Orchid Masquerade 2017 | The Barbados Orchid Society

The Barbados Orchid Society presents the Orchid Masquerade! This event will be held at the Barbados Horticulture Society Headquarters, Balls Plantation, Christ Church, on Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26, 2017. A $20 donation gets you in.

Uniquely Yours will be there displaying the lovely pieces from my most recent posts, and with new pieces in the works. This will be your opportunity to stop by, say hello and purchase your selection in person!

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Come see floral competitions, orchid and plant displays. There will also be jewelry, art and craft on sale! Door prizes to be won, too!! Thanks to all the sponsors!

Looking forward to seeing you!

*Main photo Dendrobium bigibbum (Cooktown orchid) from The Orchid World, Barbados and featured here

 

—Tasha, UYJ

Cheat Sheet – Lapis Lazuli

Welcome to another Cheat Sheet blog post. The last post focused on Amazonite – so take a look at that post!

Each post will feature a new stone and brief description. If there are pieces in my portfolio which include these stones, they will be featured as well. 

Today we look at Lapis Lazuli.

Let’s learn together!

The variety of Lapis Lazuli which I most frequently see is the matte kind. My first impression was that it reminded me of Sodalite, however, the hues of blue are much darker. Lapis Lazuli is also much more expensive.

  • Can simply go by the name Lapis.
  • It is said that ‘lapis’ means stone in Latin.
  • The Egyptians used Lapis. King Tut’s burial mask was decorated with Lapis. There is an interesting article I featured in 2016 on Lapis and the Egyptian King.
  • It is referred to as the blue stone.
  • Said to be stone of protection and creativity.
  • Primarily mined in the Middle East, namely Afghanistan. However, deposits are traced as far away as Argentina.

Below is an example of my work using Lapis Lazuli.

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GENTS BRACELET – made using 8mm matte Lapis and two 10mm focal Sodalite. A sun bead and four small sterling silver beads are used as spacers. Made by Uniquely Yours by Tasha.

If there are is other information you can share on Lapis or if you are a designer, why not share your work with the readers here on UYJ.

—Tasha, UYJ

 

*Main photo taken from the The Healing Chest

Disclaimer – This post reflects the information gleaned from reading. Therefore the views expressed by individual websites are solely their assertions. I do not ascribe to nor have I tested nor can verify the properties of these stones. —Tasha

 

One Lovely Blog Award

Guess what?
Uniquely Yours has been nominated for two awards. The first is the One Lovely Blog Award! Thank you so much Sarah from the The Work in Progress for nominating me!
It is my turn to nominate other blogs and share just seven things about myself. To see if you were nominated check below and also check out the rules.
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The rules are:-
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Post the award
  3. Share 7 facts about yourself
  4. Nominate bloggers
  5. Tell your readers good news
7 facts about myself
  • I enjoy traveling. Whether by plane, train or bus. A rolling stone gathers no moss!
  • I am trilingual.
  • I am afraid of rabbits and peacocks.
  • Enjoy meeting people, making new friends, hanging out, making new experiences
  • My father was instrumental in my chosen career. He was the first to introduce me to international affairs, politics and the world!
  • I have scoliosis. Very, very slight. Seen only by the trained eye.
  • I love food – trying new restaurants, dishes, drinks.
My choices are:
Settle in El Paso
Doubleduty Mom 101
Pearl Necklace
MagickMermaid
Thanks again Sarah!!!!
—Tasha, UYJ

Garden Party – A look at the treasures!

The next few posts will feature some of the pieces showcased at the Garden Party event on February 4, 2017.

 

All available work will be marked AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE in the heading. They will be sold on a first come, first served basis. To declare your interest, you can do any of the following: –

  1. Leave me a message on this post;

  2. Send me an email via tasha76d@gmail.com; or,

  3. Leave a message on Instagram.

 

Thank you for your interest! It is a pleasure to serve you!

—Tasha, UYJ

My thoughts on UYJ at the Garden Party – St. James Parish Church, Feb 4, 2017

You may recall I shared this poster on Garden Party time! and also shared a few posts about craft fair preparation, display tips and the like. So here’s my take on the event!


I had a good  no, great time! It was my first time at that event and I felt it was well-organised. In speaking with a repeat entrepreneur to the event, she shared that attendance had waned over the years, but I took that in stride and never let it dampen my day.

Kudos to the committee of the St. James Parish Church for putting on a good show! The music and food were good, lots of people and what lovely sunshine! Thank you, Lord 🙂

Preliminary thoughts

The preparation was intensive and I also watched how ideas evolved and took on new meaning.  I thought of previous experiences where I felt I could have saved my time and not show up. But after this event, I understand what others mean when they say that the demographic plays a big part.

Previous events offered a more low-key, flea market kind of atmosphere. The Garden Party was held on the West Coast of Barbados, known for beautiful scenery, affluence and larger than life crowd. So my gemstone and pearl offerings fitted in well.

