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Attitude is everything

I’ve never worked in retail in my life.? Trying to be a salesperson in Junior Achievement was a nightmare.? I was even terrible at selling Girl Scout cookies.? However, if you’re going to do bead shows and try to sell your creations, you’re going to have to try your best to be a salesperson. If …

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If the nightingale will not sing, wait

Yes, good things will come to those with patience.? The show was vastly better today than yesterday.? Foot traffic was definitely higher, and people were evidently in much more of a spending mood.? We had one couple that accounted for probably over half our sales, as it turned out (though I don’t know for certain …

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Disappointing show so far

Indeed, this weekend’s show was certainly disappointing on the first day, not only for us but for all the other artisan-vendors we talked with.? I thought all day that there didn’t seem to be the attendance I was accustomed to seeing, and both Diane and Lisa confirmed it.? I do not even think we have …

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Tips Tuesday – Creative Outlets

Flaming Hot’s Tuesday Tip is to have more than one creative outlet, so that when your creativity goes south in one area, you have something else to work on.? This shifting gears lets other parts of your creative energies get exercised while the exhausted area rests, and is supposed to get you back on track …

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Weer in ur bede show, scopin’ out ur displaze

Since DH decided not to go to his martial arts classes today because he was still achy from this week, we went out to the Intergalactic Bead Show in Duluth.? It’s not a show I attend frequently because it takes about 40 minutes to get out there, and it’s not a show I’ve heard that …

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Demo Day

The Southern Flames Demo Day was yesterday. For $10 you get to sit there all day and watch demos by your fellow glass artists, schmooze with them, and eat a yummy chili lunch. I always opt for Gerry’s white bean and chicken chili — not too hot and utterly delish. The six demos were as …

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Who are my idols?

From Flaming Hot, this week’s BlogIt: Who do you admire? Aspire to emulate? Look to as the artisan you wish to be? In setting goals and reaching higher where do you find your benchmarks? Blog it! There are plenty of beadmakers and artisans whose work I admire, most of whom are listed at my web …

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Finding Myself in Business

I ran into my next door neighbor, Carla, this evening as she was sitting in the alley behind our condos exercising Dusty-Puppy. We’ve been chatting off and on for some time about my beads and her jewelry, and apparently we’re both about at the same point of setting up in business with our avocations. After …

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What I Did on My Spring Break

I took Marjorie Langston’s glass beadmaking classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School in western North Carolina. Yes, I could have stayed home all week and torched, but I would have had a multitude of distractions and no feedback. This way I learned new techniques, played with new ideas, fed off of my classmates’ …

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On being a glass artist

I want to make beads that other people will love and want to buy from me. I’m not sure yet exactly what style of beads I will be making, but it will not be just today’s hot style of beads. I’m going to make beads that I love, and then let other people that love …

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