Etsy Refresh

Valentine’s Day is coming up so it is time to review my jewelry inventory. With 238 pieces of jewelry in stock that is more time consuming than anticipated.

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I’m pleased to see that only one pendant has gone missing after packing and repacking items for multiple locations at least 10 times this past year.

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Deleting listings that have sold at fairs was satisfying.

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Now I am busy refreshing Etsy and photographing new wire-wrapped pieces that aren’t online yet. It feels like I have loaded some pendants before, but the listings tracker tells me otherwise.

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So I get to roll my eyes at the camera as I do my neck shots. Cropping is a wonderful thing!

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One of my favorite beaded wire-wrapped sets is uploaded now, and I am curious to see where it will travel.

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As I played with my wrap dress I found a new year-round use for scarf pendants: a belt-embellishment.

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Etsy has an #EtsyMatch campaign that I am trying out on Social Media.

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It got their attention on Instagram already.

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I still have a ways to go with photographing, editing and listing, but take a peek at my shop and see what you might like to get your Valentine.

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Here’s a sampling of the newbies on Etsy. I’ll post how they look in real life soon. Gotta get back into selfie-snapping.

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I’m contemplating a collar give-away for the ones I haven’t uploaded yet. What do you think?

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Trunk Show Fun

Before the Independence Day festivities I had some fun at Aurora Rose Boutique.

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Mannequins were adorned with my pieces.

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I might play with a scarf pendant necklace in the Fall.

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I set up for my trunk show there with a pretty and whimsical view.

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Having extra surfaces to display my wares was nice, as well as not having to worry about the weather.

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I’ve amassed quite a few pendants now, and hope to see more explore the world with new owners.

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I accessorized my Make by Megan K. Dress with a Hello Kitty Ring, Rock-A-Ring, and Spiced Up Shoes.

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Other vendors came in to restock their wares, and I became enamored with these crochet animals from The Happy Star.

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Luckily I was too busy to pull out my wallet, but the Octopi might get a cuddle and a ride home next month.

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Kim provided tasty treats by Tastefully Simple.

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I met fellow vendors, new Maraviglia fans, and friends during the afternoon, and enjoyed seeing a few adornments go home with new owners.

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Kim was happy with the custom Scarf pendant I made, featuring the story and music score of Aurora Rose, or Sleeping Beauty as most of us know her.

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I enjoyed the inspiration of other vendors.

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And am pondering the projected survival rate of a terrarium with my no-green thumbs.

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My July inventory is freshened up.

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With a few new scarf pendants and necklace pendants. Detailed photos of the ones I left are here.

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The next #AuroraRoseTrunkShow will be held on July 26th with A&Z Designs, a must for steampunk fans. Join Al & Zivi for a demonstration, meet and greet, and check out their handcrafted jewelry, hand-stamped metals and steam-punk inspired pieces.

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Always shop local and handmade. It is so much more gratifying to own one-of-a-kind pieces and know you supported someone in your neighborhood.

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NOTE: Only vendors already registered with Aurora Rose can have trunk shows there.

Summer Trunk Show Prepping

I’ve been reviewing my inventory and adding some new pieces over the past two weeks.

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Next Saturday I’ll have my only summer show in Lemont, an indoor trunk show at Aurora Rose Boutique.

The fun starts at 1 and goes until 4, though I will probably hang out open to close. Aurora Rose is doing these every fourth Saturday of the month, and the calendar of resident vendors filled up quickly.

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Co-owners Kim and Amber Peters are putting together swag bags for the first 10 visitors, so showing up at 1 may get you a reward!

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Preparing in the studio is such fun, especially as I play with my loot from the Bead & Button Show (which I will write up in another blog post).

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Musical pieces tend to resonate with my fans, so I’ve made few of those.

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I had a mini-score of Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön” (This image is enchantingly lovely) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart floating around that became a blue pendant. The scarf pendant is a special nod to Aurora Rose boutique, and the heart pendant is a vintage piece of violin sheet music (Old Melody and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star).

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I also got a strong yellow vibe this week as I found a scarf I forgot I had, so I embellished it with this dragonfly. You can put it on your own scarf at the trunk show.

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The yellow sparklies brightened an overcast and blustery day this week. I’m not sure if I should make a pendant to go with this for a full set.

