slide show of CC Design's Jewelry

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Handy Everyday Tips With Everyday Home Products

Eliminate ear mites. All it takes is a few drops of Wesson corn oil in your cat's ear...Massage it in, then clean with a cotton ball. Repeat daily for 3 days. The oil soothes the cat's skin, smothers the mites, and accelerates healing.

Kills fleas instantly...Dawn dishwashing liquid does the trick. Add a few drops to your dog's bath and shampoo the animal thoroughly. Rinse well to avoid skin irritations. Good-bye fleas.

Rainy day cure for dog odor ...Next time your dog comes in from the rain, simply wipe down the animal with Bounce or any dryer sheet, instantly making your dog smell springtime fresh.

Did You Know that drinking two glasses of Gatorade can relieve headache pain almost immediately-- without the unpleasant side effects caused by traditional "pain relievers."

Did you know that Colgate toothpaste makes an excellent salve for burns.

Before you head to the drugstore for a high-priced inhaler filled with mysterious chemicals, try chewing on a couple of curiously strong Altoids peppermints. They'll clear up your stuffed nose.

Achy muscles from a bout of the flu? Mix 1 Tablespoon of horseradish in 1 cup of olive oil. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then apply it as a massage oil, for instant relief for aching muscles.

Sore throat? Just mix 1/4 cup of vinegar with 1/4 cup of honey and take 1 tablespoon six times a day. The vinegar kills the bacteria.

Cure urinary tract infections with Alka-Seltzer. Just dissolve two tablets in a glass of water and drink it at the onset of the symptoms. Alka-Seltzer begins eliminating urinary tract infections almost instantly-- even though the product was never been advertised for this use.

Honey remedy for skin blemishes ... Cover the blemish with a dab of honey and place a Band-Aid over it. Honey kills the bacteria, keeps the skin sterile, and speeds healing. Works overnight.

Listerine therapy for toenail fungus. Get rid of unsightly toenail f ungus by soaking your toes in Listerine mouthwash. The powerful antiseptic leaves your toenails looking healthy again.

Balm for broken blisters... To disinfect a broken blister, dab on a few drops of Listerine, a powerful antiseptic.

Easy eyeglass protection... To prevent the screws in eyeglasses from loosening, apply a small drop of Maybelline Crystal Clear nail polish to the threads of the screws before tightening them.

Cleaning liquid that doubles as bug killer ... If menacing bees, wasps, hornets, or yellow jackets get in your home and you can't find the insecticide, try a spray of Formula 409. Insects drop to the ground instantly.

Smart splinter remover. Just pour a drop of Elmer's Glue-All over the splinter, let dry, and peel the dried glue off the skin. The splinter sticks to the dried glue.

Hunt's tomato paste boil cure ...cover the boil with Hunt's tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothe the pain and bring the boil to a head.

Vinegar to heal bruises ... Soak a cotton ball in white vinegar and apply i t to the bruise for 1 hour. The vinegar reduces the blueness and speeds up the healing process.

Quaker Oats for fast pain relief... It's not for breakfast any more! Mix 2 cups of Quaker Oats and 1 cup of water in a bowl and warm in the microwave for 1 minute, cool slightly, and apply the mixture to your hands for soothing relief from arthritis pain.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Artisan Beaders Street Team's Holiday Giveaway

The Artisan Beaders Street Team is having a weekly giveaway during the holiday season on our team blog. The team blog website is and we hope you will stop by for our giveaways to enter for a chance to win some beautiful jewelry by our talented artists.
All you have to do to enter this giveaway is stop by Patty's shop find your favorite piece of jewelry in her shop and post it on our team blog.

This week, we have a gorgeous pair of earrings from Patty of Broken Teepee Designs. These sweet beauties feature prasiolite (green amethyst), mystic blue topaz, and gold filled findings. They measure 1/2 an inch long and are darling!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Craft Fair Day

Saturday, I did a craft show for the 3rd year in a row for me. I worked hard to streamline the setup and perfected my display tags for days. I was excited for a successful day. Despite the economy, I knew sales would be lower than what I really wanted. I had hopes to at least make my booth space and pass out some cards for hopefully future sales. I was so surprised to see 2 or 3 people stop by my jewelry and notice they were wearing jewelry of mine. Wow, what a great conversation starter and the feeling of seeing people wearing my work is one of my joys being in this business. I love that part of the business!
I sold 2 pieces that really surprised me. One piece was in my shop for a long time and was one of the first wire wrapped pieces, which was an agate wrapped in copper wire.

