Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
I'll be putting my shop on temporary hold this weekend to list new designs and to finish up several pieces I've been working on.
I literally have about a 100 necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings sitting on my workbench that I just haven't had time to photograph and list. Below are just a few examples.
So for the sake of my sanity and to free up some space on my bench I will spend sometime getting these goodies ready for their debut.
Be sure to stop in on Monday and check them out.....
Plus the Pink Sale will start on Monday (Better Late than never :o)
In the spirit of Valentines I will have a Give away starting on Monday!
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
So when I read about the bracelet Jacob gave Bella I knew I would have to make one as soon as I got a free minute!
Well here it is :o) Now I couldn't hold true to the one in the book...I'm fresh out of 5 carat diamonds, with the recession and all ;o) and well I could have carved the wolf from wood, but I would have shredded a few fingers in the process...some day I'll show pictures of my burns from my torch, can you imagine super sharp carving knives? Yeah. So this piece feature a sterling silver wolf, and a cubic zirconia heart. The chain is hand crafted by me.
It really is a beautiful bracelet. Check it out in my shop if you like :o)
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
If you move about in the circles of Children's designers then you've heard about this, but if you don't then this may be new to you.
Take a minute to hear what this is and then maybe even get involved in helping to amend it!
CPSIA is the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act...
At heart they have the right idea in trying to protect our children from lead poisoning and other harmful chemicals and heavy metals that might be present in their things, but this is OVERKILL
Anyone who sells items intended for children under 12 would have to have every single component of every item tested for lead and other chemicals and heavy metals.
Now I am still educating myself on this law and the ramifications it would have on me.
As a jewelry designer I would send my piece of jewelry into a certified lab where they would dissolve the jewelry in Chemicals and then test for acceptable levels of lead. Each component is charged for separately at about $125 per component.
So for a simple name necklace...
Silver disc $125
Jump ring $125
Extender Chain $125
Add in the $20 that I need to charge for the necklace that's $770!
This is only for Lead, I would have to pay separate fees to test for the other heavy metals.
Now I know my metals are solid sterling or fine silver, I know my stones and pearls are genuine because I buy from a reputable company, but proving where i purchase my supplies from isn't enough I would have to have every design tested.
How do they expect anyone to continue their business. On etsy alone there are 164,997 items under childrens that would be affected!
This Act will devastate all Stay at home moms who try to make ends meet by designing and selling for Children. Some who are now the sole provider in their homes because their husbands have been let go from work.
Now even if you don't by hand made (shame!!) Just kidding...maybe :o)
Big retailers are not going to just absorb the cost, they will pass it on to the consumer.
Check out my Friend Kristens blog gocks frocks. Scroll down about 3 posts and she has all the official links for this, plus an interview she did about how it will affect her as a children's clothing designer. Her designs are Beautiful!
Seriously this is not the way to solve anything!!! Make your voice heard!
Info on CPSIA
The Consumer Product Safety Commission :http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.htmlFAQs on The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act :http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/faq/faq.html
Make your Voice heard!
Write/Call/Contact YOUR State Reps, Congressmen/women, etc …and tell them your concerns & suggestions!https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtmlhttp://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfmWant to know what they voted on this law?http://www.govtrack.us/congress/vote.xpd?vote=h2007-1185
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
I love this one it looks like she saying "brothers are too much!"
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I also stumbled across this necklace in two of etsy's shopping guides.
YAY! Thank you to the esty admins who chose my items. Thank you to the gals who featured my in the treasuries, and thanks Sophie for featuring me on your lovely blog.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
(Hey if anyone know's how to copy the treasury to a blog could you let me know...please!)
Monday, January 5, 2009
My crew still has one more week of Christmas vacation so I plan to enjoy it :o)
On a slightly business note...For any of my daily giveaway winners, if you did not receive your surprise please email me email@example.com
The post office decided to play hide and seek with some of my holiday packages. I think I managed to track down all of the ones through etsy but I know a couple of the giveaway packages are still missing and I want to be sure I didn't over look anyone else. I promise they will get to you one way or another.
That said I have to ask....does anyone else have issues with their post office? This Christmas was a bit of a nightmare for my packages! I only made one address error (sorry again Jen!) But still had about 10 packages go who knows where before finally arriving to their destination. Some 1st class packages took almost 2 weeks, some Priority packages took almost that long too, and the one Express mail package I sent took 5 days!!!
I'm giving serious thought to using UPS, but I would hate to raise my shipping costs that high.
Oh well I'm done griping for the day :o)
I'm back at my work bench a bit this week so keep an eye out for some of my 2009 collection plus a fun Valentines collection!
Happy day to everyone!!!
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Just thought I would check in quickly to wish everyone a very
Happy New Year!
Christmas has been Wonderful. My sister is visiting from Oklahoma with her Family.
It has been Blessed Chaos with 10 kiddies running about. (7 of them under the age of 4!)
Here is a Christmas morning photo....
I am still on "Vacation" but I will be back visiting soon :o)