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Catching Up

This post will be a little of this and that.  I’ve had a lot going on in my life and haven’t posted here in a while.  I’m giving myself a kick in the fanny to keep moving forward.

Kristi Bowman Designs

If you follow me on Facebook, you already know that I adore using the copper and brass clay components that Kristi Bowman sells in her Etsy store, Dream Some.  I made 3 pairs of earrings with her copper clay charms for the Muffin Tin Challenge.

I’m excited to share that I was the featured artist on Kristi’s blog this week.  I hope you’ll go give her some blog love; maybe even leave a comment.  Definitely click on the links to her ArtFire or Etsy shops.

Autumn Girl is my newest pair of earrings, utilizing Kristi’s components.  The copper leaves are just so cool and they pair perfectly with the brown jasper and the diagonally strung, molted green glass cubes.   These earrings could be worn all the time, in many settings:  work, weekend, dinner out etc.

Handmade earrings of copper, jasper and glass

Autumn Girl Earrings

Big Giveaway at Humble Beads Blog

Heather Powers is having a huge giveaway on her Humble Beads Blog.  Hop on over and check it out–just don’t win, ‘cuz I’m going to!  Just kidding.  You can enter multiple ways, so check it out.

If you are not familiar with Heather’s awesome polymer clay beads and pendants, you should visit her wonderful Etsy shop.  My Tiger Lily bracelet features one of her focal beads.

Tiger Lily Bracelet

Tiger Lily Bracelet

You’re Invited!

I will be showing my jewelry at the 18th annual Fusion Art Gala, at the  Dumas Bay Center in Federal Way, WA on August 3rd, from 3:00-9:00 p.m.  If you are in the area, I’d be delighted to have to stop by and say “Hi!”.  This event is a fundraiser for a local organization working to provide housing for homeless women and their families.  This art event is their major fundraiser for the year.  From their website:

The 2011 Event — Fantasia— features an Asian theme sure to enchant.

Come join us Wednesday, August 3, for a spectacular evening of Asian inspired entertainment and food, exciting silent and live auction items, and fabulous creations from many well-known Northwest artists.

2 Tips to Help with Craft or Art Shows

2 Tips For Jewelry Shows

I recently did 2 shows.  One was a home show, (look for a post about that soon) and one was a regular art and craft  show.  I’ve picked up 2  tips about transporting and displaying earrings that have really helped me with my shows, this year.  I’d like to pass those tips along to you now.

Jasper and twisted glass earrings, handmade

Pretzel Glass Earrings. Click on picture to go to this listing in my shop.

 Transporting  Earrings

Use Foil

I used to place my earring racks in plastic bags when transporting them to shows.  Inevitably earrings would fall off the rack and get tangled with other earrings.  I would have to waste valuable set-up time sorting them out and replacing them on the rack.  It was aggravating!  Does this happen to you?  Here’s the solution!  Just wrap your display rack in foil before you leave.  Gently press the foil close to your earrings.  Viola!  When you unwrap them at the show, all the earrings will be in place.  Save the foil, so you can re-wrap your earrings for the return trip home.

earrings, ready to transport to a showI believe I got this fab tip from Lori Anderson of Pretty Things.  Leave me a comment if I am wrong and I’ll set things right.

Encourage People to Linger Longer in Your Booth

Use Cellophane Bags

Lorelei Eurto posted pictures of her booth during the winter holiday season.  I noticed that most of her earrings were displayed on cards within cellophane bags.  I decided to give it a try.

Jewelry display at an Arts and Crafts showI used the earring rack (perched atop a basket) to grab people’s attention and then I had a wooden box, near the rack, that held about 35 pairs of earrings in cellophane bags.  This allowed me to offer more earrings without taking up a lot of space.

cellophane bags of earrings on displayThe bonus I hadn’t anticipated, however, was that people enjoyed flipping through the box of earrings.  They stayed in my booth longer.  This gave them more opportunities to discover other jewelry there, as well a chance for me to engage them in a little conversation.  I sold lots of earrings, too!  It’s good to have back up earrings to replace those sold out of your box, or bring along a smaller box or basket, which you can transfer your earrings to, when your supply dwindles.  You want to avoid having an empty looking display.

handmade earrings by Linda Landig

Lampwork glass by Beads and Botanicals, onyx, sterling silver. Click on the picture to go to the listing.

