Saturday, November 9, 2013

Back After a Short Hiatus

I'm back. I can't say that I was very productive since my last post, but I can say that I'm definitely ready for my next creative spurt.  I now have a counter top display unit for my jewelry.

I got very discouraged last year after finding a very friendly venue for my work here in London, but then having several items stolen. Unfortunately, I had to make the decision not to show there any more. The solution seemed to be some sort of glass cabinet that could limit access, preferably be lockable, but still display my jewelry to its best advantage. Easy. Not. These cabinets only seem to be available through specialty display companies and are very pricey. I would also have to factor in shipping costs which could be steep. I even sought out my handy hubby, but nothing came readily to mind.

Finally, after an unexpected monetary gift and a serendipitous email sales flyer, I was able to purchase what I needed. Here is my new "showcase" from Zakka Canada:

I chose this one first of all because it was lockable. It also has a light and enough shelves, four, to display a good variety of my work. (Or some nice sea shells, which is mostly what I have at the moment!) It also rotates automatically which wasn't a requirement and I'm not sure if I'll use this feature because it seems a little noisy. We'll see.

Next I need a display solution for Grenada. I have a marina who graciously offered to show my jewelry, but they would prefer to have a cabinet that could be locked.  I saw some that I liked at a booth at one of the antique shows at Cherryhill Mall.  They were made from wood with a glass cover that could sit open at an angle. After buying some beads and vintage jewelry, I asked the owner where she got her cases. It turned out that her husband made them. I already carry about 50 lbs. of beading supplies when I travel, so I'd need to have them made in Grenada. (Right, dear?!) So Scott Bell, of Rush Creek Renovation in St. Thomas has promised to do up some plans for me. Wood, glass, hinges and a lock should be easy enough to obtain once we're in Grenada, or a trip to Lee Valley may be warranted. There are some better photos on his Facebook page, but it will look something like this:

Now all I have to do is make some goodies to fill 'em up!

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