Sunday, October 21, 2012

Going, going... gone

Well, it's been an interesting year so far for jewellery. No craft shows this year (my stag&doe doesn't really count), but hopefully there will be some in December and spring of 2013. It was a slow year for sales, but I got a new website, and business cards - not to mention most of my jewellery production this year was focused on making jewellery for my own wedding.

A lot of people like asking me: how busy are your sales?

My honest answer is: inconsistent! I either don't sell anything for a while, or there's a period where I'll sell five pieces in a week (or twenty at a craft show). Normally, sales pick up around Christmas, and summer (wedding season). I also do custom orders and jewellery repairs throughout the year.

The fact is, I'm a student in a very demanding MFA program! Jewellery is a hobby. Maintaining a website and an internet presence is a lot of work, and if I were serious about jewellery sales, I would be hitting up craft shows all over Canada, getting some small-business insurance, and making ten pieces a week instead of ten a month. I can't really do that at this point.

I guess an example would be my facebook page:
(please like if you haven't already!)

Recently, I posted a status about a Christmas Giveaway, to which nobody answered. If I were running my jewellery business full-time, my immediate thought would be: how do I reach more people so that 'fans' of my page will be more active, and more likely to purchase something?

Alas, I have several assignments on the go, an apartment to take care of, and a thesis novel to write, so instead of being sad I tend to shrug and giggle at myself before moving on to other tasks. Which is why, again, sales are slow. But that's okay, because I simply don't have time! I'm happy with less sales, as long as my pieces go to people who I know will love and appreciate them.

So hopefully that explains my sporadic jewellery productivity.

And with that, here are some well-loved pieces that I sold or gifted in the past few months. I only make a piece twice at the most, so these lovelies are gone for good - unless someone has a special request.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

the wedding and the mini-moon


Finally, I'm married!

For the record, married life is pretty well the same as normal life, only every day once in a while I grab C's hand and go "you have a SHINY", either in my head or out loud. Depends what mood he's in and how many people are around. Obviously we are excited to be married but really, at the end of the day... we're still the exact same two people we were before.

So we thought we'd have all this leisure time after the wedding! Um, no.

Schoolwork. Lots and lots of schoolwork. And midterms. And readings. Me and C were behind by about a month, so ever since we got back from the mini-moon (explanations later), we've been swamped by EVERYTHING. Hence my disappearance from the blogosphere.

I still have to write thank you cards. Helpppp meee.

Anyways. Wedding went awesomely. Me and C were just astounded by how on-time we were with everything. I expected to be rushed through photographs, dinner, getting ready, but everything went the way it should.

Except somehow we ended up with two cakes to bring home. You know, that top layer that you freeze and save for later? Hmmm. At least I can recognize my own cake, thanks to photos, but what about the other one? It belongs to someone else! What do I do with it? If I throw it away, will it create some cosmic ripple of events that ends someones marriage?

Obviously not. I've just always wanted to write something like that.

The mini-moon happened in New York City. I was so excited. I hadn't been there since I was tiny. Basically, my in-laws paid for a honeymoon in December, so me and C decided to have a 'mini-moon' right after our wedding, because trips are great.

And costly. We stayed at the London Hotel, where one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants is, and breakfast for two would have cost over NINETY DOLLARS before tax. (room service cereal is $12 before mandatory gratuities, whaaat, that's still not a good deal)

.... we had breakfast elsewhere. As much as me and C like to spoil ourselves, we draw the line at a forty dollar fried egg.

Photos? Sure.

Walking along Times Square. I like to describe it as an extreme mashup of Toronto and Niagara Falls' Clifton Hill

THE BALTO STATUE!!!!!! It was my favorite movie as a kid. I was so happy to see this.

Hey look, it's me.

My horrible photo of the Statue of Liberty. I blame it on a rocking sailboat and two glasses of champagne.

Me and C had a fun time picking out all the first dates rowing by.

Red Pandas at the Central Park Zoo! I love them. I want one. Pleeeease.