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!

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:

Get it at FancifulWish

Get it at FancifulWish

Get it at FancifulWish

Get it at FancifulWish

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

Get it at FancifulWish
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 I think a nice array for my customers is welcomed.  Here my new ribbon wraps:

Get it at FancifulWish

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.

Get it at FancifulWish

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 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!


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