Sep 162008

I’ve had a few folks dropping a line with concern that I haven’t blogged in some time, and “are you alright?”

Thanks for the concern. 🙂

Sparkling Pumpkin Pendant

Sparkling Pumpkin Pendant

Yes, I’m alright. Fine and dandy, in fact. Just been a little pre-occupied with school starting up for the youngest, wedding plans for the oldest, and starting prep for shows that seem to be non-stop until Thanksgiving. Plus the myriad of other “stuff” that seems to just pile up on top of everything else.

Until I get back in the swing of things (which will hopefully happen soon!), take a gander at a few “older” articles and projects that are perfect for fall and this time of year!

Sparkling Pumpkin Pendant is perfect for fall or Halloween – easy to make and a great little gift. And what youngster wouldn’t love a BOO bracelet for the month of October?!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and it’s right around the corner. Why not order the supplies you need to make our fancy Think Pink BCA charm or a classic BCA Stretch Bracelet?

Attending some craft fairs this fall? Be sure you print out a copy of Beading Help Web’s popular Craft Show Checklist before you pack up! I’ve been showing for 8 years and still use it!

Happy fall!!!

Jul 272008

I am having a wonderful time at Westfair this week. Today is the last day. It’s always a little sad to pack up, but life goes on!

A great idea from Rena Klingenberg that I’ve used at the last couple of shows is to “showcase” my older stock to move it along.

I’ve really moved a lot of my older bracelets, earrings and necklaces using this little tool. I left the old price tags on the items, so customers can see what a bargain they are getting!

Finally, Michelle and Alyssa of the LumberJills asked me if I’d make them some pendants with axes on them. I was up to the challenge, and worked yesterday on designing prototypes and finalized the pendants late last night. It was an unusual request…but I had so much fun doing it! After I get pictures of the finished pendants, I’ll post the “work in progress”. Hopefully you’ll get as much of a kick out of them as I do.

Off to the fair!!

Jun 062008

I received an email from Sandy, who asked the following question about applying for juried art or craft shows:

I’ve done 2 jewelry non-juried shows and would like to apply to some shows that are juried. I have my slides and I’m wondering about the description/cover letter that accompanies them. Any advice on what to say and how to present the description? Do I just itemize? Write in letter form? Give background on me and my business? What do the jurists expect?

Personally, I’ve never had to write a cover letter for a juried show – the application is all that accompanies the photos or slides. But if I’m writing a description of my photos for a juried show or a contest entry, I’ll include the materials I used to make the piece, how I made it (including some information on special tools or techniques if applicable) and the story of how I was inspired to design it.

I’d love to hear your advice and stories about applying to juried shows, or even sitting on a jury if you’ve been fortunate enough to sit on the other side of the application!