One thing that I can't stand about Blogger, the site that I chose to host my blog, is that when people leave comments about my posts, I can't respond directly back to them. I can post a reply under the comments they've left, but who knows if they'll go back to check the comment section after they've already posted there? Or I can check out their blogs if they've got them (although several don't), and leave responses there, but that's not really the forum in which to reply to their comments about my posts.
A couple weeks ago, I got a comment from a reader name Lexie, with whom I was dying to get in touch. Lexie had written to say that when she checked out several of the links to the shops where sulu-design jewelry can be found, she noticed that the sulu-design name didn't appear in their lists of designers that they carry. She suggested that I drop them a line and ask them to include my name on their sites.
I, of course, have noticed the absence of my name on these sites as well, but I've always been too shy to inquire about getting my name up there. I'm not at all what one would normally refer to as shy, but when it comes to my jewelry, I have a bit of an inferiority complex. When I look around the shops where I sell my designs, I'm always blown away by the creativity and the meticulous craft exhibited in the other designers' goods. They seem to be in a league above me - they are true artists. I, on the other hand, am a little old teacher who makes jewelry when I've got the time. I guess I don't feel justified in asking for my name to be up there on a store's website with all of the other real designers. I'm not going to go on and on about this confidence issue, but I wanted to thank Lexie for her suggestion, and let her know that it's something I've contemplated (over and over). This discussion also explains why the following had me so excited yesterday:
Barry and I stopped by Sodafine, an adorable shop owned by the even more adorable Erin. She recently moved the store from Fort Greene to Williamsburg, Brooklyn (119 Grand Street, to be exact). I had been by the shop about a month ago to drop off some new pieces for the opening of the new location, but at the time, Erin was still in the midst of renovating. Yesterday was my first time at Sodafine since it opened, and it looks fabulous:
I was so excited for Erin and was so wrapped up in discussing with her the trials of opening one's own store (thanks for all the advice, Erin - I've tucked it away for future reference) that I failed to notice this:
The two dress forms in the front window are wearing sulu-design necklaces - the ones made from bits and pieces that I picked up in New Orleans this summer! I mean, I really failed to notice it - half an hour after we left the store, Barry said, "Isn't it cool that your necklaces were in the store window?" I, of course, had no idea what he was talking about, so we went back to the store so I could see for myself. I was beyond excited. I was thrilled, too, to see how Erin has displayed several other sulu-deisgn pieces inside the shop:
It was a really great boost to see that a few of my pieces had such prominent displays in Sodafine. Thanks again and best wishes go to Erin, who runs a fabulous little boutique.
I'm off now to work on my lesson plans - NYC public school students start school tomorrow. Wish us all luck!