Friday, May 23, 2014

Ribbons Galore

One of my favorite parts of my "job" is buying ribbons for my ribbon wrap bracelets.  There are only a few vendors on Etsy where I buy my ribbons from.  Their price is really affordable and the quality is superb.  I went all out this time and order a LOT of ribbons to last me a few months.  When I one day start making my own ribbons (I am in the process, it's been slow-going), I hope to one day make my ribbons as beautiful and wonderful as theirs.


It's been quite a process trying to find out how to make the ribbons.  I've never dyed anything (unless you count tie-dying in the 3rd grade), I don't work with fabric and I don't sew (okay-maybe I do but I'm a real amateur, like awful really).  Regardless, I did research online on how to dye silk ribbons, which silks to use for certain dyes and tried it out.  I even bought a Serger, I didn't even know they existed!  Haha...

And thank goodness for online classes!  I bought a class from Craftsy called Beginning Serging.  It's a great class for a true beginner like me.  I'm not finished with the class yet but I did practice stitches and was so happy when I found the exact stitch I needed for my ribbons.  Yay! 

I will post some of my own ribbons once I serge the edges.

Just a reminder, the last day to use the 25% off coupon code for my Etsy store is on May 31st, so be sure to check out my store!

Thanks for reading :-)
Yolanda

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Chakra Necklaces

I got the idea to make Chakra necklaces because after using the swarovski crystals for my other necklaces I thought the colors were so pretty I wanted to use them for something other than birthstone crystals.

I was a massage therapist for almost 13 years before I went into doing jewelry and as a therapist you learn many ways of alternative healing.  It was one of the things I loved about the trade-you learned about different cultures, different ways of healing and different ways of looking at the body itself.  My last job as a massage therapist was at a spa that actually had a Chakra Massage.  I was trained how to do it but never had a chance to give one while I was there, but I did receive it, twice.  What I really enjoyed about the massage was the part where the therapist instructs you, quietly and peacefully, because you are pretty much zoned out by then, on certain affirmation words as she/he holds a palm over the chakra area.

I'm not very good at meditating-it takes practice and I don't practice enough, but hearing the words, visualizing the color and knowing what the chakra centers were about really helped me focus on each area.

So the necklaces are a way to keep meditating on the affirmation throughout the day.  We all need positive reinforcement, daily and I think these are great ways to have that!

Root Chakra - Red - Grounded:
This chakra is about our survival, getting our basic needs met.  It is associated with fears, security, and safety.



Sacral Chakra-Orange-Pleasure:
This chakra is about our sexuality, creativity, desire and pleasures.


 Solar Plexus-Yellow-Personal Power
This chakra is associated with our willpower and ambition.

Heart Chakra-Green-Love:
This chakra deals with our relationships, love and acceptance.

Throat Chakra-Blue-Expression:
This chakra is all about our ability to express ourselves, communication, integrity and truth.

3rd Eye Chakra-Indigo-Intuition
This chakra is linked to our awareness, intuition and sense of purpose or direction in life.

Crown Chakra-Purple-Divine:
This chakra is about our connection to Spirit or to the divine.  Our connection to everything around us.


Even if you don't believe in chakras, the affirmations are great and can really be a tool for meditation or just some positive words to get you through the day!  I know I need a reminder every day :-)  I'm selling these at my shop for $10 each.

Thanks for reading!
Yolanda

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Hand Stamped Initial Necklace

Last year I made some hand stamped sterling silver necklaces and I gave them to a few friends.  I didn't have many pieces on hand but I've ordered some pieces because I decided to start selling them at my shop.  It's been in the back of my mind and now that I've gotten more font stamps, I feel like I can offer more of a variety in my shop.

I have heart shaped pendants:

Heart pendant with birthstone bicone swarovski crystal drop


 And I have disc sequins:

Disc shaped pendant with round birthstone swarovski crystal drop

I wore my E pendant around today, it's my son's initial and birthstone month, August.  It's light weight and I barely knew it was on me until my son made a grab for it!

Everything on the necklace is sterling silver except the silver plating around the round crystal and the wire for the bicone crystal drop.  The birthstone crystals are all swarovski and they really add a pop to the pendant.  It's so cute.  I want to buy more crystal colors other than what I have for the birthstones because why not?  The crystals are gorgeous!  I really love these!  They make great gifts for friends and family, plus it's quite affordable at only $20.00 each.  

I'm also looking for sterling silver charms that can be added to the necklaces, so keep checking back at my shop!

Right now I have a coupon code for 25% off anything at my shop, Fanciful Wish.  The code expires at the end of May, so don't forget to use it!  The code is MAY2014.

