I'm finding various online "design your own figure"-type sites and trying to design figures that look as close to me as possible for a self-portrait collage project. This is surprisingly tricky when one (a) wears glasses, which aren't always offered, and (b) normally has blonde/brown hair and currently dyes it vaguely-reddish/blonde. What hair color to pick?
I used to make around $100 for working two days at WEF. Last year in one day I made half that. This year? $16. Mostly the aforementioned cheap pendants, though one set of earrings ($5) and one necklace ($8) went.
Honestly, I think I need to quit doing this. It's not fun to sit there all day instead of having fun, and at this point it's not worth my time to do it, on so many levels. And nobody can afford anything even at cheap prices, apparently.
So, I did sell at WEF this year, for one day. It was a lot more pleasant than usual, I think. I didn't sit there from 8-6 (went off for a few hours at the start), sat with cool people. And tried not to take it very seriously.
I sold about three necklaces, one $8 and one $12, and everything else was the chunky glass pendants out of the "$5 and under" bin I set up. One bracelet sold out of there too, but the rest was all pendants that nobody's wanted for years. Well, they do if they're a dollar, apparently.
Total for one day: $51. Not bad at all under the circumstances.
I think all I will bother to do next year, since The World Will Still Suck And Everyone Will Be Even Broker and all, is just to make more cheap pendants for a dollar. And not knock myself out on necklaces or earrings so much. Might as well, eh?
I did get more beaded necklaces and a few earrings/bracelets done this weekend. Quite a few, though I suppose I should have done more than I did (I was utterly zonked on Sunday after spending Saturday doing party planning, then partying.) Mostly made pieces that I've had in mind to do for months or years or years (there are some things I think I've had in the stash for like five). Problem being, now I want to keep most of them :P Sadly, it's gonna take me years to Photoshop stuff, so it all must wait until next week at the earliest.
I did sign up for selling at WEF this year, but I plan on only doing it for a day, and mostly/95% of the pieces will be from previous years, and I'm not going to sit there all damn day long trying to boost sales even when I am cranky sitting there. I will try to restrain myself from nitpicking the prices over and over and over. I am taking it easy. If I sell nothing, I sell nothing, fine. I'm not pushing myself so hard about it and stressing and ruining the weekend. And if I feel like keeping a lot of my new shiny pieces, I can do that, dammit.
My list of what to knit is longer than I'd like. First up has to be Mom's present #1, which odds are...dicey that it will be done by Sunday. I have one out of two sides made, but not a lot of time to make the other side. I *might* manage it. Present #2 definitely won't be done then and I'll still have to make that. Then eventually I can get back to the top I really want to do, and do something with all my homespun yarn.
Everyone keeps asking me if I'm going to sell this year. Everyone thinks I should sell this year. Except my shrink, who had to listen to my angst last year and is all, "Just don't do it."
Here's the problem: I haven't made much jewelry (other than the occasional personal item for myself that I don't want to get rid of) in the last 2 years. I have very old stock that didn't sell back in the day that I could dig up, but who cared back then and who cares now?
I also don't have much time to make anything beforehand either. This weekend has mostly cleared out schedule-wise (I have one event Saturday night and the meeting for selling Friday night, but that's it) so I could try to do stuff then, but otherwise, not a lot.
On a rare night when I had some free time, I restrung and changed up an old necklace I wasn't that attached to. And...it really wasn't fun to do. I feel like I have lost my beading mojo. Jewelry is a lot easier to sell than yarn things (less time, can charge less- yarn sales are not at all practical), sells better than ceramics or yarn things as far as I can tell. It's really the only option. I've tried making yarn jewelry here and there (which I still haven't uploaded, I need like a year to Photoshop all the photos on the camera now) and it's just not that impressive to noobs.
But...it's not fun to make jewelry for sale any more. And I don't wanna.
Too bad it won't be running, as no one has signed up. So much for all the interest they told me about....
Though I do think putting this up a week after signups started, in the back where no one's looking, may not be the best front-row advertising either. Oh well.
When I signed up for a show, it was in spring 2011. Now it's been moved up to...summer 2010.
HOLY SHIT THAT'S A YEAR AND A HALF AWAY HOLY CRAP SHOULD I WORRY ABOUT THIS NOW?!
I think I am going to do a "chaos and change" theme, have a Persephone section, have a Tower/tarot section...that sort of thing. Oh, and Eris. Need to throw in some Eris.
I also need to work on something yarny for it, don't you think? Maybe something from all my areas of expertise. I've got glasswork, jewelry, and ceramics with a pomegranate theme, and some glass-ish stuff in Tower stuff, I think...
Four days into signups, nobody is signed up for my class. Gee, I guess it wasn't as much of a hit as people thought.
That's a bummer, but on the other hand, it's not that big of a deal to me if it runs either. It gives me a free weekend, and technically it's not like I can get paid for it anyway.
The classes I am signed up for this quarter have nobody but me in them.
That's not a good sign at all.
Okay, I got an idea...make my own "motley" yarn. Spin with any ol' random colors I get ahold of, mix them together at random. Then it doesn't matter if it doesn't match, and I can make as much as I want!