Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Figure Magazine feature

The Figure magazine May/June issue is finally here.I've been waiting to see my featured rings, and here they are, on page 53. I was thrilled. When being contacted by Figure, I was told only one ring will be shown, but I went ahead and sent both samples and they featured both. As promised, my shop name was listed along the featured jewelry, and my url was listed at the back of the magazine. I wonder if this is why my blue opal ring has been selling so well recently.The featured blue pearl ring was out of stock (I've restocked and will be listing it recently) but the blue opal ring is a very similar color and size.

You can find Figure Magazine at Barnes & Noble.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

life is a strange journey

My Sheaffer fountain pen, after the nib was cleaned.

Friday, April 18, 2008

fountain pen

I went to the big local shopping mall today thinking about buying some new clothes. This was the first time I went there by myself and I didn't realize there was a stationary shop in the mall.I was a stationary fan so I had to go in and take a look. I started talking to the owner of the shop about fountain pens they had, and tried out a few of them.I have a few fountain pens and used to write a lot with them when I was dreaming about becoming a full time writer over 10 years ago. I told the owner my parents gave me a very nice fountain pen for my birthday long time ago but I haven't used it because the nib was clogged up. He taught me how to clean the nib.

So I went to the mall thinking about buying clothes like every young girl would, but came out with some neat pen and bottled inks. And when I was walking to my car in the parking lot, in the warm spring breeze the old memory came back to me and I knew I will always be a writer.I knew I cannot be happy unless I stay connected with my soul..

Monday, April 7, 2008

Custom works I recently did..

I enjoy doing custom works and am often amazed by the creativity and color sense of my customers.Here are a few examples--

My original Starry Starry Night bangle made with blue pearls and crystals--

custom work made with white ctystal--

My original gemstone ring--

combined with my Mother and Child ring--

became this somewhat mascular ring I made for a male customer--

I constantly fnid my customers inspiring :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Etsy fee summary July 2007 to March 2008

Above is a chart for my monthly Etsy fees since last July.

Some definitions--

Renew: pushing an EXISTING listing to the top of the category search before it expires
Listing: this includes relisting a SOLD item, listing a NEW item, and Editing fees whenever applicable
Listing+renew: this gives you an idea the TOTAL amount I spent on the listings every month
Transaction: this implies how much I sold that month :)

If you're into statistics, the following scatterplot gives you a rough idea about the relationship between listing frequency and sales total.This data came from my Etsy store only.

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