I am so terrible about keeping up with these blog posts! I don't know what to say half the time lately. You don't want to hear me rambling about making stuff, that's boring. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of exciting things going on right now, besides work!
We are trying to move out to our house in South Dakota at the very end of February. We're really tired of Minnesota, and ready to begin a new life! I am very excited to see how business goes out there. I really want to get my work into local shops. While Etsy can be fun, it is ALOT of work. And, my work really sells much better in person. Its really tough to convey size and at times the actual colors. While my photography has greatly improved, its still far from being awesome. I have an excellent camera phone now, but terrible lighting in my apartment! I'd love to be able to use the Badlands as a backdrop for my tree photoshoots. We'll see!
I do have some new gem trees, and more coming! Its been hard getting into the energy work lately, to be honest. My current residence doesn't have a lot of good energy, and I've been so drained. I put so much energy into my trees! But it'll come, little by little! I really don't like making a ton of trees at one time either. I think each piece needs its own time, with gaps in between, to refresh my creative energies. I really want to get into making more complicated designs, but its just not working right now. I have a lot more studying and practice to do, which is frustrating me. How hard can making a tree be?! Its definitely harder than I'm giving myself credit for.
I'm also thinking of putting together Make a Gem Tree kit, so you can make your own gem tree! I'm not sure how to work the kits. I can sell the directions themselves, or direction plus supplies. And, how to do the supplies in the kits? But I think its a great idea. A basic tree is pretty simple to make, its the more complicated structures that take time to learn.
I will be quitting the jewelry tree stands, and in lieu, have instructions on how to make them. Its going to be difficult for me to get wire at a decent price when I move, because I'll have to constantly be ordering wire. I don't want to have to drive the price up just to cover the costs of shipping for the wire. Jewelry Tree Stands are simple to make, and once you master the right ways of twisting the wire, it'll take 15-20 minutes. You can make them as small or as large as you desire!
I may get into selling rough rock specimens and tumble stones, depending on what goes on in South Dakota. I've always wanted to do this, and it seems like a great opportunity!
If I get my gem trees into local shops, I may not be offering so many on Etsy anymore. I may end up being more of a custom order shop, with instructions and make your own kits. I don't know yet though, these are thoughts I'm throwing out. I plan on shifting to a new business shortly, called Little Badlands. I want to add more products in with the gem trees, but I'm not sure what that'll all include yet. It really again depends on what happens when we arrive in SD.
In addition to this business, I will be growing Oddball Cat Toys, which will become a subsidiary of Little Badlands. I cannot mix the two together, they will stay separate. But, I'm having so much fun with the pet segment! It is definitely a much harder business to run, and the profits are much lower. I'd love to see if I can sell some pet products in the local shops as souvenirs. It is a large, often ignored segment in the tourism industry.
Now that I'm writing out what I've been doing and thinking, I see why I don't have a lot of time to blog. hehehe I think I need to cut down and simplify my business life a little. :-)
Here are some photos of the newest gem trees for sale in the shop. If you click on the photo, it will lead you to the listing in my Etsy shop, where you can learn more about the tree, and/or purchase it.