What tricks of the trade have you learned?  We can all learn so much from one another! I love comments.  Keep the conversation going!

Where’s Linda?

old fasioned nurseI missed Bead Table Wednesday and I haven’t posted any new work.  I did my first Artisan Home Show and haven’t written about it.  Where have I been?  In bed.  Sick.  An ear ache that felt like someone put a knife in my ear.

Thank heavens for antibiotics.  The pain is much diminished now, but I still get tired easily  and I have a show tomorrow.  Carry on!

If you are local, I’d like to invite you to the Olympia Artists Garage Sale at the Armory on Legion Way.  I’ll be there, in booth #40 from 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m.  I hope you will drop by and say hi!   The money earned from booth fees and the $1 entrance donation, goes to arts programs for community youth.  For more details, click on this link, where I created a listing for the Artists Garage Sale.

I won a free necklace on the Words 2 Wear blog!!!  Check out the Words 2 Wear blog  and her cool jewelry on ArtFire.  My winning quote was:  “Life is too short to be small.”

ArtFire Artisan Wedding Fair

Handmade Wedding

Are you planning a wedding or do you know someone who is?  Then check out the Artisan Wedding Fair from January 17th – January 31st.   Nearly 75 ArtFire studios are participating in this wonderful event, aimed at helping you create the wedding of your dreams!

wedding

Karina wearing the bridal jewelry I designed for her.

Many of the participating studios will be offering coupons or sales.  Everything in my jewelry studio will be marked down 10% during the entire 2 weeks of the Artisan Wedding Fair, (this sale also comes at a good time to get your Valentines Day jewelry).  No matter if you are planning a traditional ceremony, something modern and edgy or a casual, fun event; you’ll find fine handcrafted or vintage items to make your special day unique and memorable.

I’ve spent a lot of time in the Artisan Wedding Fair studios lately and I’ve discovered beautiful and delightful wedding and shower favors, jewelry for the bride, and bridal party, purses, centerpieces, perfume, invitations and thank you notes, wedding albums, cake toppers and more.

You don’t have to go searching all over ArtFire either, because we have a blog,  Artisan Wedding Fair, with live links to all the participating studios, as well as having articles and great tips on how to make your dream wedding a reality.

Last summer I designed the bridal jewelry for this pretty bride, Karina C.  I love these pictures.  Her joy is so evident!  Feel free to contact me if you would like to have custom jewelry designed for your special day–or any day!

bride and flower girl with custom jewelryedited to add: Here are all the links to everyone’s studios.  Please feel free to contact the shop owners with any questions you may have.  We are here to help!

Bridal Jewelry :  Necklaces, Earrings,

Bracelets, & Wedding Rings!

Linda Landig Artisan Jewelry everything is 10%
off during the Artisan Wedding Fair
http://www.artfire.com/users/JudyCogoDesigns everything is marked at 10% off!
http://www.artfire.com/users/PatriciaCVener Look for the Sale tag on specially priced items!
http://www.artfire.com/users/ErinsInspirations special for bridesmaids  orders – 50%  off the
regular priced necklaces and/or earrings, when you buy 4+ of any item.

