BACK IN ACTION!!

So, ok!   The laptop has been rebuilt and I am back up and running, yay!  There are still some tweaks I have to make, but generally it’s 90% done.  It’s so nice to have a quick, well-disciplined laptop again.   But enough of that, today I want to promote some of my gorgeous, handmade lampwork jewelry because it’s 1 month until Valentine’s Day.

We’ll start with this pinkilicious lampwork heart necklace.  It adjusts from 18-20″ and the heart pendant is 1-1/2″ long.  The heart is artisan made and has exquisite detail.  The necklace part is composed of handmade white silvered lampwork rondelles and air bubbled glass encased rondelles, pink quartz gemstone rounds, river stone rounds, tiny ivory lampwork rondelles, bali silver bead caps, pendant slider bail and scrolled heart lobster claw clasp.  This is a really, really pretty necklace and the photo does not do it proper justice!

Next we have this rich, classy study in pale yellow and black.  This adjustable 15″ to 19-1/4″ OOAK designer lampwork necklace features a large, puffy handmade lampwork heart pendant that is 1-1/2″ long. The heart measures just over 1″ and its base color is black with pale yellow, brown and a hint of dove gray in the raku design. The necklace also has two 8mm bronzite rounds, two black with gray dotted rectangle beads, two pale citron yellow faceted czech beads,  black onyx rounds, fancy bali silver bumpy beads, bali silver round Celtic motif beads, fancy bali silver bead caps, bali silver bicones, bali silver serrated rings for the adjustable links and a fancy bali silver heart-shaped lobster claw clasp.   There is also a 1″ dangle at the end of the 8mm links that is made of a small 15mm black lampwork heart, a fancy bali silver end pin, a citron yellow faceted czech bead and fancy bali silver bead caps.

Last but not in the least is this ultra feminine, one of a kind designer handmade lampwork necklace featuring a pink, black and white with pink roses heart pendant, lampwork flower rounds and pink base bumpy ovals, black and pink foiled myuki delica seed beads, white quartz rounds, crystal crackle glass rounds, pink and black swavorski crystal bicones, bali silver bead caps, daisy spacers and a scrolled heart lobster claw clasp.  The necklace adjusts from 17″ to 19-1/4″ and the heart pendant is 2″ long.

If you’d like to see more of my handmade heart necklaces, here’s a quick link to them.  And don’t forget, I am still offering free shipping and everything is on sale.  Enjoy browsing, and happy shopping!!

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NEW FOR THE NEW YEAR!!

So I am back, and contrary to plans the laptop has not yet been rebuilt – life just got in the way.  But it really has to be done – every time I use the laptop it gets slower and more error plagued.  Plus I have to install a new Norton AV as the current one will expire in 4 days.  So.  Looks like this weekend will be the time as I have to get out to the PO and do some food shopping tomorrow, and also make a trip to B&N to just sit and browse some jewelry mags and books over a very large cappuccino and maybe a piece of something sweet or savory.  This means I will be gallivanting most of the day, but I really do need to get out for a bit and get rid of the cabin fever that’s started creeping up on me!!

In the meantime, thank you’s are overdue my dear customers – I truly appreciate your support and purchases in this tough economy.  You know what I do when I feel down?  I go browsing through all the awesome feedback you guys leave me.  I get such a tremendous lift reading how happy you all are with your new bling and complimenting me for the fast shipping and great service.  Thank you.  I am sending big cyber hugs to you all because you touch my heart with your kindnesses!

And thank you, too, my fellow Etsian’s who keep honoring me by including my items in your treasuries.  I can’t tell you how nice it is to see all the new treasuries listed in My Treasuries on Etsy.  Thank you for the time you take to do that!  I appreciate your efforts so very much!  So thank you SarahT, grahtoestudio, Denise DeKemper, Linda Hawkins and Linda Hope.

