Monday, September 20, 2010

My First Day of School

or so it feels like................

Well, Fall is here..not officially but my nose tells me so!  It really smells like Fall outside.  This weekend I closed my little place on Lake Ontario and I feel like I just opened it up for summer, needless to say I didn't really spend much time there this year.  Our property (we do not stay on our own property, we have a small seasonal place about 3 miles away on the same road)  has been for sale for almost 2 years now and for the first time I am really getting antsy about moving things along.  PLEASE SOMEONE BUY IT! I have lowered my price so much I am practically paying you! 

5+ Build-able-Lake-Front Acres S.Shore Road, Three Mile Bay NY

There I have gone and done it - I have hit a new low.. I blogged about my property for sale!  Well, since I have jumped in head first.. if you know anyone looking for gorgeous property on Lake Ontario.. email me! and I will personally conference you in to my agent!

Anyway, I'm back to my first day of school <------ feeling that is!  Its quiet outside ( i like that)  Hank's work schedule totally changes.. Mid July his clients start dropping off..heading off to their summer homes until the Holiday weekend brings them back to the city in August he has one or two clients here and there and is always home with me and we get a good amount of work done.. but now he is back to the hideous George Washington Bridge traffic every morning and I can tell he also had that "first day of school look on his face-worse than me"!    I cannot believe it, as I type this some nut job is blowing leaves.. there can only be 10 if that on the ground.. Do they really have to pollute the earth with the gas powered blower to move around 10 leaves?  This is a total pet peeve of mine and the timing is just perfect for my blog post.  Grrr.

Back to smiles.. anyway.. in a nutshell.. FALL IS HERE! Lets get back to the studio and start creating some fabulous things!

** IMPORTANT ** I was supposed to be a vendor at the Northern Virginia Bead Society Show this weekend in Virginia! But I am not going.  I just can't carry my jewelry cases.. way to heavy and I do not want to hurt myself after having surgery in August.  I was looking forward to driving and staying with Joan Miller & Alice St. Germain.. but plans have changed and I wish them a fabulous show! 

Til next time, 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I am cheating on Etsy..

but the affair may be a fleeting one!

Hello Everyone!  I know it is always so long in between blog posts but... hey, someone has to make the beads, right?

Recent posts by Lorelei Eurto and Nancy Schindler regarding the web based store BIG CARTEL prompted me to think about a new venue for selling my work.  Not that I really ever had a problem with ETSY and I really enjoy being a part of the ETSY family but I thought a new venue without the costs of etsy might be a fun change.
Quickie Big Cartel Logo for Lisa Peters ART Beads Shop
I wrote to Nancy and she was kind enough to express her feelings about the site and I told it was something I was going to think about.  Well after a few hours I did and opened up my Lisa Peters ART on Big Cartel yesterday afternoon. I saved some of my favorite pieces throughout the year and decided that I would open that store with those.  Crystalline Glazes are something I really love and are very difficult to do correctly... especially on a flat surface like a cabochon as they like to "drip" downward, but after a few let downs in the kiln I ended up with a handful of beauties and my favorite was my first to be listed.  I am so proud that the amazing Carol Dean Sharpe of SandFibers ended up with that one in her "stash" as much as I am proud that she was the first to purchase from my new shop... She has ALWAYS had my bead-making-back!   I've had a few sales since the new shop opened and I thank everyone for all the positive feedback they have given me on the new store.

Big Cartel may not be the venue for me and I am going to use the next few weeks as a trial.  I love the idea of having another shop and expanding my customer base, however, I find that the tools on etsy are conducive to my "type" of selling.   Lots of OOAK Items.   I have to copy and paste and enter alot of information in Big Cartel when I have grown to absolutely adore the Etsy Hack program by Greasemonkey for Firefox.  My whole world changed when I added that program and it made it possible for me to sell similar items but were not close enough to be called copies or to be placed in a more-than-one-of inventory.  I am finding that I have to list my more expensive items in Big Cartel to make the extra time spent worth it.  But that's okay...this may work out in my favor.  All is just too early to make any final decisions and I am going to enjoy and learn as I go.  I am sure I  am NOT using Big Cartel to it's fullest potential right now and maybe when I do my feelings will change.

What's Coming?  Recently I was given a book from 1909 about interpreting Dreams.   I am using that book and the words from it as a source of my inspiration for my new items.  I have a mini kiln load half filled now and I am looking forward to getting back in the studio and to start creating more new pieces.  Stay tuned for that.   I have been working on a new glaze formula for my next batch that I hope looks as I imagine it to look and fires without causing me too many headaches.  (please cross your collective fingers for me!)

After Surgery: My neck is feeling much better and I have more range of motion than I have had in a very long time which is wonderful.. The pins and needles and numbness are still present in my right hand and arm but I am hopeful that even that will disappear in the next few months.  If it does not, then at least I can say I tried and will continue to create regardless.  It will take a lot more than a little spinal oopsy to keep me away from the clay I promise!

 *A girlfriend of mine has been getting some slack from a new pair of VERY BIG Sunglasses that she purchased recently.  Last night we met for a snack & a cocktail (or 2) and I wanted to show my support for her and her fashion forward move!  She forgot to wear hers, but I brought mine along!  It was nice to get out and play since being out of commission for the last few weeks.
Cell Pic taken yesterday evening of me wearing my grandmothers glasses from the 70's - everything is back in style !

Til next time I leave you with a photograph of the first item to be listed on Big Cartel and Sold to the wonderful Carol Dean!  I hope to create more that look like this in the future!
Happy Creating,
Til Next Time,