Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Making jewelry

I have been making jewelry again lately. I sell my jewelry to the SC State Museum gift shop, to Joyfilled Garden and Gifts in Georgetown, SC, to The Willows in Lexington, SC and I sell quite a lot of it when I'm a vendor at various festivals and bizarres and of course, to friends and family that drop by my house for a peek. So, I've always thought of my jewelry as something that just sells itself.

I thought I would see what would happen if I posted some in my etsy shop. I spent lots of time photographing, editing the pictures and then posting... I'm really curious to see if it will sell. I don't really have much faith in it happening, for some reason... but we will see. I don't really know how to go about photographing it.

Friday, May 7, 2010

party's over

In April, my sales were VERY slow. That worked out ok though, because my girl's had their Spring break and my husband, let's just call him Pookie Bear, was off of work for the whole month. He likes to save all his vacation days and then take a month off.

uuummm... I wouldn't trade him for all the money in the world, BUT, these month long vacations that he takes really THROW OFF MY GROOVE!!! thoroughly

I'm posting a picture of my girl's... the comedic duo

Nice Surprise

After Christmas, my business didn't slow down. I guess people were spending their Christmas money and that was fine with me! I started posting Valentine dolls and snowmen and they would sell as fast as I would get them on etsy.

Then, I posted an Irish snowman and it sold within minutes!!! It was so amazing and it just made me want to keep trying to make as many dolls as I could. The nice customer that bought him asked me if I would think about trying to make some Irish dolls... I had never even thought about doing that, which is funny - because I am partly Irish! So, I got busy making some Irish dolls and they all sold really fast. Again, because a customer gave me the idea.

Happy New Year!!!

This is my sweet little baby girl, her name is McRuby Sue O'Kelly... we just call her wooby.

then there was December...

In December, I was slammed as usual! I was selling my ornaments as fast as I could make them. This happens to me every year and every year I could kick myself for not making them all year long so that I would be prepared. It is so hard to be in the mood to make Christmas ornaments when it is no where near Christmas time. I was excited because I had contacted a really WONDERFUL store called STUFF, in Kansas City MO - I asked them if they would be interested in featuring my whimsical creations in their shop - and they DID!!! I REALLY wanted to get my dolls in that store and it happed! yay

So, I sent them 50 ornaments... they sold so well that they have asked me to send 75 of them this time. The thought of making 75 Christmas ornaments right now is a little over whelming... but I know I'll get it done.

The girl that bought my first snowman wanted me to create some Mardi Gras dolls for her and her mom... what?! I had no idea how to do that - but she loved them!

So much has happened!

It has been a long time since my last post... I have been busy!

I have wanted to add a new post for several weeks now and haven't because I'm usually on my little laptop that doesn't have very many pictures stored in it and I knew I would want to post pictures too... so, I'm using my husband's computer today and remembered that I need to catch up on my blog.

I want to pick up where I left off, which was in October - I think. So, in November... I was selling my Sugar Cookie Doll Christmas ornaments at the Columbia Museum of arts Artisans fair. A nice lady walked up to me and asked if I made snowmen. I, of course, said "yes" eventhough, it had been years since I attempted that and from what I could remember about them - they were really primitive and not something I would be interested making. So, I thought I would try it again, in a different way.

I was so excited about my finished product... I listed it on etsy and it sold very quickly...which led to me making many others, all different, all selling quick. After Christmas, I made some Valentine related snowmen, the I made St. Patrick's day snowmen. I think it is so great when a customer gives me an idea like that. It pushes me to step out of my box and then I grow as an artist... Thanks nice lady! I will surely be fully stocked with some happy, whimsical snowmen next November when I sell there!

The snowman in the picture was the first one that I made. The base of her is a vintage, silver glass ornament that had belonged to my grandma Cookie. I attached a pink ribbon sash around her as a mamogram reminder.