Tuesday, March 30, 2010

sorry - PENDANTS again :D





...OK I know I have said this before...but this time I really mean it - this is the last of the pendants which have finally cured and now the jewellery supplies are being put away...for real.

The holidays have well and truly begun...these are my plans for the next week:

  • Today my daughter and I are going to the hair-dressers for a wash, trim and blow-wave - she so loves her visits to the hair-dressers, she gets to feel all grown up and important.
  • Tomorrow we are meeting up with one of my best friends and her two kids and we are off to the movies, then some ten pin bowling, then an afternoon at her place :D
  • Friday my kids and I are coloring eggs, the old fashion way, with food coloring and wax drawings on them (I may post some picks of our colored eggs)
  • Saturday family is coming to my home and we are cooking and preparing for Easter on Sunday (I can just imagine what my kitchen will look like :)
  • The week after that sleep overs are organised with my sister's kids.
So as you can see...I will be fully booked out with family things and will need to put all my pliers and beads away...I think I need the break as I don't know how to find a balance at times :D

WISHING EVERYONE A VERY SAFE AND HAPPY EASTER - cheers and hugz, Val xoxo

Monday, March 29, 2010

NEW flower pendants...and GIVEAWAY on FB






...these are the pendants I have been working on for the last few days - they are just in time to replenish my shop after yesterdays FP feature and sales :D

I have made a special pendant (Tree of Life) with resin finish - it is for all my FB Fans - just go into my FaceBook Fan Page (the box is on the right hand side of this blog, just scroll down a bit) and you can win the pendant - I will draw a winner in about a weeks time using Random.org - good luck buddies :D

Sunday, March 28, 2010

OMG! Featured on the Front Page of Etsy




...well, it has happened, finally - I was on the front page of Etsy this morning :D - thanks to that, I have received many hearts, heaps of custom orders and had 5 sales already - WOW - all my round flower dragonfly pendants have been SOLD - I think I will be making more of these, in may different colors, as I think they will become very very popular.

Hoping everyone else is having an amazing day too :D

Friday, March 26, 2010

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS just begun...




...the last of my pedants for the next two weeks at least as its School Holidays in Victoria :D

...this morning is the first day of a 2 week break from school for my kids - so, the first fun thing we did was to clean the house :D - aren't I a terrible mum - my 10 y.0. son grumbled "great holidays mom" but he was happy to clean up while my 7 y.o. princess vacuumed the house. After about an hour of work, the place was spotless, so I took them to the shops and treated them to a toy each as a thank-you for their help - needless to say, they were so very happy about that and now look forward to our next cleaning session because they know they will get a treat :D

We have 3 movies on our list to watch at the cinemas in the next two weeks: Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Toy Story 3 and How to Train your Dragon. I am actually looking forward to seeing these movies as most of the time the kids' movies are the best and most entertaining.

OK, must go and start making dinner, the kiddies are hungry. Cheers and chat soon my buddies :D

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Tree of Life Pendants




...I have managed to make another Treasury - it is such a hit and miss process, here is the link

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=92846

please copy and paste into your browser and give it some love - the more clicks on my picks the better :D - would be so amazing to end up on the front page of Etsy - I am a dreamer :D

Hugz and blessing to you all :D

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

GREEN and PURPLE newbies...





...I love green and purple together - so after receiving more supplies yesterday afternoon, I decided to make these very cute and unique pendants till all hours of the morning last night. I was half asleep by the end - when I got up this morning, they looked lovely and I had to take photos straight away.

OK, must run now (as per usual) thousands of things to do today :D


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring into Spring



"Spring into Spring" - SOLD


"Turquoise Butterfly"

...yes, me again, with more jewellery LOL, sorry.

The winner of the locket giveaway has been announced in the previous post -could the winner please email me with address details.

Thanks ladies, cheers Val xoxo

Saturday, March 20, 2010

AND THE WINNER IS...



Just now I went to that nifty website Random.org and this is the randomly generated number I was given... number 18!

That number belongs to the following comment :

"Your work is so beautiful. It is very delicate but also very noble and royal at the same time. Thanks for offering the giveaway. Don't forget that I also have a new giveaway this week too. So stop by when you get a chance. Love,
Wyanne"

CONGRATULATIONS WYANNE http://wyartjewels.blogspot.com/ - please email me at valzdero@live.com.au with you address details and I will have this locket posted to you in a few days.

THANK YOU to all the lovely Blogger who entered this competition :D

Wishing everyone a great weekend - chat soon my buddies, cheers Val xoxoxox


A few more filigree fancies :D




...I think the Post Office is conspiring against me :D - as much as I keep saying I need to take time away from my craft and do so many other household things...the Postman keeps delivering packages and tempting me.

