Monday, August 29, 2011

Turning Disappointment into something Positive!!

 Last weekend, August 27th has been building up and been on my mind since February, this year... that's when applications for Lazy Daze were due. So little by little, I'd prepare and create more and more pieces, to sell at this HUGE event in Cary, NC.  I have worked late hours, till 3 am, pushing my creative side, to make more & more pieces of 'art' - to have for sale, August 27th... So last week, when the possibility of Hurricane Irene was on the horizon, I thought... "no way they would cancel...hopefully Irene will stay far away... maybe it wouldn't even come even close to us... but what if they didn't cancel it - and the wind was 40 mph... I do have weights for my tent... but 40 mph winds... hmmm.... what's gonna happen..."

So many thoughts went through my head during the week - finally, last Thursday, the town of Cary made the decision to cancel this event - and not reschedule.  Seriously!?!  Not reschedule? But what about all this stuff I'D BEEN MAKING???  Was I really thinking this selfishly? Yes, I was - and honestly, I wanted to cry. All this work (not to mention the "mess" in my kitchen and the rest of my life & kids had all been on hold for many days & weeks) - jewelry pieces spread out all OVER our kitchen....So, now what?!

I'm planning on getting them listed on etsy daily...

So hopefully, all these pieces, will still end up in the hands of happy customers who love the vintage history of the piece - and love what I've created.  Below are just a few pieces - I have hundreds of other pieces that are created and just waiting for the perfect owner. I wish you could see the sparkle in some of these pieces - they look so much better in person.


 These little baby booties are sort of random - I've seen these and wanted to make some for a while - I needed a pin cushion, so I thought I'd make a sweet baby bootie one...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

2 Shows Down, 1 to go... for the month of May

I've had 2 really large craft shows in the last 2 week(ends) - but as any crafter/artist like me knows (I still have a hard time calling myself an artist) -  these shows are draining - before, during & after.... BUT, I love doing them!I'm such a procrastinator - and then 2 weeks before the show, I start looking at my things & all of a sudden, my creative-ness starts to kick in - I'm up till ALL hours of the night - and I pay for it later - my house is a disaster & so is my craft area. 

Many of the items below have sold - but there are some items that are still available.  My next craft show is a smaller one in here in Cary NC - in Carolina Preserve subdivision. Hopefully the rain will hold off.  That show is this weekend, May 14th. 

Sorry these pictures are so RANDOM... every time I figure out how to use blogger, they change something. They've changed how the photos are uploaded - which I'm sure is a probably a better way, but again, I don't know how to use it so I spend time, arranging & re-arranging... then, my ADD is an issue - and if I can't get it to work, I immediately then I move on to something else - and my blog photos NEVER get uploaded... 

SOOOOO, this time, I'm letting the photos just go in randomly - and I'm NOT over thinking & over-analyzing it!!  I guess at some point I'll need to MAKE the time to sit down & learn how to do it right. I usually just fly by the seat of my pants... it's worked for me my whole life.... 

The photo below - is where I have my jewelry thrown on the table - and I'm thinking about how to set up...

Lot's of fun belt buckles made from vintage parts, antique show buckles, filigree... and found objects.  This suitcase is loaded with items I DO have still - which I plan on taking this coming weekend.

Below is a new thing I just wanted to try - I basically made my own bead by forming wire out of brass, then wrapping 28 gauge silver wire around it, for contrast... these were quite different from everything else I have... and they sold first at my Apex show... I thought... "oh no... I don't have any more like this...."
Headbands - shabby - rhinestones - re-purposed vintage pieces - rhinestone brooch with freshwater pearls is top left.

 Many of these sold, but let me know if there is anything you like - I may be able to re-create it - it will never be exactly like the first one - who knows, it might be better!
 Below is a TEXAS sized blingy buckle - it's gone - but making more
 Meet my beautiful neighbor Molly - she's helping me model my headbands - I kept saying, "ok, chin down, look up..." - she did great - now I need to figure out how to take "in focus" pictures.
 and here's her mom, Tracy - equally beautiful - but you can't see her face!! ugh! I told her, just swing your hips around & don't worry what your expression is... because your face won't be in the photo. 
 Here's Tracy again, modeling 2 items at a time - good good Tracy - again, I need lessons ion photography - NOT IN FOCUS!!