Getting to know you... continued.
My question for you is can you show us a picture of your bead stash? You always use the coolest art beads. I'd love to see what you have waiting to be made into something pretty. :-) Here's a good post, to see how I store beads.
I would like to know if you have a secret to maintaining such a constant stream of energy and do you just ever poop out? I can work pretty consistently for a good 4 or 5 nights in a row... but yes. I have been known to poop out once in a while and I need to take an evening or two off to build up the energy and inspiration again to keep designing. I usually take this time to enjoy my surroundings, or flip through some magazines, or browse some of my past designs. I recently upgraded to a pro account on Flickr so now there is a nice comprehensive gallery of my designs!!
Do you have any character flaws? Or are you really this perfect? I mean, are you always so nice and funny and understanding and successful and relate-able? Oh yes. My Character flaws are: I swear way too much. Which I know sometimes may make me sound un-educated. The truth is, my temper flares quite easily. More so at certain times of the month. ;) I have terrible road rage. And I do my fair share of griping about people, to my friends mostly, and Kelley can attest to that. But on the same note, I do try to be fair, and be kind, and treat people how I would want to be treated. My parents raised me to appreciate what I have, appreciate my friends, and love others. I think I am down-to-earth, and relate-able. I am very loyal. And this can be seen in my obsessive shopping behaviors. Just ask Jade Scott!
Should we ask Joe? I think he would say the same thing, but could ask him for a statement!
first question~ have the beads I sent arrived yet? YES!!
second, how many of your pieces do you keep? Very few! I actually did make a necklace for myself like this because I was so sad that it sold.
I also made myself a small pair of amethyst briolette earrings to match a shirt that I have! There have been a few pieces. Not many. I would much rather have someone buy it and love it and wear it, than me keep it and hardly ever wear it!
What got you started in beading? How long have you been beading? what inspires your work? I started beading right before the Christmas season in 2006, in hopes of making some of my own Christmas gifts to save some money. I picked up a copy of Stringing magazine and immediately fell in love with the layout, and most of all, the art beads that were featured there. I went back and bought every past issue available at the local bead shop. I would say that this magazine is what got me started, and they continue to inspire me to this day!! I am also inspired by other jewelry designers, art beads, nature, my surroundings, and color!!
My question is about your Etsy shop: about how many sales do you process each week? I would say I process anywhere from 6-12 sales a week on average, lately.
I see that you seem to sell your beautiful jewellery as soon as it is listed.What marketing secret have you got to sell so fast? My advice would be to utilize social media as much as possible. I find that using 3 main things when listing new work, helps a lot! Facebook, Twitter, and Blogger!