January 23, 2012


SO, how about them Giants?!  Tee Hee.  I had a very productive weekend shop-wise.  I'm proud of myself.  I made 11 cards (that's a lot of quilling) and a set of hairpins.  Plus I finished a new paper flower ring that I had started months ago.  I guess the few inches of snow came in handy.

Here she is:

Find ring here.

This one has a new and more durable filigree ring base.
It's such a pretty soft lemony yellow.
I have lots more colors I want to try out.  

Seems like I always have tons of ideas and things I want to accomplish.  At times I overwhelm myself with ideas and don't ever wind up getting to bring them to fruition.  I've talked about that before and how I wind up feeling frustrated. But, I can't be so hard on myself.  I have to accept that I do what I can.  And, yes, I DO want to push myself harder and grow as well.  So, one day at a time, right?

So what are Sweet Spot's goals for this new year?

I want to:

1.  Get the courage up to get my cards in a few brick and mortar stores.

2.  Do my first ever craft fair. (I'm SO scared!!)

3.  Do lots more DIY's and even perhaps offer some PDF's at the shop.

Let's hope my health and my kids let me get around to doing all these things.  They may not seem like a lot to most people but I am really shy in person (I know, hard to believe).  It's just really always been easy for me to express myself in writing.  But, when I meet people I am not so chatty or confident.  And I come across as (dare I say) ...NASTY.  But, I swear, I'm not!  (Promise!)  Ask my friends.  They know the real me.  

I'm on my way to meeting my first goal.  Once I do, I will share it with you guys.  As for the craft fair.  Let's just say I'm gonna have to pray about that a lot.  I don't know why but I find the idea so daunting.  I don't even know where/how to begin.  I do have a venue I've been eyeing for over a year.  Crazy, right?  Baby steps... 

First step... let me get these packages over to the Post Office. (You know how much I love that place!)

Have a SWEET week! ;)


  1. You nasty? Never! I'm sure your cards would do well in shops. Craft fairs... I dunno, have only done one and felt it was mainly frequented by other makers looking for ideas. They must not all be that way though.

  2. Cute ring! You should definitely get your cards in some shops. :)


  3. wow Sandy you sound just like me. I am not outgoing at all and on the shy side too. I have been in quite a few craft fairs though and the hardest was just taking the plunge the first time. I have a really hard time getting up the nerve to sell at shops. It took my boss asking me if I wanted to sell them for me to get them in the store I even work at.

    I am finding as I am getting older and used to selling them in my store that it is easier to approach other stores but have I gone out and done that yet.....nope. That is one of my goals for this year too.

    If it is any consolation, your cards ARE fantastic and will do well. Keep us posted.

  4. Very beautiful ring! For sure your cards will sell in shops! They are all so sweet! Wish you to accomplish all your goals for this year!
    Probably this is the way of expressing ourselfs better, trough the cards and quilling. The persons who are now my best friends found me strange and cold at first meeting. But is good they dared to know me better:) Sounds very familiar what you said in your post!

  5. gorgeous ring,taking the first step is hard,but it does get easier, I am also shy when it comes to talking to people, specially crowds, but I have a Hubby thats there for me and with me to help break the ice , he loves to talk,lol, he's a big help!!! Good luck with your gaols, I think you'll do fine !!!

  6. Oh my sis, you're very awesome so don't stress too much. You always do well in what you set your mind to do and I am SURE it'll be GREAT! I wanted to tell u that I really like the blog look :) Love the font and how the comments look when published, see? you're the mack-momma ;) Luv ya.

  7. For some reason I can't reply to each of you individually. Looks like I may have messed up a link. Anyway, thank you all for your comments and your votes of confidence. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only shy and insecure one out there. But, you gotta push forward. Glad to have you all on my side ;)

    Ann... you gave me something to think about. I'll make sure to be wise about what craft show I decided to make my first.

    Thanks again!

  8. I love your new look! Can't wait to hear that you've met every single goal! Do you have any craft fairs in mind? I think anything "indie" would be up your alley. The Renegade Craft Fair in particular would probably be a good match for you and your customers. I think I'm the opposite of you when it comes to my art. I'm super uncomfortable talking about it to friends and family. But put me in a craft fair, workshop or store and I feel super confident! One thing I suggest about doing a craft fair is to bring someone with you. That person should know your product as well as you so they can cover you when you need a break. And you WILL need a break. Fairs are a lot of work and by the end of the day, your body will be aching. But if you pick the right venue, it will be more than worth it!


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