Work hard- Play hard

Monday, August 29, 2011

We took the day off today to do some hiking and to hang out at the beach! I had my first 2-day show this weekend and dang, it was one long, exhausting weekend. I'm hoping to get my shop back up and running tomorrow (Tuesday)! Enjoy some pics I snapped during our little adventure today.

Fall Preview- picture post

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New fall goodies will be hitting my shop soon. I don't have many of each design on hand, as I've been working, working, working trying to get ready for a show coming up in two weeks! Convo me on etsy if you'd like me to hold anything for you!

Rustic fall leaves in an assortment of matte and glossy colors.

Bee pendants and connectors in vanilla cream, blueberry and brown.

Acorns ranging in size in rust and mustard.

Leaf pile connectors in rust (also avail in sage)

Jack-o-lanterns and Pumpkins

Grungy rounds

Shabby chic rounds in new fall colors

Last but not least, I am super stoked to be the new Art Bead Partner over at Vintaj. Follow the blog for a month of honey bee goodness- including lots of my art beads!

P.S. Thank you for your kind words of advice and encouragement regarding my last post- I will be posting an update within the next week or two.

seasons change

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Working on new fall designs and bringing back some of my old fall favorites. I will have a finished fall sneak peek ready in just a few days! Here are some of the ones that will probably be included in the fall collection!

Chunky acorn charms and pumpkin beads

Some of the pumpkins will have jack-o-lantern faces :)

New bee pendants and connectors (also bee bead sets-which can be seen in an earlier blog post)

I will be bringing back my leaf pile design in pendants/connectors.

Also on the way will be crows, rustic leaves, grungy keyholes, spider webs, acorn pendants and a whole lot of other fall goodness! Hopefully by the time I need to start cranking these out, my new kiln will be up and running- I'm hoping to get it ordered this week!

I love churning out new designs- they sit in my sketchbook for months before coming to life in clay. Lately, however, it seems like I've been able to spend less time working in my studio, coming up with and making new designs. I feel like I've spent the last year "scrambling". Scrambling to get ready for shows, scrambling to get orders out the get the idea. I've been contemplating making a big life move- quitting my part-time job and making bead making my full time gig. The thought of that is exciting and terrifying....I'm losing sleep over this decision. I know some of you have been in my shoes- any words of wisdom to pass on? I could sure use some help! I've spent the last couple weeks reading etsy's "quit your day job" series to get some courage and advice. Thanks for your insight- always means so much to me!

almost to 2000!

Monday, August 8, 2011


My shop is just a couple sales away from 2,000!- a very exciting milestone for me. I want you to help me celebrate! I made up 5 goodie bags to give away to the next 5 sales in my shop (one per person). In order to get the free goods included in your package, you will need to enter the message "2000salegiveaway" in the message to the seller during checkout. Thank you to everyone who has helped me reach this milestone. I truly am grateful for each and every one of you!

PS- I will keep track of how many goodie bags are left on my facebook page.

Catching up...

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Still trying to catch up from Art at the Park last weekend. I will be adding new goods to my shop all day- including bargain bag sets. You can find them here!