Things are getting more than usually busy for me now that the end of the school year is approaching, so I’ll be closing custom orders again for a while. I’ll continue to accept custom work through April 30; please contact me if you have something you’d like to request. After April 30, I won’t be able to take new custom requests for several months (for either Leaves of Glass or urban legend). Thank you for your patience, and I apologize in advance for any inconvenience.
It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted anything here. During the silent months, I’ve enjoyed a hilarious and productive summer vacation, gotten rid of what feels like half my stuff, rearranged my apartment, started a regular workout routine, redyed my hair three times (it’s blue right now), read many books, designed lots and lots of new work, and made a perfect mulligatawny soup. And three failed batches of caramel.
A lot of this has been chronicled on Twitter. I find it easier to keep up with that, for some reason, although it obviously doesn’t have the scope for reflection that blogging does. If you do the Twitter thing, please follow me – I promise hilarity and frequent hair updates, as well as immediate notification when I post new things and the occasional random sale, based on whimsy. I have renewed intentions for good blogging, of course – when do I not? – and a head full of half-written blog posts on everything from concert reviews to dyeing Lucite beads, and I hope to actually be able to write about them soon.
Anyone who already follows me on Twitter will know that I’ve been working on setting up a new shop over at Big Cartel. As of this week, I’ll start posting my new designs for Leaves of Glass in that shop rather than my Etsy shop for Tuesday updates. (For now, urban legend will remain on Etsy only). I’ll continue to sell existing listings and several of my best sellers on Etsy, but will be working on promoting the new site as much as I can. There are a number of reasons for this, but I’ll just touch on my top 2 here:
1. It’s more cost effective for me, and therefore I can make my jewelry a bit more affordable for you. You’ll notice that prices are a little lower there than in my Etsy shop.
2. DISCOUNT CODES! Big Cartel allows me to program discount codes into my shop so that you can take advantage of sales, coupons and special offers without waiting for a revised invoice or refund.
This is a huge deal for me, and I’m excited to try it out; so to celebrate point #2, I’ll be launching this week’s brand new Leaves of Glass shop update with a discount code. Enter code NEWLEAF when you checkout at www.leaves-of-glass.com for a 10% discount on your order. (Fine Print: This code will be good through Tuesday, October 5, and may not be combined with other discounts.)
I’ll also be sending out an email reminder with the new shop information. In the meantime, here are a few sneak peeks of tomorrow’s update to whet your appetite.
Lately I’ve been trying to do shop updates on Etsy all at once on Tuesday mornings, rather than listing one or two new things a day. It’s been working out pretty well – I like having all the photo editing and description-writing done at once, and it means I don’t have to worry about anything except relisting for the rest of the week. Which leaves me more time to actually make new things. (Imagine that!)
I thought it would be fun to start doing preview peeks of things that will be appearing in each week’s shop updates – either by photographing a handful of beads that I’ve used in new items, or by showing little slivers of things in teaser photographs. I’m opting for Option B this week. Below are sneak peeks of 5 new things that I’ll be listing tomorrow, both in urban legend and Leaves of Glass. Enjoy!