Monday, November 5, 2007

Let Them Eat Cake

Well, this isn't a great photo, but I'm going to post it anyway. I'll try to update with a better one this evening. I'm in blog withdrawal! I can't believe I actually managed to stay away all weekend. When I started this blog, I envisioned posting Monday through Friday and then taking the weekend off. In actual practice, I think I do post at least one time during the weekend most weeks. Everyone in the beading and knitting blog communities is so congenial, it's hard to stay away for more than a day.

Anyway, I envisioned a cupcake pendant with the Marie Antoinette quote "Let them eat cake" printed on it. I made this one with a cupcake bead from Debi Cogwell, the Palm Tree Queen. Now that I've made a couple pendants, I'm itching to use one of them for a full necklace. I may still do that over the next couple days. I already have a design in mind for the snowflake pendant I posted a few days ago - I just haven't had the time to sit down and string it yet. I think I really do enjoy making the jewelry the most and not just the components. My next lot of items for the Etsy store will probably be finished pieces - bracelets, earrings and maybe one necklace.

I just received word that a shipment containing the black rubber necklaces that I bought for the store is in transit. It may just get here by Friday. Even though I doubt I will have the sterling chain by then, as long as the other necklaces arrive, I will probably go ahead and open the store. To be on the safe side, let's say Saturday morning for the store opening. If anything changes, I will be sure to let you know.

The Short One has come down with a nasty head cold. It seems he barely got over the previous one before getting sick again. He has been going around the house dribbling like a fiend and coughing. We've had a little extra cuddle time this past weekend, as a result. Poor little guy. I'm hoping this one passes quickly.

I've managed to cobble together a banner for the etsy store (the address of the store is, by the way). It's a little crude, but I think it'll do, for now. I've also mocked up a business card that I will use for the time being, while I'm still debating what to do about the website. I have one more new pendant design to make (which is going to remain a suprise - you'll have to visit the store to see it/them) and then I'll be ready to start taking photos. Plus, of course, I still have to make the prize for the 100th blog post giveaway!

Speaking of giveaways, I entered one at Green Girl Studios website a while back for a necklace that Andrew Thornton designed, and I found out today that I won! Thank you Cynthia and Andrew! I am very excited. Green Girl Studios does such beautiful work. I wish I had the creativity that Cynthia Thornton has in her pinky - I would be so happy. I'll be sure to post a photo of the necklace when it arrives.

Oh, and it seems that the koi necklace I put together last week may be published in a book next spring. Cross your fingers! The bad news is that I now have to hang onto that piece for a while, just in case it needs to be re-photographed. I made another koi pendant over the weekend, and that one will go into the store.

Thanks for stopping by!


*melanie* earthenwood studio said...

Hey there! LOL we both made posts with let them eat cake in the titles today! How funny.

I am looking forward to your shop opening, and all the goodies you will have in it.

Fancy Pants said...

Hi there I love your banner! It looks great. I ran to your etsy store and hearted you. Yipee!!!!

Melissa said...

Melanie: It's funny, right? I noticed your blog earlier this morning and got distracted by one of the SO's antics before I could leave a message. Clearly, great minds, and all that. Thanks for your good wishes on the shop opening.

Rachel: You would not believe what an idiotic amount of time it took me to make that simple banner. Ugh. I use Gimp and not Photoshop - I think both programs are just too sophisticated for me! Thanks for hearting me!!

Monkee Maker said...

Your shop is looking good! All the best in your new venture :)

Melissa said...

Thanks, MM! I'm reaching the "Why did I ever think this was a good idea?" stage, right now...