Usually when I get a commission, I’ll have some sort of idea of how challenging it will be. There may be aspects of it that I’ll expect to be easy, and others that I’ll know will be harder. Most of the time I’m fairly close in my assessments, and there will be some areas that will surprise me a little bit.
But this one? This one was completely off base.
This was my biggest jewelry commission to date: 6 cardinal necklaces, with 3 oval pendants with my current Cardinal design, and 3 round pendants with a new Cardinal desgin. I assumed that it would be pretty straight forward and simple: make up a new cardinal painting, print out both cardinal paintings as smaller pieces, glue them to the glass domes, insert into the metal trays, and boom, done.
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.
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!
The necklaces will be on chains again (I don’t know about you, but to me, a chain is prettier than ball chain)…
AND I’m releasing a new product: STUD EARRINGS!
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.
Okay, 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!