Category Archives: Crochet

The Beauty of Downsizing

When I lived in Dayton, I had a workshop. The for-real kind. Pegboard galore, a huge workbench, a concrete floor I couldn’t ruin, and plenty of space.¬†It. Was. Awesome. I had things sorted and organized. (At least until I used it and forgot to put it away.)

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Here it is. My beloved.

And there might have been a wall of shelves behind me there… Maybe. I’m probably not remembering right. ūüėČ

And… here is my new *cough* workshop.

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Yup. That would be a closet. Needless to say, I have seen a significant reduction in production space. *sigh*

But you know what, I think this can be IS a good thing for me. If you read my previous post, you know I am trying to focus more. I can hear you yelling at your screen “HOW does a smaller space help you focus your creativity into a more concise line of jewelry?!?”

First of all, please calm down. I’ll let you do the count down from 10 thing…

Good to go? Great. What this much smaller space forced me to do was get rid of a lot of my supplies. I went through every container and strand of beads and asked myself if it would help me get to where I want to go with my jewelry.¬†Some of them were really easy to let go, but others were really tough. (have great taste, and beads are so much FUN) But boy did it feel so great to purge so much. And really, I didn’t have room for it all anyway.

Here’s the main box¬†of stuff that I’m getting rid of. That tin is filled with cross-stitch supplies that I have had for eons. So I’m not just getting rid of jewelry supplies, but other craft items as well. The bulk is definitely jewelry though. A lot of beads, plus some chain, wire, stringing materials, storage containers, and even tools and displays. So basically, a bit of everything.

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It’s hard to tell, but that’s a good sized moving box (I have a LOT of moving boxes..) and it is filled close to half way with just packages of beads. The other containers are on top of the beads. I had a lot to purge. =D
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Pearls that will be sold separately

I’m not at the point where I am excited to head down to the messy workshop, but I’ll get there. Eventually it will be comfortable and functional, and knowing I made that space work makes me feel pretty good. Is it ideal? Of course not. But will I make it work? You betcha.

PS: I found my stash of scarves. It’s not all of them, but the majority. If your neck is cold these days… I’ll hook you up. (Get it? Crochet hook? bwahahahaha)

A Discount with a Purpose

I have a problem. A problem that I have been mulling over, considering, and pondering for a while now. But I’m finally getting to a point where I’m moving beyond said mulling.

What it comes down to is:

I lack focus.

Not so much on individual projects, but on style, medium, and technique. You know, those things that cause cohesiveness and make things look like they belong together. I am the queen of seeing a new (to me) technique and wanting to try it. Forget the 37 projects I have started or prepped or thought of. This is something NEW. Which means I must learn to do it.

All this leads to a mish-mash of jewelry styles, like:

Collage!

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And an elephant with a crystal

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And a SPOON!

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Need a bib?

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And it makes me wonder if I would sell more if people knew better what to expect from me.

Another side effect of this problem, and the lack of sales, is I have a LOT of inventory. I will probably re-purpose some of the pieces, but before I do… I want to give you all the chance to grab some pieces that you have had your eye on, and at a nice discounted price.¬†(I’ve been meaning to do a holiday shopping sale anyway…)

Buy 1 item, get 10% off.

Buy 2, get 20% off.

Buy 3, get 30% off.

Buy 4 or more, and get 40% off your ENTIRE ORDER.

This sale is through Facebook ONLY. Simply comment on each picture that you wish to purchase, and PM me when you are ready to complete your order.

So, you get to buy gifts for yourself or someone else, and I get to move some inventory. Everybody wins. =)

***While I believe my inventory is up-to-date, there may be things that I have missed. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

Sale!

I have been finding myself creating pieces more frequently (which seems rare lately) and it got me thinking. ¬†I have too much inventory. ¬†So I decided to have a sale. ¬†(check it out at B. Accessorized on Facebook) ¬†Most of what has been in the clearance album for a while will be broken down to be used for new pieces if they don’t sell. ¬†That’s one thing I need to work on. ¬†It breaks my heart to take anything apart, no matter how dreadful it is now that I look at it with eyes that have a whole lot more experience and hands that are more skillful.

And I moved a LOT more pieces into the clearance album.

Everything else will be 10% off.

It doesn’t sound like much, does it? ¬†But you know what? ¬†For me it is.

