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Bead Show!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2010 by jillian416

Today was the Rings & Things bead show in Rochester, NY.  They happen about twice a year but I’ve only gone once before.  The first time I went I was so very overwhelmed.  Just picture an entire banquet room full of tables AND tables of beads.

Any kind of bead!  Czech glass, gemstones, crystal, Quartz, Agate….on and on, it is like a bead Utopia.

The first time I spent hours, pouring over almost all of the beads there.  Each table has oodles (yes I said oodles) of different beads so it pays to spend the time perusing through each tray.  I wanted to touch every single strand and see if I could envision some sort of special jewelry made with those beads.  When it came time to go through and see what I could afford, it broke my heart to part with some of the strands because they were just so beautiful and I feared I’d never find them again.

This time was a entirely different experience!  I knew what to expect when I walked in.  I was beyond happy being surrounded by some of the things I love most in this world (beads & findings) but I wasn’t overwhelmed.  I didn’t feel the need to spend hours and hours pouring over each table and tray. I walked slowly past each display and scanned through what they had.  I found many beautiful new pretties (see below) but I was in and out (including checkout) within 1 hour.  I didn’t feel rushed or pressured but I knew that they would come back again and I would find even more gorgeous stuff the next time they came around.

I thought I’d share pictures of some of my new beads below:

It is only a matter of time before these beads become beautiful new, necklaces, earrings or bracelets.  I had a blast today, it is so fun to be surrounded by people that have a similar love that you do.  You just feel inspiration emanating from the room.

Till next time…

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Facebook Fan Page

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2010 by jillian416

So finally after being in business for almost 2 yrs I created a Facebook fanpage!  (Sound the trumpets)

Jewelry by Jillian <— (go ahead and click on the link, it will take you directly to my fan page)

Facebook Fan Page Profile Pic

I had been trying to decide if I wanted one or not because I was getting quite a bit of business by just posting new listings on my own personal Facebook page.  But after having it created for only about 3 days, I can see the value in having a fan page.   I’m currently up to 58 fans and I hope that number continues to grow.  I’m honored that people find my items nice, pretty, fancy enough to buy and wear.

I’m slowly but surely adding pictures of all the items in my shop, plus I plan on continuing to add to it as I add new items to my shop.

Right now I’ve been pretty busy with getting my wholesale order ready as well as a few different regular orders from Etsy.  I also will be starting on some wedding jewelry for a friend soon so lots of new items will be coming but slowly!

Here’s a little peak into my crazy world of supplies.  Underneath all those pieces is the table I work on…someday I’ll see it again.  😀

Till next time — happy beading!

The Start of Something Beautiful!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2010 by jillian416

So I’ve read a million times over how important having a blog is, to those of the handmade community,  it is your means of sharing your journey through your work.  So much goes on in my day to day life, in regards to my art that I will have plenty to share with you.

This past Thursday I was contacted by VANITYLAB a gorgeous salon and store in the Westlake, Ohio Area.  They reached out to me through an Etsy ‘convo,’ these are connected to your personal email, so I was notified immediately.  As soon as I read the ‘convo’ I was nearly jumping out of my skin with excitement….  They had contacted me for a Wholesale order!!   Over the past 4 days we’ve corresponded back and forth over prices and wholesale terms and finally came to an agreement yesterday.  Towards the end of the day I received one more email from the owner with their total order included.  They ordered 36 items!!!  That is HUGE for a first order!  I was once again jumping out of my skin with excitement.

Here are a few of the items they ordered…

I’m pretty thrilled to be doing my first wholesale order.  I can only hope that my items do well in their store and they come back and order more!

Here’s to the future — more blog posts and more jewelry orders!