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These past few weeks I’ve been busy with jewelry. Until just recently, most of my sales have been from my online shop. And that’s great! Now there is a possibility I’ll be able to put some of my jewelry in a local antique and gift shop as well, and I’m waiting to hear back about it. I’ve also been listing some of the new pieces online until I do hear back from them.
Here are a few of the new designs. You can click on any of the pictures to read more about it in the shop.
Hannah’s Prayer Infertility Bracelet – I love this bracelet. It sparkles so much, and catches light from across the room.
I’ve really been on a ring kick lately – they are SO fun to make and go together quickly too. Here’s another one:
But the hand stamping. . .that is what has been the most addictive. There are SO many ideas and so many ways to stamp them that I’m only limited by the supplies in stock here to play around with. I LOVE it.
I love the So Blessed necklace and would love to keep it, but I didn’t make it for me. It’s in the shop though!
Here’s my own necklace. I started with the Cherish necklace (that’s mine in the picture, which I made quite a while ago) and added a copper and a brass disc with our names on them.
I’ve also been very busy with the business end of things. There is so much to read out there about building a business, and I’ve learned a LOT lately. I’ve made some new goals, redone the website a little bit (rearranged categories, added a LOT of new pictures, etc.), and am hoping to really grow the business this year.
Back in November, I switched credit card processing companies so that I could accept credit cards at craft fairs and home parties. That also made for some changes to my website since I had been using Paypal.
Then I learned that my site has to be PCI compliant – an extra level of testing to ensure that customer data is secure. The Hope of My Heart site has been secure all along, but now I’ll have extra certification to prove it. I’m not excited about the process but am looking forward to holding that certification.
It has been a lot of work. But the jewelry-making part of it has been so much fun!