Thursday 12 February 2009

A most productive year

Goodness, I've been away from this blog for a full year, almost to the day. And what a year!

I've been 'crazy busy' working to establish my infant jewellery (or should I say jewelry?) business, True Colours Pearl and Gemstone Jewellery.

Heartfelt thanks for great support to: my 'in-house' designers, Aoife and Stephen; Claire and Gerry; my county enterprise board, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (DLRCEB); friends / cheer-leaders from CEB networks; colleague, mentor, cheer-leader, Ann Mulcahy; and my many colleagues and clients from the worlds of education / colour therapy.

Commissions and appreciation from people overseas (thank you, Michigan, Australia, Dev Aura and Switzerland!) decided me to take the plunge and exhibit at the Crafts Council of Ireland's annual trade fair, Showcase 09, over four days in January.

Talk about a steep learning curve! I was fortunate in being able to access mentorship from both the CCoI and DLRCEB. Mentors of tremendous practicality, experience and generosity ensured that I was well prepared, with a respectable (self-executed!) catalogue of my 2009 collection, swing tags, a price list, and so much more. And I really enjoyed meeting the buyers in the RDS! More of that in my next blog...

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