I have had 3 shows in the last month and my studio reflects the chaos that results from show preparations. I’ve been making as much jewelry as possible, creating hang tags and earrings cards – but not cleaning up after myself.
Now that my shows are over for a while, I need to focus inward a bit. I’m posting pictures here of how my studio looks today, with the intent of holding myself accountable for showing you better organized results next week.
2 Saturdays ago, I was at the Olympia Artists’ Garage Sale. I sold not just jewelry, but also surplus supplies. I filled 2 plastic shoe boxes with beads I no longer wanted. I had sold about 2/3 of the beads, when a couple approached my booth and asked if I would sell all the remaining beads for $10! For sure! So that was the start of my spring cleaning efforts. I also sold some display items I no longer wanted. The more unneeded stuff I can clear out of this room, the better!
I made a number of new earrings, bracelets and necklaces for my shows this month, but I haven’t listed them online yet. So along with cleaning up, I intend to list new jewelry. Be sure to follow my Linda Landig Jewelry Facebook page, as I will post all my shop updates there.
Happiness is having a Golden Rain Tree right outside your kitchen window!
Even if sales are slow at a show, its worth it if you make a new friend. I met Sharlynn of Ashar Gems at a show on Saturday. We visited on and off all day and we even traded jewelry. I now have an awesome woven-wire pair of earrings that Sharlynn made. Check out her shop. Lots to love there.
Did you ever read Make Way For Ducklings when you were a little kid? I was driving south on Interstate 5 last week when I saw a mother mallard duck and about 9 little ducklings making their way across 6 lanes of traffic! They’d already safely negotiated the 3 northbound lanes and were now waddling across the southbound lanes. Cars slowed and changed lanes and the mallard family made it all the way across Interstate 5 to the wildlife reserve just west of the freeway. Whew!
I am so proud of my student teachers. This is the last week of their internship and they have all grown and learned so much!
Now that I’ll have more time to myself, I really, really need to clean my studio!
The baby bunnies in the woods by our house are adorable.
It is not good to forget to turn on the timer when baking a cake.
I am getting better at being strong and assertive when the situation calls for it.
I have always loved rhododendrons. Here’s a worthless trivia factoid: The official Washington State flower is the rhododendron. But that’s not why I love them. As a kid, my parents would sometimes take us to the Seattle arboretum. They had old rhododendron bushes there that were as big as small trees. We could hide under the rhododendrons and pretend we were in a house made of flowers. Isn’t that just the greatest make-believe scenario: Living in a house made of flowers!
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The town I live in, Olympia, WA, is a pretty funky, artsy place. We have a fun, annual event called the Artists’ Garage Sale. Now this isn’t your ordinary, run-of-the-mill spring garage sale. Oh no! This is over 70 artists, gathered together and selling excess art supplies (canvas, tools, beads, instruments etc.) and lower priced art works. The booth fees and $1 entry fee goes to support and promote the arts and area young artists. This Saturday will be the third or fourth time I’ve done this sale.
I will be selling some excess beads, (well maybe not some–it’s actually a lot), some booth display items and my handmade jewelry. I will be offering jewelry in a price range of $14 – $80. Right now my bead table looks like a wreck, but within that wreckage are efforts to create a large stock of lower priced earrings.
I’ve made these lower priced earrings so far. I will be offering them for $15 each or 2 for $28.
I’ve been making use of Heather Powers’ suggestion to use muffin tins to organize my projects. Each muffin space has the beads needed to create a pair of earrings. Whenever I have a bit of time, I can just pull out my muffin tin and set to work, with everything right at my fingertips. I blogged about this organizational tool here.
After the Garage Sale, my friend Lee Anne French, and I are going out to dinner together. I’m really looking forward to getting a chance to visit. Lee Anne will have a booth at the sale too. She makes delightful, affordable jewelry, which you can find at Saturday’s Garage Sale or in her shop: Baubles Handcrafted Jewelry.
If you are local, I hope you will stop by and say “Hello” at the Artists’ Garage Sale on Saturday!
I just couldn’t seem to get myself in gear on Monday. My husband and I went to the beach (about a 2 hour drive) and I slept all the way to the beach and back. I love walking the beach and listening to the waves and the cry of the sea gulls, but I got tired sooner than usual. I went to sleep again right after dinner that night. The next day I actually fell asleep for a nanosecond while driving. Scary! Nothing bad happened, but it could have. I got home safely and slept all afternoon. The next day I felt fine again. What was that all about?
So that’s the back story for the name: “Get In Gear Earrings“. The gear shaped hoops are the obvious inspiration for the name. But it is also true that on some days it is just plain difficult to get in gear. I can’t promise that these earrings will actually boost your energy level. But they sure are cute, and they will probably at least put a smile on your face.
The brick-red ceramic hoops are handmade by Karen Totten of Starry Road Studio. I dangled contemporary trade beads and firepolish glass within the hoops and suspended the earrings from handmade brass ear wires. I picture these earrings with jeans and a matching brick-red scarf. So get in gear and head over to my new Etsy shop to check them out.
These earrings hint at Steampunk style, without going full-bore in that direction. Steampunk: Like it? Hate it? Never heard of it? Comment below!
I love color! The tagline for my business is: Luscious Color. Lasting Quality. Its color that makes my heart sing! So when I read that Sally Russick, of The Studio Sublime ,was hosting a color challenge blog hop, I signed up right away!
While playing with some crayons, Sally got the idea to host this color challenge. Participants each chose one color to work with – and one color only! We could use all shades and variations of our chosen color, but no other colors. For someone who designs for the joy of rich color combinations, being confined to just one color was, indeed, a challenge.
I chose the color orange and had the good fortune of having been given a number of orange art beads recently. I received orange spacer beads from Erin Siegel in a bead swap at the Philadelphia Bead Fest in April. After the bead swap we had a drawing for door prizes and I won the fantastic orange polymer clay heart by artist extraordinaire, Staci Smith. The two enamel beads near the pendant are by Barbara Lewis of Painting With Fire. There’s also one small lampwork bead by Radiant Mind. The remainder of the necklace consists of artisan and commercially produced ceramic beads, handmade Indonesian glass, pressed glass, copper and brass.
I wanted to challenge myself a bit, so I strung the pendant and beads on cotton cording. I’ve only done a few necklaces and earrings with cording and I’m having fun experimenting with it. I’ve recently started making some of my own clasps. The clasp on this necklace is hand formed and forged of brass and it hooks into an orange resin ring.
I haven’t had time to add this to my shop yet, but if you are interested, contact me or leave a comment below.
Thank you, Sally! This was a great idea for a challenge!
The links to all the other participants are listed below.