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Because honestly, life *is* good, and I *am* making progress in directions that make me happy:

- A store out in Dickson actually contacted me through Etsy, asking if I would like to place my work there. I'm renting a "booth" (part of a multi-tiered shelf) for $25/month, and I have to mark up my prices about 20-25% for their particular flavor of consignment. Made my first sale two days ago, half of which is paying for next month.

- That same store wants me to teach jewelry making classes, especially wire work. After dithering about it and going back and forth for a while, we've decided that I'll teach braiding techniques, cab setting (for which I'll need to find that booklet I bought last year, since my particular methods are not "traditional"), and beaded chains. Timeline TBD. In the meantime, this Thursday, I'm teaching a basic beading class.

- Also: pearl knotting! I'm still pleased that I came up with that one. People can bring in their broken pearl necklaces and learn how to repair them, bring in their own strand of pearls to be strung with their own clasp, or they can buy a kit from me containing a strand of pearls and a clasp. Considering how much I earned doing it vs how much jewelry stores charge, it would be vastly cheaper for people to learn to do it themselves. Also it would be very satisfying to do it again, especially since I made zero progress on my plans to start doing it professionally and independently while on maternity leave.

- Another store, this one up in Boston, responded to my email saying "we're full up right now, but please contact us again when you're going to be in the area!". This is heartening!

- I'm also looking at getting back into modeling, maybe. To be totally honest, in the traditional world of modeling, I'm getting old (26 on Wednesday). I may have missed that boat, and that's okay. But since leaving Florida, my appearance is apparently remarkable, and I liked the way I felt knowing that there were high-quality, flattering pictures of me out there (well, er, along with the high-quality, totally ludicrous pictures of me in fake bondage). This is totally not a bid for (more) compliments; I'm just really happy with the way I look right now, and with the largely non-threatening attention I'm getting around here. I'd like to capture that feeling.

- The weather is getting gorgeous. Really amazingly beautiful.

(I should start tagging entries again. "Good moods by force of will", indeed. Maybe I can clean up my workspace today, too.)

Date: 2011-05-23 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badseed1980.livejournal.com
26 is old? Oy vey!

Date: 2011-05-23 03:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayalanya.livejournal.com
In standard modeling it seems to be! If I wanted to be a supermodel, for instance, I suspect I would have had to start about a decade ago. I'd also have to lose at least 20lb, if not 30-40. Isn't the world of modeling fun? Luckily I prefer alternative modeling anyway.

Date: 2011-05-23 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badseed1980.livejournal.com
Yeah, standard modeling blows goats. Most supermodels look icky, IMO.

Date: 2011-05-23 03:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayalanya.livejournal.com
So true!

Date: 2011-05-23 04:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] regyt.livejournal.com
This is all fantastic! Wow, re store seeking you out rather than vice versa. That's fucking amazing. (And has never happened to me. I am totally impressed! And envious in a seriously really happy for you way. ^^)

Date: 2011-05-23 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayalanya.livejournal.com
:) Thank you - man, I can't believe sometimes how similar things are for us. I suspect that means your time of being sought out is coming soon. I was completely and utterly blown away when that happened. Apparently the owner just...does that, seeking local people on Etsy who might fit in her store! She's pretty cool too - we went to the ren faire with her yesterday, where I was blown away again by the response to the elf ears.

OH HEY RIGHT. Once I have a few more minutes to talk it over, I'd like to talk about ordering a bunch of glass beads specifically made for the elf ears, once there is money for it. I have grand plans for a booth at next year's faire, if they accept me.

Date: 2011-05-23 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] missdimple.livejournal.com
It also sounds like a happy byproduct is you meeting new people. :)

Date: 2011-05-23 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayalanya.livejournal.com
It's true! Hopefully! I have high hopes for the rennies, especially. They seemed really awesome. I got plenty of those "my people!" feelings there.


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