Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary
So, I have looked more closely at other shops, (March 21, ’13)and I`ve been remembering the saying: If you aren`t moving forward, you are sliding backward. And my shop, while not a complete failure, is not exactly hopping. So, in an effort to improve things, I`m pulling together a lot more merchandise and variety, so I can get the sales really hopping!
I feel this will channel some of my creative energy, so I`m not distracting you all with three posts a day,like I did in January! Crazy trend. The only way I`ve been able to combat it so far is by putting the extra posts which aren`t time sensitive on a schedule. It got so bad, I had to push posts forward and ended up with scheduled posts for the majority of January! It seems lately I have gone in the other direction, as there was even a whole day where I didn`t have a new post made! In my defense, I used up a lot of my ‘make new posts energy’ back when I was sick.
So instead of spinning my wheels, I`ve decided to do something I`ve always dreamed of doing. I`ve been planning for years to one day have an amazing little boutique tucked away on Kingstreet in Old Towne, Alexandria. So far, that hasn`t gone so hot. No wonder when you factor in tuition fees, and the fact that I kind of feel a bit young to be a full time entrepreneur. But then I had a fabulous idea the other day! “Why not,” I thought, “have an Etsy store?” Brilliant.
So I have been hard at work pulling together a collection to share with all of you fabulous readers. Since I think this season is all about the new urbanite, I`ve called the first one the George Towne collection. I think you`ll be as excited by what you see as I was excited to be making it!
Maybe a few hundred dollars (once I`ve paid for that Spring break trip, and other expenses) in I`ll even be able to buy a dress form, and start offering a full line. In the meantime, I think these are the perfect accessories to jazz up your classic pieces.
The pictures don`t actually do it justice, there is a lot more than just these little earrings. This just happens to be the only group photos I took. There is also a bracelet, two necklaces, a necklace that thinks it is a garland, and an anklet. It is pretty cool! You`ll really just have to go over there and check it out.
(I don`t know if they have the saying in your country, but Stateside this is a play off the original phrase, “Where there`s a will, there`s a way,” which boils down to the idea that anything can happen if you work really hard at finding a way to make it happen. I think this really fits what`s happened to me! I messed with the original saying because I`m a little impish, and I revel in these sort of tongue-in-cheek jokes.)
Why this mad rush to sell stuff? Well, for one thing, it is because I actually wanted to, like I told you above. What I may not have mentioned is that I also really had to do something, and this seemed like the best thing to do. You see, for my Spring Break trip that I`ve talked about a million times, I need another $150 before the first of March. If I had my druthers, I would have had them today. But I didn`t, and I don`t, and I`ll just have to live with that. I do have a part time job that will get me some of that in time, but it is very part time. And though it pays really well considering how little I have to do and how infrequently I have to be there, and the job is actually super fun, it still won`t make up the difference in time.
So I was rather despondent when my bank account notice came in at the beginning of the month. I felt rather hopeless, to tell the truth. But then, when I was reorganizing my earrings, I thought back to sunny days with my longest ever friend, sitting cross legged and creating bits of jewelry. Some of the original pieces were very abstract, if you want to make squiggles sound funny. But it was so fun to be with my friend, laughing and telling jokes as we did something we loved. Somehow through the years skill came into play, and better equipment, and even better beads. But with all of these fancy additions, I still loved my hobby as just that, a thing to bring me a smile. Thinking back to those golden times, I knew I wanted to make some more, and then sell some of my creations. It makes me so happy to think that some of my golden memories could be held in, and passed on, by bits of wire and glass that I molded to my vision. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoyed working on it!