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I also created my first clip-on earring pair. All earrings in my shop can be modified with clip-ons now, just convo me your need and I will make the switch. Sterling silver ear hooks/studs can also be added at cost.

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I look forward to the meet & greet of Aurora Rose’s Lemont customers and hope these newbies fly off to new homes.

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The lineup of other #AuroraRoseTrunkShows is at Aurora Rose’s event page.

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Seeing what my colleagues created is always a blast. Aurora Rose is located at 111 Stephen Street in Lemont, IL.

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Have a great weekend and see you NEXT Saturday.

New Additions at Aurora Rose Boutique

After Saturday’s fair I swung by Aurora Rose Boutique to stock up some Holiday inventory. The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is stopping by at 2 p.m. today for its combined November gathering so I wanted to give our attendees some pieces to peruse for our pre-holiday shopping spree.

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Kim had asked me about scarf pendants a while back, and I finally got to make a few (after learning more about them).

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Requests for Christmas ornaments have also been made already, so I provided a batch of those. I am taking custom orders for these now.

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I spruced up my shelf with a little Christmas tree.

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Since Kim was drawn to a few of the pendants while at the fair I decided to leave those with her too.

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The birthstone project inspired me to spruce up some collars that felt a bit blah to me. Sometimes you have to let pieces sit for a while before knowing what to do with them.

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So my infinity collar got an infinity rainbow and the oval cage is now holding semiprecious stones.

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It is always such fun to visit the store and see the new quirky items in stock. My wallet is anticipating a slim-down, but it will go toward supporting other artisans and give me a head start on the Christmas shopping list.

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Aurora Rose, A Unique Boutique is a gallery-style boutique featuring the wares of the most magnificent locally handcrafted businesses found in the Chicagoland area. Founded in 2011 and owned by mother-daughter duo Kim and Amber Peters, the store offers diverse handcrafted products including soaps, lotions, candles, baby blankets, jewelry, fairy dolls, parasols, wall and home decor, greeting cards, hair adornments, children’s clothes, stuffed animals, quirky decorative items, handbags, doll clothes and select food products. These one-of-a-kind and customizable pieces are created by 36 vendors, 28 of whom are female owned (this number may have been boosted since the November fair at which more artisans were recruited). Aurora Rose also offers art classes on a regular basis.

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Aurora Rose Boutique is located at at 111 Stephen Street in Lemont, IL. Today’s event is open to any woman entrepreneur or business woman in the area, so stop on in! Store hours are Monday: 11am-7pm, Tuesday: 9am-4pm, Wednesday: 11am-7pm, Thursday: 11am-7pm, Friday: 11am-6pm, Saturday: 11am-5pm, Sunday: closed.

a (messy) glimpse at fair preparations

What it looks like when I am in pre-fair production mode:

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Preparing and bending wire:

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Adding embellishments:

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Keeping track of labor and materials:

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Determining what to send to the Evanston Art Center Winter EXPO.

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Lemont fair re-cap coming soon…

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Visit Aurora Rose between 2 and 4 p.m. on Wednesday to meet entrepreneurial women, try some tasteful snacks, and order custom pieces from me while trying on Aurora Rose inventory.

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It’ll be fun!

Lemont visits Nov. 9 and 13

On Saturday I will be selling my wares at the Lemont Neighbor to Neighbor Vendor & Crafter’s Market. The indoor show is from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Lemont Township Community Center, 16300 Alba, Lemont, northwest of 127th Street and Timberline Drive.

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Several independent vendors and crafters will showcase free trade items, jewelry, cosmetics, crafts, health foods, purses, 
accessories and more. There will also be a 50/50/Prize Raffle. The vendor reservation fees as well as any donations made that day will benefit the Lemont Township Family Assistance Fund.

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I’ve created some new pieces that will debut at this event, including scarf pendants.

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You can see how my holiday ornaments turned out (these need a bit of encaustic love).

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I’ll make another trip to Lemont on Wednesday, November 13 with the Network of Entrepreneurial Women for our Meet & Munch. This is our only event this month since we don’t want to encroach on Thanksgiving plans.

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Join us from 2 to 4 p.m. at 111 Stephen Street in Lemont and try on my jewelry.

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We will have munchies from Tastefully Simple and get a head start on holiday shopping at Aurora Rose, which has gift items for the whole family. You can peruse their inventory for ladies, children, and men on their web site.

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You can RSVP here. Lemont is fun!