Busy Little Bee

Well, I’ve managed to get things more or less set up on the site – at least as far as colors and basic settings go. Man, that’s a lot of work! Next steps are to get all my portfolios set up with jewelry photos, but that’s going to be a huge task involving re-editing my existing photos so they have the right dimensions, embedded meta data, and the new logo watermark. It’ll be one of those things I’ll have to chip away at, but it will be nice to get the “under construction” photo off the front page! (My apologies to all of you subscribed to my RSS feed for cluttering up your readers – I think the post updates I needed to make for formatting reasons wound up being resent to you all as new posts. Ack.)

It’s also been really busy in the studio. I’m sending 15 pairs of earrings to Andrew Thornton to include in the goodie bags he’s putting together for Gail Crosman Moore‘s upcoming workshop series at his gallery, Allegory Gallery. They involve making 30 individually fold-formed copper “leaf” components, which I worked on yesterday.

Handmade Artisan Jewelry by Francesca Watson Designs
I’m sketching out designs for a set that’s going to River City Community Church for them to give away as a door prize during their grand opening celebration on September 16th. (Do you live in San Antonio? Are you looking for a home church? I love River City so much – great people, great preaching, and great music. If you don’t have a home church, come visit us on the 16th and see what we might have for you – in addition to the great jewelry that some lucky visitor will take home!) I’m donating a necklace and matching earrings; the necklace will feature a glass cabochon I made myself, so I’m being extra fussy about how it goes together. There are also pieces lining up for photos so they can be listed in the Etsy shop.

Handmade Artisan Jewelry by Francesca Watson Designs
And then, of course, there’s all the stuff that needs to happen to get ready for the 2012 Rusted Gingham Barn Sale in November. Tracy Smith, one of the Gingham Girls, sent out an e-mail last week to remind all the vendors there are only 10 weekends left before the Sale on November 2nd and 3rd. And I had a panic attack right there. The Barn Sale is my first vendor sale since starting to sell my own jewelry, and I’m a little nervous. So there are displays to be designed and, of course, lots of jewelry to make, and business cards to be ordered, and gift bags for shoppers to decide on, and deciding whether or not I want a preprinted sign, and designing “care of your jewelry” cards, and on and on and on. It’s all very wonderful, and I’m genuinely loving every minute of it, but my to-do list freaks me out a little bit.

On the other hand…

Handmade Artisan Jewelry by Francesca Watson Designs
… the photos my friend Bre took turned out amazing. Seriously amazing. I honestly don’t often feel beautiful (there’s a deeply personal post with way too much information in there somewhere, but not today) but Bre’s photos make me look beautiful, and I feel beautiful when I look at them. She also took some truly great photos of the studio, which I can’t wait to share with you – I’ll put together a studio reveal post soon so you can see the whole workspace. I also got a stupidly great deal on some new work tables that some friends are helping me pick up tonight. They’re old science lab tables from one of the local school districts with heavy wooden bases and indestructible solid tops – I got two and am making a big square workspace right in the middle of the studio. So exciting.

And, in the spirit of saving the best for last, I spent most of the weekend working as a teacher’s assistant to the wonderful Gail Stouffer at Wired Designs Studio. Teaching jewelry making is high on the list of goals I have for myself in the next few years, and I am so grateful to Gail for believing I have the potential to actually do it. I assisted her with a Fine Silver and Argentium Fusing class on Saturday, and then the last half of an intermediate soldering class on Sunday afternoon. It was exhausting, but in all the right ways. I felt both emptied out from having poured so much attention and focus into the students, and also filled to the brim from having spent all that time doing something I love.

So I’m a busy little bee. A happy, contented, grateful, and humbled busy little bee. Life is good.

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  1. Tracy @ Rusted Gingham
    Tracy @ Rusted Gingham says:

    Francesca, you ARE beautiful! And I love your pretty watermark! (I’m all into little details!). You have NOTHING to be nervous about the Barn Sale. Your jewelry is also beautiful and I KNOW you will display it perfectly. You will be among 70 other vendors who will be just as excited to show their wares – and everyone is always so encouraging. It will be a great weekend because we are all there to enjoy our hobbies, our crafts, and our friends and family. Can’t wait for you to meet the rest of my family!
    (By the way, any chance you would be free for lunch Friday? I’ll be at Bracken Village at Woodley Cottage…doing a little makeover. There is a nice new sandwich shop there I’m told is great. Would love to meet you there if you are available.) Tracy

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    • Francesca
      Francesca says:

      I would love to come! In fact, I’ve wanted to check out Woodley Cottage since Melanie wrote about painting her cabinets – I’ve never been to Bracken Village. What time were you thinking?

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