MY SHOP: WWW.STUDIO11CHARMS.COM

Thursday, December 15, 2011

NEW ARRIVALS: EASY EPOXY CAMEOS: VINTAGE JAPANESE BARBIE


Available in 18x25mm, 13x18mm, 30x22mm, 33x24mm, 30x40mm OVALS
Other shapes coming soon!
To purchase 30x40mm ovals CLICK HERE!
To purchase 18x25mm ovals CLICK HERE!
Other sizes, please contact me for a custom listing by going to my shop:
www.Studio11Charms.com



Available in 18x25mm, 13x18mm, 30x22mm, 33x24mm, 30x40mm OVALS
Other shapes coming soon!
To purchase 30x40mm ovals CLICK HERE!
To purchase 18x25mm ovals CLICK HERE!
Other sizes, please contact me for a custom listing by going to my shop:
www.Studio11Charms.com



Available in 18x25mm, 13x18mm, 30x22mm, 33x24mm, 30x40mm OVALS
Other shapes coming soon!
To purchase 30x40mm ovals CLICK HERE!
To purchase 18x25mm ovals CLICK HERE!
Other sizes, please contact me for a custom listing by going to my shop:
www.Studio11Charms.com



Available in 18x25mm, 13x18mm, 30x22mm, 33x24mm, 30x40mm OVALS
Other shapes coming soon!
To purchase 30x40mm ovals CLICK HERE!
To purchase 18x25mm ovals CLICK HERE!
Other sizes, please contact me for a custom listing by going to my shop:
www.Studio11Charms.com

THEY ARE EPOXY STICKERS WITH THE IMAGES ATTACHED. STICKY BACK. All ready for you to stick it any setting you want. Unlike most other Epoxy sellers, these are not plain paper back. You DO NOT need to use Glue! These are REAL Epoxy Stickers. All you have to do is peel the protective paper on the back of the sticker and stick the sticker image to any setting that you want. You get the images already set in epoxy resin stickers. These are already pre-cut into ovals for you, so you don't need to cut or trim them (unless you want to). All ready for you to make whatever you want with it. Very high quality craftsmanship.
What you see is what you get!

The BEST value anywhere!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

NEW ARRIVALS: READY TO USE EPOXY STICKERS





(Also available in 18x25mm, 13x18mm, 30x22mm, 33x24mm, 30x40mm)


THEY ARE EPOXY STICKERS WITH THE IMAGES ATTACHED. STICKY BACK. All ready for you to stick it any setting you want. Unlike most other Epoxy sellers, these are not plain paper back. You DO NOT need to use Glue! These are REAL Epoxy Stickers. All you have to do is peel the protective paper on the back of the sticker and stick the sticker image to any setting that you want. You get the images already set in epoxy resin stickers. These are already pre-cut into ovals for you, so you don't need to cut or trim them (unless you want to). All ready for you to make whatever you want with it. Very high quality craftsmanship.
What you see is what you get!

The BEST value anywhere!

***This listing is for the EPOXY STICKERS ONLY*** Frames and settings that are shown in this listing is for sample and demo purposes only. They are NOT for sale with this listing. If you wish to purchase the settings and frames, please let me know and I can set up a listing for you. Check my shop for other frames and settings styles available.

Save yourself money and time. I've already done all of the hard work for you...so all you have to do is play with your imagination. Glue this to any settings, frames, or just add a bail on the back, and you are done. Simple, easy, and fast. Time is money honey!

Great for Steampunk, Jewelry making, Scrapbooking, use in your collages, and much much more. Perfect for necklaces, earrings, bracelets, headbands, rings, broaches, pins, and so much more. Light weight and high in quality and craftsmanship. Light weight and ideal for earrings and necklace pendants. Use your imagination. 100% handmade from scratch!!! Lots of time, love, and care were put into making these.

These are water resistance but I DO NOT recommend that you wear these while exercising, showering, swimming, or while doing anything that will expose the item to prolong water contact.

You can use these for anything really. The possibilities are endless. String on a chain for an easy necklace piece. Add some more charms to them. Use them in your steampunk creations or other vintage inspired jewelry.

Other colors and designs are also available, please check my shop for more colors and styles. If you need more, please convo me for a custom order.

