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Stillwater, Maine, United States

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

New Doin's

I've found that I'm not very good at blogging every day. I used to write all the time. I wanted so badly to be a poet when I was a teenager! I still have the old notebooks filled with my teen-angst poetry. Some of them weren't so bad. I was even published in a book once when I was young, but they're all dark, dreary, 'woe is life' type poems. I guess I'm not used to writing when things are going good for me! About 5 years ago things started looking up, and I don't think I've written since. I'm a little out of practice!

Anyhow, there are some exciting things happening. I have an appointment with a coastal Art Gallery next Tuesday. The owner saw some of my work online and said she loves the bigger, artsier pieces that I make.... thinks they'd be a great addition to her gallery! I was really excited-I have trouble selling the more expensive pieces myself. My clientele generally likes jewelry in the $20.00 - $120.00 range, and even when the economy is better. It's hard to sell the $400.00 pieces.

I also was recently contacted by a girl who is looking into going to school at the Bennet Street School in Boston for jewelry design. She said she has always wanted to pursue a career in jewelry design, but needs a little prior knowledge before they'll accept her. I've agreed to give her beginners metalsmithing lessons, starting next Wednesday, April 8th. I've been approached by people before wanting lessons, but never quite felt confident enough in my own skill level to oblige. I've recently come around. PLUS, I'm always trying to talk metalsmithing and jewelry design with my family, but they stare at me with blank faces. It will be nice to have someone to talk to about my passion, and they be truly interested in what I'm going on about!

I held my first Jewelry Party of the season on March 27th. Not very many people came, but it was an awesome party, nonetheless! The ones who couldn't attend sent blank checks with the people who DID come! I love it when that happens! It feels good to know that people feel comfortable enough with my work to do that! The hostess bought the new 'Copper cut-out Necklace' I made a couple weeks ago. It's wierd, but I was sad to see it go! I almost kept it for myself. I know it's the name of the game- and I should be used to it by now, but sometimes I'll make something that is really special and I feel like theres a part of me in it. I didn't want to let it go! I'm glad it found a good home though! The hostess is one of my best customers!

I love Jewelry Parties! Working from home leaves me with cabin fever sometimes. It's nice to be able to go out and socialize- even if it IS for business.

I took Saturday off for the most part- just spent the morning packing up and addressing packages to ship. By Sunday, I had a page-long to do list, and I'm just finishing up today. I have a few new designs in mind, but they're going to have to wait until later today or maybe even tomorrow! I'll see if I can stay on track and blog about my new stuff when I do get them out of my head and into tangible form!

I guess that's all for now. Thanks for reading, peeps!


  1. That's so great that you are giving lessons! I bet it will really help you too.

    Best of luck with the gallery. Your jewelry is really wonderful. I completely understand the struggles of selling higher priced goods right now. You just have to find the right venue. All the best!!


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