Sunday, December 14, 2014

Catching up!

A lot has happened in the past two months.  For one thing, when I got home from SDC, I discovered I was literally sick of beading!!  I had worked so hard for so many months to get inventory built up that I was burned out.  I had absolutely no desire to even look at beads.
I did get my craft room changed, I moved it into an different bedroom that has much better natural light and was easier to arrange everything. I have room for my quilting table and material racks.  I have done a couple of quilt tops, but that's as far as I have gotten with them too. 
I have been fighting respiratory problems for the last couple of years, but had been blaming it all on my weight and inactive lifestyle.  (sitting, beading!!)   But around the middle of Nov. I had to realize it was more than that.  The doctor has diagnosed me with COPD.  Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis to be exact.  Then a couple weeks ago, I went to the grocery store to shop and apparently picked up a viral bug from someone.  Ended up in the ER with severe breathing problems.  Now I am on an antibiotic, steroids, breathing treatments, two inhalers, and feeling really bleh!! 
Haven't done much except for crocheting neck scarves for all the little grandkids for Christmas, and made a quilted table runner for my exchange gift with the grown kids.  We always do one of those boy-girl gift exchanges where you open a gift and if you don't want it, you either open another one or take someone else's!!  :) It gets to be quite a bit of fun if there is something everyone wants.  I made up  Texas Ranger Nine Bean Soup bags for the grown kids too, and have several kinds of cookies to bake if I get enough energy. 
So I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a Wonderful New Year.  Be safe, don't drink and drive, and don't over eat!!  LOL  yeah, sure. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Silver Dollar City was a success!

I feel that for my first year being there, the festival was a success!  I made some money, made some new friends, saw some old friends, and had confirmation of my talent as a beader!!  I enjoyed my time there immensely and hope I am able to go back next year.  I miss being able to attend the Mt. Vernon MARC festival, but will be at Apple Butter Making Days this weekend. My first time having a booth there and I am very excited to be sharing one with my buddy Tonya Busby and her sister Alisa Davis. Tonya and I both make jewelry, but very different types.  She does the most gorgeous 2-4 loop wrap bracelets with semi-precious gem stones and beads.
Mine is about to take a couple of slight curves in the road.  I will still be doing bead embroidery, but less of the weaving type.  I have been introduced to Quilting and to Silk Ribbon Embroidery and have fallen in love with them.  I have found several articles and tutorials on it and have seen ways to incorporate my beading, the ribbons, and "quilting" all in one.  Probably won't be posting anything anyway soon, it looks to be rather intensive and difficult, but I am determined!!  See you later.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

IT'S GETTING CLOSER!!



Wow, I cannot believe it's only a little over 4 weeks until Silver Dollar City!!

I have finished several more pieces and actually mastered a new pattern.  The Triangle!!  Made a set of earrings watching a Potomac tutorial on youtube and it just finally clicked .  Have tried to do this before,  but doing a pattern as you watch them do it just makes it so much easier!  Now I also have a necklace and earring set.  Just made a very large triangle for the pendant.  
I have most of my stuff packed or nearly packed if it is stuff I use on a regular basis, but it's at least rounded up and ready to put in tubs.  

I found out this week that I can't use the "old school" manual credit card swiper down there. (after spending money I didn't have to spare).  They want us to use electronic means so I have to use the Square and I am not really sure how to.  None of the stuff on their webpage really explains how to use it in a situation like I will be in.  I have a friend down there that will be able to show me how though.  Not too worried!!  yeah, sure...................

