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It’s that time of year…craft shows

Two weeks ago I went to my first craft show in a while…a long while. If you read my last post you will remember I have been on a hiatus. It was at the Frederica Fire Department and was very well attended, even if it did rain off and on all day. It was good to be back among crafters, though there were some Direct Sale consultants there.

After packing up all my jewelry and props and tubs, carrying them all inside, and then unpacking and setting up…I called my husband and said I really understand now what you went through when you were playing music!

It’s fun once you get it all set up and ready. Of course, at the end of the show you pack it all back up again. Do I sound like I’m complaining? It’s my fault for having too much stuff. I always feel like I need to take every piece of jewelry I ever made…and I’ve made a lot!

This year I bought wooden crates, painted them different colors, and put LED stick-on lights inside them…I like the look. Also, after much thought, I have decided I’m charging more than the market in my area is willing to pay. Tomorrow I go to another show, and I’ve marked down most of my jewelry, so we will see what happens. I may be about the only crafter there, which I hope is a good thing. I think most vendors are going to be Direct Sale consultants. So, my next post will let you know how it went.

♥ Phyllis

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Where have I been?

Seriously…where have I been?

A sabbatical? Perhaps. Lets see what the definition tells us. Hmm…there were quite a few different definitions, the only one that even came close was from www.dictionary.com and said “any extended period of leave from one’s customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc.”.  Unfortunately, I did not acquire any new skills or training, and resting was not involved. OK, none of the definitions pertained to me. It was NOT a sabbatical.

So, where have I been?

All I can really come up with, is that the family-owned business I worked for was sold to a corporation about one month after my last post in April 2015. The culture changed completely from being customer/service oriented to being all about the money. I had been there for 20 years and made it two and a half more years until this past January when I had had all I could take and retired.

At the time, back then, I did not just up and quit designing and making jewelry. It was a slow, downward spiral into a lack of creativity. I did not even realize it was happening until it happened. Looking back now, it was almost like waking up one day and realizing no more jewelry was being made. I had no idea that the stress experienced during my work days could have that kind of effect on the rest of my life. It is actually quite sad, and bringing some moisture to my eyes. I have been in mourning for my lost creativity.

BUT, since retiring, my spiritual quest has taken me farther up the mountain, a few pieces of jewelry have been made, gardening has been ongoing, line dancing classes happened, and a poodle skirt was sewn (for a line dancing demonstration at a Sock Hop). It’s happening, my creativity is alive!

I will not go so far as to say I’M BAAACK…but, I’m here.

Peace and love, Phyllis

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WordPress is totally frustrating me

My earring page is all messed up. I was trying to organize it differently and some of the earring pictures and descriptions are just how I want them, and then the next one (which I did exactly the same) will not look like it’s supposed to. I’m using WordPress as my website software, and I only have a very limited understanding of codes. A VERY limited understanding. When I created my husband’s band’s website (years ago) I used FrontPage which was a windows-based program and very easy. I miss it. My son would help me, but I do like to figure things out myself. So far my earring page has gotten the best of me. I’m going to have to put it back the way it was, I think. Forgive the mess I’ve made, I don’t know if I’m up to spending any more time on it tonight!!

Well…I couldn’t handle it being messed up, so after dinner I put it back the way it started. Now I just need to add about 50 more pairs of earrings!! But there will be separate pages of different categories, because I have seashore, western, peace and love, creatures….

Peace and love, Phyllis

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So much jewelry is not listed on here yet

I love creating jewelry. I create a piece, then another piece, sometimes I have two or three pieces in the creation process at one time. There are so many necklaces, bracelets, and earrings that are not on my website yet. I must take pictures and create a page for each piece of jewelry when I complete it. I must…I must…I MUST do this. I am so far behind that it feels like a very daunting task to update my website. I actually do like website design, but I do not like playing catch-up. So, when I finish a piece it is going on the web and that’s that!

Peace and love, Phyllis

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I want to make jewelry all day long!

Live in the now…that is all we have. I know that. I believe that. I try to live in the now, but I’m at my 40-hour a week job and it does not involve designing jewelry. BUT, it does allow me to log on here and write a blog when I’m caught up with my work. I could retire but my husband insists I told him I would not retire until he did. We have very different memories! Perhaps I told him that 25 years ago when he wanted to retire at 55, but that’s not happening now. I’ll give him a few more years of me working for a living…and then I’m going to follow my creativity full-time!

I love this little website I made, but I’m not selling anything from it. My sales consist of when I attend a craft show, and I do understand that. Jewelry would be hard to buy online without seeing or touching or trying it on. I do try to take a lot of close-up pictures, but they do not look the same as in living color. I was in Ocean City, Maryland on April 3rd and 4th for the Easter Art & Craft Fair at the Convention Center.

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They had all kinds of activities for the kids, but it was very difficult for mothers to stop and look at jewelry with kids pulling them toward the fun and games! I made enough to pay for my table, handed out business cards, and made jewelry all day Saturday. I had a good time and that’s what it’s all about, right?

Peace and Love, Phyllis