Friday, January 14, 2011

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I'll admit it...I've been a bit of a blogging slacker the last two days.  I haven't blogged a single word!!!!  I'm still trying to figure out what the right amount of blogging for me is, per week.  Say, if I managed to actually blog everyday, would people be so annoyed hearing about my simple, little, mundane life ALL THE TIME that they would want to repeatedly bang their heads against the wall just to fend off the boredom?  On the other hand, I certainly would like to keep my blog fresh and current so Sweet Sincerity Jewelry can continue to grow-PLUS blogging is free advertising!  Which you gotta love! :)  I sure do!  It's these dichotomies that keep me up at night.  :)  Still not sure what my blogging future will hold, besides getting this fantastic poster from jenniferramos' shop on Etsy.   For now, I think, unless I suddenly become a blogging goddess with insanely fast typing skills and an endless amount of interesting things to blabber on about, I will probably aim to blog three times a week.   Any thoughts?  Please, feel free to leave a comment and tell me when you're sick of hearing from me every other day. :)

The Picturesque View Out Our Front Door
Okay, so regardless of the obvious lack of blogging that has taken place over the last couple of days, a lot has really gone on!  Wednesday, here in Maine, we had a crazy blizzard which kept Mateo and I all bundled up and snuggled in the house all day and all night.  That is except for the part that evening when I had the brilliant idea to test out my BRAND NEW CAMERA'S night mode feature!  Oh my word-it was so exciting!!!!  So, there I was, with the front door open to the street, at like 10pm, with my tripod all set up, on my knees, taking pictures in the blizzard.  Needless to say, I really hope my neighbors were not looking out their collective windows at that moment, I must have looked like complete and utter psycho.  BUT IT WAS SO WORTH IT!  The pictures I took, not only made me fall deeper into NEW CAMERA LOVE, but beautifully captured the spectacular storm!  You can actually see individual snowflakes in this picture!  AMAZING.   If you haven't noticed already, I am easily excited and simply amused by unimportant and unimpressive things by others standards, a quality that I take great pride in.  Other people find either it endearing or annoying. :)  Feel free to stop if you the later....the rest of this blog will just be more of the same ridiculous enthusiasm. :)

Hawaiian Jewel Reversible Necklace
Delicate Elegance Citrine and Blue Chalcedony Earrings (SOLD!)
Queen of Sheba Turquoise and Blue Zirconia Earrings
 In other news, I FINALLY got a few new things listed in my shop-Yippee!  I listed two new pairs of earrings and a new necklace.  Recognize the necklace?  It's the one I posted in it's incomplete stage in another post, as an optimistic impetus to get me off my rear to complete it!  I think my plan worked-I outwitted my own inner procrastinator! Either that or I just got sick of looking at the beautiful pile of unstrung beads laying on my work bench, taking up valuable workspace...It's hard to tell. :)  That leads me to my next REALLY EXCITING event that happened yesterday! I had my fastest sale EVER!  I listed a new pair of earrings (the citrine and blue chalcedony ones above)  and within minutes they were sold! :)  It's really exciting because they are a delicate, soft style, and I only have a few pieces like that in my shop.  I wasn't sure how they would do!  Just goes to show, you never can tell-you just have to put your ideas out there and see what happens!

Well, I hate to say it, but I think at this juncture I need some sort of Beadaholics Anonymous for recovering bead buying junkies.  My local big box craft store had an amazing sale today, and hubby and I brought home a ridiculous amount of beads to add to my already plentiful collection!  Well, I guess you know what I'll be doing for the next 3 months!  Beading my heart out!!!!  Which I enjoy, until my figures fall off... but up until that happens, it will be a pretty good time. :)  I also purchased some beads from a fellow jewelry seller iloveyouthankyou.  She's destashing a lot of quality beads because she is a metal smith by trade, and she plans in the future to only do metal jewelry.  So...she gave me an AMAZING deal on these beads!  YAY! I need to keep repeating to myself, "WORK MORE, BUY LESS! WORK MORE, BUY LESS!"

Oooh, here's something exciting (speaking of shopping)-I am in the process of gathering a collection of vintage brooches from various Etsy vintage sellers to use as pendants in an new, upcoming line of necklaces!  How cool is that? I can't wait to get started.  Here are a few of the ones I have in my possession or have ordered thus far...  I can just see they are going to make fantastic pendants.  They will give me a certain style to work with, a sort of focal point for the necklace to start from.  Stay tuned!  I'll be sure to let you know when they are completed!

(2) Vintage Oval Porcelain Combination Brooch and Pendant from naturepoet
(1)  Black Crystal Brooch Pin from IsabelsVintage

As I do periodically, I am leaving you a few pieces of my artwork to look at.  I'm still not sure if I want to start a whole new Etsy shop for art and photography, or if I want to list a few pieces in my Sweet Sincerity shop.  It's a hard decision, and I am not known for my decisiveness, that's for sure.  I don't really want to mess with the ALL JEWELRY focus of my current shop, but I don't think I have time right now to start up a second one!  I have so many more ideas too, if only there were more hours in the day and enough coffee to caffeinate me so I never needed to sleep! :)  I dream of starting a clothing line, a shoe line, and a shop selling men's jewelry too!  Well, for now, here's some Art.  Back in reality, that's all I've got for you today.  LOL!  Enjoy.

Finally, I just joined a Etsy team called Pay It Forward, with the idea being that every time you are featured in a treasury, you create a treasury to feature the person who featured you!  It's a way for artists to promote each other and to repay the kindness and hard work of those who selflessly make treasuries that don't include their own items.  I think it's pretty lovely.  However, I only just figured out how it works, so let me apologize to the many people who already featured my jewelry in their treasury and have not yet received one back! :)  I will be getting on that ASAP! :)  Here's one of my favorite treasuries that my Mamma Mia Yellow Sundrop Pendant Necklace was featured in.

49 comments:

  1. Incredible post!! Congratulations!!! go Bethany go!! the snow photo is exquisite! Thank you for sharing :D

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  2. Thank you for linking it to me i appreciate it. Will mention you in an upcoming thank you post!! :)))

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  3. Way to go!! You are going to be busy beading and listing new items in your shop. I can hardly wait to see the new line from the vintage brooches. Thanks so much for giving Isabel and I a mention here. Naturepoet.

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  4. Wow! I'm sure Mateo doesn't mind you hoarding all these beads as long as you keep on turning them in to profit!

    Doesn't hurt to add a little art to your current shop now but still feature and focus on the jewelry -- I can't even IMAGINE running two shops - the networking is so important! I figure I have just been listing season-appropriate images in hopes that someone might stumble upon me on a random search. :)

    Good luck making decisions!

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  5. Happy to meet you again ;-)
    Have nice weekend!

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  6. Thanks so much kippy! I love the snow picture too~it was so much fun to take! :)

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  7. Jen...I just visited you blog! UNBELIEVABLE! I'm so thrilled at your success! Can't wait to read your blog again! :)

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  8. Nature poet! I'll let you know as soon as I am done with the new line!

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  9. little eye,

    I know! I really don't think I have the time to run two shops!!! I think hubby might end up running another one though. :)

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