So one of the things I am planning to do this week is work on various pictures and websites. I have pics of more stuff for Etsy, and I want to put the smileys and a previous commission, and the ring that's in the user picture on my own website (http://www.afmetalsmith.com). And that's just for starters- J's taken lots of pictures for me, and so there's a bunch more stuff to go up on either or both places. And I'd like to add a Paypal "Buy it now" button to the stuff on my site that's for sale... That's my plan for my main focus this week, anyway!
As soon as I decide on an area in which to focus for the next period of time, I get more ideas. So far the contenders are: elaborate mechanisms (which fascinate me AND will improve my precision fabricating chops- one can never be capable of too much precision!); stone-setting (probably focused on squares after I finish the 2 round tapered-bezel rings i have in process, plus maybe a pass or 2 at pave); hollow rings and/or working more of the way through the McGrath "Rings" book; and doing the enameling on several pieces that are all ready for that, including another pair of lotus earrings, a winter or ice-themed triple-spiral pendant, and the January-themed thimble for which I completed the filigree at least 6 months ago!
So! Choices. Now, if I do not have much going in the way of commissions, I can probably manage to balance them all. However, I do love commissions, and am hoping to have a few at a time on an ongoing basis! I suppose I can just head into the next few weeks with these- and commission work- as my foci, and see where they lead.
(Hint: if you're thinking of commissioning something, now's a good time to bring it up! Email is fine: firstname.lastname@example.org . And I'll mention that I do not discuss commissions except in general and technical terms unless the client has agreed to that- and generally not even then, at least not until they have the piece! And I do not identify them unless they so desire.)