A Lesson Learned

I love selling at craft shows.  In fact, I love selling almost anywhere but since it’s been a long time between shows, I’d forgotten something very important:   some people do not understand or appreciate the value of handmade.   In this economy, show fees can add up so it’s best to pick and choose very carefully.  Having had a very disappointing show experience today, I think it’s best to write this down so that I don’t make this mistake again.   Sigh.

Oh well… onward and upward, right?

Published in: Uncategorized on September 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm  Comments (1)  
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Sneak Preview

SilverPoint Earrings

Visited a bead store in NYC and fell head over heels in love.  Spent WAY too much money and will probably spend WAY too much the next time I go.

Still need to make stuff, wait for some stuff in the mail, and photograph stuff before I’m ready to update my site and sign up for shows but all will be done shortly.

I’m finding my way back to my place of joy. Yay! \(^O^)/

Published in: on August 10, 2010 at 10:43 am  Comments (1)  
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Back in the Saddle

After a 60-day hiatus — more or less, Five to Nine Design is working her way back to the workshop.  (Whoa, check out the alliteration in that sentence!  Say it a couple of times; don’t you feel a little like Elmer Fudd right now?)

I’m starting a new line of sterling silver jewelry and really, I can’t wait.  A number of significant distractions have stood between me and my creativity in recent months, but I can never stay away for long.  Supplies are on their way, tools have been gathered, and new designs are floating around and bumping up against each other in my head.  Stay tuned, please.

I currently have online shops at both Etsy.com and 1000Markets.com.  1000 Markets is a prettier site but behind the scene problems have caused me to think about closing up shop there.  Right now I have several clearance items in both shops, so take a look if you like.  Links can be found on the right.

Published in: on August 2, 2010 at 9:15 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Turquoise

As a kid growing up on New York’s Lower East Side, I practically lived in Greenwich Village.  The area I lived in is now known as “the East Village” for no reason I understand but to most of the residents, it’s still known as the Lower East Side.  Take that, real estate developers. In any case, I’m slightly on the younger side of the Baby Boomer generation, so I liked to think of myself as a pseudo-hippie.  I went braless, wore a teeny weeny Afro and bought most of my jewelry at little shops that sold mostly sterling silver jewelry.  I especially loved sterling silver rings with turquoise stones.  They were just so hip and cool and they made me feel very bohemian and ‘in with the in crowd’…. which I wasn’t, really.  A little too young to go to Woodstock; too afraid of my mother to be very rebellious (although I was the first of the five kids to leave home); so painfully shy, I had very few friends, and although some of them did every drug under the sun, I stuck firmly to pot smoking.  I didn’t much care for alcohol at the time, and I used to go around telling people, “Pot is so much better!  It’s a much cleaner high.”   Yeah, I know.  But I was young at the time.   Had my last joint 33 years ago, a couple of years before I had my daughter and I was done. The thrill was gone.   So much for being cool.

But I still think turquoise is cool.  And I still wear it occasionally although I prefer the look of antiqued brass now over sterling silver.   Since I’ve been making jewelry, I’ve also discovered gemstones that look like turquoise.  Everything on this page happens to be genuine turquoise but honestly, when it comes to what I make and wear, I don’t care.  I respect the purists out there who will only buy ‘real’ turquoise or who have a thing for jewelry crafted by native Americans, etc., but to me, it ain’t that serious.  Jewelry is about self-expression to me, and that’s it, that’s all.  No  snobbery here, please. (^_^)

Published in: on April 4, 2010 at 8:08 am  Leave a Comment  
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