Thursday, May 20, 2010

So What Happens When We Really Get Busy????

That would be at Casa Etnika, where El Pajarita y El Jaguar's jewelry is for sale. Helena set our things out on display about a month ago. Remember we introduced it on the April First Friday art walk? It was the middle of April when the display went up and Helena started selling it. The first art walk we sold 3 pairs of earrings. The art walk in May we sold one necklace and 2 pairs of earrings. I was really pleased!!!! No kidding I had told myself that if we sold 1-2 necklaces and a couple of earring sets, I would be more then over the moon. I kept cautioning Martha not to get her hopes or expectations up because we are now in some of the slowest months of the year. There are just not that many visitors (national or foreign) right now. Besides we will quickly run out of people we can shame into buying a piece to support the poor starving birdies.

I made 11 necklaces and 14 pairs of earrings. I was pretty sure that would take us through till Christmas. Helena said she thought we should get through the slow season and the Mexican holiday season, the last 2 weeks of July. Today my trusty secretary/money man LW and I went by to pick up the first 30 days sale money. Helena tells me I need to bring her more earrings and and and necklaces!!!!! What???? Yep there are 3 pairs of earrings left and 2 necklaces!!!! Holy sh** er mackerel, how did that happen??? And then she says I might want to think about making a good batch of both so that we are ready in July when the country's vacations start!!!
Now I'm rubbing my temples wondering if this is what happens when you set your imagination free...

 and Martha is doing the happy dance while singing "We're in the bird seed lovely, lovely bird seed" to the "We're in the Money" tune!! :)

So I'm thinking I kinda wasted a goodly amount of great worry/stress time on whether anyone would want to by my jewelry that I could have saved for a really ginormous snit, .  

I do have 4 sets of earrings done and ready to go to the store. I guess I know what I'll be doing for the weekend!
I made this turquoise and coral set with copper wires.

This set is dark brown and natural color bone heishi beads with a Canadian jade drop and copper wires.


Here is a pair with little tourmaline squares and a melon colored amazonite heart. These are made with sterling wires. Which reminds me I need to find a "sweet mule" headed this way, cuz I'm really low on sterling wire.


This set is two electric blue baroque pearls on gold wires.

This last pair I made as a little Thank you gift for a friend. They are white freshwater baroque pearls and sterling wires.

I guess I'll take these 4 pairs over to the store, hopefully they will tide Helena over till I get some more necklaces and earrings made. We are thinking that the reason the earrings are so popular is because there are very few others in the store, that aren't part of a necklace set. Plus Helena says her customers like to buy (as she calls them) "completely hand made work", "because you are the only one with hand made wires and everything" :) Okie Dokie whatever it takes to buy birdseed and oranges!

Next post I'll share with you some of the cool things I have learned. You know things you guys have been doing for ages and I just discovered but I think are the bee's knees!! :)  

Until next time have an audacious day and make a bit of art no matter where in the world you are   p;)     


Miss Muggins said...

Hooray! My Auntie Pattie is a jewellery genius Congrats from Downunder xxx

Esther said...

yepe!! i hope you will sold them and have a lot of orders.. (busy woman??) totaly in love with the last pair!!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! You totally rock BS! I can't wait to see more :)


Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

you go, girl!

let us know when you go QVC!

Holly, the Old Western Gal said...

I knew they would sell, so there!

I love the new work, too!

Cindy said...

Congrats on your success, dear Pattie!! This is wonderful news! I can only imagine what a fantastic surprise it was then to be told that you need to get cracking and create more of your lovely earrings and necklaces! You're going to be busy...I can't wait to see your new designs. Have a great weekend! :-)

Charmingdesigns said...

oh gosh!! That is the bestest news!!! I am so stinkin proud of you!!! Whoohoo and a high five to you. go get

Riki Schumacher said...

Yeah Pattie!! Good for you little one. That is such great news, I'm so proud of you. They are buying your pieces because they love them and want to show them off! Welcome to the production world.

Thank you so much for thinking of me, I really appreciate it. I am doing better, every day. I still shed a tear every day missing Chester, guess it will be like that for a long time. That's okay, it is all worth having the memories and the love I feel for him. Take care, happy creating! Hugs, Riki

Cindy Roehrich... said...

hi pattie~
thanks for visiting my blog. it is such a great feeling when your jewelry is a hit! i know after 17 years i still get excited to hear that people like what i am doing. even in tough economic times a girl needs her bling, right?!
congrats on the sales, keep up the good work!!!! xo

Vitt hus med svarta knutar said...

Love to hear such good news! It is wonderful! But I am not surpriced that your jewelry sell, they are beautiful. I love the earrings with turquoise and coral.

Have a happy week!

Deryn Mentock said...

Well, of course your lovely pieces are a sell-out! Congratulations, Pattie!

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