Well, I am kind of in the hall of shame for not posting in a full month! It's a hall of my own making, for sure, but my lack of contact is not what I had in mind when I thought about doing a 'regular' post. Oh well. Life gets in its own way sometimes. Anyhoo, remember way back, long ago, when I wrote about doing giveaways? Yeah, well, that fell by the wayside too. Back in the hall I go. Oy. More on that later. This tree farm business is too much during the months of November and December. Too bad we can't sell trees in April, on sale. I'm thinking that won't work.
Enough of the dribble! Here's the excitement: I am back in the studio working on new things. I'm hoping to get an Etsy site up and running as a way of reaching a larger audience. I showed you all a peek of my word pendants in the last post so I'm thinking about how best to market those. I'm also spending quite a bit of time creating images for a line of animal talismans, power animal kind of things. Or, if you don't buy into the idea of power animals, think of them as just sweet little images of your favorite animal. Check out some of my drawings; scroll through to see more. I'm really inspired by petroglyphs and native american symbols so I hope that comes through. It's taking a lot more time than I thought it would to create these. Each animal takes about 5-10 drawings to come up with the right one. I have about 50 animals total, so you can just imagine! Feel free to let me know what animal you'd like to see in a talisman. Once I get these finished I'll send them off to California to be made into stamps which I can then use to create charms. Can't wait.
But back to the giveaway!! I have a lot of talismans from the first batch I made. I didn't love that first batch for a lot of reasons; I made them too thin, the impressions weren't deep or clear enough, and some of the drawings didn't translate well into stamps. I've just had these charms lying around and I'm ready to part with them, but they aren't things I feel like I can sell because they're not up to my standards. So, what I'm going to do is give them away! I would love something in trade, though, and here it is: your feedback on my jewelry! I love very personal stories about the journeys my jewelry and talismans make out into the world. Many of you have told me how the talismans seem to have protective energy, or that you can sense when you're not wearing them or earrings I've made. This is important for me to know because I believe my jewelry is meant to have an impact in the world, to make meaning. I'd love to create a new section on my website for testimonials and feedback, so send me your stories and general feedback and I'll send you three talismans for free! Please let me choose for you; I'll do it blindly and I believe that you'll get the talismans which are meant for you. I'll keep doing it as long as I have them to give away. Just go to the 'contact' page on my website and fill out the contact form with your story or feedback. Thanks a million.
And finally, some not so fun news. Bleh. I am having to raise my prices on the talismans. I really want to keep them affordable but I also want to offer free shipping. I realized that my free shipping was taking a substantial bite out of each sale, since I have to send them as a package, minimum of $2.32 each time. Yikes. I did some casual polling of customers and got the feedback that they'd rather pay more for the talisman and have free shipping; they said anything under $20 felt reasonable. So, after doing some research on etsy and asking customers I've decided to raise my talisman price to $19. Free shipping as always. I'm thinking of ways to offer discounts on multiples, so stay tuned for that.
Coldest night of the year here last night, 35 below zero. The thought of heading to Arizona is keeping me going through this frigid weather. I also thought this last picture captured the cold and the hope of warmth in one place. It's a picture my 15 year old made in art class, layers of paper. I love it and wanted to share. Yes, I'm THAT mom.
With that thought, Happy New Year to you all. Thank you for being with me on the journey!