A new blog for me
Posted on July 15th, 2009 @ 9:51 pm

Yeah, just what I need – one more place to have to keep up with. LOL

This one is intended for my side biz, for my jewelry.  Actually I already have a link to it here, except it used to be my e-commerce site.  I switched things around over the weekend, moved the e-commerce pages to a different folder (essentially making it invisible unless I give a direct link), and put the new blog on the main directory.

I created both an Artfire Studio (basic for now) and an Etsy shop, where I’ll eventually start posting items for sale – jewelry, polymer clay beads, etc..  The links to both are at the top of the page on that blog.  I am also going to try out a plug-in I found for wordpress which allows one to host an e-commerce solution straight from the WP blog.

Technically I could re-list some of the stuff I had up previously at my e-commerce site, but I’d like to re-take the photos of a bunch of them with better lighting and backdrop and whatnot, before I do that.   Plus I’m also trying to work on some polymer clay stuff to be able to sell as well.   Once that is all ready I’ll put up another post here, as well as at the new blog, letting anyone who still drifts by here, know about it.

I know I’ve lost a lot of readers (geeze, do I even still have any at all? LOL) due to my extremely sporadic posting and even less frequent visitation and commenting at other blogs… And that’s ok with me, to be honest. It’s nothing less than I deserve for slacking like that.  I’ll just have to work on posting more often, either here or at the other blog, and trying to visit other blogs.  Unfortunately with the micromanagement at work looking over my shoulder for claims of excessive slacking there, i.e. surfing too much, it’s become even more difficult to do much of what I used to do from work – which was read others’ blogs and such.  And because I’d rather work on things like, you know, building up a stock of jewelry and whatnot when I’m at home, that doesn’t leave a lot of time for blog surfing and posting on my own blog… Except when I’m in a creative funk, of course.

Talk about being spread thin.  :roll:

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What I did during part of my weekend
Posted on November 17th, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

Here is what I spent some of my weekend trying to figure out how to make:

It’s not a great picture, I took it with my camera phone.  But if it’s hard to tell what they are, it’s gingerbread men.  The first one on the left is a dud, I made the clay too thin and attempted to correct it by adding some clay to the back, but quickly found that wasn’t very astheticaly pleasing and trying to blend the seams without squishing the rest of it was more work than I was willing to put into it.

The two on the right are about 2/3rd done in the pic, I finished by adding eyes, smiles and rolls of white clay on the feet and hands for icing.  And a holly berry & leaf on their heads.  Then I made four small round beads that will go with them.  I’ll take more pictures after they’re baked, which I am going to save for when I have more beads to cook – energy conservation and all that. 🙂

So what do you think?  Are they cute enough?  These are merely testers since I still need to test them out after baking to see how much abuse they’ll take on a bracelet before I would consider selling them.  I wouldn’t want one of their little bodies to fall off and get lost somewhere (the thread hole is drilled sideways through their heads).

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Requesting constructive criticism please
Posted on November 7th, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

Ok, this is aimed more specifically at those jewelry makers who bounce past my site from Entrecard, but anyone can offer input if you wish.

Please go to my jewelry e-commerce site, Positively Charming, look at my offerings, and provide your thoughts on what I have there. What is crap? What are my best pieces? Do you think I am over or under pricing anything? Any other suggestions or critiques?

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And the winner is…
Posted on November 1st, 2008 @ 3:40 pm

There were only three people who entered, and sadly no sales. Oh well.

I used random.org to do the drawing, with the numbers 1-3 assigned to the participants in order of their entry into the drawing (shown in Mr. Linky in the post).

Here is a screenshot of the winning number:

So, congrats to Janet at Grammy Janet’s Place!

I will contact you through email to get your details to send you the bracelet.

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Contest and 25% off sale (take two)
Posted on October 28th, 2008 @ 2:39 pm

Hurry – less than 12 hours left of the contest!!



Have I mentioned the bracelet is worth $60?



I’m not sure what happened, but my original post for my 25% off sale disappeared. Hmm. So I’m trying this in a new post.

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Last chance!
Posted on September 19th, 2008 @ 8:35 am

This is the last day of my first Friday Jewelry Feature special, the $10 off of my Breast Cancer Awareness bracelets.  I am pretty sure the coupon will work until midnight tonight, but if you try it and have problems using it, please let me know and I’ll move the date to tomorrow.

After today, only my newest feature will be running.  I may run this special for the BCA bracelets again sometime in October, in case there was anyone interested in getting one with this special but was not able to do so.  Please comment on this post if you are still interested and want to see it come back in October for another chance at $10 off for these bracelets.  🙂

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Sticky: Friday’s Jewelry Feature
Posted on September 19th, 2008 @ 8:00 am

— canceled — see most recent STICKY post for details.

Ok, for this feature, I thought I would offer up a discount on one of the sets that I created.  I am going to choose the “Green Tea” set, with a 20% off coupon.  The coupon code is GREENTEA.


Green Tea set  Green Tea set 

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Well, that seemed to be a bust
Posted on September 18th, 2008 @ 9:49 am

Unless something went horribly wrong with my store, it does not seem that my first Friday Jewelry Feature went well.  There were no purchases. 🙁


I saw a little bit of traffic, but that’s it.  Ah well.  I guess I’ll try something different tomorrow and try again.

There’s still time left on the coupon for thsoe bracelets, though.  I believe it expires tomorrow, so there is still all day today and hopefully all day tomorrow for people to use it if they want to!  And tomorrow I will feature a different piece of jewelry with a new coupon.

I think I may run this one again in October though, since that is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Sticky: Friday’s Jewelry Feature
Posted on September 5th, 2008 @ 7:00 am

I figured, with the upcoming month of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, that my first feature will be for my awareness bracelets.

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