|The Captive Robin, John Anster Fitzgerald|
Flickr site and I also posted how we made the necklace.
Wow - this year was a whirlwind for us and the jewelry business. I am really impressed with mom and I (I am wrenching my shoulder out of the socket as I pat myself on the back).
This year I wanted to focus more on the business. I knew I was going to be done with school after the spring semester so I started doing more with the blog. Can you believe I had 181 posts in 2010. Who would have thunk I would have had that much to say. Though there are some posts I did that were about giveaways, the majority of those posts were about us or the aspects of the business. Phew - congrats for sticking it out with us!
This year mom and I also wanted to be accepted into juried shows and move away from the craft shows. We met our goal and then some. We were accepted into five juried shows. I think we want to try for two more juried shows, that will make seven for 2011. This year we also tripled our sales which will make our accountant ecstatic, but of course that money turns around to go right into buying supplies, oh well, you all understand that!
In January, I found the blog Art Bead Scene and we participated in our first monthly challenge. If you want a laugh, you need to hit the blog post: Cold, Cold, OMG Cold! of us working on beads for the January Monthly Challenge piece. Looking at our pieces from January up to now I can see a vast improvement in a year. I can even tell you when the change happenend - it was the June's Monthly Challenge, Dancing the Bolero. I think what did it was that we started incorporating our enameled pieces with our lampwork beads. I think that may have helped us to be picked for November's Monthly Challenge - Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt. Art Bead Scene has a Year in Review of the winners.
I also found Lori's blog, Pretty Things, and the Bead Soup Blog Party in January though I was to late to sign up for it. I was bound and determined to sign up for it if Lori had it again. Lori did have another Bead Soup Blog Party and this one was in June.
|Wise in the Ways|
This year mom and I also participated in two bead swaps with two of the most wonderful, awesomeist ladies ever: Juls at Julsbeads and Kristen at My Bead Journey.
|Mom's Necklace with Juls Beads|
|My necklace with Juls beads|
|What we made from Kristen's goodies|
Another big thing we did was participate in Lori's Cup of Bead Soup. What we did was send Lori some of our lampwork glass beads and an enameled copper Lotus pendant. I know that sort of put her outside her comfort zone, but the piece she made was show stopping!
Etsy site. I really didn't think that day would come. I think our pieces are awesome, but I know that doesn't mean other people think the same thing. I am just so excited that we hit double digits before the end of the year. Another awesome thing is that we have sold to three great customers in Norway, Finland and Ireland. How cool is that? We have pendants and a bowl in different countries - AWESOME!
Now that we are in 2011, wow, mom and I have some goals we have set ourselves.
- Be published in a magazine - this is mostly my goal for us
- Double sales in Etsy
- Work on patina - goal for me
- Work in enamels and torch (make beads) again - goal for mom
- Make more Viking Knit - mostly in Sterling Silver (hint hint mom)
- Work on making our own clasps
- Make a breast plate pendant - goal for mom
- Remotivate mom - mom's goal