Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I can't add

Sometimes before I have a big show I get a little anxious over all that I have to do in order to be ready. I put things off until the last minute. I have always been this way. When I was in college I would write 15 page papers at 4 in the morning of the day they were due. Always. No matter how much I wanted to change, I just couldn't. Thankfully I work fairly well under pressure and some of my best work, be it writing or making, has come from these last minute freak-out sessions. It does take its toll, however, and last night I was plagued by bad dreams all night long. I had a dream that I was at a show and my calculator would not work. I was desperately trying to add up a big purchase and the buttons would not work. It kept giving me wrong amounts and half numbers. I couldn't figure out the sales tax. It was maddening. I finally handed the calculator to the customer and asked him to add everything up. And then I hightailed it out of there.

It's kind of a funny dream now that I think about it, but at the moment I wasn't feeling too jolly. It just highlighted all my anxiety. It's not that I don't have a lot of merchandise for this show - I have a lot, probably close to 400 pieces in total. I'm a big believer in having a very full booth with a lot of selection. And of course you need to have a lot in understock so that every spot can be filled when something sells. That being said, I am just anxious overall. Ugh.

Anyhoo, above is a new version of my peacock necklace. I like the simplicity of it and the antique vibe going on. Sadly this is the last of my vintage copper snake chains. And that makes me sad.

I listed some new pieces in the shop. A new owl bracelet in beautiful Autumn colors...

This little sweetie is a new design...

This is a new glaze combination in my favorite (for the moment) combination of blue and brown...

New Crater Discus earrings...

I must fly to the studio now to see if the kiln is cool enough to get my bracelet pieces out. Here's to an evening of assembling bracelets! And a dream-free night...

12 comments:

Marbella Jewelry Designs said...

i sometimes i have a similar dream, where i can't punch in a phone number on my phone. no matter how many times i start over i just can't get it right.
good luck with the show.

peacockfairy said...

I am a last minute person too! As always, love the peacocks!

Silver Parrot said...

Great stuff! Good luck on the show. When I do shows, I make a friend who is good at math man the booth with me LOL! I have major math anxiety!

SueBeads said...

Beautiful pieces - I really love the peacock necklaces! I'm sure you will be fine at your show! Good luck and have fun! BTW, I think I do best at working under pressure too!

Kella said...

I'm also another pressure cooker, ain't it exciting living life on the edge :)

Round Rabbit said...

haha Kella! Sometimes it's exciting... sometimes it just freaks me out. :)

sundownbeaddesigns said...

Oooo...I don't do well under pressure, I like to get things out of the way so no worries...of course I still have the vivid dreams...I really like the necklaces!

Andrew Thornton said...

Hey Nancy,

I'm in the same boat. I always have the best intentions of starting projects early, but I rarely... if ever... do them until the last minute. I even own an award for my procrastination once – the prize of course was not ready until the next day.

I hate to admit it, but your dream was my reality at one show. I got a new calculator from an office supply show since our's wasn't in the show kit and all the totals kept being off. (In retrospect I think the memory key or something like that was smashed down or something and was the source of so much confusion.) What's worse is that I rang someone up and the total was wrong and I didn't notice it until they came by the next day with their purchase in hand. Luckily they were chill and didn't freak out about the difference, which was somewhat significant. It did work out though since they just added more pieces to their order instead of getting a refund for the balance.

Maybe the goblins never glitch your calculator and may all your totals be right and accurate!

P.S. Lovely pieces as always!

stregata said...

Wishing you a great show. I am a last minute kind of person myself. I keep telling myself to do it differently next time - but, well, who am I kidding?
Lovely pieces, and that copper snake chain is gorgeous, so sad...

Leslie @ Bei Mondi said...

I completely understand. Procrastination is something I live by. Thankfully, it really seems to work for you. All the pieces are beautiful.

Kella said...

Just wanted to pass an award onto you, you can pick it up at my blog: http://kellasvegeplotandothermusings.blogspot.com/

Erin said...

Your not the only one. Same here for both, self proclaimed procrastinator and math-challenged! I'm always behind on everything and I can't add or give change back without a calculator. Good Luck with all your upcoming shows! You will do great. Think happy, happy bunny thoughts!;)