Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Dollhouse Frock GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Dollhouse Frock GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!
I just found this blog through cuteable.

OMG, this woman is amazing and how cute is her daughter??
You know....MY adorable 3 year old has all the handmade jewelry to wear she could ever want....maybe a trade is in order?

Monday, September 29, 2008

baby cupcakes

I never make little beads but for some reason yesterday I made a ton of these little guys.

If you're coming to Art on the Avenue this Saturday I'll have a bunch of different "flavors" to choose from. For now, the chocolate strawberry ones are in my etsy store.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

front page!!

I never get to be on etsy's front page!

Thanks PEtra and Cath for the heads up!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

almost done

I'm finally taking the plunge into wholesale.
It's a little scary because basically you do all the work for 1/2 the pay, but it should cut done on the amount of traveling I have to do for shows. Although....and don't tell anyone this....since I've discovered priceline I've been enjoying some nice hotels instead of sleeping on friends' couches. Too old for that! You can get the best deals if you name your own price if you can get past the fact you don't know exactly where you'll be staying until after you pay.

Today I'm packing up my first large wholesale order for shanalogic. LOVE this site & Shana is the best person to work with. She's had my work on consignment for a year or so now, but it sells so well she's talked me into wholesaling to her.

I just need to put those hearts on the their chains and this order is outta here!!!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

oh the insanity

mmmmmm...where to begin??
So last post I said I was getting ready for a show in Bethany Beach, DE.
Canceled, due to hurricane.
No problem, I had actually double-booked shows that weekend so I went to Sugarloaf in Manassas, VA instead. Which I knew would be a giant mistake but I went anyway.
Let's just say that LORiOLA is not the Sugarloaf aesthetic.
By any stretch of the imagination.
And Saturday was canceled because of the hurricane.

I have NEVER lost money at a show before. I guess it needed to happen sooner or later, let's just hope this is the LAST time, ok??

To make up for Saturday being canceled the Sugarloaf people are giving us a free show in the spring, which is actually unheard of, and extremely generous. Problem is I hadn't wanted to do any more of their shows. EVER.

Now stupidly, back in March when I was super excited to be doing Sugarloaf shows I prepaid for 4. After the first 2 this past spring I realized I had made a mistake. Unfortunately once you pay you're SOL, that's why I booked a better show for the same weekend as Manassas. I have one more paid for Sugarloaf, Oct 12, 13 & 14 in Gaithersburg, then maybe one in the spring. We'll see. Even for free I'm afraid I'll lose money.

You know what else is crazy?? I have a show the weekend before Sugarloaf in Alexandria, VA called Art on the Avenue which I absolutely love but it means that on Friday Oct 5 I will be driving 5 hrs to VA, setting up at 7am Sat morning, selling all day (hopefully!!) then packing and driving 5+ hrs home Sat night BECAUSE the following Thursday I have to drive to 5.5 hrs to MD to set up for Sugarloaf. OMG. What was I thinking???!!!

Basically in the next week and half I have to make enough inventory for 4 days of selling.


And the absolute weirdest thing that happens when I am this stressed and trying to make as many beads as I possibly can, is that new designs happen! And instead of making things that I know will sell (hearts, cupcakes, etc) I'm spending precious time developing something new.
This happens EVERY TIME.


Will you let me know what you think? I think they're super cute, but I am also slightly crazed right now.