I meant to make a post sooner than this to share the good news, but I got a little caught up with all things pregnancy (like contractions and getting even more baby ready).
Five days ago (December 10th) I made my first non-commissioned sale! The pearl and crystal necklace sold to someone in New York! I really hope they love it, because it was a huge pain to make. A labor of love.
In celebration of my first sale, I'm planning a special After-Christmas deal. I will be mailing out post cards with a unique code written on them. This code will be good for 30% off of a custom design. For those of you who don't already know, custom designs are already cheaper than buying from the Etsy store, and they're also one of a kind. There may be similar items made in the future, but there will be absolutely nothing exactly like what is made for your custom order.
This is my way of letting you or someone you know get what they really wanted for Christmas and letting you get a jump-start on that perfect Valentine's Day gift. The 30% off code will go out in January. If you want one, email me your address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another really awesome thing has happened recently. I've been asked to make a one of a kind necklace for a Secret Santa gift exchange. The gift is for the pastor's mother in law. I'm really looking forward making this special gift.
I went to my favorite bead store today to pick up some supplies for this necklace. All I know so far is that the color needs to be blue and the length should probably be around her collar bone. I've only met her once, so I have a pretty good idea of her height and body's frame size. The rest I'm kind of like AHHH! I'm hoping to get the chance to talk to either the pastor or his wife to get a better idea of the type of jewelry she likes before it needs to be done. Which, by the way, is Thursday.
I found some awesome things while at the store. Plenty of blue. I bought two kinds of pearls (robin's egg blue and almost cobalt), lots of rich blue glass, blue shell that looks a bit like cat's eye, but not quite. I bought a few other things too that I plan on making and putting up in the shop come January.
A lot of things that aren't custom orders are going to be put on hold until January. The baby is due any day now, and come January 2nd we will all be moving to Oklahoma! I'm hoping that being so close to Native American culture will really inspire me to get creative. I'm also hoping for some good deals on turquoise! (A little birdie told me that turquoise is going to be the "in" thing for 2010. Let's hope!)
I will be posting pictures (when I find my camera's cord) of the necklace that I make for the pastor's mother in law after the gift is open. I don't want to spoil the surprise!
Time to get busy!