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Shannon - GlassMistress

Shannon - GlassMistress

I’m a procrastinator, a sewist, a dabbler, a reader, a baker, an over planner, a mama to many furry kids and I regularly play with fire.
Blood work for the old man.
"I'll gladly take some of yours" - Kevin Johnson
Nah, he is the most laid back cat ever. He even likes the car ride. He'd like to be out of the carrier and wandering the office :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress from iPhone
Poor ole boy's thyroid is borked but there are pills to help. He's 17 1/2 but still chugging along. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Friend's kid wants me to donate to a charity because its her favorite actor's charity, there are two 'rent parties' going for online friends (one is truly rent and the other is for a honeymoon), fellow lampworker that I don't know is out of her house on the 15th with no where to go and looking for donations. I've given to practically everything
I've been asked to donate to but I just cant handle today's requests. I. Just. Cant. - Shannon - GlassMistress
And that's okay Shannon - Steve C, Team Marina
I know its ok, I do. Its just frustrates me. Part of me feels like a schmuck but hey, you cant get blood from a stone. Part of me wants to smack the next person who holds out their hand and part of me wants to know when Karma is going to give me a break financially so we can get ahead a little. - Shannon - GlassMistress
I'm stuck there all the time. You have to take care of your own house first. - Eric - Let Me Know
It's good to know your limits. - Gabrielle from FFHound(roid)!
I know the feeling. Often I have to remind myself to not make myself wrong if all I can give is positive thoughts or a prayer for the other person's well being. Those things matter too. - Corinne L
^this - Janet from FFHound!
How my brain works: A friend posts about a missing Redbone hound named Anne. I think of 'Where the Red Fern Grows', followed by wild-crafting, followed by the character Kaiser Pease and a quick search for the name of the book he was in, 'Where the Lilies Bloom' ... and now I'm off to find a couple of books.
I met a friend for a drink last night and when I arrived I dumped these beads on the bar. She looked at me like I'd lost my mind and I couldn't figure out why. Finally she said ... "You bought three of them!!!???" Considering the original artist's bead auctioned for $226 and she know's we are tight on money I can see why she thought I'd lost it.
Helluva compliment though :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
They look AMAZING!!! - The Other Yvonne from FFHound!
Confession: I just had to try making a black and white tree bead. It's a stolen concept but I couldn't resist
*adds more beads to wishlist* - Hookuh Tinypants
Great artists steal :-) - Todd Hoff
I couldn't help it .. I just couldn't ....but I'm thinking the judge isn't gonna buy that. I don't know if I can sell these in good conscious or not. I certainly wouldn't sell them anywhere that was in direct competition with the original maker. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Those are lovely. - SAM
Here's the original and its a gazillion times lovlier - Shannon - GlassMistress
omg, I want one!! are they on your etsy? (I like your shapes better) - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Really nice S! - VALZONE#NEWHIP
Stephanie I haven't posted them anywhere. I'm on the fence whether selling them is really ethical or not ... in the same breath I want to make more of them because I enjoyed the challenge. - Shannon - GlassMistress
lovely! - ~Courtney F
Can you contact the person you got the idea from, and ask their blessing to sell yours? - Jenica
Do you have a e-newsletter that you send out to regular customers with updates on your bead show appearances, new beads, special deals/Etsy coupon codes, etc.? This may be an item that your regulars would be interested in purchasing privately. - Corinne L
^ This. I mean, even if you feel like this is something you can't publicly sell, believe us when we say we love it and would totally buy (but keep it on the DL) your awesome beads. Honestly, I think that taking inspiration from someone's design and then working it to be your own style isn't unethical at all. Art begets art. You could do a whole series of these with different ginko leaves, maple leaves, owls, animal paw prints, etc. I would kill for a bead like this of a giant redwood. :) - Hookuh Tinypants
If you were directly copying, I could see not competing, but yours are different. (I like them better.) I think it's fine to sell them wherever, lots of people take inspiration from others. - Heather
Some of the bead makers will put a bowl of 'seconds'. The higher end folks do not and are very outspoken against doing so. On the one hand it is a good way to make your glass money back on slightly imperfect or fugly beads. On the other offering something so cheap may undercut other sales. Thoughts?
