Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Handmade Festival May 7, 2011

This was my second craft sale of 2011. My second sale of my beading life. It wasn't as successful as the one in Grenada, but very successful still. It was a great group of people and it's always fun and educational to schmooze with other jewelry makers. It was "Free Comic Book Day" at the main London Public Library, so the customer base was slanted toward young people in super-hero costumes. Oh well, it was very entertaining!

My booth had pretty much the same set up as in Grenada, but I added some display items that I had ordered from Eddies Hang-Up Display Ltd., a Canadian company. I had a mirror, a bracelet t-bar, a velvet lined tray and a business card holder. The necklace t-bar was back-ordered, but I had some photo holders that I bought at a yard sale that did the trick. In Grenada, instead of the bracelet t-bar, I used a wire kitchen mug hanger. That worked well too, even if it was a bit rusty! I'll have to upload the pics from my camera and post them too.

I had a nice beach theme going with some shells and a soft blue and white wrap to simulate a wave. I also had a slide show playing on my computer. I felt that I didn't have a lot of inventory and what I had definitely didn't fully reflect my work. I chose 123 images and ran them on Image Browser's slide show. One technical problem did arise - the screen kept going to sleep and going black. After some browsing and some good guessing, I figured out how to turn off the sleep function.

If anyone knows of an upcoming craft sale in November, I would be very glad to know the details. In the meantime, I'm looking for a venue here in London to show my jewelry. Any ideas?

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Please vote!

I am starting to enter some of my pieces into contests. "Althea" was entered into a Fire Mountain Gems and Beads' Jewelry-Making Contest, and now "Flying Cubes" has been entered into an ArtBeads contest for Mother's Day.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get Christina to do the photograph - she would have done something funkier. But I guess there's nothing wrong with "what you see is what you get". If you would like to vote for "Flying Cubes", please visit Make it for Mom Challenge. Thank you!