Sunday, 7 February 2016

New from Jewelshart

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Beaded Victorian Bridal Choker Necklace

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Long Black Tassel Fringe Earrings  

In addition to the Victorian Fantasy Fringe Choker Necklace I created with the beautiful silky fringe I have on hand, I've designed these lovely earrings. Super long, the silky strands will sweep across your shoulders giving you a flirty look. So elegant and dramatic!

Friday, 26 September 2014

Victorian with a bit of Fantasy

With the amount of supplies I have accumulated lately, it's no wonder I sometimes forget what I have in stock. While my jewelry components are well organized, I find that my sewing bits - not so much! So when I happened to find some beautiful long black fringe left over from an old sewing project recently, I just knew I had to make something with it. But what to make? Well it turns out I didn't have to think for too long before I already had a couple of designs in my head. My thoughts went to creating this black velvet choker - Victorian style - but with a bit of fantasy.Pretty black velvet ribbon, a beautiful oxidized silver over brass stamping with a black onyx cabochon as the focal and my latest choker took shape. I finished it off with an extension chain and a pretty teardrop onyx bead.


Victorian Fantasy Fringe Choker Necklace

But I have more plans for this pretty fringe...Follow along to see what I come up with.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

My newest passion...

Well I have to say I haven't been very motivated to blog for quite some time. What with work and life in general I just haven't been in the mood to sit down and write anything. But I have to share a new passion I have just recently discovered. I have been feeling particularly creative lately and have been experimenting with different textures and techniques.

Ever since I was a little girl I loved to knit and crochet. My grandmother taught me the basic stitches. She was so talented. She would sit and knit for hours and create beautiful tops for me and my sister. She was always fashion forward and many times I would go to school wearing one of her creations to find everyone admiring her work. To this day I wish I had kept a particular top she had made for me. It was white chenille with white pearls-something that would be so "in" today!

I haven't knitted since my kids were babies, which is quite some time ago. Nor have I crocheted for many years either. But while I was surfing the net a few weeks ago I came across some lovely jewellery pieces that were crocheted. While I have always known that knitting or crocheting with beads was possible, heck my grandmother taught me over 30 years ago...for some reason I forgot, or just didn't think of it! Meshing my passion for creating jewellery with my dormant passion for crocheting is so exciting. I quickly decided to use wire instead of cotton or wool (for now anyway) to see what I could do with it. Wow I love it! It is so satisfying to see the wire and beads twine together to form a bracelet.

Here's my first try:

Beaded Crystal Turquoise Crochet Cuff

This piece is one of my favourites and I am keeping it for myself. I'm not sure if it's the colour or if it's just the fact that it's my first try.

 My daughter suggested a very thin bracelet, simple but colourful so I quickly found some turquoise shards and crocheted this one:

Simple Beaded Crochet Bracelet

She loves it and wears it quite a lot.

I've just completed a crocheted lariat necklace-gold wire with gold tear drop crystals, round clear crystals and black irregular shaped crystals. I'll post next time.

The possibilities are endless when it comes to creating jewellery. That's probably why I love it so much!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Today's Featured Artisan is...

Chiqui & Ita Modern Table Linens

My fellow Etsian Tania creates lovely table runners and placemats.  Here are a couple that caught my eye:

                Floating Buds in Grey Table Runner


Christmas Ornaments Table Runner

Check out Tania's Etsy shop at for more great designs.

Great work Tania!

Post Black Friday/Cyber Monday Etsy Sale

Okay so I had my first sale on Etsy!  But no sales....Actually, I even had less views than normal so what happened you might ask?  I have no idea!  Many people in the forums complained about the same thing.  Who knows, maybe there just wasn't that much traffic in general online.  I know the malls were very busy but in my little shop...nothing!  Oh well maybe things will start to move as we get closer to Christmas.  I have listed a few new items and have received many views and "favorites" so I'm quite happy.  I get so much enjoyment in seeing the stats for "favorites" go up and to see who is liking my items.  I will probably jump for joy for another sale!

I will continue to keep you all posted on my Etsy journey as interesting events arise.  However, for the most part I will now use this page to feature some of my followers to help showcase some of their work so that all can view what incredible talent is out there! 

Thanks for following!


Wednesday, 23 November 2011

My Etsy Journey

Back in September 2011 I decided to try to sell my beloved creations on Etsy.  Known for having handmade unique items by many talented artisans, I thought that Etsy would be a great place to try my hand at online shopping.  With a lot of time, and hard work I was determined to set up my shop.  I read article after article, thread after thread (from the very helpful forums) and managed to finally have a shop I am proud of.  I have read so many discouraged fellow Etsians claim that they hardly get any "views" and sales are so low if not non existent.  I have to say, I didn't expect it to be so difficult to get people to see my shop.  I mean, I thought once it was live, and someone searched for say...a crystal bridal bracelet would be seen.  Boy was I naive!

Titles and tags oh my! Apparently it's all about having the right titles, and tags and lets not forget the fabulous pictures.  If the search manages to result in your picture appearing amongst the many other listings, your photo must capture the viewers interest and draw them in. I'm still tweaking the titles and tags! My shop is getting more and more views and I am getting quite a few who "favorite" an item. 

One great enjoyment I found on Etsy is creating treasuries.  At first when I read about them I was skeptical.
Creating a treasury of items from other shops?  It was a foreign concept to me. Now, I absolutely love it!  I love looking for great finds from fellow artisans and putting them together to form a theme, and posting it for all to view and enjoy.  It is so rewarding to know that I am helping someone promote their item to the right customer.

Here's an example of a couple of treasuries I recently completed for the upcoming holidays:

I owe many thanks to the ETK team for answering so many of my questions.  These talented artisans are truly an inspiration to me!

Follow along in my journey in trying to run a successful shop on Etsy.  Next week I'll let you know the results of my first sale.