I received 4 more packages full of goodies on Friday and of course I could not help myself. Today was a quiet day for me (Saturday) the kids happy to ride their bikes around the farm and hubby more than happy to restore his 1970 Challenger in the garage - so I had the whole day to myself. In between washing clothes and cleaning up around the house, I was able to sit down between jobs and play around with my new supplies (I know, I am really naughty).

I think I need to stop ordering things, then there won't be any more packages arriving in the mail and the temptation will be gone :D

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend and enjoying your artistic outlets too (no matter how guilty that makes us feel at times).

Cheers and hugz, Val xoxo

Thursday, March 18, 2010

2 MORE DAYS LEFT FOR THE GIVEAWAY





DONT FORGET TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAYhttp://valzderoart.blogspot.com/2010/03/250-followers-and-new-giveaway.html - I will be drawing a winner on Sunday - good luck everyone :D

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Back to TREE OF LIFE pendants :D

Marbled Ocean Tree of Life - SOLD

Cherry Blossom Tree of Life


Cat's Eye Tree of Life

Hi lovely Bloggers, I just wanted to show you a few pieces I worked on today and I am very happy with the way these pendants have turned out - I may have to make one for myself, or perhaps just keep one of these three :D

Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY here is the link http://valzderoart.blogspot.com/2010/03/250-followers-and-new-giveaway.html - I will be drawing a winner over the weekend.

Hope you are all well and happy - cheers Val xoxo

Friday, March 12, 2010

250 followers - and a NEW GIVEAWAY




... to celebrate 250 followers - YAY - I am having another Giveaway and this time its the blue antique brass locket.

This one also hangs from a longish chain and hangs to just below the bust area -one photo can be placed inside this locket.

To enter this giveaway you have to be a follower of my blog...so just leave a comment on this post and you are in the draw - I will pick a winner in about a weeks time using Random.org - GOOD LUCK EVERYONE :D

ETSY...a few things which are a MUST for me...




...its early on Saturday morning here in sunny Bacchus Marsh...its just the way isn't it...I look forward to my sleep ins on the weekends yet here I am at 7.30am, wide awake, drinking my coffee and reading blogs...well, its a pretty good way to start off my weekend...but I wish I was asleep :D

Anyway, I have been reading through a few blogs and came across one which is a post on Etsy v eBay...very good post too...so I thought I might do one on the things I have learnt about selling on Etsy these last few months.

After a very slow start in March 2009, I put my Etsy shop on vacation for months and went back to Zibbet and eBay...but in November last year I decided to end those two selling sites and move to Etsy permanently...it has been the best move I ever made.

To this day tho I believe eBay is (for me anyway) a better site to sell original artwork but when it comes to jewellery Etsy wins hands down!

I am getting close to my 80th sale on Etsy, and that is just in the last 3 months of selling...these are the things I have learnt in that time...

1. GREAT PHOTOS are a must...a camera with a macro setting will give you those lovely detailed close up photos that sell your items so well...considering that the buyer only has a few photos to go by, those photos better be clear enough and attractive enough for that buyer to purchase your work...I found that once I bought my new camera with a macro setting and redone all my photos my sales started happening :D

2. RE-LISTING also keeps your items near the top of the searches...I try and re-list once a day, maybe 5 items all up...that brings my expenses up to a $1.00 a day which is a small price to pay to bring buyers to my shop...even better than re-listing old items is to list new items daily, even if it is only one or two new items per day :D

3. FREE SHIPPING has done wonders for me - once a week I will put a shop announcement on my Etsy shop, telling buyers about limited free shipping and that brings in more sales for me...international shipping for me costs $2.10 and domestic shipping is only $1.10 - I find that is a small amount to lose in order to make a few extra sales.

4. FREE GIFTS are always (or most often than not) included with every sale - I have made so much jewellery and some of that jewellery I am not 100% happy with, therefore I will not sell it but I am happy to enclose a piece of it with every purchase as a thank you gift...this keeps my buyers so happy that most of them have become return buyers now and that makes me happy!

5 KEEPING THE BUYER IN THE LOOP - I always send convos. to all the buyers, thanking them for the purchase and letting them know when I have posted their item and when they can expect to receive it...this keeps them happy and I am always getting great feedback on my customer service :D

OK...that about does it...I am by no means an expert on selling on Etsy considering I have only been there a few months...but the above is just something that I have found helps me sell my creations...I hope this post has been helpful to you...

OK my Blogger Buddies, it was great chatting to you this morning...cheers to everyone, Val xo

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Who am I kidding here...myself:)

SOLD




...a day after writing that I will be taking a break from the jewellery...well wouldn't you know it...3 more packages arrived in the mail - so many lovely little filigree brass pendants that I just couldn't...COULDN'T... help myself!!! I did exercise restraint tho...I made only THREE and put the rest away...

I made these 3 pendants last night and took photos of them this morning...I keep telling myself that I need to do so many things around the home and of course GST work for the last quarter (accounting), but I have so much fun when I immerse myself in my art that the ART always wins over GST work LOL!

