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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.
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