So here are the two new triangle pieces.  I also have a mixed media freeform embroidery piece that is done, but needs backed and edged yet so I 'm not going to show it until it is done.  Will try to remember to post photos of my stall I will be using down there.  But I hope I will be so busy that I won't have time!!  :)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Finally got a serious piece of embroidery done! I've been making so many little woven pieces for Sept. that I hadn't had time to do much embroidery. I backed it with leather and it was thicker than I thought. My fingers are really sore!! lol This was inspired by Mortira on Inspirational Beading. She does a lot of Egyptian style pieces and I love her work.
Still very busy with building up inventory for my big show coming up.  Can't believe there are only 7 weeks left. I hope and pray I'll be ready!  Here are some pieces I have been working on. 
Hope you are all enjoying your summer.  We have had some strange weather here in Missouri.  It can't make up it's mind if it wants to stay Spring, Summer, or even Fall.  We've had days in the high 90's with over 110 heat indices and record lows at night with temps in the low 50's.  I think Mother Nature is in menopause!!


The Eye of Horus




































Monday, June 23, 2014

Still Beading Away!!

I promise I have been busy even if I haven't been blogging.  I have made several dozen bracelets and earrings to add to the stash of stuff I am taking to Silver Dollar City.  Got my insurance fee paid finally. Had to have a MILLION $$$ worth of liability insurance for my booth, "just in case someone hurt themselves".  Sounds crazy I know, but it would be just my luck that someone would fall and sue me for a million!!  LOL  Our stall fee is paid by the percentage commission they collect from what we sell. So every one has been telling me what to charge for my pieces.!!!   eeek!   That is scary, but every article I read about how to price your product is the same, make a formula for cost of materials, how much you have spent on tools, displays, packaging, simply everything you have had to pay for to produce your art.  Then you have to decide what your time and experience is worth.
To me that is the hardest part. I read an article on one of the sites I like, about this woman who had a customer try to haggle with her about an expensive necklace she wanted to buy, but refused to pay that much money for.  She said she could go home and make something just as pretty. She and the vendor argued about it for a few minutes and then the vendor asked her how much she thought she should pay.  The woman named an insultingly low amount and the vendor told her she would mail it to her.  The woman paid the price and then went home and bragged to all of her friend about how she had made the vendor sell it to her for a fraction of the price.  She couldn't wait until the package arrived. Finally the day came and the package arrived.  She hurriedly opened it, only to find several packets of beads, some thread, and a couple of needles.  She called up the vendor and started screaming at her about how she had been cheated. The vendor said, "You told me you could go home and make something just as pretty so I gave you the items you needed to make it".  The woman cried," but I don't know how to make something like that!"  The vendor said, "Oh, well that is experience and knowledge, and that will cost you a lot more money". 

Experience and knowledge don't come cheap, takes time and money and sweat and tears to learn your craft, you wouldn't expect your doctor, lawyer, pastor, or any other professional to sell their work dirt cheap, so why should a handcrafted artist?       Visit my Facebook page to see more of my work.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

I know I haven't been posting my "embroidery" lately, but with making inventory for the festival this fall, which is getting closer and closer, I haven't had much time to embroider. I don't think those pieces will sell that well down there because of the price range.  I am taking what I have done already but am mostly making up earrings and woven bracelet right now. Here are some of the earrings I'm doing.  Since the theme for the festival this year is "Cowboy"  I wanted to be just a tad different and go for Native American.  :)





 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hope everyone had a blessed Easter!

Yesterday was a beautiful day, perfect for Easter and Easter Egg hunts.  My neighbors on both sides had kiddies all over their yards.  It was fun watching them.  My little ones lived too far away to go see, but talked to my kids on the phone. One of my boys spent the weekend with me and went to church with me so it was good. 
I've been busy as usual making jewelry, if you haven't noticed by now I'm pretty eclectic on my taste in jewelry.  I love making Native American, woven, embroidered, etc.  I don't want to get tied down to any one kind. And I try not to make lots of similar pieces, although when you have to make up a large inventory for a big show, it's hard not to repeat yourself.  So then I try to change things around enough that it's still different. Using colors, sizes and shapes of beads, adding fringe or not, embellishments or not, it's easy to make each piece look a little different. That is shown here in these pieces which are basically the same patterns, just tweaked around a little.They are all made with Peyote stitch, and using twins, 8/0 seeds, Delica's and a little punch of bead embroidery make a big difference. Hope you enjoy!