Those new beginnings,. and a vintage market.

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I’m now making a start on my new ideas. Something I took a fancy to was a vintage watch face simply strung on chain and a super easy necklace that can be as classy or casual as you want it to be. I’m wearing one tonight when I go out with the girls. The other is for sale and will be updated to the website soon.

There is a vintage market coming up next weekend which I am planning on attending with a few smaller items of vintage inspiration – bracelet, earrings and some brooches hopefully. And I have just under a week to go. Eek!

Pictures of the necklace didn’t come out very well. Placing things on black are good for static looks or actual wearing, but for taking photos black is crap. The top picture is from my phone and the ones below from the camera. Another thing I need to do is find the right props for vintage style items and for my brooches.
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Vintage steampunk or steampunked vintage…

For some time now I’ve admired the look of the steampunk attitude towards jewellery. All cogs, and parts and odd bits and pieces. Although eclectic more or less means ‘A bit of all styles’ I feel that steampunk is attracted to the eclectic side of my beading. Popping through spotlight today just having a squiz – we all love spotlight for which ever reason we’re there – and steampunk is still huge in their beading section. I’m going to make a small collection of steampunk scarf bails and brooches as I think it will bring a little crazy to your outfit without going the whole hog as it were.

The vintage side of things has grabbed my attention also. The styles back then – 1920’s onwards – were so much more stylish and funky.  I’ve several books on making jewellery and bags and am definitely going to focus on that side of thing. As usual I have gone from lots of jewellery to wanting fewer styles to going back round again. Sometimes it takes a while to get into the space where you want to be. I’ve been down this vintage path before so I’m figuring it’s more the place I should be. Steampunk and vintage. Definitely an eclectic mix and perfect for those that know me.

As for the title. I’m steampunked vintage jewellery will be pretty funky for sure.

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).
Jennifer

Craft room revamp, part 1

I posted the other day about a small chest of drawers I bought for my market display. They are lovely, with a pretty vintage looking flower design on them.

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After playing around with it, adding weights will make no difference as they just fall to the front and are no help at all.
What I figured out, is adding some height and a weight of some sort to the back so it doesn’t tilt forward and is kept in position with the weights. Easier said than done. Not that hard really, but tricky. When hubby gets home I’ll ask him to help me.

Yesterday at mums I as flicking through a magazine and saw the best storage system. Well, it’s pretty basic, but the idea was what got me. The ladies in question were using hardware shelving in their wedding business to store all their props. And it immediately got me thinking. I keep all mine in the boxes I take to market, and those that get left behind, are left in a mess, and there is always a mess.
The picture that started this whole mess.

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Now if I had a shelf, I could have everything in position, I could then pick just the things I need. And no mess is left behind.
I thought more about it today, decided I could do it, and as is the way I work I had to do it. Yesterday. Meaning, today, right now.
The next step is making sure I bought just the things I needed, so I searched out the shelving unit I’d like – matching the one I already have – and then putting all the props in the cubby holes – must make sure things fit – all good nice again.
Now the tricky part. I have two filing cabinets, and a heater (I don’t use) that sticks out 10cm (makes a huge difference believe me) and the only power point on that wall. That I do use.
So now I have to wangle shelving around the heater and power point.
Before.

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My idea is to have the plastic market boxes underneath ready to fill as required, so a solid table/trestle/plank of wood on bricks is needed.
Before I finish, I’m off to see what mum and dad have that might help.
Bingo!!
After some renovations early in the year there was a door frame left over. That would be perfect, mum said yes, dad said yes, so I went to it with a hammer then wrapped it in a tarp and took it home.
Now for the hard bit. Moving everything to see if I can make it work. On paper – and in my head – it works quite well – will it transfer the way I want it to? I think it does. A few minor alterations, and finding a small table or similar is all I need now.
After. Incorporating the heater and power point easily. And one of two table tops I have covered. The toner is only half this, but still needs a home.

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Part 2 soon.

Jennifer 🙂

New market display

Today’s market display.
The consensus was the boxes would overpower the jewellery, so I either paint the boxes (not likely coz I bought them for their pretty looks) or cover them with a cloth. They were covered, and because the table is bigger then the one I have at home, I had more room, so instead of using a basket, I laid out the bracelets on the table in their colours.
It looked really nice, and was much quicker to pack up. Always a good thing. I do need to tweak it a little bit to get pieces draping better, but as they are front heavy it can be awkward, (this weeks job). The scarf on the bust is my mums and we displayed it there so you could see how to wear them. Sitting on the table, they look very inconspicuous, and almost un-scarf-like. I would also like a proper height mannequin so I can display a full kit of necklace and hand bag.

