Work Hard, Stay Humble

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Pay day = trip to the craft store

Today is payday so I took a trip to the Hobby Lobby. They had a 50% off sale on metal parts and charms so I decided to stock up on supplies. I got a bunch of stuff but ended up paying a little over $40.00 which was way more than I wanted to spend today! I get so addicted, it is like I am in a trance when I look through stuff. Tomorrow my parents are having a yard sale. I'm gonna bring some of my bottle cap pendants that didn't turn out so well and try to sell them for a dollar. This weekend I am gonna focus on necklaces/pendants. Hope everyone has a great weekend!:)

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What do you guys think of this idea?


Is it just me or is everyone getting code gibberish when they are uploading their pics? Well here is a photo of something I am thinking of making. It is a juice bottle cap that I painted with acrylic paint and stuck an eyelet hook on it to make a pendant. I painted the inside and outside with colors that would look good together. I'm thinking of putting a wire wrapped jewel and hang it on the end of the eyelet hook where the green part is. On the back brown side I'm thinking of painting a pic of a mushroom or lotus flower. Just a simple image. Then seal everything with a clear lacquer and pair it with a leather cord or silver ball chain. I like things that have dual purposes, hence the double sided pendant idea, woohoo! So what do you all think? Crazy or good idea? Think I should change anything?

PS: Notice my lovely tumbled stone ring, just used E6000 glue and a ring base. I don't think I am going to put these in my shop though until I know for sure the stone won't fall off.

My Little Family






Just sharing some pics of my family:) My hubby John (we're not technically married but I call him my hubby;) and our son Kohen who will be 7 years old next month (Aug 10). Kohen is my life, he has made me become a much better person. Being a mom is the best job in the world!

Harder than I thought but still having fun

It has been awhile since I posted. I have been busy learning the ropes at Etsy and making more jewelry. I am still having a blast. John (husband) says he is really proud of me for sticking with this and that he really thinks I am doing a great job. I am pleasantly surprised that he has been so supportive. I think in some way he is living his own creativity through me. He used to create and sell furniture back in the day. I try to encourage him to get back in touch with his creativity but he seems more interested in helping me for some reason.

I have to start thinking of promoting my stuff if I want to sell anything. But to be honest that is not a main priority. I really am just enjoying the whole process. I have been at my day job for over 10 years working with boring numbers so I get very excited when I get to do something more fun. So far commenting on the forums and posting new items has gotten me the most recognition. I have gotten a lot of positive feedback and also some constructive critism. The whole Etsy environment is awesome! Everyone is so supportive of each other and very honest. I find myself hanging out over there more often now than Facebook! But Facebook is a necessary evil, most of my family and friends are on there and I don't want to lose touch of that reality.

I have also been posting pics to my Flickr account which hasn't really done anything but I am able to track which pics get the most views and which items people include in their favorites. I want to next join an Etsy team. I contacted the leader from one of the teams I was interested in and she likes my stuff and will take me in but I need to have at least 2 pages of stuff on my shop (group requirement). I am pretty close so I will contact her again in a week or two. Until next time!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

My Etsy Shop is Open!

Here is the link to my shop KARMIC KREATIONS on Etsy. I'm so excited! It is like I am playing make believe by having my own "shop" LOL. This whole process is so much fun. It is also nice to have a creative outlet and use my business background at the same time.

http://www.etsy.com/shop/jkarma3