Happy New Year! 2009 was a good year for my jewelry business and I am looking forward to a wonderful 2010. Starting a fresh new year all sparkly and clean is why I selected these earrings for this post. They have plenty of sparkle going on.
Reflecting on 2009, these are some milestones:
- I studied at Penland School of Craft for two weeks taking a metals class under instructor Bob Ebendorf and his assistant Marlene True. What I learned in the class enriched my skills and helped me break some boundaries in my jewelry.
- My blog turned one years old. Now in the second year of blogging, I think/hope I have hit my stride and found my voice.
- I showed my jewelry at Hampton Bay Days and enjoyed and learned from interacting with the public.
- I’ve enjoyed Tweeting about jewelry and participating in the Twitter community and have over 600 followers.
- I was fortunate enough to be able to giveaway four books and one gift card to blog readers. Thank you Lark Books and Artbeads.com.
- I found my path with social networks. I moved away from scant participation in too many to solid participation in one – The Indie Business Network. As a result, my time in the one social network is much more meaningful and I’ve made friends there.
- I held my first-ever Cyber Monday online jewelry party.
So many other things happened, these are just a few highlights. Looking ahead, these are some goals and plans I have.
- I definitely want to continue blogging, enjoy writing, and enjoy interacting with readers.
- I’d like to do 2-3 art/craft shows.
- I have signed up for a class with Susan Lenart Kazmer and am so excited.
- I’m also taking an enameling 101 class. It’s only one day so I know it won’t be but so in-depth, but I’ve wanted to study enameling for so long and this was all I could get this year. I can’t wait.
- I’m building a mailing list and my online newsletter will be published on a regular basis.
- I will get one of those gadgets that lets you take credit cards at craft shows.
- I am in the process of designing and will introduce my first collection of 12-15 cohesive gallery pieces.
- I will continue my journey of learning to work with metal, becoming more and more skilled.
I guess I need to get started and I hope you reach your goals and dreams in this shiny new year.