Sunday, May 31, 2009

I want to be BIG

I want to be big! I want to be a successful jewellery designer and I want people to know who I am. So I am going to have to do something to eventually become successful. So my plan is this...

First I am going to build this blog into something more than just some random jewellery makers blog...I want to try to try to help other people like me as I am going through my journey as a small business. I will share all the things that I learn and hopefully that will help someone.

Second I want to get my jewellery out there and in some local Vancouver stores... I am thinking of a couple already. I just have to get the courage to go down there and ask them. I think I will make a book that is sort of like a (jewellery portfollio). Which could also be helpful in many more ways as well.

Now I have this written downa nd I can hold my self to it!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Here is a forum post on etsy that has some great blogs that will feature your shop on them...
go here

These earrings are magical! The tear drop gemstone which is iolite ascents the curve of the sterling silver wire that almost looks like a sliver of the moon. The iolite is a deep violet blue colour just like the nights sky. These earrings are so calming and peaceful, you will feel like you are on the world when wearing these earrings. Sleepymoondesign

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Jewellery party had great results

Yay, the jewelry party went great. I got to show everyone my jewelry in person and they had as long as they wanted to look at it. I really think that at craft fairs people rush by the tables to quickly to really look at everything there.
We also had a couple of games that we played and a give away. I had to pieces of jewelry that I wrapped about 5 to 10 times each and had everyone sit in a circle. I then told them to unwrap one layer and pass it to the next person and the person who unwraps the last layer gets the prize that is inside. I contemplated putting 20% off cards in the prizes as well but did not end up doing that. Maybe next time.
For the give away that was a draw I went around and asked for every ones name and email on a piece of paper and then drew two names for the two prizes I gave away. The winners both loved their prizes it couldn't have worked any better.
This was also a great opportunity to start a mailing list...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Visiting my home town

Right now I am taking a ten day trip and am staying in my home town to visit everyone that is here. It has been really great seeing everyone and a great way to get the word out about my new business. Since I have only been seriously working on my jewelry design for about half a year it is the first time many of my family and friends have had a chance to see my work, other than on etsy. I would say that my jewelry has already had a great response within my family. I am having a jewelry party tomorrow for everyone to come and see everything set up on a display. I am also having a door prize for the people who come. Which will include some fun things that I find at the store today and some of my jewelry. I am excited to see how this party will turn out. I guess we will see tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

My Favorite Food

I love food, as do many people, so I thought I would share some of my favorite things to eat.

Maki rolls (sushi)
Pasta of all kinds
Broccoli and cheese sauce
Beef Donair

It must be almost lunch time, because I am getting hungry. :)

This beautiful ring caught my eye right away! The ring is all sterling silver with AAA round amethyst cabochon and 3mm AAA bullet amethyst cabochon. You can find this ring in wildflowerdesigns etsy shop.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's day gift

I made these earrings for my mom for mother's day. They are very practical for every day wear, but can also be used to wear with a fancy dress. The pictures don't show the shiny rainbow colours that are in these stones as they really are. When they move they shine and shimmer with many different rainbow colours (mostly blue). These earrings are also available in my etsy shop. Sleepy Moon Design

Friday, May 8, 2009

Critique Your Own Etsy Shop!

Hey, I just found this very helpful forum post on critiquing your own etsy shop. Go HERE to read all about it!

"Water's Edge"

This is the "Water's Edge" necklace that is part f my line of side necklaces.

"Sunny Side" Necklace

Here is the "Sunny Side" necklace which is part of the six lines I am working on. All of these necklaces feature the gems on one side and three rows of chain.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My Love For Topaz

These earrings are dedicated to my love for topaz. Golden topaz is the most powerful, electromagnetic of yellow/ solar plexus gems. A strong, steady, high level gem for mental clarity, focus, perceptiveness, high level concepts, confidence, personal power, stamina. Helps mood swings, insomnia, worries, fears, depression, exhaustion, nervous system stress, stomach anxiety. Also works somewhat with the crown CTR. Liver/pancreas detoxification, bloodsugar balance, tissue and backbone strengthener (physically and emotionally). Radiates warmth, sun/light energy, protection. Excellent for water signs, teachers, excess work stress, manifesting, higher-self connection. Brings emotions and thinking into balance.