And now, here are some new items for 2012 – new, higher grade pandora style murano lampwork beads, new charms ( including authentic Pugster’s!) and new types of bracelets.  There’s more to come, too.  I’ve been at it purchasing and restocking my supply of handmade artisan lampwork beads to make new Viking Knit and hand strung lampwork jewelry.  It’s been far too long since I sat and created anything – so that will stop very, very soon.  I will be spending less time online and more time creating this year.  I have to make some new and beautiful things for Spring before I burst! 

Here’s a look at some of the new beads, charms and that toggle bracelet – and just a reminder that everything in the shop is still on sale with free shipping!!!! 


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CYBER MONDAY SALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s right!  I am giving you 10% off anything in my shop all day for Cyber Monday – woot!   Just use CYBER10 for the coupon code when you check out.

Now’s the time to take advantage and get your gifts and stocking stuffers taken care of for Christmas!!!!  And there’s a lot to choose from –  5 piece Pandora style bead sets, already on sale for $2.99, you pay $2.69!!!  It’s a great time to get yourself colors to go with every outfit you have!!   These also make awesome gifts for your co-workers – paired with a leather, bangle or snap clasp bracelet these make an awesome gift that they’ll be sure to love- and one that will not break the bank!!!

Plus I have almost 400 (yes, 400!!) Christmas themed items listed – leather, snap clasp and bangle bracelets, bead sets and charms just waiting to put a smile on someone’s face this Christmas.   So why buck traffic and deal with those long lines and congested, germ filled malls?  Why not just make yourself a nice cuppa, put some Christmas music on the i-pod and then sit and browse awhile through my shop, ticking off the names on your list as you go.  Just click here to visit the shop!  Happy shopping!!!

 

CHRISTMAS – USPS OFFICIAL SHIPPING DEADLINES!!!!!!!

Ok, so the Post Office has released their official deadline for parcel shipping.  Please mark your calendars to make sure you get your cyber gifts in time for Christmas giving!!!!

 

DOMESTIC MAIL DEADLINES

Domestic Mail Class Deadline
FIRST CLASS MAIL® DEC. 20
PRIORITY MAIL® DEC. 21
EXPRESS MAIL® DEC. 22 (Check your local Post Office)
PARCEL POST® DEC. 15

Following is a list of related holiday dates:

  • First night of Hanukkah (Chanukah ) – Dec. 20th at Sunset
  • Christmas Eve – Dec. 24th
  • Christmas Day – Dec. 25th
  • Kwanzaa – Dec. 26, 2011 – Jan. 1, 2012

OUTBOUND INTERNATIONAL MAIL  DEADLINES (SHIPPING TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY)

International Mail Addressed To: Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG)4 Express Mail International® (EMS)5 Priority Mail International™ (PMI)6 First-Class Mail International™
AFRICA DEC. 20 DEC. 10 DEC. 2 DEC. 2
ASIA/PACIFIC RIM DEC. 19 DEC. 15 DEC. 9 DEC. 9
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND DEC. 19 DEC. 15 DEC. 9 DEC. 9
CANADA DEC. 21 DEC. 16 DEC. 12 DEC. 9
CARIBBEAN DEC. 20 DEC. 15 DEC. 12 DEC. 9
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA DEC. 20 DEC. 10 DEC. 2 DEC. 2
MEXICO DEC. 21 DEC. 15 DEC. 9 DEC. 9
EUROPE DEC. 20 DEC. 15 DEC. 12 DEC. 9
MIDDLE EAST DEC. 20 DEC. 15 DEC. 12 DEC. 9

LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW

‘LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW!!!!’ by CookalasHouseOfCards

Snowmen have invaded my shop!!! Check out my Christmas themed Snowmen pandora/european stye beads, bracelets and watches!! Perfect for holiday giving at affordable prices!

 


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Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

BLACK FRIDAY SALES AND CHRISTMAS THEMED PANDORA STYLE BRACELETS IN THE HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For gift giving these can’t be beat! All at affordable prices, and they make awesome stocking stuffers!! Need a bracelet for that party? Or to wear to the office during the holiday season? Look no further! 

Coming soon – snowmen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  And right now – check out my Black Friday and Cyber Monday early bird sales on select handmade lampwork jewelry, viking knit bracelets, pandora style bead sets and bracelets and charms!!!!!  And don’t forget to use your coupons for additional savings!!!!!!


