Monday, December 16, 2013

9 Days Til Christmas

Time flies when you are sick with a cold/fever/bacterial infection.

Yup...that was me!

So after Thanksgiving my son came down with a fever that lasted 5 days, a virus, which turned into an ear infection so since that's considered a bacterial infection he was prescribed antibiotics.  Thank heavens.  THEN I fell ill, with a fever...uh huh...they said it was viral.  My sore throat eventually erupted in nasty sores which meant what I had was actually bacterial...thank goodness for antibiotics. Not so happy that I had to weather 5 days of fever and take care of my son as well.  It's been one helluva 3 weeks!

I've spent half of December being sick so now there are only 9 days left until Christmas!  Wow!

I still have a discount code being offered at my Etsy shop.  The code is DECEMBER2013 for 20% off your purchase.  Make sure to take advantage of it.  I will slow down with the shop after Christmas because I will be gearing up to move again!  Yippee, finally, hooray, my own house again!

Thank you to my awesome Christmas who have been ordering stuff from my store.  Creating makes me SO happy!

Here's some new things from my store today:

words by the late Nelson Mandela.  Get it at Fanciful Wish

words by Mahatma Gandhi.  Get it at Fanciful Wish

I seriously love hand stamped ribbon wrap bracelets and I'm glad my customers love them too.  These usually go fast.

I did make some rings finally and these are cute and so affordable right now!

Cute or what?  COURAGE.  Get it at Fanciful Wish

Happy Shopping everyone and Happy Holidays!

Thanks for reading, XOXO:
Yolanda

Monday, December 2, 2013

Cyber Monday-Week

Black Friday is over but Cyber Monday is here (more like cyber week for my shop).  My son fell ill after Thanksgiving so it's been a rough weekend.  But the start of a new week always means it's time to start over and hope for the best.

I posted some new bracelets on my shop site and they were priced at $12.00 but this week I've decided to slash the price 30% so now they are $8.40!  Also I have a new coupon code for my customers to use DECEMBER2013 will get you another 20% off anything.  WOW.  Deals right?

Check out the bracelets:

"Move and the way will open"

"I have loved you at your darkest Romans 5:8"

"life is a balance of holding on and letting go"

"what you seek is seeking you"

I guess I was very inspired by Rumi quotes this weekend since I used two of them here.  You can pick different color ribbons that I sell at my shop as well.  What do you think?  Enjoy the discounts!

Thanks for reading!
Xoxo, Yolanda

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Black Friday SALE

Ahhh the shopping season is upon us!  How do you feel about stores being open on Thanksgiving Day?  I don't know.  I feel like everyone should get Thanksgiving Day off but I know there are those who don't celebrate the holiday who would rather be out shopping.  Or those who have Thanksgiving Lunch and have the rest of the day free.  I'm bummed for the people who have to work on Thanksgiving that wish they didn't, but it seems like it's going the way of stores opening on Turkey Day.  Me, I'm always cooking on Thanksgiving Day so I will be home, in the kitchen!

I am starting my black friday SALE at my store on Thanksgiving Day.  There is a 25% coupon code you can use.  The coupon code is TURKEY2013.  Fitting isn't it?  I like to pride myself on selling affordable items, so if you like jewelry, check it out.  They make great gifts!

Get it at FancifulWish

I was also asked to sell some of my jewelry at a friend's craft fair so that'll be fun.  Now I just have to decide on what to bring!  Oh well, I keep telling myself not to over do-it this year, because I tend to...alright everyone.  Happy Shopping!

Thanks for reading,
Yolanda

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Just Words

Words have power.  It's one of the main ways we as people communicate.

I think that's why we gravitate towards books, poems, news, and music (song lyrics).  Besides being a way of sharing information with one another, it's also a way to express ourselves.  I love words.  So today I created some hand stamped jewelry for sale at my Etsy store Fanciful Wish.

Here's what I have:

"I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night." - Galileo

Fanciful Wish Jewelry

Mini dog tag necklaces, these are way smaller than the regular dog tag and oh so cute!!  
fear not
Follow Your Heart
be brave
Fanciful Wish Jewelry


There is more to come, stay tuned!
Thanks for reading, XOXO,
Yolanda

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hand Stamped Metal Cuff Rings

Hi All!

The shop is up and running but I've only posted my macrame bracelets.  I have not posted my hand-stamped jewelry just yet because I am awaiting a shipment of silk ribbons for my ribbon wrap stamped bracelets.

I also ordered a new font set for hand stamping jewelry so I'm excited for that to come in!

