The internet is a wonderful place for those that embrace change.  I embrace change so well I’m afraid I squeeze it a bit too tight.  I’m  never happy to sit still with one sales venue.  I explore and keep looking for the next great thing.   I have stumbled on a new one that just might be it. 

Artfire is a site similar to Etsy.  They have a front page showcase of products that is constantly updated as new items are listed.  Sellers have studios where all their products are listed in categories.   Listing is a one page deal and much easier to use than many sites I have encountered.  Probably the single most important item for me is the seller statistics.  I love being able to track views and where they came from. 

Being brand new, Artfire still has plenty of bugs to work out.  The search continues to improve daily and you can express your ideas and concerns on their forum.  Part of me is rather excited to be watching the site develop and grow.  The neat thing is you can sign up now wrenches and all, for a flat rate of $7 a month for the life of the site.  I spend that just listing on Etsy in a week.  I’m willing to take a chance signing up early will pay off.  After the first 5,000 sellers sign up the deal goes away.

Now Etsy has been very good to me and I won’t be leaving anytime soon.  But I’m a firm believer in keeping all my options open and exploring new things.  Interested?  You can sign up here.

I sit looking at my pile of fresh clean beads.  My weekly haul of sets to be strung, photographed and listed at various places.  I have such high hopes of using each and every bead.  It never happens.  Sure, some deserve to never see the flash of a camera and go into the boo boo bag I give away with sold sets.  I have come to terms with those and sort them out without angst.

  

My real trouble is symmetry.  I long for a pretty looking set which lies nicely and evenly for the camera.  When I have a focal and six medium sized beads, I can string them with the focal standing proudly, flanked on either side by three companions.  If I have a set of all the same sized bead, I can easily string up five, six, seven or eight.  But, when I have focal and five medium beads I’m in trouble.  How do I string them?  Two on one side and three on the other of a focal looks so wrong.  One big focal and five following is wrong too.  It’s a dilemma.  Yes, I know, just pull one to give away.  This is ultimately what I do, but not happily.  A perfectly good bead so happy with its family and I uproot it all in the name of symmetry.

  

Do you know I even have to have the perfect number of spacers to put in these strands?  Crazy, isn’t it?  One little extra spacer just gets thrown in a jelly jar never to find joy in a piece made with its siblings.  An orphan in a container reduced to being pawed over time and again at some show until, it is finally sold off for a mere quarter.

  I wish I could present asymmetrical strands and feel proud.  The idea appeals to my sense of productivity.  But my need for order in a studio full of chaos prevails every time.