Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
this is how I got started. I was making birthday card for my friend with bird motif. She really liked it and encouraged me to make more and sell them. I made about 50 of them for my first street fairs. I sold 5! Obviously it is not the most popular items. I still like the designs though. Each card looks the same yet they are all different. I hand cut each bird from the past issues of Anthropologie catalogs (yes I collect the catalogs. they are so pretty). Then I arrange the birds based on their patterns and color on the card. I also hand carved a stamp (inkan in Japanese) in Kanji characters "SKY" (my shop's name) so I can stamp it on each card.
I am more thrilled when people bought the cards than when people bought the jewelry. Maybe I will use them for a wall art so I can look at them everyday.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Jamie and I signed up for our second show at the Indie Mart this October. Over 70 vendors offering everything from locally made tees, vintage, handmade unique gears for men and women, & the lil’ ones and more. Notice the antique dress form on the left side of the photo? It's my best find from the Craigslist for $20. Perfect for displaying jewelry and tote bags.
Monday, October 27, 2008
This is where I create my jewelry pieces and note cards -- our formal dining room. The great thing about this space is that the table is huge. The downside of it is that my tools and materials are all over the places. This room does not get enough sunlight in the afternoon so I will be working on transforming one of the upstair bedrooms into my workshop this winter.
Little Tomi tagged along to the fair. He enjoyed the weather and the performace in the park. Tomi did not fuss at all all day long. He loved people watching and of course, the Hershey's kisses we put out.
My hubby took incredible photos, didn't he? Harlen likes to play with color and light and he is one of the most talented person I have ever seen. Thought sometimes I called him "guai mao" ("hard to please" in Mandarin). I guess being an engineer and an artist, he likes to see everything he touches being perfect. BTW, those earrings were a hit at this event.
I can’t even remember how my Etsy shop started (http://www.soradesigns.etsy.com/). Crafting has been in my gene ever since I am in this world. However, I have never tried to sell anything I created. There were not a lot of craft fairs in Taiwan where I spent my first 22 years. When I moved to the U.S. for my graduate study I was fascinated with all different craft fairs or festivals held throughout the year. I enjoyed browsing one booth after another admiring the works being displayed. Here I am— holding my first ever booth for things that I have created. I am speechless --- and yes, some sleepless nights before this big event.