I took the last of my jewelry packages to the post office after dinner tonight. I closed my shop to new orders at 5pm, and at 4:20, my last order of the year came into my online shop. I've been packing up earrings and necklaces as orders come in so I don't get a stack to do at the last minute. Everything has been shipped and on its way to their lovely new owners.
I've closed my shop until January 2 and am officially on vacation. I feel energized and am eager to make more things. It's a great feeling. In my spare time on and off the past few weeks, I've been working on new spring things already. Spring? It's not even officially winter....in the retail world, though, I need to be working on spring and summer designs for boutiques.
Beginning this weekend, LOUBIRD jewelry will be available at another new location: Southern Fried Studio & Shop in Virginia Beach, Virginia. April, the owner, has been feverishly working on the grand opening--installing wood floors, painting, decorating, you name it! I am excited to have my jewelry there.
In the meantime, I've been working on other projects. One thing I planned to bring out to sell early in the fall was some handmade/upcycled items for the home. Painted/stamped clothespins and more will be for sale when I return. I also have an affordable bottle cap necklace collection coming--these are super fun and affordable pieces.
I have been finding lots of beautiful old vintage glass jewels as well and have been making my favorite things to create and wear--dangle earrings.
I've even been venturing into other areas--I've been coming across some lovely vintage clutch bags and have been reclaiming them with vintage jewels and buttons into something new. Right now, these are for me and for gift-giving, but as I am pondering adding some to my shop in January. You'll also see more of my vintage button rings and a new collection of brooches, too. I have some many things I have not had a chance to photograph....and many more things to come! Lots of shabby chic meets Paris meets vintage glam.
I don't talk about my jewelry line much on the blog. I don't want it to be like a big ad for my biz--but every now and again I like to share that other part of me...the crafty side that really fuels me. I have been so, so happy ever since I closed the skin care line, took a break, and decided on New Year's Eve of 2009 that I wanted to start selling the items I was making for fun. It is hard to believe that LOUBIRD will be a year old soon....what a great year it has been!