I did this today!

Sometimes I get an idea then frantically get it done so I don’t lose the vision!  Done in about 4 hours and already listed in my shop…

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Etsy.com/shop/BeadsAndMaille

Devotion

bm4x4I’ve devoted myself since the holidays to making my shop a daily effort. I used to only work it during the holidays but, I feel as though I want to make this a major part of my effort. I’ve been enjoying being able to make jewelry and share my creations on a regular basis.

when I post in my shop, I’ll be posting here too.

when I find new inspiration, I’ll share here too.

Here are my latest Etsy listings:

Jewelry For Me!!! New Ideas…Chainmaille obsession!

I finally sat down and made myself a pair of earrings.  I’ve been so obsessed with making sellable jewelry that I’ve let myself go!  Here’s what I did:

Chainmaille and Peace Signs

I bought the peace signs a loooooong time ago meaning to make earrings for me.  I bought the small silver plated rings in June for another project but, I like chainmaille so much that I wanted to incorporate it into my little project.

It was practice for me.  I’ve been using primarily aluminum rings which really don’t require any tools because they are so soft and easy to open and close.  Silver, stainless steel and copper aren’t quite as easy especially the little tiny ones.  I want to try to make longer chains using gold, silver and stainless steel rings.

I also have a pattern for a chainmaille vest that I promised my boyfriend about 2 years ago…time has been against me.  It’s going to be a big, tedious process but I’m determined.  I bought the recommended tools (bent nose pliers) and  I used them for the chainmaille in these earrings.  They worked beautifully.

For practice, I’m planning on making some more of the small chainmaille jewelry for myself and then plan on selling it in my Etsy shop.

Let me know what you think!

Listening to Your Etsy Stats

I think that I am finally getting this whole online promotion thing down!

I watch the results of everything I do and have found that posting to certain sites seems to bring in more traffic than others.

Who would have thought that Twitter would bring more views than Facebook?  I’m just learning Twitter and didn’t realize how popular it was!  What a find for me!  Everytime I post to Twitter, I get bunches of views!  Don’t get me wrong…I still utilize Facebook and others on a rotating basis.  Everything helps!

One thing that I have noticed in the last few weeks is that I have had 6 hits on an item that I listed and sold last year.  I suppose that I wasn’t aware that it would be so popular this year!  I’m thinking that 6 searchs for a particular item is enough to produce more so, tomorrow, I will get started!

In addition, what a great way to see what people are interested in so I can produce more of what’s in demand!

Thankfully, I am fascinated with the internet and ecommerce so I hope to use it to continue to share my creations with the world!

See you at my Etsy shop!

Trying New Things

Okay…I talked about trying new things a couple of posts ago and I have just listed my first attempts at Chainmaille in my Etsy shop!  It really is a simple attempt but I love the outcome and hope to continue on with some more complicated patterns.  I choose to start slow because I don’t want to jump in and just get frustrated…I’ve learned that the hard way!

I hope everyone likes what I have done so far…

Click on the pic for DeevineDeesigns on Etsy!

Trying New Techniques

I have spent a lot of time admiring techniques that I’ve never used before.  I love wirework and chainmaille both of which I have never really tried.  I have a wigjig and plenty of jumprings that I can play with…one is finally conquered!

Yesterday I decided to try a basic Chainmaille pattern and am very happy with the results!  I made two simple bracelets and added some bling to them.  I will be making a few more creations, including some earrings which I need desperately in my shop!  I’m very excited about how they’ve turned out and hope to post them in my shop next week.  I’m looking forward to sharing my first attempts with everyone!

The Holidays Are Almost Upon Us!

2011 Holiday Season

Hanukkah  December 20 – 28

Christmas  December 25

Kwanzaa   December 26 – January 1

And…I’ve already been on the move!  I love ‘decorating’ myself for the holidays and what better way than ornament earrings?

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