Dresses, Fragrances, Headpieces, Footwear

Bouquets, Flowers and more

Cards, Invitations, Placecards, Holders, Guest Books

Handbags and Gifts

Centerpieces, Favors , Cake Toppers, and Gifts

Tablecloths, Napkins and Gifts

Patterns

Other Merchandise of Special Interest

http://www.artfire.com/users/OBXPuparazzi 15% off my Special Occasions section.  Use coupon code is “WeddingFair”

Create your Own:

Wiped Out Wednesday

Because I have had art and fine craft shows the past two weekends…

Because it is the holiday season…

Because I had a bunch of (wonderful) commissioned pieces to work on and…

Because I am in the middle of reorganizing my whole bead studio…

This post will just be a picture tour of the second of my holiday shows.  There  so much amazing talent!  All the different ways people find to express their creativity is endlessly inspiring and delightful.  Enjoy!

Ceramics booth metalsmith at the Dec 11th arts & crafts show

Teddy bears

ceramic bowls with cat motif

Handmade basket booth at the arts & crafts show Dec 11th

Water color paintings of two birds

handmade clothing booth

carved wooden masks by a Cowlitz Tribal member

Linda Landig Jewelry at the arts & crafts show Dec 11th

Fine Arts & Crafts Show – 1st Weekend

Winter Fine Arts & Crafts Show

I had a blast at the  first weekend of the Winter Fine Arts and Crafts Show.  We do another show next weekend and then that’s it for this holiday season.  If you live in my area, I invite you to come to the second show Dec. 11-12., at the Abigail Stewart House in Olympia.  I’m also always glad to have informal open houses, if people would like to do some personalized shopping at my home. 

This show went much better for me than the first one I did last summer.  I made some booth display changes that I think helped and I also was more aware of the need  to offer jewelry at a variety of price points.  I sold mostly bracelets and earrings, but to my delight, some of my more expensive necklaces also found new homes.   I will be writing some blog posts soon, where I’ll share with you some of the things I successfully changed and learned from doing this show.

My booth at the Fine Arts and Crafts Show

My jewelry booth at the art show.

Linda Landig's jewelry booth at the art show

Delightful Company!

One of the best things about doing a show like this is the opportunity to get to know other artists in the community.  I am fortunate that I live in a very creatively gifted town.  I  enjoyed spending time with each of these two wonderful artists and many more:

Black and white ceramics, with a punch of red

Inventive ceramics in the booth to my right

Stuffed animals at the art fair

This artist has a Dr. Seuss-like imagination when it comes to stuffed animals, hats and scarves.

News Bits

Off To The Art Fair

Tomorrow I’m heading to La Connner, WA  with my friend, Rose, to check out their holiday Art Fair.  I’m not a participant in this fair, but you can be sure I’ve packed my new camera, in case I see any inspiring booth designs.  I’ve got my focus on my up-coming shows the first two weekends in Dec.  I’ll also be doing some Christmas shopping.  I firmly believe that unique artisan-made gifts are the most fun to give and receive!

New Job

Today I received word that I’ll be supervising student teachers for the University of Washington!  This will just be part-time work, so I’ll still have plenty of time to devote to my jewelry.  I’m truly excited to be able to mentor the next generation of teachers.  I feel very passionate about education, educational reform and the rights of impoverished students to have a stellar education.  I guess 4 months was about as long as  I could keep my fingers out of the pot!

New Jewelry

I just added this pretty bracelet to my shop today.  Its chock-a-block full of beady goodness: lampwork glass, faceted gemstones, Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls and sterling silver.  Despite that long list, its light, feminine and lovely!  Don’t forget that everything in my shop that is $25 and above is now 15% off.  Just use the coupon code:  Grateful.

Bracelet of lampwork, amethyst, Swarovski crystal and sterling silver

Lampwork glass, faceted amethyst and blue lace agate, Swarovski crystal, sterling silver, freshwater pearls

Accepted!

congratulations letter for juried art show.

It’s that busy time of year for anyone involved with holiday art shows.  I just received this letter this week and after pumping my arm in the air and shouting  “Yes!” , I quickly shifted to thinking about what I need to do to get ready.  I am going to be in both shows, so that’s four days of sales.  That’s quite a bit of inventory to have ready.  But I have a month to prepare so all is well. 

What Are Your Favorites?

