Navajo Silver Shop

TGIF (football season, that is)

So here’s the thing about The GingerBeard Man that many of you may not know: he is way super into football.
Like WAY. SUPER. INTO. football.
I am not into sports… The poor guy had to shelve all of his hopes and dreams of curling up in matching team jerseys for Sunday night football with his wife when he proposed to me. I understand football, I’m just not a fan. He is such a fan though. He reads all the info, he listens to the podcasts, he knows all the players names and the coaches names and their children’s names (just kidding.. I think) and he looks forward to the beginning of football season like a kid waiting for Christmas.
And right now, I am so glad because I have so much stuff to do.
I would consider The GingerBeard Man and I to be in a perpetual state of “the honeymoon phase.” If you were to look in from the outside, you see two people who are best friends and who do pretty much everything together. And that is really great. I love hanging out with him, and I’m pretty sure he likes hanging out with me too 🙂 Which is good because I’m not going anywhere, lol.
That said, I have a lot on my plate right now and I’m glad that he has something to keep him occupied while I try and get on top of it all so I don’t feel like I’m blowing him off all the time. The jewelry stuff has gotten a little crazy. Keeping up with the photographs and advertising for The Navajo Silver Shop takes up a few hours a week and I have also opened up a second etsy shop (Hippie Silver) for a different type of jewelry. My brother convinced me to join him for a craft show in October so I have been working on preparing for that as well. Sometimes I can spend an entire day of the weekend working on this stuff and when I finally stop, it’s dark!
Also, you may remember, I had mentioned a few months ago that we are wanting to sell the house, so there are a lot of little projects around the house that need to get knocked out. And some not so little ones, like the tile backsplash in the kitchen which I finally finished this weekend. Except for the grouting, which I will do next weekend. It feel so great to check off a box next to a major item like that, but it has so far taken me three full days to get to where I am on it. And I am sure there is at least one more full day for the grouting and cleanup.
And, of course, the project I want to be working on with ALL of my spare time is the TFTC podcast, which I am hoping to publish sometime in December, or January first at the absolute latest. I had no idea how much work would go into researching, preparing for and finally publishing a podcast. It’s a lot. But it’s a lot in all the right ways! Like the exciting ways! And I cannot wait to get it off of the ground. So while my super cute husband is watching football over the next few months, I am hoping to really hunker down and work, work, work on all of these little projects 🙂

on starting a business

I come from a family of artists. All of my siblings have some kind of artistic tendencies, for me that was always writing. My long time dream is to be an author. But very early in life I chose the path of parent and not too long after that, I chose the path of single parent. And single parents don’t get as much time to write as you might think 😉
My father has always been a silversmith. Back in the old pre-internet days, he would load up his van with tables and jewelry and go to farmers markets or craft shows and sell jewelry. The days he was home were spent soldering, adding stones, and polishing existing pieces to be ready for the next show.
Several years ago my father “retired” to his house in New Mexico and took to selling his jewelry on ebay exclusively. He’ll be 76 this year, so I think he is tired of all the traveling.
About fifteen years ago, my older sister went to visit our dad and learn as much as she could about his business. She then moved to a very remote part of North East Canada and bought a huge home and set up her shop in the basement. She has been doing that ever since.
More recently, my younger brother made the same trip to visit our father and returned and started his own shop, followed by my little sister… my brother is the most vocal about how well he is doing with it. Now, he currently has a full time job and he owns a vending machine so the the silver shop is his “hobby” business, but it is making him money and he adds to it every month, making it bigger and bigger.
So I was finally convinced enough to make a modest investment into my own silver shop. The biggest thing for me was not to dip into The GingerBeard Man and my salary for an experiment. Because even if little brother is doing well doesn’t mean I will. Luckily, at my job, I get an annual bonus. So I took my bonus and bought a ton of supplies and a dot com and started Navajo Silver Shop. Or rather, I am still in the process of starting it.
The GingerBeard Man excels at all things design and also at the creation of websites. This site was my little pet project that he was kind enough to set up for me. So I am currently harassing him to do my logo, marketing stuff and to set up, but he has this whole pesky career that gets in the way sometimes, lol. In the meantime, I have set up a little ebay shop and have listed about half of what I have. “Hobby” businesses still take up a lot of time and I haven’t really found a balance between taking photos and listing items and making dinner and doing laundry just yet. I’ll get there.