Monday, August 27, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Come Find Me!
Monday, December 25, 2006
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Give a Little, Help a LOT
If everyone gives just a little bit it can make a huge difference for this family.
Friday, October 27, 2006
And I enjoy giving to charities...but am not always sure what charities are the best to give my money and get the most help to those in need.
But there is a website out there that evaluates thousands of charities and I will be using from now on to determine my giving patterns - Charity Navigator. They are independent and have all the nitty gritty details that I want to see - like the total overhead a charity takes from my donation.
Did you know that the American Red Cross spent over THREE BILLION dollars in the last fiscal calendar year? But did you also know that this is only a 8.5% overhead rate! That is a GREAT rate.
The Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has a 20.8% overhead. That means for every $1 you give to SBK, only $0.792 goes to the programs to help in Breast Cancer research. That's not a bad rate necessarily, but we should all be aware of how charities allocate their funds.
So give to your heart's content! :) Just be informed about the charities to whom you give.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Guys and Gals
But I found these great gift ideas from Acorn Studios. If you know a geeky guy, these geek inspired cuff links make a unique gift.
Acorn's Sparkly CD Clock is the perfect gift for a guy or a gal who likes unique and funky things.
And of course, what girl wouldn't want a fun, bright, and flirty belt? This belt is a must have from 2FreshPetunias and is on my wish list for sure!
Monday, October 23, 2006
Sweets for the Sweet
Someone will savor these sweet cookies for Halloween! I love these Jack-o-Lantern cookies from Eternal Sunshine.
You can't eat this Amy Peter's original design necklace, but wearing a Fortune Cookie is super sweet and whoever receives it will always remember you.
And what is sweeter than Fudge!?! Carssi offers Spoon Fudge gift packs and samplers!
So many sweets! So little time!
Thursday, October 19, 2006
What the Heck is Lucite?
Little did I know!
Just as there are different qualities of gemstones, there are different types and qualities of plastic. Lucite is one of the best plastics out there and the Vintage Lucite I've been blessed to work with is just stunning.
One of my favorite suppliers of Vintage Lucite beads is called Bead'in Path. From their website describing Lucite:
"DuPont Corp. introduced lucite in 1937. Since it was more cost effective to produce than the currently used bakelite, lucite was used in production of costume jewelry as early as 1940."I love the bright colors and wonderful shapes - some of which are available for a very limited time because they're old and not being reproduced.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Santa Comes Early
I might make jewelry, but this necklace made by Rachael Sudlow makes me want to buy it for myself! You won't see me recommend jewelry very often (for obvious reasons) but this one is fantastic! Maybe it's because I'm in Washington state - of perpetual rain.
And Fierce Kitten Studios has a great keychain for that illusive creative stocking stuffer.
For the coffee drinker in the family, check out these hand carved wooden spoons by Canadian Wood Crafts. I actually bought one for my hubby's birthday this year and it is fantastic! He even has righty and lefty spoons.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Beginning to Look a lot like Christmas...
If shopping for gifts makes you crazy, try stocking up early this year - and do it online! There are so many great independent artists, like myself, who have great gift items for all your gift giving needs.
I thought I'd start a few posts highlighting some of what I consider the most unique, fun, and impressive gift ideas.
I am so into purses lately - and there are some great seamstresses on Etsy. Like lulaballou.etsy.com. I like her "Messenger Sling Japanese Cherry Blossom". Her "Flea Market Fancy Purse" is adorable too!
Lucky Duck Designs offers this GREAT service to remind you of important "Ducks in a Row" gift card events and sends you the card all ready to be sent! A total steal at $25.
Fairy Essence has some fantastic items - I've got several of her pendants. She made this great journal that would be the perfect gift for anyone who loves to write down their thoughts. I also love her magnets.
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Vote Your Favorite and WIN!
One of my favorite gift finding blogs is Rare Bird Finds. They are holding the first annual "Rare Robin Awards" contest where you vote for your favorite site. You could win great prizes, including a $50 gift certificate to my shop!
They're giving away over $1,300 in prizes!
I'd love your vote.
And good luck!!!
Thursday, September 21, 2006
That rarely happens. Most shows are "hurry up and wait" experiences. You rush to get everything set up perfectly and then sit there waiting, and waiting, and waiting. Some shows are better than others, but almost every show has significant slow periods - times when it gets so boring you wish you could just go home.
That's why it's always important to bring something to keep you occupied - and do NOT bring a book or magazine! I made that mistake one of my first shows. How likely would you be to enter a booth where the seller is engrossed in a good book? Not likely.
But customers are equally likely to walk on by if they see you desperately willing them into your booth with your stare - trust me, it doesn't work. It's one thing to enjoy people watching and smiling as people go by...it's a completely different thing to look desperate because people are walking by your booth.
So create your own energy by working on a project that will draw people into your booth. Make sure it's something that can be set aside or moved when you do need to focus on the customer. At my last show I brought some seed beads and a needle and got to work making a Peyote stitch bracelet. I was able to keep my hands busy and at the same time focus on customers. And since I wasn't just sitting like a lump on a log people were interested in what I was doing and it drew them in. And I finished a bracelet in between sales!
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Falling off the Face of the Earth
But I'm back and ready to get back in the swing of things. So stay tuned!
Thursday, August 24, 2006
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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Pearls, Pearls, Pearls!