Happy Valentine’s Day. I love my readers. I never take you for granted. I wish you a lovely day and I send you my deepest appreciation!
….and el Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) greetings, as well.
Looking Back ~ Looking Forward
As 2011 comes to a close I feel grateful for family and friends who make each day so worthwhile. I feel blessed by the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, the opportunity and the time to be creative, for laughter and health.
Last year I posted 5 jewelry related resolutions for 2011. Let’s take a look at how I did, what I should carry forward and what I might add.
- Build up to 100 items in my shop. That seems to be the magic number for people to start finding you in a Google search. I’d get up into the high 90’s, but then I’d have a show and sell a whole bunch of jewelry and be knocked back down to the 60’s. I found its not adequate to just have 100 items in your shop. You must have more than that, so you can maintain a high number even when you have successful shows.
- Blog 2-3 times a week. Aim for three. I met this goal, with the exception of a few weeks, I’m quite proud of how often I blogged–and it paid off in increasing numbers of readers.
- Increase the speed/efficiency of photographing and posting new jewelry online. I’m very slow at editing pictures, writing the item descriptions etc. This eats huge hunks of time. I would grade myself with a C+ on this resolution. My photography is much more efficient. I got a light box, so I can take pictures at any time of day, whether it is sunny or not. My jewelry descriptions are better, but still more time consuming than I would like. The new Google algorithms require a minimum of 250 words per description and preferably more. That can be quite laborious, to say the least!
- Submit one of my jewelry designs to a beading magazine. OK, I get an F on this one. I thought about it–does that count??? Ah-hm, I’ll have to carry this over to 2012.
- Work on de-cluttering my studio, (& my house, life etc. sigh…). I made a lot of progress in this area! Several carloads of clutter went to the Goodwill or were thrown out! I wanted to make space in our extra room for a queen-sized bed and that meant a lot of my stuff had to go. I’ll carry this goal over to 2012, though, because I need to keep de-cluttering the whole house.
Resolutions For The New Year
- Continue building up the number of items in my jewelry shop. I’m down to 68 after the Christmas season.
- Part way through last year, I started photographing my jewelry on a slate background. I need to re-photograph the older items that are on a plain white background. I want my whole shop to have a consistent look.
- After Google reformatted its algorithms, I began writing longer descriptions and improving my use of key words for the searches. Now all my older descriptions need to be rewritten (so not looking forward to that task!).
- Submit one of my jewelry designs to a magazine.
- Continue de-cluttering my creative ventures, as well as other parts of my life.
Wishing you and your loved ones an incredible, amazing, and wondrous 2012!
What goals have you set for yourself? Do you think you’ll be able to make them happen?
Photoshop Not Working
On Sunday morning, I stated that I’d have a post today about our trip to the Dungeness Spit. However, on Sunday afternoon my Photoshop program ceased working. I ran various “clean-up” programs and my husband worked on it too. He even re-installed Photoshop. No luck. I’ll have to take my computer in to the repair shop today and hope that they can fix it. In the meantime, no pictures = no post about our trip (or anything else, for that matter). Hopefully a remedy will be forthcoming shortly.
In any case, I wish you a good week!
I had a lovely birthday celebration yesterday and feel so blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. My father took my husband, daughter and me out to lunch. The restaurant overlooked the harbor and my blackened salmon caesar salad was delicious! Afterward we all came home and opened gifts. Shortly afterward, my son called with birthday greetings and then my dear friend, Rose, came by for a little visit. Later my daughter’s boyfriend joined us for a dinner of barbecued chicken, prepared by our head cook – my husband (aka: super chef!).
I was touched by the thought that each person put into their gifts. Each gift reflected aspects of who I am and what I would appreciate and enjoy. My husband is getting me a new camera to make blogging and photographing my jewelry easier. We are still researching various models, but that will be a cherished gift, added to those below.
Isn’t this bowl magnificent? I was almost speechless with joy when I received it! It’s made locally, by an artist in the Seattle area.
I love flowers! Our previous home had a large field in the back, in which my husband had planted over 1,000 daffodil bulbs for me, over the years. I miss those daffodils so much! We don’t have that much space here, but this gift is from him and includes the labor involved in planting and caring for the flowers.
Did I mention that I love flowers??? I have a small collection of orchids that reside in the bay window of our kitchen. This will be added to that collection!
A nice check from my dad so I can go shopping – need I say more?
Old school and new school reading! I love books, but since I enjoy traveling, I think a Kindle is very practical. Instead of packing 3-4 books in my luggage, I can just bring along my Kindle. There’s a case that goes along with this, but it hasn’t arrived yet. The biggest gift here is all the love and care that each person has shared with me – love that is a daily gift in my heart.
In honor of my birthday and my all the lovely friends and readers who have put in more than a few “miles on the odometer”:
ABOUT GROWING OLDER…
- First ~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
- Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
- Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know “why” I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved.
- Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
- Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
- Sixth ~ I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top.
- Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.
- Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
- Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
- Tenth ~ If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you are old.
(This was sent to me in an email-author unknown)
It’s getting dark a little earlier now. Children (and teachers!) are heading back to school. Time to pull your autumn wardrobe out of the closet; giving some thought to how you might update your look. Most of us can’t afford to purchase a whole new wardrobe every fall, but jewelry can be a great way to breathe new life into last year’s outfits.
The Pantone Color Institute is the arbitrator of fashion color. According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Mindful of consumers’ need for practicality, plus their desire for newness, designers offer many options for women to extend and embellish their wardrobes this fall”. Jewelry is a perfect way to extend and embellish the outfits you already have hanging in your closet, as well as the new pieces you add. Below are the colors picked by Pantone for fall.
All of the colors of this palette blend beautifully together and whether you follow all the fashion trends or not, this color chart can encourage you to use or add color combinations that you might not have thought of otherwise.
This casual necklace from my Pura Vida Casuals line, beautifully combines some of the hottest colors for fall. The fun, wavy shaped Buri seeds are woodbine green on top and black on the bottom. They are combined with ovals of wood in chocolate truffle with a faint hint of purple orchid. The purple orchid color is picked up again in the jasper rounds and small glass rounds. The necklace is finished with a pretty gold floral button clasp.
This piece, from my Gemstone Necklace Collection, is one of my personal favorites. It is a rich combination of shining chocolate truffle and lagoon finished with an especially lovely sterling silver spiral hook and eye clasp.
This subtle beauty must be seen to be appreciated. The handmade glass pendant incorporates several tones of chocolate truffle with oyster gray and cream. The quartz has rutiles (needle-like inclusions) in gorgeous golden glow.
So, let the fun begin! How are you updating your fall wardrobe? New clothes, jewelry, scarves? Share your updates in the comments section below!