**Brides, Birthdays, Anniversary, Engagement Parties, and other special events: I can get these made with your own image/s if you want, in any quantity that you need** (just a small custom fee will apply for my extra time and effort). All handmade by me so each piece will be very precious and unique!

*****NOTE****: I normally ship out all items either same day or the next day. However, these items will require extra time for me to make it, so please allow up to 2-3 days after your order is placed before I can ship these. Quality is very important to me, so I don't want to rush it.
If this is a problem, please do not purchase these.

All items are handmade and Ship out from the USA. So it is much faster than if you purchase from an international seller. I LOVE international customers!!! Buy with confidence. Read my feedbacks! You will get fast international shipping (averages about 3-10 days) for your package to arrive.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Pretty Pretty Designs

Who or what inspired you to start a business?

I had the idea to start making jewelry about 13 years ago. But marriage, children and just life set that idea back about 10 years. About 3 years ago, when my youngest started school full time I decided I needed to do something for myself, yet still be available as full time mom. So I began my journey into the field of handcrafted jewelry. I believe that God put the idea in my head. As my relationship with Him grew stronger I wanted “cool” jewelry to represent my faith. So I began creating jewelry that was “Faithful, yet Fashionable”

How did you get started?

I was visiting a friend in Ohio who had just closed down her craft store. I was rummaging through her left-over stock and it was full of beads and tools and all kinds of goodies for jewelry making. I told her about my vision of making jewelry and she said “take it”. So I bought myself a book and started teaching myself to make beaded jewelry. My first creations were made after putting the kids to bed I would sit on the living room floor and just create, eventually moving to a small desk in the corner.

I figured I would just keep practicing until all the kids went to school full time, but it all happened before I was ready. My mom bought a necklace for a friend of hers that was battling cancer; it was a pretty turquoise bead necklace with a “Believe” charm and an angel wing. The woman was so touched; she absolutely loved it and decided that she wanted a “Pretty Pretty” necklace for all her family and friends that were supporting her through the toughest time in her life. She ordered 25 necklaces from me. And from there I was in business. It was way too soon, so I thought, but I have been creating one of a kind jewelry designs ever since. Through word of mouth I got a bunch of sales and then started home shows, craft fairs and then eventually my website and Etsy. That was 3 years ago, and I have never been happier in a career choice.

What tip or advice can you give someone starting out who wants to follow in your footsteps?

DON’T EVER GIVE UP!!! Follow your dreams and desires.

If you are given a gift to create beautiful things then use that gift. There is no better feeling than receiving a complement from someone or touching someone’s life because of something YOU created.

And work very hard!!! I have never worked as hard as I do right now. Every free minute I have is focused on Pretty Pretty. Whether it’s designing, creating, networking, updated my website, taking and editing pictures, etc. But I have to say I have never enjoyed a job more.

You can do whatever you want and be successful if you put your mind to it and stick with it!

What inspires you every day? Where do you find your inspiration?

I am inspired each day by so much. My faith, family, friends, nature and my vintage jewelry collection are what inspire me most. Pretty much everything inspires me.

Most of my pieces are faithful, spiritual & inspirational. I love my God and I wear jewelry that represents and reminds me of that. But sometimes faithful jewelry is delicate and simple; my background in fashion helps me to make it hip and trendy. I like to say that I make jewelry for todays “Spiritually Aware & Fashionable Consumer”.

I love to lift people up and heal, so I make jewelry that does just that.

My friends inspire my “rock star” and a “seashore” collection, my daughter inspires me to make little girls jewelry and my husband and my sons inspire me to make men’s jewelry.

Many of my designs are inspired by my collection of vintage jewelry. I started collecting them because I had a few antiques from both of my Grandmother’s and I love them so much. So whenever I am in an antique store and something catches my eye, I add it to my collection. Aside from rings I pretty much only wear Pretty Pretty and vintage. Both are unique and one of kind, I like that.

Who are your role models and why?

I can’t really say that I have a role model. I am who I am because of me. I work very hard not only in my business but on myself personally. I don’t think anyone is ever “done” being the person they are going to be. I strive each and every day to be a better person. I don’t aspire to be like anyone else, just the best “me” I can be.

I actually have a magnet on my mirror on my desk that is an angel and it says “I am my own heroine”. I love that.

How do you find balance for running your business in your busy schedule?

