I was finally able to get 5 new Mala Bracelets added to my Etsy store! Like the photo? That's Kevin's very handy work. We need to get him to take over my photography duties! :-)Bracelets added (links go directly to their Etsy listings):
1) Red Magnesite & green-pink Unakite
2) Sodalite/Red Magnesite & Wood Stone
3) Calcite/Cream Quartz & black Onyx
4) multi color Amazonite & blue Magnesite (as shown above)
5) Blue Aventurine & Yellow Turquoise
The colors are as shown in the photos. I had one customer leave a neutral feedback stating that the gems on the bracelet didn't match the photo, but they did. I don't do a lot of touch up on my photos, and especially to artificially enhance colors.
And, I am really frustrated this week! I had a talk with the RAW promoter for the March gallery last night. It was pretty pointless! I was expressing my concern of being put into the Fashion Accessories category when my art is with the gem trees. I also don't have the money to pay for the event, or the connections to get 20 event tickets sold. She didn't get it, but proceeded to make me feel rotten. I apparently cannot "get it through my head" what an event like this could do for my career, and that I "don't want to sell tickets". I tried explaining what a full time starting out artist means, aka broke and zero connections. RAW is more interested in being an elite event and collecting lots of cash, than helping out real struggling artists. Its shameful, really. Fewer and fewer organizations and people are willing to help those in true need. There aren't any artists that I know, who could easily pay for the event plus the expensive dress wear required. They're not going to have my positive words here unless the attitude changes. I just don't understand why the arts & crafts community is just so stuck up! I'm also thinking back to last month's craft show fiasco. It really makes me rethink things.
But... I do have hope with the new business I'm planning! It is recession proof, its in a large buyers market, and the items are not specialty. I'm going to be exploring the pet industry with my own handmade toys, blankets, beds, and items for fur parents (mini figurines out of clay & stone, apparel, etc). It will be primarily aimed at cats and small dogs, but will eventually expand to include all cats and dogs. I will also attempt at making catnip and cat treats, and possibly later on food. I am very into health friendly, earth friendly, handmade, unique products. We want the best for our fur babies, and a source that you can trust. I had a name for the business and now I forget. I'll announce it once I remember it, and begin work on the products.
Enough whining already, I just had to get that off my mind. Its almost 2:30pm and I have finally finished the most important tasks that were supposed to be done by 11am! Now, what are my chances of finding my 3 hole punch to get started on my project binder? (insert your bets here) lol