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The Creative Process

Following Martha’s blog about the struggle with “giving up the craft”, I was reminded of the Ojibwe Wisdom: “Agaamashkode Debwe” >> “Across the Fire Speaks the Truth”. Normally, this Wisdom, for me, speaks of listening to other people,...

Out of the Groove

In the last month we have been packing up an apartment, finishing our new house re-model, moving to our new house, entertaining family, trying to unpack and make it homey and on and on and on…So needless to say, even though my new studio was all...

Jewelers.Community Interview: Linda Foust

This interview, with Linda Foust, is from September 2015 1. Tell us a little about yourself I grew up in Kansas City, Mo. I have a daughter and a son, four granddaughters and one great grandson. I am the oldest of 4 siblings, I turned 63...

I'm Baaaack!

Wow, what a crazy few weeks this has been. Hubby and I are trying to buy a house but it’s a short sale so we don’t yet know if we’ve got it. In the meantime, we sold ours and had to move. Welcome to apartment living! Again! It’s been 30...

New wire working tool #4: latest update.

Wahoo! The design is complete! Today I had a 2hr meeting (was supposed to be 1/2 hr lol) with a very nice gentleman by the name of Adrian about manufacturing my design. We talked about the design itself, the manufacturing process, materials and...

Craft Fairs: Do's and Don'ts #10: Tent Weights

So how many different ways are there to weigh down your tents for a craft fair? Anyone know the answer? Let me tell you that there are alot more then you ever really thought of and I have one of those that fits into the category of why didn’t...

Craft Fairs: Do's and Don'ts #5: Lights, Camera

Now that we have tables, tablescapes and canopies, lets check out our lighting. How dark does your canopy make your jewelry look? How much black do you have on your table top? I always use two lamps on my tables, I clamp them to the back of the...

Coffee, Beads, and Blogging #3: Item & Shop Critiques - SCARY!

Some of the biggest fears an online shop owner can face are the dreaded SHOP CRITIQUE and item critiques! ITEM CRITIQUES The very first item critique I received happened at a show even though it was not asked for. I had no experience with...

Craft Fairs: Do's and Don'ts #9: Creative Juices

Now that we have a booth, lets create jewelry to display and sell. Why not create mini-collections. It gives your customer a wider variety to choose from but it also gives them choices as to what kind of earrings that she likes. Your...

Coffee, Beads, and Blogging #6: Wire: Dead Soft, Half Hard, Medium, or Full Hard?

I do a good bit of wire work…..okay….A LOT of wire work. I have learned a lot as I was developing my skills. One of the best learned lessons was temper differences in wire. What is temper you ask? Temper refers to the hardness of the wire. ...