I am, and have been for a while on a very strict diet. I avoid gluten and numerous other foods in an attempt to control health challenges. Before this all surfaced I used to LOVE cooking. Now, however, it takes a lot to get me inspired about creating culinary delicacies. However, a quick look at foodgawker.com every now and then gets me back in the groove.
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I'm honored that I was featured in the following Etsy treasuries this week! Thank you to the following people for featuring my work.... BelladonnasJoy, ValdinasDesigns, bellanordesigns and mjanepurcell
Monday, September 20, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Well I've been really busy lately designing new jewelry pieces for my shop and so here is a sneak preview of one of the designs.
It's a vintage style sunflower pearl necklace. It is available in antique silver or antique gold, with the following color Swarovski pearls - dark gray, mauve, bronze, green, burgundy, dark teal... if you'd like one made in a color that isn't available yet or you would like it in a different length, just contact me for a custom order.
This necklace can be worn every day or as evening wear. Gorgeous design for a wedding party too.
Dark Gray and Antique Silver
Mauve and Antique Silver
Mauve and Antique Gold
Bronze and Antique Silver
Bronze and Antique Gold
Green and Antique Silver
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Last year my Etsy shop was much busier during October, November and December of the year before and this sudden turnaround caught me completely by surprise. In an effort this year to avoid the stress caused by my unpreparedness last year, I've made up a holiday to-do list for Jacaranda Designs.
1. Post shipping deadlines
To avoid repeat emails from customers asking about shipping deadlines for Christmas, I'm going to post all this info my Etsy shop. I'm specifying for each major region of the world, what the shipping cut-off date is for items to arrive before December 24th.
2. Buy my supplies early
Instead of being disappointed and finding out that major suppliers have tons of items on back-order, I've taken advantage of the slow summer season to purchase my materials.
3. Make up my stock before October.
Last year I was caught making way to many pieces of jewelry into the wee hours of the night. This year I bought my supplies early (during July and August) and spent much of August designing new pieces of jewelry. At the moment I am busy making up the new designs and they will all be complete by October.
4. Order More Business Cards
I won't run out of these again!
5. Order Packaging
I've ordered bubble envelopes, jewelry boxes, ribbon, tissue and stickers all ready to package my goodies.
6. Photograph EVERYTHING
I'm busy doing this right now - my dining room has been taken over by light boxes, cameras and lights but I'm determined to get everything photographed hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
Hopefully if I can get all of this done, then I can use my time to promote my jewelry. After all, unless you have people visiting your shop, everything else is in vain. I need to figure out my advertising budget, scope out where I'd like to advertise Jacaranda Designs and go ahead and book my slots.