It was a hectic show, as always. I am a sales rep for another bead company, and I worked at their booth, and we were swamped. I'm happy to be back home!
I bought a lot of really wonderful things while I was there. Mostly vintage cabs and closeout Czech and pearls, but I also took the time to run over to Green Girl Studios and buy some fabulous components:
I adore the Green Girl look--mermaids and Medusa and owls and kitties--and now I'm even more excited, because they have absolutely fabulous keys.
When I first started selling jewelry, I sold skeleton keys on cord necklaces, mostly to kids. I always loved the look of skeleton keys, but hadn't thought of them in ages, until recently, when I saw Melanie from Earthenwood Studio's new line of Steampunk components, which included a keyhole component.
I feel a marvelous synergy in the air because Green Girl's keys seem to match so well! Green Girl's own line of keyhole pendants rocks, too. I can't wait to experiment. I sense some hours at my jewelry desk...
I also finally purchased a cabinet from Best Craft Organizer, which I have been meaning to do for ages. While I'm still in the apartment I only have room for their mini, but I will see if I can get the desk when I finally move into a house. Drawers for Etsy and eBay and the website, oh my!
I definitely have my work cut out for me at this point--I need to put some of my jewelry onto Etsy, I need to restock the eBay store with lots of new things (lots of closeout Czech, hooray!), and I need to keep working on the website.