Fun with Chevrons

I have actually gotten back to my beadwork, including design: I started playing (again) with a pattern I found a very, very long time ago. This was my introduction to Chevron Stitch, in The Art & Elegance of Beadweaving, (2002), by Carol Wilcox Wells. Well — actually, the pattern I was playing with a fewContinue reading “Fun with Chevrons”

Working out some priorities

It’s been about a week since I’ve posted anything substantive to this site. A lot of that is due to other calls to action going on in my life, which would…likely be apparent, from my last couple of posts. I myself have had to read back over this blog in order to get a goodContinue reading “Working out some priorities”

Money matters.

If I had worked out how much I was comfortable being paid (or needed to draw) earlier; if I’d worked out how much I could earn by not investing a lot into the beading enterprise; it would have been a quicker path to the realization that this maybe should be a second line of income,Continue reading “Money matters.”

Potential Fulfilled

This post is about the difference between potential and actuality. Or, why I have a level of difficulty in actually using the materials I have, as versus recording or ordering or writing about them. This feels like something very deeply rooted in my psyche, though I’m not sure where it comes from, or why it’sContinue reading “Potential Fulfilled”

A different “business” model

I’ve been researching prices for beadwoven earrings. Not the most pleasant thing. It does remind me of the time (years ago) I was doing research at either/both the EDD or BLS for “handcrafters” (beadwork falls into this category) and found that the average wage was below the poverty line (IIRC). Looking it up at thisContinue reading “A different “business” model”

Creative Desert

I haven’t done any work with my hands for the past few days — and I’m feeling it. I’ve been largely reading (big emphasis on reading), writing (to see if I could/did want to do that for a living — after a full day of writing, I got very deep into my own thoughts [notContinue reading “Creative Desert”

Hobby vs Business, part two

I have been doing (more) research on the difference between a hobby and a business, over the last couple of days. Right now, in the eyes of the U.S. Government, I am surely a hobbyist, though this could develop into being a business, in the future. Note: none of this is intended as legal advice,Continue reading “Hobby vs Business, part two”

Making French Hook earwires…

I did go back to the Craft table today, made it a bit more habitable (i.e. wiped off the dust and put some things away), and started on a French Hook earwire model. It doesn’t seem like this should be a big deal. Thing is, even minor wirework requires getting out the tools, which seemsContinue reading “Making French Hook earwires…”

Hobby or Business?

During the last 48 hours — or, starting in the middle of the night two nights ago, I’ve been driven to reassess my business model…considering becoming a hobbyist who incidentally sells, rather than a microbusiness. I really am not sure about this, as it seems I can only earn $400 before I need to payContinue reading “Hobby or Business?”

Yesterday

Ohh, man. Yesterday I did get back to work at the Craft table. It wasn’t anywhere near as scary as it seemed when I was away from it. And, as usual, I didn’t really want to go, once I got started. 🙂 I did have to cut apart and re-weave two earrings, but I gotContinue reading “Yesterday”