Monday, November 29, 2010

First Art Show

Yes I still make jewelry and surprise, surprise, people actually want to buy it. After an idle year with no output, I was invited to a couple of shows.

A friend of mine is a painter who shares a studio with a photographer. They were participating in an open studio walk and I was asked to put a table in. Not having done a show ever before, I was really unsure what to expect. I didn't have a 'professional' looking set up, but people bought and I made a few hundred dollars.


I'm floored. I know my stuff is good, but to have other people ooh and aww and then pull out their wallets was quite another thing. All the turmoil I put myself through over price-setting was completely irrelevant. Not one person commented on my pricing one way or another; they just paid.

I have another more craft-oriented show coming up this weekend, but my expectations aren't on par with the open-studio walk. The type of people who come to an artist's studio are very different from the ones who go to craft shows in strip malls. It should be a very educational experience though.

My displays are at least nice. Dark red/burgundy velvet covered wood panels with hooks for necklaces and bracelets - made by my dad - they show the work well. An antique printer's box for standing up earrings on cards. I need a better tablecloth though - the one I had didn't fit the table! Ha! I should have checked it out before hand. Funny. It didn't matter at all though.

So, this is my new endeavor...the art/craft show. I don't know if I'll do more, but I might. The fact that people can see and handle my work is really key. Online is one thing, but in person is another. Plus they can talk to me and ask questions. So nice.

I sort of regret not taking pictures of some of the items that sold beforehand, but it's no big deal. They were fun pieces and I know their new owners will love them.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Secret Santa gifts

So you signed up for the Office Secret Santa or maybe you're on the fence. Or maybe you got someone a little hard to please. Well now you've got it in the bag. Handmade artisan jewelry under $20 delivered. Unique pieces using beautiful materials like gemstones and sterling silver.

Oh and there's a choice of packaging, too. Check out the entire collection Here and make something a little easier on yourself.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Mama turkey and baby
Originally uploaded by TheWireSmith
No, these two are safe. Took this in Montana 3 1/2 years ago. big celebration today, just being a homebody and trying to put perspective into my life. Be good to each other and don't eat too much!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Looking for a handmade gift sale?

Look no further. Here's a sample of what I've put in my jewelry sale.
Oh and there's free shipping too.
And a choice of gift packaging...something funky and very personalized or a traditional gift box.
Who says customer service is dead?