Balance??? Ha-ha, what balance? I wouldn’t say I’m balanced, I’m busy, but in the best way possible. Besides my business I have 3 awesome children, Kohl, 17, Maximos, 9 and “Pretty Pretty” Ava is 8. I am blessed to have a wonderful husband that helps out around the house and with the kids when I need it. I work very “off” hours, especially in the summer. The joy of having my own business is that right now I work when I can.


A typical day for me right now is:

I usually wake up and have my coffee in bed with my laptop and TV. I check my emails, say my prayers watch my faithful TV shows and then start my day. From 8:00 to 11:00 I create jewelry, pack up orders that have to be shipped and whatever else needs to be done for business. And then from 11:00 on it is Playtime!!! We go in the pool, go to the beach or concerts and we hang out with our family and friends. We are very social and enjoy life to the fullest whenever possible. After the kids are in bed it’s back to my laptop to check on my websites, network, and research and plan what has to be done the next morning.

Once the kids go back to school my schedule will be more structured and will have much more “business” time in it.

Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?

I see myself having a very successful Jewelry business (God willing) and another business that I have in the works right now. I want to see my creations in “People Style-watch” and “In Style” magazine. I see my jewelry being sold in high end boutiques and on my website. In 10 years all of my children should be out of the house or in college so I hope to travel to awesome locations with my husband to find cool and unique components to work with.

Can you give us some word of wisdom for success? What are your biggest business triumphs, success, and mistakes? Have you ever made a business decision in the past that was a mistake? What are some of the BEST business decisions that you have made?

The best words of wisdom I can give are to work hard and stay focused. I have a very busy life, but no matter how busy I get my mind always has a little bit of business on it. I never put Pretty Pretty completely on the back burner.

My biggest triumph was an order of 65 custom pieces that I was asked to create for a woman’s retreat. I was honored. And being featured in this blog was pretty exciting too.

The most memorable thing for me was when I was asked to make a necklace for a young lady that was terminally ill. She loved her “Faith” necklace and said it was a blessing to her. Before she passed she asked to be buried with that piece. It is so touching to me, to know that there is an angel in heaven wearing a Pretty Pretty design.

I have only been in business 3 years and not to say I haven’t made mistakes but it’s been pretty smooth so far. I take my time with my business. I’m not in a huge rush to be an overnight success. I feel that helps me to make fewer mistakes. I research every aspect of my business before I do anything. I wear my jewelry before I sell it, to make sure it hangs the right way and it that it is sturdy. If I am not 100% satisfied with it, it goes into the redo pile.

I think my best business decision is to not be cheap with my supplies. I don’t mind paying for quality merchandise and that is the consumer I am targeting. And I guarantee all of jewelry. If anything happens to a piece I will remake it or fix it. I have been known to see something on a friend that doesn’t look great and I take it off them and make it perfect.

Most of my customers are loyal repeat customers that I have sort of built relationships with. I enjoy corresponding with my clients, not just making a sale. It’s more special that way; for me and them.


My actual workspace which is just a corner in my house.


A picture of the workshop I would love to have in my backyard some day.



More Designs by PrettyPretty:


Website: www.prettyprettyjewel.com/

Etsy:
www.etsy.com/shop/PrettyPrettyJewel

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/Pretty-Pretty/



MARTHA STEWART: TIPS FOR SUCCESS

One of my all time major role model is of course, Miss. Martha Stewart, the EMPRESS of crafting beautiful things. She has built a multi-BILLION dollars empire from the ground up. So everything that she tells me to do to be successful, I do! This video clip is an AMAZING must see for everyone and anyone who wants to build their own crafting empire too. I have learned so much from watching this and I feel so motivated!!! Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

EASY WAYS TO KEEP YOUR CRAFT ROOM ORGANIZED

So most of you know that I am in the middle of getting my craft room organized. I will probably will be moving again in a few months. But for the meantime, I cannot work unless my work space is organized and look nice. So here are a few ideas that have inspired me and have kept me organized.

I have a lot of plastic containers. And this is such a great idea to keep all of my plastic containers organized...by having a sturdy shelving system.

(source: http://l.yimg.com/www.flickr.com/images/spaceball.gif)

I LOVE this cabinet. It's the "white one" with the see-through draws. This is such a great idea. So that you can see what in the drawer. Hmmm...I wonder if my handy hubby can make this for me.

