Check me out, I’m in the News!

As is typical with reporters, she didn’t get everything right. My dad never made silver and turquoise caste, at least not that I remember. My dad makes the same kind of jewelry that I make. AND I would not have chosen that picture at the top. But, whatever.

I forgive her.

 

Check out this article from Salt Lake Magazine.

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Street Bauble Christmas Studio Sale

Street Bauble Christmas Studio Sale

This has been a while in coming, but I am very excited to be hosting the first (but definitely not last) Street Bauble Studio Sale. I am so excited because finally I get to control everything and I don’t have to follow someone else’s stupid rules and schedule. It is my venue, my lighting, my hours, my rules.
So here are the rules.

Rule #1: It isn’t an event without food. I can’t tell you the complete menu at this time, but I am told it will involve Sweet Potato Chowder and Hot Apple Cider. I want pumpkin roll, but I might not be able to get away from the last minute jewelry making to make it.

Rule #2: There is no rush and plenty of room so stay as long as you want. Mostly I just think it will be fun to see some of my customers in the flesh. Hanging out for a while is a bonus.

Rule #3: Discounts and Door Prizes are required. It’s my party so if I want to give some stuff away I can, so there.

Rule #4: If you live within 60 miles of me you MUST come! Just kidding. But really, it will be fun.

That’s all the rules I can think of, mostly it will just be a party with food and jewelry.

Nov. 23, 1:00-5:00 pm.
576 E 400 S. Orem, UT

Sumo Bot Competition

I am attending/selling at Craft Lake City on Aug 9-10th at the Gallivan Center, in SLC. The really smart/talented/geeky people will be entering this competition. I think I am a little out of my league.

South Lake Tahoe Fine Art Festival at Heavenly Village

DSCN3301Two weeks ago I took my family to Lake Tahoe where I was a vendor at the South Lake Tahoe Fine Art Festival. The weekend was full of firsts for me.

  1. My fist time in Tahoe
  2. My first out of state show
  3. My first time doing an “art festival”

I was pretty nervous about the whole thing, hauling my whole display and my whole family on a 10 hour drive to do a show I hadn’t done before not knowing if I would make any money or anything was a risk. But, mostly I just hoped I would make enough to at least off set the cost of the trip and we would have a fun family vacation.

So, because I like to do the “what did I learn?” exercise, here it is:

  1. Dirt is dirty, even if there is a shower included. Unfortunately, I didn’t know I was accepted into the show with enough notice to take advantage of our resort community membership and the accommodations that were still available were not exactly affordable. My husband suggested we camp and in a moment of weakness I agreed because the campground he found had showers and was across the street from the lake. I like camping when that is the activity. But camping when you are in another state and need to be presentable is complicated. It lends itself to questions like these: How do you charge your phone, which you need to accept credit cards at the show without power? How do you stay clean even if the showers are nice when your floor is made of dirt and your stove is a fire pit? How do you have energy to sit in a booth all day when you are sleeping (or not sleeping) on the ground?DSCN3313
  2. Art Festivals are my kind of show. In the past I have typically sold at craft fairs and trade shows. Trade shows are difficult for me because there are people there selling jewelry mass produced in China. I can’t compete price-wise with those booths, nor do I want to. The big difference between art fests and craft fairs  in my limited experience, is the price for goods being sold. At art fests many vendors have nothing in their booth less than $500. That price point and the clientele that it brings puts my jewelry in a better light.
  3. Art festivals located on the street of a tourist spot are a bonus. Now, I told you this is my first Art Fest so my experience is limited,  but it was nice to have tourists with money burning a hole in their pocket constantly walking by my booth.Arts-Festival
  4. It isn’t over till the fat lady sings. Ten minutes before the end of the last day of the show I jokingly said to my 14 year old daughter, “Ok, you have 10 minutes, make us another hundred dollars.” Ten minutes later when I suggested we pack it up, she said, “No, we have to sell $100!” One minute later we were swarmed with people, while I was working with one woman who wanted to get her first toe ring (it took me about 15 minutes to make that $15 sale) my daughter made $85. Then as quickly as they had come, they were all gone. She was beside herself with excitement that we had actually done it. Actually every few days she brings it up again. And I have to agree with her, it was cool.
  5. We need to get the kids to the beach…. any beach…. more often. My children loved the lake The first day while I was at my show the two kids and my husband went in up to their necks. These beach deprived kids will take whatever they can get. The second day of the show was cold and stormy. They stayed at the show with me the whole day because they thought it would be too depressing to be at the beach in the cold. When I got done we all went to the beach to barbecue and they found the water to be warm and went in up to their knees in their jeans.DSCN3307DSCN3311
  6. If you are going to plan a vacation around selling at a festival, give yourself one extra day just to relax. We had the evenings but it wasn’t enough, I would have liked to have one more day to just enjoy the vacation. My 14yr old loves working my booth and even sells stuff when I leave her in charge. There was a trailhead 2 blocks from the show, so my husband and I left her in charge and did a lovely one hour hike in the middle of the day. At least we had that.DSCN3305
  7. Why drive when you can fly? Even a 10 hour drive is too long. Then you get home more tired than when you left. Next time I would fly.
  8. If you sell enough to pay for the vacation, you get a vacation for free. Overall it was a great weekend. The kids got to swim. My husband got away from work for a few days. We got to try out our new tent. And we got to see Tahoe, which is magnificent. My daughter is already planning our next art fest vacation.DSCN3296

