Saturday, June 11, 2016

A few things of note...

Happy Saturday all!

So I've got a few updates for everyone, and a few questions.  Hope ya'll can help!

One of the things you'll probably, well, possibly, notice is that my domain name ( now points directly to my blog.  For a host of reasons, I closed down my website which was hosted by Indiemade.  Not, I have to say, because I was dissapointed with Indiemade.  I wasn't, at all.  But I wasn't utilizing the website effectively nor efficiently, and my marketing of the website left alot to be desired.  As such, I decided that the monthly fee I was paying could be utilized better elsewhere.  So I dropped the website and my webshop.  And pointed the domain name to my blog.  As such, I hope no one is looking for the webshop, and isn't disappointed when they are directed here instead.

Brass, Aventurine and Czech Glass Flower earrings
available for sale - inquire if interested

So, then, what this really means is that I now need to find a new venue to sell my jewelry.  Granted, I've also not been creating as much as I have in the past, so my work is somewhat limited.  And I've more or less been creating on an "On Demand" other words, when I need something, or someone requests something!

For example, the two pendants above were made as Thank You gifts to the kids' teachers at the end of this school year, which was this past week.  I've also recently made another pendant that was intended as a donation piece for a charity my daughter & I created an auction basket for.  I decided not to use it for that, but as something else, so I won't share the completed piece...yet :)  So these are the type of things that I've been working on lately.  Not the numbers of work that I've created in the past, but special, dedicated pieces.  And as such, my available work is somewhat in short supply.  So I don't need a huge, full blown webshop as I've used in the past.

Name tag made for my daughter's lead rope
I can make these on a custom-order basis, please inquire
So now, I need to figure out a new venue to use.  Which is where my dear readers come in.  Does anyone have any recommendations for selling sites?  There are a few conditions, terms, or thoughts I've got:
  • I've used Etsy, and have been disenchanted with their current model.  So I'd prefer to stay away from them.  I do still have a shop on Etsy, but it's currently unstocked.  I can, I suppose, use it temporarily until I find something more suitable.
  • I can use Facebook, I suppose, but know nothing about selling from FB. 
  • I can probably use my blog as a way to sell - has anyone set up an effective, useful shop on a blog platform?
  • Square?  I know that Square offers a sellers platform.  
  • Is anyone on Artfire anymore?  Is Artfire a legit, or well, known platform?
So if anyone has any thoughts, or ideas, I'd love to start a discussion...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Eye Candy

So I've done a small bit of work lately.  And I'll be adding it to my webshop soon.  Until then, here's a bit of an Eye Candy post of what I'll (eventually) be adding...

Brass earrings featuring handmade brass swirls
with baby blue Czech Glass 

Brass Hoop Earrings

Brass and peach aventurine necklace with brown leather

Handmade fold formed copper pendant paired with rustic black quartz,
copper links, black Czech glass & copper chain

Copper and Czech glass earrings

Earrings featuring torch-fired enamel circles, lavastone and copper.
Earwires are handformed Sterling Silver
Let me know if you see anything you like before I add it to my shop!

Monday, February 15, 2016

something new? maybe?

No, I'm not going to stop working on my jewelry.  I enjoy working with the wire and hammers and beady goodness way too much!

But I have been thinking of new things to branch out with lately.  I've mentioned (I think I did?) that my workspace has been moved, and it's now in a bit of a farther away space.  Meaning I can't hang out with husband or kids when I'm working on the jewelry projects.  And my projects tend to end up with me wrapped up in my head and my work, meaning I tend to hibernate and forget everything else.  A Maker's Haze, of sorts, perhaps?  Regardless, they are productive.

But perhaps not so condusive to family time.  Which is why I'm thinking of something that is a little bit more portable.  Yet still with beads.  Because I have so. many. beads.  So I've been perusing the interwebs for handmade beaded browbands.  And I like what I see, and think it  might be a possibility.  Leather, gemstone beads, needles, hemostats, blingy crystals, yep....

Pretty browband by Dark Jewel Designs

No, not for the hunter world I find myself inhabiting.  Nor necessarily, at this point anyway, for the Western side I love.  Dressage, though, and cross country, are apparently the bastion of all things bling. So there ya go, time for a little bit more research...and perhaps a slight investment in some quality leather products and appropriate tools.  Because what girl doesn't like tools and leather!

No.  Not 50 Shades style...sorry, not sorry.

I'll keep you posted!  I can't wait to experiment :)

And in the meantime, please help my girl win a Beval Saddle...go and like her pic and story at the Beval FB page!  :)

He might be only a lesson pony.  And I might only be one of his riders.  But that doesn’t matter.  I  love him.  And I...
Posted by Beval Saddlery on Monday, February 15, 2016

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

still here, really!

Really, I'm still here.  Just been a bit...sidetracked.  This past holiday season kept me busy, as you might expect.  Creative time has been somewhat limited, but there have been those creative sparks mentioned here.

In reality, it's been more about getting normal & holiday stuff done.  November, December & January, normally busy months, are made busier by about 15 birthdays thrown in there!  We've also got the normal week to week stuff going on.  Cub Scouts. Riding lessons.  Homework.  Cleaning House.  Cooking.  Ugh.  You get the picture.

I was able to throw some "me" time in there though!  I took a few riding lessons with my daughter's trainer.  *Loved* getting back up! And have determined it's time to do so on a more regular basis :)

And one of these days, I'll get back to blogging with more regularity!  I miss it...

My lessons have been on a wonderful TB named Bentley. 
One day, the weather was nice enough that we took a brief cool-out trail ride following our lesson.


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