It has always been a priority of mine to have my pieces priced in a range that I feel is reachable for most people. ¬†I know there are plenty out there that would disagree with this line of thinking, but I can’t seem to help it. ¬†I know what it’s like to fall in love with something only to take a peek at the price tag and automatically move it into the “ot in a million years” category in my head. ¬†And it stinks. ¬†I also feel as though my jewelry and other creations aren’t quite as skillfully done as a lot of other artists out there. ¬†So I don’t feel I should charge what they charge.

This baby took a full 3 hours to make.

However, as time has gone by, I have improved and I have learned. ¬†And my prices have slowly started to reflect that. ¬†I’m starting to put more value on my time, but it’s a long process of change and growth. ¬†I have this horrible tendency to want to discount when someone wants to make a purchase, or at least apologize for the price. ¬†Which is silly. I’m a wimp. ¬†But I’m getting better at telling myself “N.O. NO.” when I start to feel that urge. ¬†And if I listed the things I DON’T charge for, you would be shocked. ¬†It would be a very long list. ¬†I’m not complaining. ¬†It’s my choice to run things that way, at least for now. ¬†And, like I said, I’m getting a bit stronger and I am finding more value in my time and work. ¬†I’m growing and changing, as is my work.

All of those factors (starting with low prices, not charging for things like gas, time to hit the PO, etc.) are why my having a 10% off of EVERYTHING sale is a BIG. DEAL.

And the bottom line is that I love doing what I do.  It find it relaxing and challenging at the same time.  And I want you to love it too.  I love selling a piece even though a small corner of my heart cracks a little.

I think this says so much, and can be applied to so many things:

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Thanks for reading. ¬†‚̧

Pinterest Scares Me

I don’t think there is a person that has tried Pinterest that has not been sucked into its vortex of awesomeness. I love Pinterest so much that I gave it up for Lent nearly two years ago, due to excessive amounts of time inexplicably gone from my day. There are so many amazing, inspiring, fabulous things right there on your screen in massive amounts. What’s NOT to love?

Well, there IS something I don’t like about Pinterest: pinning my own designs.

I know that it is a wonderful way to reach more people. But putting myself out there in such a broad-spectrum format is intimidating beyond belief. I have a hard time even saying out loud that I make jewelry (and other things). I have to be pretty comfortable with a person before I even consider mentioning it.

Even though it scares me, I have started forcing myself to pin my jewelry more often.

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This is my most popular pin. For an obvious reason: They rock.

It makes me feel pretty darn good when something of mine gets re-pinned. ¬†What’s even cooler is doing a search for some inspirational creations (or maybe due to my need to see how I rate) and seeing something of mine show up. ¬†Maybe someday I’ll start pinning right after posting on Facebook. ¬†Maybe.

Back to the Beginning

So.  I have been crocheting more lately.  Why is this going back to the beginning?  Well, crochet is how I got started on the journey of accessorizing the world (well, maybe just my friends).  I started spending more time in craft stores, which, as you all know, leads to a lot of aimless wandering.  And one day I decided to buy one of the cheap-o beading kits and a whole new world opened up.  And since I really like instant(ish) gratification, jewelry kind of took over.  The bags I made took hours and HOURS to make.  I loved them, and thought they were amazing, but I also was giving my time away with them.  I have kind of kept my hand in with crochet over the years though.  Scarves have always been present since they are fairly quick.

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This is my favorite kind. Scrap scarves, otherwise known as Uglies.

I decide a couple of months ago (after more aimless wandering and finding some irresistible yarn) to try to merge the two crafts and came up with these:

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These bracelets are SOOOOO comfortable. You barely even feel them. *blissful sigh*

And then one day I was in my favorite local craft store, The Rabbit Hutch, and saw some AMAZING yarn. ¬†It was pricier than any yarn I have every purchased, but I had to have it. ¬†So I made an infinity scarf out of it. ¬†It turned out well, so I made a couple others out of other yarns I have been finding here and there. ¬†I might have to consider, at some point, using up more of the yarn I already own, but that really isn’t as fun. ¬†I have a problem… yikes.

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This one is made of two shades of the same type of yarn. It’s kind of t-shirt-y. Really comfortable to wear.
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I love the soft earthy colors of this yarn!

On Black Friday, I hit¬†The Rabbit Hutch¬†again. ¬†And of course the yarn was on sale. ¬†So I MIGHT have bought another skein. ¬†I seriously have a problem. ¬†It’s just so fabulous. ¬†The colors are so amazing. ¬†And it’s super soft, too.

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HOW do you resist this?!?!? Is it any wonder I made two?

I have to admit that a lot of my motivation is laziness.  I can sit and watch TV and still get something accomplished.  That counts as multi-tasking though, right?  Yeah.  I thought so.