Sunday, March 7, 2010

Spring Time Thoughts's a coming!

I just wanted to say hello to everyone. The bricks and mortar shop closed the end of January and February has been the month of let's see where we're supposed to go next. The clouds are clearing and the sun is shining in our natural world and in the Glass and Wire Gems' business world. It's time for new beginnings or a rebirth of sorts.

One of the things that I'm excited about is the potential of creating new and different dichroic glass items. I'm going to spend some time working on earrings, bracelets, bookmarks, small dishes and whatever comes to mind. I want to try different things with the glass. I've already created several crosses that don't have the layer of clear glass over the dichroic. They have a totally different look and feel. They'll be a part of my new bookmark collection.

I also want to learn some new wire-wrapping techniques to create earrings, rings and bracelets. I have this urge to charge ahead with gusto but recognize that none of this will work if I don't do it right.

My partner, Jen, is working on ideas for new bracelets. We created the Revelation bracelet concept and they are selling well. She is now working on a Purity bracelet and has a couple of other ideas. All of these bracelets will be based on Christian themes.

Faith is the foundation of our business. Without it none of this would have happened. We are anxious to continue our journey and to see what the coming months will bring. We are ready to take the seed we have been given, nourish it and watch it grown. We hope that you will take this journey with us.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

It's a New Year!

Hi Everyone! Happy New Year!

Now that we're a little over a week into the new year it's time to figure out where we're heading. Glass and Wire Gems' studio has been open on ArtFire for about ten months. Our products have basically been pendants with a few bracelets and earrings thrown in and, of course, the men's accessories. What's next?

I have so many ideas running around in my head for different items. Where to begin? What is my niche? That's my struggle right now. I want to find something that sets me apart from the other handcrafted jewelry artisans. How do you do that? I'm open to suggestions.

My bricks and mortar shops did quite well over the holidays. I'm thinking that's because people can actually see the glass close up and get a glimpse of its beauty. How do you take a picture that shows all the depth and uniqueness of each piece? Another thing to ponder.

And, of course, there's the promoting and the time that takes. I'm thinking that I need to become a list person and work my way through the process but I don't want the business of being a business to take away from the fun I have creating with the glass and wire. Am I being selfish? Don't know.

I hope that you'll consider following my on my journey. I don't have a clue what's in store for Glass and Wire Gems or for me but I know that if I listen I'll be guided along the right path.

Have an awesome day! Talk to you soon.