No more kidding myself...THIS IS IT I say to myself... let see how long this resolution last for :D


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A GIVEAWAY on Jade's blog :D


how stunning is this painting :D - Jade is my "soon to be sister-in-law" and she oozes talent - I call her the 'Master' - she is giving away two original paintings - yes, thats right - so hop on over to her blog and just become a follower and leave a comment, you won't be disappointed :D

The last of my jewellery supplies...




...I am slowly using up the last of my jewellery supplies which I have at home - of course, there are still a number of packages to arrive from the US but I may just put those aside for now and concentrate on doing a few paintings first :D

The last week has been so quiet on Etsy and I was wondering what was happening with the sales - then in a matter of 24 hours I have had 7 sales - wow! So I suppose that saying "when it rains it pours" applies to my Etsy shop right now.

I am offering free postage on jewellery plus a free gift with every purchase right now - maybe that is the reason all these sales have happened :D

Anyway, I will be very busy this week and may disappear from cyberspace for a little while, but I promise I will be back by the weekend - hope everyone is well and happy - cheers Val xo

Saturday, March 6, 2010

PINK BUTTERFLY...



...I have gone totally batty with this jewellery obsession - I think I need to take a step back now and relax for a bit, do some other things or perhaps go back to painting - remains to be seen :D

PS I am fast approaching 250 followers - a new giveaway will take place pretty soon I think... hmm what to offer up this time...

Thursday, March 4, 2010

HAD to list these ASAP - couldn't help myself :D






...here they are, completed pieces - just had to get them ready - I am scaring myself because I am already ordering new pieces, my mind is so full of new ideas - RELAX VAL!

OK must run, I am supposed to be working LOL :D

NEW pieces have arrived...



...yes, they arrived yesterday this little package full of goodies - I worked on these last night, had a great time making all the dragonfly wings and then also made a 'stained glass' cross - these are still curing, another 24 hours should see them perfectly set, but I just had to take photos of them to show you - these were just dry enough for me to work with, very very carefully as I did not want my fingerprints all over these beauties.

OK buddies, that is all I have time for today - must go and work now - will return later tonight to share out some awards I received from two lovely bloggers - cheers and chat soon, Val

SOME LOVELY AWARDS


I have received this lovely award from Faerwillow of http://tofallorstumbleupon.blogspot.com/ - thanks so much new blogger buddy!

The requirements for accepting this award are as follows:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Pass this award along to 15 bloggers you've recently discovered and whom you think are fantastic!
3. Contact the bloggers you've picked and let them know about the award.
4. Share seven (7) things about yourself.



My sister Vesna of http://vesna-art.blogspot.com/ has given me this great award - THANKS SIS!

The Sunshine Award is a blogger award for creativity and positivity, and its an true honor for me to receive it!
The rules for accepting the award are:
*Put the logo on your blog or within your post.
*Pass the award onto 12 bloggers.
*Link the nominees within your post.
*Let the nominees know they received this award.
*Link to the person from whom you received this award.

Now, as I am so very pressed for time, as per usual, I would like to offer these awards to all my blogger buddies - if I am following you, it means that I admire your work whether it be quilting, painting, jewellery making, scrap booking etc - therefore you all deserve it :D

I know I am bending the rules here but I am so busy right now and just don't have the time to give these awards out individually! I hope no one minds too much that I am taking the easy way out.

Hope everyone helps themselves to these awards and has a great weekend :D - happy long weekend to all the Victorians :D

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

FILIGREE BIRD pendants...




...just a few more 'filigree fancies' which arrived in the mail yesterday - I have been playing around with these cute little birdies all day today - these are just dry enough to take photos of but they will need to cure for another 24 hours :D - hope everyone is well and happy!

Monday, March 1, 2010

NEWEST creations - still making jewellery :D





...yup, me again with new pieces :D - I am amassing an amazing amount of jewellery in my home - a lot of these are being sold, but I still have a lot at my home - so...it looks like I will be joining the markets around Melbourne (something I have never done before) but I think it will be fun and the markets will keep my weekends busy.

I have had a lot of emails through Blogger as well as Etsy asking me how I make these pendants, what materials I use etc - I am always happy to answer emails and always give as much information as I can but I can't divulge all my secrets can I ;) - I have come up with my own unique technique after many months of hit and misses - I am not sure if I am making these the proper way, if there is such a thing, but I know it works for me. Maybe, in the future, I will make tutorials on these resin pendants - I will say tho that the main ingredient in these pendant is RESIN - it is expensive but it is excellent - it is a two part resin that you mix and the finish is crystal clear and extremely hard, much harder than the Diamond Glaze I have used on some of my tile pendants. Some of my pendants are hand painted using hight quality acrylic paints, others are made by putting colour pigments into resin to get the various shades...

Anyway my lovelies, must run now - heaps to do around the house - chat soon :D