Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I don't have much today, but I thought I'd stop by just for the sake of keeping my blog updated. I really do have to try harder with updating since I want to start participating in giveaways and things.

I've been doing a lot of work for my fiancé, such as cleaning up his artwork in photoshop so we can get his sketchbooks under way. Speaking of, if anyone is a comic book fan, he has a bunch of 11"x17" prints on sale on his site for $10, just head on over to the The Art of Rags Morales, to check them out!

Otherwise, I've been regathering my thoughts on my jewelry designing, and trying to become inspired. A big help came this weekend when I decided it was time to start a yearly re-reading and re-watching of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien's stories have always motivated me and inspired me, and now I have tons of ideas in my mind for jewelry I want to create, which will not look like ANYTHING I have already in my shop.

I realised I was not letting ideas come to me in any organic fashion, and instead trying to force things, just to produce for the sake of producing. A huge reason why I opened my graphic design shop was so I could step away from jewelry production, when I started producing things with which I wasn't necessarily happy.

I think my biggest obstacle is etsy, itself. All the information there on selling successfully. requires updating and listing at least an item a day. I just don't think that this is a good idea, because not all of us can produce at that rate. My jewelry takes me a lot of time, as I have to go about my chain work in a slow, manual process, and it takes sometimes upwards of 2-3 hours to complete a chain for a piece. If the piece is chain laden, then it takes almost an entire day to complete one piece of jewelry. Obviously, this is to be expected, however, people also don't want to pay for your time. They want to buy unique jewelry, but want it at factory produced prices. It's disheartening, so I end up becoming very unmotivated and feel the "way bother" attitude come over me.

Anyway. I'll probably be throwing up a few small things here and there just to keep my shop updated, but I'm going to start working on some more elaborate projects. I'm going to purchase myself a soldering iron, and some much needed hammering tools, and a saw blade for my dremel.  I plan to take this all to the next level, far, far away from assemblage, and onto actual creation.

Sorry about the "pointless" update. I don't have any giveaways or deals to post today, so I just thought I'd document some thoughts for my readers (all..very few of you).

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