Sunday, July 24, 2011


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 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


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:
Work 9-4:30
Drive home and jam out
Uploading/Renewing/Updating Etsy
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.


***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


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 - a fashion and beauty portal based in Singapore. And just 2 weeks ago, 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 -
The Other Loft -
Etsy shop -
Facebook -
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