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“Things Are Looking Up!!”

 

Description from Elaine aka Belly Chick: Okay...so here's how my day went. First of all, I was informed today that the girl I'm replacing at my job is definitely coming back to her position so that means my temporary part-time job will be over in one month, then it will be back to casual. As it turns out, casual will be very casual because one of the women that had just retired from a high-paying gov't job is now planning on picking up most of the available shifts because she has seniority. So that would leave me out in the cold as well as a couple of other casual staff. So this morning I went around town with my jewelry box and have made arrangements with at least one shop to sell my items on consignment and leads for at least two others!!
Then, to top it all off, when I got home, there was a number on my phone from one place I had sent my resume to. I had an interview at 4:00 pm, got home and got a call back at 6:00 saying that they wanted to hire me!! I will start training this month, work casual for a time and still be able to finish up my position at my current job. Then, when that is over, they said they would have a full time position opening at their facility!! Yippee...I won't have to go live under a bridge!!

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  1. Purple Chick aka Violet
    Purple Chick aka Violet says:

    Very pretty pick. Love , Love, Love those pearls!!!!!
    Glad to hear about your new job.
    And also about getting your jewelry in some shops. How great is that!!!!!!!!! I wish you all the best.

  2. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Thanks Violet!! :-D

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Elaine – this is all so exciting!
    And a lovely, bright pick to celebrate!

  4. Chicky Bear-Tara
    Chicky Bear-Tara says:

    That’s great Elaine! I bet that was a great pick you up after all the other. Very pretty pick!

  5. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Thanks Jeanne and Tara…it definitely has been quite the day!! I’m exhausted! :-D

  6. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Elaine, I am so happy for you!!!! :D What wonderful news to end your day that started out so yucky! And then to start selling your jewelry on top of that! Yippee!!! :D :D :D

  7. Mayan Chick - Lilly
    Mayan Chick - Lilly says:

    Elaine, that’s wonderful news! I’m very happy for you, too! This is a great pick to go with your celebration. Congrats!!!!

  8. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    LOL Totally forgot in all my excitement to tell you how much I love your pick! :D

    BTW, when you said you got your box of jewelry and took it around town, I thought “Is she going door to door like the Girl Scouts selling cookies?” ROTFLOL Well, I am happy for you, though it will be awfully lonely under that bridge without you, Elaine! Stop by and visit on your way to work some day. ;-)

  9. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Yes Lynn, I couldn’t believe how receptive some of the shops were…in fact, I can set up a display in the one of the shops tomorrow if I want…she showed me where my items would be displayed, right by the till! And I may have already sold one set to her!! Whoooo hoooo!! :-D

  10. Classy Chick JbyJill
    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Wow! That is fantastic! :) :)

  11. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Elaine, that is just SO exciting! If we were in the same room I would give you a great big hug!!! ( ) Guess that will have to do for now! LOL :D

  12. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    I don’t know Lynn, if I keep buying beads, I’ll still be under that bridge eventually! LOL!
    Actually, it was like going door-to-door which felt a little strange. I really had to wind up my courage to do it but I’m thinking that it might have been good practice for interview I had later in the afternoon…after all, a person is more or less selling themselves or their ideas to another person in both scenarios! :-D

  13. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Thanks Jill! And Lynn, thanks for the hug…I felt it all the way up here!! :-D

  14. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    I just thought of something Lynn…I have a bridge to cross on my way to my new workplace…hehehe!!

  15. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    That makes a lot of sense what you said about practicing for your interview, Elaine. Whenever I’ve had big things like that to face, I always do a “dry run” at home to (hopefully!) make myself less nervous. I’m terrible at selling one-on-one, at least I think I am, which is why I think I’d do better with a web site. :D

  16. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Good news about the bridge — now I know where I can live! Bob gave me the “lecture” again tonight about not buying so many beads, especially because: I’ve not sold that much, and I don’t know for sure if people will really buy my jewelry, not that I don’t make beautiful jewelry, but I shouldn’t get my hopes up too high, and what if I decide I don’t want to make jewelry anymore, then what would I do with all these beads, yada, yada, yada…….. So now I’m sitting here with my feelings all bruised. There is no “pouting emoticon”, is there? LOL

  17. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Oh, I know what you mean…many years ago I did go door-to-door selling Avon and was fairly successful at it, but at first it was so scary. And I have been away from sales for at least two years (I had to get out of retail because it was making me crazy) but at one time, I could sell ice to Eskimos or at least that is what quite a few people told me!! :-D

  18. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    ROTFLOL I’m picturing you selling ice to Eskimos, Elaine — very funny! :D

  19. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    BTW, I put this in my faves because it is sooooooo beautiful and happy! :D