Happy Shopping!
Yolanda

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!  I just got done filling plastic eggs with treats for a little easter egg hunt at my house tomorrow for my son and my 2 nephews.  It should be fun, though I feel like I don't have enough eggs (how many eggs do 3 boys needs anyway?!).

May is coming which means, Mother's Day, Graduation and summer break for some lucky kids.  Are we really near summer already?  And does that mean I have to start planning my child's 2nd birthday party right now?  Wow...where does the time go?

Speaking of time, I finally found some - and I made some new pieces for my store.  I also relisted some oldies but goodies that was hiding in my jewelry stash.  I threw them all into a container when the move happened, so I found them once again!  I've majorly discounted the prices on them so please, check it out!  Most of them are bead bracelets.  Here are a few that you can get at my store:

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I was really into making stretch bracelets at one time and still have some unused beads.  We'll see if I can find more time to make these bracelets again, though I really am addicted to hand-stamping metal for now.

As far as my metal pieces, yes, I finally made some necklaces!  I also got some new metal stamp fonts and waiting for two more!  So exciting!

Get it at FancifulWish

Get it at FancifulWish

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Also new among my ribbons wrap bracelets are lots of new ribbon colors (though I tend to run out of them fast lately).  And instead of pick a few standard colors like most sane people would, I choose multitudes of different colors at a time...not sure it's the smartest thing to do but I love all the colors.  Well, most of them...so I think a nice array for my customers is welcomed.  Here my new ribbon wraps:

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Get it at FancifulWish

Get it at FancifulWish

Thanks for reading and check back again for new things and coupon codes!
Xoxo, Yolanda

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Metal and Leather

I absolutely love making silk ribbon wrap bracelets.  I am obsessed about looking for different ribbon colors that I love and hope as well, that my customers will love (they do, they do!).  I started making them when someone asked me if I could make a bracelet with the word Namaste.  So I credit my yoga lovers for opening that door to me.

I've been dying to start up using leather for my metal pieces and I'm happy to say I finally made one.

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And I can't say it was as easy as it looks to make.  I could buy precut leather bracelets with the snaps already attached but I found a vendor who makes these awesome tooled leather.  And they use different colors too...of course they sold some without the snaps (they sell a few with them, but I wanted to try my hand with putting the snaps, etc...) and I ordered a few test pieces.  I love them...


Check out the detail!  And the color!  This one is black and silver but I got some that are red and black, white and aqua, it's so ME.  I'm more metal and leather than ribbons.  Does that make sense?  I wish I was more like ribbons: soft, flowing, versatile.  Leather is harder, it doesn't flow, it's edgier...yeah that describes me.  Though I aspire to be more soft...I really do! lol hence why I love making ribbon bracelets.

Another reason I bought this leather is that they gave me options in sizing, hallelujah!   So I love this company and just bought more leather.

Now learning to put in the snaps made me mess up 2 bracelets.  When learning something new you are bound to make mistakes.  I've made plenty just learning how to stamp metal.  I still make plenty mistakes when I do orders.  I just have to take a breath and shake it off...my perfectionism can sometimes get the best of me.  It's why I love metal stamping, your mistakes are quite obvious and you can't erase a stamp made in metal.  You just have to start again and get better.  Sure you waste a lot of pieces, so if you don't want to waste money, you HAVE to get better.

Anyway putting in snaps, sucked!  No, correction...putting in Segma Snaps sucked.  Then I found some videos with pros showing how to put on snaps (thank you guys/girls!).  I purchased Line-20 snaps instead which tada! -is so much easier to set, as everyone says in their videos.  Mistakes I tell you.  But finally I got it!  My snaps work and I can only get better.  Setting rivets were much easier, so at least attaching the metal to the leather wasn't hard.

oh snap!
 I will be posting more photos soon of my new leather bracelets.  Thanks for reading!

Xoxo,
Yolanda

Friday, April 4, 2014

April Sale

What?  I haven't posted since January?!  Well folks, lots have been going on.  I moved, for hopefully the last time in my life.  The house is beautiful, the neighborhood is what we wanted and all we need to do is put the finishing touches and pack away some boxes.

I have been working on a few orders some custom and some not.  I did have a large order of ribbon wrap bracelets so that took some time to do.  Hard to do with an energetic 18 month old running circles around me, but it was done!  Yippee!

Here are some new bracelets I have up at the shop!





You can get all of these at Fanciful Wish Jewelry! Plus I have a 10% off coupon code for use at the store.  The code is EASTER2014.  Use it at check out!

