Thanks to the global pandemic many of us in the handmade business are feeling pretty down. Not that we are sick, just heartbroken and scared. Many of us, like myself have real world jobs and we sell our crafts as a way to make extra money. But for others its a sole source of income. With the rise of Covid-19 all of the markets, festivals, and craft shows have been cancelled for the forseeable future. This is a huge blow to all of us. I'm lucky that I have this website and my Etsy shop but I can't say that business is booming. At least not yet.
Right now, everyone is still coming to grips with the situation the world is now in. Eventually when the panic buying of toilet paper slows down and people settle into a routine in our new reality, we were start to look for things to do. More people than ever will be exploring online shopping. My hope is that you will take a little time to explore local, handmade items.
Since my main market closed this past weekend, several of my fellow vendors and myself of us are using social media to do "Virtual Markets" as a way to promote each other. These Virtual Markets are just us sharing posts, projects and updates on what we are doing during this shutdown. We just want to stay relevant so that when we do reopen our customers can find us again. Or better yet continue to shop with us using our online options.
So thats what us crafters are doing. Want to help? Here's how:
Be well and Wash your hands!
ReUsin by Susan
I have a LOT of wine corks! I don't drink a lot of wine. Hardly any at all, really. I only like sweet wines. Not a fan of dry wine, but I digress. Lucky for me, I don't even have to drink wine to get corks! Ever since I started making recycled jewelry people have been giving me wine corks. I have bags and boxes full. I like to go through and see the sizes, colors, and graphics. All of these play into what I will do with them.
Breast Cancer Awareness
This past weekend I was gifted a bag of wine corks. In them were the wonderful pink corks! I knew exactly what I was going to do with them! I have some pink ribbon glass beads that I added to them and made this necklace and key chain.
Grape Bunch Ornaments
The "grapes" in this ornament are not painted. These are naturally stained by the wine. I think the different patterns and colors just add so much more depth to it.
Wine Cork Pumpkins
Recently I have expanded my cork art beyond just jewelry. I glued some corks together and painted them to make pumpkins in different sizes. I also made some "grape bunches" out of some red wine stained corks. I have to say i was really impressed with how well they turned out!
I have plans to make earrings and bracelets out of wine corks as well. Cutting wine corks presents some challenges I haven't quite worked out yet. But as soon as I do I will post them here!
In the meantime, if you have some wine corks, bottle caps, buttons, or anything you think I can use just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can bring them to me at the Ybor City Saturday Market.
Re-Usin' by Susan is the culmination of many years of exploration and experimentation in jewelry making. People ask me how I got to be so creative. I tell them I ate paste as a child.