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Importance of Routine

This last month has taught me the importance of sticking to a routine. It all started with a post on Facebook about how to get motivated in the morning. See, I am not a morning person (my whole family is nodding emphatically at these words). Luckily, neither is my hubby, so we just ignore each other until we both wake up.

Anywho, my work schedule for the lampworking business is sort of flexible. I do computer work and shipping in the morning…er…early afternoon, and torch in the evening,usually starting around 5pm. This means I have all day to do my computer stuff and shipping. Sometimes it takes me an hour and other days I’m at it for five. It all depends on what is going on.

The problem started when I noticed I didn’t have time for anything else. Like writing or working out. Or working on new and fun beads at the torch vs production. So with the advice of my know-it-all helpful friends, I started working out right after I woke up in the morning. My one friend said, “You’ll be halfway done before you even know what’s going on.” She was right of course and I kind of hate her a little (J/K Susan, you know I heart you) because I really, really don’t like climbing on the elliptical first thing. But afterward I feel great and get a jump on my day.

Since then I have also instilled a 1000 word count goal in writing and have managed to stick to it. No going to bed until those words are down and in nine days I managed to eek out over 10,000 words. I am elated. That’s more than all of last month.

So for me, getting anything done, from working out to doing laundry, I need a routine, otherwise I am just a computer potato and end up wasting my whole day on facebook or twitter or lampworketc or etsy and ebay. Okay, you’ll still find me in all of those places, but at least I’m also finding the time to get my stuff done.

Do you have a routine? What are you wishing you could get done but can’t find the time?

Bead and Button-The Before Pictures

Writing goal check in: 1174 words written yesterday.

Last week Greg and I spent some time revamping the show table display. For every show we have scheduled we set up a mock table in the dining room so we can decide on inventory we need and what needs to be revamped. With each show we learn what works and what doesn’t and where we want to make changes. This year the table is getting a major overhaul.

I spent a good deal of time looking at other table displays and figuring out what appealed to me in terms of showing off inventory. So far, my favorite has been JC Herrell’s display. If you are a  friend of hers on Facebook, you can  find her display here.  You can see I have borrow heavily from her aesthetic. Thank you, JC!

Ours is still a work in progress. The cream display on the left is being redone, and please ignore the weird thing to the right of the marbles. That’s an idea in the making and will look nothing like what you see there. I need a special display for my ring focals and Greg and I were brain storming. I still don’t know what it will look like, but Greg is mulling it over. He has ideas, which is always kind of dangerous. :P No need to worry though. See that light bar? Yeah, he built it. Pretty cool huh? The only other things I need are white inserts for the bead trays. Got to keep everything orderly.

So, for the next few months I will be buckling down and filling this table. Much of what you see on it right now is Greg’s inventory and of course, the murrini. We have a ton more than what you see there, this is just mock up. Man, I have work to do.

On to the show:

Hello-It's been forever since I updated

Hello all. It has been over a year since I updated this blog. My apologies. Life has been busy with both personal and professional happenings and something had to give. This was one of them. Right now I want to provide a quick update as to what we have been doing.

First off, Greg has started making murrini for sale. He started in September of last year and has built up quite the inventory of both 104 and 90 COE. See it here.

Last year we had an intern come and stay with us for the months of January and February. The lovely Ms. Ali VandeGrift was here lampworking. She did some studio work for us and I introduced her to the wonders of running your own business.  While she was here she procured a scientific glass  internship at Oak Ridge Lab in Knoxville. She is now happily a full-time employee and making beads in her spare time. Be sure to check out her etsy store.

In addition, last year we did three more shows after The Best Bead show in Tuscon. In March we had fun at Marble Crazy in Kansas City. Then I met up with Susan Sheehan in Milwaukee, where we shared a table at Bead and Button. We will be attending again this year, with each of us having a full eight foot table. To round off the show season Greg and I once again attended the Houston Bead Society show in November. It is rapidly becoming our favorite show.  It’s a small show, but comfortable and one of the best as far as promoters go. Plus it is an easy drive from here. We will be returning again this year.

Right now I am busy building inventory for this years Bead and Button show in June. Also, I am spending a lot of time writing. If you’ve been here before you know I wrote a paranormal romance that was completed early last year. So far it’s not published, but I am considering self-publishing it later this year. In the mean time I have been working on an Urban Fantasy involving a fairy, a witch and a vampire. More on that later. It is about half done and very rough being it is still the first draft.

In order to keep me motivated I am joining the 1000 words a day challenge and will be keeping a log here as to how I do. I’m hoping it keeps me motivated. Accountability is one of my great motivators, so wish me luck.

Tucson...Here we come!

Yep, that’s right.  I am finally getting Greg out of the house and we are headed off to Best Bead in Tucson, AZ.  We have  booth 31 in Tent A.  If you are coming down to the shows be sure to stop by and say hi. The show runs from Feb 3rd through the 7th.  We are so looking forward to seeing everyone.  Woot!

All online business stuff will resume in Feb 10th.  However, due to our trusty assistant shipping will continue as normal.

It never fails...

When I take a week off, all sales stop.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not whining or even complaining.  I’m just stating things as they are.  Business actually held strong the week through Christmas and right up to New years.  We were even on vacation from Christmas to New Years.  But all our new auctions and new listings just aren’t new anymore and all those relists just don’t seem to be cutting it.

I know, I know.  You don’t have to tell me it’s right after the holidays and people are broke and just getting back in the swing of things.  I know all this.  We’ve been at this full time for five years.  The thing is, it doesn’t matter when we take vacation.  Every time, the week we get back, things are deader than my poorly executed garden. Just another reinforcement in my beliefs that to make it selling glass beads and marbles, you have to keep putting out new stuff.  New listings, new shiny objects for people to browse.  That’s what keeps the green rolling in.

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