Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Find: Ballerina Stand

I'm always on the look out for fresh and unusual things to use as display props for my booth table at shows. One of the things I've been searching for is something to hold most of my necklaces and this is what I've been using for the past year—it has a nice revolving function, but is not quite as stylish as I would like:

So when I first saw this darling little ballerina stand, the light bulb in my head flashed and I just knew I HAD to have it!

I found her at a local Ross store, back in the home decor section for about $12. She is about 29" tall and 15" wide, and originally had large purple crystals dangling from those large loops at the edge of her skirt that I wasn't fond of—but I knew she had a ton of potential! So I removed all the crystals, bought a roll of white tulle ribbon, and performed a little makeover magic on her. Added on my necklaces for some pretty "bling" in those loops and here's how she looks now—ready for my display table:

Isn't she fabulous!?! I used her for the first time last weekend while I was at the Farmer's Market show. She made quite a statement on my table and my customers headed straight for her as soon as they entered the booth. I did learn that she was a little on the top-heavy side, so I'm planning on adding a wider base to help stabilize her better. I also added a few more necklaces up at the top around her "neck" and love that those two little curly "arms" have potential to hold things like matching earrings or a few bracelets. Or I could switch out the necklaces someday and add pendants and charms to those loops…the possibilities are endless! *Ü*

What would YOU like to display on a fun stand like this?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Christmas in July Sale!

Although most of the nation has been experiencing a heat wave this past month, it certainly hasn't felt much like summer here in my neck of the woods—where the majority of our days have been full of gray clouds and rain. But the past few days have been gorgeously sunny and it put me in the mood to offer a fun "Christmas in July" sale!

From July 27 - 30, everything in my Etsy shop is 15% off, if you use this special code at check-out: JULYXMAS2011.

If you would prefer to shop through my ArtFire store, I'll give you the same 15% discount as a refund after your purchase, since I'm no longer able to offer coupon codes with my free Basic account there. ;-)

This is the perfect time of year to stock up on my beads to create your own jewelry designs for the upcoming Fall and Winter seasons—or to order some of my unique European Charm Beads or other finished jewelry and hide them away for those special holiday gifts! *Ü*

Monday, July 11, 2011

Catching Up…

Wow, I'm embarrassed to see how long it's been since my last post?!? EEK! I'm on a mission to add some other catch up posts about what I've been up to for the past 2 weeks—but in the meantime, here's the "Reader's Digest" version for you:

The Handmade Top 10 Team Challange I last post about was a roaring success and the Fire Divas took 2nd place out of 29 teams!! YAY!! We all worked really hard and I'm so impressed by our efforts and those of our friends, family, and fans—especially considering we were one of the smallest teams competing for that grand prize!

My sweet high-school buddy, Lori C., was the winner of one of my Zebra focal beads for my Facebook Fan Page Giveaway too! I like to offer special perks like this to my fans every so often—so if you'd like to get in on the fun next time, please be sure to "like" my page HERE.

Next, we embarked on a four-day trip to Disneyland to celebrate Ashley's 16th birthday, which was a blur of spontaneous, non-stop action and fun! I'll be posting more pics as soon as I get them uploaded from my camera…

Then I completed a three-day outdoor show called Kent Cornucopia Days this past weekend, along with my friend Lara Lutrick. It was the first time either one of us had been to this show and while we had high expectations, we ended up not getting nearly the number of customers that we were hoping for. Part of it was due to our location and partly I think because this show was geared more for the commercial or resale consumer and not necessarily ones that appreciate quality handmade artisan designs. But then again, we did manage to make about 5x our booth fee, so it wasn't all bad! ;-D I experimented with my booth design and love the new velvet and cloth table cover I found just a few days before the show (pssst! Can you believe that it's really a shower curtain!?!)

And what do you think of my spiffy new show banners?

And I discovered a few more neat items to dress up my display after the show ended, so I'll be sharing all about those goodies for this week's "Friday Find" post.

I also was really excited to offer some of my chocolate beads, this time in a darling little tin, with a white chocolate version and several different combo sets. They look so real, I had several customers do a double-take to check if they were edible or not!? LOL I'll be offering these cuties in my Etsy and ArtFire shops soon, but if you want one now, please let me know and I'll hold it for you, k? You can get a great idea of what a finished bracelet would look like from the one I've started on the left side of the photo—isn't it yummy?! The perfect accessory for chocolate lovers like me!

And finally, we're excited to have a foreign exchange student come and stay with us over the next 2 weeks, starting tomorrow! This is the first time our family has ever done something like this and we're all really looking forward to meeting Ana (and she's a budding jewelry designer too!). While she's away during the weekdays on the various fun trips with the other exchange students, I'll be making more beads and listing a bunch of new goodies in my shops, like this one:

Golden Drops Heart Focal

In the meantime, sending out loads of love and appreciation for sticking with me during my little unexpected "blog drought" and I hope you'll stop by again soon! *Ü*
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