Since I've been experimenting with hand stamping metal jewelry and have been successful in selling bracelets and keepsake necklaces, I decided to try out rings.  I had been hesitant about them because I wasn't sure I loved the idea of a cuff ring (open back, not soldered).  But I've learned to try things out before judging them from a photo so I ordered some ring blanks and stamped away.


 I ordered 3 width sizes for the medium sized ring.  The medium covers fingers measuring 6-8 in size.      Because the backing of the ring is open like this:

...it is easier to adjust the ring!  On good days when I'm not so bloated, I can close the gap of the ring...and on days like TODAY when I've indulged all week in rich birthday dinner celebrations, well...that's another story!  Ha! :-)

Thank goodness for the adjustment feature.

Each ring width was nice to work with but I think my favorite is the thickest width, 1/2 inch, because I could add longer phrases to the ring.  All of them are great and I wear them out, one at a time, or two at a time, especially when my wedding ring can't fit.  Bad, I know.

I am ordering more ring sizes for Small and Large fingers and then I will offer them on my Etsy shop, Fanciful Wish  I won't carry many in stock since I have other stamped jewelry to sell as well so check them out once I post them.  Yes, I do custom orders in case you want something specific on the ring.  Just let me know!

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!
Xoxo,
Yolanda

Friday, November 15, 2013

Fanciful Wish Shop - Reopened!

Yes it is true!  I decided to reopen my ETSY store Fanciful Wish, on a small scale just for the holidays! 

I've been waiting for the right time to open my shop again.  And it felt right to reopen the store especially since I have been creating christmas gifts for friends and family.  Then a loyal customer who has been waiting for me to reopen asked if I would be.  That gave me the much needed push in the right direction, that I needed.  So yes, I am officially open again.  

Hooray!



So I will keep my shop open until February 2014 when once more I will be moving to my permanent home, for good (God willing).  Then once I am settled in, we shall see how I can keep my shop open while caring for my son.  I hope I can do it because I really love making jewelry.  While living at my parents house at least at certain times of the day, I have someone to watch him for just a little while.  

I still have plans to broaden my knowledge in making jewelry, as soon as I can free up some time to take more classes.  For now, check out my shop Fanciful Wish for macrame bracelets and hand stamped jewelry.  I'm going to keep my selection small this time around since I don't have all the time I used to have.  

I will be revealing a coupon code for 25% off to use at my store on Black Friday.  So please stay tuned.

Thank you for your patience and ALWAYS thank you for reading!
Xoxo,
Yolanda



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Love - Wire Word Jewelry

It's almost the end of October and I am patiently waiting for the moment we get to move into our new home so I can feel "settled" again.  I got about 4 months to go! Ha!

Part of this feeling of being unsettled is that I thought I brought all my jewelry tools/supplies to our temporary home but of course in the chaos of moving and packing, I guess my hubby put a box in storage that I am so not willing to look for or retrieve.  So I am parted from my stuff but oh well, it's just stuff and I can wait.

While I wait, I have been itching to make things, daily!  But my son is a toddler which means the only times I can work on anything (blog posts or jewelry) is when he takes his nap or naps.  He is down to 1-2 naps a day.  An hour isn't much time to get many things done, so it takes me a few days to make anything now.

On a day he was fussing and being a terror to his older cousins, I got the bright idea to take him to the craft store so I can see what I could buy to make some jewelry.  I decided to attempt making wire words.  I will admit, I've tried it before and didn't like trying to spell anything with wire.  I don't like the bending.  Anyway, I bought some 16 gauge copper wire in silver, black and gold.  Of course I should have bought something thinner to work with like 18g or 20g...but of course I was clueless.

I scoured my Pinterest DIY Jewelry board and found something I had pinned earlier this week.  This tutorial is by Silvia Chelazzi who has a cool blog called Born in 82.  I love that she also is an Etsy seller!  Gotta love Etsy!

I found a pack of suede lace in the supplies I had brought with me YAY!  I followed her tutorial but with the 16g wire, I had a tough time bending my wire into letters...bleh, I need more practice.  I don't know if I love the wire work but I will keep at it!  I do love how Silvia added that suede lace.  Here's how mine came out.



Can't wait to wear it out!  But like I said, I need more practice, so practice I will and hopefully I will eventually LOVE making wire word jewelry.

Thanks for reading!
Xoxo, Yolanda

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Beaded Wire Hoop Earrings

I saw a bunch of these online a few months ago and decided to try and make some because I have many left over beads from various bracelet projects.  I also LOVE hoop earrings.  Plain hoops, silver or gold plated were my favorite accessory to wear and still would be if I didn't have a son who loves to pull jewelry off me.  Ow.