A good Day

Sometimes it is hard to work for yourself, by yourself. Sometimes it is lonely.

Sometimes there is so much work you don’t know what to do, other times there is so little work  you don’t know what to do.

Sometimes you talk to the jewelry. Sometimes you yell at the jewelry, because “WHY ARE YOU MAKING MY LIFE MISERABLE AND WOULD YOU JUST SOLDER ALREADY!”

Sometimes when you have a ring all done and beautiful and you are polishing it, the buffing wheel sucks it out of your hand and throws it to who knows where (probably into the furnace or under the hot water heater) and it is gone forever. Gone. And it was such a perfect little ring.

Sometimes customers get angry because their package never arrived in France and you sent them another one free of charge, but it never arrived either and they needed that ring to propose to their girlfriend and it is all your fault.

Sometimes people send their ring back because it just “isn’t what they were expecting.” What exactly were they expecting?

Sometimes it is hard to work at home. Sometimes your day consists of going with your husband to drop his truck off at Big-O and then driving him to school, going back and picking him up from school, driving him to pick up his truck from Big-O, driving one or other daughter to dance class, taking the dog to the park, picking the daughter up from dance class, and making dinner. And the next thing you know it is 10pm and you still have 10 rings to make before you go to bed.

But sometimes when everyone is gone to work or school it is very quiet and peaceful and you kinda wish they would never come home.

And sometimes you get a letter like I did today and it is a good day.

Hi Demi,

I’m sure you don’t remember me but…

2 years ago I purchased 2 of the oui rings from you for my best friend and I. We both have worn the rings every single day and even traveled through Europe this past summer together wearing them. They have been through so much and survived a lot, so there is tremendous sentimental value there…

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Unfortunately about 2 weeks ago my roommate got her ring stuck on something and the gem popped out. Then this past week I left mine in a bathroom at the doctors office. I called to see if anyone returned it to lost and found but they didn’t. I can only hope it brings as much luck and happiness to whoever found it as it did for me.

Regardless the rings were super important and my best friend and I are graduating next month. I would like to surprise her and get both rings replaced since we both aren’t coping well without them. I just wanted to thank you for creating these rings because not only are they beautiful but they were great conversation starters and up until the day I lost it I was getting compliments. Not to mention it brought a ton of happiness and motivation into my life whenever I looked down at it.

Thank you

Girls Above Society

This one really is about me. Staring the beautiful Lauren Galley, Street Bauble’s official model. Not your average 18 yr old she is doing big things for the world in general and teen girls in particular with girlsabovesociety.org.

She’s Making Jewelry Now

Comment Emesis, Hackers, and Zombies

I learned a new word last week: EMESIS. Who knew I would get to use it so soon.

A couple of weeks ago I added a new page to my blog, I entitled it “Live Events”. I added it as a place to announce when and where I would sell my jewelry in person. Kind of a little bulletin board of sorts. It’s a very simple page, just a list of upcoming events with a couple of videos for fun.

