Monday, February 1, 2016

Handmade Jewelries for Our Returning Client

Getting a positive feedback from your clients and actually returning to order again your creations are the best feelings of a handmade artisan like me. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you already know that most of the handmade jewelries posted here are made by yours truly and some by my husband who is already learning the craft.

Our jewelries were handcrafted with care and love using authentic Swarovski Crystals from my trusted supplier in Manila and 14/20 gold filled components. You’ll probably notice that our prices are a little bit high, compared to others (if there are any) because of the materials that we are using. As much as possible, we want our jewelries to be durable (that can withstand everyday use) and of course quality made, that is why we are using thicker wires to connect all those crystals together.

So much of justifying our craft, last November 2015 I got a message from a previous client Elen (she’s one of the ladies who I made jewelries for aside from my SIL circle of customers), she grabbed photos from this blog then sent it to me, asking me to make the same. I computed the cost and sent it to her, I did not expect her to deposit, the full payment right away, surprisingly, she did! I checked my account online, and voila a P2, 800+ was credited.

That night, I stayed late. I wanted to send the items before my scheduled seminar in Manila. Sadly, I ran out of materials for the last earring. I asked Ms. Elen if it’s okay if I’ll substitute other colors, or if she is willing to wait until my return. She graciously agreed to the latter.

Five days later, all of the items were sent via LBC and were delivered to the lovely recipient the next day. And she immediately sent this message.

Wow! Thank so much for appreciating my hard work. I made these jewelries with patience, passion and love.

Just a little reminder...

“Handmade products are not cheap, because the materials alone are expensive + the patience and dedication we put into each piece is priceless.” 

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Swarovski Classic Catholic Bracelet

To kick off this year’s series of handmade jewelries, I used one of the new shapes under the Swarovski Elements Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Innovations, the Cross Bead (No. 5378).

I got these two colors of 18mm Cross Bead in crystal AB and golden shadow last month from my supplier and I longed to make them into rosary bracelets.

Yesterday, since I stayed home the whole day (I applied for sick leave from work, since my leg still hurts due to the tear of tendon), I was able to make these two bracelets. 

Classic Catholic Rosary bracelets of 10 Hail Mary 6mm faceted Round Beads (No. 5000) Swarovski Crystals, a crucifix (the cross bead crystal) joined together using 14 karat gold-filled wire and other components (ball spacer and lobster lock).

These quality handcrafted jewelries, made with passion by yours truly.

Product Code: JCB-77

SRP: P710.00

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Hello New Year 2016

We said our goodbyes to 2015, in spite of the ups and downs, I still thank God for the wonderful year.
Here comes 2016, a warm welcome to you! I am looking forward for a great and exciting time with you!

This year I am planning to develop more the other side of myself, the “artistic side” I believe. I am planning together with my husband to do more handmade jewelries that I have put on hold in 2015. Though we were able to do and fulfill the orders that came in but haven’t ventured to create new designs.

So this year our primary goal is to

And hopefully, this sideline of ours will give us not only additional income, but as well as happiness to those who wear them. Because…

Have Creative Year 2016 Everyone! 

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Lucky Charm, Lucky Chinese Bracelet

I happened to be in Metro Manila on November 25 – 29, 2015 to attend a seminar. A once in a blue moon opportunity because I am one employee who is seldom sent to seminars and convention especially held in the Metro.

Since, I am already there I made sure to visit my jewelry supplier in Divisoria during my free time. I checked out her latest Swarovski Crystals and other jewelries available that I can purchase and sell back home.

Ms. K and I do our transactions online, thru Viber or WeChat. She sends me pictures of her latest stocks, I choose and send the pictures back, transfer my payment thru internet banking and after that she sends the stocks to me. This is how business works these days because of technology.

Wonder what that bracelet is all about? Well, Ms. K gave that to me as a Christmas gift. She is one generous lady because I always receive one from her every December. Winks*

According to her, the bracelet is a good luck charm for female born under the Chinese Zodiac Sign “Snake”. I am one lucky girl to receive it, and hope this will really bring more luck in the coming years.

