New Products!

If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve already seen some postings for new products being added to my Etsy store over the past couple of weeks.

But what you may not know is that other products have been going up without the announcements.

Sneaky sneaky, I know 😉

Here’s a rundown of everything new and/or improved:

Improved – Silver dangle earrings:

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I now offer these with a silver dotted design around the edges for just a little bit of extra detail. You can find the original plain silver design in my store as well.

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Artists Do Science Too!

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago how I lost almost my entire stock of jewelry. 78 pieces were to be thrown out, and as we had no idea what happened, we didn’t know how to fix it or how to prevent it again.

That’s over $1000 of income I’m losing out on, not to mention all the money and time put into making the pieces….and then adding in the money and time for having to buy more supplies to get my stock back up before my August festival, it gets to be an expensive problem.

Yikes.

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Highs and Lows…and New Products are Coming!

Well, hello there, blog!

Business has been challenging lately which has really attributed to my silence around here. So much has been going on, and if it was one thing, I could handle it.

But multiple things? Not so much:

  • A month or so ago I hurt my hand somehow while helping to build our shed. Working on drawings/commissions has been near impossible for any length of time.
  • Almost my entire stock of earrings and necklaces have been damaged, causing me to have to discard them all. I say almost because it had been all, but I just found one earring and necklace set that had been set aside on the other side of my office that was in pristine condition. Nothing has changed with the way I make them or store them, but for some reason, the metal is now discolored. It’s never happened before, so I’m at a loss for fixing it. This is super frustrating because it’s a huge loss, not only financially, but time wise as well.
  • Boathouse 2 is still held up due to circumstances beyond our control, but he’s coming soon! Just the anticipation for him to arrive (and then start work on book 3) is tiring 🙂
  • My schedule is crazy now with everyone home for the summer, so I have the same amount of workload to complete in a fraction of the time. Any tips on how to handle that?

All of these things combined makes me just want to shut down and not do anything.

But that’s not the best way (or even a good way) to run a business.

So after days and days of research and pricing, I finally just placed an order for all of my jewelry replacement materials…all of the bezel pendant trays, glass cabochons, necklace chains…I’ll have my work cut out for me in order to get this all done before the Brockport Arts Festival in August!

The good news is I’ll be offering my necklaces and dangle earrings in TWO colors now: antique silver (a bit darker than I have had) and antique bronze!

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The necklaces will be on chains again (I don’t know about you, but to me, a chain is prettier than ball chain)…

 
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AND I’m releasing a new product: STUD EARRINGS!

41cckkAuzzL._SX425_They will also be available in the two colors, and in a slightly smaller size than the dangle earrings (8mm vs. 10mm).

Also, for my nerd/geek fans, I stumbled across this awesome pendant tray today.

dh symbolOkay, so at first I thought it was a little weird.

But then I looked at it longer, and thought it looked like the Deathly Hallows symbol from the Harry Potter books! And then I thought doing the watercolor pendant in the four different Hogwarts house colors would be a fun thing to do, but with this as the base tray. I ran the idea by one of my fellow Potterheads today, and she’s already claimed the first one (sorry, guys).

I’m really excited about the new products and colors. I strive to offer the best quality products that I can, and I feel like this is a step above what I’ve had. I can’t wait to get started, and will definitely let you all know when new pieces are available.

So I’m still here, even if I’m quiet. Life is just a bit chaotic right now, and I’m hopeful that I’ll have my feet back under me again shortly.

As always, thank you for all of your support! Love you all!

 

PS – What is your Hogwarts house? I’m a happy little Hufflepuff!

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New Booth Displays

You may have seen in my AppleUmpkin post that I made some new updates to my booth displays. The displays that I had weren’t quite working for me, and I knew that I was going to need more and better displays for new products.

After browsing Pinterest, I really didn’t have any ideas on what I wanted for my note cards and new earring style. I found displays I liked, but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money if I wasn’t sure I knew that was going to be the display I’d use for a really long time.

I started to stress about the festival, and I was running out of time.

There was a day about a week before the festival that I was taking a van load of donations to a local second hand store, and at the bottom of my pile was a cardboard box full of wooden boxes. The boxes had been given to me years ago, full of art supplies. The boxes didn’t quite work for me for storage purposes, but I loved them too much to get rid of them.

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Wooden boxes, before…

So in my basement they sat.

Last year I decided I should get rid of them, but I could never quite bring myself to actually take them out of the house.

And I’m so glad I didn’t!

They have dividers in the bottom half and a hinged lid, and are super sturdy. After some playing around, I figured out how to turn them into my displays!

I took two boxes and removed the hinges and hardware, then painted them black. The bottom halves became note card displays; I used to have them displayed in baskets, but you couldn’t see what styles were in the baskets, and this allows shoppers to see what styles are available at a glance.

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Testing it as a note card display

The tops I took and hinged together. Once put on it’s side, I attached some ribbon for hanging the earrings on.

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Box lids before…
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Box lids after!

One box I left the top and bottom together, but removed the handle and latches. After painting it black, it became the display for some of my Christmas items!

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Testing out Christmas display layout

I didn’t take one of the box bottoms to the festival; it was supposed to hold my Christmas cards to sell. Yet again, the Note Card Gremlins attacked. Before one of the last festivals I did, all of the settings for the printer got messed up and note cards wouldn’t print properly. This time, my blank note cards disappeared, so I had to reorder new ones. After they arrived, my printer would print about 3/4 of the note card beautifully, but for the last couple of inches, the note card would get pushed crooked and print incorrectly. My tech guy (aka my husband) will be checking the printer and trying to remove the Gremlins from it soon, so I hope to have Christmas cards available soon.

