Shows & Fairs

Here it is. The end of the year; the glut in craft fairs and shows upon which I have been hanging my hopes for a successful run at being a small-business-owner. The past few weeks have been full of plans and – more exciting – execution of those plans, resulting in a healthy …

Clay Molds & Stamps

Tomorrow I head back to Victoria County Creates, to spend the day doing a Pop-Up Studio in their utterly gorgeous art gallery space. While I had a fantastic time there – very productive, wiring up items for four hours – it turns out that wiring up items for four hours …

Week One: Self Employed Artisan-hood

Pre-emptive Verdict: IT’S BRILLIANT. Day One: I went to the post office, set up the world’s fastest, easiest lightbox (seriously, have never been able to take photos like this so quickly), took a stack of photos for an upcoming Facebook sale event, figured out that I could dome the bottlecaps …

Gayle Bird Designs, Inc.

In two weeks, I will be something I never thought I could ever accomplish: a self-employed, entrepreneurial, full-time working artist. After almost 18 years working as an educator for an online college, I have put in my notice and will be pursuing Gayle Bird Designs, Inc., with my whole heart and …

Beads in Paris

When I was in Paris (that sounds simultaneously super pretentious and fictional), my host and I took a stroll up Rue du Temple. We were looking for a specific list of bead shops – which we never actually found – and came across a whole street full of bead shops …

Art et the Soul

When I bought a ticket to Paris, I had one, mildly complex goal in mind: To visit friends who had moved there temporarily, using the opportunity to spend my 40th birthday in Europe and get closer to my friends by sharing in some of their experiences there. What I found when I got …

JTV

So, like – this happened again! JTV had me down to Knoxville again, this time for two shows on Jewel School. And yes, that says October. I’m a little slow, so sue me ;) Their lobby sign is still fascinating to me: Christiane had me into her newly-reorganized workspace and …

The Year of YouTube

I decided that 2017 would be the year I did something meaningful and deliberate with my youtube channel. First step was to create a short intro for my videos – key word being short. I didn’t want to bore people or waste their precious time. Next, I had to get my …

Art & Inspiration

You may have noticed that I don’t only create jewellery with wire – I am attracted to any art form that is simple and colourful. Zentangle is a recent thing that’s fed into my long-term stationery fetish, for instance! So, with the latest handlettering craze happening online (check out pinterest …

Jewelry Update

I felt like going through my photos for the past couple of months and compiling the bits of jewelry news and photos that I maybe didn’t already share, or only shared on Instagram or Facebook. For instance, some beautiful components I bought from B’Sue Boutiques (seriously, the greatest quality over there) and …

Life & Times

It’s been a strange few months! Lots of good times, but nothing huge. I feel like marking some of the events, so here’s a photoblog! We had my brother’s birthday: We had my brother’s birthday: I started drinking coffee mixed with this delicious thing (simply because I was tired of …

Creating a Cohesive Display for a Jewellery Booth

Sales weren’t as high this summer as in other years – partly, I think, because I strayed too far from my core silver + beach glass for tourists kinda thing. Whatever it was, I realized I needed to increase my income a bit – and so I signed up for …

Teaspoon Jewellery

Everyone knows what you do with old teaspoons if you are a jeweller: you turn them into rings or bracelets by wrapping them around mandrels. Well. You know me. I can’t do anything the same as other people without developing an eye twitch. And I had this significantly-sized box of …

Into the Groove

This year’s progress has been slow. I thought I had a big business idea to get off the ground but it very much didn’t happen. My online tutorial sales have hit the dirt along with my motivation to make more. Physical sales this tourism season are less than half what …

World’s Shortest Tutorial

What do you think of the one-page tutorial format? No words, just pictures? Just trying out a thing. If you like it, I’ll do a few more (with less blurry photos ;)

Metal & Flowers

I’ve been spending a LOT of time sort of… avoiding the studio. It’s messy in here, my fibro has been acting up so that all I do is SLEEP, and honestly the winter was DEPRESSINGly long and gray. But that didn’t stop me from buying ALL of the colourful supplies I …

Organic Wire-Wrapped Pendants: Craftsy Class Goes Live!

It’s Freeform! Only In Video Form! I haven’t been saying much about my Craftsy class – mostly because the launch date has been a secret. But – and this comes on the heels of the news that my book has sold over 10,000 copies so far – that class launched TODAY. …