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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Tea Party for my Mom's 50th on: May 02, 2009 06:45:27 AM
Ah!  Thank you so much for the photo coloring page!  I seen those on here before, but could never find a link that worked... I had wanted to make these for Xmas presents.

Thank you for your wonderful ideas.  I would love to do the trivia, but she and most of my family would not know alot of those... they are immigrants and did not have a car, radio, tv, etc until she was about a teenager.  It would be fun to take some prices for different milestone years in her life and do a sort of Let's Make A Deal game.

I completely forgot about place cards.. I could do small picture frames with names in calligraphy and use that as the favors.

Ooh, so many ideas!
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Tea Party for my Mom's 50th on: May 01, 2009 03:51:48 PM
My Mom will be turning 50.  She has never had a birthday party.. well, not as long as I have been alive and I want to do something special for her.  I was thinking of a Tea Party.. but with coffee..lol.  My Mom loves her coffee. 

I would want to invite only the women from the family.. I planned an Anniversary Party for them and having invited the whole family, it became super stressful.. and super expensive.  I will of course make a kids table because I feel bad saying "leave your kids at home"  Husbands don't mind staying home and a frilly Tea Party invite will get them off the hook of going to another party Smiley

I know I want every place setting to have the antique-y cups and saucers.  Maybe floral handkerchieves for the placemats.  I will serve coffee and tea..... and that is as far as I have gotten.

I was thinking about having games and maybe a craft.. a tea inspired charm bracelet.  Does this sound too childish?  I know I would love it.... but I am a kid at heart.

Has anyone planned anything like this?  Any tips for decor or recipes for small foods?
23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Favorite Gemstone? on: April 30, 2009 05:41:29 AM
What is your favorite gemstone to work with? 

My favorite is Unakite.  Each is like a little Monet and by far gets the most compliments.

24  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Pep Talk or Reality Check- Please :) on: April 29, 2009 05:31:06 AM
TY all for the replies.

Her salon is very high scale... think Luxe Day Spa.  So really, putting plastic jewelry in there would be an insult to her customers, her salon, and me!

And yes, we should have discussed this before I started buying supplies.  Lesson learned... and I will not make that mistake again.  I have since found a few sites that offers beads and findings cheap (well, cheaper than anything else I could find) and will plan my sets beforehand.

I kept my original collection at $30 but also added a mix of sets that were less costly on my end for $20 and $25.  I did get alot of feedback from customers that were there (they loved my stuff) and now know they would like individual pieces as opposed to sets.  I am currently making double strand stone chip bracelets.

I have to restructure my pricing.  I can swing $10 on a $30 set.... but not $10 on a $20 set.  I am going to figure it so she gets a 1/3 of the price... that seems fair to her... and now with my less costly supplies.. doable.
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pony bead ideas? on: April 25, 2009 04:59:27 AM
A Google will find you tons of pony bead patterns.  You follow the pattern and threading lines to turn plain beads into cool characters like Mario, Pokemon, etc.  Add a mini caribiner(sp?) and you have cute backpack buddies.

They also look nice centering a graphic pendant on cording.
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stretch Bracelets on: April 25, 2009 04:53:06 AM
Thank you so much Diane.  I actually looked at most of the neat stuff on your link, but did not even realize it was all one page!  I kept using the back page to get to the original page (hehe.. the top)!  Lol, maybe it is way too early!
27  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: FMG Premades on: April 25, 2009 04:49:27 AM
I ordered gold and silver plated findings.. headpins, eyepins, jumprings, etc.

Upon looking at my catalog, it states the base metal is brass.

The premade item I was interested in was the pewter, brass, and acrylic earring mix.. reads antiqued gold colored brass and pewter is nickle free.  With a small red symbol indicating it may contain lead.  I was not sure if it is the brass elements or the pewter that may contain the lead... the beads could also be it.

I just was not sure if this was something I should be worried about.
28  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Pep Talk or Reality Check- Please :) on: April 24, 2009 10:08:57 AM
My cousin opened a beauty salon in the beginning of April and suggested I make jewelry to sell there.  Well, I have a good deal made already and just gave her a call to stop by the salon... to show her the pieces and drop them off for sale. 

I have used all silver/gold plated metals, shell pendants, semi precious gemstones and pendants, and nicer glass beads. Each set is a necklace and matching bracelet.  I kept track of all costs and used the the 3X the cost method plus $10 for my time and $5 for her having them at her store.  So the first sets I was going to have at her store would be priced $30 each (I did round up or down.. more often down....on a few prices to make the money exchange easier for her)  I have also purchased a display, silk bags, and custom tags for each set.

Today she told me $5 is not enough, she will need at least $10 because she is going to be talking to the customers about them and doing the actual transaction.  Okay, I will use the extra 1X I figured into my price for overhead (displays, bags, tags, etc) for her and eat the loss.

She then said that $30 is too much for handmade jewelry.. she is saying this based on the jewelry that was selling at her other salon.

So I feel stuck!  If I swing the $10 for her and lower my price... I will be earning peanuts for all my work.  I feel like throwing in the towel, but I have alot invested in this already.  Do I eat the cost and try to recover what I paid for them.... or stick to my guns and leave it at my $30 price.. with her taking $10?  Am I overpricing my work.. am I being unrealistic?  How much should I be giving her for her part?

Huh.. I don't know if I need a pep talk or a reality check. 
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / FMG Premades on: April 24, 2009 05:58:50 AM
FMG has some interesting premade jewelry sets but I am a bit scared off because some are listed as May Contain Lead.  I definitely don't want that.. I did not even think that was legal!   I had just placed an order and have yet to receive it... their finding would have to state any lead content too right?
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stretch Bracelets on: April 24, 2009 05:41:53 AM
Hmm.. for some reason the plastic/stretchy link is dead when I bring up the Glass Attic page.  I am going to bookmark it and try again later.  Thanks!
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