Well, here we are at week 16 of the Craft Pimp challenge to make 52 things in a year - my challenge is more to record what I am doing, with my bias being towards fused glass, which I am learning as I go along.
I guess my new make for this week could be my new business cards? With champagne tastes and a water budget at the moment, ordering from my normal supplier, Moo.com was not an option. My primary need is for events, where everyone gets a card when they buy, but I am realistic enough to realise most will end up in the bin. A friend recommended Instantprint, but my first effort to create a flyer with them ended in dismal failure so I had looked at other option which wouldn't have portrayed the image I wanted. Armed with another cup of coffee I tackled the design page on Instantprint again and with a bit of compromise and a few choice incantations when things didn't line up, I ended up with these. They were either going to be a big box of expensive cards if I'd got it wrong, or a big box of inexpensive cards if I'd got it right.
Opening the box today, I heaved a sigh of relief; they are as thick and good quality as Moo, far far cheaper and I rather like them. No, they've not paid me to give this review (but can if they like), but on price, speed (2 days) and timed delivery by DHL they win my vote.
North Somerset Arts Week starts on 1st May, for 10 days, and have been getting low on some items for a while, so no better time than the present to get on with it and make. Bead sales are slow at the moment so it has been lovely to make what I want to make rather than what I think I should make. I've no idea why the market is slow - if you know, from either in the UK or the US, do share, I really would like to know if it is me, the market, the world, the election, the end of tax year; or a saturated market. I digress...... so I have made some ball stud earrings on surgical steel (now in my Etsy shop) and ............
some smaller pendants for necklaces (also in my Etsy shop) with a good supply of 'spare' pendants which I will display separately during Arts Week along side my similarly presented fused glass pendants.
Even these pretty cards have caused consternation! I bought a couple of packs from a gift shop thinking they might work as a presentation idea. They clearly do, customers at recent fairs were happy to buy just a pendant, so many of us have a spare chain at home, why not use it? and I present these in an organza bag so they are gift-ready. Then I ran out of my initial supply and the shop doesn't have more. Panic! Having trawled t'internet for hours I couldn't find them, then spotted them on, where else, Ebay. So I am now restocked, and from the packaging, I have found both the wholesaler and their retail outlet so that's one less panic in my life. I wanted 'monochrome' cards so they don't compete with the colour of the jewellery, but there are loads of gorgeous designs - I could have got carried away.
My week 16 in lieu of week 17 make is more fused glass stud earrings, always popular at events. Again I intend these for Arts Week, from experience I know people prefer to buy inexpensive items so they can have some money left for the next venue as well, so these, on sterling silver, will be £10 a pair - and might make it into my Etsy shop if I get a minute or two.
Quick heads up, I will be shutting my Etsy shop for, probably, about a week from Thursday evening. I need to have a stock check to keep the tax man happy and with the weather being nice and life being quiet, I thought now was as good a time as any to strip out my studio and paint inside in readiness for arts week, have a few lazy days, enjoy a bit of 'us' time with my husband - and my cats, who are elderly, quite poorly, get told 'in a minute' perhaps too often and I ought to practice what I preach and 'take time to smell the roses' before my 'roses' leave me. Yes, I am dotty about my mogs, they are my family. I'm around if anyone needs me, just removing as many distractions as possible.