(source: http://room-designs.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/craft-room-designs.jpg)

WOWWWW....This is my DREAM craft room!!! I'm going to show this to my hubby and see if he can make this room for me :) Because he's super sweet like that...right?! Ladies, instead of a fancy handbag, diamond ring, or other expensive gift items for your birthdays, anniversaries, ect... you should ask your wonderful hubby to make you a "dream" craft room for you to spend endless creative hours in. Because this is the gift that will continue to keep giving.

(source: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_0I7M_9lOoZk/SwjRg4UibeI/AAAAAAAAE4o/1PTpwo9kHNM/s1600/studio,craft,room,deco,interior,design,funky,home,decor-47eb87ed06236f9a497570686dc088f3_h.jpg)


(source: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_0I7M_9lOoZk/SwjRnBxdasI/AAAAAAAAE5A/nRLP84ta8is/s1600/studio,indoors,bookshelf,inspiration-4b50156cbd47893a8f5a49ac6964410b_h.jpg)


(source: http://kerryh01.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/stunning-organised-craft-room.jpg)

If you have any other great ideas for organizing your craft room, I would LOVE for you to share it with me and others. Please feel free to post a link to pictures or articles that may help inspire us for our creative space. Thank you and I hope that my findings have inspired you.

Monday, August 1, 2011

THE IMPORTANCE OF GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE

Have you ever purchased something online and the seller's shop said that they will deliver you the goods/products within 24 hours (for digital products)...and it would take days for them to send you a simple email???? I mean, what is up with that?

I hate bad customer service! And I am sure that most of you can relate to me on this topic.
And then I would have to send the seller an email, trying to kindly put in a way that will scream, "Send me my stuff that I paid for." And many times, I really want to write these sellers an email to let them know that "hey, maybe you should do what you said that would do. Don't lie to your customers by over promising and under delivering. And your customer service sucks really bad, and I will NEVER shop with you ever ever ever again." whewww... I got that out of my system. And just to note, I never once write these sellers a mean email...I was just thinking it inside my head. But sometimes I feel like I should let them know so that they will know the reason why they are loosing customers like me and probably many others as well.

And then I really don't like it when I really want a product, but have a few last minutes questions, and the seller would take days and on some few occasions, a week or more to get back to me! "Are you kiding me?" "Are these people still open for business?" So of course, when the sellers don't get back to me asap, or within 24 hours, I go somewhere else to buy what I need (even if it is more money). And you guessed it, I never shop with that seller ever again. I mean, why would I? If they can't even get back to me in a timely manner when I only have a simple question about their product (and I was so ready to purchase and pay immediately), then why should I go back to purchase something from them? What happens if there is a problem with the package/product/order? I would probably never hear back from them if I have a problem.

LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FOR SHOP OWNERS:
1. Amazing Customer Service is Key!
2. Getting back to your customers in a timely manner is very important.
3. Shipping items to your customers in a timely manner is very important.
4. If there is a problem, don't turn a blind eye. Just fix the problem and 99% of the time, your customers will be happy.
5. Golden rule! A happy customer is a returned customer.
An unhappy customer turned happy customer is a customer for life (as long as your customer service is top notch).
An unhappy customer that is unresolved will be extremely detrimental to your business and profit margin. They will never shop from you again and they will tell all of their friends to stay away from your shop too.

SUMMARY: Take care of your customers!

***This article was inspired by my experience with a few bad experiences with sellers and great experiences with sellers. And how this has affected my buying patterns in the future in certain product categories and with these specific sellers. I am sure most of you can relate to me. And I am using my purchasing experience as a "business lesson" for all of us entrepreneurs.
I will not be naming names of specific shops or sellers, just sharing my experiences with you.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

NEW ARRIVALS: EDGAR ALLEN POE FRAME PENDANTS


XL Large Metal Edgar Allen Poe Gothic Vintage Cameo Cabochons Frames Pendant Charms


THEY ARE ACTUAL CABOCHON CAMEOS WITH THE FRAMES INCLUDED. You get the frames with the images already set in epoxy resin. All ready for you to make whatever you want with it. Very high quality craftsmanship.
What you see is what you get!

The BEST value anywhere!

Colors currently available are: Silver and Bronze.
Coming soon: Black, Pink, and White.

