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Monday, March 30, 2009

NewJewelry Listings

I've found some great vintage pieces to list and I've also posted new jewelry listings in my Etsy store under the Bridal category.

My updated website is almost ready to go. Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Spring Arts Set-up Tomorrow

I'll be packing the van tomorrow so I can set up for the Spring Arts Festival around dinner time. Set up starts about 6pm, but I can check in a bit earlier and get my packet.

My booth is #139 and it's down near 7th Avenue. I look forward to seeing everybody downtown this weekend. Let's hope for good weather.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Spring Arts Show this Weekend!

The Spring Arts Show in Gainesville, FL is this weekend. I'll be near 7th Avenue - booth # 139.

I will hope to see you then.

I'm hard at work on the new website. Hopefully it will be up and running very soon.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Updating the Website

I'm working on my new website, putting up photos and product descriptions. Hopefully the site will go live very soon.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Crazy Week

Wow, has this ever been a crazy week. I'm trying to get some necklaces finished for upcoming shows as well as supplying some local places with my pieces.

Last night's "Can You Dig It" event at the Museum of Natural History went very well. There were lots of parents and kids. The kids all seemed to be having a great time. A lot of people came through the museum and many of them seemed very interested in my work. I will definitely try to do a demonstration at the Guild's next Art Hop night on May 1.

I'm hard at work on the new website - this one will have a store.

I'll done an RSS feed of the March issue of my newsletter. Here's the feed:

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Spring is Here!

Spring has arrived - at least in north central Florida! This week is supposed to be sunny and warm with highs around 80 degrees or so!

I have some lovely new bridal items for spring weddings in my Etsy online store - take a look!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Coming Up in March

The Museum of Natural History in Gainesville, FL will be presenting a multi-faceted program called “Can You Dig It?” in mid-March. Members of The Gainesville Gem and Mineral Society will be exhibiting and demonstrating a variety of lapidary and jewelry techniques, including faceting and cabochon making. I’ll be demonstrating some wire wrapping and weaving during the show.

I’m very interested in how this demo turns out, since I think I’d like to try a demonstration during the next Art Hop at the Artisans Guild (May 1). The February Art Hop was very successful. In addition to live music and refreshments, we had demonstrations by several Guild members and people really seemed to enjoy seeing artists at work. There were a lot of people in the Gallery for the entire evening.

People frequently want to know about shows I’m doing. My next show is The Spring Arts Festival here in Gainesville the end of March. If you’re in the area the last weekend of the month, don’t miss this event. Come by and say “hello.” My booth number is 139.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Spring Arts Festival

There's a great outdoor arts event here the last weekend of March. If you happen to be in Gainesville, check it out. It's the Santa Fe Spring Arts Festival sponsored by Santa Fe College and it's held downtown.

I'll have my woven fiber pieces on display and well my woven and coiled jewelry. Look for me - my booth number is 139.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Weekend Show

Last weekend's show suffered from the same things that have been reported for other shows - some weather related problems and very constrained buying from the customers.

We set up on Friday afternoon and the show officially opened at 5pm. I was really surprised by the number of people who turned out between 5 and 10pm. The event was held in the shopping area of a residental community, so a number of people were going to have dinner in one of the local restaurants.

Saturday was sunny and bright and very windy. I spent more time than I liked hoping that the tent would stay put. We had a good location with grass on one side and also behind us, so we could stake the back corners and one front corner. This was our first experience with a really windy day. I packed up at the end of the day Saturday - I was not at all sure that the tent would survive the forecast stronger winds and rain overnight.

We walked through the show on Sunday. I'd estimate that a third to a half of the artists left Saturday night. Sunday was windy with a lot of rain in the morning. By the time the show started it was sunny and pleasant, but still windy. Lots of people had taken their tents down. I would do this show again and put some of the lessons we learned into practice - I'd also hope for better weather.