Friday, April 2, 2010

A Couple of Firsts

Here is the cuff for my first sale.  I'm very happy with it!  I have to give a great big shout out to Bobbi at Beading at the Beach for giving some awesome advice on making my peyote better.  I think her tip worked, because my peyote around my cab is nice and even with no strings showing. 

Jennifer (the lady that ordered the cuff) only said that she liked the colors in my mom's cuff and that she wanted gold beads in it.  I think I have filled her requests with this one.  My husband is not too interested in my beading, but even he said this one was really good.  That made me feel spectacular!

I wish you could see it in person.  My picot edging was really nice and even too, although you can't really tell in the pics.  Rather than looking at the top edge, because I think the front side and back side overlap and make the edging in the pic look messy, look at the picot on the bottom edge.  It's my best yet.

I for sure undersold myself on this one.  I gave her a price, but after looking on Etsy and stuff later, I could have at least doubled what I asked.  But it was my first sale, and I was just happy about it.  I can always go up a little in the future.












AND it was confirmed yesterday that I am going to teach my very first class!  It will be on improvisational bead embroidery.  I specifically asked for the class to be small...not more than 5 people...because I have a lot of problems with nerves and anxiety.  I don't want to get overwhelmed my first go around.  It wasn't that long ago that I was agoraphobic and wouldn't even step out, let alone be in front of people.  I wrote up my handouts last night and either today or tomorrow I will be going to the bead shop to pick out beads for the kits.  We haven't set a date yet, but it will be in the next couple weeks.  I'll take my camera and see if anyone minds if I take their picture to write about it and post on my blog after it happens.

11 comments:

Bobbi said...

Hi Lisa, Wowww awesome cuff Sweetie, I love this! Lucky lady that purchased this piece! Congrats to you on your very 1st sale...way to go girl!
I'm so happy for you about you teaching a improvisational bead embroidery class...Congrats again! I'm sure that you'll love it!
I hope that you have a wonderful rest of your day.
Hugs and happy beading...
Bobbi

Robbie said...

Great cuff!!! The lady who purchased it will be THRILLED! Have fun teaching!! It is very rewarding to see students learn and produce!!

beadbabe49 said...

What great news! and yes, for a first class, I think you'll find that 5 students will keep you hopping...good thinking on limiting the class size to a manageable amount!
(the cuff is just gorgeous too!)

Carol said...

Hi Lisa
Your Cuff is certainly beautiful. I'm sure your client will love it. Congrats on the class. Pretty soon you'll be teaching and won't even give it a second thought!
Happy Easter.
Carol

Beadwright said...

Lisa the cuff turned out beautifully and congrats on the sale of it. Wowowow I am so proud of you for teaching. Just be your wonderful self and the class will be fine.
Nicole/Beadwright

Silver Surfer said...

Your cuffs are just inspiring. Love them all.

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Jan said...

I just surfed over from Robbie's blog. You do some really nice work! Very inspiring, I love your cuffs! Congratulations on your first sale, I'm sure there will be more to come. Inch your prices up with each one. Good luck with your teaching job, I'm sure you will do great once you get started, it will be fun.

Lynn said...

Hey girl! ALL your cuffs are fabulous! Congrats on your first sale - AND your teaching gig. You are so brave....

robin michelle said...

This is a beautiful cuff! Congratulations on your sale and your class! I'm sure it will go great.

Robin said...

This cuff is totally lovely and will be worn with much satisfaction by the person who bought it!!!!

I do have one technical suggestion, Lisa... I'd think twice about using any bugle beads in the closures because that part is so flexible and it would be easy to bend it to the point where the thread would rub against the edge of the bead and be frayed or cut.