But I remember rocking hoops since I was in high school!  A teacher of mine asked me if it hurt to wear them because I had these real big ones (she said a bird could make a nest in there...HA HA Ms. Kepner).  Over the years I've had an obsession with hoops.  Thin, thick, rhinestone, plain, large, small.  My favorites are big thin hoops.

I scoured the internet once more and found a bunch of sites with instructions on how to make wire hoops.  I bought some wire and proceeded to make them.



I didn't have hoops on hand so I made that part also.  It's amazing what a tylenol pill bottle can be used for!  Anyway, I tried different sizes and loved the size of the tylenol bottle because the beads adds a few more millimeters to the outside of the hoop.  That means your earring will turn out a little bit bigger than expected.  The earrings above are made with gold plated wire and I made the ear wires too because I didn't have any on hand - you can find instructions on how to make that in the internet too!  I used some leftover turquoise beads and walah!  Beaded hoop earrings.  The wrapping was really easy, just had to prevent the long piece from poking my eye out though.


For these I used rhodium plated wire and did the same except I used smaller beads which turned out real great.  I'll be making a bunch of these for myself and they also make great Christmas gifts!  My fingers itch to make things BUT for now it's busy with packing for the move.  Bleh.

Thanks for reading!
Xoxo, Yolanda

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Dream Catcher Bracelets Part 2

I did a post on a DIY Dream Catcher a few months ago and I was really surprised to find how much I enjoyed making it.  Even more so was I surprised to know it was popular in my Etsy shop as well.  By the way, I really miss making things and having my little store :-(

Here are some dream catcher bracelets that sold in my store:




When I reopen, I'll make more of these :-)  But for now, here is how you can make the dream catcher
http://fwjewelry.blogspot.com/2013/03/diy-dream-catcher-bracelet.html

Thanks for reading!
Xoxo, Yolanda

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Closing Shop

I'm sad :-(  but I know this isn't the END.

Tonight I have closed my Etsy shop FancifulWish due to personal reasons (moving and my growing son).  But I feel a bit melancholy about it.

I didn't know how much I loved it until I had to make the decision to say enough is enough, I have no time.  Which is totally true.

I am very humbled to get messages from my customers saying they hope I come back.  I will!  I will!  (I hope...I REALLY hope I do).  I just can't predict the future.

This first year of my shop was such a big learning experience: customer service, my products, packaging, advertising, techniques, creating.  The fact that I even opened up a shop to begin with and stuck with it for a year surprises me.  In the whole year I was pregnant, gave birth and was raising a child.  It was easy when baby boy didn't crawl and walk, that's for sure!

But those days are over.

I do want to tweak some things here and there when I open back in 2014.  I want to concentrate on the items that were popular.  I also want to add some metalwork (but I do need more classes).  I have 6 months to tweak my plans so that I come back stronger and wiser.



I love my little shop on Etsy and I will miss it and miss my customers.  Thank you for loving my work and buying my things.  I am humbled and grateful for your support!

Xoxo,
Yolanda

Friday, July 12, 2013

40% off Use Coupon Code: GOODBYE

It's time to close up shop...but I do so reluctantly!

We sold our home, but our new home won't be ready until Jan 2014, so we are moving in with my parentals, which means I won't have space to work on ANYTHING.  It will be cramped.

So I have a 40% off sale at my shop FancifulWish , just use coupon code: GOODBYE to get the discount.

I'm sad but I will be reopening for sure in 2014 - so it's not total bad news, right?  Right.

Xoxo,
Yolanda

Friday, June 28, 2013

Vacation Mode on Etsy

Well, I wouldn't necessarily consider it a "vacation" but yes I will be putting my shop in vacation mode starting June 29th.  Why?

Because just this past weekend, my hubby found a house he wants to buy which means we are putting up our house for sale immediately!  There are so many things involved in selling a home: cleaning up the clutter to stage the house for photos, then keeping it that way supposedly until the open house.  Mind you we have 2 dogs and a 10 month old baby boy who just learned to walk.  Every time I try to clean up the clutter, it looks like the clutter is back the next day!  I pray we get through this phase of selling our house quickly.