Save yourself money and time. I've already done all of the hard work for you...so all you have to do is play with your imagination. Glue this to any settings, frames, or just add a bail on the back, and you are done. Simple, easy, and fast. Time is money honey!

Think of all of the time and money that you will save with these! If you were to make it yourself, you would have to purchase the frames (similar frames sold in other shops for $3.50-$4.99 per piece alone), the images (the cost of the images, the cost of ink, high quality special paper, special medium to apply and seal the images), and then the epoxy (sold in other shops alone for $1-$2 per piece). And then, think of how much time it would take for you to gather all of your materials from different shops, and driving around (wasting gas money), and then having to sit down and make all of this yourself. This is WHOLESALE pricing. Jewelry made from these are selling for $25-$55 and more per piece.

Great for Steampunk, Jewelry making, Scrapbooking, use in your collages, and much much more. Perfect for necklaces, earrings, bracelets, headbands, rings, broaches, pins, and so much more. Light weight and high in quality and craftsmanship. Light weight and ideal for earrings and necklace pendants. Use your imagination. 100% handmade from scratch!!! Lots of time, love, and care were put into making these.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: MESHE DESIGNS



Meet Shelly from MeShe Designs and find out what inspires her and how she got started doing what she loves.
  1. Who or What inspired you to start a business?
About five years ago I worked in a metaphysical store, surrounded by gorgeous handcrafted jewelry all day and night. I was truly inspired by my surroundings of luscious stones and silver to begin creating my own visions. Many people along the way have kept my inspiration fully charged, and allow me to continue to be inspired.

(I just LOVE her hair!!! )

2. How did you get started?
When I worked in the metaphysical store. We sold oodles of gorgeous handcrafted jewelry from different artists around the world. I was in love with jewelry display, the origins of the stones themselves, and the unique craftsmanship that was put into these treasures. Selling jewelry was second nature for me, my boss recommended for me to start creating some of my own designs. She started her business with making jewelry and it developed from there. So she provided me with a bead catalog and my affair with making jewelry began.


3. What tip or advice can you give someone starting out who wants to follow in your footsteps?
From a young age we may not know exactly what we want to be, but we sure do know what we love. I feel everyone is built with a particular specialty whether that’s drawing, speaking, nurturing others, playing sports, or taking charge. You want to develop those strong points, and utilizing them for the career you choose. If you love it follow it, there are so many variations you can use your gifts to make a promising career. Do what makes you feel good, what makes you smile whether in love or life. That’s when you truly reach satisfaction at anything including a job, always listen to your intuition.

4. What inspires you everyday? Where do you find your inspiration?
My passion for people is what inspires me; I love anything about communicating with others. I like to see others get joy and excitement out of the creations I make, it keeps me going even if the sales aren’t rolling in by the dozens ;) You see the appreciation and like a nurse when you make someone feel good, it soothes the soul. I have a great family, amazing friends, and a soul mate that I never want to do without. All these things create inspiration with there support it makes what I do easy. For creating, just about everything inspires me, my favorite inspiration for a necklace was from a bread tie. I was twisting and turning the bread tie until I came up with a bow. I then brought it to life with the original MeShe The Bow Necklace.

5. Who are your role models and why?
My mother and step father, we are a quirky family with unusual dinner table manners but we understand each other. My mother is superwoman if any one asks that’s who and what she is. Loving, lovable, understanding, appreciative, humble, and such a pain (that’s why we love moms!) My step father is an amazing man that has grounded my life in a time when I needed it most, forever a father in my eyes. He is the more business side, gives me the suggestions I sometimes don’t want to hear but I know are right. Tells me how to save money, and budget. When I really want to say I know that, when I don’t. Between the two of them I find the right balance of support.


6. How do you find a balance for running your business in your busy schedule? What does your daily schedule looks like?
I’m still working on the balancing issue; scheduling and timing are things that are always being reevaluated in order to utilize my time. Sometimes I don’t have enough time, but the harder I work now the more time I make for myself later. I recently have been working full time again so I can afford to invest in a treasure chest of tools and supplies.

