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Friday, November 25, 2011

Well.......I've Been Busy

I know that's a terrible excuse for not posting in exactly a month, but it's the truth! For those of you who might be curious about what I've been up to, I'm going to show you. I decided that while I still had access to the studio at school, I needed to do something about my craft show display.

A while back, I wrote this post about how I have been setting up my booth for roughly the last three years. As glorious, and pretty, and elegant, and nice it all is, I have to admit that the setup is HEAVY. Oh, and it also takes up a lot of space. For once, I'd like to go on a road trip and see out of my rear view mirror.

That, and I'd like my jewelry to be seen instead of my displays.

Soooooo, I packed up most of these displays.............


.........and will shortly be shipping them off to Shalena White of Shalena Designs. Go check out her gorgeous metalsmithing work if you've never seen it! She is a friend of mine and a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin. Thank you Shalena and I hope they serve you well!!!

*The four displays in front with the contrasting colors are up for grabs to the first person commenting below that you want them.*

Anyway, I had to replace these three dimensional pedestals with something flat and portable. The FMG equivalent was going to cost me over $270 for the amount I eventually ended up making.

This lovely collection of cherry stained red oak cost me around $160 from Lowe's.....


......Tada?
Pictured here are 6 large necklace pedestals, 12 medium necklace pedestals, 18 small necklace pedestals, 36 necklace pedestal bases with slots, 18 bracelet ramps, 12 arches, 16 block risers, 2 business card holders, and two "handy" displays.

Every one of these was cut, sanded, and stained by hand. I'm so excited to see them in action at both my senior exhibition and at next year's craft shows! What do you think? Am I crazy or what?


Oh, oh, oh! Guess what? Exactly half fits in this suitcase. I just need a matching one to put the other half in. I forsee a trip downtown fairly soon.

 Voila! I will soon have a decorative suitcase that hides my brand new displays! (I have used this technique before to store the curtains and table cloths used in my setup.)

Wish me luck! Senior show is next Friday and I have to try hunting for last minute show deadlines for next summer and fall.