Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Monday, October 13, 2014
Most of my flower girl sets come with a necklace and bracelet in the length you choose (I provide a size chart for various age ranges in each description), and each bracelet and necklace come with an extension chain with pearl dangle attached at the end. I use high quality silver (or gold) plated heart shaped lobster clasps and very secure crimps and wire guardians (which help protect the wire from being rubbed against the clasps). I use high quality professional beading wire - 49 count (which is the highest count available, and also gives a great flexible, yet durable drape to it). Most of my flower girl jewelry sets also come with a pair of pearl post stud earrings (using 925 sterling silver or 14k gold filled posts and backs), but I can change them to pearl dangles, or even clip-on earrings. I also have some jewelry sets with just the necklace and bracelet (no earrings). Click here to see all of my flower girl jewelry sets!
I have these jewelry sets in many pearl and crystal colors and color combinations. There's a set for just the plain clear crystals with white or ivory pearls, sets made with just white or ivory pearls, and then there are sets with pearls and crystals in various colors, such as blue crystals, red crystals, fuchsia crystals, purple crystals, brown crystals, etc. I can also make sets with silver or gold clasps and chains.
And don't worry, if I don't have the colors you are looking for, I'm sure I can easily make a set in the custom colors that you need! Please just ask me. You can contact me through my blog here or by leaving a comment or you can easily contact me about a certain item in my Etsy shop by clicking on the "Contact seller" when you are on the page for the listing you are interested in. I welcome custom orders of all kinds! :-)
So it's been an interesting year so far. Since I have not posted much this year, I am going to TRY to write a quick summary of the last year of my jewelry business...
So, as most of you know, I started my Etsy shop, AWRDesigns, back in May 2011. I started out selling jewelry that I made with Swarovski crystals and pearls, as I love the Swarovski brand and their quality jewelry pieces. So I had a few sales for some of my pearl and crystal barrettes, but it wasn't until 2012 when I began receiving lots of sales, especially several large custom orders for wedding/bridal jewelry. And I was consistently busy, mainly because I had months to work on these big orders, and I was also working full time as an engineer. I thought I was busy then! Lol.
Well, my sales continued throughout the year and I eventually added more items, like bead stitched bracelets and necklaces, along with some Alabama and Auburn jewelry. I also added some beaded bookmarks and some owl necklaces, and some of all of these items sold.
I began getting requests from coworkers at my full time job, for beaded and chain lanyards, so I began adding several different types and colors of beaded lanyards and silver chain lanyards to my AWRDesigns shop. I was getting pretty good sales for a part time business, and it was working well. But I also realized that I needed to do something to my shop in order to market to the right customers. I really enjoyed designing and creating bridal jewelry... making jewelry for big bridal parties - for the brides, bridesmaids, flower girls, mothers of the bride and groom, etc. and I still do. I enjoy working closely with brides to help them pick out customized jewelry in their wedding colors for their bridal party members.
But my lanyards were going to a completely different target customer, so in November 2013, I opened up my 2nd Etsy shop, TheLanyardNecklace, and moved all of my beaded and chain lanyards, and my sports team lanyards, over to my new shop. This turned out to be a very wise business decision. I am now focusing on two completely different target customers using my 2 shops, and I have been consistent with getting sales in both shops ever since this second shop opening. There have been consecutive months throughout the summer where I would get 3-5 sales every day (both shops combined). It's almost been too much for me to handle.
I was laid off from my full time job in April this year, and even though my Etsy shop sales were better than ever, I knew that I was still not bringing in the amount of profit that I could live off of, not even comfortably, not with the high insurance premiums for those who are self employed, along with all of the other bills and debts I have. So I finally got another full time engineering job in June 2014. I love this new job, but I also love my jewelry businesses. I don't have much of a social life! Lol. But for now, that's ok, as I am very happy with my life. I do have a goal to get out of this small 1-bedroom apartment, as my beads and jewelry supplies and packaging supplies are all over the apartment! Lol! So I think that in a year or so, I will be out of debt, can look at purchasing a house, and then we'll see what happens. :-)
So check out my two Etsy shops to see what all I have listed now! :-)