Who knows, I’ll end up like her, with my own jewelry/accessory shop.

To Ms. K, Thank you so much. Love and kisses for you… 

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

DIY Sewing: Christmas Curtain

Christmas is really approaching so fast before we knew it is already the 25th of December, the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ. Everyone must have decorated their houses with Christmas trees, lights, lanterns, nativity scene, etc. Ours are green garlands at the edge of the ceiling in blue-silver accent and my newly sewn Christmas window curtains.

Yep! I did another sewing project last week, a simple one, just like the first time because I don’t have enough time to venture too much complicated projects yet.

I was supposed to buy a blue and white cloth to match with “Frozen” inspired birthday party that the I am planning for my kids’ birthday celebration when I spotted this Christmas print Geena earth fabric.
Hmmm… Why not get a curtain fabric that will not only be hanged just for the birthday of my kids but until the Christmas day. Good choice for me, just like hitting two birds in one stone.

There are lot of Christmas print fabrics displayed in Gaisano Mall but I chose something with color blue.

Like what I have done before, I pre-cut everything, ironed, drew lines before the sewing proper. You know, it’s easier and faster to sew when everything is all-ready.

With only a few hours, the 11 pieces 15 inches in length curtain are done and ready to be hanged.

The following day, I asked our two girls in the house to hang them. When I arrived home after work, my sewing project is already well hanged. Mission Accomplished!  

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Monday, November 2, 2015

DIY Party Decor: Pompom or Paper Balls

Pompom balls made from tissue paper are definitely a cute décor for a kids party or any other occasions. A few days to go and we’ll be having a little double celebration at home, the birthday bash of our two little bundles of joy. Our little boy is turning 5 and our little girl will be 2. And were a little busy right now for the DIY decors and preparations.

Most of the tutorials I have seen are using tissue paper, and here in the Philippines I can’t find tissue papers like those shown in the tutorials from abroad. Instead, craft paper called Japanese papers are what we have here (I just do not know if the tissue paper they are referring to and the Japanese paper are the same thing). Anyway, I’ll make use with the available materials locally.

The materials needed are the following:

-Japanese Paper
- Yarn
- Scissors
- Clothespin


And this is the steps in making them:

1. Since the Japanese paper has a 20” by 30” dimension, fold and cut the paper into 4 equal parts, resulting to a 10” by 15” individual sheets.

2. Pile the sheets alternately (blue, white, blue, white and so on) until you have a total of 16 sheets. 

3. Starting from one end, fold the sheets by one inch in an accordion style. Fold, flip over the fold, flip again, then fold and so on until you have folded the whole sheets. 

4. Using the clothespin, clip the folded sheets to help it stay in place and tie a piece of yarn in the middle. 

5. Cut the edges of the sheets using the scissors into rounded shape or any shape you want. The point is, to make the pompom look more stylish. 

This how it will look like after.

6. Slowly pull one sheet from the rest from one side,

and then the other side until you separate all the layers from each other

and finally you'll have a fluffly paper ball.

See, I already have two blue and white paper balls done, and my girl's caregiver is currently making few more.

See for yourself how these cute paper balls cheerfully hanging soon. See yah!

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

18 Handcrafted Jewelries Delivered

I may be a superwoman but sometimes my superpower also run out and cannot accomplish things needed to be done.Hence, I needed an extra hand to handle the rest. That’s what happened this month, when orders from my sis-in-law came in and needed to be delivered as soon as possible.

I did all the earrings and some bracelets that hubby doesn’t know how to make yet while he handled bracelets that are easy for him to do. I prepared the materials above and the five bracelets are his products. 

After one week, working only during the night (2-3 hours) when the kids are already in bed, hubby and I finished 18 pcs of handcrafted Swarovski jewelries (9 bracelets and 9 earrings). woot! woot! Thank You Lord for the blessings!

The items are already on the way to my sister-in-law, now we can sleep early and relax and wait for more orders to come especially Christmas season is fast approaching.

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