I have a wholesale account which varies my workload from not busy at all to working consecutive 12 hour days to fill their orders. This spike usually occurs in the Fall. There is little planning or predicting so sometimes I just seem to fall off of the face of the earth.
The trunk show at Bead Angels should not be called a show at all. There were four of us who set up inside the store and we ate, talked, laughed, and exchanged ideas for a couple of days. In addition to all of this fun, I had some really good sales. One of the hit items was the new disk beads I featured in my last blog.
Prior to this show, I spent my free-torch time playing with some basic lampwork techniques. Disks, hollows, hollow hearts, bubble beads, etc. This was a nice way to get back to basics and vary my offerings. Several of these items will be going up on Etsy this week and next.
I just received my issue of Step by Step Wire and bookmarked several really cool ideas that I think I can adapt to my vessels. I am also stocking up on jumprings (and bourbon) for another phase of chain maille vessel necks.
I don't have any shows planned for the rest of the year but I will have regular Etsy listings and will post new stuff as it hatches.