Sunday, February 28, 2010

Last Day of February

Wow. It's the last day of February, so I thought I'd get one more in before it disappears! This month went by with lightning speed....mainly due to the fact that I opened a new shop, spent most days in it trying to figure out where everything goes, while starting a new diet, and pretending that I was going to find the time to excercise... you've all had that kind of month right?

We had our first Crafternoon in the new space. This space being larger than the kiosk I came from, but smaller than the mall that I set up tables in, we filled up most of the space with 6 people, with a 2 man cancel, so 8 is definately the official limit from here on out. No, I didn't take many pictures. I know, I know. I was just so caught up in actually SEEING other people, that I lost track and only took this one picture of a woven cell-phone bling by my friend Donna. It was super-cute too ;) Sort of sorry that I didn't get a picture of the Shiny Polaris Star Pendant that Melissa was making, but I'll deal.

As promised, here is an updated picture of THE Bag. I worked on it more this month than I have in ANY month that I can think of, and this is the first time I worked on it since October, so I had a lot of time to make up for. Hopefully its progress will continue, and I'll have it done by the end of the year....hopefully.

Friday, February 26, 2010

A Meh Kind of Week

After Crafternoon at my shop last Saturday, my week just kind of went to crap. Lack of sleep led to lack of reasonable mood, led to sinus cold (again), led to lack of motivation, led to tired, annoyed, and depressed. The 'honeymoon' is over at my new shop it would seem, and now I have to get down to the nitty gritty to figure out how to get customers into it on less than a shoestring budget. If anyone has any ideas, I'm all ears.

I finally got some pictures of new work this week. I know, I've been lax in general about pictures, but I'm hoping to rectify the situation in the near future :). Thank you all for being so patient with me.

So, without further adieu, I have for your viewing pleasure, an un-named Fuschia Ring. This is the second of this style of ring I've made in the last few months. The first was in the color Fire Opal, and is owned by Joanna of TribalTique. I'm having a really hard time naming this one, so please chime in if something other than 'Dahlia' comes to mind!
For those of you who have been wondering, I have made some progress to THE Bag, and will be getting pictures to you soon.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Crystallized Bindi Boxes

Many of you have seen my cute little bindi boxes with the vintage ladies, and the little mirror and paper inside, but I've been trying to work with some different materials lately to see what comes of it. First off, I have tried using a dimensional lacquer to give the pictures some depth. This worked out alright the first time I tried, and it opened the door to the possibility of actually adding Swarovski Crystal to the mix (not something that you would want to just 'stick' to the top). Here is the first 'fruit' of that labor with a Waterhouse painting entitled The Crystal Ball, where the 'crystal ball' in the picture has been replaced by a genuine Swarovski Crystal. I'm looking forward to more elaborate crystal embellishment but, in the meantime, this wasn't so bad. :) Looking to have one of your own? This box is for sale in my Gypsybeads Etsy site.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

New Land...

So it's been a while, I know, but in that nearly month worth of time, I packed up the kiosk, set up a new store, had a friends and family night, two shows, and an opening week at my cute new shop, and now I'm savoring my two 'days off' which will likely be spent cleaning my bead room up from the disaster area that it has become. Here are a few new pictures of The Peacock Shop in its current incarnation. I'm not done with the girly decorating yet, but I'll get there. Of course, the first thing I hung were Swarovski Crystals (no surprise there), and I quickly moved on to the Crystal counter which is not quite finished yet. The bookshelf display below was done by Shannon Adams (you can get you her dichro and glass cabochons at my shop!). I'll be adding new things every week, so stop by to see me!