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So ah...those elf ears that I make are really, really popular. Spurred by a need, I also engineered hair-friendly (nearly hair-proof, in my experience so far) elf ears, but between the (formerly?) rising cost of silver and the fact that making such a pair may be my only payable work on the day I make them, I ended up pricing them really high. Also I kind of hate making them, but then I also hated making the second style, which has gotten so popular that I seem to be making a few pairs every week, and now it's kind of meditative. Assuming I get the time and space to do it, that is, which isn't always the way it goes, but still - usually positive experience now. I hope this will be true of the hair-friendly style, especially now that I've figured out a way to do it that doesn't drive me completely and utterly batshit like the first three sets.

Hey! Right! Have I actually linked to my Etsy listings here? These are my ears:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/Ayalanya?section_id=7979070 (should link to the particular section, since I currently have two ready-made listings and two "create your own" listings)

I am so proud of them.

Man, I am tired lately. I'm trying to counter it with exercise and cutting out dairy (again), but I still often end up lying on the couch doing nothing more often than I think I should. Elizabeth sometimes joins me for snuggling. She's a great kid, and I'm really enjoying her right now, but I'm worried about her activity levels dropping with mine - seems like she wants to keep me company, so she isn't as "runrunrun" as she used to be. No idea what's normal. Oh, hah, also Scott is getting baby fever again. Lots of luck with that one. I don't know if I even want to have (or start) another kid while we're still in this state, but I definitely want to get back to feeling like myself before we start trying.

When I have the brain for it, I'm spending a lot of energy on next year's ren faire. I've started making what I hope will be period Irish garb, which may or may not end up being period, but should certainly be ren faire-friendly. Things I need to do include - aside from production of stuff to sell - tent acquisition, sign acquisition, table and chair and display acquisition...a lot of acquisition, really. I think I need an EIN (suspect my social security number isn't going to be enough for taxes on this one), and I definitely need a company name. I'm kind of stuck though, so I've actually decided to do a contest - $75 gift certificate (for my Etsy shop if you want something there, or we can talk custom orders, or...well, you name it) if you can think up an awesome name. Details at my Facebook jewelry page: https://www.facebook.com/notes/alanya-divine-jewelry/contest-name-my-jewelry/230129583667882 ...I could really use help on this one, actually. Alanya Divine Jewelry just doesn't seem like enough, as much as I love my current personal name.

Things are going really well in our lives, I think. Scott has a good work/life balance going, and my jewelry is almost entirely self-sustained now (exception: just bought some silver because it's lower than it was last week, and I was out, and he paid for that). Elizabeth is awesome, Scott is awesome, and if I could just bootstrap myself out of this brain fog, I daresay I would think myself kind of awesome too. My world has narrowed to family and business, lately, and I keep fighting the urge to apologize to everyone because realistically that's all I can balance at the moment (unless y'all want to visit, because I can totally do in-person interaction, it seems).

Oh hey - I don't know what happened, but I do apologize for not replying to comments on the last few posts. I didn't get any notifications until a few days after comments were posted, and by then it felt weird. I really appreciated them, though. Thank you guys.

Date: 2011-06-06 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catness.livejournal.com
What's wrong with just "Alanya Divine". I mean, that sounds awesome to me. "Oh, these elf ears? They're Alanya Divine." "Yeah, my choker is an Alanya Divine. Beautiful, isn't it?"

It's a Designer Name, ya know? :)

Date: 2011-06-06 01:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayalanya.livejournal.com
Hmm...you have a point! I guess my concern mainly involves the (presumably) years between now and when my name is really widespread. It may be arrogant, but I intend to be fairly well-known, so having the designer name is really helpful - but on the other hand, I'm not really well-known yet, so my name doesn't tell you what I do except by word of mouth.

(You might end up with that gift certificate though, since that's a fairly convincing reason for *not* acquiring a new name. ;))

Date: 2011-06-06 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] catness.livejournal.com

The other thing, though, is maybe drop the word "jewelry". I mean, it *is* jewelry, but make the name of the company just be the name. Anybody who needs to know what "Armani" makes can look it up. Everyone else just *knows*. You can make a tag line for websites (or other print media) that says what it is/what you do, but the branding is just you you you. :)
Edited Date: 2011-06-06 01:49 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-06-06 07:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayalanya.livejournal.com
HMMMMMM. You are feeding my ego and it's getting all happy and puffed up right now. ;) Oh ho, yes, I could be as big as Gucci someday. World domination, baby.

This is food for thought, definitely. I guess I have to take a good hard look at what I really want, because if all I want is "enough income to live the lifestyle I've grown accustomed to", I should probably have a company name that isn't my name, because who am I, anyway? But if what I want is to be BIG, maybe I should indeed stick to the personal name-as-brand-name notion.

Date: 2011-06-06 02:21 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ivy
What do you do to make things hair friendly? (I'm going to have a crack at my earpiece later this week -- thank you so much for the tea and the craft wire! You are awesome.) Yay for finding things meditative/positive; I'm all for having more calming and awesome things in one's life.

If you need second opinions or anything on the Irish gear, happy to be a sounding board.

Company name: hmm. Some random ideas:

Three Flames (from the Trecheng Breth Fene triads' “Tri caindle forosnat cach n’dorcha: Fir, aicned, ecna.” (Three candles illuminate every darkness: truth, nature, and knowledge.)) Vaguely Brighidine.

Kildare's Anvil. (From the Brighidine abbey/community at Kildare. Or Cill Dara, if you want to be older-Irish about it. Anvil for her smith aspects and the making of things.)

http://brighid.org.uk/goddess.html -- some votary poetry here that you might find some line that would make a good shop title in.

Date: 2011-06-06 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ayalanya.livejournal.com
I am having thinky thoughts - if I don't respond properly in the next couple of days, please remind me that I owe you a response on this? I really really appreciate it, and want to talk further about everything you're mentioning!


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