Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Goal: 200 Pieces

Oh my goodness!  The last few weeks of summer have been a whirlwind of activity.  My kids all returned to school mid-August which required school shopping, orientations, readiness faires, school supplies, shoes, lunch food, and on and on and on! 

(Two bracelets my 8 year old daughter made -- she wants into the business!)

Now that the kids are settled I can get back to creating jewelry.  A local fellow Etsy artisan contacted me about partnering for bay area craft fairs.  Well, I never had any intention of really participating in a craft fair.  My partner is sweet, intelligent, and talented.  The more we talked over coffee the more excited I became at the prospect of a craft show. 

After our meeting I started researching craft shows.  I came away with so many ideas and one lofty goal -- to stock my part of the booth with 200 pieces of jewelry.  Keep in mind I only have about 60 pieces now. 

The last several weeks have been planning how many necklaces, pairs of earrings, and bracelets to make.  I've been consumed with creating pieces at various price points and artistic perspectives.  A considerable amount of time has been spent sourcing products, stones, and components.

In addition to creating products I must design a craft booth display that is unique and reflects my shop's style.  Countless searches of the internet have been conducted for craft show examples perfect display pieces. 

Of course, I always think about what I can make or use something I already own as display material.  The result is more thinking, planning, and designing.  I tell myself it is good mental exercise!

Despite the amount of work I know the craft shows will pay off in experience and education; if not sales!  I am pushing myself to be more creative with my designs, go out of my comfort zone, and stay true to myself.

Isn't that what design is about?  And having fun!!

Check out my fabulous craft show partner.  She is an incredibly talented artist and photographer.  I am extremely exicted to partner with her.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/wildinspirationart

Wild Inspiration Art

Cheers -- T