What would you use these boxes for?

New Product Alert: Watercolor Earrings

Introducing my new watercolor earrings!

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Aren’t they adorable? They remind me of button candy!

In case you’re wondering, yes, I already have some watercolor earrings. This is not a relaunch of the product, but the launch of a new style of earrings instead.

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At my last art show, a lot of people fell in love with my watercolor paper earrings. However, they were either concerned about the size of them (as they only wear smaller dangle earrings) or the durability of them. It got me thinking about making watercolor earrings that addressed those concerns, and here is the result.

They are made in the same fashion as the watercolor necklaces, just on a smaller scale. Some of them pair perfectly with necklaces, too!

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Each earring is a unique watercolor painting; no two are the same, even in a set! The painting is placed between a glass cabochon and a metal tray, just like the necklaces.

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They are water resistant and are on nickel free earring hooks. They are approximately 1 1/4″ in length and about 1/4″ in diameter without the hook.

I’m listing them on my Etsy store when I can; I have a few pairs listed now, and have a bunch more that I’ll be listing over the next week or so as my schedule allows. A larger selection of necklaces is coming as well!

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To check out the necklaces directly, you can view the jewelry section of my store here.

New Product Alert: Watercolor Paper Earrings!

It’s been a long time coming, but the Watercolor Paper earrings are FINALLY available in my Etsy store!

I debuted these back in December at the arts & crafts show, but just couldn’t get around to getting these on the website with the holidays, birthdays, and sicknesses. When I was just about ready to get them up, I discovered a way to add even more durability to them: mini eyelets!

Each earring is a unique piece of art; even each earring in a set is slightly different from the other! They are made of thick watercolor paper that has been painted with either watercolors or ink, and the backs are painted in a coordinating color. They are sealed twice with a special varnish for added protection. An eyelet is added at the top for extra durability to keep the hooks from pulling through the paper.

How durable are they?

I wore them out before Christmas while running errands. It was super wet snow and it was wiiiiindy. Even with them getting tugged by me getting hair out of my face or getting wet from the elements, they held up amazingly well, even without the eyelets!

I wouldn’t suggest holding an inquisitive baby or toddler while wearing these as I’m not sure how well they’d hold up, but they’re perfect for date night, work days, or just every day wear!

How did you name them?

I wanted to do something fun with them, and just calling them by their shape, size and color wasn’t working for me. I gave them all girl names, and each name has a specific meaning. Some of them reminded me of something, like the white and dark pink ombre set remind me of Alice painting the Red Queen’s roses in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, so I named them Alice. Other ones reminded me of things, and I found a girl’s name that had that meaning. For example, one set reminded me of the moon, so I call them Luna. One reminded me of the earth as they’re dark blue and green, so they’re named Terra.

Can I do special requests?

Sure thing! If you want a specific color combination or even if you like a certain color/pattern but want them in a different size/shape, let me know! I’ll do my best to create something you’ll love.

Where can I buy these?

You can find them in my Etsy store here, and they will also be available in my booth at arts and craft fairs!

Q&A: Miscellaneous

Today is the last Q&A post for awhile! Thank you all for the questions; I hope I answered them all!

How do I buy your work?

You can check out my Etsy store here, and I also am planning on selling at a few arts and crafts shows this year as well. As soon as I know dates of those, I’ll put them as an event on Facebook and let you know in a blog post as well.

I can’t see your posts on WordPress anymore; how can I get the posts?

I think we have that problem fixed, finally! When I imported that blog to my website, it didn’t do what I thought it would, in that it would still link everything together (I’m really not that tech savvy!). When I heard about this issue, my husband fixed it for me so now all posts show up in both places 🙂

***UPDATE: all of my posts are on WordPress now as it has become my main website. If you have any problems viewing anything, please let me know!

Do you offer lessons?

At this time, I don’t offer personal lessons. I do have a few lessons that I teach at our local library each year. It works out to be two children’s lessons and two adult lessons. Each lesson is based on the art of a famous artist, and either has story time (for the kids) or a power point lesson (for the adults) for background information, as well as an art project based on that artist’s work.

Why did you change your pricing for drawings?

Before I opened the business, I just came up with numbers that “felt right.” Once I opened the business, I spent hours researching how to price my work. I came up with numbers that felt right, but made more sense. I just read an article recently on pricing your work, and they said that all the prices need to be consistent. When I looked at my pricing more in depth, I noticed it needed some tweaking.

What I ended up doing was changing the pricing from size of the piece to based on total square inches. This really will help me come up with estimates quicker and keep the prices fair. It will also be really helpful when I get a request for an odd size.

The prices overall didn’t change that much; most of them either went up or down by a couple dollars.

As a side note, if you have either received an estimate from me or have started talking to me about a piece but we haven’t gotten to the estimate part yet, you will get either the pre-change price or the new price, whichever works out to be the lesser amount.

When will your earrings be available on your website?

That is a really really good question. I’m honestly not sure. I was ready to put them up when I found a way to reinforce the earring holes by adding eyelets for the hooks to go through. The earrings already are very durable, but I want to be able to give my customers the best product that I can. I’m looking into buying the eyelets soon (they’re a special size, so hard to find) and then will have them up as soon as they’re finished being altered. I’m hoping by April to have them up; thank you for your patience and enthusiasm!

Did I answer all your questions? Let me know if I missed anything in the comments below!