Sunday, August 31, 2008

More Cape Cod pics

Nauset Lighthouse:

Scargo Tower in Dennis:

Marconi beach, which was once the home to the Marconi Station, the first wireless station in the US. I'm really fascinated with this because it represents the pinnacle of technology at the time, and it slid into the sea years ago. We move on to each new technological jump so quickly, and the older inventions fade away. There is a mockup of the station in a little gazebo so that you can see what it once looked like.

I have no idea if it actually slid into the sea or not, but my imagination has taken over and I can see the wireless towers rusting away into oblivion under the turquoise waters...

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Trying to brainstorm a new piece...

I have given myself several days off in a row (twelve, eeee) and I'm hoping that I have time to tinker with a few things. I only work maybe a day or two a week at this point, but I find that it does kind of put a crimp in the week.

I'm hoping to find time to work on my Etsy shop. I've restocked the scanned beads that I've sold, but I still need to restock the photographed beads that I've sold.

I've also put aside several pieces of jewelry from my show inventory that I'd like to list there as soon as I can. I really like the response I've gotten from Etsy--more hits than at eBay, at any rate.

So this is the prototype for a new bracelet...

I'm not pleased with the way it turned out. I was going to add picture jasper rounds to represent sand, only I didn't like the way they looked. In fact, I didn't like almost anything about it except for the beautiful glass beads and the awesome charms.

I think that I don't like the charm bracelet chain. I'm going to remake it with a smaller chain and use the flat square beads to connect the pieces of chain instead of having them dangle. And I'll find something else to help offset the length of the charms (with the links, they're rather long, and there needs to be something of medium length, I think). I gave my mom this bracelet, and I'll try making another one this week, I hope. I feel really inspired by those flat beads--they're made from vintage glass and as soon as I saw them I thought of seafoam. I very much hope I can make it work!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Back from everything

I haven't posted in a while--I just didn't have time between the conference in Chicago and then running off to our honeymoon in Cape Cod.

We had a very nice time, except the timeshare was a It was a motel conversion, and at first glance I couldn't find the bed, only to discover it was in the closet--yes, it was a genuine Murphy bed.

I took some fun pictures, we went to some pretty places, and we had some lovely meals.

One of my favorite things was the glass museum at Sandwich. We watched a demonstration of glass-blowing and pressing glass, and got to see lots of wonderful pieces of pressed glass. They have several rooms containing hundreds of pieces. They also have a very cute display showing what a glass recipe creator's desk looked like, along with an audio recording of his great-grandson explaining how things worked. It was really neat.

Some pictures from the museum:

The different glasses are colored by minerals, which I had heard before. They had one yellow color that was colored by adding uranium to the mix, and they had a Geiger counter nearby to show the levels of the piece.

I love this pic--the matte glass pitchers look so nice together.

This was fascinating: apparently they made targets for Annie Oakley.

I have a few more pics to share, but I'll save them for tomorrow.

Nice to be back and blogging!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Off I go

I'll be in Chicago for a conference this week. Will see you all when I return on Monday. Have fun beading!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Identifying beads

One of the most difficult things about listing items on eBay is trying to come up with a good title.

Tonight I was trying to figure out the article number for a vintage Swarovski bead (it's a ribbed rondelle, and I just can't remember what its nickname is), and I came across the directory at the Beadin' Path, which was quite complete and beautifully photographed.

The rondelles weren't listed, but I know I'll find them eventually. Still, having to research things and try to see what others list them as is an interesting process.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

You never know what to expect

Today's show was an experiment in psychology, as they all are. What attracts customers? What bores customers? What drives customers away?

I really do need a new display. The black velvet neck forms have to go--I need to go all grey/white.

The wire closet rack organizers need to be switched out for something else.

They've definitely done their job for a very long time, but I need something new and interesting.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Tomorrow is another show

This has been a very busy summer for me, and I'm looking forward to September, because I have very little planned for that month.

That said, I still have to get through the rest of August. Tomorrow is a show in Oxford, and though we are experiencing lots of rain and lightning, tomorrow's forecast is lovely--partly sunny, and in the high sixties.

Hopefully it won't be too cool. I often find that there is a "temperature range" for jewelry buying. Some people don't like to try on or even think about jewelry if it's too hot; same if it's too cool. But high sixties should be enough.

I don't have as much inventory as I would have liked, but I've managed to clean out a few jewelry boxes and bags and found enough to make a halfway decent display, at least. It's a small, one day show, and I'm not too worried. I made another set of eighty earrings to fill in my charm earring display, and that should help.

Good thing is, the gallery who carries my jewelry will be getting whatever's left over from this, and they'll be as happy as clams. Also, I'll be able to list my new things on Etsy, finally. I have nautilus bracelets and all sorts of goodies, and I've been holding off until I get this last show out from under my feet.