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.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

New Blog Discovery

I was perusing my Etsy Stats (which I never do, because it's depressing,) and I came across a blog that apparently mentioned one of my pieces.  So I immediately clicked on the link, and voila!  There was my Jane Eyre necklace!  The blog is called  younotnaked .  I know what you're thinking, but no, it's a fashion blog.  Each post has a theme around which the author designs outfits.  The theme of this particular post was, naturally, Jane Eyre.  I love the way the blogger presents clothes and accessories this way.  I wouldn't normally look at a fashion blog because most of today's trends in fashion typically don't flatter my body.  But younotnaked is more like a fantasy shopping trip.  She describes her blog as "the grown-up version of Barbies," and "what I would wear if I was rich and skinny."  Love it! 

I was so excited that someone else saw my work as "fashion" that I took my laptop around to all my colleagues to show them.  And, she called me an "artist" Tee-hee!

Check it out here.  It's the August 17th post, titled, "You Transfix Me Quite."

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Thanksgiving Sale

Bead Planet is having a Thanksgiving sale.  I'm clearing out a lot of older stock, making way for new stuff!  Many, many items are marked down, up to 20% off.  Click on the link below to check it out!

Some Thanksgiving Sale Items

Fall Jewellery Sale

This weekend I took part in a fall fair in Markham.  I paid $150 plus tax for two days in a booth in a pavilion called "Just Crafts."  I was excited about my prospects at this fair because the Markham Fair is a very popular fair here in Ontario.  I myself have been many times as a visitor, but this was the first time I would be participating as an exhibitor. This was not a juried show.  I applied late, and it took the coordinator about two weeks to let me know if there was any space left.  I sent in my application and fee, and she confirmed my booth space about one week before the sale.  I was pretty sure I had enough stock, but I had a lot of last minute pricing, display sprucing up, etc. to do.  I stayed up until 12:30 a.m. on Friday night getting myself organized.

Saturday morning dawned, grey and cold.  Since the coordinator had gotten back to me so late, she didn't have time to mail me my exhibitor passes, so I was worried about how I would get in.  I needn't have worried, though.  When I arrived at 7:30 Saturday morning, there was nobody at the entrance to stop me.  I managed to find the picnic shelter in which the sale was to take place, despite a discouraging lack of signage.  I parked next to the venue and my daughter and I began to unpack.  The picnic shelter was small, with space for only 7 exhibitors.  There were huge open doors at both ends, and two more huge open doors on one wall.  I chose a table in the corner and began setting up.  Two eight-foot tables and three chairs were provided, which was really convenient.  As other exhibitors began to arrive, I was dismayed to realize that of the seven exhibitors in the picnic shelter, three were selling jewelry.