Monday, March 23, 2009

GMAT TIME! Here I go...

Tomorrow I am taking the GMAT exam. I am very nervous, and actually listening to a Data Sufficiency recording as I am writing this. Maybe, just maybe I might be able to cram another piece of information in there!

Sam is really sweet, he is not watching TV tonight since I am *studying*. He also took care of dinner and is being just super-supportive as always! He wants this MBA almost as much as me (if not more).

My sister was over this weekend. We had fun hanging out, shopping for shoes (Nine West) and playing Rock Band - she is now our official drummer! LOL I actually played both the guitar and drums, taking a break from being the lead singer. haha. I can't sing to save my life, but it is addicting! We stopped by the grocery store to pick up some snacks and outside those damn cookie vixens were selling their thin mints, tagalongs and samoas... My sister could not resist, they had a 5 for $20 deal, too easy! So, my sister picked up 5 boxes and then left three of them here!! OMG! I have been alone all day with thin mints!

It was great time - she took us to a new restaurant we had never been to - Rockin' Baja in Old Town SD. Very good food - even better margaritas! Lots of people, great location and vibe too.

It rained here on Sunday, so it was a little chilly, but we still had fun.

I am working on some new pendants, mainly square shaped. One vintage anatomy image, some old color illustrations, a new Marie Antoinette portrait and a very sweet bat girl vintage image.
I will make sure to post them soon!

Wish me luck on my exam tomorrow - I will be testing for 4 hours! :O(

Friday, March 20, 2009

Repenting for food sins and New Packaging for Necklaces!

It's 1 pm on a Friday during the Catholic season of Lent, and where are all of the heathens at?
They are all at Phil's BBQ eating lunch!  I seriously must have died and gone to BBQ sauce heaven!  I ordered the Broham sandwich, which is made with BBQ pork shoulder and a delicious sauce.  Yum!

It's a pulled pork sandwich served with coleslaw.  Sooooo Good.  That was our first time at Phil's, I am glad Sam wanted to have lunch there.

Today was also good in that I finally came up with a simple packaging for my necklaces.  Check it out below...

My sister is coming tomorrow!  I am very excited!  She is coming to town and we'll be off to do some shopping at the outlets and then dinner somewhere special in Downtown or the Gas Lamp, or maybe here in Alpine - there are so many good eateries in town.

Sam brought home a bottle of Absolute Los Angeles Vodka.  It is the same old Absolute made with Acai, Acerola, Pomegranate and Blueberries.  There are some great, simple drink recipes to make.  Check them out if you like Vodka drinks.

Etsy has been a little slow lately.  Not so many customers, or maybe it is something I need to rethink.  I have recently raised my prices to include the cost of a chain necklace with each pendant.  Besides, since I am not working full-time, I look to my Etsy income more and more now.  Doesn't help that supplies are getting more expensive also.  

I wonder how other sellers have dealt with making changes to their prices and how their customers responded?

Thursday, March 19, 2009

MoMoMerlu and Backsides

I have launched another Etsy shop named MoMoMerlu. It is a shop were one can find unique, one of a kind jewelry. It is a little pricier than what I have got in Urban Bead, but since these are unique, limited and signed pieces, they are more like wearable art than anything else.

So far, I only have one item in stock...

It is an owl piece. Made with white painted and textured leather shaped into a wing. I have wire-wrapped turqouise beads along the outside of one of my favorite owl pendants that I made for my other shop. I have rosary-wired brown crystal beads and antique copper ovals to make the chain on the right side and the chain on the left is antique copper. Very nice piece, fun to make!

I feel that I have gotten away from really creating unique pieces, and moved into more of a manufacturing role, which makes me both grateful and curious. To curb my longing for something ooak, I have handpainted the backsides of my pendant bezels!

I went a little crazy. I am not sure that I will be sending these out in my orders just yet. These are kind of a fun thing for me to experiment with. I might save these for friends or myself. I always have wanted something on the reverse of my pendants, since the backside looks so bare and naked. I might experiment some more to see what works.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mapety Map

I have finally finished up my series of map pendants for California.  I made one of Los Angeles a while ago, and now I have added both San Diego and San Francisco.
These are all taken from a group of antique maps created by Perry CastaƱeda , the world-famous cartographer in the early 1940's.   

The colors are so vibrant on these, they really do stand out.  It was difficult narrowing it down to which areas of these maps to highlight.  I think it worked out well, I may revisit the San Diego map again, see if I can add Alpine to it! LOL

I am also thinking about doing other maps as well, Austin, TX, Portland, OR, New York, NY, and some others I am still considering.  In anycase, these new projects will need to wait until April.  I am going to be taking the GMAT exam and I am completely anxious about it.  I am doing a review nearly everyday, but the math part gets me down.  Wish me luck!

My sister is coming down to visit this weekend, it should be fun.  Maybe I can interest her in doing some modeling for me.  We'll see.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Craft Sale Madness!

I just wrapped up a four day craft show right here in town at the historic Alpine Women's Club.  The sale was a big success and I was able to meet lots of local folks!  Here is a pic of my table (below)

It was a lot of fun, and I made some extra cash, so my only complaint was that it was soooo cold!

  Above is a pic of my pendants that I was selling.  Best sellers were birds, cats, cowgirl, and keep calm and carry on.  My very cute Easter pendants didn't sell as much as I had hoped, so I will be putting those up for sale on Etsy today.

Sam and I made some stepping stones last month and we tried to sell those as well.  We sold 2 of them for $40.  I am glad they have found a new home!

There is also another craft show coming up in May that I will be at, it is called the Sage and Songbirds Festival.  It is also here in Alpine.  I also learned about an art market that is opening up in Descanso in May, every Saturday.  I might look into that.

A great thing about craft shows is the exposure you get.  I had a woman who has worked as a buyer for Nordstroms for over 15 years come up to me and tell me that I need to raise my prices!  She also said that she was going to be opening up a shop in Alpine and wanted my pendants in there!  Said she was going to showcase local artists.  Cool.  We will see if it pans out.