Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Posh party

Bon Baisers de Québec!!!

Well hello there! I know, I know, it's been a while, but I just didn't have time to do it all the last week I was home. You see, I was preparing for a three-week long trip back home, organizing, cleaning, and preparing the apartment for a Posh Party, and all around going crazy trying to do it all by myself.... Well, it all got done, in record time! ;) Of course, I had to make a few last-minute extra pieces, and since there was a request for anklets, I thought it wise to make a few. As luck would have it, I busied myself with a few easy designs, using my beautiful freshwater pearls, but two dear friends spied them ahead of time, and both made sure to let me know that they wanted them for themselves.... So, I had to make more... LOL!

Now, come in, come in. Please, welcome to my Beadoir, make yourself comfortable, and sit for a spell.


It's not much, but I made do with what I had. The floors are clean, and there's good food and some fresh brewed organic iced tea, lightly sweetened with some local unpasteurized wildflower honey.

I don't have a 'sideboard', but I created a makeshift one with an old school desk and a lovely Moroccan tablecloth.


My little dining room, turned into a cozy little showroom.
Notice my bookshelves, sagging under the weight of all the needed materials for my work.
I love those hardware organizers, they're perfect for storing larger accent beads and finishings. The labeled boxes store my finished pieces, which are all individually packaged and labeled. This, of course, makes it much easier for myself to find a needed piece should it be ordered off the site, or if a friend should happen to drop by in need of a particular piece for a special occasion.


I was worried I wouldn't have enough space for everything, but it all turned out alright. When in doubt, build UP! ;)

Nicole here, a young lady who lives in my building, got herself a pair of Drop Dusters, a Mother of Pearl Memory Wire set, and a lovely four-strand stretch bracelet made of horn. Nicole was also the happy recipient of a very special door prize: a pair of Pearl Dusters.
At which she exclaimed: "Ooh! I'm so happy I didn't buy the pearl ones now, I was going to, and now I've got a pair of each of the ones I liked!!!"
LOL!


Miz Andrea, showing off her lovely pearl anklet, made with dark amber colored beads and berry colored pearls. She LOVED it!


Maria was in attendance, and amongst a few other pieces was this pearl anklet as well. It looks fabulous against her tanned skin. She wore it the very next day at the pool.

Well, we all had a good time. And to be honest, this was quite a lucrative soirée for me. I'd do it again in a heartbeat, but with different guests of course. I didn't have a huge crowd; 10 of the 14 invited showed up, and I'd say I averaged between $25 and $80 a person. In other words, if any other beaders out there are wondering what to do with their ever growing collection of pieces, this might be a great way to showcase them. Bonus: You don't have to pay an admittance fee as you would for craft/art shows, you'll save on lodging/traveling/eating expenses, and you'll be in the comfort of your own home. Try it and see... Who knows? You might build a regular clientèle who would be more than happy to attend on a regular basis. (A few girls did mention that they would love to come if I did this again!)

10 comments:

Not Ashley said...

It was a great party...everything looked nice, you had a good bunch of participants, gorgeous wares and yummy snacks & beverages.

It was SO POSH!

Love my anklet!

The Phosgene Kid said...

Looks like it was a hit - good for you!! Beautiful work,as usual!!!

Dino aka Katy said...

uhh love that anklet. However I do have a complaint - the party is to far from me!!!!!

caramaena said...

I agree, that anklet is gorgeous. I'd love to try something like that one day. What sort of clasp do you use on those?

Jewels said...

Thank you M. For coming AND for liking it! ;) I did have a nice bunch of ladies, didn't I. It's always nice to showcase my stuff to new people, and to see how they are received. Makes me feel all warm and tingly inside. LOL!

Jewels said...

Thank you Phos! Stay tuned: Have I got some nice stuff coming up! I went a bit cwazy for some friends' birthdays last week... ;)


Guten Dag Katy (did I spell that right? LOL!) I'm so sorry I couldn't bring it closer to you. Do you still love your earrings??? They looked fabulous on you! I suppose I could come down to you, but you'd have to guarantee a HUGE crowd! ;)

Jewels said...

Hello Caramaena, and welcome!

Thank you. That piece in particular uses a 'Button & Loop" closure, where I simply use a bead as the button, and a loop of beads to pass it through. However, they could be made with any kind of clasp, made to measure, and custom colors and all that...
Glad you stopped by.

The Phosgene Kid said...

Looking forward to seeing more of you, I mean your jewelry...

Jewels said...

LoL Phos!
I can always count on you for a smile. ;)

GrandmaMarilyn said...

Everything looked wonderful. I agree with dino aka katy's comment though. LOL