Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Sometimes I have a design in my noggin' of a jewerly design, but once I sit down and start to create, the design, goes right out the window. For example, this necklace I made last night...I was playing around with my leaf charms, bird charms, and flower cabs...but when I put it all together it looked....well...a little gawdy. So I searched through all of my beads and found my heart shaped cloissone bead i've been holding onto for a while, took apart the gawdy creation, and came up with a new design...I like the way this turned out and I hope you do too!!!
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Wow, what an exciting week for me, from the creation of my blog to now this "Lovely" blog award....Thank you so much LillyShayStyle for this award!!! You are awesome girl!!!
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Also, thank you so much to Jewelry Works by Kim, for featuring my "Lokelani Earrings" on her blog!!! You can see my earrings and read her fabulous blog here:
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I sometimes day dream about jewelry making...My mind starts to wander, I think I have ADHD. Anyhoo (I say that a lot), my friend in the middle, she is a math genius...and possibly one of the smartest people I know. Oh, I hope ,by now you've guess that the picture posted are of me and my work buddies!!! I'm the short one on the left. The math whiz is a Financial Analyst (of course), former Math teacher, and can tell you just about any process in the warehouse we all work in. My blond friend, let's call her Pam (can you guess why)...well, she is like, everyone's boss. She tells us all what we can and can't do and when we can do it. :) But we all love her because she is super duper NICE and has the biggest heart ever!!! This picture cracks me up because in REALITY the Math Whiz is actually the tallest of the bunch, Pam is slightly 5' 2", and i'm a whopping 5 ft tall...but in this picture my friend Pam looks so tall. It must be the 5 inch heels she has on! I need to get me some of those!!! Anyhoo, moral of my story is I need to stop daydreaming, get back to work, and be thankful I have awesome work buddies!!! Ahmen!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I thought I'd share something non-jewerly related, but another passion that I equally LOVE...party planning! My friends think i'm crazy for putting so much effort, time, and yes...money into planning my son's birthday parties but I just have so much fun with it. I spend hours scouring the web for ideas, in fact, I found etsy while planning my son's 1st birthday party. I've been hooked on etsy since!
A few items bought from etsy:
BN Designs-I love her work, she custom made these invitations for me!!! I used a vellum pouch instead of an envelope (found at Joann's), and stuck the invitations, a bag of caramel popcorn, and a prize into a retro style popcorn box...I tried to hand deliver these invitation to save on shipping.
kellydesigns4u-She makes these cute tags...I made cupcake toppers out of them by taping it onto a toothpick!
LittlebeaneBoutique-I used these adorable, personalized sticker to embelish my gift bags for our guests!!!
There are SO many great artists on Etsy...I love finding wonderfully unique items!!!
I made this last night...Sorry about the picture, it's very dark. I usually take my pictures outside with natural light.
I really like the way this turned out, I used a button I found at Joann's (on sale) and a white rose cabochon I bought from a fellow estsian. I think I buy more than I earn! Thank the Lord for my day time job!
Monday, May 25, 2009
I have this thing about gift wrapping...I think it stems from a complex I developed as a child watching my Mom use those horribly ugly (sorry if you use them) ready made bows...anyhoo, this complex (or obsession) translated over to my packaging. I believe that no matter how much a person spends in my store, the same amount of care goes into packaging my items. My goal is to make my customers feel like it's their birthday! Oh and of course, sending everything out NEXT Day...I don't like to wait for my orders...and I don't think my customers should wait either!!!
Wow, who knew sitting at the computer could be soooo exhausting!!!! I've been trying to market my blog and Jewelry and have been doing so at full steam!!! I've notice a few more views and a couple of hearts (all of you etsians know the lingo) but no sales. I wonder what the secret is???
I hope this storque showcase works out for me, I have this item currently listed, it's the same necklace I used for my banner.
I think my prices are pretty reasonable, i'm selling this one for 22.00, this is my most expensive piece in my store and it's one of my favorites.
I think i'll take a quick break for a second and enjoy this beautiful Memorial Day!!!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Okay, i'm still learning how to do this blog thing!!! I know I have an empty spot for my "slide show"...I can't seem to figure this out! Oh, and don't mind the "background" tab at the bottom right side of the blog...it doesn't really do anything, except for make part of my background disappear.
So I see I have one follower...thank you Natalia!!! I'm so excited to have you here! I guess I am no longer talking to myself!
By the way, i'll be posting this necklace to my etsy store (www.thechrysanthemum.etsy.com) soon!!!
Now the question is...will anyone read it or will I be the only one laughing to myself and the computer screen? I guess I should start off answering a few questions...
1. Why did you decide to start a blog?
Money...I'd like to make money so I can spend money...since the lottery thing is OBVIOUSLY not working out.
2. What do you hope to accomplish with this blog?
A sale, if not that...maybe fame and fortune.
3. What won't you find on this blog?
Misspelled words. I'm like a human speller checker, I'm almost obsessed, I may even have a complex. But, I'm not guaranteeing good grammar or punctuation...I'm from Hawaii remember!
4. Well then, what will you find on these blogs?
Everything else, from how-to's (I love teaching) to fashion advice (it's up to you to listen to my advice), I'll even throw down a quick Bible verse from time to time (yay God)!!!