Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bead Table Wednesday

Today's Bead Table Wednesday is a bit unusual in that it doesn't involve beads, but involves marketing the jewelry I make.  

I have a jewelry show on February 5th, and I just got my shipment of postcards in yesterday.  Since I'm cutting it close, I decided today was the day to get a bunch of labels onto all those postcards.  So today my "bead" table is my coffee table, and with the remote to NetFlix all set up, away I went!

Yes, I really do use that many postcards -- it took me six to seven years to build up that following -- and it takes FOREVER to get labels and stamps on.  I need elves.  Zack got bored after putting on 35 stamps.

On another note, I'd like to show you a bracelet I made with some beads from The Gritty Bird.  Becky is AMAZINGLY creative (I love her thread-embroidered pendants!) and she recently started making a line of paper clay beads.  They're delightfully organic, in beautiful colors, and go FABULOUSLY with Vintaj findings.

Here's what I made:

"Purple Rusticana" includes Gritty Beads, a Bayong wood bead, and dangles of dyed betel nuts.  Vintaj findings and wire complete the look.  Here's a closer look at the Gritty Beads.....

Be sure to visit Becky's site by clicking here, and try out some of her unique styles!  (I've got my eye on the red for next time!)

Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She's also a contributor to Art Bead Scene.


  1. OMG is it Wednesday again already? Time is going too fast already this new year! Looks like you have your work cut out for you with all those postcards, can't you bribe Zack to come back for awhile? Good luck with your show, hope the weather permits!

  2. I love her work! And your piece is great!

  3. I hope your your show is awesome, and that someone gives both of us a cookie...soon.

    Thank you soooo much for the bag of goodies. A few pieces are the perfect diameter and the rest I will grind in my mortar and pestle for enamel work. You are awesome!


  4. Nice post cards. The bracelet is just so me. Love it.


  5. They look like billiard balls! So cute :D

    Good luck with all those stamps and labels.

  6. Good luck with the show! I love the bracelet - very organic, to borrow one of your words ;-)

  7. I love Gritty Birds' beads!

  8. OMG I have the same exact beads - even the nut beads aren't they cute? I am eyeing the light blue for the next time.

  9. Wow great link. Love her work.

  10. here I was, loving the turquoise dangles & they aren't! & your boxes looked great,(such vibrant, pretty colours)& the bowl of soup took my breath away & those are NOT colours I ever even think about~nice!

  11. Anonymous12:40 AM


    OH MY GOODNESS, I LOVE the bracelet! You made my beads look so awesome....

    Thanks so very much for sharing about them and for your sweet comments about me.

    I am honored to have them featured in one of your designs!

    I wish I could help you with all your post card labels. That can be so tough!

    I wish you the best on your show- I know you will do great!

    Take Care.

  12. Hope yor show goes well, the postcards look great.
    Thank you for the link. Jenni

  13. Anonymous10:33 AM

    Do you have a good contact for the postcards that you can share?

  14. Hi Anonymous -- I use Vistaprint for my postcards and business cards (I created my own design in PhotoShop and then download it) and for my earring box business cards.

    I'm on the lookout (or will be!) for some other providers later, though, so any suggestions are welcome!

  15. I just got my business cards in yesterday and still am in awe...I have business cards. Wow!

    I'd be putting on labels to some moody music. But Netflix is fun too! What did you watch?!?!?!

  16. I love Bead Table Wednesday and want to start participating. The truth is somedays we have to tend to business, it's all part of making the whole thing work.

    Hats off - you got you business and creative mojo going on the same day! Gorgeous bracelet.


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