Tuesday, April 7, 2015

And its outta here!

The Anthropologie order shipped yesterday! Can I tell you what a relief this is, can I just tell you?

 It was a lot of work and the last month ended up being a case of "if it can go wrong, it will go wrong".  But I will tell you this, I learned a heck of a lot about wholesale, about business and most certainly about myself.

And this was a calm day...
Fragment Drop necklaces in verdigris - anthropologie is calling this "blue motif"
Out to Sea earrings
Hemisphere earrings in process
I purchased some IKEA bins ahead of time and they were really helpful for storing and moving things around.
My mom and my husband did the barcoding and packaging last Saturday.  

This is 227 pieces. And to think the buyer originally was talking about 4000 total with pieces "to all doors"! Instead they're carrying my work as a web exclusive only and you can also see some of the pieces on models throughout the website. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

I tend to repeat myself

This line incorporating some of my flat shapes  has finally come together (more earrings and short necklace to follow). I've been drawn to repetition of line and shape all my life and I think it certainly comes through here. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Keeping it straight

I am more dependent than ever on calendars right now. I have a good bit going on and conversely dwindling brain space. I like the paper calendars that you write on. Call me old fashioned but I just haven't gotten the knack of keeping a calendar on my phone.

I keep one in the kitchen, a very detailed one at my desk, a jewelry order only one and in my studio…an inspiring one on the wall right at my work table.

This year as last I chose Francesca Lancisi's calendar. The images are soothing, abstract organics and you can download and print them for free!

I can't help but see these translated to big polymer beads.

If you'd like to know more about her check out her fantastic new website, her blog or  her Tuscan studio tour on the Elite 16 blog.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Saved up

I have a few new pieces posting to the shop this week.

I'm considering creating and selling a tutorial for the Three Piece Convertible earrings (two piece pair below). Belle Armoire asked to publish one and I've also had a couple customers ask about one. What do you think?
for the Three Piece Convertible earrings (two piece pair below). Belle Armoire asked to publish one and I've also had a couple customers ask about one. What do you think?

I've written tutorials (one for the book, one for Belle Armoire) but with those I had some guidelines from the writer/editor.  It would have to wait until after the anthropologie order of course but I'd like to take more time to mull it over in my head.

I'd love to hear your thoughts - what do you expect from a tutorial that you purchase? What have you liked and not liked about tutorials you've purchased?

Monday, January 12, 2015

Game On

I'm happy to tell you that an order from ANTHROPOLOGIE is finally official. There was a bit of back and forth and a bit of "price point" and a bit of "ball park" and 37 emails, 3 phone calls and a vendor manual but its finally settled.

The samples

The size of the order initially suggested by the buyer (which is beyond my capacity at this point) has been whittled down to a very manageable quantity of seven different pieces with the ship date extended by a week. The flip side of that is that the pieces will only be available online. However the the flip side of THAT is that the samples may be included in a photo shoot which would be pretty cool, I must admit.

Its been a bit like jumping into the deep end really but I feel pretty good about it and I've certainly already learned a lot.  And now…its production time.

(The Etsy shop is relatively full and will stay open. I've even got some new pieces to add. Check back on Wednesday if you're interested.)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Today is the last day for orders in my Etsy shop before a bit of Christmas break. How much of a break it will be is yet to be determined as anthropologie is still working on my order which they expect to finalize by Christmas day at the latest.

Earthy beaded necklace

Now that the preliminary decisions have been made, I am working the an assistant buyer and buying operations coordinators and I do have to say that everyone I've talked to has been really nice. I sold a small selection of pieces to Terrain, anthropologie's earthy, garden/home goods "sister store", about 4 years ago so I'm still in the Urban Outfitters vendor system which makes things a bit easier. The legal vendor stuff is ever so fun to read (NOT) and a bit frightening at that.

And in other news... its so great to be part of a dark, jewelry finds collection over on Amy Tavern's blog. Probably no surprise that I love her work so I'm quite please to be there with such great company!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Active Waiting

So ANTHROPOLOGIE asked for a line sheet in July, they asked for samples in November, LOVED the samples in November and now, now I'm waiting. Waiting to hear if the price point is right and if they can accept the quantity I can produce.

I wasn't even going to share this, thinking that if it all goes pear shaped, am I really going to want to talk about it openly? But that sounds sort of like failure thinking, doesn't it?

And either way, this is not a failure. They're talking about 2000 pieces and my jewelry in all stores. That is not a failure. The fact that I can not produce 2000 pieces in two and a half months is also not a failure...but it SURE as heck gives one pause for thought!

I think I might be at a juncture. Stand by.