Tuesday, April 22, 2008


My etsy shop is up! I have four listings so far. (Picked randomly from a huuuuuge collection. I didn't realize how many pieces I had made to sell!) I also didn't realize how much work on-line selling would be! In order to get natural light, I have to photograph my pieces immediately before or after work (that is, when I'm not working overtime) or on the weekends. And since etsy crops the photos, I have to make sure everything will get in the actual picture (read: center, because I can't figure out how to crop them on my computer).

But to get those four images out there is such a rush! It really is a thrill!

Stay tuned, because I'm going to be adding a lot more images in the coming days and weeks!

And Sam wants me to tell you that he is cheering and bellowing me on in the background.

Friday, April 11, 2008

this and that

I'm still a little afraid of my camera right now, but I did take some pictures. I have yet to upload them, though.

I just finished my first commissioned work in about seven years. My co-worker's daughter's birthday is next week, so I really wanted to get this one done in time. I'm making two bracelets and a pair of earrings, but I'm going to give her the first bracelet tomorrow.

I took some pictures of it, so when I get through downloading my vacation pictures and taking old ones off my camera if necessary, I'll put them right up here. It's becoming increasingly clear to me that I'm going to need a better camera. From some tips on indiepublic (which I just joined, and which has already been extremely helpful for networking and tips!) I am also beginning to realize that I'm going to need more natural light for my photos, which might prove difficult in my tiny NYC studio.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008


Due to my jetlag, I've been awake since 5:15 this morning. Oh well, that's like a million times better than the night before last, when I could not fall asleep at all. Plus, today is my 8:30 day at work, so I would have had to be awake at 7 anyway.

My next big project is going to figuring out how to get the hundreds and hundreds photos from the trip onto my moody computer. But for now, the latest on my beading. (You didn't think I could go that long without writing about it, did you?)

I arrived home from Australia, equipped with the merchandise from my youth, to a package full of jewelry displays for necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings, so that's super exciting. Now I really do have to pin down a name. I'm still not hell bent on Funky Cold Adina, although I still like it a lot. But I was thinking, how about Adina Jessica? (Jessica is my middle name.) Or perhaps Adina Jessica Designs? Adina Halpern Designs, maybe. (Maybe not the most original naming idea, but it works...) Pleeeeeeeease comment here and let me know what you think! I need to get an etsy banner and business cards started. (Which will probably entail me paying someone on etsy to do it for me.)

I'm really surprising myself with this beading stuff. For example, I never pictured myself as a person who would use so much pink. And I can't believe how excited I am at the prospect of using bigger beads and crystals in my seed bead work. But enough of the revelations - I want to get some beading in before work!