The experience gained – PRICELESS! From setting up tent with a friend to the friends who came to sharing the experience with my daughter. It was indeed priceless!

New things I tried

  • Remember those experiences that I thought were bad? Well this time, I decided to make bracelets of a lower price point for patrons  who might not be inclined to purchase gemstones or other higher ticketed pieces. There was small number of items on sale at BDS$15/US$7.50 and under. So those ‘bad experiences’ were my teachable moments and stepping stones!
  • I had two tables – one 4ft and the other 6ft. This allowed me to spread the merchandise out and allowed me some wiggle room for display mannequins.
  • Tried new display ideas. Pinterest is full of ideas and I decided to try two – paper cones and wood pedestals.
  • I  removed the pressure of expectations. As artists we want to have everything sold. Well, I do anyway.  I can remember feeling very dejected when sales did not go according to my ideas. Therefore, I decided not to put that pressure on myself and purposed to enjoy the day for whatever might happen. Living in the moment made much more sense. I was more at ease on the day and I interacted more with patrons who stopped by.

What would I do differently?

  • Although I pride myself on not duplicating work, I found that I could have offered different designs using the same stone or bead. So whatever event I decide to do next I will keep that in mind.

 

These  tips readily come to mind but I will share if others crop up over the next few days.

If you are an artist, entrepreneur, photography, chef, etc. and participate in craft fairs and other similar events, what has y.our experience been like? I would love it if you share your experiences with me and visitors to the site!

Thanks so much!!

—Tasha, UYJ

 

Cheat Sheet – Amazonite

The Cheat Sheet blog posts will be a new feature on UYJ. Each post will feature a new stone and brief description. If there are pieces in my portfolio which include these stones, they will be featured as well. 

Let’s learn together!

By far, Amazonite is my favourite stone. I love the colour! Anything with lovely hues of turquoise will definitely catch my eye.

  • It is said that Amazonite is named after the Amazon River. I cannot confirm that traces of Amazonite where found there. Sources are mixed regarding this point.
  • Amazon stone is another name.
  • Amazonite is greenish-blue in colour. Sometimes has white, yellow, brown or grey portions.
  • Said to be calming and encourages confidence.
  • Is found worldwide. However, large deposits are said to exist in Colorado, USA; Myanmar, India and Madagascar.

Below are example of pieces by Uniquely Yours Jewelry using Amazonite stones.

Shop for Amazonite:

Vitabeads

Fire Mountain Gems

Disclaimer – This post reflects the information gleaned from reading. Therefore the views expressed by individual websites are solely their assertions. I do not ascribe to nor have I tested nor can verify the properties of these stones. —Tasha

 

A few of my favourite things

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,
Brown paper packages tied up with strings,
These are a few of my favorite things.”

I am sure you know this song – especially if you are 40+ years of age 🙂

However, some of my favorite things include…

BEADS!!!

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But, of course!!!

—Tasha, UYJ

 

Display Ideas for Handmade Jewelry

In my previous post, I shared about an upcoming event and the adrenaline rush to have everything ship-shape.

My Pinterest timeline is filled with lots of ideas and I thought to share some so you can also get your juices flowing. Where possible I have tried to link the photos back to the original sources.

Your tastes will vary to mine and depending on your area of business, the target audience and message you wish to send, you might wish to adjust the displays to suit.

So, let’s go!

This first block of photos shows some of my own display ideas. Bottles and a painted tree branch.

Mouse over the photos for caption.

Photos clockwise with links:

Remember these are just a few! If you don’t have a Pinterest page as yet, what are you waiting for? Time to pin!

—Tasha, UYJ

*Main photo linked here

Of event prepping and display resources: Useful links and tips

Hello!!

It has been a few days since my last jewelry post. I am currently prepping for an event to be held early February 2017. I will post the flier and other details in the days to come.

I have done a few showings of my work and as much as I enjoy designing and putting together creations, preparing for an event can feel quite daunting at times.

There is so much emphasis on booth display, right ambiance and other tips which are meant to drive customers in your direction.

For this event, one which I have never done, I am feeling that pressure again. The organizers were clear that a tent would be an asset as the start time is midday. In Barbados, the midday sun can feel like suddenly the equator has descended from on high.

I have given alot of thought to the color scheme I want to use, the redesigning of business cards and logo, displays and props and the pieces I want to display.

I know!! It is so much to consider!

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I found a few resources which I would like to share for those who might also struggle with pre-show jitters as I do.

  • Craft Professional – This resource is fantastic!! If you want to learn about the best kinds of tents for events, displays and craft development ideas then this site is for you.
  • Thrifty Little Mom – An extremely inspiring resource, this site shares useful tips and even a printable checklist.
  • Creative  Income – If you are like me, you will want to execute things just once. Follow the link to learn how to avoid mistakes at the craft fair.
  • Made Urban – This is one of my favourite reads. Display tricks to help you out.
  • Made Urban –  Specific to Jewelry display.

What are your thoughts on prepping for a craft show or similar events? What tips can you share?

—Tasha, UYJ