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.. :)