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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Random Thoughts

This will be a quick post, since it's almost 5:00.

I'm still hammering away on my Freethinker's project. I ran into a little snag last night with some of the rings and have to work my way through it. I don't think it'll be too difficult to do... it's just a matter of getting the same result a different way, using different (bigger) rings.

I had to give my Christmas list to my boyfriend yesterday. The entire list was chainmaille stuff. LOL Of course he asked "This can't be all you want?"... yep, it sure is. I want to learn all the weaves I can and I need the rings to do them in different sizes and would love to have all sorts of extra rings to try my own thing (kind of off the beaten path of regular chainmaille).

I really want to push myself with this and see just how creative I can be with chainmaille. I do love the standard weaves... they're all so beauiful, but there are at least a dozen people on Etsy selling the same thing I am. If I don't start getting creative with it, I'll remain lost in the flood of jewelry items being posted every day.

Someone posted in a forum today that in order to have an item on every page that day, you would need to list something every 11 seconds, all day long. That's alot!!! I'm kind of wondering if the move to Etsy was such a great idea. I do love it and love the people I've met, but a ton of artists and their products are getting burried, and it's not gonna stop or slow down. I'm giving it a year, no matter what though. I do have some sales outside of Etsy, but haven't had any since joining the venue in September. I wonder if the Christmas season and all the shoppers that come to Etsy will change that for me?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New Project for the Etsy Freethinkers Group

I've been thinking about what to make to go along with the Freethinker's theme (Peace and Tolerance) for a while. I had a general idea, but yesterday all the little details finally came together in my mind. Of couse I haven't written anything down... that'll come after or while it's made. It's all stored up in my head for now... and I really hope it stays there.

I started creating it last night and I really think my vision is gonna come through for me. It is a chainmaille piece, mixing Argentium Silver and Gold Filled rings. It may take me a while to complete it, because it is a bit detailed and seems like it's gonna be a bit tricky in spots. But I have a feeling it's gonna be beautiful! And I have all the patience in the world for chainmaille.

I can't decide if I should post pictures of it in process or not. Would anyone be interested in seeing it being made?

With Christmas coming up, I really need to get started on gifts for family and friends. I'm currently waiting on some more rings to come in for the family part. We have a Christmas party coming up this weekend that we need two "White Elephant" gifts for. I thought about making a pair of earrings for that, but I think everyone else will bring actual gag gifts. hmmm... have to think about that a bit more. I don't have much time though, so I'll talk to Ted tonight about it.
Off to the right, I'll be featuring a different Etsy artist every so often, so be sure to have a look. I haven't decided yet if it'll be once a week or less, so be sure to check back often so you don't miss anyone.
Hope y'all have a great day!!!