Spring = Jewelry Fun

It’s that time of year.

It’s time to dig all the muck out of my garden beds and put new happy plants in the ground. Time to dig out the shorts and sun hats and emerge out of my studio/cave and spend a little time outside. I love this time of year. In Utah there aren’t many months between coat season and too hot to do anything outside besides swim, so you have to take advantage. If I had time and energy I could spend all Spring in my garden. My husband calls weeding “monkey work” but for me it is turning chaos into order.

But alas I don’t get to spend all day in the garden because Spring is also the time to start preparing for summer show season. Summer in the jewelry studio is crazy busy for me for two reasons:

  1. My Summer shows
  2. my Customers Summer shows

It is always a balancing act between creating new things to sell, fixing displays, designing banners, traveling to and seling at fairs AND getting wholesale orders done for my customers when they ABSOLUTELY need it THIS WEEK!

And of course I can’t forget to make time for my regular internet sales.

It’s exciting! Maybe the fact that I love the craziness says something about me. My husband is sad that I rarely have time to go camping and I am sad that I don’t get enough time in my garden. But other than that I love the craziness.

Okay, enough pontificating….  Get to the point Demi!

Yes, the point is, I am sooo excited for my first show of the season.

The Big Bodacious Spring Expo at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds! This weekend. Just in time for Mother’s Day.

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Two fun things I am doing at this show:

  • I’ll be handing out $10 Mother’s Day Gift Cards
  • 10% Off when you sign up for my email list. You can sign up now or at the show.

It’s gonna be great.

Also, I have some new stuff I am super excited to unveil for your jewelry-time joy.

Here is a sneak peak: Big Stone Rings and “Hand Jewelry”

Join me. Good times.

Provo Christmas Market

Provo_christmas_marketNight shows can be tricky. I for one really want to get a good look at something before I buy it. And lighting can be a big issue. At the very least I want to be able to tell whether it is gold or silver. And you’d be surprised how much light that takes. So I am always hesitant to do a show at night where access to electricity is limited at best. However, I decided to give the Provo Christmas Market a try this year.  I like the idea of it. It is in the tradition of a German Weihnachts Markt. Which of course means a wintery outside party, gathered round a fire eating Brats, singing beer songs, dancing, and perusing local craftsmanship. Everyone knows that.

Okay, I will admit it, I don’t have any experience with a Weihnachts Markt. I visited Germany in the summer. And I don’t know if anyone else in Provo knows what it should be like either. But I am guessing it is the last opportunity before Christmas to find some one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artists. And I know enough about Germans to expect some great food and warm drinks. Maybe there wont be singing, But that’s okay, I am not sure I remember any of the drinking songs anyway.

Ha! I don’t have to remember them, YouTube remembers for me:

 

Here is the nativity at the Market in Rapperswil, Switzerland

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And here is a little promotional video of the Market in Frankfurt

So, I think it is safe to expect a good time had by all.

Stay tuned. You might see a promotional video of the Provo Christmas Market for next year. My German is rusty, but I’ll do my best.

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