Typical Day:
Coffee
Work 9-4:30
Drive home and jam out
Pictures
Designing
Uploading/Renewing/Updating Etsy
Ordering
Thinking
See my boyfriend, or friends or both and by this time im exhausted


6. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years?
In the next five to ten years I see myself successfully running my own business, complete with wholesale accounts, consignment deals, jewelry parties, and a busy Etsy store. I would like to travel a lot with my lover, we enjoy our time together so anywhere and in between. I want to laugh forever because that’s what he makes me do, a house by the water in New York with a hammock, a backyard studio and one dog.

7. Can you give us some word of wisdom for success? What are your biggest business triumphs, success, and mistakes? Have you ever made a business decision in the past that was a mistake? What are some of the BEST business decisions that you have made?
Words of wisdom, I would say planning whether its a formal business plan or simple outlines. These tactics are a great way to organize your thoughts and objectivly see the outcome of the changes you implement. Having an organized agenda allows you to stay focused and streamlined, and really see whats working for your business. The biggest mistake so far, is that I ignore the more mundane tasks. Whether that be inventory, filing, updating spreadsheets, or organizing my space. Its easy to get caught up in the designing, creating, uploading on to etsy, but ignoring simple paperwork can make for a lot of loose ends. The best decision I made to far is that I have made my Etsy shop a priority. I really try and update my facebook, twitter, and shop frequently during the week. I have noticed a significant difference in hearts, views, and sales.

I have a whole other side to my spare bedroom with beads and storage, but I am currently re organzing that space.



SHOP: http://www.etsy.com/shop/meshedesigns
BLOG: www.meshedesigns.blogspot.com
TWITTER: www.twitter.com/meshedesigns
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/meshedesigns


***I love to feature many different handmade artists on my blog. And this week, I have a wonderful friend and jewelry artist that I am so excited to feature on here: MeShe Designs. I hope that you have been inspired like I did. Please leave me comments and feedback to let me know what type of artists you would enjoy reading about and if you would like to be featured. And also, let me know if you enjoy reading about other artists and how they got started. Thank you.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW & FEATURED SHOP: THE OTHER LOFT


1. Who or What inspired you to start a business?
It was actually by chance that I found out the joys of making jewelry! I was attending a 2 hour jewelry workshop with my girl pal and everything just fell into place!

2. How did you get started?

I had never meant to sell jewelries I made. But as my collection grew, I decided to try my luck on the now defunct Yahoo auction room. As soon as I felt there was more opportunity to sell my creations, I created a web page!

3. What tip or advice can you give someone starting out who wants to follow in your footsteps?

I feel that apart from having the passion and perseverance, knowing what you want out of life will be essential to anyone taking that leap of faith. Give yourself a time frame to try out something new. You'll never know what can be in store for you.

4. What inspires you everyday? Where do you find your inspiration?

Colors! I love colors! My inspiration can be from my wardrobe or by pure imagination of what I want to create.

5. Who are your role models and why?
There are many crafters I've come across who do exceptional crafting and deserves to be admired. However, I'm not sure if its a good or bad thing to have a role model as I've never particularly followed a style. So yeah, I guess I don't have one.

6. How do you find a balance for running your business in your busy schedule? What does your daily schedule looks like? (give us an example of a typical day in your shoes).

I'm a stay home mom. My priorities are my children - so I do a lot of chauffeuring to school and extra classes. In between chores, I'd find time to let my creative juices flow and also cook dinner for the family. I'm always in touch with my online shops and customers no matter how busy my schedule is because when you have a smart phone, there's no excuse not to!

7. I noticed that you were featured in a Seventeen issue. Can you tell us about that experience. How did they pick you. How did you find out that you were picked? And how has that changed your business/life?

Yes! My etsy shop was chanced upon by the fashion editor for October 2010 Singapore issue. They were scouring for fashion blog shops and I happen to fit the bill since my clay jewelries scream youthfulness! So I was contacted and many of my handmade items were sent to their office for a photo shoot. This was something very unexpected because I always thought you'd need to pull some strings to get noticed by a magazine!

I may also like to add that I was also nominated and awarded for being part of "100 Inspirational Women" during International Women's Day this year by Cozycot.com - a fashion and beauty portal based in Singapore. And just 2 weeks ago, Cozycot.com launched their maiden magazine and featured what I do in a full page photo shoot. It has been a truly humbling and exciting experience.


8. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 to 10 years?

I have not seen myself so far ahead! I'm happy to enjoy what I do on a day to day basis and hope to keep learning in my journey for many more years to come.

