Thursday, September 17, 2009

Boo!! Did I scare you?

That's right, it is that time of year again. The time when spooks and ghouls start making their way out from the shadows to prepare for their big night, Halloween. The goblins and ghosts are extra good at sneaking up on people and I am no exception this year!

I had grand plans for some great Halloween items in my shop this year. Unfortunately, I have yet to get them completed. SO... until they are finished I will tell you about my ideas. One of the projects I would like to have up in my shop before the beginning of October are some very cool silver and onyx spider web earrings. On the menu are also some deliciously dainty carnelian pumpkins and candy corn. Last but not least, some cheeky Dia de Los Muertos skulls in all the traditional bright colors.

Keep stopping by to see that finished works as they pop into the shop. Some of the other Eclectic Artisans Team members are getting ready for Halloween too. To read more about what they have in store, stop by Michelle's Charm World to see what cute and spooky things she has in store.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fall Is In The Air

It is getting close to the time of year when the temperatures start to fall and the leaves start to change. That is unless you live in Texas like I do, then it is still 95 and humid!

Well, even with the temperature not cooperating fall is on the way never the less. All you have to do is look in the stores to see it. Fall colors of browns, oranges, maroons, and golds are on every clothing rack. This has prompted me to do the same thing and pull out all of my fall themed beads and gemstones.

I am in the process of getting out my fall line made of Fancy Jasper, Tigers Eye, Garnet and Andalucite (just to name a few)! When the seasons change, so does the clothing and in turn the accessories. The seasons wait for no one, and neither does fashion!

Other members of the Eclectic Artisans Team are getting their shops ready for fall too! Go check out what Michelle' Charm World has in store for the fall season.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Troubles and Trials

Even though I love designing and creating jewelry, I still have periods of time that I find myself struggling. It is not the silver or beads that give me trouble, but rather the business of, well, running a small business.

My biggest trouble when it comes to running my little corner of cyberspace is time management. It is so easy to get wrapped up in the business of getting business that you end up being a hamster on a wheel, always running but never really getting anywhere!

I am still learning the ropes of online selling, but one thing I have already seen is that it can consume you if you let it. When that starts to happen it is probably best to take a deep breath, take a step back for a second and them regroup and reorganize. It is really important to me that Indigo Orchid Designs stays something that is beneficial to me and my family, and does not become a burden.

Are there any things going on in your life right now that seem to be a struggle for you? (I'm sure there are, everyone has some struggles now and then). Take a step back, reevaluate and regroup! You will feel better for having tackled it, even if it doesn't get completely solved.

Reading about others struggles can help put our own in perspective and give us motivation to take them on! Go, and stop by Michelle's Charm World's blog to see what struggles she tackles as a small business owner!