I like the higher-end purist mentality. But could see how that's not appropriate for every vendor or show. - SAM
I'm guessing some of the higher end folks have less worries on making up the cost of the glass, and the worry that someone would devalue their other beads might be fairly realistic for their particular audience. I think the 'seconds' can be fun, but not to always have around - maybe an occasional sale, but they wouldn't compete with your other work full-time. - Jennifer Dittrich
The show promoter that I emailed a week ago contacted me this weekend through my Etsy to see if I was attending. He has offered a 'smaller' table and I've agreed because I'm a lunatic. Must. Make. Beads. LOL
Woooooo! - Jenny H. from Android
Oops, not that promoter. This is the usual guy at the local show. I did go to the other promoter's show over the weekend, it was very nice. I'm not sure it is worth the added expenses (hotel, food, gas, more expensive table) but I think I'd have to try it once to see. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Ok, ok, I admit I should not have ordered a Cosmo from a major chain restaurant but I didn't realize it could be screwed up that bad...yuck!
There is something behind me, isn't there?
The NEW OFFICIAL group of pups heading for the Iditarod (nap now?) - Shannon - GlassMistress
SQUEE!!! - Half Pint
^^^!!! - bentley
Adorable! - Jaclyn aka spamgirl from Android
I made a sheep ... it flew out of here so fast I guess I should make more :-)
Yes, you should. I need some new sheep earrings from you. :D - Laruia Ingalls Botts
Heh, this fellow would be a tad large for earrings but I did do a couple that are smaller that might work. I'll keep trying :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
He's adorable! - Yolanda from Android
Can you make an Alpaca? - Joe
Apparently, pairs of llamas are all the rage. :) - That's So CAJ!
I rushed home last night to make donation beads for the Iditarod / Beads of Courage. In my haste I didn't actually read the instructions. So the beads are wrong (should all match), and the bead holes are wrong (too small), but I'm sending them anyway. If they don't like it they can bite me - how's that for charity - HAH!
Oh, and it looks like I was supposed to do 12 beads ... oops. - Shannon - GlassMistress
love the eyes and the medals. and the arrangement - the one on the left leaning and looking away. *dead* - Kevin Johnson
I like how #3 is giving #4 the hairy eyeball, LOL - Shannon - GlassMistress
Soooo it looks like I'll be remaking the lot but all the same. #2 is my favorite ... yours? - Shannon - GlassMistress
#2. Absolutely. - Kevin Johnson from Android
#5 - Heather
I called MAN to ask if he'd like to go to a bead show on the other coast this weekend (to scope out the show for possible vendor-ship). His response, "No, but I'd go 'cause you want me to". At least he's honest :-)
Big girl pants are on. Application for 'very hard to get in to' bead show submitted ... fingers crossed.
GO SHANNON GO! - MoTO Boychick Devil
They do six shows a year in Florida but the venues are small so they vendor numbers are limited. First hurdle is having them accept my beads, they are very strict on no more than two of a specific thing at a show. Luckily being handmade works in my favor there. Next, if the product is accepted, I'll get wait listed for a full show in June, just in case there is a cancellation. After... more... - Shannon - GlassMistress
go, bead lady, go!! - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
Insurance salesperson in my office this morning. Her: "Oooh what are these?" Me: "glass beads, I make them". Her: picks up a dog bead "So you string them into something" Me: Sometimes. Mostly I just like to make the beads" Her: "Make? Oh, you put eyes on them!" Me: *blink* *blink*
Oh. My. Giddy. Aunt. Look at this bead!
I don't know if her FB feed is open or not but if you cannot see it and are friends with me on FB I've shared it on my wall. Swoon! - Shannon - GlassMistress
That is amazing! - Katy S
MAN, bless him, says ever so casually "you could do that". No way in seven hells could I do that, but I love that he thinks so. :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
So, if I bust ass and make ten or so beads tomorrow night, and ship them Priority, one of them might get carried by a musher in the Iditarod ... Cool, right?
Downright cold! :) Go, you! - Laruia Ingalls Botts from Android
Four of the five bunnies sold just from being on my FB page...woot!
meeting at work tomorrow with Aflac ... anyone have any experience with it as a financial supplement?
Broke down and ordered pizza for dinner. I asked that the driver call when he gets in the driveway because it is so much calmer a dinner when we don't have to deal with the dogs and the doorbell. I'm reasonably certain the person that answered the phone thinks we're running a grow house.
With guarded jumping up and down .......... Just got a call from a lady with Intergalactic Bead Shows asking if I'd like sell in their shows. Said she saw my shop on Etsy ... said I had really beautiful stuff. It's a tough show to get into, and at one time you had to do ALL the shows from NY to FL so we'll see what pans out.
