What’s New

It’s been awhile since I last posted.  My goal is to post once a week. I just haven’t decided which day.

This week I have been working on my Etsy shop.  Improving the shop with photos of all my helpers and updates.  Making jewerly is fun and I can zone out.  Taking care of my etsy shop is a must to keep people engaged with my shop.  I am trying to keep things interesting.

Learning about Marmalead.com has really helped with my titles and tags.  So much that I have sold 4 pieces of jewelry this month alone.   I have to say that is a first.  Exciting to see all the great reviews too.

Another lesson is to get my  jewelry piece inventory better organized.  they are all stored in totes and in their own gift box.  Problem is I have to go through each box to find what I have sold.

Solution:  Separate into categories: earrings, necklace, pendants, lockets, etc.  the same categories that are listed in my Etsy shop.  Another is to then number the boxes and add that to the title.  We started that using labels and have found they are not sticking very well, So I need to come up with a plan B.  LOL!

Taking a thumbprint picture was another thought by my hubby. He would have to take that project on.

WE are also working on  my branding for Howling Dog Jewelry that I can use for packaging,social media, etc.

That does it for now. Thank you for visiting my blog.  Cindy

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Mystery Challenge 3 – Allegory Gallery Design Challenges

This is my my 4th attempt of Andrew Thorton monthly challenges and mystery challenges. Really loving this. This was my first design I made for this challenge.

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I made these heart leaves about 2 years ago.  I didn’t know what to do with them or how incorporate into a piece of jewelry. It was the technique I had learned at the time.

So while I was searching for some others beads to use for this challenge  of salmon, pink, and light greens, I found my leaves in the exact colors of the Mystery challenge.

Back side of how I connect the heart leaves to the necklace.  I am always curious how others connect the polymer clay pieces so I thought I would show you how I did this one.

 

My next design was my love of the vintage looks.  And the light pink salmon colors went perfect with my vintage filigree from B’Sue Boutique’s.   I used seval different styles and types of beads with this necklace design.   It really gave it more interest and detail.

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I think this style is one of my favorites to do.

 

 

 

 

I just love how the focal with all the dangles turned out.  So classy and vintage looking.

 

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Thank you for visiting my blog/ Please leave any comments below

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

http://www.howlingdogjewelry.etsy.com

Follow your artistic passions even with vision issues

Art Beads Scene Blog August Challenge

“Park Near Lu”
By Paul Klee, 1938
Oil and coloured paste on paper on jute; original frame strips
100 x 70 cm
About the Art
“Park near Lu.” was created when Klee was stimulated by an impression of nature that he experienced in a park near Lucerne. The picture reflects his personal condition at the time. The branches are bare and devoid of leaves, as in winter. But “Park near Lu.” is not a winter picture. There is a contrast between the hard black bar strokes that represent the branches and the bright colour tonality of the spaces between them. The work therefore includes spring and winter, death and blossoming in equal measure.
It seems to have been a specific landscape which inspired Paul Klee to paint this picture. Klee’s wife Lily traveled several times in the late 1930’s to Lucerne for health reasons and she spent time in a sanatorium. Paul Klee had visited her there, when his own physical condition permitted and strolled with her through the park around the sanatorium.
I began this monthly challenge with making the colors
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Next, it was to decide how to interpret this piece of art.

 

What I had in-visioned was fall leaves have gone and the trees are bare. I also felt like there was a bird in the picture.

 

 

Below are some samples in the beginning stages of what would later be necklaces, earrings, and more.

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These pendants are still on the drawing table as to How I am going to finish them.

I made a mold from a vintage piece of brass and then made a mold in polymer of each color.

I want to highlight the details of the stampings and still working on which technique I will use for them.

They will be a single pendant

 

 

 

 

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 I made a necklace that resembled the trees and branches of the park and then added birds to give the necklace a little whimsy.  I then took the scrap clay and made focal beads .   So to continue the bird look I added my cute little bead birds with laves all made with the original color blends I made to match the Art..  I just love how they all work together with the necklace and carry the same theme of the birds and trees.  I love doing these challenges with colors and it really stretches my creativity.

