When I began this expedition two years ago, I didn't think anyone would buy an unfinished component, so I always made up complete jewelry pieces. I was sure that no one would want just a bead, or just a charm, all by itself.
Then Heather Powers at the Art Bead Scene convinced me that, yes indeed, people would buy just beads and components so I opened the ExpeditionD shop to put just the artbeads there.
Thank you Heather! That's one lady who knows what's what!
And I met the lovely Lorelei Eurto, who has seen so much growth and blossoming of her unique talents this year especially.
She made the jewelry that's pictured here. I love all of her designs. She uses wire in such unique ways - I can look at a photo of one of her designs and recognize her style, even if I didn't know it was one of her photos.
She has been so supportive and kind, I can't thank her enough.
Now, I put the resin and polymer clay in the ExpeditionD shop on Etsy, and the finished jewelry pieces, pewter components and fused glass items in the LynnDavis Etsy shop.
In November I approach the two year anniversary of this adventure online, the first Belle Armoire Jewelry Magazine publication and the launching of the first Etsy shop. The blog, all of the things started two years ago...
I've learned a lot about photography, and how to write a description. Lots of things I've learned in that time..
I just passed a combined 950 sales in both shops. Hopefully it's not cheating to count them together, since it means I created at least 950 items in the time the shops have been on Etsy.
950!! Wowzers, that sounds like a lot! Almost (dare I think it) 1,000. YIKES!
I think that calls for some kind of celebration - I'll have to think of something super special! To say THANKS for coming along on this expedition with me....