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Keepsakes Can Mean So Much

img_3530I love with all my heart all of my precious keepsakes given to me by special family members and fabulous friends. You know keepsakes do not have to be some costly gift to be special to you.

In my studio I have pieces of paper some with just scribbles of crayon or markers, many pictures of me drawn by some of my favorite little people.. Seeing them there makes me smile. I remember the nature of one of my gifts. My grandgirl was about 4 before she could write very well and she made me a Mothers Days card, with her mothers help, that says #G’ma you are a great women!” the best part was she said to her mother that will make G’ma laugh, she knew it would. It still cracks me up when I sew it!

Sweet gifts from my man, items from the heart that reminded him of me, now remind me of him. I love them find it difficult to throw away his beautiful cards.

Sweet gifts from my man, items from the heart that reminded him of me, now remind me of him. I love them some of the smaller ones more than the larger. I find it difficult to throw away his beautiful cards.

I have a set of Christmas Ornaments given to me by one of my closest friends and they mean the world to me, and are one of my prized possessions. Every year when I get them out I smile and think of her and my life at the time she gave them to me. So heart warming!

I have a recent keepsake created and given to me by a sweet redhead of Lucy and Ethel, which represents her and I.

A charm bracelet from my mom and dad.

I think you get the point, but I could continue typing all day. Its not about the cost its about the love that goes into finding just the right item.

I definitely would love everyone to purchase from Glam Girls Pretties, there are many items there that make great keepsakes. But more than that, this holiday season I would love to see people really give heart felt meaningful gifts!

 

 

 

Sunday, Sunday

What a fab day selling my pretties down by the sea shore!

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Cruise Ships on the Horizon

I am so excited to sit down by the bay selling my Maine creations. The cruise ships will be getting larger as we head into fall. On Sunday 8/28 a cruise ship with 5000 passengers, plus crew, will be docking at Ocean Gateway. How incredible that not only do I imageget to sell my Maine creations, I also get to meet so many people. I will be a happy smiling face that represents Maine, gotta do Maine and Portland proud! Besides I love being the unofficial welcoming committee!

If you are out and about come see me!

Ahoy Matey

imageimageimagecruise shipI am excited however a bit overwhelmed with a big decision/ commitment I have made to make and sell hand stamped Maine jewelry, and key chains, and even more exciting my target customers being cruise ship passengers. Portland, Maine’s Casco Bay will welcome 79 cruise ships this summer. Obviously it will be a big commitment and my Etsy shop orders will always come first! But, I have to say I am a bit proud of the designs I have come up with, I have created little Maine scenes just using stamps I have and a few I created, adding a few specialty stamps here and there. They are custom designed and created by me, so they are very unique, anyone who has seen them, loves them!

 

For the Love of Charm Jewelry

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I have always loved charm jewelry. I don’t know for some reason hearing the soft jingle of those little charms thrills me, like the sound of a woman’s heels clicking on an empty hallway floor. I know, strange right?? Check out some cool charm jewelry at glamgirlpretties shop on Etsy!!, bring some jingle into a friend’s day or even your own! Wishing you a jingle jangle day!

Sweet Review

Glam Girls Pretties received this sweet review today. It made my heart smile!

Road race, runners hand stamped key chain, with name of race, date and time of completion, gift for runner, marathon, 10k, 5k,

Perfect gift to celebrate my husbands retirement from the Marine Corps and completing his first Marine Corps Marathon. Thank you for creating this beautiful memento that he can carry as inspiration toward his next goal.

It Makes My Heart Smile!

I received this message from one of my customers yesterday. To think something I made could be so meaningful, makes my heart smile that I am contributing in a small positive way.

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Customer: Placed an order for Soulmates Necklaces with this message attached.

I have ordered these previously but unfortunately lost them when my house burned down in July. My man and I wore these everyday and I’m going to surprise him for his birthday with another one :) Thank you for making such unique and meaningful art :)

ME:

I am so sorry to hear about your fire. How touching that they meant that much to you both.