Ever since then my blog has been BOMBARDED with comments. Hundreds of comments, telling me what a wonderful and informative piece of writing I am providing to the world. The comments seem a tiny bit like they were written by a computer, but still gushing with praise so I am happy. This evening I happened to notice my spam folder had 598 comments in it! 598! Are you kidding me?!? For one very brief moment I questioned whether they really were spam at all. Maybe my filter has gone crazy, maybe my page has become wildly popular and my filter is jealous and trying to keep me from my glory days.  Or maybe not.

But I WAS curious and thought I better have a look at those spam messages, just in case one or two REAL comments were hiding in there.

It only took 2 or 3 to see that I had been delivered a great big SPAM and EGG sandwich. Take this one for instance:

“To make scrambled eggs with a waffle maker simply crack eggs into a bowl, add milk and wisk. When it comes to any kind of cookware or kitchen appliance, Wolfgang Puck remains to be at the top of the game. Maybe you’ve recently had a child, or other life event.”

I don’t remember asking for advise on how to make scrambled eggs…… and I am not really sure what that has to do with having a baby, but what do I know?

Once I started reading I was sucked in. It was a blend of unwarranted bad grammar infused praise and random sales pitches. Instead of being upset I found the whole thing extremely funny.  So though I am not going to approve these comments, I would hate for them to be lost forever.

Here are some of my favorites:

“If some one desires to be updated with hottest technologies then he must be go to see this website and be up to date everyday.”

 

“I loved as much as you will receive carried out right here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored subject matter stylish. nonetheless, you command get got an edginess over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come further formerly again since exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this
hike.”

I am not at all sure what you are trying to say, but edginess is definitely what I was going for. Is this what happens to the well-crafted emails I write to customers in France when I run them through google translate?

“Wow, this piece of writing is good, my sister is analyzing these things, so I am going to let know her.”

She is analyzing what things, craft fairs?

Magnificent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely excellent. I really like what you have acquired here, really like what you are saying and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still take care of to keep it sensible. I can’t wait to read far more from you. This is actually a great website.”

I am just extremely excellent! Hear that world!

“Very shortly this web page will be famous amid all blog users, due to it’s fastidious articles

“Fantastic website. Plenty of helpful info here. I’m sending it to some pals ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks for your sweat!”

Hmmm. Delicious sweat.

“I think the admin of this website is actually working hard in favor of his website, as here every material is quality based data.”

Thank you. I AM working very hard to make sure every material is quality based data.

you’re really a just right webmaster. The web site loading velocity is amazing. It kind of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick. Also, The contents are masterpiece. you’ve performed a magnificent activity in this matter!”

Wow, what does it mean?!? I am a just right webmaster because of the distinctive trick that makes my loading velocity so magnificent? That is a good thing right?

“You’re so awesome! I do not think I’ve truly read something like this before. So wonderful to discover someone with original thoughts on this topic. Seriously.. thanks for starting this up. This website is one thing that’s needed on the web, someone with some originality!”

If this was referring to a post that was about anything more than the dates of some upcoming shows I would really be touched. But, as it is I think you are just making fun of me.

“Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is valuable and everything. Nevertheless just imagine if you added some great graphics or videos to give your posts
more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and videos, this blog could certainly be one of the very best in its niche. Amazing blog!”

Good idea. I wish I had thought of it.

“Why people still use to read news papers when in this technological globe everything is presented on web?”

 

“And, that part of the Waffle Baker does make us happy. This is a recipe for a Belgian waffle that is truly a sweet, sumptuous and nutty concoction. So I am going to share with you, from my personal experiences over the years, pricing tips on twenty of the most common items sold at a garage sale.”

 

“At this moment I am ready to do my breakfast, afterward having my breakfast coming yet again to read other
news.

Me too.

But first let’s talk about zombies.

“First, there was the Miami Face-eater; then another man ate his room mates’ brain and heart; and now it’s being reported that a woman in NYC wanted to eat a police officer and claims she has a “hunger for human flesh”. In fact the term zombie came from the region and refers to persons who have undergone such a mind altering experience.”

 

“Yeeeaahhh. kill’ a zombie. That is of course, unless it is at the expense of someone else.”

 

“Hey! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any problems with hackers?