The other was a bail I had just wrapped in sterling silver wire with a blue lace agate cabochon. It was only in my shop a couple of days. I wish I could find another stone like it to make another, but unfortunately some pieces are just a one of a kind.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Calming April Showers Bracelet

Calming April Showers reminds me of that spring day where the sky is such a pretty blue and then the darkness comes thru the sky, pours down and then the sky is white and blue again. This gorgeous bracelet design was inspired by eni oken's design tutorials. This bracelet has smokey quartz, amazonite oval and coin shape gemstones, grey quartz, bali silver beads and freshwater pearl and silver bead accent.
Finally finished! I purchased the focal beads last year to make this bracelet. You are probably wondering why does it take me so long to finally get to it. It was because I really wasn't entirely positive that I would have the color scheme perfect. I'm glad I waited. I'm so impressed with the results again! I had trouble designing the bracelet to fit a smaller person, but the size of the beads command a larger wrist. My next one I design will be smaller. I have the design already in mind, but there are so many other projects that are in front of the line. I'm hoping that soon someone will find this piece a treasure they cant live without. Stop by my shop and see some of my other wire wrapped pieces, and thanks for visiting my blog.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Turquoise Cabochon With Copper Basketweave Bail

I really like the effects of the basketwire weave. It's also a really easy wire wrapping technique to achieve. The effects using 3 frame wires are even prettier. My first attempt on the piece I took up to the "At Home Outlet" where I consign my jewelry. Laura was so excited with the new piece she almost wanted to keep it for herself. I also wire wrapped a second one for sale in etsy shop. I bought a few of these cabochons thinking I would sell more of them, but I haven't sold one yet. I do have one listed in my etsy shop also.
Thanks for stopping by and taking a look around my etsy shop. I have a large variety of jewelry to choose a special treasure for the upcoming holidays.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Blog Feature Esty Seller- Zemphira

Zemphira has a really cute shop with handcrafted items that include aprons, coffee cozy, headbands and baby bibs. I think my favorite items in her shop is the coffee cozy, what a great idea. Stop by a take a peak at what Zemphira has in her shop.

I am me! I was a teacher in Eek, Alaska but now I stay at home with my 3 babes. I sew when I can (and even when I can't). I have been crafting forever - My favorite doll lost her legs (and fell into a duck pond, but that is another story) and so she needed a dress. That dress started out as an old purple sock - and then I got a sewing machine! I got to make Mindy dresses - she was better of with the sock! Anything and everything feeds my imagination, I can't help it. I love to create, and give gifts, and friends and family always tell me that I should sell my stuff. I came accross an ad for Etsy, and I thought it was a safe enough setting for me to give the business world a go. I have been published in Sew Somerset, Stampers Sampler, and Somerset Memories. I have not found an effective marketing venue yet. I'm not very good at setting or keeping goals - I would like - I tried, but I can't think of anything. I am pretty happy with how things are going right now. I have not sold my products to other sites.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Blog Feature Bliss Candles

Bliss Candles is my newest shop up for a blog feature. She has a large variety of wonderful candles to choose from. She also packages her candles giving you a price break when you purchase more than one. I found her top selling candle, so you might want to stop by her shop and check out what she has to offer.

Who are you? I have a wonderful handcrafted soy candle business out of Grand Haven, Michigan called Bliss Soybean Candles and Gifts. I focus on providing an exceptional quality product while offering items that are decorative and beautiful at the same time.

How long have you been crafting? I have been in business since 2004 and continue to grow by leaps and bounds!

What feeds your imagination? I have always loved decorating and am a professed candle addict. Those two things along with being crafty by nature are what drive me to come up with new lines. I like being different which is one thing that distinguishes me from the rest. My obsession with offering the best quality product around is also a major contributor to what I offer in my product line.

What made you decide to make your crafting a business? It is rather humorous. I actually starting making candles for myself and made too many. Yes, I go a little overboard with things in my life! I started giving them away to friends and then I just plain had too many. Everyone was raving about them and I had a mountain of candles in my house so I did a craft show at Garfield Park to get rid of them. Well..the response was overwhelming! People ranted and raved and it was clear they liked the fact that my product was different and of a higher quality than others. So I kept on going until I established such a “fan base” that I couldn’t stop! I have thousands of customers now, wholesale accounts, fundraisers, and the whole bit so now I’m really on a roll

How did you find etsy? My friend Anne – - told me how well she does on Etsy. I was skeptical at first and actually tried it out briefly, finding that it didn’t work for me. I came back this year in April and worked hard and voila…I’m doing quite well! I find if you put the time into Etsy and follow all of the tricks that people put out there, you can be extremely successful. If I didn’t work full-time, I am convinced I could do ten times better – seriously!

