Tuesday, December 30, 2008

End of the Year Catch-up

Soooooo, my friend Lynn (half of the very talented GimmeBeads) gave me this hand-painted (by her) rock for Christmas - allegedly, it was inspired by and looks like me -
I love my picturesque rock! Although I'm not sure I have ever looked this good.
Visit Lynn and Mike's shop, soon to be known as "GimmeBeads, and GimmeRocks, while you're at it" - they're great peeps!

And now, back to the whining I was doing here.
This is the brown wire crochet necklace I made a few weeks ago - my first attempt at this medium. It includes both brown and champagne-colored freshwater pearls, pressed glass beads, Czech fire-polished beads, and seed beads. I finished it with copper cones and a copper toggle, and I am thrilled with it - it matches a couple of my outfits beautifully, and it was a lot of fun.

This is a close-up of my brown wire crochet necklace.

As I discussed last time, I decided to make a second wire-crochet necklace, this time using some gorgeous deep blue iolite chips, which I paired with some silver-blue AB Czech fire-polished beads and some white freshwater pearls.
But feeling it was a little plain-looking (I now realize this was because I used fewer, and smaller, beads than in the brown one), I decided I needed to improve on it somehow, and started adding fringe.
5 and 1/2 days of beading later, I finished the first pass of fringe, at 1:30 this morning.
This is a closeup of the fringed necklace, as it currently exists.
I keep saying this is the first pass of fringe, because the fringe is a little sparse to me in some places (I'm not saying this is a bad thing), but I feel like I've obscured the pearl and iolite framework that defined the whole thing, and even though I like the result thus far, I still feel it isn't quite right.
I clearly need my head examined - this has been 6 days of beading, and I want to do MORE??
So at the shop today, I decided to get a second opinion. I asked one of my part-time employees, who had popped in to do a little shopping. She told me I needed to remove all the fringe, and just leave the basic crocheted wire necklace.
Well I never. (As we say in the South)
And so I decided to keep asking for opinions until I got the one I wanted, as you do.
Later this afternoon, a customer who bead-weaves quite a bit came in, and I presented the whole situation to her, and she told me the fringe was absolutely perfect, and to just stop now.
So, I'll be getting a third opinion tomorrow.
As I have explained to the wise Carol Dean Sharpe, I often feel like my Etsy Shop has cooties. (Remember cooties, folks - back in 6th grade?) Anyway, my beautiful designs sit on the shelves of my poor shop, pining away for a good home, and I get a sale every 3 or 4 months, just to keep me hanging on.
But now that my designs are also on display in my bead shop, I sell 2 or 3 things daily that are also listed on Etsy - and these are the ones that sold today:
These striking magnasite rondelle earrings, accented with sterling silver and Swarovski crystals. The necklace that matched them actually sold from my Etsy shop over a year ago or so - and now the earrings have finally found a great home.

Then these gorgeous rose gold and sterling silver hoop earrings sold!
I just wish there was some magical way for me to mark all these things as sold in my Etsy shop, instead of just deleting them - I feel like it would be a truer reflection of my success, but whatEVER.

Happy New Year, everyone!


Carol Dean said...

Don't see Etsy as a reflection of your success; instead, view it as an extension of your success. ;o You're selling your art; that is what matters.

I'm with your beadweaving customer: stop the fringing now. And don't do it ever again unless you can charge what your time is worth! ;p

Happy New Year! *hugs*

Sweet Freedom said...

Thanks CD - as I said, you are wise.

Happy New Year and *hugs* to you, too!

Angela said...

I'm checking out your shop - and I think that I like the necklace as it is now - I love iolite!!!

Please keep at it - you'll have success (it sounds like you're on your way!)

SassySashadoxie said...

Well, you are getting some sells so that says a lot. Wishing you the best of luck in the new year.

Sweet Freedom said...

Thanks Angela, and thanks Sassy - best to you both in 2009!

equivoque said...

happy new year!

Sweet Freedom said...

thanks equivoque - your work is lovely!

Almay Alday said...

Your wire crochet necklaces are absolutely gorgeous! Happy New Year!

Sweet Freedom said...

Thank you, Almay- Same to you!