So as luck would have it, I managed to get a treasury on etsy.com this morning. I decided to feature just a sliver of the talent that the Fashion, Design, and Lifestyle Team contains. I hope that you can visit the treasury and give it some clicks (by clicking on each of the items you can see them in more depth and also this the item another view!)
I wanted to take some time and thank the people who came to my Trunk Show on Thursday night. It was a really comfortable and fun get together! The overall show lasted about 2.5 hours and I sold about 400$ worth of inventory so I am VERY VERY thankful to those who came by!!!
It makes me soo happy that even my returning customers can take the time and sit at a table with the jewelry, and find something they love.
I am hoping to have ONE more show next month before I make the big move to Charlotte.
In other developments, I just opened up a new store at an online market place called BigCartel.com. Here is the link http://karmabymorgan.bigcartel.com/ I have most of the same items I have in my etsy and dawanda shops, but am trying this out. It is different from Etsy and Dawanda in that you don't have to sign up for a membership AND I can offer a discount code that can be implemented at the time of check out. BigCartel loves paypal (and so do I!) so that is their method of checkout.
So I decided to give some of my friends and fans a discount code - which if you are reading this should really take advantage of! The code is summer08 and you will get 15% the total order. That sounds like a nice idea to me :) I hope that some of you will take advantage!
I have been lucky this past month and have sold a few items from my etsy.com site. I really enjoy making a sale for a number of different reasons. Mainly, I am happy that someone found something they like enough to purchase either for themselves or someone else. As an artist in whatever capacity, when someone appreciates your work - that is what makes creating so worth while.
I am attached to each piece I make because I design it, pick the stones out, create the fine silver pieces, and wrap wire with love. I am glad that it transpires into something beautiful and lovely for someone else to do the same with.
Thank you to those who have purchased pieces from me. It truly does mean more than you know!
YIPPEE!!! FIRST ANNUAL KICKOFF TO SUMMER YART SALE IS NOW OPEN FOR BUSINESS! The sale will run from Wednesday, June 11- Friday, June 20 ~ An Artistic Slant to a traditional Yard Sale. 10 day countdown to the first Day of Summer. Just a few suggestions to all you shoppers. Type "Yart" in the Search area and choose the appropriate category from the NEW Etsy Drop Down Menu - Choose handmade, supplies, vintage or all items to view the specific items you are looking for. Viola - you will have so many choices from all the wonderful shops that have chosen to participate in this sale.
This is a great opportunity to get some great finds for the summer as well as gifts for others!
I am having a local show June 26th from 6-9 pm. Contact me for more details. It will be one of my last shows before I make the big move to Charlotte, NC! I am really hoping that it goes well. I have been making some really great new items and hope that people like what they see. :)
I am really excited about this month's featured artist Elise from ArgyleWhale - a wonderful store I found on etsy.com and fell in love with. ArgyleWhale has a great collection of prints, paintings, sculptures, journals, and stationary - just to name a few things Elise does! Her style is endearing and adorable. I had a little interview with her the other day and would like to share it with all of you :)
Tell me about yourself as a person, a little background, where you grew up, high school, college, current job, etc.
My name is Elise Towle Snow. I'm living in Salem, Massachusetts right now with my husband and our two bunny pals (Hodge and Yoshimi). I graduated from Montserrat College of Art a couple years ago and now spend my time working at an artisan bakery, a local cafe and on Argyle Whale.
How long have you been in business? Do you sell besides etsy.com?
I started Argyle Whale the moment I got home From my honeymoon this January. Previously, My husband and I shared a business selling clothing on Etsy (Lazer Beanz). That endeavor was really fun and taught us so much about selling but neither of us felt that we wanted to continue working on it. It was growing and had some success but as we went along we realized that we enjoyed clothing design more as a hobby. I wanted a more efficient business that was set up to grow smoothly and I wanted more design freedom. My primary venue right now is Etsy but I'm beginning to court a few other options as well.
What is your favorite thing to create?