Have you ever been published in a magazine? No, but I keep trying to figure out ways to get to Oprah because she loves soy candles. She uses Beanpod and while they are great, mine are so much better. I just have to get it past her staff – ha!

What is your most effective marketing venue? Blogging, the forums, and treasuries. Up until three weeks ago, I didn’t have a clue about what a blog really was. If you keep them updated and you market, they are an incredible tool. I am getting orders on my main website now which rarely happened unless it was someone local who saw me at a show! With the forums, you really need to get out there and help others out. Participate in conversations. I do whatever I can. Treasuries are another fantastic tool to get the word out and let people know you are out there.

What is your goal for your business 1 year from now? Like most, to still be in business. One goal is repeat business. While my time is limited, I do my best to get orders out within a week and I always try to communicate as much as possible with my customers. Customer service is huge for me. I would love to see 500 sales by this time next year! Etsy is such a huge venue that I would also like to see 200 new customers by the end of 2009.

Do you sell your products on other sites or businesses? I do! I have my own website – and I do have my candles in stores! I have a list of stores on my site but I have sold to establishments in Grand Haven (Michigan), Pennsylvania, Canada, and California. I am also working on getting into fundraisers.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Two New Pair of Wire Wrapped Cabochon Earrings

I really love wire wrapping cabochons, and I just finished listing these in my esty shop.I finally received my sterling silver wire in the mail and I was able to create these two new pair of earrings. I have a collections of cabochons and deciding what to wire wrap next is a lot of fun. I usually lay them all out on my work station and fondle them and try to decide how I will wrap them. I like to design them each a little differently. The first pair is a pair of wire wrapped cabochons with
turquoise ovals.

The second pair is also an oval cabochon in black onyx. Each pair measures 1 1/2 long not including the ear wire. Thanks for stopping by my shop and taking a look around.

Soap Deli - Giveaway

This is really a great giveaway by Rebecca at Soapdeli.
She is giving away a bar of Lemon Verbena Salt Bar, so stop by her shop and find your favorite and come back here to comment. The giveaway ends on October 21. The winner will be chosen by

Enter to win a bar of Lemon Verbena Soap from Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen! This bar is Rebecca's favorite. It's a nice hard bar that lasts a really long time. This is the perfect soap for dry or troubled skin. Great as a facial bar or all over, this bar contains both shea and cocoa butters as well as an abundance of skin loving oils such as Olive and Rice Bran, both known for their moisturizing properties. It also contains sea salt, known for it's healing properties. It leaves behind a bit of excess oil to smooth and rehydrate your skin. Leaves you feeling moisturized, not oily or greasy. It also makes a great shampoo bar.

The Lemon Verbena Salt Bar is naturally scented to smell like Lemon Verbena. It contains no artificial fragrances or colors and is all natural. This bar is scented with a blend of Lemon, Orange, and Grapefruit essential oils. Bar weighs 4oz. - 4.5oz. All natural except for fragrance. Vegan. To enter to win this soap just comment with your favorite item from Rebecca's shop. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents ages 18 and up.

Feature on Etsy Seller SoapDeli

I just love the bath and body shops on etsy. I really love the way their soap look like pieces of art, and they are so wonderfully soft and smell great. Here is a seller that has handmade bath products. Here shop is Soapdeli . Take a peek at her bath products, because I'm sure she has some you might want to try or buy for some on your Christmas list.

Who are you?
My name is Rebecca and I am a full time soapmaker. I have a BA in fine art and I love to read. I also have a soon to be 12 year old boy who is too smart for his own good and a super tech geeky husband. I also struggle with agoraphobia.

How long have you been crafting?
Since I was little. I used to love to draw little cities on paper with lots of roads for toys cars to drive on. I'd tape a bunch of them all together so I had lots of play room. I have dabbled in a bit of everything. Drawing, painting, pottery, graphic design, and photography.

What feeds your imagination?
Scents that make smell heavenly. I love to try new scents in my soaps! I hope to always carry scents that will make someone happy even if it only is in the shower!

What made you decide to make your crafting a business?
Really I don't know. I just decided to start a biz one day out of the blue. My doctor just diagnosed me as bipolar - which explains a lot - so it was probably a a positive side effect of a manic outburst.

How did you find etsy?
Through the craftster forum a LONGGGG time ago. I signed up while etsy was in its infancy, but didn't start selling until much later. I started out selling art work and note card sets. This is my first year I've focused selling on etsy full time.

Have you ever been published in a magazine?
A really really long time ago. I was part of a feature article about 'zines in a girl's mag called Blue Jean Magazine. They're not around anymore.

What is your most effective marketing venue?
Face to face. I talk to people I see and give them my business cards or a sample. Also word of mouth from happy customers has brought me a whole lot of business.

What is your goal for your business 1 year from now?
I hope to make sell at least $1500 - $2000 a month on etsy a year from now to match what I make now in offline sales. Of course, I'd also like to double my offline sales as well.

Do you sell your products on other sites or businesses?
I sell regularly at least three days a week year round on my local city market. I also have my soaps in two local shops.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Randi100 Blog Feature

Randi has photography, name signs and few other assorted items in her shop. Take a look around her shop to see what she has that you might be interested in.

I am Randi Eccleston and I love in NC. Married for 11 years and a mom. I have been crafting for about 7 years, when my first daughter was born. My children always feed my imagination. Really, life in general inspires me, I never know when or where my next idea will come from. I decided to make my crafting a business when I left teaching this May after 15 years. Now, I have more time to devote to the business. I found etsy after doing a search on how to sell crafts. I have never been published in a magazine but it is on my list of goals. I have found that word of mouth is the best way to do marketing. One year from now I would like to have a highly successful etsy business and I would like to be in some retail stores, right now I am just selling on etsy.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Tutorial- Wire Wrapping Cord Ends

In this new tutorial, I will be demonstrating how to wire wrap cord ends. The technique is used to wire wrap a coil to end a necklace using different types of cords such as leather, ribbon or satin.

The tools needed are cutting pliers, round nose pliers, needle nose pliers, and duck nose pliers.

You will also need about 12" of wire. I'm using 24 gauge in this tutorial. It's easy to work, and you could use 22 gauge wire also, if you want a little heavier wire. You will also need a clasp, or you could make a hook clasp.

The first step take your wire and make a loop using your round nose pliers about 1" from the end.

Step 2- take your cord that you will be using for your necklace and slide the
about 1/2" of the cord end through the loop. Position the wire so that the short piece of the wire lays straight along the cord. You will see in my picture that the short piece of wire in laying under the loop. So when you wrap the long piece it is held in place.

Step 3 Use your duck bill pliers to hold the end with the cord end and using your needle nose pliers to wrap the wire around your cord.

Here is how the cord and wire look after a couple of wraps.

Continue wrapping the wire and pushing the wire against the other wire to keep them tight. It's easier to push the wire when you use this gauge wire. After you have 6 wraps cut you short piece of wire off and continue to wrap until you have around 10 wraps. Then cut off your wire, and smooth the edge against your cord.

Next you are ready to wire wrap the other cord with with the clasp. You will need to take your wire and wrap a loop about 1" from the end just like the first cord and put your clasp in the loop.

The next step is the same as before when you add your cord, slide the cord end through the loop making sure the short piece of wire is under the loop. And wrap the long end of the wire around your cord. Make sure you keep your wire snug against your wire while wrapping, by pushing the wire as you wrap.

Wrap your coil the same amount of wraps in the first so the cord ends will match.

When finished, cut your cord end of near the top of loop. You can burn the ends or cut them wire scissors.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

My Promotions For The Little Black Box

This is my second month I sent my promos to the Little Black Box. I had first seen the post several months ago and thought about the concept for a while. I had finally realized why not and gave it a try. Well, today I woke up to a sale from a person who had purchased one of the boxes that had received a pair of my earrings. That really made my day! I didn't get any sales last month, so I was wondering if I would ever make a direct sale resulting in my promos and hard work. I'm so excited that people like my earrings enough to visit my etsy shop and make a purchase. I really noticed an increase in views last month and that was a great feeling too. This month I'm also working on something different than last month. I don't want to tell what it is yet, but they aren't earrings. They are even better! So I hope if you purchase a little black box this month and receive a pair of earrings from me that you will love them enough to come visit my shop and make a purchase. I also include a coupon for 15% off your next purchase and that should help you out for those gifts you might even be purchasing since the holidays are so near.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Knit One Pearl Two

The Artisan Beaders Team is one of the teams I'm a member. Kaskaad curated this gorgeous treasury. I"m confident that this treasury will make the front page. Stop by and give this treasury some love.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Banana Ana

Yellow is becoming a new favorite color of mine. So the only title that could come to mind when I saw the box was banana ana. Thanks for stopping by.

