Tuesday is here and all hands hoping for fresh starts.
The only thing from the kiln are these small grouping of dichro rings, they are my go to item when I don’t fell well about things. This isn’t a lot of work, far less than the buyer would like to receive but with any luck he will be happy.
Konnie and I open the morning talking about the state of things which range between dire and normal, I suppose.
One of the things I need to learn with Konnie and probably the rest of the world is to say less. Like far less words, thoughts, ideas, comments, questions because no one gives a shit and in the end it only causes my problems and pain. And them too.
None the less, I manage to take up thirty minutes.
I start on the shop computer updating and advancing the ATB food program auctions. I’ve come to this place in my mind were this idea is very important to me and with things the way they have been, this program is more to me than my normal glass work which I’m having trouble giving a shit about. Anyhow, I get this check written and sent out to Houston Food Bank.
I’ve got problems with my Bead and Button plans. And I need to tick them off one at a time. For example, I don’t have enough money to print and distribute promotional material, I’ve been using business card and the system has worked well, money well spent but to do the project again is another thousand dollars and I don’t have it. Not even close.
Also, my stupid bag with my stupid display gear is consistently like five pounds overweight and I need to fix that issue, it’s costing me a lot of money and stress.
Below are mock ups of a solution to cover both issues. Rather than business cards in a metal business card holder for each state I’ll have laminated full color signage at the back of the trays. Some discussion is had over which direction to run the trays and what height the signage should be. Should be easy ish and cheap. And not look that bad.
At end of session, Konnie reports having packed and shipped the rings to Jah Loves Creation. She ships one food program necklace, photographs new work heading to the permanent collection, photographing new items heading to etsy, photographing new midday auction items and getting the editing started though the PC and into Etsy. Good work.
I do the whole food program thing including the check. I set out a new schedule hoping I can make it positively to Bead and Button. I talk with a customer for a bit about what’s the issues here at the shop.
I work the checklist, things are not exactly in shambles but, dude there is a lot left undone in this place. Paper and communications abound. I enter a bead into the ISGB circles exhibit thing, I not think my bead is what they are looking for and normally I stay away from these things but I just liked the idea of supporting them with the application fee, which is kind of odd but whatever. I post customer photos to the website and try and solve some spamming issues there.
Konnie reports having edited all photos and trying to ship one food program auction for wich we have incomplete information. I get her started on sorting some of the vast amounts of paperwork I have around here, my accounting is a total wreck and I have got to get my shit in gear or I’m in trouble.
So the shop sport of forensic accounting begins today. First goal, get all the paperwork I have sorted by date.
I pick up Konnie after lunch bread and we start making glass, thank goodness.
The next couple of days will be well invested in paperwork because I haven’t done what I’m to be doing on the normal. And so I’m stoked to finally be back behind the bench.
I make two and a half disk beads for study group Washington. Konnie, also working in that group is making marble beads. She has the mill running and is sounding great, the lady runs the machine better than I do for sure, which pleases me greatly, she says I overload the machine which sounds exactly like something I would do.
She reports lampworking six beads.
I depart the shop at a little after seven for a little beer and Jesus meeting in town. Lol. Odd but true.
Before going, I have a total of four disk beads in the kiln. Some issues panning the top edges and moving glass to correct place in front, important for cutting and so I’m interested to see if these beads look any good.
Konnie finishes four Washington marble beads finishing out her old prep. She makes two new large pieces of prep, one china green, silver strike 5, and shamrock. The other china pink, silver strike 5, and peacock chameleon. Pulled out the green prep and cut it down into pieces before the end of the session.
She cleaned up and shut down the shop. Thank you Konnie, I’m very lucky to have you in this shop.