Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wordfull Wednesday

"The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."
~ Chinese proverb

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Gifts

Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

Oren Arnold

Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Quote of the Spirit of Santa

Santa Claus is anyone who loves another and seeks to make them happy; who gives himself by thought or word or deed in every gift that he bestows; who shares his joys with those who are sad; whose hand is never closed against the needy; whose arm is ever outstretched to aid the week; whose sympathy is quick and genuine in time of trouble; who recognizes a comrade and brother in every man he meets upon life's common road; who lives his life throughout the entire year in the Christmas spirit.

Edwin Osgood Grover, Vicki Howard's The Book of Santa Claus

Vanilla Extinction

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sales and Positive Thinking

Things have been quiet on the blogfront.  I have been busy with holiday orders.  I could not possibly be more grateful for that.  You know there is so much written and talked abut in regards to positive thinking and I think I've read all the books and seen all the movies.  I have felt within the very core of my being that I should continue on doing my craft despite what looked to be an utter failure in regards to sales.  I had many people tell me to quit, but thankfully even more telling me to persevere.  

If I honestly felt that I would fail I would not have been able to muster the strength to continue. I spent 40+ hours a day trying market my shop, create pieces, take photos, tag my items properly so they could be found, build a website, run social media sites (twitter, fb), write a blog, run a team, guest write, enter contests...PHEW! And that's not even the half of it. All while actually paying out of my own pocket to do it all. But something has spurned me on to continue. Something in the core of my being because I love what I do and that is always a sign to keep going. 
Sometime in October I believe sales started pouring in. I know it's because of the holidays, but everyone starts somewhere and once you get the momentum going why not keep it going? There are successful jewelry sellers who sell on Etsy 7+ items a day on a regular day why not me? I have had sales every single day! Sometimes it's just one, sometimes as many as 4 or 5. The window attendant at the USPS now says to me everyday "see you tomorrow!" I think I will bake cookies for them because I now feel like I know these people.

I hope in a year I can come back and tell you all that sales DID continue and I am now able to live off my business full time. I hope to be able to say that I can stand as an example that positive thinking really DOES work. It certainly has so far. You just have to have faith and be willing to put in the hard work. And be grateful for every sale. Even if you are exhausted and you cannot muster a sliver more of energy make sure you bless that package when you send it on it's way. You can't just think the thought you have to put it into action. You cannot simply sit on the couch and wonder why you are failing. I cried many tears, considered giving up more times than I can count. Even had some full on nervous breakdowns (near). And when it got really bad and I was really considering quitting I would make a sale. And the best part? Look at the items I would sell: angels. Now if that isn't a sign, I don't know what is! Just listen to your little voice inside. Let it guide you. Your store may just be a jumping off point and you may end up doing something totally different than where you started. Here's to many sales and happy holidays to all my readers!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Rising Cost of Silver

Why do I offer plate AND sterling? As a buyer not everyone pays attention to commodities. Sterling silver is standing toe to toe with gold and the prices have risen MUCH faster than that of gold. This past year has seen silver prices upwards of $40 troy an ounce. For the non lingo speaking here are some stats:

By 2010 it fluctuated between $17.77 and $30.60

So we jewelry makers are paying a high cost for this beautiful metal. Some buyers are finding themselves with sticker shock. The good news, is you're silver is worth a mint!
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