New Hair Comb Design

I have finally ventured into making bridal hair combs. I decided to give them a try and I was really pleased with the results. I want to try a new design soon that will add some vines spray on the top of the comb in addition to the already existing pearls. I have a couple more colors of glass pearls that I will try to make a couple more in the next few days. I have already made a wide comb with pewter color glass pearls and two smaller combs with white glass pearls. So if you know of somebody looking to purchase combs have them check out my shop. Here is the link to my bridal section. Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Featured Item Sale

I have decided that I would like to have a fun sale in my shop. Here is how it's going to work. I usually like to change out my featured items every day or every other day. So I decided it would be a good idea to put those 3 items on sale while they are being featured. The sale will be for 15% off the original price and I will send a revised invoice. Just put message to seller "Featured Item".

Here are the 3 items that are on sale now. Hope you enjoy the sale and will stop by again.

Earrings Winner

My first blog giveaway was a lot of fun. I really found the feedback on my shop informative and was able to correct a couple of the problems. My photography really isn't as professional as I would like. Compared to when I first starting taking pictures it has improved more than 100%. I really didn't even know how to resize a picture or know what a pixel was then. Sometimes I find a really neglected picture every now and then and work on it, but some colors never seem to cooperate. I really appreciate all of the people who stopped by to play my blog giveaway and I hope you will all stop by again for the next giveaway.

My next giveaway will be coming up soon and I will post again when that will be. I'm still deciding on the prize, and I have already decided what I will be asking of all of the contestants.

The winner of the earrings is Erika Jean. Her blog is also having a contest for her 700th post. So stop by her blog and check it out to win a $25.00 gift certificate. All you have to do is link your blog to her blog and comment.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

A Couple of Jaded Pieces

I designed a couple new pieces of jewelry with some new jade cube nuggets and blue aventurine gemstone beads. I have coordinated these gemstones with copper findings. I really love the results of the earrings and bracelet and also have bead caps adorning them. So take a look a my shop on etsy to see all of the jewelry I have to offer.

Don't forget the drawing on my blog is tomorrow. I will also post the winner in my next post. I'm also planning my next giveaway for a shorter time period.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

MissKarina Blog Feature

Here is a really neat shop I ran across with very interesting Mardi Gras themed items. Check Out MissKarina's shop to see all she has to offer.

Who are you?

My name is Karina Nathan. I just turned 30 and am away from my home in New Orleans for a year of teaching in Korea. I am almost completely self-taught in fashion design and can't imagine a life without it.

How long have you been crafting?

At least since 5 years old. I had a children's weaving loom that I loved. My mother and father were artists in their spare time so they made every possible material available to me. I can't think of an art form we didn't try. I always loved sewing and drawing clothes the most. I liked being able to show off my creations once they were completed.

What feeds your imagination?

Almost everything that's happy or funny. I love things that are eye catching which is obvious in my creations. I love bright colors because they make me happy. I love to recycle, so upcycling materials excites me. My process usually starts with a material rather than a design or pattern. Then I imagine what I could make the material into. I use all kinds of materials in my work from recycled fabrics to mardi gras beads.

What made you decide to make your crafting a business? When someone offered me money for a costume I was wearing. That was about 6 years ago. From there I started wholsaling to boutiques almost immediately.

How did you find etsy? Two years ago I started noticing other crafty friends with the word "etsy" in their website addresses.

Have you ever been published in a magazine?
I've had several small New Orleans based magazines feature my work including DIY, Anti Gravity, and Southern Woman.

What is your most effective marketing venue?
I network through facebook and myspace. I blog a little. I make videos for youtube. I post sporadically on flickr and photobucket. I make a lot of trades so my work gets seen. I donate a little to charity auctions. I give gifts of my work whenever appropriate for holidays and celebrations. I hand everyone business cards and sometimes postcards of my work. I wear my own work or other etsians' whenever possible. I run a big dance troupe in New Orleans that dances in Mardi Gras Parades called the Bearded Oysters---they get a lot of attention. Honestly, it is so hard to figure out exactly what is working. My marketing philosophy is just keeping doing it anyway you can figure out. I also listen to a lot of podcasts about internet marketing strategy, SEO, and ecommerce. I try and be conscious and consistent all the time with marketing.

What is your goal for your business 1 year from now? I return to America on Monday and I plan to hit the ground running. My goal a year from now is to be a full time fashion designer with health insurance. I will try to find a new store each month to begin a wholesale relationship with. I also would like to have a full calendar of work all year, not just being bombarded at Christmas and Carnival. My other goal is to create a more balanced work day. Where I work M-F 9-5 on this stuff, not just when I'm in the mood. I also plan to organize my work schedule better. Time blocks set aside for creating, but also sales, marketing, market research, and photography.

Do you sell your products on other sites or businesses? I sell my work through craft fairs, craigslist, and two small boutiques that carry my work.