Friday, January 30, 2015

Where to find me this year

I have some new shows on the schedule and am no longer doing one longtime show.  You will see Heart of Lancaster is no longer on the list. I am sure that some of my patrons will be disappointed but here's the deal. For the past few years I haven't done very well at that show. Lots of customers come in, make lovely comments, chat and hang out with me, but very few sales. So it's clear to me that I can no longer afford to do that show. I say this not to make anyone feel guilty but to make customers aware, that while we enjoy your company and your compliments and look forward to seeing you every year, if the sales aren't there - eventually we give up and seek other avenues. I seem to do much better at my smaller geeky events overall and will be pursuing those venues. As always, if you're local I'm always open to you stopping over by appointment. I'm here on Fridays and most evenings. I enjoy my hometown patrons, you are the people who supported me at first and I am forever grateful. So when you travel to your local craft shows, keep this in mind, support your local artists, think of them first when planning your gift giving for birthdays, holidays, graduations, etc. It makes a whole lot of difference to us.

I am also taking a break this year from Steampunk World's Fair to experience that fine event as a patron. One of my favorite authors is going to be there and we are celebrating my daughter's graduation from college. I can believe four years has gone by so fast.

There are a few events not listed here that I will be attending just as a patron, the con schedule gets busier and busier every year, so look for me at Wicked Faire, The Greater Philadelphia Comic Con, The PA Ren Faire and possibly a couple of other events. As always, if you need me to bring some jewelry along for delivery at these other events I'm more than willing. Commissions are open as well, so if you have a piece that needs to be made, let me know!


2015 Shows and Events

March 14-15 Central PA Comic Con - Holiday Inn, 2000 Loucks Rd York PA
March 27-29 Zenkaikon - Lancaster Convention Center - Downtown Lancaster 
April 18 Pocono Comic Expo - Bartonsville, PA
May 9-10 Byers' Choice American Artisan Showcase - Chalfont, PA
September 26 Landis Woods Outdoor Fine Art Show - Neffsville, PA

Friday, January 23, 2015

January Projects

My goal to finish a piece of jewelry a week is going well. I started with some spiral stitch bracelets using seed and bugle beads. Now I love bugle beads, I have them in all sizes but have trouble finding them in a project I like. until this, I love these bracelets. This is the original from the June Wiseman kit I bought, but I made it in Silver, Black/Brass and the one I'm working on now, Lavender/Periwinkle.
I also have a couple of sewing projects started - Mrs. Hughes dress from Downton Abbey
And for Steampunk World's Fair - Countess Nadasdy from Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate - McCall's 6097 for the pattern and I'll probably add some black satin and lace to the fabric below

So that's what I've been up to. I hope to feature the bracelets in the next post and then move on to those awesome components I told you about!

Friday, January 02, 2015

New Year, New Challenges!

This last year presented many challenges, my usual shop on shophandmade - W Designs kept going down so I've opened a new shop at W Jewelry Designs to take over. It's taking me a while to get everything moved over because I've been so busy but it must be done. The new shop is linked directly to my square site and hopefully as the new changes take place it will be even more secure than paypal.

I made a lot of new jewelry last year, really inspired by a more vintage look;

My challenge this year is to make new jewelry every week (and photograph and list it!!) - I am starting off with some components from the Joyful Muse as she so kindly offered to send out components to see what I would make with them. I am looking forward to a productive year jewelry wise and keeping up with my sewing as well.
Over the past couple of months I have added teapot cozies to my line of wares offered at shows, they are adorable and very vintage looking!! Photos to come. The next show I have isn't until the end of March at Zenkaikon so until then, watch my shops and this space!!

New Ideas, New Venues, New Stuff!!

So much going on -
Next year I have several confirmed events starting in March with Zenkaikon and Central PA Comic Con, then April with Pocono Comic Con (not confirmed), May with Byers' Choice and then June with CapitalCon. If you have any ideas of places that you'd like to see me let me know. I'm open to all kinds of things. I'll be at Steampunk World's Fair but taking the year off from vending. I'll be at Wicked Faire as well but did not get accepted to vend this year. So if you need something or want to place a special order be sure to let me know.
I'm working on updating my shop over the next few weeks. I won't be having an open house this year, just too much going on but those of you who are local are always welcome to drop by on a Friday when I'm minding the studio.
This week I concentrated on earrings - so here are some new items I have up -