Remember when I said I was hesitant to make more jewelry until I got rid of some of my inventory and/or found a better storage method?
Well, a better storage method is still a goal to be achieved, but my wonderful mother who I love dearly decided to host a jewelry party for some friends and family. We figured there'd be maybe 10 people, tops. It was definitely more than that (not sure exactly how much more though, I was so busy I didn't have a chance to count!), and now 1/3 of my inventory is gone!
I've only done a handful of jewelry parties so far, and usually there weren't more than 5 or 6 guests. With those, it was a lot easier to take my time and chat with everyone. It was easy to make adjustments to existing pieces, or even whip up entirely new pieces, right there on the spot. I was able to do a bit of that tonight, but it definitely hampered my ability to spend time talking to folks, not to mention it left me feeling more than a little flustered. Lesson learned for next time: handle regular sales first, take custom orders or requests for modifications, but don't feel obligated to do them on the spot if I'm too busy.
Also, a TV table is not nearly big enough to handle a cash box AND a bead board.
Now I have no excuse not to make more jewelry. And take pictures for Etsy listings, since 14 of my 34 listings sold tonight. ;-)
I'd hoped to take a few pictures at the party tonight to share here, but needless to say that didn't happen. My husband suggested I take a picture of Elvis wearing jewelry. We have these red, white and blue beads that are very much in the spirit of this past weekend's festivities, and for some inexplicable reason, Elvis loves wearing them. He'll prance around in them with a swagger in his step, then look pathetically sad when we take them off.
However, in this picture he looks about as tired as I feel. It is time for both my puppy and me to go to sleep!