New directions, new ideas and a link for shopping.

I know I’ve said this before, and I do, do something, then my motivtion decides to bugger off and drops me in the slow box for a while. I even went looking for the post but I can’t find it short of looking through every single one. Yeah, that’s not going to happen.
And this resurgence in motivation and get up has been brought about by recent sales from my website and a post on Facebook that ‘pages’ are likely to be written off almost. Well, Facebook are saying that for your ‘page’ to be seen in the future you will need to pay for it, or pay for ads or something. And friends have already noticed a distinct drop in visitors and views – and these are the ones with over a 1000 likers, not just little people like me.
So my thoughts are now even more focused on what I have to do. I like Facebook because it’s free. I don’t want to be paying for it when I am paying for a website as well.
So I’m working on a couple of ideas to kick start the website and have worked out how much I need to sell to pay for it. While this is not a lot, there are other things I need to pay for as well, so it all adds up, and paying for Facebook is not a priority.
One needs to work out what is going to be best for them and utilise that.
So right now, I am updating and sorting the website. Next week (I am working 2 days and then am busy til the end of Monday) I will be getting photos to upload so people can order earrings/rings/hair slides in their colour choice. These are the easiest to do on a grand scale without me feeling like I’m selling out, or going against what I believe. All other items will be reduced for (hopefully) quick sales and I can concentrate on what I do really like. Retro/vintage /boho styles and my glass work (pendants & Wraptures).

I also need to empty and restart my studio from scratch. There is so much going on, I need to find some sort of better storage solution for everything.

More importantly, I need to get into a better routine. Routine is important. While crafty people tend to want to work whenever, it is still important to have some structure so things actually get done.
This has to work in with my Community Centre, market, family, work life. For those that know me, they know that my life is anything but staid and there are times when life will not play nicely. It’s all easier on paper at least) if you work full/part time. There are set times to work around.
I am also aware of the time I spend with or without my kids. They grow up quick enough I want to make sure they have everything they need before they get licences/jobs/girlfriends and leave the nest more often and for longer each time.

Where am I going with this. Short answer. There may be some kind of spamming of products, links, pictures, blabbing to get my name out there more and trying to drive more people along.
I’m thinking, as I type this to get some sort of (big) link on the sidebar that is a direct link to my website. Actually, that will be the next job.
~five minute time lapse ~ Woohoo, done, super easy and takes you to the home page. I can change that to whatever page I like, which I may do another day, the Collections page, or the Shop Front maybe… Now to go and pout it on the main blog.

Have a good weekend (I know it’s only Wednesday but I wont be back here til after Monday).


Wraptures – a new wave in design

It’s time to start working on another collection of Wraptures. I’ll be taking them to the new market and setting them front and centre to get some more interest.
I’ve noticed the first collection were very swirly and had lots of squiggles. This next lot will be different, mainly because they already have bails ready to hang.

I have a selection of glass pendants that haven’t sold so I will transform them instead. I just need to find out how they want to be made up.** It may not be all girls and swirls, and the glass is darker, so maybe subtle colours will be needed.
My new clay soon to be moulded.. L-R:  Ultra Blue, Metallic silver, metallic pearl, red, purple, white and magenta.

 And the pendants ready to have a new lease on life.IMG_7038

These are a time consuming job as before I even think about conditioning the clay I have to get the design right. Then pick the colours and start work. After that, it’s the beady part of the job. So lots of doodling and looking at nature and the world around me for ideas.

** A few years ago I would have laughed at anyone who said they let the hosue tell them how it wants to be renovated, or the beads how they want to be made up… I have now reconsidered this treain of thought. It is correct. Many times I have had an idea and somewhere in the middle of the design and construction realised that it is all wrong. The bead dictates how it should be worked. And there is no trying to be boss and saying No. The bead is always right. Well, most of the time anyway. Somethings work well on paper or the bead mat, but when you string them up, it will either work or it wont.

I love my glass pieces and with some of the patterns and colours it will be a fun time. Mind numbing and exhausting, but fun.

Happy Beading, Happy Weekend 🙂