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Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

‘TIS THE SEASON FOR A SALE!!!!

I know!  I’ve been MIA again – and I must apologize.  But I’ve been up to my eyeballs in making Christmas goodies for all you Santa’s out there.  It’s a lot of work!  First I make up the items, then I take photos and then I have to list and write up descriptions.  It’s just very time consuming.  In the meantime, I still have to run the shop and take care of orders and questions, relist expiring listings (a lot of which I’m editing in better photos of), and I have to check and inspect deliveries and make purchases.  It’s a full-time job!  Sometimes I feel like I’m losing my mind because there’s so much to do!  And lately, I’ve just been too exhausted to write this blog though I really need to make more time for it!!  But anyway………..

I want to say my thanks, as is my custom, to all my wonderful customers – you’re all just the very best!  I really enjoy working with you all, and packing up your orders with as much care as possible.  I also want to express my thanks to all my fellow Etsian’s who have included my jewelry in their treasuries – if you have some spare time and like to look, these treasuries are awesome for getting gift ideas!  – take a minute to click on the links – and my thanks again to Galina, Olivia and Bonnie .

I have recently made some changes to my shipping charges – effective immediately every single shipped in the US will carry insurance.  I have recently taken a large hit for a few shipments that have been lost by USPS.  It’s to be expected that when you do not receive your order, you will end up filing a claim with your credit card carrier or paypal to seek reimbursement.  What many of you probably do not know is that I’m the one who loses.  Not only do I have to reverse (or pay back) the amount of the order, but I also have to lose the shipping charges and I lose the merchandise – and that hurts the shop in a very big way.  I am struggling in the most dire way right now because of REACT not allowing me to use the word  “Pandora” in my listings,  and I just cannot afford to take any more losses. 

But on a good note – I have just placed all bead sets and rhinestone charms on sale –  bead sets are now on sale for $2.99 to $5.99, and the rhinestone charms are 99 cents!!!  Now is the time to Christmas shop!!!  and especially so for those of you with coupons!!!!  Happy Shopping!!!!!

But before you go, here’s a quick Christmas preview treasury – this is just the start – I still have all the beads sets, themed bracelets and more charms to make!! (Like I said, it just NEVER ends!!)

‘Christmas Preview’ by CookalasHouseOfCards

New items in my shop and more to come! Christmas themed European/Pandora style jewelry and handmade lampwork charmdangles.  Why stress over traffic and crowded malls when you can shop from the comfort of your home?


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Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

THE OTHER SIDE OF ME

SO, yes, you mostly know me as a jewelry designer because that is mainly what I blog about here.  What you may not know is that before I became a jewelry designer, I was first and foremost an artist.  I have been actively engaged in creating artistic works since I was a child.  Art moves me, constantly, and it lives deep in my soul, and when I am not making jewelry I am usually making art.  My pursuits and passions lie in mixed media altered art, collage, assemblage and altered art dolls.  I have been itching to make clay primitive art dolls since forever, and I’m hoping to get into that this winter.  In the meantime, I have a few selected pieces of artwork for sale in the shop – and for a change of pace I thought I give you a sampling. 

“Always Travel Towards the Sun” is an 8×10 acrylics, inks and ephemera mixed media collage on canvas, and is an original signed work, a one of a kind.  I think the title says it all about this warm and whimsical work of art. The inspirational message in this is to strive to be happy, because life is short and unpredictable. Find joy in a lot of little things, and pretty soon you’ll be smiling again!

“Take Time To Dance” is a 6×9 original, signed mixed media artwork collage on 140lb cold press watercolor paper. The inspiration in the message reminds us that we need to take time to renew and revitalize ourselves, no matter how busy we are, in order to maintain sanity! Remember to let yourself be free now and then, put the dance back in your steps!

Both of these art works are available in my shop – plus several more.   Here’s a quick LINK if you’d like to check them out – enjoy!   Happy browsing!!

THANK YOU!!!!

