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Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Golden Globes Hype

Before the Golden Globes, there are Luxury Lounges in honor of the Celebrity Nominees and Presenters with all kinds of products from different businesses. One such Luxury Lounge hosted by GBK Productions at the L'Ermitage Hotel will include The Artisan Group featuring my Victoria Necklace alongside many other talented Artisan Member's products.

I can't believe after so many months of preparation and anticipation that the Golden Globes is just a week away. I have to stop and take a breath and realize that since September I have worked hard towards next weekend.

Looking back, it has been quite the ride. This was the first time I've participated in a Celebrity event. You can't imagine the stress and crazy things that happened on the way to having my gorgeous Feminine Steampunk necklace on display. I also had to make 100 pairs of hand dyed Lucite flower earrings for the Swag bags to be gifted to the celebrities.

That's right, I had to create 100 pairs of earrings, tag them, box them up, put stickers on each 100 boxes then wrap each box before boxing the boxes and shipping it to California to later be shipped to Beverly Hills.

I had originally planned on having my earrings ready a month early, and I began my orders early in October for the Lucite flowers. I made my first order of 100 Lucite flowers from my supplier (who does an amazing job dying these Lucite flowers) to make it easier for her instead of one BIG order.

About 3 weeks later I was ready to make my second order...but my supplier disappeared. So I waited a few weeks...and then find out that she had a flood that destroyed her home and much of her work so she wouldn't be able to open shop till in 2012 when repairs were done.

So I had to quickly find a replacement for the other 50 pairs of earrings. I made a small order from a lady, liked her work and then made the huge order for the event and paid for speedy shipping....a shipment that never came.

In the meantime I have a huge craft show I am preparing for, and I'm behind in work, and a store that has sold out of my Jewelry and wants more asap! Not to mention that every year I participate in National Novel Writing Month to write 50,000 words from November 1 to 30th. You can find some published and well known Authors who also participate in this event and I'm sure they excelled - however I so did not. Too much stuff on my hands, however I did write 25,000 words to a story that I read at the TGIO Party. People loved it so much that after the reading, they came to personally tell me and wanted continued updates on it....but I've had no time to continue writing.

All of the above happened in one month. November. The month I needed to create the last 50 pairs of earrings. Every day I'd be staring at the open box of all the shiny black boxes that were waiting to be filled. My days would often start at 5 or 6 in the morning to try and keep everything together and all of my projects moving forwards.

So...The clock is ticking as it is close to December now and Nanowrimo is near finished and I'm still short the last 100 lucite flowers, so I have to hurriedly order from yet ANOTHER Artisan who dyes Lucite flowers. Luckily...with 3 weeks to spare, I get the flowers and begin making approx. 15 pairs at a time which takes approx. 5-6 hrs each batch.

I've had ribbon ready to wrap the boxes once I stuck SJ stickers on each box...and then found out that I had not enough ribbon...and only 1 week left to finish.

I took my grandfather to the mall and had delicious coffee and a bite of lunch before searching madly through the stores trying to sniff out the perfect ribbon. I just wanted gold tone ribbon...not paper ribbon...nice ribbon!

I came out empty handed.

Panicked- it's the last day to ship without worrying about delivery and my brain is about to explode. The buses are on strike so I can't get over to Micheal's which is out of town and too far for a taxi. Well my Mother came down with dad to finally put the new tiles down in Grampa's hallway, so mom and I zoomed over to Micheal's first thing in the morning to buy 2 dozen rolls of ribbon. I went straight home, wrapped the last 51 boxes and then packaged them all up to be shipped.  In a giant line at the post office, I'm out of breath, tired and I empty my pocket to expedite the heavy boxes off to Valerie who expertly packed the Swag bags with all the Artisan Group goodies, including my earrings.

But of course, I cannot forget the necklace. I probably took about 30 pictures of it before I got the right photos to be selected for the Event Guide.

 The Event Guide for the Golden Globes Gift Lounge looks superb, and I highly suggest checking it out. It displays all the handmade products that will be on display including a short bio of each artist. You will not be disappointed.



8 comments:

  1. Beautiful package. Beautiful product. I can't wait to hear what happens next!

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  2. Beautiful earrings, display necklace (and display), and packaging!! Keep us posted!!

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  3. Although I can see that it was a lot of work to get here today, I am so excited to see what is on the horizon for you now!

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  4. I bet you are so excited!! love your necklace display :)

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  5. Amazing work! Can't wait to see pictures of the celebrities with your jewelry!

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  6. Wow, that's quite a journey! You did a great job with your prep. Now the fun begins!! :)

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  7. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments. I had forgotten to add all the other things I was doing at that time, so I edited the post to include the National Novel Writing Month I participate in every year in November as well as a big craft show...and the store that needed more of my product....all in the same month :P

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