Now beside all the emotional and physical powers it is "said" to give, golden topaz is so so pretty and I just want more of it! I have made a pair of these earrings for my self as well because I really love them!
Made by: Sleepy Moon Design

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

About My Jewellery

When I started making jewellery I wanted to experiment with 100's of different styles and different materials. Every time I made something it was different... which can be good but, I have decided to focus on about 6 different styles and make variations on those certain styles. Each year I will make a new 6 different lines. I want people to be able to recognize my jewellery when they see someone wearing it. The six lines will include two kinds of necklaces, two kinds of rings and two kinds of earrings.
This morning I came across these earrings. Then I clicked on the shop, PookieandPierre and I found a whole bunch of them in different and intricate styles. I strongly suggest you visit her shop! I could have put more then 10 pictures up for this post but I think even one explains the earrings.

Monday, May 4, 2009

New Line

I am trying to focus on about six different designs right now and stick with those designs specifically. The six designs consist of three different styles of necklaces and three different styles of earrings. This is one of my new lines of necklaces, including the purple candy jade necklace below. This necklace is a double necklace. So there is really two necklaces but only one clasp. This specific necklace is 16" on the short part and 18" on the longer part.

Double Layer Necklace

This necklace is unique with two necklaces in one.
The purple tear drop stones are Candy jade which is white jade that has been dyed a purple colour.

This necklace is 20" for the short part and 22" at the long part.
The chain is sterling silver.
The clasp is a toggle so that you don't have to fumble around to close the necklace. (Which I like)

See more jewelry from Sleepy Moon

New Earrings for Mom

Here are my new earrings for mom because every mom needs some pearls.
These earrings are like the deep blue sea. They feature elegant deep blue tear drops and white fresh water pearl clusters.

Fresh Water pearls- 4mm white
Blue tear drops- Faceted quartz glass- 1/2 inch in height and just under 1/2 inch in width
Ear Wire- 925 sterling silver

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Saturdays Top 5 From Etsy.

This Saturday's top 5 from etsy have all been picked from the recently listed category. I really love each one of these things and I hope someone out there does as well. The stemless martini glass is by: marywibis. The green earrings are done by: TableTopStudio. The umbrella necklace is made by: LycheeKiss. The baby girl shoes are made by: claudiayazzy. The felt bowl pattern is by: timaryart

Pink Grapefruit earrings

My newest pair of earrings made with my favorite stone, Chalcedony!
Wear these earrings when you feel like having a delicious plate of citrus fruit.
Pink Grapefruit Chalcedony Faceted Briolettes
Red aventurine (which is actually yellowish)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Short tip of the day

Instead of spending all your money on marketing and advertising, spend it on making your costumers experiences better. You then gain repeat customers and they also advertise for you by word of mouth.

New Earrings

Two blue tear drops

Aqua Blue Quartz Briolettes- 10 x 15 mm
Ear wire is hand forged by me- 3cm in diameter
Ear wire is 22 gauge sterling silver wire
The earrings are 5cm long

7 Random Facts About Myself

Here is a pair of simple stainless steel earrings. I quite like this simple design.
Here is 7 facts about myself;
1. I am a mom.
2. My favorite animal is a dog.
3. I love art and all its different areas of creativity.
4. I have lived in Saskatoon, Montreal, Vancouver Island and Vancouver.
5. I am also venturing into the world of photography along with making jewellery.
6. I am addicted to making jewellery, I absolutely love it. I can channel so much creativity through my designs.
7. My name is Zoe which means LIFE.

I hope you enjoyed the 7 facts about me!
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