Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fall updates and my little dragon

This blog has evolved into a seasonal update on my personal life, writing ambitions, and goals as a small-time artist. So I'm going to tackle this post from a holistic perspective as I've been doing for the last year-ish. Keep reading for a little bit of everything that's going on in my world.
First, I've gone back to my day job. Notice the distinction; I didn't say I went back to work. I've been working my tail off since Johnathan was born. I won't go into more detail about the business of being an at-home mom, because I'm not a mom-blogger (this is going to be a mantra, I can tell) and many bloggers already do it better than I could.
In terms of fiction projects, In Irina's Cards is complete and looking for a permanent home. I'm in the process of brainstorming a new work of fiction because although I have two sequels planned for In Irina's Cards, I know better than to take them past the notes and outline stage before the first installment comes to life.
My Bits & Baubles are moving along nicely. I had a delightful order from a lady in Illinois who chose one of my more elaborate necklaces for her Halloween wedding. I usually don't know where and how my jewellery is being worn after it leaves my shop, but it was a really special feeling to know my design would be part of someone's wedding.
Overall, I feel like my jewellery is moving into a new phase, design-wise. I mentioned last time that I added a logo, but I generally feel like my work is morphing past the genres of steampunk and trashion. I've been exploring curio and occult imagery, in keeping with my plan to always incorporate recycled or upcycled elements into my creations. Although I enjoy experimenting with new media and new design ideas, I don't see my jewellery evolving into a full-time business.
I enjoy having two Etsy shops (I also run a supply shop called Beyond Junk), but I don't have plans to work on one or both full-time. I've been thinking a lot about this lately; I believe there are too many consultants and Etsy staff themselves selling an unhealthy myth that people can turn their hobbies into reliable income. By way of promoting their own products and services, many crafts businesspeople are preaching about how any serious artist should be growing his or her business and to do otherwise is incompetent. That's how their sales pitches often sound to me, at least. One of my favourite business blogs, Smaller Box, has an excellent post on the topic. Fortunately, I enjoy working as a writer as much as I enjoy creating in my spare time.
On to a lighter, more cheerful topic, my son recently had his first birthday. We marked the occasion with a small party, including some iconic moments like his first messy cake face and the 1-year milestone on his first height chart. My friend Maya has a small business herself making hand-painted height charts. Naturally, I commissioned one for John's birthday and it turned out beautifully.Visit her at Monkey Pants Designs for more pictures.
We also just enjoyed John's first costume. He was a dragon for Halloween and actually got several wearings out of his costume. In addition to Halloween night, we dressed him up for his friend Kai's birthday and a Halloween party at his daycare. Unfortunately it was raining on Halloween night, so we decided to skip trick-or-treat, which was just fine with his Nana and Papa who were in town for a visit.
So now we're getting ready for another wet winter in Burnaby. Technically this will be John's second Christmas, but I think he's going to get much more out of it this time. Hopefully his birthday was practice enough for his wrap-ripping skills.

Indoor Halloween



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