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  My bird focal pendants are being sold as just a pendant. Allowing the new owner  of the birds make a necklace in their own style.
Thank you for visiting and reading about my creative process for challenges. I am entering challenges monthly now and loving every moment.  So back each month or sooner to see what is going on with the Howling Dog.  I am going to attempt making a blog entry each week to keep things up to date and fresh.
Thank you and leave a comment.
Cindy Peterson
Howling Dog Jewelry
‘Follow your artistic passions even with vision issues”

 

 

 

Top Honors for Amanda

Academic Achievements

Hillsboro High School, Oregon

My 16 yr old daughter Amanda was honored for her 3.8 GPA with a Letter and certificate.  The school wanted to start this new letter program for kids with 3.5 GPA or greater.

12301669_10153394597328022_8523637588705156117_n Amanda also has a new baby Kitty named Westly.  He is so cute and still very calm.  I know it is probably the calm before  the kitty storm.  He is only 5 mos and we adopted hi  m through the Humane Society for Amanda’s Christmas present.

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Stay tune for the antics of Westly as he gets to know his new home.

 

Thanks for visiting

Cindy

Learning More About Etsy

Listing  in Etsy

Learning about how to list, is something I am concentrating on these days.  How to make your titles with keywords.  I started my listing titles with a unique name for the piece, like Spring Garden Necklace.  Then learned that not too many people will search for that in a necklace.

I now understand that searchable keywords is what I should be using in my titles. This way more customers can find me and my shop. You will be seeing some changes in my shop as I learn more about listing in Etsy.I believe in Etsy and think it is a great place for me and my jewelry.  If others can do it and sell, I can too.    It is a learning process and I was the child  who loved to learn.  And, then I followed through the best I can with the new information.

So Hang on to your Seats! Howling Dog Jewelry is busting out of the gates with focussing on her Etsy Shop.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/howlingdogjewelry

Thanks for vising

Have any ideas for my shop, are always welcomed!

Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

The results of My Biggest Show Ever,

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What was the experience like

It was fun, interesting, loved talking with the customers, and yet disappointing.  I was told that my jewelry would do well at this venue last year but did not have the help to try it.  This year I had the help, the inventory, and lots of family support.  So I made this giant leap.

The last weekend was supposed to be promising. Other vendors had stated they do very well on Saturday the busiest and Sunday. Sunday though customers were looking for sales.  I could handle that if I need to clear inventory.  It really didn’t matter what we did, this was not the place for my jewelry.  Had gone into this venue with High hopes of doing good each  day. That was not to be.

Dec 4th was the bring canned foods and get in free day.  So it did attract the younger families and the seniors.  What I noticed was the young mom’s were not really shopping, they were merely socializing. This was their outing without the kids.  This is just my take on my isle of the bazaar.  I am sure there were people buying but you need the crowd to be interested in shopping.

DEC 5th, SATURDAY the big shopping day.  Started off really slow. Then from   11 am to 1 pm it picked up a little. But then died after that.  I made under $100.00.  I had my printed signs with the price ranges for my different types of jewelry with my logo. We rearranged the setup. Yes, more people came in, but most just looked.  An experienced vendor suggested these types of signs even though I had everything priced.  She was a jewelry vendor who was asked to be there, she said yes if she could pick her spot.  By then end of the day she was not happy with this venue at all. She was accustomed to making $2,ooo a day at our well known Saturday Market in Portland.

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Dec 6th Sunday Last day of the Bazaar.  With Cheerful attitude we all made some signs putting everything on sale as that was what was expected by customers.  I know! I know! What you will all say.  But, We did it to see what would happen on the last day.                                            ( 11 am Saturday)

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I did $165 in sales, 3 necklaces, ring, 4 earrings in a bottle, hair clip and David sold his key chains. David actually did very well his first time. He made $30.00 over the 6 days.  He was very pleased.  Amanda made $10. 00 and Elizabeth made $18.00 over the 6 days. Marie made $80.00.I did make my booth fee and parking fee. But this is about it.

To sum it all up

This was not the Market for me.

Putting jewelry on sale doesn’t make it sell any better at this type of venue.

Make sure your prices if on sale are the same on Etsy as the show.

Check with several others about how well  a show is doing for artisans before signing up. I had to sign up for this show in April.

I don’t want to make things for $5.00 to sell. It is not my style or way of thinking.

I am an artist not a crafter. ( Not to down play crafters and their talents by all means)

I make quality jewelry, not made elsewhere in another Country, My supplies come from USA.

Even though they had over 500 artisans. The most ever, this bazaar had the feel of a Fair Show or the Arizona swap meet ( as Duane says).

