Tuesday, December 30, 2008
www.stonesandfindings.com (gemstones, pearls, silver,gold and metal findings)
www.bamiyansilver.com (wholesale, silver, gemstones,Swarovski)
www.beadfx.com (Czech glass, seed beads, metal and silver findings)
www.theringlord.com (wire, jumprings, chainmail supplies)
www.titanbeads.com ( Smaller site but some interesting finds. Ugandan beads, copper, glass, semi precious, wood etc.)
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
and here is where I wish I could be.....
Monday, December 15, 2008
Oh, yeah...and while we were having fun doing that, my husband was doing this!
Friday, December 12, 2008
The bracelet, "Modern Love" is not new, but co- ordinates nicely with the necklace. This bracelet features the same kind of Venetian heart bead as the necklace, some cube shaped Swarovski crystals, artisan lampwork beads and a 14K gold clasp.Listed at $60.00 USD
Keeping with the green theme, is "Rocky Mountain Way" combining pretty Peruvian opal stones, green opal stones, sterling silver beads, vintage topaz Swarovski crystals, and contemporary Swarovski crystals in one of the newer colors called Opal. This one goes for $90.00 USD. Please check my Etsy store for more one of a kind designs, made with top quality materials!Pin It
Thursday, December 11, 2008
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Sweetwater Designs- Lampwork bead artist and fellow Canadian!
We went out this past weekend and picked up our Christmas tree, a fabulous fresh balsam fir that stands a majestic 9 feet tall! It is lovely and fragrant and smells like Christmas should. Yesterday I finally got around to decorating it, and it turned out great, all sparkling in silver, white, red and gold, very festive. It snowed alot here on the weekend, about 30cm, so everything outside is covered in a thick blanket of snow and looking very Christmasy! I am also posting a photo of one of the bracelets in my Etsy shop, called "Montego Bay", which has similiar colors to my tree, and also is very sparkly, with 40 genuine Swarovski crystals, 6 of them being vintage ones. Also the dichroic glass heart in this bracelet is breathtaking, and the photos cannot capture how delicious this Venetian glass heart really is. Pin It
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
As we are entering this Christmas season of goodwill and peace on earth, let us not forget those who are living in countries that are not so peaceful as ours. Three more Canadian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Friday.Will there ever be be a day when war is over?Pin It
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Here is an interesting quote by Charles Dickens, that I think explains how many of us feel as we get older, and yet in many ways, still feel our youth, as I hope to continue to feel in the coming years:
Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life. ~Charles Dickens
Ok, so I don't have a grey head...I was at the salon last week getting my color refreshed, and I try not to look too hard for the wrinkles of time! But you get the idea. So having my friends celebrate with me last weekend, really took the edge off of this big huge birthday, and now I don't feel quite so bad entering my fifties...eeek, I said it again! Pin It
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
shows have been very successful this season, whereas selling online has come to a complete halt. So here are some basic but very pretty bracelets that I am listing in my Etsy store later today, and to my blog readers only I am offering free shipping to Canada and the USA on anything in my shop until Dec.15. Just send me a convo through my Etsy store, that you read about free shipping on my blog and the shipping prices will be adjusted. These bracelets, are reasonably priced, for gift giving or party wearing. All three have some fabulous vintage beads combined with contemporary beads for an eclectic look. The flower on the black and pearl bracelet ("Dance the Night Away") is a fabulous vintage rhinestone, rhodium plated clasp probably from the 50's, and there are a couple of stunning vintage Swarovski crystals in that one as well. The bracelet that is completely silver("Heavy Metal"), combines ornate Bali beads, with some huge, rare, sparkling, vintage Swarovski, disco ball style beads. The feminine bracelet in pink, white and green ("Linger"), has some adorable vintage lucite beads in a pretty apple green color. "Dance the Night Away" and "Linger" will be listed at $52.00 USD, and "Heavy Metal" at $75.00 USD.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
1. Was it the right venue...did your product fit in well with the show, as far as price, and the type of customer that the event attracted? (Who is your target market?)
2.Is your product priced right? Now that doesn't mean priced too low...people will pay for quality work. Don't undercut your prices.
3. Are your designs fresh, unique, and up to date with the trends? If you sell jewelry, how do you set yourself apart from the other jewelry sellers?
4. Is your display table or booth interesting? Do you have your items displayed on different levels, a flat display is boring! Does your display compliment your merchandise? Do you have good lighting? You need to invest a substantial amount of time getting your display right!
5.How much advertising was done? Send out flyers in the mail or email, to all your clients, neighbours, friends and tell them when and where your show is.
6. If you are having a sale in your home, what can you do to bring people to your house? I offered a discount coupon to all my customers on my mailing list, and a free pair of earrings to the first 10 customers that came to my open house. It was a small cost to me, but really paid off when everyone who came out purchased.
7.Build towards the next sale by having a book for customers to leave their name and contact information, so that you can let them know when you have new items, sales, shows etc. Hand out your business cards.
8. Network with fellow artists, to find out about other local art shows , and which ones are worth getting involved in.
9.Keep smiling, and keep faith.and hope you have better luck next time...no one said this was easy!!! Pin It
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