Tag Archive for keepsakes

Bon Voyage

cruise shipI miss the cruise ships already!

I never thought I would miss going in to sell to tourists and cruise ship passengers so much. I am missing the social-ness of it.

Seriously I got to meet so many interesting people and got to know and become friends with some awesome artisans.

My new focus will be to concentrate on getting into some shops around the city and possibly elsewhere and of course my Etsy Shop!

 

Sunday, Sunday

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

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Amazing

 

imageYesterday I was so excited to sit by the bay with my Maine creations and welcome cruise ship passengers to Maine. The cruise ship was huge! I had an amazing day meeting and chatting to a melting pot of sweet humans. At the end of my long day I was still smiling!

My Customers, Sweet Words

I received this kind review and picture from one of my customers and just wanted to share it!

I only created the two round key chains, obviously they added them to their existing key rings.

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Omg she’s amazing, she made them just to my specifications with our names on the back. And got them with great timing. Both my wife and I loved them. Thank you so much! Keep up the good work!

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!

 

Sales at glamgirlspretties Etsy Shop

Excited to offer some Random Sales,  they will be posted at glamgirlspretties on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and here on my blog.

Glam Girls Pretties icon                                 2 DAY “Just Because” Sale

                             @ glamgirlspretties Etsy Shop
                                   25% 0FF TOTAL ORDER
                                          March 3-4
                         AT CHECKOUT USE CODE: GGP030306

 

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!

Spring? Finally! and Weddings…..

1After a long and cold winter, it looks like spring may come to Maine this year after all. Which brings me to my next subject, Gorgeous spring and summer Weddings! Whether you are a bride and looking for gifts for your Matron of honor, Bridesmaids, Jr. Bridesmaids or flower girls or the Groom seeking just the right item for your Best Man, Groomsman or ring Barer. I also create many perfect gifts for the Mother of the Bride or Groom or for Father of the bride or groom.

I f you are looking for a special gift to give the bride and groom why not give matching key chains that say Mr. and Mrs. great usable gift with a special memory of their very special day.

Check out my creations at Glam Girls Pretties