My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing a few months of hard work due to no back up. Do you have any solutions to protect against hackers?”

Who me? No, never.

My Boss is a Slave Driver OR the Owning Your Own Business Myth

Your-Own-BossPeople who work for THE MAN make assumptions about what it is like to “own your own business” and “be your own boss“.

People who work for THE MAN assume that being your own boss means:

1. Sleeping in and working (or not working) whenever you want,

2. Working in your pajamas,

3. Just LESS time working overall,

4. And there is this vision of getting rich somehow while you are sitting on the beach and your business runs itself.

Now I can’t speak for everyone, maybe there are some small business owners that have it all, that are wearing their pajamas on the beach and their business thrives…. I don’t know.

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I can only speak for myself and I am an artisan, so maybe it is different for me.

It is true that I get to pick my own hours, which I love. Though that often translates into working in the middle of the night while everyone is asleep. Honestly it is the best time to work. It is so quiet and it is easy to be productive.

As for the pajamas thing, well I MIGHT work in my pajamas… sometimes.

But as far as working LESS, it just isn’t true. The truth is I work more now than I ever did at my 9-5 job. There is ALWAYS more to do and it is sooo hard to just leave things undone to give myself downtime.

So, I spend a lot of time in my jewelry studio. Some days it feels like the only time I surface is for the hour a day I take the dog to the park. My kids have come to know right where to find me. When they get home from school they come straight downstairs to my studio and sit on the washing machine (remember I share with the laundry room) while they tell me about their day. It gets really funny when the whole family gathers in there to visit with me. We have a great home with plenty of real places to gather, places with couches and chairs. But noooo, everyone congregates in my studio where there is neither couch nor chair. I am a one person shop and my studio is a one person studio. So, the kids sit on the washer and dryer or the dusty floor and my husband pulls up a bucket seat. My sweet dog has made a place for himself under my desk where he can keep my feet warm. It works, but it is kind of ridiculous at the same time.  Sometimes I fantasize about there being enough room to have a couch in there, but there just isn’t and it would probably ruin all the fun anyway.

Somehow, thanks to a wonderful husband, meals get cooked. Occasionally I open my eyes in the kitchen long enough to realize it is dirty, so I clean.

But mostly I make jewelry or work on other businessy things. Sometimes I think about people who come home from work at 5 and spend time in the evenings on their hobbies or watching TV. What would that be like?

I can’t remember.

But it is a new year, sort of. It is a time for me to make changes right? Maybe if I schedule time for ME and my family; if I force myself to shut the studio door after dinner, I can regain my life outside my business.

I can do this. See, I am doing it already. I am spending time with my husband right now while I blog about making jewelry. Well at least I am spending time near my husband….

Baby steps.

Musings for Feb 27th

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I live in a place where winter is snowy and cold and I am ok with that. Winter is supposed to be cold, right? But, this year has been colder than most. The snow that came down in December is still here, that means it has remained mostly below freezing for a long time.

Perhaps that is why February, the shortest month of the year, seems to go on forever. My  joints ache for warmer weather, my dry hands itch for warm sunshine. We took a mini vacation to sunny St. George, Utah at the beginning of the month, but the beautiful weather turned for the worse and it actually snowed while we were in Zion National Park.  Maybe we brought the weather with us. But we didn’t do it on purpose.

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Some people around here (my children included) pretend it isn’t really winter. They wear light jackets and Toms because they know they will only be outside for 2 seconds as they run from their car to work or the bus to school. But, not me, I take my dog to the park every day for exercise. We spend about an hour there walking and playing with a ball. In case you haven’t experienced this, an hour in temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit is a long time. I have a good winter coat and warm boots that I love made by Keen, but it is still cold.

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Ok, ok,  I know, you don’t care. You live in California and it is warm, and this is my second post about being cold, so…… get over it girl!

But wait…..imagine my joy when I realized this morning that there are only 2 MORE DAYS OF  FEBRUARY!!

Never before have I been so glad to see March. March in Utah means melting snow and warming temperatures. It also means a lot of mud tracked onto my kitchen floor, but oh well.

Hooray for the end of February. Farewell and good riddance.

 

Ok, I admit it, I am just wasting time while I procrastinate taking the dog out.