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 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!


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!