A Little Shop to Call My Own
Ever since I made my Etsy proclamation, I have been very nervous. That is a good sign. It means I will actually throw myself in and do it. When I am not nervous about a future plan to put myself out into the world, it means that I am probably not going to follow through. I know my own kind of crazy like I know the back of my hand – that is to say, very well.
In light of my decision to open a shop by Thanksgiving and my desire to succeed (by succeed I mean sell something) I have been doing some research. One of my primary conerns is photographing my stock and Photojojo has a great little article about it that I wanted to share. It is useful for anyone taking pictures for places like Ebay, Etsy, or Instructables.
I also have begun to brainstorm project ideas so I have something to actually sell. These two notebooks are the first items I have made specifically for the shop.
The first is a patchwork notebook – the idea of which I must credit to Hannah of iHanna. I wanted to do all sorts of extra stuff to the cover, but when I stepped away from it for a few days, I realized that I should leave this pretty notebook as is.
The second is my Clock notebook, which I love. It is a little portable work of art. I designed the grandfather clock silhouette and then created a stencil. I used a heavy body acrylic paint to stipple paint the design. I then used an actual clock face that I scored from Ebay years ago for the face. Finally, I painted on the hands.
A real clock hand made its way into the design on the “if found” label.
My one concern for this piece is that I was unable to seal it with acrylic medium – the clock faces don’t take to it very well. The means it will require a more gentle owner.
And one last bit of news. I am taking a one night workshop tonight entitled, Chains, Finding, & Beads: Jewelry Making Basics. I believe that learning how to combine beads and chain will help me actually realize the vision I have for some of my jewelry designs.
I think you are all caught up now and it is time for me to split!