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New Display – new styling – new phrase

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve been here, and I haven’t done a damn thing craft wise. I have changed the blog theme again, after I posted that it was all good. I like it much better now. This is the one, and my new catch phrase is there at the top. I think that it encompasses my style well enough.

I have done a little more thinking, and today I bought some boxes for props. Even though they wont be used for carrying items, not all of them anyway, they wont be taking up extra space, as some of my other props will be relegated elsewhere. Never fear, they wont be gathering too much dust, I have plenty of chances to use differnet props.

I have decided on a feminine and retro vintage styled display. Something that accentuates my new jewellery and yet is an easy display to utilise. I feel this is the basis of my style, not totally retro or vintage, but a little of both maybe. Definitely feminine and funky. And totally Eclectic (according to the dictionary’s meaning – taking bits from different styles and using them all).

One set of boxes and ‘books’ all have the vintage Parisian look and pictures, while the other is slightly different with the words dream, believe, inspire and laugh on them with funky floral type patterns. Retro and funky, while still being inspirational.
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This idea was all well and good until I set it up and realised that maybe the boxes would outshine the jewellery. Eek. I didn’t take that into account. They were covered with my white cloth and boxes turned into a mountain (thats what I saw, a rugged white mountain) and I draped necklaces over the edges, and added two earring stands. It looks much better. I might try it one day with bright pieces only on the darker boxes and see if it works.
Below is the mock set I did, only half done I know but the space is allocated to smaller items. I make sure all the large pieces and stands fit before anything else gets done. Please excuse the crappy night time pictures. I will do a short post tomorrow with it properly set up for market, hopefully it will look a lot better.

I have packed my boxes for market and I am really happy that I now only have 3 instead of 4 boxes, but there is less jewellery and so less props. If it all falls to shite, I can easily revert back to the way it was, but I am already liking this, weird as that may sound.

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Happy crafting 🙂
Jennifer

New stall display

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here so I apologise. I’ve been busy, not just with my craft, but with family and not having time to sit and concentrate on doing this. I’m on a roll, after being distracted earlier, this is now the third blog to post on. That fruit smoothie pick me up must have done the trick.

Whats been going on? I’ve made more asymmetrical and ribbon back style necklaces, I had a brilliant day at the Middleton Fair, found a shop locally that sells the glass I use for fusing (and at a reasonable price), cracking the veneer on the Market manager and making progress, he is letting me in on things more now (he complimented me on the Facebook page I made, which in itself is progress) and I’m looking at altering my market display. Stepping thing up a notch, so to speak.
Then there is the family stuff, one birthday, hubby home for 3 weeks instead of just 5 days, kids starting school after summer holidays…. The list goes on.

Back to business. This week, I have 3 days before hubby returns (for 3 days) so I have to get a wriggle on. My job list consists of: getting website back up and running (having a set amount of items on there at any one time), fixing up details and pages on my 3 blogs, sorting out and cleaning up my FB page then maybe if I get the time and am still awake going through the box of UFOs …

Next week, after hubster returns on his normal shift, I will be looking at other props and how I can add height without adding extra baggage. This is very important. I need no more than 3 prop/jewellery boxes for market. Somehow using boxes to carry product and which can then be used as steps to utilise the space better.

I love my mini easels but they take up so much room, and with rarely having access to more than one table, they take up valuable space. If I could lean the boards against something, then space above and/or below is not wasted.
Here are a few pictures to illustrate the sort of thing I am thing of. You know what, no pictures coz I couldn’t find anything that really had the appeal or even what I was thinking. I did find another jewellery blog which cool.

My other problem is my whole look and niche. I love the clean lines of the basic white, I love my new twine triplets (as does everyone else, they get so many compliments!), I love the vintage look of suitcases and hat boxes, or the whole natural look of wooden crates and shelves but I am not sure where my style fits. I am using black and clear bought props which are ‘professional’ but some of them (busts and bracelet stands) are getting old and are wobbly. I want to update them, but still have a clean and professional looking stall – that appeals and is welcoming – that is easy to set up and transport.

These are a couple of things I picked up today that need a clean: the board is perfect for hanging necklaces, (after a tweak or two) and the little boxes will be good for bracelets or smaller necklaces that come with earrings. (And two wooden necklaces that I can pull apart and use for other things.

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Here is my stall in two of the current layouts. A you can see, slightly different but still using the same items. And the easels, good but excessive for one table.

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Please help me, what do you think my stall needs, or what style would you say my pieces are? What direction should I be looking in??