I officially have a 2 year old. Eee gads.
Labor Day has officially come and gone, along with the summer, but the lingering heat waves are still upon us until at least mid-October. The cool, overcast mornings remind me of my days trekking back to Cal Poly Pomona for the start of the new calendar school year. I haven’t stepped foot in an academic classroom in over 8 years, but the notion of the sun burning through the cloud cover mid-morning is permanently ingrained in my memory. This weekend is supposed to hit the high 90’s, even in Orange County. Despite the heat, I love this time of year. It’s like hitting a metaphoric “reset” button and the seasons actually start changing. This fashionista is ready for light sweater and hoodie weather so I can don my Doc Martens and go stomping around with the kids in tow. Yes, I am the cool Mom who tries to make an effort to look like I didn’t just roll out of bed.
On the jewelry end of things, the Laguna gallery is doing well. I just dropped more traditional chainmaille bracelets and I need to get working on more re-stocks for the items that have already sold. My best seller has been the tri-colored graduated necklace and earrings. Nice to know one of my favorite earring designs is doing so well. I just added some new inventory to XCVI Fashion Island and I’m planning to drop off a new style Rock on a Rope to XCVI Mission Viejo this weekend. Both XCVI shops have said that larger focal point necklaces have been their bestsellers, so I’m testing the waters with a giant Rock on a Rope. The beauty of this new design is that it can be worn long to compliment the fall season’s sweaters and tunics, but can also be worn short when desired. The stone is large because it has to carry it’s own weight and stand out when worn long. The biggest I have so far are 40mm fire agate coin shaped beads. All the beads I found for this test project are perfect for the warmer fall tones. XCVI Fashion Island has me tentatively scheduled for a trunk show in mid-October and XCVI Mission Viejo’s should be in early November. Exciting, but also means I need to get my butt into gear about inventory. It shouldn’t be too bad with Hui.2 getting bigger and not needing me to hold him all day long. I also have some new ideas for streamlining production as well as chores around the house that I’ve been slowly implementing with great success. So there is hope and motivation to get everything together and smoothly. Let’s see how this goes.