  20. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    I know Lynn, I’m trying not to get my hopes up either…just because maybe I can get a display going in a shop is no guarantee that anything will sell. So it really is such a gamble, and of course me without a job (or so I thought) really scared me. So I know I have to slow down a bit and work with what I have for awhile and see how it goes. My husband hasn’t said anything to me yet but I have been expecting it…but then again, I’m the one that pays all of the bills, if you get my drift!! :-D

  21. Purple Chick aka Violet
    Purple Chick aka Violet says:

    Oh Lynn, It’s too bad your Bob is unhappy about your bead buying. I’m sure people will want to buy your jewelry. It is gratifying to see someone excited to buy your hard work and design talents. Don’t feel too down and bruised. You will just have to prove him wrong. !!!
    I’m lucky that my husband doesn’t mind that I buy beads. In fact I have him hooked on the bead Machine. When I am gone he will keep a look out for me for some good deals. He will call me when I am on my trips and say , ”wait till you get home and see what’s waiting for you!” He’s a keeper.

  22. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Yep, this is when I hate the fact that I don’t work outside the home. When I did, I felt like I had more of a say in what I could spend money on for “extras”. Of course, if I worked outside of the home now, I don’t know when I’d find the time to make all the jewelry I make, be on here, plus do the million and one other things I do. Oh, and babysit the grandgirls! Yikes! :D

  23. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Oohhhh….lucky you Violet!!
    I know it wouldn’t take much for a comment from Wayne to crush my feelings either Lynn. But my own thoughts sometimes do that!

  24. Crystal Chick Miss Alex
    Crystal Chick Miss Alex says:

    I’ve got another idea for those of us that like to make the Jewelry and seem to have quite a bit in stock… I have a Friend that is going to a Wedding this weekend and so I offered to rent her the Petersite Necklace and to make a bracelet and earrings to go with them… How much do you wanna bet that she gets so many compliments on the set that either she buys it or someone else does… The rental will cover having to dispose of the french hooks and the material costs…
    I’ve always been like Elaine… I can sell Ice to the Eskimos…
    So I have a Question… Is there a Blog for us to chat on here on LB? I’m just new and that would possibly help us share ideas on how to sell our jewelry etc…

  25. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    It seems as though everything in life is a trade-off doesn’t it?! I hate that!! Either a person has the time but not the money or it’s extra money but no time…and that just sucks!! :-)

  26. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thanks, Violet! That’s exactly what I figure I need to do — prove him wrong! ;-) Your hubby sounds like a dream guy — shopping the BGBM for you! Wow! Bob doesn’t even want me to turn it on. If he catches me with it on, I get “the look.” LOL

  27. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    You’re right about life being a series of trade-offs, Elaine. Money to spend vs. time to spend it. So true.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Violet – you can join the jewelry sellers group on the garden. I can believe your husband watches the BGBM for you! I think mine resents the time it takes away from him.

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Elaine – I’ve been thinking about the local boutiques, but am afraid to tie up stock. I think I have two more home parties in August and definitely not enough jewelry. And I have to remember what someone (I think Harriet) told me – don’t letting the pressure take away from the pleasure.

  30. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Hi Crystal Chick (love that name)! I had wondered where you had gotten to. Great idea about renting a piece of jewelery!! There are several different places you can go to chat and here is one of them: http://www.limabeads.com/fresh/groups/chickies
    And as Jeanne mentioned, you can check out the jewelery sellers that you can get to via the Garden.
    Good to hear from you again!! :-D

  31. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Jeanne, I am going to talk to my neighbor about her having a show as well. I’ve been to several shows she has had with regular Home Party jewelery brands so if I talk nice to her and offer her a freebie, maybe she will have one for me because she knows lots of people! :-D

  32. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Jeanne, I’m sure it was Harriet who made that comment once. :D It really makes a lot of sense!

    Elaine, I just got back from posting on Crystal Chick’s wire with all the info about how/where to join the groups, etc.! LOL :D Great minds….. ;-)

  33. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Elaine, that’s a fabulous idea! Offering a “hostess gift” is a good incentive, too. You could even offer something extra for her if so many people attend or if so much is sold. Maybe even have a drawing for a door prize, such as a pair of earrings or a simple bracelet. :D

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    Others have suggested a small hostess gift like a bracelet or pair of earrings, plus 10% of sales toward jewelry.

    I’m glad I had my first show at home so I could iron out the kinks… like finding just the right materials for display.

  35. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Fabulous ideas, Lynn!! I like the idea of a door prize too! I simply can’t put a party on at my house, it’s way too messy, what with all the beads and crafty things piled up…hehehe!! :-D

  36. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Oh…I’m getting all tingly thinking about this….so much fun to be had……so little time! :-D

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I had to clean up for the graduation party. LOL
    the jewelry party was just a few days later. I moved all my beads back upstairs to my “office”. I think I’m going to have to move my teacher books to the closet so I can store my beads neatly on the bookshelf.