Creating anything in any media makes me really happy. I enjoy experimenting with new materials and techniques more than anything and the beginnings of projects are always my favorite part. I also have to admit that I love drawing fat bunnies in peculiar situations.
What is the best thing that your craft does for you personally?
Making things has always been my biggest source of delight. and at this stage in my life, Argyle Whale gives me freedom and a clear goal to aim for. I work two retail jobs that I really like but I know I won't want to be doing forever and Argyle Whale is an endeavor that I hope will grow into something I can sustain myself off of in the future.
What has been your favorite moment as a seller? My favorite moment is actually occurring right now! I was selected to compete in Etsy's design face-off challenge and I'm going crazy counting up votes in the competition. It's pretty much the most exciting thing that has happened to me in a long while. What is your favorite way to end your day?
The end of the day is really my favorite part! I usually stay up late working on projects and finish when my husband gets home from work. I make chamomile tea and toast and we snuggle on the couch with the bunnies and watch a movie.
I have just added some new items to my shop...expect much more to come. I am attempting to get 100 pieces in my etsy.com shop before the middle of June! Look for an increase in earrings, bracelets, and RINGS! I also will be working on more FINE SILVER pieces! My goals besides that is to sell more online and to have a trunk show on or around JUNE 28TH.
You are cordially invited to the ball!! We would like to introduce the latest debutante to the Etsy society ... The Fashion, Design and Lifestyle Team!
Our first team project use the debutante ball as our theme. Here, each individual member has created an item for our virtual debutante ball, introducing all the passion and creativity of our team. We invite you to browse, shop, dance, sing, and toast one of the latest teams on Etsy!
I waited and waited and got a treasury to help promote our new team shop. So PLEASE take a look :)
The 2nd Savannah Market Bazaar was an experience and went seemingly well for me. I made a profit, small but still there. I met a lot of great people and gave out a lot of business cards, probably close to 50 or so.
At this point in the game, this show wasn't my first rodeo as they say, but I was glad to know that there were so many etsians there with me. Most people I talk to either have heard of Etsy but never checked it out or have no clue and I inform them. It was great to know that people know what I do and how I work my online store at etsy.com. There were some booths that were interesting and again because I was all by myself, I didn't have a chance to check them out. There were some jewelry booths, which is good, but I was told everyone had a different style and booth set up - so that was reassuring because jewelry is a very flooded market. There were also some people just selling their old clothes and old crap from their house - this is not dismiss that one mans trash can be another mans treasure - from a distance though it was a type of booth I probably would have avoided, that's probably me though.
Because the Market was in a parking lot it got rather steamy which I have to believe is why they aren't doing it over the summer and starting again in the fall. I was very hot and there was probably some where I could have gone to the bathroom but I was alone so I couldn't really leave. It was nice that it was open like as soon as you set up AND closed around 3 - though because of the heat many people left at like 1pm, I stuck it out until about 2pm. I ran out of water too which made me very dehydrated and a little loopy. I always think I bring enough water but I underestimate the power of the sun and the heat. Thank god for my EZ UP. One guy told me I should start charging for shade. haha.
My main seller this weekend was definitely rings! I sold a bunch of my wire wrapped rings which is good! I sold some earrings too. I even put a 10% off all necklaces to entice buyers but they did not go for it. Not one necklace or bracelet sold.
I hope to have a trunk show locally within the next two weeks. Those have gone pretty well each time I have them and now since it is warmer out we can do them outside. I think I will make bigger and more signage for this next one. I try to put it online and etc but people often stop in randomly. Basically I am trying to do as much free advertising as possible. Newspaper ads are ridiculously expensive. I think I might try fliers and put some in starbucks and give some to some local boutiques, show some in people's newspaper boxes or tape them to their mailboxes.
Hello my name is Morgan and you have reached my blog about my handcrafted jewelry business called Karma. I love jewelry and even more so, I love making it with my own two hands. I chose the name Karma because I believe in the concept and I also believe that it has a natural place with jewelry. This is because jewelry can have the ability to transcend one's mood and attitude based on how they feel when they wear a piece of jewelry.