Gregarious Gemini May 22-June 20

Geminis are sociable, curious and full of ideas. They are energetic, clever, imaginative, witty, adaptable and make very interesting and exciting friends. The colors associated with Geminis are early spring airiness-white, yellow, spring green, pale gray and silver.

You’ll find pieces of jewelry associated with Gemini on my Etsy site at www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu in the “sections” portion of my shop. You may also find them in the opening pages. If you are planning a gift to a Gemini my necklaces and bracelets are shipped in an organza pouch.

Look for Cancer next month.

floral/white necklace

White beads with floral design necklace

White beads with floral design necklace

Getting Ready for a Big Day!

Jennifer (JP)

Jennifer (JP)

My two daughters and I are going to be participating in an outdoor Vintage Fair later this month, on May 25. I have never done this before and am discovering how much work it is. Maybe it gets easier the next
Circe

Circe

time, but I am overwhelmed by the details. We will have a booth, 16×20, so we need at least 3 tables, one for each of us and our individual items.

My oldest daughter has framed photographs, and some vintage items. My youngest daughter has decorated T-shirts, creative things she has made and I have vintage items. All 3 of us have lots of jewelry as well.

I have been clearing out my old possessions in the last year and disposing of them, but when I signed up for this Fair I began to realize I could try to sell them there. Might as well. So now I have to price them. How do you price a vintage piece of jewelry that cost me nothing? Or a kitchen utensil in great condition that belonged to my grandmother? This is not easy.

Then we have to prepare for a full day of managing our booth, talking to customers, hopefully selling things and satisfying the normal needs of an ordinary day, like lunch, for instance, or potty breaks. We must be there at 5AM (!) to set up our booth and cannot take it down until 3PM. We have 2 canopies to set up, 3 tables for our merchandise and multiple boxes of goodies. In addition we have no idea what the weather will be like that day. It could rain, or the wind could blow our beautiful items off the tables. We can only hope for tranquil weather and lots of visitors.

At this writing I am already exhausted. I am worried that I will forget something. I wonder if I will sell enough to make it worth my effort. YIKES!!!

If you live near the San Fernando Valley, Calif. the Vintage Fair is at Victory Blvd. and Mason Ave. Our booth is #141E. Come by if you can. I’d love to meet you. I will definitely report back to you when it is over and I have recovered.

Why do I Make Jewelry?

 Good question.  I make jewelry because it satisfies my creative urges.  I would love to draw pictures, but I have no talent for this.  I have produced all sorts of needlework such as sewing, knitting, needlepoint, crocheting, making afghans for each of my offspring, even grandkids and babies as they come along.  But I don’t do much of any of those things anymore. Cooking doesn’t appeal to me, nor gardening.  I don’t have the energy to tend to a yard and I don’t have nuch of a yard where I now live, but I have pots of greenery on the porch. I have to remember to water them.

 However,  I can excel in making jewelry.  I search the various sources for beads that have character, color, design and a different style.  I am completely addicted to making necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I haven’t counted but I may have almost 200 jewelry pieces.

 I recently disposed of the bed in my guest room and turned it into a studio so I can spread out and not have to clear the table when guests come for dinner.  When I wander into my “studio” I am immediately struck by the need to work on the current project.  I lose myself in it.

 The fact that I have not sold a piece of jewelry in more than 4 months depresses me, but doesn’t deter me from making something new, or finishing a project started a while ago, or, making a trip to the bead shop. 

 I only wish that the love I have for my designs would translate into an equal monetary appreciation for my work.  Casual friends have all commented on the various pieces, but they are not buyers.   

My Etsy store is at www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu

Some of my jewelry is on Ebay as well as Pinterest, classifiedads and a  few other places.

I’d like to hear your comment.  I’ll reward you with a piece of my jewelry in the color you prefer.

Aquarius Anyone?

Aquarians love to think and put their ideas out to the world. They also love to think they’re right!  They are inventive and original;also sympathetic and compassionate.  They love the latest gadgets, gewgaws, computers and next-generation technologies. The great strengths of the Aquarius-born are their vision, intellect and humanity.

My daughter is an Aquarian and she fits this description to a T.

