Sunday, August 21, 2016

New Resin

So after a month long break from jewelry making, I decided to try out a new brand of resin.  I usually use Ice Resin, but it seems to have a lot of bubbles when I use it for the deeper bezels, so this month I am trying Super Clear Resin by Resin Obsession.  Here's what I made:








The bubble release was excellent, and it is super clear, just like the name says!  All of these are available in my Etsy shop.

I also made up these fun sand and shell filled bottle pendants, also available in my shop:


Summer is quickly coming to an end, but you can always take the beach with you! ;)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Time for a Break....but First a Sale!!

Here is one of my most recent jewelry creations, and maybe the last one I make for a while.



As we near the end of June, another year is half over.  I have decided that maybe it is time for a break from my jewelry shop, at least for a while.  I opened my Etsy shop in July of 2011, so I am coming up on my five year anniversary. The last few months have been fairly slow in my shop, and I spend so much time checking stats, updating, titles, trying to figure out SEO, etc.  There are so many other talented jewelry artisans on Etsy, and elsewhere, its hard to get out there and be seen, and convince a shopper to buy from you.  Are my tags okay?  Are my prices too high?  Too low?  Is my jewelry not good enough?  Should I pay to promote my shop?  Should I do this, do that? I just don't know anymore.  What I do know, is that I love to make things. I think I just need to take a break from jewelry, and make other things.  There are so many cool projects on Pinterest I want to try, especially with Mason jars!  I am a year behind on my scrapbooks, I need to sit down and work on those.  Scrapbooking used to be my one big addiction, but jewelry slowly took over.  I discovered an online bead shop, I believe it was Artbeads, and it was all over after that!  Here is my very first jewelry creation:

A personalized Swarovski bracelet with sterling silver beads, spelling out the names of my children.  The crimp job is horrible!  I'm surprised it has lasted this long. 

So I won't be adding any new items in my shop for a while, but there are plenty there to choose from!  And to celebrate my five year anniversary, and just because it's July, I will be having a Christmas in July sale. Most items will be 25% percent off, starting July 1, 2016, running through July 15, 2016.  Be sure to check it out!



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ready for the Beach?

Some new beachy necklaces in my shop:









Having lots of fun trying out props in my photos!  This conch shell was from my Great Aunt's estate.  Wish I knew where it came from!

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Birds of a Feather......

So glad that Spring is finally here!  Yesterday was Easter, and it was beautiful day here in Michigan, sunny and almost 70 degrees.

About a month ago, we started putting out bird seed on the back deck, and hung a couple of suet cakes in the trees.  We have had a lot of birds visit us: cardinals, blue jays, mourning doves, starlings, robins, chickadees, juncos, etc., and I've taken a lot of pictures:
Junco

Junco and Cardinal

Blue Jays

Hairy Woodpecker

Mourning Doves

Junco

Female and Male Cardinals

Chickadee

All the birds inspired me to try to create some in polymer clay.  So I got out my clay and made a few up, making them into pendants:




Available in my Etsy Shop!  (Well, except for the last one, I kept that one for myself!) 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The Beach is my Happy Place.......

Yes, I know it is the middle of winter, but as usual, I wish it was summer!  And I only want to make beachy jewelry!!  A few new items in my shop: