Hooked!

I am hooked on beading! I have finally realized that what I enjoy doing most is making jewelry. I sit at my table in my little studio and look at the projects I am currently working on. Then I get out the containers with pieces that need help. They may be short on the number of beads required or the clasp didn’t work or they came apart, (worst of all), or I just didn’t like the finished product. And I make myself fix the problem on at least one. A fixed piece is my redemption.
But then the outrageous amount of beads that I currently have prompts me to use some of them by putting together a finished piece. That is the most satisfying.
In days past I have given preference to reading, knitting, crocheting, doing a crossword puzzle, or a jigsaw puzzle, or playing a game on my computer. (I especially like free cell and solitaire.) But the studio calls me. And despite my prior convictions, I find myself back there, looking at the beads, putting them together to make a necklace, a bracelet, or earrings from the leftovers. And usually I find that I need something to complete them such as a clasp, or a type of bead to fill out the design that the beads call for. And they certainly do that.
So, I am off to the bead shop. There are two nearby. Or I check my Fire Mountain catalog that has everything a jewelry maker can need.
And I am hooked. When in the shop I find a strand of beads that speaks to me. It has a special color, or an unusual design, or it says, “Buy this, it’s not expensive, and you know you’ll love it.” And I do. I come out of the store with more than I intended to buy. I have little will power. I cannot wait to get home and see what I can do with my purchases.
I try to imagine who will see my jewelry. I think that it should appeal to the working woman who needs an accessory to add to her daily wardrobe, or the stay-at-home mother, maybe on a budget, who would like to wear something new and pretty.  And a pretty necklace, bracelet, or earrings make a nice gift. However, I do dream about the woman who is out in the world and needs to wear something different and attractive. I like to say that my jewelry is one-of-a-kind. She can say that it is original, handmade, and especially, different.
I hope that this gives you a picture of me and my world as of today.
Come see my creations at 2 sites: http://mizmlu.etsy.com for the newest pieces or http://jewelryalamode.com for the necklaces that haven’t yet found their owner. There are over 135 currently at that site

MY HOME JEWELRY BUSINESS

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The aim of my jewelry business is to provide attractive, unusual, colorful, wearable and affordable accessories for the working woman, or the stay-at-home-mother or as a gift. My jewelry is not made with silver and gold materials. I could buy and use them but I would have to charge quite a bit more and would not be able to provide the large variety of jewelry that is currently available from my 2 shops, at http://mizmlu.etsy.com and my own online shop, http://jewelryalamode.com.
When I shop for materials I look for the unusual, either in color or design. I want my finished product to be one-of-a-kind and different in shape, color or design. I have never repeated a piece for the simple reason that I don’t buy the same beads a second time. Sometimes my purchase comes in an amount that allows me to make more than one piece, but the design of each is different.
I actually don’t see the finished product in my mind when I purchase the beads. I see the color or the shape and know that it will come together with what else I buy or what I already have when I put them out on my working table. Sometimes I imagine who will be buying my creation as I’m making it. Will she be an executive, a waitress, maybe a mother who spends her day making a good home and children happy or any number of women who just want original designed jewelry?
Because I like beautiful colors I look for them in other items than just jewelry. I have made booties for babies and crocheted afghans or embroidered pillows for my children and grandchildren and personalized wedding gifts for the children of friends. I used to sew all my own clothes, hence making jewelry to match was obvious. I made clothing for my children and my husband until his death.
When I began working for a living I no longer had time for these creative projects and they ended. Now I buy the clothes I need. And I can always find a piece of jewelry in my vast inventory to go with whatever I choose to wear.
Now that I am retired I have re-entered my jewelry making vocation. I had some materials to re-start and then found online shops as well as neighborhood shops that sold supplies. But I got carried away. I have more supplies than I can ever use. I have several finished pieces that are ready to have their pictures taken so that they can be shown to the public, as well as ideas for new pieces with the materials I have.
I like to give little advantages to a purchase. Therefore each necklace I sell is shipped in an organza pouch, just for protection, or if you want to give it as a gift, and shipped free of charge to US customers. My shipping is usually next day.
I hope this gives you an idea of what my business life is like. I am always busy with one thing or another. Aren’t we all? And I hope that never changes.
Look for me on Amazon in about a month. I have applied for a spot in their new section for handmade items. Looking forward to being there.
I’d love to hear from you.
Mizmlu in sunny California

