Category Archives: Other People

Have You Looked at my Blog Lately?

Have you looked at my blog lately?  Probably not, because I haven’t been posting much.  I did, however, do a lot of work on it and my website.  With the help of graphic designer Chelsea of Chelsea McKenna Design it’s looking pretty fabu.  She does really “clean” work.  Which is perfect, because as much as I love bordello chic in my design and decorating, my web presence needs to be a platform for my work.  It shouldn’t compete with it.  An overly fru fru design would be too much.

I love how she took my input, my love of quatrefoil, and all of my little, “Well, how about this?”  and went with it.  I love how my free weebly website and my free wordpress.com blog have the same look.  A viewer doesn’t feel like they’ve taken a wrong turn on the internet.  It’s more consistent.  Even my FB cover photo and my Etsy shop headers coordinate with my websites.  I’m feeling pretty spiffy.

SaslowFBCover-NewRed-01Spiffy, right?

Fairy Giveaway from Castle of Costa Mesa

Tania Prosser is a fabulous artist at the Made Local Marketplace.  She made me aware of this giveaway for beautiful flower fairies from Castle of Costa Mesa.  

 

Giveaway

Do you see that one right in the middle there?  Yeah, her.  With the flaming red curly hair.  Yeah.  I want her.  So much so that I had to stop whatever Facebook scrolling I was wasting time with and blog about it.  Blogging about it gets me five extra entries, don’t you know?  It also means you know about the giveaway now, too, which means you’re competition… but I love all of you that read my blog so much that if you won and I didn’t I’d still love you.

Anyways, now that I’m here, I’m going to work on some real blog posts.  About stuff that I do. That doesn’t have to do with scrolling through FB.

A Bright Bright Sunshiny Day!

I love the colors in this treasury!

‘A Bright Bright Sunshiny Day ‘ by VintNoggin

It’s a nice sunny day here. Please enjoy our summer themed Treasury!


Hallelujah Girl – 9″ x …

$40

Heirloom, Large Grey Stripe …

$1.5

15 Spring Heart corsage/stic…

$1.95

Orange and Puple Fabric Posy…

$12

Retro Aqua and Yellow Dangle…

$20

Wide Boho turban headband …

$18

Pillow Cover – 12 x 16 Inche…

$22.5

Dip Dyed Cut Off Shorts Oran…

$45

Sunflower Ceramic Knob – Dre…

$4.75

Art Glass Pitcher with 5 Tum…

$125

Dragon Art – Chasing the Dra…

$75

hand-sewn wearable art top

$30

4×6 Czech Glass Teardrop Bea…

$5.5

Rare 1960s SEARS HAWAII Vibr…

$30

Beeswax Candle: Kewpie Doll …

$12

Mod Orange Speckled Ceramic …

$43

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Metal Love Treasury by Mundomeo

‘metal love’ by mundomeo


Reclaimed wood with metal LO…

$42

HOLIDAY SALE Antique Silver …

$1.5

Goldtone Metal LOVE Pendant

$4

16pcs Antique Brass Tone Bas…

$2.25

Metal “Love” Dangl…

$20

Rustic rusty recycled metal …

$4.25

Hammered Metal Love Connecto…

$2.25

Mixed metal Love earrings – …

$28

Rusted Recycled Metal Love t…

$22.5

Metal Love – Pack of 2 Big G…

$7

Hand Crafted Mixed Metal Lov…

$20

Bow Charm Hair pin – Love Bi…

$8.5

Love Necklace – Metal Stampe…

$9.5

Two Hearts Sterling Silver N…

$34

Copper and Opal LOVE Pendant…

$35

3 Three Hearts 7/8 inch ( 22…

$3.6

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What Should I Charge?

More and more work I get is on existing jewelry.  I am developing a reputation for being able to upcycle jewelry without it “looking like junk”.

I’ve had a client come to me with 5 pieces from a necklace her Grandmother’s to turn into something fabulous they can wear.  I love adding just the right amount of flair to this set for her.  It was an interesting project to make the piece custom for my client, not just what I’d like to wear.

Madame Saslow's Curio- Repurposing2

Another client just needed her beautiful necklace shortened.  At it’s length of about 25 inches, it just felt too formal for everyday wear.  It’s an easy task for me to take out a few beads and polish up the silver for extra shine.

Madame Saslow's Curio- Altering

Madame Saslow's Curio- Altering2

Madame Saslow's Curio- Altering3

A third client, who does wardrobe consultation, ordered some bracelets to go with some necklaces and they are funky.  Way too thick, weird clasps, and they just don’t sit right.  You can really get more like 3 bracelets out of the beads of one.  I’ll be taking these apart and making a few new bracelets out of them.

Madame Saslow's Curio- Repurposing

With all of this fabulous work comes a question:  What do I charge for this kind of work?  Hourly on some, hours plus materials on others?  Materials for the shortening project is negligible.  On the work with Grandma’s jewelry it’s beads and findings, and I don’t have a break down to that level for pricing.  It’s hard for me to look at the huge seed bead bracelets and put a price on the work, though I know it’s could be a lot if I have to do any restringing.

A similar issue came up with another artist asking me to teach her wire work.  Do I charge an hourly rate for instruction?  If so, is it $20?  $40?  A social media expert I know charges more to teach than to do the work herself.  When you teach, you give away your knowledge and future work.  But in my case, the other artist isn’t going to pay me to do wire wrapping for her in any case.  I’d prefer to teach her.

What do you charge?  What is a service like this worth to you?  Have you had someone charge you for this before?

I’d love your input.

En Garde Fencing Mending

So, I’ve mentioned En Garde Fencing before.  Now that the holidays are over, I’m back in massive mending mode.  If you see me covered in little white bits of thread shrapnel, don’t be surprised.  I’ve been using my super huge seam ripper to take out broken zippers.  Don’t worry, I don’t stab myself too often.  And I’m told by Goose Girl Sews that my saliva will get the blood out.

Here are my current piles of work:

These I haven’t started on.

Fencing 1

These need new point guards.  It’s this flap around the neck that catches a foil tip and prevents it from sneaking up under your mask and stabbing you in the throat.  Very important.

Fencing 2

These have had zippers removed and I need to go buy new zippers.

Fencing 3

This is a shot of me in action, removing a zipper with my amazing seam ripper.  I got the biggest one I could find after breaking my old one on the tough fabric of the fencing jackets.  I love the big sturdy handle.

Fencing4

 

A huge next step might be to start creating old fashioned fencing jackets.  Just a lot of thick material, padding, and quilting.  I hear there is a niche for old school fencing gear that isn’t being met.

What are you working on?  Is there something you do that you don’t consider “art” but you still enjoy?  Want to help me sew in some zippers?

This post had more stabbing than usual.  Don’t worry, I’m healing.