Customer:

Thank you so much. I really appreciate that. They meant so much and we were so bummed that they didn’t survive and I just haven’t had a chance to reorder them with all the madness! But thank you again so much for the beautiful jewelery! I can’t wait for them to arrive :)

 

Mothers Necklace

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Even though I created this and without sounding as if I am tooting my own horn. I have to say I absolutely love this beautiful heart shaped mothers necklace, accented with children’s birthstones and stick children charms, custom made with Mom, Mother or any female parent name. Also available for gram, grammy, nana, and any other female grandparent.

Giveaway for November at Glam-Girls-Pretties

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Giveaway for November. To be eligible for giveaway Please Share my Glam-Girls-Pretties facebook page or purchase an item in my Etsy shop, to be entered into the drawing!!!

One of a Kind; handcrafted silver twisted heart charm holder holds a hand stamped mom charm, and hand wrapped Swarovski birthstones of your choice of course. Drawing will be held on Nov. 30th, you will receive this beautiful necklace just in time to give for holiday gift giving.

Creating a Shop on Etsy, Post #1

I will be posting with my take on setting up your own Etsy shop! I will share things from my prospective that made a difference.

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I love to create, let me discover a  DIY (do it yourself) project I want to make and I am over the moon. I always have a dozen projects going at any one time, as my hubs can attest to. I guess I started creating many years ago primarily out of necessity, because generally creating something myself saved me money. Many crafting days and nights later I was hooked I saw  if I put my mind into it I could create pretty much anything as long as I had a picture or at least a picture in my mind of how I wanted the finished project to look

years ago my daughter had gotten into creating jewelry, one Christmas she gifted me with a container full of beading materials, I soon found myself making bracelets and necklaces, at that point I was hooked. I loved the way I could create something unique, a piece of jewelry that was mine exclusively. I dabbled with many different kinds of jewelry making.

But, I have always loved charm bracelets, there is just something about the way they jingle. In 2010 I purchased a set of metal stamps and some raw brass stamping blanks to make myself a charm bracelet, I loved making them and people seemed to think I should sell them. I had heard of a site called Etsy, where artisans could sell their creations. I liked the sound of that I did a bit of research and decided On somewhat of a whim I would give selling on Etsy a try in  Aug 2010 I opened My Etsy Shop to sell my family charm bracelets. MY thought was if you make it they will come. My shop set idle until Dec 1 2010, when I got my first sale. I was psyched. But did not possess enough wisdom as an Etsy shop owner to realize most generally sales do not come if you do not put the effort into you shop. I soon became bored with my shop, at the time I was working a full time job and just tending my shop as a side hobby.

As jewelry styles evolved I soon found myself moving into larger beads and creating statement necklaces and bracelets. People were always asking me at work about my jewelry and when I said I made it, they would encourage me to sell it. As was beginning to be overrun by my beaded jewelry, obviously I could only wear so much jewelry, without looking like a gypsy. I started thinking about selling my beaded creations online as well.

In 2011 I had 8 sales. . I was disappointed, I had about 2 dozen items in my shop but sales were slow coming in. I continued to just wait for sales doing nothing to promote my shop. By 2012 I was no longer working my 40hr a week job, I started hand stamping again, I loved the idea of creating keepsakes with creations from the heart, I had a new determination, I knew I was on the right path and that really paying attention to my shop, was what made the difference. I decided to focus on my shop on Etsy as my small business and began treating it that way. In 2012, I had 7 sales very disappointing. I had so much to learn. Success does not come quickly.

By January 2013 my perseverance started paying off. I was active on my glamgirlspretties blog, I created a Glam Girl Pretties face book page, I tweeted, I posted on Pinterest, was active in the Etsy forums and kept posting new creations, even though some days I got only a handful of views. I was learning about SEO, key words, and tags, I was seeing that treating my Etsy shop like a small business was making a difference and finally 2013 I had 290 sales, wow I was jumping for joy!! I continued in much the same way and in 2014 my shop took off, I had 1000 sales in 2014, OMG, I was ecstatic.

I am on track to do as well in 2015.

and so my Etsy story began!