An Invitation to My Readers

I would like to invite you to make a visit to my Etsy shop. I have been busy making new jewelry items for your fancy. I just listed 27 new necklaces and will be adding several pairs of earrings as soon as I can get photos taken.
The new necklaces come in all colors and forms of beads and I am sure that you will find something you like.
Some are fancy for a night out on the town and others will be just right for your business wear or just to look pretty while doing errands. All are original designs I created and are handmade by me. Some do not have clasps so they fit easily over your head and are noted as such in the description.
Prices range from one at $24.95 to one at $10, but most are priced from $15 to $19. Shipping in an organza pouch is free in the US. I ask customers in International countries to contact me for charges because each country has a different shipping cost.
I enjoy making jewelry. I have been making my own to complement my apparel for many, many years. I would like to share my original designs with you and in doing so create a name for myself and bring in a little extra money. I am a retired senior and can always appreciate the return on the materials that I use.
I would like to hear from you as to what your thoughts are. Your comments would be of great value to me.
Thank you,
Marylou Denyer, (mizmlu at mizmlu@gmail.com)
Etsy shop: http://mizmlu.etsy.com
If you don’t find anything to your liking in my Etsy shop, take a trip to
http://jewelryalamode.com where you will find 130 necklaces at bargain prices. I do charge for shipping from this site.

New necklaces for your pleasure

magenta4Just listed—Seven new items in my Jewelry A’la Mode shop. A variety of pieces in royal blue, black, magenta, (now there’s a different color no one else will have), brown, violet, pale blue, (beautiful), and green, (something to wear on St. Patrick’s Day). Sale prices, shipped in an organza pouch, free shipping if purchase is over $10. What could be better? As of today there are 126 necklaces to choose from. Come visit my shop at jewelryalamode.com. I’d love to show you my original creations.

Top 10 reasons to buy my handmade jewelry

Top 10 reasons why you should buy a piece of jewelry from Mizmlu’s shops:

 
1: You don’t have to leave your home. The shops come to you.
2: All items are handmade.
3: Jewelry is unusual and colorful.
4: Each piece is an original, unique design.
5: I never make the same item twice.
6: A large variety to choose from, including earrings and bracelets at my Etsy shop.
7: Vintage items are available.
8: Many different styles including double or triple strands, extra long pieces, chokers, casual, evening wear, everything under the sun.
9: Shipping is fast.
10: Most items are shipped free in the US. International shipping is at USPS charge. No handling charges, ever. Easy purchases through PayPal.

 

So, please take a look at my Etsy shop at etsy.com/shop/mizmlu for my latest creations and jewelryalamode.com for a wider variety of styles, colors and bargain prices.
If you have a comment on either shop I would love to hear from you. I can be reached at mizmlu@gmail.com. Thank you for your interest.

All About Mizmlu’s Jewelry Shops

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I’m continually aware of how much competition there is out there for jewelry. I am banging my head against a wall of talented artisans doing the same thing as I do. I would like to think that I have a little bit of an edge. I have 2 shops. Etsy and Jewelry ala Mode.

