Monday, September 28, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Something New

I'm getting geared up for the Farmers Market this weekend and decided to try out a few new items in addition to my jewelry. First of all, I had a big box of old childrens blocks that I purchased at an antique store a while back that have been taking up room in my cabinets. I decided to glue them together as words...with the help of an anagram tool I found online I was able to come up with about 12 words: friends, shop, lol, dad, cupid, junk, etc. Wouldn't these be fun sitting up on a shelf or in your office as a conversation starter?
I've also been wanting to do some paperweights for awhile now so I decided to make a few to try out this weekend. If they go over well I may decide to add these to my Etsy shop as well. I had a lot of fun making these with vintage photos, old sheet music, vintage atlas pages, etc. I soldered the bottom edge and then added a piece of felt to the bottom to finish them off. I had some organza bags in my supply closet that they fit perfectly in so I will be packaging them in those.

I found this really cool vintage suitcase at my local antique shop for $5 the other day. I'm going to use it at the market to display some of my items...that's my new paperweights in the front. This should be a fun addition to my vintage themed display.

Monday, September 21, 2009

New Jewelry

Well between my cold last week and a road trip to Austin for my nieces birthday, I didn't have time to add many new items to my shop this week. However I absolutely adore the two items that I did get listed...have a peek:

Chrysanthemum Bloom necklaces $20

Bloom vintage inspired bracelet $16

Friday, September 18, 2009

Free Shipping Friday!

Happy Friday! All purchases made at Out of the Blue today will ship for free...just my way of saying "Have a great weekend" :) Mention "free shipping Friday" at checkout and I will refund your shipping.

Monday, September 14, 2009

New Jewelry Mondays

Now that my daughter is back in school and my son has started pre-k three days a week, I'm trying to get back in the groove of things. My business was pretty much on an unofficial hiatus during the summer so I have some catching up to do. I will be posting a ton of new stuff in my shop and will highlight many of the new items here each stay tuned for lots of fun new jewelry.

Mocha Peony Earrings $12

Mocha Peony Necklace $28

Fly Away Home Necklace $20

Topaz Orb Necklace $22

Chrysanthemum Blooms $10

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September Giveaway

This month's giveaway is a $25 gift certificate to be used how ever you please at either of my Out of the Blue stores. To enter:

1.Visit my Etsy shop or my Big Cartel shop and tell me what goodies you would get if you were the winner.

2.For extra entries: follow me on Twitter, follow my blog, or subscribe to my newsletter. You will receive one additional entry for each one that you add. If you already follow you can still receive extra entries...just mention each in a separate comment.

3.Entries must be received by Midnight CST September 30th. Winner will be announced on October 1st.

Good Luck!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

First Farmers Market

I recently participated in my hometown's new Farmers Market and had a great time! I had been wanting to do some sort of craft show for a while now, so I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to get my feet wet. It was even better because my mom and sister decided to jump on board and share a space with me. They made some adorable stuff...decorative picture frames, letters, magnets, checkbook covers, etc. It was definitely a learning experience for all three of us, but we had lots of laughs and made a few sales.

The majority of the shoppers were looking for produce...however due to the terrible drought we've been having in South Texas there was none, so calling it a "Farmer's Market" was a little misleading. There was a gentleman selling tropical looking plants a couple booths down from us and he seemed to be doing very well. There were also some sweet ladies selling nuts beside us that said they sold three times what they usually sell at other local farmers markets.

I had lots of fun planning out all of my jewelry displays. I had purchased a glass front display cabinet at Michael's last year for 50% off. I had it open on my table and displayed vintage dictionary word necklaces on one side and the other side, which had small display areas, was perfect for holding rings and other small items. I hung all of my soldered pendant necklaces on a metal "tree-shaped" stand...I had lots of positive comments on it, but none of the necklaces sold. My personal favorite was the display at the entrance of the tent. My husband salvaged an old window out of our shed and said he thought I could turn it into something. I purchased a roll of screening from Lowe's and stapled it to the back (my husband had already knocked out the glass for me). I hung lots of earrings in the screening and also hung some necklaces on hooks that I mounted to the sides of the window. I purchased a large ornate easel for around $35 from Hobby Lobby and placed the window on it. Rounding out my display was an old cigar box that contained a bunch of marked down items, a small treasure chest type box that held all of my stud earrings and a large frame that I added fabric to and pinned earrings from.

The next market is taking place this Saturday and we will be giving it another try. I've decided that I will take more small ticket items with me this time...I'm making some simple earrings that will be priced at $5 that I will display at the front of the tent to entice shoppers. I'll probably leave the majority of my higher priced items at home because I don't think the local crowd appreciated the value of my revamped vintage items. I had an embarrassing moment at the last market when a woman approached me with a bracelet made from a variety of antique buttons. She handed me a five dollar bill and I looked at it for a moment with what I'm sure was a very puzzled look on my face. She reread the price tag before I could speak and said "how much is that? $25??" her voice was filled with disbelief. She took her money back and immediately walked out. It wasn't how I envisioned my day to start out...but I bounced back and ended up having a fairly successful day.

All in all it was a lot of fun and we look forward to doing it again. If you are in the area, come by the Aransas Pass chamber of commerce parking lot on Saturday and say hello.