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Introducing My New Etsy Candle Shop – – See How You Can Win a Free Candle

Posted in candles, Holistic Healing by Alissia on November 24, 2009

These are a few of the candles I have for sale at my new Etsy shop. You can check it out at www.FlameCandleCo.etsy.com Also, a new friend on Etsy approached me to see if I wanted to do a giveaway on her blog…being brand new to Etsy, I jumped at the chance to network with her. Here’s the link to see how to win a funky new candle from the Flame Candle Company...http://buggieandjellybean.blogspot.com

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Try and Try Again

Posted in beads, Jewelry, Kira, SAHM, WAHM by Alissia on April 18, 2009

Earlier today I spent an unreasonable amount of time trying to find a theme that I liked for this blog. If the same person were to have checked this page 20 times today, they probably wouldn’t have seen the same format more than once. My vast numbers of followers must have been really confused. I found myself not liking any of the WordPress pre-made templates. There was something wrong with each of them. If you choose a custom header, then you can’t choose custom colors or lettering and some of them have just a title, no subtitle….ARGH!! It sucks to be such a perfectionist sometimes. I guess I will just have to learn some coding so I can do it myself. I settled on this theme, because I could use one of my photos as a header. However, I could not change the brown lettering and that bugs me!! Oh well, I think I will deal with it until I am a little more comfortable with the whole blogging realm….then I will do the whole custom thing.

Pieces of my latest creation

Pieces of my latest creation

I feel like I spend more time on the computer talking about making jewelry and finding out how to market it than I do actually making it. Here are the pieces of a necklace I intended to start on tonight. Now, I find myself writing on my blog instead. The beads are multicolored tourmaline and the squares and cubes are Hill Tribe silver. I think it’s going to be awesome when it’s done. The thing is, it was already done once. I hadn’t finished it totally…it still needed to have the clasp put on and the beads were not secured in place. One little 4-year-old hand swooped in and a little voice said, “Mommy, what’s this?” I heard lots of little tiny pings as each bead hit the floor. Nooooooo! Oh well, gotta start over. Look at this face, it’s hard to be mad at this face…well, sometimes not so hard. You know what I mean. Tomorrow I will make this necklace and I will post a photo of the finished piece.

Kira

Kira

One more thing to share before I go…I’m so excited!!! I signed up for the wire wrapping class that I talked about in a previous post. Here’s a link to the piece we are going to make in the Beadfest Wire class. The class itself was very reasonably priced…however, all of the equipment to make the piece seems to add up rather quickly. I just chalk it up to the betterment of my skills. If I am to grow as an artist, I need to learn new techniques. I will post photos of my bangle after the class…I hope it looks at least somewhat like the one in the picture. I’m so ready…I wish it was tomorrow. Sadly, I have to wait two weeks, but I have plenty to keep me occupied in the meantime.

So long, farewell, alvedersain, good night! (and yes, I like show tunes!)

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In a Nutshell

Posted in Jewelry, WAHM by Alissia on April 6, 2009

So the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge starts today. If I get a little extra time (who am I kidding?) I may have 2 blog entries today. The first task is to write an elevator pitch for your blog. Oh my! Elevator pitch? Overview for a product, service, or project…in 100 to 150 words.

I intend my blog to be an honest account of what’s going on in my life on a daily basis. I think I will try to focus on the challenges of beginning a new crafting business. I plan to share any info that I uncover with anyone who needs it…probably people like me who are trying to create a business from their art. I also plan to take photos of anything I am working on, phase by phase. Trust me, there are phases! I often tear pieces apart 2 and 3 times before I decide they are right.

Although I do plan to focus on starting a new business, I don’t plan to stop there with the blog. I want my readers and potential customers to see who I am and where I’m coming from. I’m a mom and the work I do is from home…there are specific challenges and benefits that come with that. There are plenty of other people out there who can relate to that. Besides, there are too many interesting things to write about. It’s spring…I’m starting my first vegetable garden. I’m sure people are waiting with bated breath to hear how that turns out. I have a four year old who constantly has funny things coming out of her mouth…I want to share it. I plan to take the journey to becoming a certified yoga instructor…that has to be interesting, right?

Ok, so that’s not 100 to 150 words is it? I guess I need to condense all of that into a few lines. My blog is about my life. It will detail the struggles and joys of being a work-at-home mom who is starting a new business. I intend to give readers insight into who I am as a person, not just a business person. If you choose to read my blog you can follow my triumphs, my bloopers, and hopefully some funny stories along the way. I think that’s it…my elevator pitch. It’s not 100 words, but it’s pretty good, I think. Assignment 1 down and only 30 more to go.

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