9. Can you give us some word of wisdom for success? What are your biggest business triumphs, success, and mistakes? Have you ever made a business decision in the past that was a mistake? What are some of the BEST business decisions that you have made?

Believe in yourself. It is important not to give up what you enjoy doing because that's your passion. No one can take your passion away from you!

My biggest success would be in 2009 when I created a blog to sell my handmade polymer clay beads. There had been a huge demand from local crafters, wanting to own exclusive beads that I made in small quantity and 95% of the beads I put up for sale twice weekly, were sold almost instantly. I regretted though, that I should have made more to cater to the many I had to turn down when the beads they liked were sold. In return though, I got to connect with many crafters who share what I love to do. After the trend to own polymer clay beads died down, I closed the blog and accepted customized orders instead. I still have orders for clay beads till today which I think is better for me now that I can focus on my jewelry making.

10. Do you have a picture of your design space? And/ or do you have a picture of your "dream" design space

I have a photo of myself here sitting by my dining table - that's where I do my craft. The cupboard behind me stores my treasured beads!


I've never had a dedicated to what I love to do so if I ever have a room for myself, I would like it to look like this!


Here are more examples of jewelry designs and work done by Adeline at The Other Loft.





Adeline's Loft - http://ade-loft.blogspot.com
The Other Loft - http://theotherloft.blogspot.com
Etsy shop - http://theotherloft.etsy.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/adelines.loft

Friday, June 24, 2011

FEATURED ARTIST: RACHEL STECK


I love to feature Artists on my blog. If you would like to be featured on my wonderful blog, please feel free to contact me with your shop info, links, pictures, and a story about your inspiration and how you got started in your business. Please send all submissions to: Studio11Charms@gmail.com.

My name is Rachel Steck I have been making Hemp jewelry since I was in high school. It all started with people wanting the hemp jewelry I made myself. It has stuck with me through the years and now I run 3 shops here on etsy where I sell my hemp jewelry and Hand knit items. I like to use hemp for so many different reasons. Hemp is environmentally friendly, it is very versatile fiber and is a unique way to accessorize.

Hemp is an affordable alternative to the mainstream trend which typically changes every couple of months. Hemp is Biodegradable which means less trash in the landfills. Hemp is also a sustainable resource. It is one of the fastest growing biomasses known and it was one of the first domesticated plants. My first year at university I studied environmental sciences so I try to be as eco friendly as possible.

Hemp Jewelry has been popular since the 60’s and is a timeless fashion and very retro. Hemp is a very versatile material because it can be braided in many different ways, used with any type of bead, charm or pendant and hemp comes in many different colors. It is also very strong and has been used for plant holders, dog collars, belts and clothing as well as many food products. As far as jewelry goes it can be worn casually everyday or mixed with beautiful pendants and worn to an elegant evening affair. Over the past 10 years I have only seen a miniscule amount of people wear this very fashionable accessory. I think hemp gets a bad wrap because people think hemp is the same as marijuana, but it isn’t. Hemp is made from the Cannibis Sativa Plant which is different from Cannibis Indica which is used for recreational and medical use. There is also a miniscule amount of THC in Cannibis Sativa compared to Cannibis Indica which can have up to a 20% level of THC.

Hemp jewelry is not only for hippies and skater teenagers but is perfect for everyone of all ages. I have been running an online business www.rachinator87.etsy.com in which I sell a variety of crafts where I sell handmade hemp accessories.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

REDEFINING SUCCESS

When I was much younger (like in high school and college), I had a set idea about what success should be. I have always thought that success means that you have a high paying job (like being an executive in corporate America making a lot of money (over 6 figure is a lot of money to me). A lot of it had to do with the fact that my parents had very high expectations for me. Growing up I have always wanted to please my parents. Whatever they wanted me to do, I better make sure that I do it with 200%.

Looking back, I was extremely depressed and miserable. Because everything that I did, was not to make me happy, but it was to appease someone else. I have jumped from career to career, climbing the corporate ladder, trying to get ahead. I was so extremely unhappy, and grew more and more depressed. I started to develop heart problems and later found that I had 2 tumors in one of my breast (and I was still in my early twenties). All due to stress and anxiety.

So after I was clear of the tumors (thank goodness they were benign), I started to take a break from my "normally stressful" lifestyle. And focus more on the things that matters to me. Because who knows, if I were to continue on the same path, I might have developed a more serious illness. So I had to change my lifestyle and my perspective on life.

