First to the kanzashi notes.
I have gone back to working in experimental methods, just focusing on making flowers than complete pieces. I love this color combo, and by the time I'm finished with this set of pieces, it will probably be late summer/early fall, lol.
Later, when I have my tester's reports on my new hair stick mounting design, I will be fixing all my hair stick pieces. I might even be adding a few more into inventory out of this pumpkin orange/goldenrod color combo I am currently in.
On top of this, I have a big announcement! I have finally found a Japanese Silk Embroidery Teacher! She lives 3 hours or so from my current location, and has availability for teaching weekends! She has been exceedingly helpful in assisting me with my first piece, which I have picked out and will be ready to purchase by my birthday. Then I will schedule a weekend away from my family to take my first steps with silk embroidery.
And, simply because I am a glutton for punishment, lol, I have decided to get a part time job, one that pays real money. I love my store, but it is a hobby that pays for itself. I can't make real money in this niche art. I never expected to. And money, unfortunately, holds me back from expanding on things like Japanese Embroidery, which is very costly considering the necessary materials.
I only mention it now because I have started getting calls back for interviews, which frankly since I haven't had a real job in 9 years, is somewhat surprising. It's mostly retail again, which I am comfortable with, and my first callback is a clothing chain, so maybe I will get some ideas on colors and patterns to experiment with in my flowers.
But before I start I hope to have my listings updated with the multicolor chirimen pieces and the kimono pattern barrettes. So look for new inventory soon!!!