The other thing was having two fairly crappy things happen. First, I had someone return an octopus they purchased from me. Seriously? Returning art? I have on my Etsy site that I do not take returns, but I'll be damned if I am going to allow someone to keep a piece of my heart and soul when they didn't want it! Still, I'm quite taken aback by the ignorance.
Second, the foray into having my things at a brick and mortar store didn't work out. I had my things in there for two months. I thought nothing sold and I got bummed out and informed the store owner I would pick my items up. When I got there, it turns out that several pieces and a lot of earrings sold. I almost broke even so it wasn't as bad as I thought it was. I am not sure why the owner didn't tell me she sold anything (when I left stuff there she said she would tell me when anything sold) but I took it all anyway.
It's all good - the leftover stuff is up at Etsy. I still have 6 necklaces to add up there that I haven't gotten around to yet.
My enthusiasm was a bit rekindled though when I got two neat custom orders back to back just last week. First, a steampunk octopus. I have not done anything steam punk yet (just being stubborn. Long story) but I think it came out adorbs:
Of course, the whole time I was making it, this song was going through my head:
Hmm maybe the story wasn't that long after all.
The other interesting piece was a octopus cuff bracelet that is to be a V-day gift from a husband to his wife. They just got back from a trip to Shark Island in VA where they saw an octopus on a scuba dive. He wanted something to commemorate the trip. I ended up doing an image transfer of the island and making it look like a framed photo on the cuff, thusly:
And now, I have 2 more commissions to work on 1) a set of tokens for an MTG deck that has lots of creatures. and 2) a fairy. Yep, I have to see if I can make an art doll. I'm skert! Luckily, the person who has ordered it is an old friend and we have an agreement that if I can't pull it off, it's ok :)