I’m interested to know what your favorite jewelry purchases are for the holidays.  Do you prefer to buy earrings, bracelets or necklaces as gifts?  Word Press (my blog host) has a way to create a poll, so I’ll try to set one up.  But you can just leave a comment here, too.  Also, if you are a jewelry designer, which of these three do you find sells best for you?  As I design new pieces, I’ll keep your feedback in mind.

Juried Submissions

The application process for these shows required each person to submit three digital images of their work.  All the art work received was then judged by a jury of 3-4 independent artists.  These are the pieces I submitted.  The lampwork sand dollars are by Daniel Caracas of Beads and Botanicals.  The polymer clay Tiger Lily bead is by Heather Powers of Humble Beads.

Bracelet with lampwork glass

Art show necklace submission

Polymer Clay Bracelet for Art Show Submission

2010 Summer Fine Arts and Crafts Show

I had a great time at the 2010 Fine Arts and Crafts Show last weekend.  It was fun talking with the shoppers and I truly appreciated all my friends and family members who visited the show!  Especially enriching for me were the conversations I had with my fellow artists in the show.

My new booth set-up.

Rosalind Phillips of Photo Elegance generously shared her helpful insights on marketing for a show of this type.  She has traveled around the world photographing animals in their natural environments.  A friend of mine bought one of Rosalind’s  framed photographs.  The photo, of a scarlet flicker in a tree, now hangs in my friend’s front entryway.  Robert Harju, Cowlitz Indian Tribal Carver, had the booth directly opposite of mine.  It was a pleasure to view his incredible carved feathers and masks all weekend.  If I had just won the lottery, I would have walked home with one of those masks in a heartbeat!

My booth at the 2010 Fine Arts and Craft Show

There were a couple of young artists at the show whose work impressed me, also.  Morgan Bajardi, Fabric Artist, had the booth next to Robert’s.  She mostly brought screen printed shirts with her to the show, but she had created a portfolio book that told a whole different story of a young woman with immense talent in designing woven fabrics.  Keep an eye on this one:  she could go far!  Also working in fabrics, but as different as night and day, was Christine Malek.  Christine has a creative impulse over-flowing with whimsy.  She designs stuffed animals and amazingly fanciful hats.  All weekend long I was wishing that my baby grandson was old enough to enjoy one of her creations.

There is another Fine Arts and Crafts Show in November.   I’m hoping that I can jury into that one too.   I’m amazed at the amount of talent in the Olympia area.  It was very energizing to have been a part of this group for the weekend.

Linda at the Fine Arts and Crafts Show

Preparations

I’ve spent this week getting ready for an art show I’ll be in this weekend.  It is the first formally juried art show I’ve ever been in and I want everything to be perfect (OK, I know that won”t happen!  I’ll settle for near-perfect.).  I’ve been in shows before where I just brought in some of my work to the show producer, who then just said yea or nay.  This time, however, there was a jury of several artists.  I submitted three digital photographs of my work and they had a points system for rank-ordering everyone’s submissions.  I got accepted!

The occasion called for a more elegant booth display than I’ve had in the past.  I wanted to raise the table up higher, so the jewelery would be close to eye level, so I bought bed lifts to put under the table legs.

Bed lifts to raise the table height.

Next I trashed the old white crushed velvet table cover and got a slinky black one. Thank heavens I brought a fabric savvy friend with me to JoAnns.  I was completely clueless about what to get.   Then, I designed new labels for my earring cards.  The labels identify my company, website and the materials which the earrings are made of.

Earring card labels.

I also  bought new jewelry display busts and nice gift boxes in which to put the purchased jewelry.

Necklace display busts and packaging.

I’ve been using the same design for my jewelry hang tags for about a year now, but my newer  jewelry didn’t have tags yet, so I made some more.  Each tag tells what types of beads are in that piece.  A friend of mine came over to my house today and helped me hole-punch and string them.  I think I’m perfectly ready now, or at least near-perfectly!

Hang tags.