Monday, April 12, 2010

Supply and Demand

One of the aspects of starting a business that you may not think about when reconciling your out-of-pocket expenses is the cost of packaging.  You shop very carefully to ensure that you have the highest quality of beads, chains, fabrics, threads, etc. at the lowest of prices in order to be competitive in an already saturated market.  You sit down and calculate your costs and come up with a fair price that benefits everyone and then you realize, um, what about packaging? 

I'll be honest, each time I embarked on a new creation that stepped outside of what I have already created and finalized, it is daunting to create a unique way of packaging items in such a way that it tells a story and relates your hard work and passions. 

However, when you discover the particular combination that embodies everything you were working towards, it is a beautiful song.

I know that I have mentioned it before, but it still amazes me the community atmosphere that Etsy embodies.  I did a Google search and discovered that the best pricing for the packaging I wanted came from a fellow Etsian and was well below what I budgeted allowing me to reduce my prices to be even more competitive.

Mrs. Jahns Treasures offers a wide variety of packaging and mailing options that can keep your overhead low and your prices competitive.

If that isn't enough, she also offers a wide variety of other jewelry supplies that with some imagination, you can create into beautiful one-of-a-kind creations to set your shop aside from anyone else's.

Visit one of her 3 shops today at:

Have questions, e-mail the owner Diana, she is prompt and ready to assist with any of your questions and will even offer suggestions to help you out.


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spin a Fibrous Tale!

I have embarked on a new creative venture and have indulged in the expertise of for assistance.

I recently entered a contest and needed a creative idea for using a particular fabric in an accessory and decided on wet felting my own hat and incorporating that required fabric in the felting process.

Enter Extreme Spinning...

An expert in wet felting, the owner, CJ was ready and willing to offer advice and provided organic wool blend fibers in order for me to begin the process.  If the low price of the fibers themselves wasn't enough, the shipping was only $2.95 and was out the door so quickly, it is now allowing me to pursue my project even sooner than anticipated.

Look at the fiber I chose to coordinate with my project, I think it is so beautiful!!!
I am in awe of her skills for spinning and may try my hand at it one day...or not...yeah, not sounds about right.

Now I need to come up with some project ideas for some of her other options!!!

Here is my favorite one, the color is GORGEOUS!!!
Thank you CJ for providing such amazing products and inspirational words.

Friday, April 2, 2010

A Futile Quest

Hmm, what to blog about? I was stumped at first until it hit me, what element are you most passionate about when it comes to your style? Mine, not unlike many others, would have to be handbags. Every size, shape, color and texture, is so exhilarating. I believe that all these elements are what impede my search for the perfect handbag. If fate allows me to succeed then I will not regret the journey but instead, will relish all the great finds along the way.

I urge you to embark on this quest and accompany me to a shop that offers a great selection of bags. The location: Explore the different techniques and materials used that contribute to some of the most adorable handbags.

Thank you Tippy Thai for contributing to our passionate journey.