Wednesday, 5 December 2012

My Business cards are here!

I'm very excited.My Graphics for my business cards are finally done.A really close friend of mine is a computer wiz so I sent her some product photos and some notes on what kind of style and tone I wanted, and she nailed it!

She captured the elegant, feminine and classy look that I wanted and maintained a custom look by using my earrings.The business cards are just lovely and I can't wait to get them printed:

The featured earrings are something i made for a friend's wedding.She is getting married this winter and wanted something in ice blue winter frost tones.I used pear shaped Aqua Blue Chalcedony with dangles of Rock Quartz and micro faceted aquamarine all wrapped in sterling silver.

My friend had very little input on her jewellery, so it was a bit nerve-wracking Luckily, she loved it so i decided to take that as a good sign and use These for my business cards...

Now i just got to work on my banner....

Monday, 26 November 2012

It's All Coming Together..I think

So today I picked up a very large package from the post office. Recently I ordered a whole selection of display items for my jewellery.
My New Gemstone Order here is as well and just in time.Its so beautiful and colourful i want to keep it all for myself :P 

My Packaging is complete,
display stands in place,my Business Cards are on the way and my price tags have arrived.
So now i have almost everything i need... The only thing missing is the shipment of my Gold filled chain which was due to arrive last week :-s
Which means I haven't yet made any necklaces...I have a feeling ill be missing my December Deadline......

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Photography problems...:-s

Wonder, if there is any way that I could just make jewellery all day and someone else can photograph it, do my accounting and filing and generally take care of everything else to do with my business? 

Let me just say that I am no photographer. I never wanted to BE a photographer. However, when you plan to sell your wares online, excellent pictures are not just nice, they are imperative. My jewellery is going to be mixed in with thousands of other pieces on Etsy (why did I have to pick the most saturated category?) and they need to stand out. So often I spend more time behind the camera than I do making jewellery :-S
I have seen a lot of improvement though, which keeps me motivated....
Although i'm mostly working with natural light which can be pretty fickle..i take about 50 shots before i get 2 satisfying shots.
I have to say i have new found respect for photographers. It is a LOT of work (at least for me), and truly and art form in itself.I know how important photographs are to selling online, so I refuse to post any jewellery until my photos are up to snuff.
The other thing I spend an inordinate amount of time doing is sorting, deleting, editing and cropping.I think its time to invest in a light box,tripod and some really awesome lighting...
I wonder how i will explain these new cost to my husband:-s 

Sunday, 18 November 2012

The joys and uncertainties of following your dreams...

Yesterday I worked on a new design for my upcoming Etsy business. Up until now I have only been working with gemstones not focusing too much on the "Business" aspect of things.Just doing what i love and not thinking
there are hundreds, probably thousands of jewelry pieces being sold on Etsy using Gemstones... 
Have i really got what it takes to stand out in the crowd?(gulp!)
Or will All the time energy and not to mention my fast depleting funds go down the drain?(gulp! gulp!)
I guess i'm at the crossroads all artist face: to follow your dreams or follow the regular paychecks.

I guess only time will tell...

For now im busy in creating my own line,defining my style..spending hours on the development and creation of my pieces and most importantly i'm happy...

As for the rest of the boring business details, I'm taking that slow. I hoped to have my etsy shop up before Christmas.Wish me luck :)