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Meeting Uknown Goals…

Check out these bad boys:

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They’re more poofy and true to the heart form than they look laying flat like this.

I’ve been thinking about my goals for 2008 very seriously after having slacked off in 2007. (I even wrote a series about setting goals if you’re interested). I didn’t go through this process for 2007 and really felt the impact. But as I write here, for my bead/creative endeavors, I realize how much I did accomplish.

Things I always wanted to do but never could quite achieve:

1. Brightly colored beads

2. Face bead

3. Flowers

4. Hearts

4. Simple jewlery that I actually like, and sells.

Looking back, I’ve achieved all of those this year even though the flowers aren’t your typical glass encased floral bead, my flower disks satisfy that urge. I’m not really as interested in the florals as the other three items on the list…I have just always wanted to do them because it seems like everyone else can.

Look back on your past year and recognize what have you accomplished. We get so busy that we forget to look back and see what we’ve done. We’re so focused on what needs to be done next that we forget to take time to be good to ourselves, to compliment ourselves, to really say, “I do a lot and I’ve accomplished a lot! I’m pretty damn good.” So sit back, think about the past year and give yourself a big pat on the back.

So, as I look to 2008 and am forming my business-oriented goals, I wonder where I want to go creatively. I know I can’t map that out but one thing I do want to think about is more mixed media pieces that are more comprehensive. Not just lines of beads to sell to the people who make things out of them but things that can stand alone as a full piece of art. To be marketed elsewhere, and at shows other than bead shows. I have some cool ideas and they are definitely on my list.

I’m seeing 2008 as an ‘art for art’s sake year’ since I’ve developed enough of a bead customer base. Thanks to all of you! You’re supporting the arts this year.

It’s time, once again, to step out and find new cheese.  Anyone want a bite? What are you going to do new and different in 2008?

Jewelry Designing Dilema…

I haven’t written about my own beads lately and haven’t posted anything for sale because I’ve been in production mode.  You know, the time of year when I disappear because I’m making tons of stuff for upcoming shows?  I’m feeling out of the flow this year jewelry design-wise.  Not that that ever comes easily to me.  Truthfully, I dread it.  But I love that it sells.  Very well.

bright glass dot beadsJewelry is one area where I have not found my voice.  I just don’t do it enough to have developed a unique style.  Usually around this time of year I come up with a simple line and then reproduce it with lots of bead variations based on beads that I’ve made and sold throughout the year. If there is a market for the beads, chances are there is a market for them made into some kind of jewelry, is my reasoning.

But this year my newest line of beads are the pods and I just don’t see how they go into jewelry.  The big ones are easy…wire wrapped and on a cord.  That’s getting a little boring to me but it’s the easiest way for me to showcase them.  They’re gorgeous. The thing is, they’re too clunky for bracelets and smaller just doesn’t translate.  They’re too expensive to put into a simple lariat.

So I’ve gone back to the basics. More basic than I’ve ever done.  And it scares me.  Usually when I go into a show, like I said, I already know what sells because I’ve tested the market online.  This time, I’m going in blind.  New line, first time showing at my only jewelry show of the year.  And a big show.  If I make the wrong stuff and people don’t like the look this year, there goes at least 25% of my year’s income.  But then again, if they like it more than the usual stuff…

I don’t know what’s with me.  Usually I make what I love and let it sell itself at shows.  This year, what I love just doesn’t translate into jewlery.  That is, in my narrow scope of jewelry making.  Maybe I’ll just sell lots of beads.  I have been building that local base.

The show is in about three weeks and I have a bunch of tiny disk beads and larger, more complicated disk beads just waiting to be made into pieces…pieces I already see in my head and have had in my sketch book for some time yet I’m paralyzed.  I can’t start because I’m obsessing over whether they’ll sell.  I know that once I get going it will be fast work.  Remember, I said they were easy pieces.  And then there’s that thing that I need to make my new displays.

ARRRRGH!  Someone just smack me into jewelry making mode.   Or come here and do it for me.  I have all the stuff.

Creating Color Magazine Ads. Graphic Design Has Changed.

art jewelry magazine adHow do you digital graphic artists do it? Tonight I was working on my ad for Art Jewelry Magazine and I do ok. But sitting down to prepare a 1/12 page ad anew every other month is tedious. Whereas, once upon a time the photography of the bead was my challenge now that is the easy part. I can’t believe how long it takes.

I took graphic design classes in college back in the eighties and really enjoyed them. Learning about color and even making some mock ads with india ink and whatever those pens are called that you use with them. I loved the precision. I loved my Color Aid paper.

That is how it was done a long time ago, isn’t it? (I don’t know because I didn’t go into that field but that is another blog post for another time) You got to get your hands dirty, feel the materials. The paint, the ink, the scissors cutting through paper. Now it’s so impersonal. So sterile. Just me, a keyboard (sometimes pen tablet) and a monitor. Where is the fun in that? It is a necessity rather than enjoyable.

I’m just happy my ad is done. Again. Until next month.

What do you think? Do you create your own ads? Is it all a mystery to you? Leave me a comment or a question and I’ll blog it for you.