Once we sell our home, our new home won't be ready until February 2014 which means we have to crash at my parents house for a good couple months...sigh...so I may have to close my shop for those months.  We shall see! I'm a bit stressed out with everything BUT it's all for the better, bigger future for my family :-)

On a happier note, the photo below is what I made in my soldering class a few weeks ago!  It was so much fun making this ring and I really love it.  It is a twisted sterling silver band with a sterling silver heart.  Cute no?


Hopefully when we are in our new house next year I will have more space for a workshop studio!  Now THAT is really exciting...let's see if I can make it happen.  If I don't post for awhile because of the selling and moving, please stay tuned because I WILL be back!

Xoxo,
Yolanda

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Fanciful Wish One Year Anniversary / Hand Stamped Necklaces

Hi All!

Well in 19 days I will celebrate the 1 year anniversary of my store FancifulWish on Etsy!  That is very exciting since I didn't think I'd be in it this long (which isn't very long when you think about it) only because I had my baby and am raising that baby at home so it's been a challenge but still a joy to get my orders out on time.

Thank you to all my customers around the world that took a chance on ordering my jewelry.  I really appreciate and am humbled to know that there are people out there wearing something I made.  I can't really describe in words how that makes me feel, but I am quite honored.

For the next phase of my jewelry business I am going to simplify the products I make so that I'm not wasting time experimenting too much (with a growing child, it's been a bit difficult to do).

I am also taking a class next week on soldering.  FINALLY.  I've been wanting to do it since my son was born but haven't been able to attend classes.  I found a place that offers private classes for what I think is a reasonable price.  I also chose to do this because I have been getting more request for sophisticated metal pieces that involve soldering.  I'm really excited to take a class since so far I've been learning on my own, online.  The project I've chosen to make in the class is a ring, since I haven't made rings yet.  So please stay tuned!

And since it is a one year anniversary celebration, here is a coupon code to use at my Etsy store.

Coupon Code: FIRSTYEAR

It is for 20% off the total purchase (excluding shipping costs), so please shop away.  The code is good for a month, so use it!

........

In other news, I've been playing around with hand stamped necklaces, which are very popular on Etsy and elsewhere.  I tried my hand at it because I've gotten a request asking if I could make them.  I knew I could make them, I just wasn't sure I wanted to invest money in buying new materials to make them.  But I jumped at it and now have orders from some of my friends and family on Facebook.  I haven't listed it on my Etsy store just yet because I am still trying out different products from various vendors to see which quality I like the best to use for these necklaces.

A necklace I made for myself.  

The necklaces include swarovski birthstone crystals.  In the photo above I added a drop crystal for my son and two smaller bicone crystals for my husband's birthstone and mine.  I love to wear it BUT my son pulls on it when I carry him and he tries to eat it (sigh) so I haven't it worn it since he pulled it off my neck!  Arghh....

A sample of the washer style pendant, this has my nephews names and my son.

I am waiting to make some pendants in the rectangle style.  And then to see how it looks like when it is mixed altogether.

I don't feel like I'm at my best YET when it comes to hand stamping.  Some metals are softer than others, others are harder.  And lying them up straight is always tricky.  I use straight tape, sometimes I free hand it, sometimes I mark it.  I've seen one site suggesting to use post-its and I'll try that next!

And because I don't like the original clasp for ball chains, I had to order parts to make lobster clasps for the ball chains I have.  I think my customers would appreciate that more!


Thank for reading!
Xoxo,
Yolanda

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ohm / Namaste / Buddha

I've been trying to write a blog post for weeks now!  With an 8 month old son crawling around and climbing it's hard to sit down and type!

So interestingly enough what's been popular in my shop are Ohm and Buddha macrame bracelets.  These are really affordable and simple.  I knot the bracelet with the charm at the center.

Get it at FancifulWish

Get is at FancifulWish


I had a request for Namaste charms and I couldn't find any so I decided to make my own and those have been really good at selling as well!

Get it at FancifulWish


I've decided to concentrate on hand-stamping and macrame bracelets since these are my most popular items.  My necklaces and earrings just do not sell, but it's trial and error right?  It's time I focus on something anyhow since my son is growing and it's difficult to find the time to come up with new things.  I think I'm happy with this decision.  We'll see....I tend to need the urge to play with other creative ideas.

Xoxo, Yolanda

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Hand Stamped Metal Jewelry

One of FancifulWish's best sellers (when I have the time to make them) are my hand stamped metal jewelry.  I like the act of pounding a metal stamp into a piece of metal.  Maybe it's stress relief?  I bought my first kit from Beaducation.  And yes I started off with a kit because I didn't know what went into metal stamped jewelry.  I would have taken a class from my local jewelry store but I was at home with a newborn with no babysitter, so learning on my own was the way to go.

