Yesterday was my daughter’s 6th birthday and just after we returned from a wild trip to Chili’s (by request) for her birthday dinner, I found a peculiar email in my inbox. The title read “Casting –Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover.” Of course, this piqued my curiosity and on I read. It was from a casting producer who came upon my jewelry at Homegrown Decatur and evidently appreciated it enough to reach out to me and invite me to apply for the Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover. How freakin cool is that?! As much as I’d like to convince myself that I could do without a makeover, the sad fact is, I could really, and I mean REALLY, use one. Scraggly hair in need of a cut, an extra 15 L-to tha-Bs that I could stand to lose, a pedicure, a new wardrobe…..oooooh, a new wardrobe….. What I really can’t do without though is the chance to win a MILLION DOLLARS. What?! A MILLION DOLLARS! I filled out their application via facebook and was told to email the casting producer once I did so. This was done last night at 9:30pm. And since then I have been twiddling my impatient little thumbs waiting for what comes next. Zzzzing! I’m excited. Ahh, the magic of Macy’s.
I just wanted to invite you all to visit my brand spanking new website ! I decided that it was time to create a showcase for my work beyond etsy. Enjoy, and feel free to leave feedback!
Also, if you find any pieces that you would like for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, please let me know. I’m having a sale on my etsy site on Black Friday and Small Biz Saturday where you can save 25% at checkout with code SHOPSML11.
Today I’m spending the day with my kids, outside in the backyard with the warmth of autumn sunshine on my face. While they’re busy getting dirty and creating memories, I thought I’d share a bit of business news with all of you. Just yesterday I discovered that my work is now featured on the website for Atelier Gallery in Charleston! The lovely Gabrielle Egan, owner of Atelier in both Charleston and Asheville as well as a handmade jewelry boutique called Gabriella’s (also in Asheville), contacted me several weeks ago about featuring my work. It’s wonderful to finally see it on her gorgeous site. Come have a peek!
Normally I don’t blog about every piece I create. That would get a little old, right? But in the case of this Boulder Opal Necklace that I just brought down to Homegrown in Decatur, I had to share with all of you. The stone is absolutely amazing, and I think my design did it justice….
I’m happy to share that I’ll soon have my work represented in three major cities in the Southeast. I was contacted late last week by the owner of Atelier Galleries, Gabrielle Egan, about having my work featured. Her galleries are located in Asheville, NC and Charleston, SC, and she has a handmade jewelry boutique in Asheville as well. Of course I said yes! How flattering! So once the contract was signed I set to work producing a number of different pieces for her. They’ll be set to ship by the end of this week. I’m also scheduled to meet with Sally of At the Collective, an artist’s co-op in Inman Park, Atlanta. Hopefully that goes well and I’ll have my work in another Atlanta area location.
I really feel like I need to pinch myself right now. All of this in just my first year of business. Everyone has always said, when you’re on the right track, the Universe opens all sorts of doors for you. Seems to be true!
I’m leaving you all with a couple new photos of my work that will be sent to NC & SC. Enjoy!
It’s so exciting to wake up in the morning, check your inbox and find a lovely note from a total stranger saying they have featured something you made on their super cool blog. It’s the type of thing that can make a person’s day. So, I decided to share this awesome design blog by Jeannette Gibson with all of you! She’s got a fresh writing style and the blog itself is very visually appealing. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I do! Here’s a picture of the earrings that she featured:
Alright folks. This is my first time blogging from my iPhone via the wordpress app, so bear with me if there are any bumps in the road. I’m sitting at the Smyrna Spartans football field watching my five year old go through her Cheerleading routines and trying to figure out how to put this ‘alone’ time to good use. Here goes…
I’m currently in the process of building up my inventory for my first festival ever. What does this mean? It means I’m taking a wild ass guess at just how many necklaces, cuffs, rings, displays, blah blah blah, that I need to not look like a total amateur. Since there’s no fee to participate, it’s a good chance to make a profit…Something I’ve heard doesn’t usually happen til the fourth or fifth show. I also want to get my product and brand out in front of more people to boost my etsy traffic. So there’s the why, now the how. This is where it gets a little tricksy. I’m trying to balance getting the housework done (snore….this obviously gets done LAST everyday, until the dustbunnies appear to be mounting a unified army anyways…then I show them who’s boss) with finding the time to create before 9pm, when I’m just about in mom-burnt out-crash mode… When the seductive power of my couch is just too powerful for me to resist.
Right now it’s a losing battle…
So for any of you who are looking for good coffee, good food, good music and local art ~ come check out REV Fest on October 8th from 10 til 10, and see if I can pull it off!
Now off to cramming in a grocery shopping trip before I have to get back here to pick up kid # 1…. Zzzing!