It was extremely hard in the beginning because I was used to making a certain amount of money, buying what I want to buy, and doing what I wanted to do. But then now I couldn't do that anymore because I didn't have the same lifestyle, job, or make the same type of money.

It took me four years (yes 4 years) to figure this out. But along the four years journey (looking back now), I used to beat myself up everyday because I thought that I was a "loser" for not making the same amount of money that I used to make. Even though I was much happier in life and I have a lot less stress. But it took a very long time for me to be able to let go of attaching a dollar sign to my happiness. Because I used to relate the meaning to success to a dollar amount. And my happiness used to depend on my level of "success," that was flawed. I am sure a lot of you do this to yourself too. Especially with the way the economy is right now, I am sure that some of you have had to down-size your lifestyle as well.

I have always been very independent, making my own money, never had to rely on anyone, and was a very successful career women. Never in a million years did I ever think that I was going to down size that status and position in life, to be working at home more often and possibly be a full time mom. I don't have any kids yet, but if I do, I would want to stay at home full time.

And then I thought of all of the mothers that are out there. Who made the choice to stay at home with their children. And I have had many of my brilliant and successful friends who have made the decision to be a full-time mom. And they don't feel like that they are unaccomplished; in fact, they feel more satisfied with their life. And almost all of them are a lot happier.

So that got me to thinking that maybe I got this thing all wrong. And now I am realizing that success is ALL in our heads. There is NO defined definition of what success really is. Because success differs per person. What is successful to you, might not mean success to me, and vice versa. I think I just had a "eureka" moment! And now I don't feel guilty for not having the career that my parents expect me to have. Now I can finally feel comfortable in my own skin. I can feel happy that I would want to stay at home to take care of my children (my husband and I are planning to have kids sometimes soon).

Because the truth is, I think that if most women, if they can have the choice, to either stay at home with their kids or having to go to work, that they would choose their family over their career. I would think that most women would rather stay at home and glad to do it. Of course, if you were at a job that you LOVE, no one said that you have to quit. And if you don't quit, that does NOT make you a bad mother in anyway. You do not and should not have to sacrifice your own happiness when you have kids. But my point here is for those women who are not climbing the corporate ladder and making millions, to know that success is not defined by a position or dollar amount. Success is what makes you feel fulfilled and satisfied with your life. That is true success.

I feel so free. I feel like I don't have to beat myself up anymore. Because I didn't have a career or position that someone else wants me to have. For the first time in my life, I feel like I am in control. I don't have to answer to anyone else but myself. For the first time in my life I am happy in my own skin. And for the first time in my life, when someone ask me what I do for a living, I don't have to be shy about it (because I feel inadequate and insecure). For the first time in my life, I can proudly answer that "I am doing what I LOVE." And that I don't care what anyone say or think of me or what I do. Because I think what I do is something really special and I am very happy doing it.

Please share with me, what success means to you!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

DAILY 5 FAVORITES: JUNE 8, 2011

There are so many great handmade artists with their mouth-watering creations that I couldn't help but share them here with you. Everyday I will be posting 5 of my favorite shops, sellers, and items. So check back often for more great finds. If you would like your shop to be submitted for my Daily 5 Favorites, please "follow" my Blog and on Facebook and email me. Or if you know of any great findings, shops, and sellers, please let me know as well. Write to: Studio11Charms@gmail.com.

ONE: Longtime Lover Necklace...Cloisonne...Vermeil...Sterling Silver By MeSheDesigns
Where to buy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/61559355/longtime-lover

TWO: In your arms is my favorite place to be (card w/ envelope) By RedLetterPaperCo
Where to buy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66830628/in-your-arms-is-my-favorite-place-to-be



THREE: Vintage Kimono Top Floral One Size 60s 70s By WearTheCanvas
Where to buy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/67631392/vintage-kimono-top-floral-one-size-60s


FOUR: Custom-pinwheel pink and cream handknit baby booties & hat By LeebWeeb
Where to buy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/71882046/custom-pinwheel-pink-and-cream-handknit


FIVE: 3 Spring Flower Magnetic Fasheners By Classy Chica
Where to buy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/72210513/3-spring-flower-magnetic-fasheners
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