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Bump Day #2: The Bead Dreamer

Welcome to the second edition of Bump Day!

Bump Day is for a crafter from Etsy to offer up some advice and hopefully get some karma in the form of a little bump in recognition. If you have advice to offer and would like to be featured, please convo me via

This week’s Top 5 Suggestions are from The Bead Dreamer. The Bead Dreamer focuses on one of a kind jewelry mostly, with some items being part of a set.  With nearly 100 pieces for sale, she has just about something for everybody!

The Bead Dreamer

The Bead Dreamer on Flickr

The Bead Dreamer’s Blog

And now, on to the tips!

5 Tips by The Bead Dreamer

1) Do what you love.

If you love it, you will pursue it in a way that connects with your inner spirit. If you are passionate about it, people will feel the energy you put into it and will respond. It you love it, you will move beyond the rejection letters, horrible craft shows, and moments of feeling invisible.

2) Challenge yourself.

To grow, experiment, stretch. Take classes, read books, make crazy art you think no one will understand. Learn from those that have mastered your craft. Learn from life. Take it all in – the color of sky, the touch of breeze on your skin, a well turned phrase, graffiti – and express it.

3) Give freely.

Have an open heart and be glad to share what you know with others. Contribute to the body of knowledge in your area of expertise. Join guilds, clubs, or societies in your medium and participate. The universe rewards the cheerful and generous giver.

4) Understand pricing.

The business side of art should not be ignored. Know what you put into each piece. Value yourself and your unique contribution. Take time to understand pricing structures and models and never sell yourself short. Be fair.

5) Care – really care – about the customer.

Treat every customer, really everyone you come into contact with, the way you would like to be treated. Be polite, prompt, and honest in your communications. Bend over backwards to handle problems. Have that little extra polish when it comes to packaging, business cards, and other materials.


6 comments on “Bump Day #2: The Bead Dreamer

  1. AntiGenre
    September 24, 2008

    Very good suggestions! I’m not sure I would have much to add to those. I think the one about pricing is especially good – it’s too easy to ignore the not-so-fun business parts of being an artist.

  2. Krista
    September 24, 2008

    Great suggestions! Very thoughtfully put.

  3. Jodie Longino
    September 24, 2008

    I think these are by far the most excellent tips. Very well written.

  4. Debra
    September 24, 2008

    Great tips!!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Ashley
    September 24, 2008

    Good advice, I especially like the pricing part it is very true.

  6. Chris
    September 24, 2008

    As a musician, I find the comments are equally as true and valuable for music, as well as for life.

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