Friday, April 11, 2008

Jewelry update

Ever since getting pregnant and realizing that flipping houses would be put on hold for a few months, I've really started focusing on growing my jewelry business. Working out of my home would really be a great luxury to have once the baby comes when you look at the alternative of taking the baby to a construction site! In order to improve business, I've been focusing on two goals - continuing to update my website with new pieces and better photographs and getting my jewelry into local boutiques.

While I work to find someone to update my site, I'm excited to announce that over 30 of my pieces from the Celebrate Wedding section will be sold in a local bridal boutique! I'll have six bridal collections and four bridesmaid collections on display along with a selection of earrings. The bridal boutique is set to open late May so when it does, I'll be sure to include the information on my website under a new section for Retailers.

In addition to selling my bridal jewelry in bridal boutiques, I'm really trying to get my foot in the door with a children's boutique to sell the Celebrate Family line. There are so many additional pieces that I've made in the past 6 months that haven't even posted to my site - things like Christening necklaces, name bracelets, and family necklaces and bracelets.

Mother charm necklace with birthstones reprensenting her four children: April, March, December, and September.
Mother's name bracelet for her daughter Brooke born in July.
Family bracelet with four birthstones represented: August, February, November, and May.
Mother's pearl name bracelet for her son Scott born in August.
May mother and her three children represented: September, June (Alexandrite), and October.
Mother's double name bracelet for her daugther Emma born in February and Anna born in October.

It's very difficult trying to establish relationships with boutiques simply because they may not be looking for a line of jewelry to carry or they may feel like they already have significant jewelry representation in their store and there is no need to add to it so wish me luck!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Pet Jewelry!

Jennifer from Soulard Pet Sitters (who we use to watch Harvey when we're gone) contacted me about designing some pet jewelry for a fundraiser/silent auction that Pets in the City is having later this month. Having a larger dog, it never would have occurred to me that there was such a need for pet jewelry! This is what I came up - doggie charms that clip onto their collar and matching owner bracelets!

Because we won't know who the eventual winner of the auction will be ahead of time, I went with charms for the doggies. As another option, doggie necklaces are available and are custom made based on the size of the doggie's neck. Additionally, matching owner necklaces and earrings are available!

Isn't this a riot! I think they are so cute and can't believe I never thought of this before. Many thanks to Jennifer and Soulard Pet Sitters and Pets in the City. You can read more about the Heartland Weimaraner Rescue Fundraiser on April 26th here.

These items will be available on my website soon!