craft show stuff

Over the last few months, I’ve been thinking about getting into the craft show scene again. I did some when I first started out a few years ago, but having a job and doing shows was just too much. I stopped doing them, eventually lost my job, and starting out making jewelry full time.

Now that I’m pretty established, have my shit together, and a healthy stock of inventory, I’ve been mulling over the idea of doing some shows again. I want to start small, and do a few here and there. Nothing crazy.

My old display was all black, which is not the look I’m going for anymore. It’s too dark for my light, fun jewelry. I am going with white and pops of color this time around. I realized that I need to figure out exactly how I would set up a booth, and went to Pinterest and Flickr for ideas. Honestly, I didn’t find a damn thing I liked. Nothing even close.

So I decided I’d buy some old frames, paint them, and try to hang my earrings on ribbons that I strung across the backing of the frame. I wasn’t sure if it would work, or look right, but turns out it does and I really like it. It’s simple and light, just what I was looking for.

My next step is buying some more, larger frames and doing this to them. I’m also on the hunt for some candy colored glasses dishes. Hopefully I’ll find some, but I can never find exactly what I’m looking for when I have something in mind. I’m also hoping my brain gives me some other ideas, because having 10 frames sitting on a table would really be overkill.

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plants and cats

This week I finally made a terrarium. My houseplant collection has grown significantly over the last few weeks. I figured it was about time to finally make all of my terrarium dreams come true. It was more annoying to make than I thought, even with the large opening in the vase I used.

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Whenever I photograph jewelry for the shop, I end up getting distracting and taking photos of the kitties instead. Warning: this post has a billion photos in it (that’s probably more fun than words anyway). No photos of Stella though (the other kitty) :(

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Oh, and the jewelry. I guess I should share that.

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I also got a dresser from the Salvation Army for the living room last week. Oh, and that poodle. It was $1.99 at the Goodwill… how could I not?

I plan on painting the dresser. I like it as it is, but it just doesn’t go right with the room. You can see the paint swatches that I have on it, I’m thinking about a dark, emerald-ish green or a light to medium blue shade. I won’t paint it until I narrow it down. These decisions take time.

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looking outward

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It’s been an emotionally overwhelming week, but good things are ahead. I kept the door open for the kitties to sit in today. I need to get some photos of the other two soon. These two are always getting into things, so they are always in my photos.

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Ipsy

I got my first Ipsy bag in the mail today. For those of you who might not know what Ipsy is, it’s similar to Birchbox only it’s rumored that you get better/larger products. It’s $10 a month for a surprise bag of beauty products. It sounded fun, and although I’m not super into doing a lot of makeup, it is fun to play with and I love finding new products. I figured it might be neat to see if I’d actually use things that I wouldn’t typically pick out.

In my first bag, I got:

  • Urban Decay 24/7  Glide-On Eye Pencil
  • Such a Tease ‘So Seductive’ lashes
  • St. Tropez Gradual Tanner for Face
  • City Color White Color cream eyeshadow
  • Caitlyn Tinted Lip Balm  in 12. Apple Pink

I probably should just throw away the lashes because I will never use them. I was hoping that I wouldn’t get lashes. I’m going to have to see if there is a preference that I can change in my account so that I can avoid getting them again. I’m excited about the sunless tanner, as I’m pretty pale and I like a little glow for the warmer weather. I have heard such good things about St. Tropez, but never wanted to spend the money to try it.

I tried the Caitlyn lip tint, and I like it. The texture is velvetty, the finish is opaque and matte. The color is a spicy neutral that I think would look nice on most people. What I don’t like is that it’s a pot. I usually only end up using lip products in tube/stick form, because frankly I’m usually just a little too lazy to bother with pots, they get my fingers dirty and I just don’t like them.

The Urban Decay eye pencil is wonderful. It applies so smoothly and stays on throughout the day. It is a nice rich black that gives my eyes the definition they need since I’m light complected with light hair/eyelashes.

The City Color eyeshadow was a pleasant surprise. It scared me a little bit in the pot, but it actually applies lightly (though you can definitely build it for a more intense look). I think it might actually work as a highlighter too. I just put a little bit of this on my lids, and it brightened up my whole face.

Overall, I think I’ll be using most, if not all, of these products (besides the lashes) in the future. I can’t wait to see what’s in next month’s bag!

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new in the shop

I’ve been busy making a bunch of larger earrings for my shop. People have asked for them many times throughout the years, but I never really got around to making them. It’s about damn time, I think! The only thing that sucks about making them is that they must be made in smaller batches due to their size. I will be making less of each for now, and the designs that are most popular will probably be made over and over, like what I do with everything else. I do have more room to work with though, which can only be a good thing!

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These little babies are new too. I seriously love them. I made myself a larger pair in the 8mm style (they will be available in the shop later this week as well). Should I make more like this? Multicolors and varying sizes of glitters? I really think I’m onto something here and will be making a few more colors of these.

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around

Taking more photos today to update the whole shop (whew!). The cats are always trying to get involved. Today, Ryan and Jan did a little impromptu photo shoot. What a couple of clowns!

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And you know Gus had to make an appearance. Such a ham.

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I did some thrifting yesterday. I had terrible luck until I decided to head to the last place (Goodwill), which is where I found these awesome brick tumblers! I’ll try to post again on the other things I got sometime later this week.

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upkeep

I’ve been super busy the last few days reshooting everything for both of my shops (and I mean, literally everything). My sticker and tag supply shop is done, and looks pretty good I think. I couldn’t be much happier with the photos, especially considering I really struggled with photographing my jewelry for years.

My jewelry shop is coming along as well and I’m probably about 65% there. I am taking a different approach to photographing my jewelry now. It all happened by accident, after I began shooting my stationary items. About a year ago I really wanted some nice head on shots of my earrings. The detail shots are nice, but they don’t give as good of an idea of what the jewelry will look like in person as the head on shots. I struggled with it last year, mostly using my light box, and eventually gave up. This time around, I tried using natural lighting in my living room and my sofa table that I painted with a chalk paint as the surface to shoot on. I’m so pleased with how the head on shots came out, and although I can’t do my post earrings that way, I’m still using the same location to shoot them so it’s consistent with the danglies, and I’m trying to give them more perspective by shooting them with more white space in the shot.

You can see what I’m talking about below. I HOPE they are nice, I always end up second guessing myself when it comes to things like this.

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The cats like to be ‘involved’ when I’m working. By that, I mean sitting on what I’m trying to photograph, bopping it, that kind of thing. I did get some pretty photos of them in the midst of it though. These two are real trouble makers. The other two are a bit older and like to keep to themselves more (aka staying out of the way of the tiny crazy cats). I’m going to have to get some good shots of them soon, because they are also my babies!

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new size

I’ve had a lot of requests for larger sized earrings, and though I’ve made this size in the past, I never made many and they have never been entirely filled with glitter. They are much more difficult to photograph for me, because of their size and the fact that they don’t seem to look as nice in my usual setup. I’ll be experimenting with photographing them a bit differently in the future, and if they sell, making more and more colors.

Right now they are available in silver and gold:

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feelin springy

Sometimes I need a different creative outlet. Something that isn’t technically work. I’ve been wanting a bright and cheery floral wreath for my front door but nothing I’ve seen has really spoken to me. I decided to try to make one on my own with no real idea what I’m doing.  I didn’t want it to be perfect, more of the wild kind of look. I think it came out pretty good! The best part? A lot of these flowers were from the Dollar Tree. I am itching to make another wreath now!

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