Show Report – SC Flower Festival

August 3, 2009

In June my daughter and I had a booth at the SC Flower Festival in Greenwood, SC.  It was our first time doing this show, which is part of a huge month-long Flower Festival.  The arts and crafts show is held on the final weekend at a local school, and included a wide range of […]

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Trunk Show Success

May 8, 2009

I did a Trunk Show with my jewelry at Porter’s Gift Shop in Florence, SC on Thursday.  Porter’s is “the” high-end gift shop in Florence, with a long-time clientele from the upper echelon’s of Florence society.  They promoted the Trunk Show on their web site, in their newsletter, and with print ads.  I promoted it […]

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Presenting Your Work to Retail Accounts

April 24, 2009

I have been developing new wholesale and consignment retail accounts for my work, and for the Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail, a juried artists’ group I belong to.  Surprisingly, I have been having great success even in this tight economy. Here are some of my tips and observations on what seems to be […]

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Show Report: Art & Jazz

April 20, 2009

I was honored to be invited to participate in the Marlboro Arts Council Art & Jazz fundraising evening last week.  This is an evening with live jazz, a number of artists who set up small displays, an open wine bar, and heavy appetizers to raise money for summer arts programs for local children. The artists […]

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Cheraw Spring Festival Show Report

April 20, 2009

A few weekends ago I had a booth at the Cheraw Spring Festival “Spring Arts and Craft Show and Celebration”.  It was my first time exhibiting at this show, although since it is the big festival in our town, I have certainly attended many times before! I never thought this was “my” audience, but the […]

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Random Acts of Kindness

April 11, 2009

I am a firm believer in Randam Acts of Kindness.  Not the helping folks you know kind, the spontaneous helping just to be helping kind of kindness.  When Linens N Things went bankrupt, I was able to buy some really nice metal shelves for my studio.  My daughter and I drove to Charlotte (2 hours […]

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Antique Indian Spiny Oyster Beads

March 3, 2009

I just finished several custom pieces for a client whose daughter lucked into some wonderful antique American Indian Spiny Oyster beads at an antique shop in Charleston, SC.  The beads have tiny bits of turquoise attached around the edges, and have a tiny “center” hole in each bead. I checked with Orchid’s coral/ocean expert, Don […]

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The Art of a Business E-mail

February 28, 2009

Communication is an art form in itself, and many people seem not to have been taught the difference between personal and business communication.  They are two very different beasts, with very different rules and requirements. A business e-mail should be a formal communication between two or more parties, relating to a business topic.  This is […]

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New Wholesale Account and the Benefits of Group Marketing

February 23, 2009

As mentioned previously, I am a juried member of the Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail,, a group created to promote, market, and support local artists.  Last week I took a selection of work from several of our members to a tourist-oriented store, with great success.  This morning I took a different group […]

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Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail – new marketing efforts

February 22, 2009

I am a member of the juried group Artisans of the South Carolina Cotton Trail, (sorry – I can’t figure out how to put a link in!). We are a juried group that covers five counties in South Carolina, and were formed to help market, promote, support, and educate artisans (with a wide definition!) […]

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