Sunday, January 29, 2017

So much to do and so little time!

I shouldn't complain. Finding myself answering the phone and someone requesting a fine jewellery commission on the other end is amazing. There are times I have to laugh and think, well, it's only taken me eight years to get to this point! But I am so grateful. As I've changed my fine jewellery business to a more exclusive business (no transactional website and an emphasis on commissions in my advertising), I've been pleased to have the commissions. And they have kept me busy. In fact, they have kept me so busy, I haven't had time to make any new jewellery for The Selkie's Haunt. But I promise I will! I need to get some new pieces for my stockists and some new pieces for the website. But first, I need to make these gorgeous commissions!

Time management in running my own business has always been a bit of a challenge. I always meet deadlines, but sometimes it is a bit of a sprint at the end rather than a leisurely stroll to bring to the end of an assignment. In the Autumn and run up to Christmas, I had three commissions; since the New Year, I've had three more, plus two that are now waiting in the wings for me to open the schedule up again. And somewhere in there I will find the time to make new pieces for stockists, get the new display pieces for those same stockists, and somehow put together a presentation to take to potential stockists. Phew!

The end of March and the beginning of the market season will be here before the wink of an eye, and I must get ready for that, too. All in all, I'm going to be a very busy lady for the next three months or so. Long may it last!

I thank you for your interest in my jewellery designs and I hope to soon present you with more choice on the website. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

The new year has come. And now we just have to sit back and see what it will bring. I am looking forward to this year - my business is going well and I have wonderful plans to expand both the designs and the reach of the business in the new year. But, more importantly, in 2017, I shall be a Nana again. We are all so excited about a new baby. Just 27 weeks to wait! It is going to be a glorious July!

This past year was a good one for The Selkie's Haunt and Ailleas Designs. I am so pleased with how things have progressed. And I am looking very much forward to creating more beautiful jewellery in the year to come.

Not long ago, I had the occasion to look back over photographs from the beginning of this journey. My goodness, how my designs and skills have evolved during the years. I get so much joy from what I do, and I look forward to doing it as long as I am physically capable of doing so.

I am currently busy with two fine jewellery commissions, so my time in the studio is being used to finish up a stunning sterling silver and chrome diopside bracelet and will soon be starting on a sterling silver, 18 carat gold, and 14 precious/semi-precious gemstones ring for a couple from Sweden. It's going to be a very demanding piece, but I can't wait to get started. The bracelet is nearly finished and I anticipate it will be completed by the end of the week. Once I have both of those done and I've made some more fine jewellery, I will be returning to the bronze and copper to see what creations will emerge from my workbench!

I've cut back on the number of excursions I make and will be limiting my market participation to just the Poolewe Tuesday Market this year. I do hope I will be able to take part in more exhibitions/shows as I did this past year in Dornoch. And, of course, I am always on the lookout for more stockists. (If you know of any stockists who might like to stock either my bronze and copper jewellery or my fine jewellery, please do let me know. I am planning some day trips for March during which I will visit potential stockists.) It's all about expanding my reach this year.

I do hope you have a lovely holiday season. And I wish you - and all of us - a new year of peace, love, and joy.