I read somewhere that you really only have 18 summers with your child. We are making the most of juni's first summer with lots of weekend adventures. The bead-making has slowed a bit, and I am veeerrrry sleep deprived, but I'm excited about the weeks to come...
Art Show (my one and only this summer!):
The downtown Appleton Farmers Market
June 21st, 8-12
Preview on what I will be selling coming soon!
The week following my art show. Specific day/ time TBA.
Theme: Essence of Summer
I will post on FB as soon as I know the deets (and I will send out a newsletter update as well).
moths, watering cans, succulents, watermelons, bikes, and more...
Please no reserves this time around. I've been spending all my time before shop updates answering
messages/ taking reserves and I just don't have the time anymore. Thanks for understanding!
Also, a note about my summer hours. Tuesday-Friday I am around to answer messages and ship out packages. Saturday-Monday we are OUTTA HERE :)
A few images from our latest adventures...for more, you can visit my personal blog.
My July bead collection/ shop update is in the works! It will coincide with an epic road trip/ camping adventure that we are taking WEST to some of our awesome national parks. Stay tuned!
Being unique is exhausting. I know most of my readers, also artists, can relate. Before juniper was born, I tried to come up with a unique blog name for a new personal baby/travel blog. I plugged in dozens of names- strange word combinations...how could anyone have possibly thought of that before me...taken. All taken. It was exhausting. My point is that, probably, some one thought of it before you.
As artists and business people, balancing unique and relatable (sellable) is hard. Luckily, what I want to make and what my customers want (and what their customers want) sometimes collide. And, sometimes they don't. I've made quirky creature beads that make my heart happy and sometimes others love them too, and sometimes they collect dust in my bead box. Anyone need a Tapir? Owls are trendy. Their attention is well deserved. They are, in my opinion, one of the most amazing creatures on earth. But, I've started to feel my owls get lost in a sea of others, drowning. HELP. Their uniqueness is diluted. I love seeing others interpretations of the same theme. But, BUT, I strive to stand out. I can't help it. Rebel, that loves tapirs, I guess. This shit weighs on me. And at times, it takes the joy out of creating. In effort to get out of a funk that has been bogging me down, I am changing gears and changing plans, for my next update.
I am scratching the sketches/sample beads that I posted about previously (for those of you that follow my FB page) and am going in a new direction. Some of those beads will stay on my table, because I love them, and some of you seemed to love them too. But for now, a new plan.
I have lots of custom orders/ reserves underway. Firing #1 is happening right now. I am hoping for firing #2 to be finished within the next 1-2 weeks. I will be contacting you as soon as they are finished! I will also have a small shop update of beach houses, beach pebbles, whales, rabbits and a little assortment of other goodies- some sea related, some not.
I will be working on stock for my first (and only) summer art show. And a collection called, at least for now, "the essence of summer". New moths and a couple others that I am suuuuppper excited about, that I'm not sharing just yet. Also, I hope to bring back some favorites, like bicycles and watering cans and maybe some alliums.
I feel like I need to apologize a million times. The bead making is a sllllllooooowwww process these days. One word: Juniper. So here is where I am at:
Firing # 1 (of 2) is finished. The sneak peek pictures are from this firing. I separated the batch into two firings to 1.) avoid a circus in loading beads and 2.) to test some new glaze combos. I free glazed...layers of different glazes with not as much planning as usual. This resulted in some amazing new colors (and wayyyy ugly ones too). I tested first so I wouldn't ruin my whole batch!
I still have more glazing and a final firing to do (add in time for making sets/ photographing/listing). I am hoping to have it finished within the next 1-2 weeks. I don't have a specific date/ time yet- but will keep FB updated! If enough people are interested in an email reminder before the update, I can do that too.
I won't be doing any sales/ reserves before the shop update. I just don't have the time to check emails/ fb messages, etc. etc. and set them aside. This is a change in how I have operated in the past and a reflection of my new time constraints. Thanks for understanding!
Last bit of important info...I am hoping to do my shop update at my new website (instead of Etsy). I am moving away from my portfolio website to one that has a shop. Tax time is depressing because I add up my yearly etsy fees. Since I have a customer base now, I am hoping I can get away with moving away from Etsy (not entirely but some). IF my new site is done in time, that is where this shop update will take place. Stay tuned!
seagull test fire piece. this turned out exactly like how I pictured in my head (that never happens).
It was a great mail week at this house! I received my copy of 1000 beads. My humble little barn bead is featured on page 346. I've only had time so far to quickly page through and wow, I can't wait to sit and savor each page.
I am beyond tickled to receive these custom brass charms from Mary Jane Dodd. Rustic and seemingly time-worn inspirational totems that I will pair with my landscape beads for a new summer collection.
I want to keep these simple- throw in your suitcase and hit the open road- type necklaces. It's how I roll.