I will be introducing leather bracelets with hand stamped metal VERY soon.  Just waiting for some supplies but in the meanwhile I am trying to practicing using rivets and attaching snaps.  But I'm very excited about this new item I'm adding.  I love the wrap bracelets, but I'm more of a leather girl myself.  I can't wait to rock one on my arm.

New fonts for my stamps are always a challenge to come by.  Why?  Because they are expensive and the ones I really want, are REALLY expensive!  But I am building my collection up one at a time.  Talk about waiting for sales...they don't come by much when buying metal stamps.  

The one area I am a bit frustrated with is making necklaces.  I can make them, but I need all the pieces (chain, jump rings, pendants) and I need to decide on what I want to focus on making before I feature them on my store.  I wanted them to be up in time for Mother's Day but...I think I'm going to wait again.  Sorry for those who have been requesting them!

Another thing I've been making are briolette earrings.  They are more for myself and maybe gifts for friends and family but...I've debated on adding them to my store but I'm not sure yet.  The hand stamping business takes up much of my time.  So we shall see...I take my time deciding.  Ha!

Anyway that's the updates so far! Thanks for reading!

Xoxo, Yolanda



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Saying Bye to January

January is flying by folks and I feel like I am trying to keep!  Business has been good, thank you to my new customers.  Also, the coming of February means we will be getting the keys to our new home!  Praise the Lord!  We have been waiting since July for this momentous occasion and my hubby and I are on pins and needles.

An exciting part of it is that going into this new house, I get to create the work space I want!  That means many things to me: relief, expectations, someplace safe so my son won't get hurt by my work tools.  I can't wait!!  Moving will take place in the month of March so I will be going on vacation mode at my Etsy shop for a good few weeks.  But you understand right?

I made some new pieces yesterday which was nice, want to see?

My inspiration for the first one: an iPad Air commercial.  Yup, I was watching football on Sunday and I was mesmerized by the iPad Air commercial.  Which one?  The one that has the voice over from Dead Poet's Society (love this movie), quoting parts of Walt Whitman's, "O Me! O Life!"  Ugh, I so love it.  So I was looking up quotes on Pinterest from Walk Whitman.  Here's one:

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My next inspiration was the ocean.  I live in a place of endless summer...yup, Hawaii.  Right now we are experiencing a cold front today...ugh yeah I sit here in 78 degree weather.  I'm not bragging I wish everyday from here through summer was 78 degrees!  Haha...but I love the first tag I made.  "Seas the Day"...a play on Carpe Diem "Seize the Day".  I added a starfish charm and a crystal.  This is perfect for the summer...or in Hawaii, every day.
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Mmm, this phrase was what started me on this beach theme.  I saw it on Pinterest, remembered I had shell charms I haven't used yet and wallah!  Here you go.  It so reminds me of the times I spend beach days with my baby.  I love watching him get buried in the sand or watch a small wave knock him down-he giggles uncontrollably.  Love, love, love.

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I sell a lot of Namaste jewelry.  It happened through chance when a customer requested it as a customized bracelet last year and it's one of my best sellers now.  The original one is a macrame bracelet.  But I've been meaning to make a silk wrap one also.  Here it is!

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Just to add to the yoga jewelry here is one that says Just Breathe...

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So if you see one you like, pick one up at my store, Fanciful Wish.  Or if you want something customized, be sure to let me know.

And since February is around the corner you know what that means!  Yup, Valentine's Day.  I will confess, I am not prepared for Valentine's Day this year, so I don't have the customizable stuff I will for sure be selling by next year.  But look around the store anyway and here's a coupon code for 20% off if you find anything you fancy.  The code is VDAY14.  Happy Shopping and thanks for reading!

Xoxo,
Yolanda

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Happy New Year! 2014

Well we made it!

December was not so kind to me and my family, it was a month of illness (virus, stomach virus, colds).  I am looking forward to the new year because it means moving into our permanent home and settling in.  Then I can really focus on my jewelry business which I love so much.

Speaking about jewelry, I have decided that I love that I've dedicated myself to making strictly hand stamped metal jewelry.  It's easier on me (in my state of living in a temporary home) and I can focus on it without having too many supplies to sift through.

I'm building up my alphabet metal stamp set collection so that always adds more choices and variety for my customers.  I've even fixed my Etsy home page logo.  That's been bothering me a lot! LOL - here's how it looks:


Fanciful Wish Jewelry

I've also bought a new metal shape to work with:


This one is a metal rounded rectangle shape that I do love working with.  Will be using this shape more.


This one is nothing new, just bigger in size.  But ovals are pretty and this one can really hold more characters so that's always nice!

Anyway hope everyone had a wonderful 2013 and here's to 2014!  Cheers!
Xoxo,
Yolanda