Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Catch up on inventory

Things have been crazy busy around here, let me tell you. I have done so many craft fairs and conventions this year, and I have so many more. I am loving it, though!
I'm in rebuild mode to restock my inventory.

I made a few turbine necklaces and a bracelet just last night.




I'm also prepping to make a bunch of rainbow bracelets. They are, by far, my most popular.



I was also able to FINALLY use my new display that I had a friend of mine design and make for me.
It allows me to simply fold up the two sides and not have to take off the hooks or necklaces.
Here is a picture of my booth from 2 weeks ago, with the old display on the left side. I use a garment rack and a couple pegboard panels with velcro ties. (And look, there's me!)


The new display is wood. There are 2 sections plus legs. You can see it on the right of the booth picture from last weekend.


This will save me so much time, since I won't have to setup and remove all the hooks and the merch every single time. I can also open it all the way up to have a wall of stuff, instead.
I can't wait to keep using it!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Commissions done!

After the success of my last convention, I had some commissions to make. My ring order came in over the weekend, and I was able to get all of my commissions complete (except for one for a friend, so there is no rush on that one).
Here is a picture of the commissions that I had left to do.




The green and black piece is a neck shield to attach to a paintball mask. The bottom is a purple and yellow dice bag, and the one on the right is a specialized lanyard with attachments for some small tools (I still need to attach the second end to the ring, I just want to make sure of the length when I deliver it).

I have a few dice bags to make, as well as some bracelets to replenish my inventory.
Then, I might get some stitching time in. (I may sneak some in this week, anyway). 


Monday, June 10, 2019

It has already been 10 days!

Time just seems to fly by, anymore. I can't believe it has already been 10 days since my last post!

I just finished that big 3 day con that I have been so excited for, and let me say... it was amazing! I already knew that this was my primary customer base, but I did so well this weekend. My income was about 3x my best day at a craft fair. Since it was local, I had no hotel costs, since I just stayed at home!
I am super happy with how things turned out, if you couldn't tell! I have a couple more multi-day conventions booked later in the year in other parts of the state. Even with hotel costs for those, if I do half as well, I'll still be good.

The artist alley tables were actually along the halls in the convention center, so it was actually a lot of fun to just people watch as see all the cool costumes. I definitely want to keep doing conventions, and who knows? I may start attending some out of state soon, too!

This year so far has been so busy! Before now, I used to attend maybe 4 or 5 craft fairs in a year, at most. This year I have already attended about 7 or 8 events, with 5 more confirmed and a few more pending. 
While at the con, I actually got several commissions, as well! My first was for a chainmail dice bag (for a friend of mine). I actually was able to get that completed by the end of day 2 of the con. It gave me something to work on when things would slow down.
I also made a special bracelet for the girl at the booth next to me. She was wanting special colors that I did have, but just didn't have anything made with. I got that done before the end of the con, too.
I also got 2 other commissions from customers, that I am super happy about. One for a chainmail lanyard, and another for a dice bag.

Overall, I am very excited about attending conventions, now, since my first 2 have been so successful. I will now be making some more chainmail to replenish my stock. I'll get some pictures later!

Eventually, I'll get back to stitching. Hopefully. I have 3 weeks until my next con, so I may dedicate a week in there to just stitching. I can start my new secret project!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Thanks!

First, I want to say thanks for the color suggestions. I have several bracelets planned using some of these combinations! I had to take a little break from the chainmail to let my hands rest. I was about to get some tiny blisters on one of my fingers, so I just switched over to make some more cabochon things.

I did pretty well for one day. Granted, I had these cabochons already made, and I just had to put them into the pendant/bracelet/ring. Even so, I got a lot done. I managed to get these done while at work at my day job, too!






I have a bunch cabs more ready to go. I'm going to make up some more items. Next, I get to add the chains to necklaces, then put all of them on cards, too. One more week until my big con, though! Can't wait!

Once this con is over, I am planning on getting back to some stitching. I have some new fabric, and a new chart that I just have to start. I'm going to let this one be a surprise, though. Sure, it will be confusing to make out what it is until I get at least a few pages in, but I don't want to spoil it.
I already have new Qsnaps and a grime guard ready to go, too!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Busy busy!

After last weekend's successful con, I really needed to start working on restocking my inventory. My goal from then to the big convention is to make at least one bracelet per night.
I have been so excited about everything that for the past week I have actually made 3 bracelets per night. This will definitely bolster my bracelet stocks!






This is a point where I am needing help. At this point, my biggest struggle is coming up with color combinations to make. I have black rubber with all manner of colors of aluminum, but I have all sorts of colors of rubber I can expand with, as well.
What are some of your favorite color combinations?