I'm also curious where she got my phone number. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Its a show I tried to get into last year but they had no available spaces. As I haven't heard back from the guy about the show in two weeks this seems kinda fortuitous in a great way. - Shannon - GlassMistress
If you applied last year, would that have your number? I'm wondering if she saw your work, and then looked to see if you'd been interested in showing before. - Jennifer Dittrich
worst case you now have a lady stalker, it's really a win win! - Steve C, Team Marina
It is possible, surely I gave them my number, right? I didn't actually get to the application part, it was more of a phone call and a 'there's a multi year wait list for space, but thanks for calling' kind of thing. - Shannon - GlassMistress
Whelp ... busted that bubble pretty quick. What she was REALLY asking was if I'd like to be a sponsor for a show ... ie spend $1000 to advertise in the show booklet. Ah well. - Shannon - GlassMistress
But I do agree you make beautiful stuff! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Yeeesh. ^ and this. Your work is really great. - Jennifer Dittrich
I was looking through the Gathering (glass convention) booklet and realized there are some crazy good people going to be there and I was struck with "I WANNA GO!" flaming desire. So I grabbed a pen a paper and fired up the internet. Convention ticket: $600. Flight $700. Hotel $1300 .... hmmm I think my fire went out.
I'm wondering if I can walk to Zombies, run! and be able to meet any of the goals. It sounds like fun :-)
Hoppy Monday Every-Bunny!
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What's for dinner?
Salmon and broccoli. - Steven Perez
Not sure yet. - Laruia Ingalls Botts from Android
Turned out to be roast beast and sweet potatoes. - Laruia Ingalls Botts from Android
Mornin' all, happy Friday!
Have a happy weekend! - Shannon - GlassMistress from email
hello lovely! thanks for brightening my ffeed all the way up! - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Hee! Shirt is a little loud ... but that's the kind I favor :-) - Shannon - GlassMistress
I was referring to your smile, actch ;) - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Good morning, Shannon. :) - Steven Perez
Ok FF, I need a little input. Bead show is in two weeks. I have no partner this time so its full table fee $250. I cannot fill an 8' table but I believe I can make it appear mostly full if I work like a mad woman for the next two weeks. Previous shows earnings have ranged from $300 to $1000 (the high show was my first show, the next closest was
about $600). I just tanked my glass account and savings accounts on truck repairs and sewer fees and the connection costs for the sewer are looming. Given the show's downward slide I'd be tempted to pass on it but with those costs looming and no 'cushion' to speak of I'm not sure what to do. So what do you think? Yea or nay? - Shannon - GlassMistress
If you can cover the cost of the table (and your time manning it), I'd say go for it. Even if you don't sell a ton that day, you'll build up shop inventory and get some exposure. Or do you think the show just won't be well attended? - Laruia Ingalls Botts
If the show has been a steady decline, I'd be tempted to skip. If it's up and down, you've always profited so I'd say it's a fairly safe move. - Heather
questions about the intangibles: how far is the show, how much trouble to get to it? will there be people there that you like? (or hate?) do answers to those questions help? - Stephan!e•CogSc!L!brar!an
The show is local but not in the best or most traveled part of town which I suspect affects attendance though I never participated in the show in its previous location. Personal expenses to do the show aren't too bad, about 15 miles worth of gas, and lunch which I bring with me. The other participants are a range of personalities there are some I like and some I avoid but once the show starts I'm more focused on my task than them anyway. - Shannon - GlassMistress
I'd ask myself: "if I made nothing; if I didn't sell a single thing, would it still be worth it?" and decide based on that answer. - t-ra supports #LOLSpidra
Does anyone know how to prevent Excel from auto filling a cell with a "0" when the cell is equal to a cell on another worksheet?
Got it =IF('Estimate Worksheet'!C25="","",'Estimate Worksheet'!C25) whew! - Shannon - GlassMistress
Hmm. I started posting the beads I did over the weekend and things are pretty quiet over there. Not the landslide I thought it might be. I figure I'm either priced poorly (always a problem) or its the photos - they just don't do those beads justice. Ponders.
Something good happened today in bead land :-)
Oh! What? What? - Yolanda
It has to be a secret until everyone's that for vague, lol? - Shannon - GlassMistress
Ham, potato, and leek soup ... Mmmmmmm!
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