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Craft Business One Year Milestone: Lessons Learned

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So,  after getting through my 1st year in business as a Crafter, here are a few short lessons I have learned and am sharing with you:

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If something hits, stick with it.  Once I started to gain momentum in a specific area of my craft and I found people who actually appreciated it enough to spend their hard earned dollars, I continued to fine tune and repeat it again and again.

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Listen to the voice within. If there is nothing burning inside about a personal creation or design, chances are others may not desire it either. On the other hand, if you feel strongly about your work, there is probably something within it that may just need minor tweaks and adjustments.

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Appreciate Your Customers, Always. No matter how talented we may think we are, creative, etc., people can choose to purchase from anyone / entity that they desire. They do not have to give us their business, and for that, they deserve the utmost respect and appreciation.  I strive to find new ways to excel in this area because it is very important.

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Excellence Goes A Long Way. Regardless to how simple or intricate one’s style of work may be, it is important to present it in a way that is quality and shows a great deal of effort. Having high standards for my self often keeps my customers satisfied with their items once they have received them. It should be evident that care and pride goes into each product that is made. Sloppiness is a sure way to turn people off and damage a business’  reputation.

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Better to try and make a mistake, than to do nothing at all.  Had I never started posting my products online, I never would have gotten exposure, feedback, support and experience to go to the next level. There comes a point when it is just time to end the procrastination and launch–period. This also applies to new ideas for your business that you have been wanting to try. If you have the time and resources, try it. It’s the only way to know if it will work  for sure.

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As I think of more things, I will be certain to do another update, so be sure to follow this blog.

As always, thanks for checking out my post 🙂

CJ

http://www.theliftjewelryshop.com

http://www.theliftjewelryshop.etsy.com

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The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. – Confucius

I’ve often believed that it is better to rarely promise, while striving to always deliver.  After all, talk is cheap.  Such a true statement!

A Rugged Way Of Life (De-Iconifying The Traditional)

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A Rugged Way Of Life (De-Iconifying The Traditional)

Rules are meant to be amended, and norms are changing everyday. When it comes to style as a means of self-expression, there is no wrong or right. It is only to be asked, “What is real and authentic to (you) the individual?”

In my latest bursts of creativity, I have felt compelled to design with the down to earth and lovers of life in mind. Maybe it is a reflection of my truest self, sort of a quest to get back to the basics of quality day to day living.

This is what de-iconifying the traditional is all about. The traditional approach to life and fashion etc just doesn’t work for everyone. Whether it is affordability, restrictiveness, limited practicability, or just plain boredom, we each deserve alternatives.

Some of my latest pieces of jewelry include alternative wedding rings and engagement bands, rugged style wrist cuffs and even bracers to name a few. Feel free to check out some of my newest designs by clicking the photo.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post 😉

Until next time,

CJ from The Lift Jewelry Shop

ODDITIES, ECLECTICS, & A COLLECTION OF NEAT THINGS

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ODDITIES, ECLECTICS, & A COLLECTION OF NEAT THINGS

I wanted to see some unique and different things. Being an artist, it’s always nice to be refreshed by the handiwork of other fellow artists.

I came up with a concept of putting together odd items that caught my eye from various designers.

Click this link  to take a look at what l thought to be pretty eye catching . . .

http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MjQ1NTY3NTB8MjcyMzkzOTI2MA/oddities?ref=pr_treasury

CRAFTING INSPIRATION TODAY: QUOTES

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Today as a jewelry artist, I found motivation from one of my favorite poems, “Phenomenal Woman” written by Maya Angelou. My favorite line and the theme of the poem reads, ‘I’m  a woman phenomenally, phenomenal woman, that’s me.’

What a powerhouse statement!  It should speak to the mind and spirit of every woman today. Look at the hats many of us  wear, and yet we  still accomplish our tasks with  such a finesse. Well today I’m sharing what I was inspired to create:

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I felt so empowered after remembering that quote I had to express it.  I really like how these pieces of jewelry turned out. It’s great when we can create out of love for what we do and the simplistic gifts that we are blessed with everyday. These earrings can be found here if interested:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/121153290/maya-angelou-inspired-earrings-quote

So what’s your motivation today behind your work, whether you’re a writer, visual artist or a craftsmen/woman?  What do you like to use as motivation to keep those wheels turning and those creative juices flowing?

I decided to close out by including the poem, ‘Phenomenal Woman’ :

Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Maya Angelou

Happy Crafting, and Have A Phenomenal Day ;-)!

Crafting, New Designs & More!

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In the spirit of creativity, I am excited to share some photos of my newest work! Lately, I’ve been feeling ‘GOLDEN’ as you’ll see in my photos 🙂

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I call this a hand cuff that I created with beautiful amber,copper chain and copper sheet metal. It fits directly over the center of the hand. The idea is novelty in that I’ve seen ring bracelets, but with this sturdy yet comfy piece, you don’t have to where a ring to where this.

Golden Amber is said to be used in healing to repair damages to the auric field, karmic release, and emotional healing.
H Honey colored amber is said to add sweetness to your life. It helps you understand where you are at along your life path. Honey amber teaches us to let go of stuff that is blocking us from allowing spirit to step in and help smooth away the rough patches. Knowing stone.

The next piece that I’ve made is STYLISH, BOLD and EDGY:
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It is an exotic hair feather cuff with a tribal vibe to it. Gorgeous golden feathers with a handcrafted copper clip and chain–I love this. It works well when it slides over a braid and cut on any hair type.

So these are my new additions so far for this week. If you’d like to see more photos, stop by my shop and take a peek 😉

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheLiftJewelryShop?ref=si_shop

Until next time,

Chow and Happy Crafting!
CJ @ The Lift Jewelry Shop at Etsy

KEEP NO SECRETS, TELL NO LIES . . .

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KEEP NO SECRETS, TELL NO LIES . . .

This is the latest piece that just left my bench. It is pure copper that I have cut, stamped, hammered and sealed. CLICK PHOTO for more details.