What a whirlwind week! And I am going to have some big news next week… two pieces of big news, in fact. I’m so excited I can hardly stand it!
But. We’ll just have to wait until Monday.
In the meantime, I have been working hard on several new designs, including this bracelet (of which I am just a little bit proud):
I also finished a piece that was donated to my church, River City Community Church, in honor of their big grand opening celebration this past weekend. I know I’ve raved about my church before – it’s been a huge blessing in our lives, and is an extraordinary example of real, sustained, Christ-with-skin-on community. We bought a huge piece of property last year and moved in just before Easter. (There’s a whole amazing God-thing story there, which you can read about here.) We didn’t have the official grand opening until this past Sunday, when we invited the whole community to come check us out, and tt was my great privilege to donate a very personal piece of jewelry to be given away to one of the hundreds of special guests we welcomed. Each component, including the glass cabochon, was handmade by me. There is literally nothing on this piece that I didn’t fabricate myself, including every link in the chain. It made me happier than just about any piece I’ve ever made.
In the meantime, if you haven’t “liked” the Francesca Watson Designs FaceBook page, will you go “like” it now? And if you haven’t checked out the Etsy shop, and all the things I’ve been adding this week, will you go take a look at those too? Here’s the thing: I don’t understand how it all works, but Etsy has some complicated, super-secret algorithm that determines when items show up in a shopper’s search results. I honestly have not wasted a ton of brain power on trying to figure this out (yet) but I do know that the number of times a shop and/or a particular item in that shop is viewed and “favorited” (similar to Facebook’s “like” feature) factors in there somewhere. If you have an Etsy account, please “favorite” the shop and every item you see, and come back periodically and click around to boost the number of times things are viewed. If you don’t have an Etsy account, please just visit occasionally and view the items in the shop – every little bit helps.
Did I mention I’m going to have some big news on Monday? Mwahahahahaha!