Friday, June 25, 2010

No go for Strawberry Fair

Unfortunately the Strawberry Fair is all booked for vendors.  I will have to figure something else out.  Been making 1 or 2 pieces each night so my inventory is really getting up there.

Today I am wearing my new pearl earrings...I loved them so much that I decided to keep them for myself.

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Strawberry Fair

This weekend at the Milton Strawberry Fair I might have a table to sell my jewellery (Saturday 8-4 at Milton Fairgrounds).  I have contacted the Milton Hospital Auxiliary, who hosts the event, to inquire about space.  They have not yet replied to my email or phone message but I am hopeful that someone will contact me soon.

If I manage to confirm space I will let you know!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Anne Taintor

I just have to share the website of Anne Taintor, the original vintage humour company.  You may have seen my various Facebook profile pics, generally of Anne's creations.  Her quirky humour and vintage photos are most comical and so ironic they make me laugh each time I see one. 

Some places that I have seen Anne Taintor merchandise for sale are:  Winners, Terra Greenhouses and Urban Barn (some of my fave stores!).

Anyways, check it out if you have time and need a laugh.

Have a good day.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Score for me!

So... knowing me and my love for garage sales, I headed out on Saturday morning to see what I could score for a bargain.  The morning was quite a success in my books. 

I came across a sale that a lady was having to get rid of her remaining items from a store she had closed.  All for $10 I scored these items - a rotating necklace stand, a wooden 2-tiered bracelet stand, a small plastic jewellery stand and 2 brand new fames.  Awesome! 

I also managed to score a round vintage crocodile hat box for travel for $2.  Looks good in my jewellery "studio". 

Back to metal class tonight to polish my sterling necklace pendant that came back from the casters last week.  I promise to post some photos this week.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Garage Sale a Success!

Sorry for the delay in posting this... the website was down for who knows how long.  Either way, I have some good news!  I had a small table at my parent's garage sale on Saturday...and didn't rain.  It was a lovely day and I have the farmer's tan to prove it.

The sale was a success!  I sold 4 necklaces, a bracelet, 2 pairs of earrings and a key chain.  Not big time, I know, but I was quite surprised at the nice comments I got and how many people browsed at my items.

Three people took my card and one asked if I could make a pearl necklace for her... I'll see if she calls me...thinking back I should have taken her number.  Hind sight is always 20/20.

Now, back to work, making more, more more....

Friday, June 4, 2010

I definitely need to come up with a signature look/piece.  I have been trying to create all different sorts of necklaces, bracelets, earrings etc. but have not yet perfected my "look".  I have experimented with beads, metal, leather, ribbon and other materials but I love them all equally so it makes it difficult to decide where to focus my efforts.

A line that I find most inspiring is Foxy Originals.  The line was created by a couple of girls in university and their success has completely exploded over the last couple of years... how they did it is completely amazing.

If you happen to come across my line please give me your feedback on the pieces you like best...the ones you find most appealing...with no pressure to buy of course!

It is up in the air about the garage sale tomorrow at my parent's house...they are undecided since it might rain.  I will confirm today.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Getting ready

So last night I had a busy night...making jewellery of course.  My parent's are having a garage sale on Saturday and I thought I would set up a table with my stuff....small time I know but hey, you gotta start somewhere!

I worked on some pieces that I've been meaning to try to a while, still have to perfect my technique, or lack  Just going with the flow right now, it is all trial and error at this point in the game.  There are so many designs I would love to try but just don't have the tools yet.

It is amazing how many sources of inspiration are available.  From catalogues to magazines and websites, there are so many talented people out there that make some gorgeous stuff.  How they sell some of these pieces for such a cheap price boggles my mind.  For the prices I am selling for right now it barely covers the cost of supplies.

I'm currently taking a metalsmithing course at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre on Monday nights.  Great time so far.  I've made a sterling silver ring with a one-of-a-kind design.  Will post a photo.  Also created a pendant out of wax and it has been sent to the "lost wax cast place" (whatever you call it) to be cast in sterling.  Can't wait to see it on Monday night.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Creating my first ever blog

So... this is a brand new experience... creating a blog. I have read and searched for many-a-blog in the past, from fashion to decor. Now it is time for me to join the party!

I am in the midst of creating my own jewellery line, Swag Barn. Inventory is slowly but surely being created.

My goal is to create and sell affordable, unique pieces that make women feel beautiful and "swagged" out.

Once I get the hang of blogging I will post some photos of my new line for you all to see.