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My New Pendants

here are the bails, they came!
here are the bails, they came!

My bails came in the mail yesterday! let me back up a little bit. Last summer we went to Door County, WI, and when we were there we went to the Hands on Art Studio and I made a bunch of fused glass tiles, shown here:

here are the glass tiles, my before picture
here are the glass tiles, my before picture

I have been wanting to make them into pendants for a long time, but I couldn’t think of the name for what you put on the back for a long time, then it came to me: A Bail! and with that I was able to order them online, on ebay. I got a 50 piece set, it took almost three weeks to come, and they finally came yesterday! So all I needed was to put the bails on the tiles, and for that I used E-6000, a great glue:

the glue
the glue

and here they are drying:

drying on my window ledge
drying on my window ledge

I let them dry for one day, and here they are, all finished:

here are all of the pendants done!
here are all of the pendants done!

I am really happy with the results, and I am going to put them on my etsy store I think I am just going to put the pendants for sale without putting them on necklaces. What do you think about my pendants? Also here’s one last picture of my “helper” Pepe:

my cat, Pepe, helping me, ignore the mess.
my cat, Pepe, helping me, ignore the mess.

Well I hope you like them, please let me know what you think!

Turns out there is a lot (In a name)

check this out in my etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/listing/116614437/handmade-bird-bead-dangle-earrings
check this out in my etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/listing/116614437/handmade-bird-bead-dangle-earrings

I have made my final decision, and I have decided to keep my current name “CraftsbyKnight” there was a lot of thinking that went into this decision, and I wanted to let everyone know not to expect a name change in the future. I like my current name and it allows for growth in the future, which is the reason I chose it.

On a side note, school starts on Tuesday and I am really excited! I am going to take four classes this semester. The classes I am taking are: Intro to Jewelry making and metal-smiting, Intro to Photography, design survey, and a really neat class about profesional portfolio development, which should help me to improve my portfolio for the spring and help me to get an internship next fall.

I am also going to try and focus more on my business site, craftsbyknight.etsy.com. I am worried that I won’t have time to do everything I want to do, but it doesn’t hurt to try. I am going to set a schedule for myself for the week, that should help to keep me on track. Anyway I look forward to hearing from everyone that reads my blog, Carley.

What is in a Name

Hello sorry I have not written in a while, I have been busy and distracted. I am trying to get back to being serious about my business and I have a little dilemma. I am not sure that my current name accurately reflects my current business. My business name is now “Crafts by Knight” and I am considering changing it to “Jewelry by Knight” originally I had planed on selling other crafts than just jewelry, but I find that I am only selling jewelry now, so I am considering changing it now. There are many pros and cons to changing the name that I will go through them here in order to try and work it out myself.

pros:
– It will better identify my brand
– the web domain is available

Cons
– I will have to redo all my websites, printed material, email address, etc.
– people won’t know that I have changed my name

I still don’t know what I want to do and would like another person’s opinion, so please let. Kenwood what you think in my comments.

Work Day

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here are the findings on the necklace

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The components after being taken apart

I just wanted to let you into my work process a little bit.  Here is how I get the materials for my earrings. I got this necklace from a rummage sale for $3 because it was broken.  It was a great find because the beads are real hematite, I believe that’s what it is called. Anyway I took the necklace apart which involves taking apart each individual link.  I decided to keep the beads on their individual wire links, I would save work later on, but I created more work for me for right now.

I will post a link here when I finally make earrings out of the beads. thank you for your time in reading my post.  I hope you enjoyed a peak into my working space, sorry for the mess.

New Post

Hello sorry I haven’t written here in a while, I have been very busy with school, also my father passed away on Tuesday September 18th. After that I sort of let my business go, but I am ready to refocus my attention on my business. I ended up dropping two of my classes and went down to two classes. I am now taking just Introduction to Typography and Introduction to Design. Here is a picture of the first project I did for my design class:

My Logo
The first project for my Intro to Design class.

I am glad I am still in school as it has been a great distraction for me.  I hope to restart this blog and post more regularly.  I look forward to your feedback.

Back to school (almost)

Hey nothing that interesting happened today, but I thought I would write a blog entry anyway.  I am really excited because school starts tomorrow!  I am really looking forward to going back to school.  It is funny, I never used to feel this way for my first degree, that must mean that I am on the right track.

Today I went shopping for school supplies and I hope that I have everything that I need.  I went to jo-ann fabrics looking for sketchbooks and I saw this in a magazine:

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It looks a lot like what I make (the rock part at least) doesn’t it?

Well this is going to be a short post, as I can’t think of anything else to write about.  I am going to have a hard time sleeping tonight, I can just tell.  I am both excited and nervous at once.

