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 ūüôā

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

 

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

Stacking

Just a photo with some of my personal collection. The bracelet with the large beads I made recently. Bought the beads from Bead Weavers store in Christ Church. They had a small lot of mixed beads so this scheme worked out well.

Stacking really is nothing new nor does it take a whole lot of thinking or science behind it. For me, sometimes I pick a bracelet based on colour and my outfit for the day. I tend to follow that rule for work. This was the case last week when I snapped this photo. The blues and greys.

Any other time I am out and about, it is what my heart desires really.

I will take some more photos as time goes by.

Thanks for reading! If you stack, why not add a photo of your fave arm candy!

—Tasha, UYJ

Coya

A little bit of Inca history

Couldn’t help but think that the shape of the necklace bib reminds me of something worn in Ancient Inca jewelry. So this piece is called Coya, the name given to the Queen of the Inca.

  • Quick¬†study

The Inca civilisation flourished in ancient Peru between c. 1400 and 1533 CE, and their Empire eventually extended across western South America from Quito in the north to Santiago in the south, making it the largest empire ever seen in the Americas and the largest in the world at that time.

In the Inca system, the Coya held a place of importance when it came to rituals, worship and religion. She operated alongside her male counterpart, in other words it was a system of parallelism. This duality was preeminent in their belief system. The Coya was also an important political figure in Inca culture.  A potential queen had to show that she was capable of leadership and responsibility.

The image below is what I found after the Coya necklace was related. I was in awe really. Since then, I have found readings and sources of other peoples and ethnic cultures with similar styled neck wear.

What is it that they say? The more things change, the more they stay the same.

inca-necklace

Source

PRICE: Set sold includes: – a pair of drop earrings, stretch cord bracelet with two bead dangles and a lovely statement piece necklace – BDS$110/US$55

—Tasha, UYJ