Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Aunties Beads Continued...

Ok, so as I was saying in my last post I was approach by a gentleman by the name of Clint from Aunties Beads and basically I was asked if I was given a $15 credit, would I go online to AUNTIES BEADS and place and order and see what I think: WELL I think I LOVE AUNTIES BEADS!! Not only was I given a $15.00 credit to purchase whatever I wanted from the store, I just received my package and I literally placed the order 2 days ago. I placed the order and received emails confirming my purchase, letting me know that day my purchase was in the mail.

About my product I ordered: I order some Beadalon 49 Stand Wire and 15mm Silver Plated Acrylic Puffed rose Beads, 6 of them. On top of that when I opened the Bubble Mailer I was happily surprised to see I had been given a free gift and a really cool Tool.

Let me First tell you about the wrapping: Everything was put in a very nice Bubble Mailer, then each other item was placed in it's own plastic baggy to keep them separated. I like that!! The invoice was tucked nicely inside too.

Next, my items I ordered: I ordered Beadalon 49 Strand Wire, 30ft, very nicely packed and a great product. I was happily surprised by the beautiful quality of the Rose Beads. I can't wait to use them in a project!! They are just lovely!!

Next, my free gift and tool: I was giving a Bar and Toggle Clasp, very cute!! I was also given a Aunties Beads Tool that tells you all the Birthstones according to month, it shows you the size of a bead in millimeters,, this is very handy!! Also there is a ruler on top of the card and The Card also has Auntis Beads information to boot!!

Overall, my experience with AUNTIES BEADS, I would rate as an A+ and I will be back.
I'm adding some photos to show my new items, the wrapping and the very nice gifts I received.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Aunties Beads

I was emailed by a fella by the name of Clint from Aunties Beads who offered me a $15.00 Credit in there online store, the reason behind this is to Order, Receive the item, then blog about my business with them. I am excited about this and look forward to great customer service.

I have seen many of their tutorials on YouTube, and when I was new at jewelry making they were a Godsend!!

I can't wait to get my beads and look forward to giving a good report!!

Here's their link:

Happy Beading!!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Freakin Etsy, Artfire, etc,.. are Thorns in my Side!!

Thanks :)

Here's my gripe:

Making my jewelry is the easy part, I love that more than words can say.. If that's all I could do all day long I'd be in heaven.
You make so much jewelry, what to do with it? Give it away - Yes of course, on Birthdays, give to Fundraisers, To people I love for no reason at all, donate it.. No Problem.. Then, the one thing I hate: Selling it!!!

Here's why:
1.) Taking pictures of it.. I hate taking pictures,, so, I've got to take all this time to take a really fancy picture, make sure it's all pretty and perfect and looks inviting..
What a bleep!!!

2.) Writing a really good description.. OMG,, this is the worst!! ... Let's say, I have just made a really cute pair of red earrings, with heart shaped beads... Well, that's what I want to say on my Etsy listing: Really cute red earrings with heart shaped beads... PERIOD.. Well, that don't get it, you have to say something like: Rosy Red Gorgeous luscious Earrings with Beaded Hearts, She will love you forever with these I LOVE YOU Earrings!! BARF!!! I freaking hate this stuff!!

3.) Then, the dreaded: Listing it... I truly don't know a thing about Etsy. Artfire, etc,.. There's all these little tricks of the trade that I need to know but don't know how to figure it out. I guess sitting in front of my computer everyday, all day long for about 2 weeks would do. Hey, do they have a school for learning Etsy???? I would go if they did.. This is so frustrating!!

4.) Pricing: GRRRRRR,, OK,, so I have to add material used, pay myself whatever I think is fair, add in electricity used for the amount of time it took to make the item, My office cost money so I have to throw that in... the packaging, bubble wrap, shipping, gas for car, wear and tear, etc,.... OMG!!! What a bleep!!

5.) Figuring out Shipping Prices.... Heck, I don't know...

6.) Then, the dreaded feedback,, Feedback is good,, but trying to get people to leave feedback is weird,, I never had a problem on eBay, but for some reason, even as a buyer, the seller forgets to leave feedback.. whatever!!!

7.) Promoting your items,,, Twitter, Facebook, Handmade Forums, Website... etc,.... Oh man, can it just be easy??? Please????????????

I wish I could find someone who could help me and share everything with me.. That would be so cool to have a crafting buddy to help me with my descriptions...

Anyhow, I really really love my blog because I get to vent.. .Sometimes you need to vent to let all the frustration go..

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Finding American made in America???

Ok, so I am getting ready to go on a trip for a week, so I went out to my garage to find my luggage and noticed it's been smashed to bits under a bunch of boxes,,, they have been there for who knows how long. So, because we are going on a trip, we need a new piece of luggage!! I'm thinking; I don't want to spend anymore money right now because we need it for the trip so I decided to just go to TJ MAX because I love that store and they have luggage. WELL< WELL< WELL.. Me, being the good American Citizen I try to be, I search High and Low in the luggage area for anything made in America... Nothing!! It's all made in China, Even the luggage with a name like: The American Brand or something like that has to be made in America right??? Wrong!!! We ended up buying a really nice suitcase by KENNETH COLE... A lovely case, but my question is: Why is everything thats for sale in America made in China??? Can someone please explain this to me? I think this is the reason I'm so passionate about my handmade jewerly... because I MADE IT WITH MY OWN HANDS HERE IN AMERICA.. and that means something to me. I mean, I can't claim that half the beads I use are most likely from China, they are very lovely.. I mean no offense to items made in China, but where are all the things made in America?? Are they in China??? hrmmmm....

Anyhow, that felt good to let that out.. :)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Midtown Bazaar in Sacramento

The best part of going to Craft Shows / Bazaars besides hanging out with my son is meeting new people and local vendors (in my opinion). I don't really need the money, that's just a bonus (I'm very fortunate in that manner). I realize others do need the money and so, I always try to buy something from the people that call it there second income, I appreciate and DO help support handmade.

In going to the Midtown Bazaar in Sacramento for the first time yesterday, I will admit I was nervous because I have been burnt by quite a few people who call themselves Event Coordinators.. These people are eager to take your money and invite no one to the show, hell, they don't even show up... YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!! Anyhow, back to my point..... I was a bit nervous in going to the Midtown Bazaar in Sac, but Sabrina assured me she would do anything it took to make me comfortable and as a vendor. I felt like I was appreciated and not victimized!! She came through!!! She is one of the most pleasant, dynamic, and truthful people I've met in a while when it comes to shows. It's her and Julie Morales (Napa Downtown Assn. Event Coordinator) that make this (being a vendor) all a pleasant ride!!! Thanks to you two women!! YOU ROCK!!

I also met quite a few very nice people at the Midtown Bazaar too!! What a bunch of very creative people, everyone was so welcoming and I look forward to more experiences at The Midtown Bazaar!! P.S. I loved all the costumes!!!!! :) I also met Lisa Kewish, what a very creative woman and full of great ideas, here's a link to her blog: , she has a great attitude and sees a lot of the same issues with craft shows I do. We all see the same problem: people come in with thier Chinese made items, claim they are handmade and under bid the person who actually handmade their items. We work so hard to make it.. I feel defeated sometimes!!!!. THIS SUCKS!!! And it should be left to the Flea Markets...

That's what I think... What do you think?
Thanks for listening!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Some new Scarves I have for sale at, only $10.00 each. :)

Well, I have been on a weight loss adventure for about two months now. I've dropped about 18 pds. It feels good.
Even my little blace dress fits again. :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My latest Jewelry: 9/08/2010

Thursday, September 2, 2010