  38. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Well, of course…we need to have our beads close at hand just in case inspiration hits!! LOL

  39. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Elaine, what a day you’ve had! I saw the vibrant colors & loved the pick immediately! Then to read all your news, I just am SO happy for you! I wish you the best of luck selling your jewelry – from what I’ve seen I can’t imagine any problem! And to have a new job just drop in your lap is fantastic! Congratulations!

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    Jeannes Gems - Gem Chick says:

    I hope you take the plunge soon. The chicks really inspired and helped me. :)

    Now – I really must get to bed.
    ttys

  41. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Goodnight Jeanne, thanks for your advise!
    And thank you Lori, for your kind comments! :-D

  42. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Lynn, I’m sorry about your “scolding”. I get that too. I hate it, and it really is deflating, but I have to say I’d be in the poorhouse without my hubby’s financial planning.

    Good ideas for the jewelry party, too! I saw where one gal had a “standard” bracelet for a hostess gift a while back.

  43. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    You’re welcome! I’m really happy to hear of your success! Hope this is the start of a good trend for you Elaine!

  44. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Goodnight ladies…it’s been wonderful celebrating with you all!! Have a good night! :-D

  45. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Good night Elaine! Happy bead dreams!

  46. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Good night, Elaine! Thanks again for sharing your wonderful news with us! Happy bead dreams! :D

  47. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Elaine, the Chick who has a “standard” bracelet is Mrs. Chick/Monica. She talked about it on one of her picks a couple of months ago. Basically, it was a very pretty rainbow soocho and clasp design with spacers. You could use any metal you prefer. If the hostess already had one (because she had already hosted one of your parties!), you could offer a matching necklace or earrings or a different style of bracelet as a choice. :D

  48. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thanks for empathizing, Lori! I know my brain runs on emotion and Bob’s runs on logic — guess that’s why we make such a good team! He’s the reason I’m not living under that bridge with Elaine eating bead soup for dinner! LOL It just made me feel as though he didn’t believe in me and that’s why my feelings were bruised, not because I couldn’t buy more beads.

  49. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Yes, know that feeling too. I just sent you a message in the Garden, wasn’t sure you were still on here. I’m the same way (or as a couple WE are the same way) and I had my meltdown today. Different stuff, but same reactions.

    Thanks for tracking down (or remembering) Mrs. Chick for me! I like her idea, and was thinking maybe offer a couple choices – maybe casual or dressy – or 2 pr. earrings or a bracelet – since everyone I meet seems to have their own “style”.

  50. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Lori, I got your message and replied to it already. Thanks!

    Good ideas for hostess gifts, Lori — always nice to give people a choice! :D

  51. Purple Chick aka Violet
    Purple Chick aka Violet says:

    good night all you chickies that are still awake. I have an early report tomorrow. Must be at LAX by 7am. Talk to you all later!

  52. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Good night, Violet! It was fun catching up with you tonight! Happy bead dreams! Be safe! :D

  53. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Night Violet! Still say you’re one lucky gal!

  54. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    Lynn, I replied back to your reply! I just got “the look” for still being up – so I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here. :p

    Thursday is the last day for the county fair, hopefully then I can stay up late again! :)

  55. Dizzy Chick Lori Z
    Dizzy Chick Lori Z says:

    That should be :P

  56. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Hooray! More fun with the night owls! LOL :D

  57. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Fabulous colors. Congrats on the consignment deal. Happy to hear about the new job. Glad you won’t have to live under a bridge. There be trolls under there.

  58. Cuban Queen Crazy Chick
    Cuban Queen Crazy Chick says:

    Yay! Congrats!!! That’s great, Elaine! But are you sure you don’t want to be the weird bead lady under the bridge? LOL :D

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    Mary S - Sweet Chick says:

    So Happy for you Elaine!
    New job. Selling jewelry and you don’t have to live under a bridge!! YAY! :-D

    And you made such a happy pick to go with it! :-)

  60. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Thanks again ladies!! :-D
    Little Round Chick…I don’t mind about the trolls, I’m sure that occasionally my family see me that way…hehehe!! :-D

  61. Cthings
    Cthings says:

    Congratulations to you!! I’m glad you don’t have to live under that bridge. I probably will also have orders flowing in from showing off your jewels! :)

  62. Cthings
    Cthings says:

    Typo (turning red) You instead of I
    You probably will also have orders flowing in from showing off your jewels.

    I must retire from typing.

  63. Cthings
    Cthings says:

    Gorgeous picks BTW!! :)

  64. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    Wow how awful and wonderful all in one day! I’m glad things turned out well! Where one door closes another opens…right?

  65. Mommykat Bubbly Chick
    Mommykat Bubbly Chick says:

    oh, I am so glad that things are looking promising for you! This is a beautiful pick! Hope that you find exactly what you are hoping for.

  66. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    Cthings…that sounded like a Freudian slip to me….I found that really funny!! Hehehe!!
    BTW ladies, thanks for your comments…I’m really excited about all of it!! :-D

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