Sunday, November 30, 2008

The changes of Fall

Wow! What a month this has been.
First, I had over $500 of merchandise stolen from Under One Roof (the store I was selling from). I don't know if it was shoplifted or stolen internally, but I could not afford to continue the loss. I pulled my stuff and terminated my contract on Nov. 10th.

Then, the very day I made the decision to discontinue my Under One Roof sales, I was offered another consignment opportunity in town. The owner of the shop where I get my hair cut told me I could sell my jewelry at her store. She doesn't want any rent, just a small percentage of the sales. I would have been crazy not to accept her offer. My jewelry is now available locally (Abilene, TX) in the basement of the Enterprise Building (500 Chestnut), next to Chick-fil-a.

The second big change involves my web site. I have been hosting it with Google Apps. Recently I learned Google is going to discontinue the web site hosting. They are moving to more of a file sharing/Sharepoint type service. I decided not to wait for the forced cut-over. I contracted email and web services with Hostmonster.com. I am still in the process of preparing the new site. I want to make changes to the existing pages before I make the production cut over. Unfortunately, my web programming skills are not what I'd like them to be. I've found the enhancement task to be extremely time consuming. I haven't given up yet, but I may have to move everything like it is and enhance the site over time.

Christmas is almost here and I've been busy with much more than store changes and web site moves. My jewelry is getting popular and I've had enough business to keep me excited. I can't explain the feeling I get when people appreciate the beauty of my work. It is all about the art.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I'm selling beads!



Several people have expressed interest in the long sterling silver beads I use in so many of my necklaces. (like these.
I recently purchased a LOT of them and decided to offer them for sale.
The beads are seamless 20mm x 5mm.

This is the first time I've tried selling any of my surplus. If it works out, I add a few more things.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New Pictures!

I've spent the majority of this week playing photographer and web master. I must say I'm quite proud of the results. I've posted pictures of quite a few new necklaces, including some beautiful Swarovski Brown/Dark Brown Pearls with Sterling Silver.

I updated many of my older photos to make them lighter and easier to see.

I may be weird, but it's difficult for me to remove pictures of necklaces I have sold. They are so pretty that I still want to share them. So... you will find various pictures marked SOLD! on my web site. I've had one customer was able to reference one of my sold necklaces to help express what she was looking for. For now, I'll keep them posted... at least until I run out of space on the web server. :-)

-m.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Homemade earring "cards"


After I created the cowboy hat necklace displays, I needed to create something to display the earrings. I found the same cowboy hats that I used in the display, in a smaller 2 inch size. Using a corncob skewer, I poked two holes in the rim. Done!

I love them and they are perfect for my "handmade in Texas" jewelry!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Cool looking easy to make display



I'll be expanding my store booth (at Under One Roof) next month. This means I need more displays. I looked at the jewelry supply stores, but all the busts, etc. look similar and can be costly (especially when adding shipping charges).

Today I was walking around Hobby Lobby and saw the cutest little (5 inch) Cowboy hats. They were in the doll making section.

I let my creativity run, and within 10 minutes I had created an adorable display for my necklaces.

I've decided to share the information with you. So, here is how I created these adorable displays.
(Warning: This was a pain to format with the blog editor, so I can't guarantee how it looks.)



These are the materials I used:
  • The little cowboy hat.
  • A small doll stand.
  • A piece of felt.







I covered the doll stand with the piece of felt.











Place the cowboy hat on top to secure the felt.





I've now got some super cool inexpensive (less than $3.50 each) necklace displays!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

JewelryByChaddock Updates

My cast is gone and I'm regaining use of my left hand (and fingers) now. I have resumed my jewelry making. I've started using more sterling silver in my jewelry and less plated metals.

I have also started trying to clean up my website. I've removed the shopping cart/Buy buttons. I have found it is too difficult to keep the web pages updated each time I sell an necklace. Since I all my items are unique and in addition to them being posted on my website, I also have them displayed and available in a local store. I haven't been doing a very good job of removing the availability of items after they are sold. Does that make sense? Anyway, it's just easier to remove the purchase icons. If someone wants to buy an item, the can email me and I'll verify it's still available, then add the purchase button for them to use, or send them a paypal invoice.. or something.

Take a look at one of my newest creations!

-m.
www.jewelrybychaddock.com

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Frustrations of an addict

I admit it. I'm a jewelry making addict. Several weeks ago I had surgery on my hand. I had 2 pins put in my baby finger. I was totally surprised when I woke in the recovery room to discover my entire hand was pretty much useless.

I'm left handed which only intensifies my frustrations. Initially I tried to make a few necklaces (earrings are impossible), but this created a great deal of pain and my Doctor told me to stop it. Uh.. yeah, right. I've done pretty good this last week. I only broke down once. The necklace turned out pretty good, but I suffered afterwards.

I should get the pins removed Friday. Unfortunately, I've been told they will re-club.. er, rewrap my hand. Giving no more movement than I currently have. I never thought I'd enjoy something so much that I'd feel so miserable having it denied.