I’ve got a huge headache (both figuratively and literally)

I woke up this morning with a migraine headache and could hardly get out of bed. After going downstairs and having breakfast I took 2 Advil I went back to bed.  When I was sitting in bed I started to play around with my Ipad, and I started listening to some podcasts.  I listened to 15 minute craft website tips and she recommended getting the domain name for your website.  So I went to godaddy.com and tried to register craftsbyknight.com and it was taken.  I called the number provided and the guy that owns the site answered and he bought it for his wife whose father is starting a business by the name of, you guessed it “crafts by knight”  I gave him my contact info and he said he would ask his wife about selling me the page.  I am kicking myself right now.  I should done this first before choosing my name, but now I don’t know what to do.

I figure I have a few options, the first one is to wait and see if he is willing to sell me the page.  I am going to do this for one week.  My second option if I can’t buy the domain name from him is to change my name.  I was thinking of the name “Jewelry by Knight”  but this would be a huge hassle, I would have to create a new fb page, gmail account, pinterest account, and get a new etsy store.

I could register “jewelry by knight” before someone else gets it, but I don’t know what to do.  Does anyone have any advice for me?  I don’t know what to do.

UPDATE: craftsbyknight.net was available, so I am not going to change my name, I have craftsbyknight.net and blog.craftsbyknight.net as well as an email address, which I will set up later.  It will all be up by Sunday.  I can’t wait.  the .net will forward people to my etsy store and blog.net will forward people to my wordpress blog.

I’m Confused

Well this is a lot more complicated than I initially thought last night.  After doing a little research online today it turns out that there are many styles that are similar to what I do.  First there is what I mentioned in my blog last night, boho chic, and then there is a style that is actually called hippie chic, and the two styles are very similar, I can’t really tell the difference yet.  There is a third style that I have found that is called indie.  Am I naive of it or is this way too complicated?   I might have jumped the gun when I said I was boho, because indie seems more like what I do, it is more about handmade, which is very important to me.  If anyone reading this has any advice, please let me know, I feel like a fish out of water right now.

Some results from my search on my phone

In the meantime, before I figure everything out, I might as well tag my items boho and indie.  That might generate trafic to my etsy store, which I really need.  Tomorrow I plan on doing another photo-shoot, this time of my rings and earrings, and listing the rest of the necklaces that I took photos of last week.  I will continue to look up teams and post about my blog to spread the word.  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, please leave a comment in the comments section to let me know what you think of my post.

I did it

I finally did it!  I finally figured out what the name of my style is.  I have been struggling with the problem of what my style is for a while now.  I like what make but have been struggling with how to describe it.  I love re-purposing old beads and using natural materials and making things by hand is very important to me too.  I used to sort of describe my jewelry to myself as hippie-chic and other people have called what I make as eclectic, which I didn’t feel describe me exactly but was the closest I could come because I didn’t think that hippie-chic was an actual style.  but I just discovered BOHO CHIC!

Boho chic seems to me to be to be very like hippie-chic.  It is amazing to me that this style exists.  I found out about it when I was I was looking up teams on etsy.  I found a team called boho-chic crafters when I was looking for teams to join, which I mentioned in my last post.  When I clicked on a post in the team I thought, “Huh, this looks interesting” So I started researching it on google and it was like, whoa, this is almost exactly like what I do.  I can’t believe that this exists and I found it!  I felt like something had just “clicked”

I have only just started looking into boho chic, but it looks really promising to me. I read online somewhere that the height of popularity for this style was 2004-2005,(I am really late to the table it seems) but I am hopeful that some people are still into it.  I have to do more research, but I feel like I am going in the right direction.  If boho chic is really my style than many of my questions that I have been having a been having lately, like who is my target market? and what is the niche I want to sell to?  and mostly how do I figure out how to categorize my work?  These are just a few of my questions that knowing my style could begin to answer.  I am going to bed now, but I wanted to post this here really quick because I am so excited!

My New Etsy Listings

Thanks to everyone who has read my post.  Any comments made would be appreciate.

Check out my newest items that I just listed on my etsy store:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/107869119/wire-wrapped-sparkly-grey-beach-stone

copper wire wrapped white and red and black by CraftsbyKnight.

Today was a good day, I managed to post two items on etsy, I would appreciate any critiques that any readers have on the listing.  I am not good at writing descriptions, so any advice will be appreciated.

I spent about an half an hour crafting today and made a pair of earrings. I am pleased with how they turned out.  I don’t know what to charge for them because they took so long.  the copper discs that I used are $1 each, I bought them at the bead and button show.  (I love the bead and button show I go every year)  if anyone has any advice on pricing them, it would be appreciated as well.  I don’t want to charge too much, but I don’t want to undercharge as well.  here is a pic of the earrings.  I really like how they look(I took this pic from my new phone):

here is a pic of the earrings that I made today, let me know what you think!

As I said in the beginning of the post I finally listed two items on my etsy store.  I find it to be really difficult to name my items and write descriptions.  If anyone has any advice, please tell me. I also joined a bunch of teams on Etsy.  At the craft party on Friday. Moira told me that I should join teams to gain publicity.  I should spread the word about my blog and people will come and read it.