Now I will warn you - making hand stamped jewelry is NOT cheap.  You can get away with using a hammer you have at home to pound your letters into your metal but the letters themselves are pricey.  I've only managed to collect 5 different types of letters, 3 of them the same font in different size with numbers included. The other a different font in lower and upper case sizes.  And then there are punctation stamps and design stamps....not cheap.




 Alphabet set stamps can run you from $30-$60.  Individual design stamps can run you $8-10.  Just to give you an idea.  And that's why I only have a few alphabet stamps.

So when I do my hand stamping I need some tools to make things easier.  A black sharpie is needed to color in the indentations you make with the letter stamps obviously.  But I have a light color sharpie on hand to mark my lines.  Other people use tape, but I like drawing my lines with sharpies for some strange reason.  Also light colored sharpies rub away easy when you polish your piece.



Another thing you will want to have is a magic eraser.  Yup, the Mr. Clean kind that you use to clean anything else.  This baby really polish aluminum metal (which I use because it's affordable)! I use it to polish my finish pieces before sending them off to my customers.


What's great about the magic eraser, if you own hand-stamped metal jewelry is that when the ink starts to fade, you can re-ink and polish the piece yourself.  Tada!  Magic indeed!

Here are some bracelets I made in the past and sold....haven't bought more of these aluminum bracelet blanks.  But I will...


 I love stamping quotes onto bracelet blanks!  What a great way to stay grounded and motivated.


Biblical phrases are very popular with my customers.  I guess we all need to be reminded we are not alone.



I really LOVE these metal tags with silk ribbons.  I'm crazy about the ribbons and wish I could buy one of every color, but I can't do that on my small budget!  But don't you love how they wrap around the wrist?  Very organic and bohemian.
Get it at FancifulWish



I make a lot of custom metal tags for my customers.  I've had people ask me to stamp different phrases.  They give it away as gifts or keep it for themselves.  There is something special about personalization and I can see why people buy hand stamped jewelry.


Another way I make the bracelets is with macrame.  Just another way to wear hand stamped jewelry!

Then once upon a time I bought the wrong sized dog tags...

But these sold well too!  So you just never know....



Anyway, I still do the bracelets when I have a request and they will be coming back during the holidays so stay tuned!

Xoxo, Yolanda





Saturday, April 27, 2013

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 12th, which means is coming up really soon!

There are a few items in my FancifulWish store that will expire and I may not renew them again until the holiday shopping season which starts in November, so if you are looking for an affordable Mother's Day gift be sure to check out these item before they are gone.

Also I have the 30% off coupon code: LOVEMOM2013 that you can use at my store.  The coupon is good until May 13, 2013.

Here are some items that would make great Mother's Day gifts for the woman who loves to wear jewelry!

Mermaid Earrings:
Get it at FancifulWish

The mermaid pieces are made of polymer clay by artisan PennyLane on Etsy.com.  I love mermaids.  I paired them with rhinestone star connectors to make these really fun earrings.

Get it at FancifulWish

Lotus Necklace:


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Another lovely focal piece from PennyLane!  I added the chain and then altered the chain a bit by adding these small czech beads that were complimentary to the pendant.  I love this necklace.  The price has been reduced to $10.00 and with the 30% off discount code, this is really a steal.  Perfect for the yoga loving mom or just someone who wants to wear a pretty lotus flower necklace.

Get it at FancifulWish

Stretchy Beaded Bracelets:

Now these are lovely as a Mother's Day gift at $12 each, but remember there is 30% discount code LOVEMOM2013.  I love the feel of stones against my skin.  These look great worn by themselves or stacked with other bracelets as well.  I've got them in three different colors:

Red...

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This is perfect for the mama who loves bold colors.  This photo doesn't do this red justice, it's a bold cherry red.  Perfect to wear when you're just feeling a little sassy ;-)  haha...
Get it at FancifulWish


White and Peach...

This one is a favorite of many on my Etsy store but it still hasn't been bought.  It'll expire in about two weeks and then you won't see it again until November.  This is made of magnesite matrix white stone.  The disco ball bead is a light peach/pink color.  Perfect to wear this spring and summer!

Get it at FancifulWish

Get it at FancifulWish

Hemalyke...just like Hematite but generic...


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I love this bracelet for it's sleek metallic shine!  This looks great with a little black dress or to stack with other bracelets.

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Take advantage of this great deal! And give your mom a gift she can wear all the time.





Happy shopping!
Xoxo, Yolanda