I just got my second beading party booking! This time it's for a girl's birthday party. One of my students is the birthday girl. I'm really looking forward to it. I need to buy some colour-coordinated collections of glass beads in various sizes and styles. They sell them at Michael's, but it's kind of expensive there. I'll also get some charms; one thing I've learned from doing beading club at school is that kids love charms. I've already got the tools and extra workmats from when I did the Girls' Night Out beading party at my friend Rita's. The girls can choose to make either necklaces or bracelets, and I'll pre-string the wires with toggles and/or lobster clasps to save time. Each party guest gets to take home their creation in a beautiful organza bag, and the birthday girl gets a free pair of earrings or bracelet in her favourite colour. Wish me luck! This time, I'll take photos (hands only for privacy, of course, unless the parents agree to faces.)
This blog is meant to be a record of my adventures as a new home-based business owner. Starting my jewellery business was one of the most daunting things I've ever done, next to giving birth. Especially since I was (am?) pretty technically stunted. In this blog I will describe the trials, tribulations and, hopefully, eventual successes I experience while navigating the world of (really, really, really small) business. I also plan to use this blog to talk about all the aspects of jewellery design that fascinate me, keep me addicted, and cause me to spend thousands of dollars (What, honey? No, I didn't say thousands...) on gemstones, beads, findings, etc. I welcome your input, ideas, and stories of similar experiences in beading, jewellery design, or running a handcrafts business.