Sunday, December 20, 2009

Don't sweat it.

I've been stressing over some very minor things this holiday season. Stressing about change, and the new year, and about expanding my business. Stressing about how to handle being a corporation, and the new accounting practices I'll have to learn. About things from the past that have been bugging me. Mostly about how someone has lied about me and my business to make me look bad. So trivial really, and childish to waste my time and energy when it could be better utilized in my business and my writing. Oh, I've been stressed that I haven't been writing, too. lol
But last night, my friend was up all night with her 18 year old dog, watching helplessly as he had seizures, and then finally, early this morning he died.
Yes, it was a dog, and not a child or a parent, but living with a dog for 18 years, he may as well be a child or a parent, because he's there for everything. I cried this morning, for my friend, for the dog, and for myself, knowing what a tough night that must have been, and how I will have to face the same situation soon with my animals.
And I realized that this is what matters, I have a roof over my head, a healthy happy family, a husband who is my best friend and business partner, animals who make the world right, and friends who make me laugh.
I choose not to let the negative things and people get to me, because I'm thrilled to be doing what I love and making a living at it. I love my customers, and my family and friends, and most of all I'm happy. I wish happiness to everyone who is negative and unhappy, because the later must be an aweful way to go through life. When I look back, I want to be able to say, "Oh, that was small stuff, and I learned not to sweat it."

Saturday, December 19, 2009

I Make Beads

I make beads. I've been making beads for more than 9 years. In the beginning I made only beads and sold them on eBay, as singles and sets. Then I integrated my designer beads into jewelry and sold pieces right off my wrist or neck. My best first customers were the ladies at the bank. They'd gather around to see my newest designs. What a blast.

But I really enjoyed the beads and went on to start a web site for selling bead sets. And sell I did, from my site, and also from several gem and bead shows across the USA.

I just had to incorporate my bead sets into jewelry once again and I started selling at juried art shows. These shows were hit and miss. Mostly hit, but not convenient for my full-time job of running a restaurant I own with my husband.

On a whim, I decided to try wholesale, and I've never looked back. The designs I sell to catalogs and stores are vastly different from my original designs. I get really excited about the line I sell now, and I can't wait to add new pieces to the current line.

For 2010 we will continue in the same direction, and add a new line for pet lovers. Stay tuned for photos of new pieces, and our schedule of trade shows for 2010.

May inspiration come in many colors.