As my listings expire in my Etsy shop, they will not be renewed! They will begin to disappear from the shop on April 14th, and the final listing expires 14 June - tell all your friends and family, neighbors near and far - seriously -
EVERYTHING MUST GO!
Here's some pictures of all the cool stuff I'm practically GIVING away:
Gosh, surely there's something here you just can't live without?
Of course not literally. Emotionally, though, you bet that's how it feels. This is killing me - especially putting the jewelry boxes on sale (OW!) - but ya gotta do whatcha gotta do - *sob*
Everything in my Etsy shop is ON SALE. Tell your neighbors, tell your friends, get your kids to spread the word!
50% OFF EVERYTHING
So if there was anything you've had your eye on but felt like you just couldn't . . . now's the time! Once these listings expire, they won't be renewed again!
Right now I'm in the process of getting all the studio beadwork (experiments, favorites, odds & ends) photographed and prepped for listing in yet another crazy bare-bones rock-bottom sale coming soon -
Here's a peek at what's to come:
I gotta go put my hair out now, but there will clearly be much more later!
It was still huge - 44 shows and over 4K vendors - but we noticed the crowds were a little thinner this year. We had no trouble finding parking. We never waited for service when we went shopping. Walking those narrow aisles was no problem. I would be very interested to see their final numbers.
We were in a small show of less than a dozen vendors so that by the end of our five days we all knew each other, we all liked each other, and most them felt it was worthwhile to give it a go again next year. All in all we had a great time - the drive (both ways), though long was fun and entertaining. It was great to break our journey by visiting friends in ABQ and dining at favorite places. The weather the entire time was incredible. I finally managed to shake that Cold from Hell while we were in Tucson. Also, I think there was medicinal value in that Tucson Tamale I ate the first day.
If you'd like to see what The Jade Dog acquired for her shop (and for herself), check out her Instagram - HERE.
Here's what I found on my travels - both in ABQ and in Tucson:
On the way to the Whole Bead Show, we stayed with my dearest friend in Albuquerque. She had given me a gift card to Michael's, so naturally we went there and I spent it all.
This is the lovely place we called home for the week:
Now for the swag (and they were all BARGOONS, I swear!):
I took the day off on Friday and just hung out at the hotel - sadly the water in the pool was too cold for me (lower 50's) - and all I could think was . . . I SHAVED FOR NOTHING!
This was the view from my room. I did go out and sit in the sun and read my book, so not a total loss.
On our trip home, we stayed with my friend once more - and this time we went with her on some errands and also stopped at a fantastic local art supply shop in Albuquerque, Artisan, where I found some Tombow doubles I had lusted after for quite some time.
We got back to my Little House on the Prairie on Tuesday night - and one of the first things I did was of course to spread out all the fabulous boodle and take a picture.
We also got a pile of free beading magazines, the Tucson catalogs, and my one personal indulgence - that beautiful South African handled basket.
I think it goes without saying that once I stop feeling like I'm still riding down the highway, there will be a whole lot more later.
As many of you know, my daughter Darcy is the owner/operator/goddess-in-chief of The Jade Dog, and she's got a table at The Whole Bead Show, one of the fabulous shows going on at the BIG BIG Tucson Gem Show, January 31st through February 4th, and I will be there as her lovely assistant! Come see us at the Quality Inn & Suites, 5251 S Julian Dr., in Tucson, Arizona. We're on the courtesy shuttle line!!
Which is my TVP* way of saying my Etsy shop will be on vacation during that time.
When I get home, I'll be hard at work setting up my finished work/destash clearance sale! Wish me Big Luck with that - and in the meantime, I'll try to make time to post some pictures from poolside at our posh hotel.
I would show pictures of what I've been up to lately, but no one really wants to see a trash can overflowing with snotty tissues and half a dozen bottles of Nyquil. You get the idea.
Before I caught the Cold From Hell, I did make something just for me.
And on the Barb-Way front, I'm in the home stretch for finishing up the Black & White wardrobe for the Jade Dog to work her stylin' mojo upon.
And the Barb-Way doesn't show any sign of coming to end just yet - I got my hands on Even More vintage 50s-60s patterns - it's just a matter now of finding the right fabrics . . .
As of this posting, Some of the Etsy in the sidebar should showcase my new section & listings - barrettes! Or you can click here ->Barrettes! and scroll down just a bit below the featured listings.
I'm working on new designs all the time, for bracelets, necklaces, all the stuff I love to make, and some of them I love enough to list on Etsy. Some of them get thrown into the WWYT (what were you thinking?) pile, along with designs that were just too impractical to produce on a wider scale.
And one of these days, I'm going to photograph everything in that pile and list all the "studio work" at ridiculous prices, just to clear space for yet MOAR ideas. I may have threatened to do this once before, but I sense my space available will soon make this a priority.