Hallo again! Today saw my first well-attended Twitch stream – some brave souls rolled up to watch me put beads on things! Which is pretty much it when it comes to me…beads, yarn, glue…that’s all.
But because I’m starting out and I have a less than ideal camera rig, I’m afraid it was difficult to show what I was working on during the stream itself. So here are some photos of what emerged. Beadwork is notoriously difficult to capture on camera, with the size, texture, and all. But I think we got the point.
I started with some loose charms, quartz crystal and purple themed. The fun of quartz is that in the “lower” grades that I favor, you get all sorts of fun inclusions (cloudy bits, “bubbles”, and glitches) that make the stones more interesting to look at. These are the 4 guys on the right.
Each is about an inch long. They’re too heavy for earrings (although they’d look amazing), so I’m considering using them as stitch markers or totebag charms. The 4 on the left are purple and silver beads from my stash and Alara Shade’s de-stash. Those may yet be earrings – not sure! This is a large part of my creative process: just making things and figuring out uses later!
Next were some quickie pendants I worked up while chatting with people. The little vial on the right has bone and dried rose petals. It’s pretty much finished, just a simple pendant on a linen cord.
The guy on the left though…hmmm….I like this shape, and the round beads are a lovely lavender color. I think I want to put it on headpins, though. That may make it more stable then the really flexible cord. It’s a cool look, but needs some strength if I’m going to consider putting it up for sale. That’s something I have to consider with all my pieces, especially the vials and bottles – people loooooove touching these. I want to make sure whatever I produce can stand a lot of handling. Things that are really small and detailed are going to get a lot of “action”. I’m considering this triangular pendant a good rough draft. So thank you for hanging out while I worked on it!
Lastly, I’m going to show you this, my sneak preview of tomorrow’s project for Fiber Friday. I’ve decided to keep the fiber arts to 1 day a week, so I don’t get stuck in a rut. This is my slow progress on a prototype for a totebag organizer.
This uses plastic canvas and regular acrylic yarn. I also have some sparkly embroidery floss to jazz it up with.
When I work out all the kinks and assemble it, I’ll be able to show you what I mean, then better make another to sell. The first one’s mine though 😉 I tend to keep the first runs of anything new, in case I make mistakes!
And here we are! Remember to keep an eye on this blog and the stream for continual crafty goodness!
I might have mentioned that I also write poetry. I’ve been looking into self publishing, but I’m consistently annoyed with the available options. Then it hit me – I have a damn mac. Why am I not just churning this out myself? It’s well within my capability to produce chapbooks, and to hand-bind them. I had entertained the idea of doing them by hand (AHAHAHHAHAHHAA. No, wait. AHAHAHAHAHAHAA!) but I have other things to do.
When I’m in doubt on something, especially something creative, I ask myself “what would my wild woman do?”. My answer today was that she’d cut out all the bullshit and churn some stuff out. So here we are! I have a ready-for-prime-time, edited collection of poems, and even photos to put with them. I’ll be printing them out (tiny, tiny batches) and most likely stitching them. When this ready, it’s going on the Etsy. You’ll be able to order a fresh batch of poems from your favorite wild woman!
Nuts to waiting, nuts to annoying format gremlins and page limits! I’m doin’ it for myself! I also started playing with mockups for tiny (and I do mean tiny) covers for blank books. These would be about 1.5X2.5 and would be perfect for holding whatever it is you need to write really small and take with you. Wee books of shadows? Micro grimoires? Tiny poems? If you can fit your thought into it, more power to you 😛
You know how much I like reusing stuff, so here’s the latest idea to come off the craft table! I had a lot of old keys, and some agate discs that I really wasn’t sure what to do with. They’re too thick to link, and kind of heavy. I really didn’t want to destash them, but I had to do something.
Then it hit me when I found that pretty pewter fairy holding a pentacle – fairy keys! I like to use fanciful narratives when I can, or to riff on folklore. I was thinking of holey stones when I started these, as well as other fairy lore and style. Even though these discs are carved, the idea still lingers. It’s early spring, so it’s time for magic and garden colors, growing things and feeding the sprites. The whole feel of April is warm, but changeable – anything can still happen. That’s why I made them look rag-tag – I had this weird springtime in mind. So here are some stones to see a world beyond, and keys to lost locks that will open the door.
I’ve got a few more keys sitting around, so I’ll keep playing with these pendants. Hopefully they’ll hit the table this week at Hidden Grounds in New Brunswick.
So, South Jersey Pagan Pride day was a success! Despite some wicked weather in the beginning and some “interesting” wind. Anyone wandering into this blog from that day will remember my tent as the one with the “Olympic Tent Holding Team” that sprang into action at each gust. And the “if it flies away and you catch it, 15% off!” discount.
This was the first show in a while that counted as a success, and I’m pleased. Not just for the sake of profit, but because I genuinely like seeing happy customers. When I make jewelry, it is artistic for me. I carefully select elements and colors. I design some really funky pendants. I put a lot of work into what I do. It’s pleasurable work, but it is work. So it’s nice to turn some of that into money again.
However,I have to get this off my chest. This is a gripe unrelated to yesterday, but rather one about vending in general. It can get demoralizing trying to sell handmade goods for a number of reasons: it’s a bad economy, people have vastly different ideas of appropriate pricing for jewelry (ahem), and there are a lot of resellers out there. By resellers I mean booths that have mostly pre-made, prepackaged stuff.
I don’t begrudge you a display or two of quicksales and doorbusters – we all need to make a buck. But I do get annoyed when I see mostly pre-made passed off as “crafted”. To me, it’s like giving a kid cheap processed lunches for years then suddenly expecting them to eagerly eat garden-fresh food you’ve lovingly prepared. They’re going to refuse it because they are used to the quick hit of salt and fat from the processed stuff. So when you get a crowd that can get a shiny, dangly necklace for $5 because it’s essentially dollar-store stock, they’re going to turn up their noses at my entirely handmade $35 necklace. Despite the fact I know what went into it, you can talk to me about how I made it, and ask me for alterations or repairs – the easier route will always be more popular.
So, I get encouraged when I do sell things, because it shows that people still appreciate small businesses, effort, and an artistic eye. And yesterday was quite encouraging 😉
**the next post will be the results of barters w/ other vendors and me crowing about their lovely stuff. I just need to unpack the car first and find my new goodies!