Romancing the revamp

I can’t say that my shop on Etsy has been lucrative, but with the demands of my “grown up” job, it’s been the best option for selling my jewelry at this point.  After 2 1/2 years I’ve decided to start fresh and revamp my Stranded In The City shop.  This is going to include higher quality materials and craftmanship, better quality photographs, more descriptive product details, and best of all, new and improved jewelry.

I’ll still focus on upcycled vintage assemblage style jewelry, but I really want to get back to only making things that speak to me.  Meaning, not just making something because I think it might sell.  I want my shop to reflect my own personal style.

Have any of you ever set out on such an endeavor?  What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?  I’m looking for advice from anyone who’s been down this road before, so feel free to comment!

They tell me of a Texas sky…

I first heard my father-in-law talk about a “Texas sky” and being a transplant from the Arkansas/Missouri area, I wasn’t quite familiar with what he meant.  He explained a Texas sky is a pale blue with streaks of soft clouds.  As a former pilot, the sky was his playground, so I trust his explanation.  It also reminds me a bit of him, with his striking snowy hair and piercing sky blue eyes.

This got me thinking about the different “types” of skies and the one that is most special to me is the Arkansas sky that I remember from my childhood.  There are many versions, from the perfectly clear blue, cloudless day, to the deep post-storm sky that is somehow dark and bright at the same time, and sometimes, just sometimes, if you’re really lucky you’ll even see a beautiful rainbow like the one I remember seeing from my porch, the spectrum of colors warming the white steeple of our church in the distance.

Wherever you live now, or have lived in the past, I’m sure there’s a sky you remember.  I hope the memories of those skies stick with you and bring a smile when you see one that reminds you of the past, just like they have with me.

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