Accessorizing | Earrings

“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” —Rachel Zoe

These dazzling designs make a standout addition to your collection of earrings. The list of components include: –

  • Gemstones – Amazonite, Amethyst, Prehnite
  • Fresh water pearls
  • Non-tarnish jewelry wire
  • Sterling silver and stainless ear wires
  • Matte gold-plated metal

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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

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

 

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

Cee’s Which Way challenge

“Choosing a path means having to miss out on others.”—Paolo Coelho

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May 2016. Christ Church, Barbados.

Life demands us to make choices on a daily basis, some are more important than others and can have far-reaching consequences. And even when trying to decide which choice might be best for us at any given moment, isn’t it a conspiracy of sorts that we will miss out on taking other paths and possibly enjoying the sights and scenes thereon?

A double-edged sword, huh?

—Tasha, UYJ

2017 Colour Coded campaign – Take a glance

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”— C. S. Lewis

Today’s post features all of the currently available pieces for the 2017 Colour Coded Campaign here on UYJ. I  have listed them in the main tab bar of the website 2017 Colour Coded, and to the right column under Menu. To the below pictures, I have added a selection of previously unsold jewelry from Christmas 2016.

Each design was made by yours truly, Natasha (or Tasha as I am usually called) and will certainly make lovely gifts or for your own pleasure.

The caption beneath each photo takes you directly to the relevant post.

For details on pricing and other information, please drop me an email at tasha76d@gmail.com or use the form provided below.

Thank you and have a lovely day!

—Tasha, UYJ

Armed with tools. And, an idea!

So, I have these ideas of grandeur where I make beautiful artistic pieces worthy of a place at the MoMA – Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Yes, grandeur!!

One of my goals for this year is to work with metals and to diversify the type of product that I offer. In other words, to not rely solely on beading but to reach out to a different clientele, and most importantly, fulfill my goals and dreams.

My first shot will be to use aluminium artistic wire to do free form statement pieces. I have practiced with copper wire before and on 20 gauge wire to form my own earring components and to do bead wrapping. This will be my first time working on larger items.

The items I’ve purchased so far are: –

  • Beadsmith Lightweight Jeweler’s Rubber/Plastic Double Hammer
  • Beadsmith Wire Whacker
  • Beadsmith Aluminium 12 Gauge Wire

To prepare myself I have done some reading on how to use these items and I had a brief conversation with the store manager before purchasing them.  He advised initially to purchase the Whacker only but I decided to get the hammer, too.

Here starts this journey! Let’s see how this all turns out.

Do you work with wire? Or, metals? Is there any advice that you can share with me? 

Thank you!!!

—Tasha, UYJ

Share Your World | Pen to paper

This is my second challenge post in two days. Wow! I am getting warm 🙂  Not nearly!!!

My first was on the Daily Post here.

So, thanks Cee for these questions. Let’s go!

Would you prefer to receive a unicycle, bicycle, tricycle or motorcycle?

  • A bicycle. Creature of habit, I guess. Although the daredevil in me says motorbike.

What is one thing you’d like to accomplish this year?

  • There are several things but one that I will mention is being financially stable.

What was one of the highlights of 2016 for you?

  • Celebrating my 40th birthday was truly special. The entire year was filled with moments of celebration along the way.

Would you prefer to fly a kite or fly in a hot air balloon?

  • I have always wanted to fly in a hot air balloon. It is on my bucket list. Maybe this year will I can make it happen.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

  • Last week was crunch time for me as it relates to meeting client orders for Christmas gifts. I am grateful that I was able to satisfy their requests by the delivery date.
  • This week starts my vacation and I am looking forward to relaxation!!
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Hibicus flower. I took this in May 2016 for my birthday. Something I am truly grateful for.

—Tasha, UYJ

*This post is now featured HERE