Most of the Artisans first timers I spoke too are not coming back next year.

What is my next step

My next step is to focus more on my Etsy shop and load more of my jewelry in my shop.  My goal is to  put something up every day during the week.  I am also  hoping to find better venues to sell at that are geared for Artisans.

Thank you for following my experiences with a big Show.  I hope everyone has learned something from my experiences.  I do not regret the experience. I did learn a lot.

Cindy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next steps on the road to a big show

Inventory System Established

I started with my friend 5 yrs ago, Marie Roozen to make money for Christmas. Jewelry by two friends was born. We found out that Intel had Holiday craft shows on 4 campuses. No fees for the table.  Duane  (my Hubby) just had to be the escort.  So bought $600.00 worth of Gemstones and started creating necklaces  and jewelry sets.  We did this for 3 yrs and then Marie went to college to become a hairdresser.  I had to come up with a different name.

The Howling Dog Jewelry was born due to my little partner Mesha a long hair Chihuahua who liked to sing to mattress commercials. He is now 14yrs old and will sing on command.   Marie was still there to help me sell at Intel. I am very grateful as a blind artistmesha I needed someone with good eyes to help deal with more than one customer at a time. Marie totally understands my eye issues. Howling Dog Jewelry was still a hobby. Inventory what’s that?  I kinda knew what I had and I knew that I made money on each piece. Intel show averaged $600.00  year.

Still with a mindset of this being only a hobby I started selling at a 12 week summer market called Tuesday Night Market Place.  Show cost was $485 for the 12 weeks. My avg. for the past 3 years was about $1100 a yr.. Still NO Inventory per se , I knew I needed something but didn’t know how to start one from  hobby mindset to a business one. Inventory what is it?

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Fast forward to today,  I have finally figured out an inventory system. Now I will be able to track sales, in turn will help me be better at purchasing products for my jewelry lines and styles.  This is a sample of what I came up with:

Love Beetle Rocks Line; BugN, Bug NS, BugB, BugBS, BugE, BugR,BugBr

Rose Jewelry Line; RN, RNS, RB, RBS, RE, RR, RBr

These stand for Necklace, Necklace sets, Bracelets, Bracelet sets, Earrings, Rings, and Brooches

All jewelry has been inventoried , priced, and labeled with inventory codes. Then we will inventory what is on display and a quick inventory at the end of each day. Well, that is an ambitious plan but I think it might help with what sold compared to receipts and check to see if there was any loss do to theft. Or we can just do a final inventory at the end of the show. If you have any thoughts on this please share. 

Thank you for visiting my blog.   I will be blogging my experience.

Cindy Peterson

Howling Dog Jewelry

“Follow your artistic passions, even with vision issues”

 

 

 

 

Getting ready for the biggest show ever!

What can I say my friend suggested  I try this big Christmas bazar known for being the largest in America. So this is my big show for the year 2015.  I have done summer markets in our town but they are small. I do well and have a following.

This summer I really ramped up my jewelry making and thinking about some lines.  I took a build A Line Master Class last winter with B’Sue Boutiques and learned a lot about building a jewelry line. My first line was Love Beetle Rocks ( read more about this line in previous posts).  As I have used ceramic roses in that line and I do play around with polymer clay decided to practice more with my rose making ability.  With practice you do improve.  I also have my friend Marie Roozen helping me and even her roses have improved with practice.

Marie came up with a formula to make our clay flowers look like sating roses.  They are just so petty.  Here is a sample one in a necklace that just sold on my Etsy shop.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/howlingdogjewelry

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Marie and I are making them in all colors now.   Because this big show is in Portland and the city is known for its roses, I came up with a new line I am calling the “Rose Jewelry Line”  The line consists of  Necklaces, sets, bracelets, earrings, and rings.  All have one of our handmade roses on them. I have also used in my designs, fine silver, matte black, brass, antique brass, and satin matte gold finishes.

I have put a lot of thought into what would make up this line and ended up with collections within the line. Here are some samples of this Rose Line

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Added my Roses to Butterflies and bezel bracelets.

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So this was the beginning of a new jewelry line which also goes well the the Love Beetle Rocks Line. I think I have finally found my artistic voice with my jewelry. I love the mixed media look so interesting to look at and always unique.  Thanks for vising my blog. Would love to hear your thoughts. I will be posting more on my “Getting ready for a big show”