Aquarius is an air sign.  Think of rainbow colors, ultramarine blue, green, violet, turquoise. You will find these items at my Etsy shop,http://etsy.me/1frBTjL 

Silver bead necklace

Silver bead necklace

Aqua pearl necklace

Aqua graduated pearl necklace

birdbracelet

Bird bracelet

 

Green block necklace

Green block necklace

Silver tone drop earrings

Silver tone drop earrings

 

 

3 strand aqua pearl necklace

3 strand aqua pearl necklace

Vintage pearl hoop earrings

Vintage pearl hoop earrings

Aqua oval and crystal bead necklace

Aqua oval and crystal bead necklace

Kitty earrings

Kitty earrings

Long turquoise leaf beads necklace

Long turquoise leaf beads necklace

Turquoise medallion necklace

Turquoise medallion necklace

Green floral beads necklace

Green floral beads necklace

Turquoise bracelet

Turquoise bracelet

Visit my other online site

I have an online site, directed to California readers, to sell jewelry and other items that I use for extra viewing and for items that are not handmade by me There are some different and unusual items there that might interest you. Prices on all items include California sales tax and shipping. Although the listing states no International shipping I will ship anywhere from this site. However you must contact me for cost as countries have different charges depending on the weight of the item. If you live in the US in a state other than California you may deduct the tax. It’s listed in the description. International buyers also may deduct the tax. Payment is by PayPal. No checks or money orders.

http://www.classifiedads.com/account.php

Take a look. You might find something different, unusual and interesting. The jewelry that I make is one-of-a-kind, not found anywhere else. It’s colorful and attractive. If you don’t find what you are looking for on that site try mizmlu’s store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/mizmlu. There’s lots of different stuff there. I add new items frequently. Hope to see you soon.

Why I like my etsy store

My Etsy store is my source for some extra income as well as the satisfaction I get from the responses  from the people who purchase my items.  My handcrafted jewelry is diverse as well as colorful and unique.  When I make a piece of jewelry I imagine who will wear it and where, at her job, a party, or just for fun.  My jewelry covers all sorts of possibilities.  Some are dramatic, some simple, most are brilliantly colorful, some for evening wear, some for casual wear, but all are original designs.  I tend to like the dramatic items best.

Most of my time is spent on the design, putting the beads together to best show off their beauty. I am fortunate to have a variety of sources for unusual beads and materials to make them into a piece of jewelry.  I get most of  my  ideas from the beads themselves.   I have also  helped friends to get started making their own jewelry. This occupation is my pleasure.

Although sales have been slow these past few months it doesn’t stop me from looking for new ideas, new beads, and new ways to promote my Etsy shop.  I list almost all my creations on Pinterest and some of my  creations are also available in Classifiedads.com http://bit.ly/Oh2WzL   and I have an Ebay site for a few.

In a few weeks I will be promoting a new category on Etsy, Baby Booties.  I have crocheted 5 sets and am just waiting for them to be photographed.   I have no camera so I have to wait for my daughter to take the pictures for me.   I hope they will be well received.  I will announce their promotion here.

Please take a look at my Etsy shop.   The items for sale are not just jewelry.  I have vintage items that belonged to older members of my family and decided to pass them on to someone who will appreciate them as much as I did.   In addition I have included some other types of creations, such as a beaded purse, a knitted baby afghan, a hand painted blouse, a vintage hat, a macrame belt and much more.

Have fun with my shop!

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

Handy necklace length guide picture

This picture shows exactly where each necklace length will drape on you.  It is very helpful in determining which necklace is right for your appearance.  It was shown in the latest copy of Fire Mountain Beads magazine and I pinned it on my Pinterest site under the necklace pin board.  http://bit.ly/HjSpzx

New Etsy Jewelry

On Sunday I added 4 new items to my Etsy shop.  There are 2 necklaces, one a very casual, decorated wooden bead necklace with 3 different bead types.   This would be perfect for T-shirt wear.  The other one is more elegant.  It is made with black stone carved beads that reflect the light and shimmer.   I have 2 more of these stone beads necklaces to post soon.  The other 2 new items are earrings.  They are simple oval shaped glass beads surrounded by silver tone edging.   One is blue and the other a rosy color.  Just the right touch for a casual outing.

 

I will be adding more items in the days to come, so come back and see what I have created.  I hope you will find something that pleases you.

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.