so many other mothers out there doing what they love to do as well. What a great concept! You can't help but want to spread the joy, right? All at the same time of wanting to keep this great little find to yourself until you can purchase everything from your wish list. Things really sell fast from there!
So as I sit here and join groups & teams, follow people, email back clients at this late hour, and think about the load of laundry in the dryer that needs to be folded... I leave you with one question that I have not quite figured out yet... When exactly did we slip into this indie crafter movement, and at what point did all of the social networking fall into place to blend so well, and connect so many people at one time? Seems like it all happened in the past week for me. If you have any thoughts, please share.
Wow, this social networking can be a full time job! You have Twitter, Facebook, Today's Mama, Etsy forums & Etsy Teams and so many more outlets out there to promote your business. Ever wonder if it actually works? I have tried several other avenues and the only one that seems to produce results is posting a generic sentence with a link to an item on your Etsy site on Twitter. I usually see anywhere from 5-10 more hits on my Etsy site. Still no purchases though. You have to wonder are the prices too high? But after remember the back pain from sitting down for hours to make everything you figure it's not over priced, and it's worth it!
If you have any thoughts on any of your successes or failures. Any Etsy vendors out there that you think are doing a great job, I would love to hear your thoughts, as well as share them with other Etsy crafters stuck in the same place. I'll post anything that I learn along the way as well.
Getting a lot of feedback so I have decided to make more. Don't have a lot of free time, but they are SO fun to make, and even more fun to wear!!! Would love to hear your thoughts as well. Would you wear something like this, and what would you expect to pay?
have been going through creative withdraw lately. I have been re-inspired by Etsy, and Twitter, and even facebook to dive back into all of my crafts with both feet. I started making new flower necklaces from Polymer clay, and I still have to finish firing my PMC earring to turn them into Sterling Silver! Also started a few resin rings with original designs in the center of them. SO excited to get those finished & photographed. Check back soon! http://sageandgracedesigns.etsy.com
Below you will see some samples of work I have done in the past. I have painted children's furniture, designed greeting cards, t-shirts, and many other things. I will post future projects when they are completed. This is just to journal progress over the years... enjoy!