Craft Swap!

January 6, 2010

…and social media overload! MAN this stuff is hard to stay on top of. I’ve been working on my consulting business non-stop for the past couple of weeks; getting independent artists started with all the cool(cheap/free) tools and resources I’ve discovered over the years in tandem with my marketing coach savvy is my new day job. Pretty sweet, yes?

I’ll get more into the consulting thing later, but right now I want to t talk about my craft swap booty. No, not OrigamiZen Jen’s eye-talian booty, but the booty she shipped all the way from the exotic reaches of Des Moines… a place that many shamefully admit to visualizing as a giant ear of corn with people living around it.  This last craft swap package changed my life. No, really. It contained something called bacon salt, and I swear this is the spice that Dune was talking about. If you happen to be a Facebook buddy, my assertions of bacon salt making everything better are no mystery. Hell, it could be the new ‘tussin(#3)!

On to the actual crafty stuff… she made these super-cute 1″x1″ tiles with ceramic and origami paper that solved my biggest problem with scrabble tile pendants. Wood jewelry and I don’t get along so well… it usually looks like it went into battle with a garbage disposal by the end of the first wearing, so Jen’s tiles were perfect; I added some of my handmade spiral bails and made a bunch of pendants for friends.

Someday I’ll get this background/lighting thing right… an Ottlite is definitely on the wish list.

I’m not sure if these sweet tiles are for sale yet, but check out her store for some very cool (and almost bulletproof) origami pieces.

Another treasure from the last package were these impossibly cute black sakura hair pins. Cute isn’t usually my thing, but I absolutely love the way these look tucked in to my luxurious, upswept jewfro.

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I mean it this time…

October 25, 2009

Alright, alright! Iv’e enjoyed my funemployment long enough. Yes, losing the jewelry supply store sucked, but we’re moving on now.

My homegirl Jen of OrigamiZen and I have resolved to jump in to the wonderful world of not-working-for-The-Man.  Schedules, bugging the crap out of each other every day from a time zone away, the whole shabang.

This means 8-10 hours per day of crafting, pictures, website tampering, Etsy listing, promoting, etc. … starting today.

I mean it this time. Really.

One of Jen’s super cute origami sakura hair pins

Buy stuff form OrigamiZen on Etsy!

Powwow with my chick

April 23, 2009

Last weekend I schlepped up to Delaware to hang out with my friend, booth-mate, and travel companion  Maria. For almost as long as I have been doing cons, I have been doing them with this chick (whom I affectionately refer to as “Blondie”).  Its hard to find someone you make a good team with, especially by chance. We met years ago over a White Russian and a wall… the rest is history.

So,  not being able to space out via emails, we were able to assess the horror con situation for the late summer/fall. Horrorfind is returning to Hunt Valley (YES!!!) and offering a pretty sweet deal to vendors who stay at the hotel. We have the room booked (who in ther right mind would miss the return to HV?), but coming up with the table fee is gonna drive me batty. I love Horrorfind, but it comes dangerously close to Screamfest in Orlando, which Maria and I have sworn to never miss for any reason (24-hour jacuzzi…. yes please).  Its a lot of overhead to come up with in a very short time. 

The larger issue here is the gamble. These shows are murder on people like me, who undercharge and don’t do enough shows to make up for a bad one. If the dealers’ room is slow, I’m screwed. Our first year in Orlando was amazing. The second, with the housing crisis, local hiring freeze, and other economic mayhem that had people pinching their pennies, was awful. Not to say I didn’t have fun, because I did, but it bears mentioning that the trip home did not include a stop at South of the Border for anything besides cheap gas. 

Hopefully I will end up at both of these shows as a vendor and not just a con dork. Getting the site redone and a better portfolio up will probably help… not to mention putting more than one thing in the Etsy store. :p