Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Avalon, NJ on Saturday, June 24th.

Well, just yesterday I managed to find out that there's a craft show going on in Avalon on the 24th, and that the deadline to apply is the 19th. I emailed them immediately, and they got back to me this morning saying they'd send an application out ASAP. So with any luck:

1) that thing will get here within a couple of days, and 2) they'll accept it being faxed back, or 3) it'll either get there just in time or they'll accept it a day or two late.

Gotta love last-minute. And that's actually not sarcastic. I'm incredibly bad at planning, and exceptionally good at being spontaneous. If all shows had application deadlines that were only five days before the actual show, I'd be doing them every weekend, or at least as often as I could replenish my inventory. And speaking of replenishing inventory..

I'm told a lot that I don't make enough earrings. Well today I made several pairs, and this is one of them. Snow quartz, rose quartz, and montana Swarovski crystal.

That's an earring/bracelet set that I also made today in preparation for this show coming up. It's made from porcelain beads, malachite and rhodonite beads, and silver-plate. It's also the only one in existence, since those four pink porcelain beads are the only ones I have, and there's no way for me to get my hands on more. Gotta love real one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Anyway. Preparation for the show. Since there was no mention of a jury, I'm hazarding the assumption that just getting in the application will get me a spot, and so that means that I'm going to be spending the next two weeks in a jewelry-making frenzy. Which is going to be a feat, considering I already have the task of moving into my apartment this weekend on my hands. Not only is this a lot of work, but it also means all of my supplies are going to have to be packed up, unpacked, and sorted out before I can start working again. I also have to buckle down and get my display figured out. That's the main thing that's been keeping me from applying to shows, the fact that I don't have a real table setup. I have a few racks that I built (oh yeah that's right), a few tiles to display things on, a nice table covering.. and that's about it. I need nicer tables, more display racks.. and a tent! Oh, and a bigger car so that I'll actually be able to transport all this stuff ;)

So yeah, it's definitely time to see what I'm made of! I'll keep you updated on the status of my application, but as of now, I'm assuming I'll be at the Avalon Chamber of Commerce Craft Show on Saturday June 24th, so if you're in the area, come on out! Let me know if you plan to be there!

Friday, June 09, 2006

You won't be seeing any basement here either.

Thought I'd give you guys a look at where all the magic happens. Except to make it a bit more interesting than it actually is.. we're doing it Tina-style!

Hi, and welcome to the Southern New Jersey Department of Creative Arts official Bedroom Workspace Tour! Let's hold all questions until the end of the tour, okaaay? Thank you!

Please say hello to one of our residents Stacie. Stacie is holding a beaded necklace that she seems very proud of. She has carefully decorated it with lots of crystal and stone. She is also working with some aventurine. Can you say that with me? AYH-VEN-TUUR-EEEEEN.

The mainstay of a jewelry designer's work is beads. Beads can be used in many ways. They can be glued, wrapped, or in this case, strung. Yes, there are thousands and thousands of uses for beads, all of which I will tell you about right now!

Okay, maybe I won't ;)

Anyway. That's my space. One of these days when I'm rich and famous, I'll have my own amazing studio, and I'll give you a real tour- something more Robert Rodriguez Ten Minute Film School than Tina How'd Y'all Like the Alamo. How awesome would that be? An enormous studio with plenty of space and no distractions, right above my future brick-and-mortar shop in my dream location of New Hope, Pennsylvania. And all the biggest stars will be flying in from LA on a regular basis to see me and clamor over my work.

"Stacie, this bracelet is SO fetch. It would look so good on me at the Grammys next week."
"Thanks Madonna, that's so sweet! Brad already put it on hold for Angelina though."
"Oh really? That's a shame. You know.. I'm shooting my new video in New York tomorrow. That's only an hour or so away, isn't it? I'd love for you to come up and make a cameo."
"I'd love to, Madge. The bracelet's still Angelina's though."

Haha, that'll be the life.

Monday, June 05, 2006

First Post!

Yes, I've jumped on the bandwagon and created a blog of my very own! I wonder where it'll go. Won't you join me to find out? ;)

Well, if you've found this little blog, then you probably already know that my name is Stacie and I run Deepshade Creations. And if you didn't know that, now you do! I thought it might be fun to keep my visitors updated on what's going on in my life and with the business, since I was starting to feel a little nameless and faceless behind the workings of the website.

So then. Some basics? I'm 23 (for another month and a half anyway), I live in Central New Jersey (for another two weeks, then it's off to my first apartment in South Jersey, and you'd better believe you'll be hearing more about that excitement!), and wow, already I'm boring myself with these little details. Tell you what, you'll probably find out more about me as I continue to post entries, except then all the information will be in context, rather than in a forced list form. Sound like a deal?

And now, last but not least, this is what I look like. Well, I guess not always. Only when I'm attempting to take over the world!

And you wanted to know more about me. I bet you learned your lesson! ;) But anyway, thanks for checking this out! I'll definitely be updating soon, so keep it bookmarked, and if there's anything you think I should be posting about, let me know! Have a great night lovelies!