My jewelry is hand made with a large variety of colors and styles and prices. I create all the jewelry, all are original, one of a kind designs and especially in my jewelry ala mode shop the prices are affordable. I do not charge for US shipping in my Etsy shop. Each necklace and bracelet is packaged in an organza pouch. Shipping is free in Jewelry ala Mode for all sales in the US over $10. Sales of less than $10 are charged at USPS rates. International sales are at USPS rates. I do not charge for handling, ever.
There are lots of choices in my 2 shops. Etsy has the latest pieces I have just created and has about 40 items, not all jewelry. My other shop, jewelryalamode, is a much larger shop, with over 100 items, in every color and style under the sun. If you are looking for a special color, just find one of that color, and click on the color in the tags list. You will see all the pieces of that color pop up for your choice.
Jewelry ala mode pieces are bargain priced, marked down from the Etsy price. They range from a low of $5 to a high of about $20. Most are about $10-15. One special vintage piece is genuine topaz gems set in gold and includes earrings. My late husband purchased this for me more than 40 years ago, but I no longer wear it. I feel someone else should enjoy the beauty. It comes in the original box and will cost more than the others. But it’s special.
I would love to know how you feel about the jewelry I love to create. Can I help you in any way? A gift perhaps? A special color to go with that new outfit? Just something to perk you up? A unique color or style not found anywhere else? You can reach me at mizmlu@gmail.com. Talk to me.
I list new Etsy items about twice a month at http://mizmlu.etsy.com and at jewelryalamode.com as they become available. I just listed 9 new items yesterday on jewelry ala mode and I will be listing new items on Etsy soon. Maybe today. Come visit one or both shops. Perhaps you’ll find just what you’ve been looking for.

My New Site

Come take a look at what you’ll find for your shopping pleasure in my new necklace shop, jewelryalamode.com.  Over 100 choices in size, color, type, cost, for your interest.  If you want a special color just click on the tag for that color and “voila”, up pops a variety of choices in that color.  Prices are reasonable and greatly discounted from original cost.  Shipping is in an organza pouch at no charge for a purchase of more than $10.  All other purchases are at USPS charge, rounded up a little to make it an even $ cost.  I ship from my home so when you order it could ship that day or no later than the following day.  International shipping is based on the USPS charge for that country as countries vary and all International purchases are charged shipping.

I think you will find just the right item for that outfit you just purchased, or to dress up an older piece that needs a boost. Items are suitable for lunch with the girls or a evening out with that special person.  Think of a new necklace as a gift. If needed I could enclosegold variety2 a gift box at a small price.  Come take a look.  There’s a lot to choose from at affordable prices.

Please let me know what you think of my new shop.  My daughter designed it and I love the look of it.  Gathering the many pieces took some time and I would love to hear what you think of my new venture.  You can find my shop at www.jewelryalamode.com

A New Venture for me

My daughter and I have a new site for your attention. It is “Jewelry A’La Mode” and contains a multitude of necklaces for your pleasure. Many different styles, colors, lengths, and bead types are available. Each is a handmade, one-of-kind, original creation. Click onto Jewelryalamode.com and browse to your heart’s content. You will find a picture of each necklace and its price. All prices have been reduced from the original. Some pieces will show the discounted cost. Other information such as length and clasp type is available at the click of your finger on “attributes”. If you need further details I will be happy to converse with you via email at mizmlu@gmail.com. However, prices listed are firm.
Shipping in an organza pouch is free in the US for purchases of more than $10. All other sales will ship at USPS charge, rounded up to the next even $ amount, unless you choose a different shipper. No charge is ever made for handling. Faster shipment is available with USPS additional charges. Contact me for International shipping as countries vary in cost. I will quote you the USPS charge. For all International shipping, your charge will be the USPS charge or whatever shipping choice you make such as Fed Ex or other.
Payment is by Pay Pal. Easy purchase is through the required information when you click on the item.
Another cute little feature of this site is color choices. If you are interested in a red necklace, for example, click on “red” in the tag list and all the red necklaces available will appear. What could be better? However, you might miss a great necklace in a different color that way.  Please come and take a look.
When I finish listing all the necklaces I have available for your choice there will be over 100. So you will have much to choose from. My pleasure was in the making. I hope you find pleasure in the wearing.

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.

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.