Christmas Gift Idea

beads-1234666_640Thinking about a gift for a lady?  How about a new, colorful, original, one-of-a-kind necklace to go with her, or your, new outfit?  You can find just what you’re looking for at Jewelryalamode.com. You’ll see a large collection of unusual necklaces at bargain prices.

Items in this site are all handmade, original designed, and priced to sell.  Shipping is in an organza pouch for gift-giving, or protection in your jewelry box.

Take a look.  During this promotion you could get one for yourself.  US customers only, please.

Busy Christmas shopping?

It’s not too late! I ship Christmas items USPS free in the US as soon as the order comes in. Come see my Christmas earrings and a gorgeous necklace for a gift or for you to wear during this hectic, but happy time. In case you’ve forgotten, my shop is at www.mizmlu.etsy.com. I’m looking forward to sending your package. It’ll make my day.Necklace-Bag7 (15)

Merry Christmas!

Back to making jewelry

I just returned to my jewelry making activities after spending all my time preparing for the craft show. Unfortunately that was a huge disappointment. But it hasn’t deterred me from creating new jewelry items. Fire Mountain, where I get a lot of my materials, had a sale that I couldn’t resist. When the big package arrived I sorted the little packages, putting colors together, and my creative juices flowed. I’m back, doing what makes me happy.
While I wait for my daughter to make time to come and take pictures, I have several other pieces that I will be putting up on Etsy today. They are not Christmas related items, so if you come by my shop please scroll down to the new items, right after the Christmas pieces.
It’s 10am in So. California right now and it will take me a couple of hours to sort them out, find the pictures and post them in Etsy, on Pinterest and tweet them. So please wait until afternoon to take a look at my latest creations. Thanks. Hope you find something you like.

Results from my show

The results from the craft show I participated in yesterday were less than satisfying.  I sold a total of 4 items, just to my friends. I sold no Christmas items.

The show itself was a disappointment for all the participants as well.  In spite of extensive promotion by everyone involved it seemed the only visitors were related in some way to the sellers.  The items for sale were a combination of hand made creations of all kinds and multiple versions of Christmas decor and gifts.  These were quality items, made by talented creators.  NO junk.

As the meager visitors arrived they wandered through the large room, often not stopping at any particular stand except that presented by their known person.  Most visitors were in and out within a manner of minutes without making any purchase.

The only item that seemed to be selling was the curly boa type scarves.  Of the 11 tables almost half had multiple versions of this scarf.  Other items were traditional, or different and unusual beautiful Christmas decor, distinctive jewelry and even one table of plants.

Much detailed preparation by all the vendors was done for this event.  In my case, and I’m sure it applied to all of us, I was up at 5:30am, loaded the car, with my daughter’s help, unloaded my many cartons at the site and spent the next 2 hours setting up the table and arranging all the items to show their best features.  All for nothing.

The items that were for sale at each table deserved more than a fast walk by and out.  They were made with loving hands and deserved a loving new home.

My days of sales of this type are over.

You’re invited to join in my latest activity

My latest endeavor is participating in a craft fair organized by some of the residents of the Mobile Home Park where I have lived for 12 years, in Canoga Park, CA.  Some of the ladies in the park spend their free time creating beautiful things such as jewelry, clothing, home decor and Christmas items.  Our show is coming up next weekend on Nov. 8.

I am in the process of gathering together all the goodies I want to display at my table.  I will have many Christmas items such as a handmade ladies vest, several earrings I made, some I bought years P1560135ago, and a gorgeous necklace in red, green, & other beads on a silver chain.  Picture doesn’t do it justice. It glows with Christmas spirit.

I have been working to identify and price each item and in the process I thought it would be a good idea to inventory what I had and where I  kept it.  I found 146 necklaces that I had created but hadn’t sold.  I have at least 10 more up for sale this month on my Etsy shop.  That’s just a portion of what I have made, sold, or given away over the years.

And the earrings, OMG, the earrings!  When I have a few pieces that just don’t fit into a necklace or bracelet they become earrings.  I have some old beaded Christmas earrings up for sale that I made a long time ago.  It may sound strange, but I get pleasure from creating something that someone might enjoy wearing.

If you happen to live in my home town, Canoga Park, or the vicinity of the San Fernando Valley, CA., the show will be at 8811 Canoga Ave., Canoga Park on Nov. 8 from 9-3.  You won’t be disappointed at the variety of beautiful creations made by my talented neighbors.

Just in case you can’t make it to the show, you can view my creations at http://mizmlu.etsy.com.  Expired items can be renewed if you are interested.

 

 

Circe’s New Etsy Shop

My daughter, Circe, has begun making jewelry for sale on Etsy.   Her designs are beautiful.  For Christmas wear she has made several earrings and plans to list something every day.  So take a look at Circe’s designs for Christmas.  Visit her shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Madebythesun.

Christmas tree earrings for pierced ears

Christmas gift bow earrings

Etsy report

My Etsy shop had 15 views yesterday, Black Friday.  I hadn’t had more than 18 views in the last 5 days, so I was getting pretty discouraged.  I posted 20 items in October and November and none of them have gotten very many views and no sales.  There are lots of Christmas things, some vintage, some I made.  I thought they would sell right away, but I was wrong.

 

I have more Christmas items to be photographed, but I have to wait until #1 daughter can come by to take the pictures.  When she does, I’ll post them on Etsy and blog them here so that you can see if there is anything that appeals to you. In the meantime take a look at www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu.  You might find something you like.