Tag: Business

Nov 29

Where did the holiday go?

I had good intentions for this five-day weekend, I truly did. Like so many of my good intentions, they didn’t get completely fulfilled. I was going to: catch up on the massive grading backlog. Well, I at least sorted out the papers and graded a little bit. A very little bit. get a bunch of …

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Nov 28

Photo Woes

I was trying to photograph some of my chainmaille bracelets tonight to get them listed at 1000 Markets and Artfire. Photography isn’t my favorite part of the process, but tonight was particularly aggravating. One problem I’ve had in the past is getting a clearly focused picture because I run into depth of field issues. In …

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Nov 21

Show, Day 1

It was slow. What can I say? Pretty much we were all in agreement — even Audrey, when she came and browsed late in the afternoon, said it had been slow. Of course, we have had shows with slow Saturdays before, and they have usually been followed by good Sundays, so we shall remain optimistic. …

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Nov 20


No, not THAT kind of quickie ::frown::. I spent all evening doing all the show prep stuff that I know not to put off until the last minute but do so anyway. I always end up cleaning the last batch of beads on the last night, and then they have to be sorted, culled, placed …

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Nov 09

I Don’t Do It Alone, Part II

Besides Gary, there’s one other critical person associated with my business — my occasional business partner Andrea, of Four Tails Lampwork. Although we have separate online businesses, we team up to do shows, and that works out VERY well for us. One reason is that our styles of work are complimentary but not copy-cat; she …

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Nov 08

I Don’t Do It Alone, Part I

Friday’s post might have sounded like I try to do everything with Art of the Firebird all by myself. Well, I don’t — there are two people on whom I rely! My husband, Gary, tends to stay behind the scenes most of the time, but he’s vital to my success. Any time there’s a problem …

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Nov 06

Running a Really Small Business

One thing I keep researching is managing a really, really small business like Art of the Firebird. Heaven knows there’s a lot of information out there about small businesses, but so much of it is geared toward either people who want to be consultants of some sort, toward people who are opening brick-and-mortar retail, or …

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Jan 17


I’m not hugely sure about this move, but after monitoring a lot of chatter, I’ve gone ahead and opened up a studio at Artfire.? At the very least, it is an alternative outlet to Etsy for beads that I want to sell as is. I’m planning to keep finished pieces, including earrings and the majority …

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Nov 30

Finally Live at 1000 Markets!

It took some doing, but my shop at 1000 Markets is finally approved and open for business! I got the products and new pictures up and resubmitted it on Thursday, only to get a message back today saying that my pendants needed to be offered ready-to-wear on a cord or chain. Well, the cord/chain wasn’t …

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Nov 28

Sometimes it IS the equipment

I've been struggling with photographing my lampwork, that is, when I could make myself TRY to photograph it with our Kodak point-and-shoot digital camera. No matter what I did, I ended up frustrated. It was almost impossible to get decently focused pictures even using the macro setting; getting enough light was a herculean task; finding …

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