Worky-Work… Busy Bee!

I still haven’t quite been able to meet my goal of posting here at least once a week, but I’m working on it.  As soon as Christmas is over, I am hoping it will become much easier.

In the mean time, I though I would share some of the items that I have been working on…

My “Choose Your Color” Recycled T-Shirt Necklace has been very popular this holiday season.  It has been featured in numerous treasuries and blogs, and even made it to Etsy’s daily email “Etsy Finds”.  I have received an immense amount of exposure because of it!

Considering each one is custom-made, I have been keeping extremely busy with orders for these.  Each necklace takes me several days to put together.  Here is a pic of (just) one I just finished this week…

I also have been working on some wedding jewelry for a friend of mine.  She is having a destination wedding in Hawaii and I am putting together a necklace and some earrings for her big day.  Here is a picture of the necklace…

And for those of you that don’t know, my daughter Angela has been working really hard on her Etsy shop, The Germaphobe.  She is currently selling the most amazing goats milk and shea butter soaps!  Scents like Apple Pie, Pumpkin Vanilla Cheesecake, Hot Cocoa and Creme Brulee have been filling our basement!  She is also selling sugar scrubs and sanitizers – and they all smell wonderful!!  Check her out!

If I don’t make it back her next week, I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!

x0x0,

Tera

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I Don’t Wanna Grow Up…

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Picasso

My solution:  I refuse to grow up.  (I don’t wanna!  I don’t wanna!  You can’t make me!)

So, I have been pretty bad about blogging (again).  So I thought I would just give a brief overview of the things I have been up to, thinking about, trying not to think about and refusing to acknowledge.

Etsy has been going okay.  I have been selling for 2 months now and have 7 sales.  I keep hearing that it is super slow right now for sellers, so I am hoping that things will pick up even more.  I’m just happy to be selling anything – especially since I am a newbie to Etsy. 

My Spring Open House will more than likely be late in May, but not the weekend of Mother’s day like it normally is (and not Memorial Day weekend).  I have decided to shoot for later in the month to try and be more prepared.  If I still need more time, I am going to have in the first weekend in June… stay tuned for more info!

I have been working diligently on jewelry, but have also been working on scarves, magnets, hair clips and brooches.  I am considering getting rid of the “Heaven and Earth Jewelry” name and just sticking with “Creativity is Messy”.  It seems to fit and it allows more room for growth into other craft areas.  I will be including some of my new “mediums” in this years spring show for people to check out.  I would love your imput!

Outside of the “crafting” arena, life is… well… life.  I keep trying to run away from it, but it won’t let me.  Work is crazy busy.  I took last week off (because I had to use my vacation time before I lost it) and am now even more behind.  Home is crazy as well.  So much going on! 

Sometimes I feel like I have 3 or 4 full time jobs…  and it is times like those that I just want to sit at the dining room table with a hot cup of coco, like I did when I was a kid and color.  But I usually settle for my craft table, a latte and my beads.

Worky, Work… Busy Bee…

So, I have been slacking off in the “Blogging” Department.  When I started this, I wanted to write at least once a week, but life tends to get in the way. 

I have been working on a lot of Jewelry and a few other random crafts, but haven’t been very good about writing down my journeys.  I have been working a lot on my Etsy shop (check it out!  www.creativityismessy.etsy.com) and joined the Eastern Washington Etsy Team.  The whole process has been a little overwhelming at first, but I am slowly easing in to it (I think).

I am currently sending some of my inventory to Ohio for a craft show that my Brother-in-law’s Mother is participating in.  I don’t know much about the show, but she wears a necklace that I made and is always getting compliments and inquiries about it.  Since she has been telling people about my work, she thought it would be a great opportunity for me to get a few sales.  Should be interesting.

I am also preparing for my in-home jewelry show in May.  Seems like I have a lot of time, but for the first time in a while, I don’t have much inventory.  So I have to start all over again…  which I actually look forward to 😉  I get tired of seeing the same old pieces get looked over because they are no long the latest “thing”.  It gives me a change to update my entire stock.  However, it’s going to be a lot of work!

Still working on my craft room and my craft table.  The table is put together, but needs to be painted.  The craft room also needs to be painted, but I’m not sure when I will have the time or the funds to tackle that project.

Oh, and then there is that whole work 40+ hours at my “grown-up” job…  still cutting into my creative time!

This weekend I am headed over to the west side of Washington State to visit my BFF, Katie.  We are planning on making a trip down to Shipwreck Beads, so I should be able to stock up on supplies.  We also plan on pampering ourselves with mani/pedis.  Then there is coffee, dinner, drinks… a whole wonderful weekend, just us girls.  Not to mention we will be doing some series, level 5, till our feet bleed and our legs ache shopping all around the Seattle area.  I’m uber excited!

Ugh…

I can not work anymore today!!!  I’m going to go postal!

Okay, breathe……

Let me explain.

I work on something creative just about every night.  I usually work on jewelry, but often try and mix it up by trying my hand at scrapbooking,  painting, experimental cooking… or whatever.  I come home from work and I HAVE to do something to stimulate the “out of the box” function in my brain.  I HAVE to do this in order to keep my sanity.  There is no, I mean absolutely zero, nada, zip, zilch creativity in my job.  And if I don’t come home and do something to arouse the right hemisphere of my brain, I’m likely to internally combust. 

I know I have a good job.  I am paid well, I am allowed a lot of independence (which is an upside most of the time), I have great benefits, I work with some pretty great people, yadda, yadda, yadda…  However, I would trade it all away for the chance to make little or nothing doing something that I loved and took pride in.  I recently talked to my husband about going back to school and getting a masters degree in Interior Design (my BA is in business).  I think it would be really good for me and that I would be really good at it.

I have to wait until he is done with nursing school, however.  It’s only 2 or so years away…  I just hope I’m not living in a padded room sporting a restrictive jacket by that time. 

That being said, I can not handle “researching” any more today.  I am really looking forward to getting home so that I can work on something… anything… I don’t care.