whew! that was crazy!

ok, i had reaaaaallly good intentions of blogging before my holiday show, but i was a bit delusional then. i’m all better now. promise.

the show was wonderful! i met so many lovely people who are dedicated to making and shopping handmade. i am hopeful that some of the happy shoppers will return to shop with me online, and that i can contribute more to the network of awesome peeps who showed up. i’m not really thrilled with my smartphone photos, so i won’t show you the depths of my genius setup. i will tell you that my husband built me some awesome displays that got tons of compliments. the whole thing still needs some finessing, but i was pretty happy with how quickly i was able to set up and tear down.

i will also say that i am very grateful that i worked so hard to build stock for the show, even though i didn’t quite reach the unrealistic goals i had in mind. this is the most stock i have had on hand since before i got pregnant (and horribly sick) with my daughter. it has really helped with my stress level, since christmas shopping is so thrown off this year by a late thanksgiving. a bunch of items in my etsy shop are marked READY TO SHIP, and it puts a smile on my face when i can just grab the piece and package it up immediately!

there is still time to shop with me before christmas hits! i can also upgrade your order to priority mail, so convo me through the ‘contact’ link in the listing, if you need it quick!

i am looking forward to the new year, as i already have some new concepts and techniques filling my head. i am also hoping to get a bunch of old supplies listed to sell, so i can begin clearing out my stash! trying not to get too delusional about how much i can accomplish once the holiday season is over. haha!

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crystals and glass

my jewelry line has evolved greatly since i opened my shop on Etsy in 2008. however, one of the earring styles that i have made for several years now is a dangle made of glass beads from the Czech Republic, clustered with Swarovski crystals. i love how chic and versatile they are, and can dress up any outfit. it is a style that appeals to many of my customers, since it has some sparkle, but doesn’t make too big a statement.

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i also love that the color possibilities and combinations are endless! i am working on a bunch of them to bring with me to my holiday boutique, as they are a steady seller, and reasonably priced, of course, which means you can take home a few variations without breaking the bank. you can find them here in my shop.

am i allowed to blog on the weekends?

well, yes, i guess…as long as the toddler permits it. this morning should do fine, as i am up FAR earlier than i typically am, and she is nestled in her bed. (feet to the pillow, i might add…just one of her nightly migrational habits that make us fear the implications of transitioning her to a big-girl bed.)

i can explain my early rising by telling you that i have so much going on in my head these days, that i am amazed i get to sleep at all without a shot of horse tranquilizer to my haunches every night. shall i try to list them for you? most tangible and nearest in the horizon first:

1. craft fair preparation. i was accepted to my first ‘real’ holiday craft boutique a couple of weeks ago. (there were more applicants than spaces, mind you, so i feel somewhat accomplished already.) the event takes place on december 8, and, having never tackled something of this dimension, i am finding myself a little adrift. it does not help in the slightest that i am a perfectionist, and have such delusions of grandeur that i picture in my mind the following scenario: upon seeing the glory of my setup and branding prowess, no one will believe that this is my first time doing it. one of the pitfalls of being a perfectionist, at least in my case, is that i also tend to procrastinate. which is, i suppose, a blog topic all its own.

2. domesticity. i struggle with it. and every time i square up to tackle it, i end up a little overwhelmed. being a planner is not something that comes easy to me. see number 1.

3. motherhood. i have a toddler. i could stop there, and a whole multitude of women would bow their heads in solemn solidarity. but i am thinking of having another one. the journey from point a to point b is fraught with a plethora of stumbling blocks. one of which, being my weight. i have been making some solid inroads toward this goal, but it is time to step up my game. i am aware of this. a second, finances. we are pretty much a one income family, though i am trying my darndest to make this jewelry thing a winner. amongst the many others, the most gut-wrenching (quite literally, i can assure you) obstacle to subsequent procreation is the haunting memory of my first pregnancy, in which you watched me become a shell of a person who spit excess saliva into a cup all day long and puked every night. seriously…do you really want to see what happens when you throw a toddler into the mix? i shudder just thinking about it. yet, i can’t seem to help myself. i am twisted like that.

which brings me to the present, wherein i am nursing a cup of coffee in the growing daylight, and trying to sort through some of this madness. time to pour another cup.