I want to say thank you – muchly –  to everyone who’s made a purchase from my shop recently.  I really appreciate your support!  It means a lot, especially since the REACT incident.   I also want to say thank you to all my fellow Etsian’s who have honored me by including my items in their treasuries – Full Curl Archery LLC, Albina Manning, dimitrArt, chelsea and becky, Inita Jansauska, Accents and Petals 2, Galina, eclectika, Emma, Rachel, sobejeweled and Jackie “Crash” Riley.

I know I said I’d be posting some Christmas previews, but things were just too busy today for me to take photos – the little ghoulies were busy banging on the door all day and I was just too scattered to get to it. So, I will write about it instead.  But previews will start to appear soon now.  There are still some items I have to make yet, so give me another week or two and you’ll start to see lots of red and green, and blue and white here!! 

I’ve made a bunch of some really cute limited edition European/Pandora style Christmas and Snowman themed bangles, bead watches and leather bracelets, plus bead sets and snake chain bracelets.  I’m also making some too cute santa bell charms (and yes, they do ring and they are real bells!!)  Christmas tree dangles, snowflake dangles, snowman dangles, mitten dangles – gosh, I’m making a bunch of dangles!!!!  And holiday themed lampwork earrings, too!!  I need to finish making Christmas themed bead sets and then I will sit down with my trusty pliers and start making those dangles and earrings. Plus I’m still waiting for several new beads to arrive.

So, anyone got a spare clone I can borrow for the next 2 months?  aiy.  So much to do so little time!!!! 

Until next time………………

WOOT! NEWS!!!!!!

And so this is way cool – I’ve been accepted into membership with SRAJD!  I am now officially recognized as Self Representing Artist Jewelry Designer #3317.  Sweet!!!  This means that I design, create, manufacture and sell my own jewelry.  This is a nice lift after all the bad things that have happened recently, and much needed to help lift my spirits a little.

Shop sales are still decreasing, and I am officially worried.   I thought they’d bounce back after I bought some advertising – but it looks like I may as well have taken a match to the money I invested because my sales have actually gotten worse.  *sigh* If they don’t pick up soon, it means closing the shop and finding a part-time job.  I hate this.  But I do have to pay bills, and I can’t do it if the shop is not producing.  And I’m starting to see a lot of new shops opening that I just can’t compete with because these are large wholesalers who are based in China.  They are selling Pandora/european style beads and bracelets at prices so low it makes me sick.   If they are allowed to continue this type of undercutting, a lot of other shops who have been selling on Etsy for years will also be forced to close.  It’s just not fair!   So, we’ll see.  The holidays are coming, so I think that will help a lot.  It’s after the holidays that I’m worried about.  I may have to find another on-line venue to sell at.  I am seriously looking into SilkFair.  I have already started setting up a shop – and as soon as I finish making my Christmas stock (all I have left to make are bead sets and take photos) I will begin to list my items on SilkFair.  I’ve already had quite a few inquiries at SilkFair, which is a very good sign.  So stay tuned for more info – I may be leaving Etsy sometime in early to mid 2012. 

And so today is my favorite day of the year – Halloween!!!!!!!!!!!  I LOVE Halloween, always have.  When else do you get to play dress up and become a kid again?  I love checking out all the cute costumes, and the shy little kiddies –  how cute are they?!?!  Unfortunately, Saturday’s Nor’Easter has upset many ghoulish plans this year – and I think this is the earliest we’ve ever gotten snow.  Ick!!!!  I HATE snow!!!! I just hope it’s not an omen of a harsh and frigid winter!

I also want to say that my thoughts and prayers for safety and warmth go out to all my customers on the East coast and New England who were hit hard by Saturday’s storm and who still do not have electric – here we got away lucky with just a light dusting of some slush and snow but a lot of people really got walloped!  My thoughts are with you – I hope you are all keeping warm somehow.  Losing power when it’s cold out is the absolute pits!  It might be time for an early tropical vacation IF you can afford it!

So, that’s it for today.  Tomorrow I need to do thank you’s and preview some new items.   See you then!

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