Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wedding in 2 days, Free Shipping

Oh my goodness. Things are getting down to the wire.

I decided that I can't worry about shipping potential orders anymore. I'm offering free shipping in my shop until I get back from my honeymoon. I'll be able to ship again on August 3.

The rehearsal is tomorrow!! I'm so excited to see my friends and family!

Mom and I picked up our dresses and brought them to the church today. They're so pretty!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sneak Peak - New Flower Necklace

I think I mentioned that I've been swamped with custom orders. Although I'm ecstatic about this, I'm a little bummed that I haven't been able to create new jewelry of my own invention. I also have to spend a lot of time sitting on my butt waiting for new supplies to get to me.

My collection of flowers was just beckoning to me today and I couldn't resist anymore. Moments ago, I finished a new flower necklace in purple. And it's not the same old asymmetric design this time.

I don't have time to photograph/list it, but even if I did, I can't decide if I'm done. Part of me wants to go crazy adding draped chain until it looks like something a warrior princess would wear. But I kind of like the relative simplicity of it now. I also can't think of a decent name for it... other than "Purple Y-Shaped Flower Necklace." I'd absolutely love to hear some opinions or suggestions!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Creepy yet awesome etsy finds

I happened across this shop just a moment ago. Oh my gosh. A few of her items totally creep me out. I'm terrified of bugs. But I have this odd desire to buy these. The fly ring is especially spine-tingling. :)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Wedding craziness

I haven't posted in a few days. Wedding stuff is really getting intense. Only 6 more days! I foresee that I'll become less and less active as it approaches, and then I'll disappear until after the honeymoon. :)

Not a lot has been happening other than that. A lot of my family members have been ordering custom necklaces/earrings to wear to my wedding. I finished my mom's today, and I've got one lined up for my grandma. It's nice to know that they like my jewelry enough to order something from me. I'll be happy when I'm able to do my own thing and list new things in the etsy shop, though.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

New Listing, Got My Hair Fixed, Almost Died

Quite an eventful couple of days!

I made a new Flower in Chains necklace yesterday. My white and blue one has been pretty popular in my shop, so I got new flowers in different colors. I listed my red one last night. I really love how it turned out, and I sort of wish that red looked good on me.

This morning I went back to the salon to get my bad haircut fixed. It's still not exactly what I wanted, but it's pretty. I'm very happy to be rid of that huge hunk of hair hanging out at the back of my neck. :)

I almost crashed on the highway today when a minivan tried to merge into my lane. I didn't have time to do anything but move into the lane on the other side of me. I was/am shaken, and now I'm angry at myself for not laying on the horn. The guy was an elderly man and he was on his cell phone. He probably doesn't even realize he almost killed me.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Sale Ending Soon!

Grand opening sale ends this Friday (7-17-09)! I'm already listing new items at regular price. Buy any of my opening items before the prices go up! You'll have a hard time finding such unique crystal jewelry at these low prices again.

These beautiful necklaces are only $20, but not for long.

Check out my shop for even more:

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Not So Nice Day

I went to get my wedding haircut today. Displeased.

I was ok with it at the salon. She always poofs it up and styles it so much that it seems fine. Then I come home, and 15 minutes later it deflates and I don't like it anymore.

It's fine from the front:

But I do not like the back:

Just about all I said to her was "I want it shorter in the back than in the front." Is it just me, or is this the exact OPPOSITE of what I asked for? I even made her cut it shorter in the back once while I was there. I guess that wasn't enough of a clue.

I'm sure it will be fine, but I'm sick of paying for haircuts I don't like and didn't ask for. This is why I wait 6 months before shelling out more cash.

Also, any opinions on the make-up? If I had to do my own make-up for the wedding today that would be it (with a different lipstick... it's too goopy... but I kind of like the color).

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Nice Day

I had a really good day.

Austin (my fiance) came over last night to meet with the pastor who will be performing our wedding ceremony. His mom arrived today for the tasting at our reception venue. Both things went very well, and now we have seating arrangements pretty much figured out. All in all, a lot was accomplished today.

When we got back I showed my soon-to-be mother-in-law the jewelry I made for her. She's wearing a lavender dress to the wedding and she was having a hard time finding jewelry to match. I made a necklace and earrings for her. She seemed to really like them. I was quite pleased. She also found out about my new etsy shop and said she's going to be checking it out.

And... I hate posts like this... but I made TWO SALES today! Don't get too jealous yet. One was from a relative and one was an item I had reserved at half price for a dear livejournal friend. I'm still happy that someone actually wants to wear my jewelry, though. :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Flower Girl Necklaces

I sort of wish I could make jewelry for my wedding forever. I'm having way too much fun. Today I finished necklaces for my two flower girls. I really hope they like them... but what little girl wouldn't love a sparkly white necklace to wear to a wedding?

More Favorites

Etsy has really been taking over my life. When I'm not making something, listing something, or promoting something, I'm looking at all of the stuff that's already on there. Here are some more things I've found and liked.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Feature, Sale, Stupid Michaels, New Listing

I've been featured in a blog for the first time! I'm quite flattered. Here's a link

I made my first sale yesterday!! I feel like a real businesswoman now. Haha... I spent a lot of time trying to make the packaging all pretty. It's kind of hard when you have to make sure it's secure too. I really hope my customer is happy.

My sister ordered some custom earrings from me. She had some really simple pink crystal earrings that she got on vacation somewhere. She lost one of them, and came to me asking if I could make a new pair. I agreed, but after I made them she came back to me complaining that the ends of the hooks were hurting her. I guess that'll teach me for buying simple findings at Michael's. I'm learning to hate that place. I'm glad my sister discovered it instead of an etsy customer. I wish it didn't take a week for my online orders to get to me. That way I wouldn't ever be tempted to shop at stupid Michael's.

Also listed a new necklace yesterday.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Things I Like

Just a few things I've found on Etsy that I enjoy, and might think about buying if I ever make any sales. :)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Little Intro

It's high time I posted something besides pictures of my own stuff. An introduction is definitely in order.

I'm Emily. I'm 22 years old and I just graduated from college with a degree in chemistry. I'm applying to medical school, and right now I'm on two waiting lists in St. Louis. I'm a little pessimistic about my odds of getting into a class this Fall, but I'll reapply and hope for the best if things don't work out.

This summer I'm living with my parents in St. Charles, MO until I get married on July 25. Then I'll move into my new husband's apartment in St. Louis, just north of Forest Park. My situation with waiting to hear back from med schools, planning a wedding, and an upcoming move has left it very difficult for me to explore job options. I'm getting sort of antsy, so that's part of the reason I finally decided to open an online jewelry shop. It has definitely been keeping me busy (and entertained/happy).

I've been interested in making jewelry since I was old enough to string a bead onto a piece of string. My style has definitely changed and evolved over the years. In fifth grade I started a little business selling jewelry made out of seed beads and wire to my classmates and family. I was also really into hemp jewelry when I was younger. I was quite unhappy in high school, and I went through kind of a dark stage. It wasn't all bad... I got into chainmaille jewelry and loved it. I learned a lot of great techniques that I still use all the time. I've retained some gothic/victorian/medieval/dark influence in my jewelry, and I try to keep it alive because I think it's so unique and interesting. But I'm also a lot happier now, so my work has become much more feminine and light. I'm really happy with my design style right now, and I think it's something people don't run into too often.

Here is a little picture of me and my awesome fiance.