This year has been a very busy one for me. Preparations for my wedding, the wedding itself, then moving and job hunting has taken all of my time, and all but put my kanzashi tutorial project on hold, but I'm finally getting back to working on it.
I've just completed a hanagushi comb, and a Gion Matsuri set, complete with bon-ten (Which you can expect to see photos of as soon as I can upload them)
Due to my unsuccessful time job hunting, I'll have to spend more time on that and trying to improve my Etsy shop to possibly bring in a bit more so I can pay bills, and thus I'll be doing do the next projects on my tutorial list slowly, but rest assured the project is not dead! I've photographed all the steps of the comb and July set, so you can expect to see them in the book when it's finished. I'm still working on the tsumami gardenia, and the next piece on the list is a large kusudama to match the aforementioned comb.
I'm having to come up with a new pricing system for my Etsy shop, the one I have now puts some of my prices too high to be marketable, and others too low to be worth my while. My skills and speed have improved in the last year, and I need to account for that. I need to work on image and social networking too, I haven't been very good at that, and the traffic to my store is has definitely suffered for it. I was trying to avoid Facebook and Twitter, but as that seems to be the most popular way to advertise these days I've been considering using them. Does anyone else who has an Etsy or similar shop use them? Are they effective at all?
Unfortunately, all my resin casting experiments have been failures, so I've made no progress there. I still can't find a type of resin that doesn't set up too soft or sticky, and I always measure amounts very carefully. I'm using amazing mold putty for the molds, and I"m not sure if that's my problem or not. I'd be very grateful for any suggestions from those who have experience with casting such things.
Still haven't done anything with my lace group, which I'm very sorry for, it seems that every time I think about it I remember something more urgent that I must get done first. I'll get to it someday, but I think it's safe to say don't hold your breath, for now anyways. I do have a lace project I'm working on, but it's been sitting in a drawer for almost two years, and the threads need to be whitened now. I'm kind of afraid to bleach it, because I don't want to damage them, so I'll have to research a gentler method. It might be fine though, the pattern is fairly sturdy for lace, and it's not as if it's a doily from my grandmother or anything like that. If I ever do get it finished and cleaned, I'll upload it and the lace pattern.
Until next time,
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