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Jewelry Design Contest-Great Prize

February 27th, 2007 at 05:13 pm

Rings & Things (a major catalog bead supply) runs an annual design contest.

Maybe will enter these earrings (LOVE briolettes).

Their words: "All entries must be submitted online or postmarked by 11:59 p.m. (PST) Monday, March 5.

Prizes range from $50 to $750 Rings & Things gift certificates. In addition,
all winners and additional top picks are featured in our online Design Gallery, and some designs may be featured (with credit to the designer) in our catalog and promotions. That's exposure to over two million people worldwide, which you can use for "as-seen-in" promotions of your own!

Enter up to three pieces, and choose from six contest categories. For details and to enter, see: http://www.rings-things.com/contest/2007/index.htm

To review last year's winners and additional top picks, go to:
http://www.rings-things.com/gallery/index.php?cat=13

Free 'FOR SALE' Posts They're Asking For!

February 20th, 2007 at 06:56 pm

Ever searched Yahoo groups for bargain shoppers?

There are a dozen which WANT you to post for sale items. Check out Bargain-Finder, ForSaleCheap, A-Big-Sale, etc. There are hundreds of members, at least a small percentage of which really want to bargain shop.

Your 'ads' get delivered right to a person, unlike posting for sale on Craig's in which you wait for someone to see you.

There is some terrible spamming, but not enough to discourage me from getting delivered to hundreds and hundreds of email boxes.

And while you think it over, plan ahead for Mother's Day! Richly made pearl spray earrings in traditional gold and red and white are available from Pretty Cheap Jewelry for $10 www.prettycheap.etsy.com Thanks for looking.

No Fee Internet Marketplace - also posted under Freebie Info Forum

February 16th, 2007 at 01:53 pm

I was invited by the Australian Gem Club to sell items on their internet marketplace (auction/buy it now).

They charge no fees whatsoever. I don't know their reputation, but the site looks well constructed.

It looks neweish and is free of spam so far and I hope it stays that way.

Great opportunity, visit Pretty Cheap Jewelry there if you like!

www.search-the-world.com/auctions/index.php

Do you Have any Bananas today?

February 15th, 2007 at 04:32 pm

If a bunch of lions is called a pride, what is a bunch of bananas called?

For extra credit, what is each individual banana called? (No, it is not just 'banana')

Good luck and have fun!

Take a Guess, How Much

February 13th, 2007 at 02:06 pm

According to my sources,

How much money changes hands in a typical given day all over the world?

Come on, admin probably could get this one.

Watch here for answer soon!

Free Small Business Advice

February 12th, 2007 at 06:48 pm

Two (as yet unreviewed personally), but highly recommended sites for small business advice with loads of free info:

www.smartbiz.com
This was referenced in a 'Small Business for Dummies' type book which indicated this site refrained from alot of extraneous advertising and got you straight to the info.


www.marketingprofs.com
This was given to me by an experienced advisor from the Small Business Development Center. They are a resource available in my area associated with the community college. FREE small business advisors! So lucky to have such a service. Especially look at the archived articles within this site, covers all topics (marketing, taxes, you name it). You can subscribe for their newsletter free I think.

99c Store Helium Balloons

February 8th, 2007 at 06:18 pm

Anyone bought helium balloons at their local 99C store?

Today is Thurs and I need to decorate for birthday parties Sat and Sun in the house (both kids have birthdays this weekend). If I buy them 2 to 3 days ahead, will they stay afloat?

I believe they are mylar not latex :?

Ruthless Returns

February 7th, 2007 at 05:48 pm

Yikes! My mom bought a load of birthday clothes for my little girl this past week. From Nordstrom! (Expensive!) And many do not fit, too big!

Nordstrom, king of service, allows you to go to an actual store instead of returning via mail. So off we'll go soon,
but what to exchange for???

Grandma wants good quality togs for her little one, but kids don't care about clothes!

Maybe: (1) kids shoes for a wedding we are going to in May, both my son and daughter need some; (2) ???

Prices goin up... but still a bargain

February 6th, 2007 at 02:40 pm

The home-based jewelry businesses have a continual raging debate on pricing. Those creating for a living (or a substantial income) are infuriated with those who do it for a hobby.

In the end it's always a stalemate. Life reverts back to demand and supply, the market shall govern.

Here's my latest creation (below, at least I'm trying), which is intended for an art show in April. I'm setting the price higher than I used to, however, lower than the pros.

BUTTERFLY GARDEN NECKLACE & EARRING SET
Three filigree butterflies anchor the double strand, hand made chain composed of pearl, amethyst, tiger eye, fiber optic, gold tone, and glass beads. Matching earrings are hung on gold plated wires.

Intimidated No More

February 1st, 2007 at 06:46 pm

My small artisan jewelry crafting business has been a creative pleasure positively affecting my otherwise professional and family lives (except for the computer blogging time consumed!)

Yet it's been a struggle to label myself: entrepreneur? artist? jewelry designer? small business owner?

I've passed the city-supported Arts Association gallery for years, and from the exterior it was always a bit imposing and slickly professional.

Wishing to expand Pretty Cheap Jewelry's horizons, I went in yesterday to see if I fit in. WHOOPEE! It instantly felt like home. The exhibits were interesting but not stand offish in the least. Two cases of jewelry were comparably priced as my own. I breathed a large sigh of relief.

The attendent was another jewelry designer I intentionally stopped by to visit. She introduced me to the gallery manager, they were both hugely supportive.

Needless to say, I forked over the moderate membership fee and gleefully signed up to volunteer. THEY WANT ME TO EXHIBIT, SELL and do it again.

I'll try to get used to calling myself a jewelry designer Smile

Here's one to exhibit-
Victorian Cupid Bangle
Composed of a mixture of vintage and new glass beads in varying golds. A cupid charm dangles from the end.