Friday, May 23, 2008

Luck is a funny thing.

Such a long time away from here - big apologies!! Not only was I so much sicker than I thought last time I posted (I was out of action for another week) but last weekend some horrible things happened to Sparky and we've been trying to sort ourselves out since. It could have been much worse but thankfully it wasn't. But I'm pissed nonetheless...

Anyway, bright side now - we're going on holidays at the end of this week so if there's anything Trovey you may be wanting to make your own, orders close on Tuesday 27th May!

And now that my mind is slipping away from bad things and towards the goodie goodness of a holiday, I decided to put together some beautiful things that I wish I had the money to buy and take with me...

First up are these comfy, scrumfy socks from knitwit4eva on Etsy. I really just want to put these on with a big, cuddly jumper and a pair of leggings, drink red wine and sing Paul Simon songs with Sparky.

And, to be honest, I don't even know what I'd do with these very sexy knitted thingies, other than feel really, very cosy in the calf department, but yeeouch! New York's yearofthegoat is my new favourite seller. Check out this most excellent offering - The Medium is the Message Tunic Sweater!! I am in lurrrve!!

I really just want to stomp around in these awesome vintage boots. I can see it now, black leggings, grey knee-high socks, these boots from Canada's own cookiesandcream and a big, old woolen turtleneck jumper my mum gave me last year. Hmm.... And I think I need a hat. Yes...

dahliasoleil is my go-to girl for awesome hats and this Mary Jane is no different. Creamy, soft and with a dash of my favouritest colour in the world - green!

So now that I've made myself sick with lust, I am going to have a coffee from downstairs (it IS only 7.45am after all) and get cracking. I have a school fete on tomorrow (Our Lady of the Way in Emu Plains - if you're in the area, pop in, say hi, buy stuff) and so, so much to do.

I hope all weekends are without crappiness!!
B xx

Monday, May 12, 2008

What a...

..great day! I'm finally starting to feel like myself again, and that makes me so very happy!

I was featured on the front page of Etsy again today - my happy little Barcelona Cocktail Ring made the grade. Nice start to the week.

I'm also feeling rather chuffed with myself, as my pieces are currently featured in 7 Etsy treasuries. I feel that has a LOT to do with the fact that I focus on really good photography, and that there aren't a billion other sellers making the same products I make. There are a couple of pieces that are getting featured regularly at the moment...

The perennial favourite Summertime Studs...

The cool, minimalistic Horizon d'Ivoire Necklace...

And the prettiness that is my Joli Rose Necklace...

Enough horn-tooting! I've got a monster to-do list to write for tomorrow:

- Cut new studs
- Seal
- Pour
- Polish 200 pieces
- Package up parcel for Georgie Love (I haven't forgotten, Sal! Promise!)
- Photograph new pieces
- List new pieces
- Order supplies from RG
- Pour new all-resin beads
- Barnes - Buy BQueen resin, mixing cups, respirator filters, pigments
- Filing
- Update monthly figures
- Write list for Glenbrook Markets

I think that's it...


Sunday, May 11, 2008

New Week...

..New Projects!

I'm still feeling fairly ordinary, but nothing motivates like a new beginning. I've got a to-do list as long as my arm and I'm feeling excited.

One thing I'm particularly excited about - I'm currently reading up on writing a business plan, and have decided to pitch to Etsy's zine, the Storque about writing a How-To series that takes readers through the process of writing a business plan, possibly using my plan as a template. I think it would be so helpful to so many small business people, as it really gives a sense of direction and a concrete plan to follow, taking a lot of the guess work out of running your business.

I'm also heading off to the studio to play - and work.

Gotta make dinner first though, and spend some time packaging up the weekend's purchases.

Oh, and tell you about my newest favourite Etsy seller, ellynelly, whose decals are amazing. I particularly love this Framed Wall offering and can't wait to get it on my studio wall.

Off to dance around the house to Vampire Weekend and get busy!!


As a dog...

Sick as a dog, that is.

I've been wiped out for the last week. Not working, hardly producing, not sleeping, feeling terrible. I've had a sinus infection and throat infection and still feel about 50%. But I am on the mend, and am excited at the coming week. Glenbrook Markets this Saturday - yay! Fun!!

New items have been selling like hotcakes over the last week and I've skipped past my 50th and 60th sales before I knew they were upon me. I really feel there is a momentum building up behind Trove, and I've gotta say, it's exciting!!

So last week wasn't an entire bust for me, I did upgrade my Trunkt portfolio to a Premium, as I really want to start pursuing wholesale accounts and I'm really impressed with the aesthetic of Trunkt and their genuine links to quality retailers, particularly in the States.

I also started working on some delicious shapes for new, all-resin pendants and earrings - exciting!!

I'm so tired. Off to watch the rest of 'Flight of the Conchords' and then to bed.


Friday, May 2, 2008

Boy, oh, boy...

I've been a very naughty blogger, haven't I?

I've had a wedding, a cold and a busy, silly week. And, I'll be honest, I've been feeling a little deflated due to the fact that I was knocked back for Hope Street Markets. (Boo! Their loss...)

But I'm back, I'm motivated and I've taken the coming Monday and Tuesday off work so I'm on the edge of a four-day weekend! Big plans ahead:

- Monster Cut
- Mammoth Pur
- Gigantic Sanding
- Enormous Polish
- Operation CUYG
- Start on Trove's (official) business plan ahead of business registration
- Market Prep
- Restocking at Georgie Love

Much, much more.

Feeling cruddy right now... Will be back to show some more of my new gold pieces shortly...