Thursday, October 30, 2008

Getting Ready for more San Diego Art and Craft Shows


It is certainly a busy time of year right now. I am getting ready for four major events! I will post them below. I always feel like I just need to make a few more pieces so that I am throughly prepared. It usually pays off though. On several occasions, it's that last item I squeezed in time to make that sells!

New item pictured above! Olive Wraps

My next show is for the Rady Children's Hosptial Axillary fund raiser. There were really a lot of quality items for sale last year. The best part is that a portion of each sale goes to the hospital! If you can possibly make it Wednesday morning...please come by. I will be VERY tired...but happy to be there. (Why will you be tired Laura?) Because I am going to the Madonna concert the night before! I am so excited. I am going with my girlfriends. My husband is staying home with the baby (and will be texting me election results). ...So being tired will be worth it.

Here are the Art & Craft shows in San Diego, CA.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Semi-Annual Meeting Boutique
Tuesday, November 5, 2008, 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Hyatt Mission Bay
1441 Quivira Road,
San Diego, California, USA 92109

619 224 1234
http://www.kintera.org

"This is a wonderful shopping event that supports Rady Children's Hospital. 20% of sales are donated to the hospital. Shop for the holidays and give twice!"


Talmadge Art Show

Sunday, November 23, 2008, 10 AM to 5 PM

The San Diego Women's Club
2557 3rd Ave
Hillcrest at the corner of Laurel & Maple

Information: 619.559.9082
www.talmadegartshow.com

"Lots of beautiful and fun handcrafted art and crafts at this show. It's located in Hillcrest, so make a fun day of shopping and lunch."


Holiday Hit List
Sunday, December 7, 2008 (time TBD)
NTC in Pt. Loma
2875 Dewey Rd. S.D., CA 92106
http://www.sandiegonorthparkcraftmafia.com/

"This event is put on by the North Park Craft Mafia, part of the nation-wide Craft Mafia that started in Austin, Tx. This will be my first time attending this show. It sounds like there will be a lot of fun and funky arts and crafts. Apparently the show has been so popular they just moved it to NTC (above)."


Converge
Saturday, December 13, 2008, 2 PM - 5 PM

Holiday Invitation Trunk Show
please email for location
email though www.laurahunterjewelry.com

"A gathering of a few artists in a private home. Shop, socialize and have a cocktail and relax. "

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

SECRET TUESDAY SALE TODAY

It's the Secret Tuesday sale again today 10/28/08!

Today's sale is the African Sky Necklace! 10% off the African Sky Necklace, plus a pair of tiny matching earrings will be given with your purchase.

Please mention the Secret Tuesday Sale from the Laura Hunter Jewelry Blog and I will credit you Paypal Account.

Thanks for shopping!


Laura

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

SECRET TUESDAY SALE TODAY

Today's Secret Tuesday Sale is ...

10% off anything with Tiger Ebony Wood!

Please let me know you saw the Secret Tuesday Sale on my blog in the check out section and I will refund the 10% back to your Paypal account.

Happy Shopping

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

San Diego Art & Craft Shows 2008

Monday, October 20, 2008 10 am to 12 Noon.
Java Mama Fall Boutique
Monday, October 20, 2008, 10 AM - Noon
8250 La Mesa Blvd.
La Mesa, CA 91941
http://www.javamama.com

"Browse from a selection of handbags, jewelry, baby clothes and accessories made by local moms!"


Boo Parade
Saturday, October 25, 2008, 12 PM - 6PM
Parade: El Cajon Blvd. & College Ave.
Carnival: Clay Park @ Art Street; Noon - 6pm
Call (619) 582-1093 for information
http://www.collegeareabid.com

"I will be sharing a booth space with Belladonna Jewelry...look for Belladonna on the vendor map."


Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Semi-Annual Meeting Boutique
Tuesday, November 5, 2008, 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Hyatt Mission Bay
1441 Quivira Road,
San Diego, California, USA 92109

619 224 1234
http://www.kintera.org

"This is a wonderful shopping event that supports Rady Children's Hospital. 20% of sales are donated to the hospital. Shop for the holidays and give twice!"


Talmadge Art Show

Sunday, November 23, 2008, 10 AM to 5 PM

The San Diego Women's Club
2557 3rd Ave
Hillcrest at the corner of Laurel & Maple

Information: 619.559.9082
www.talmadegartshow.com

"Lots of beautiful and fun handcrafted art and crafts at this show. It's located in Hillcrest, so make a fun day of shopping and lunch."


Holiday Hit List
Sunday, December 7, 2008 (time TBD)
Corky McMillin Event Center located at the corner of Truxtun & Dewey Roads
2875 Dewey Rd. S.D., CA 92106
http://www.sandiegonorthparkcraftmafia.com/

"This event is put on by the North Park Craft Mafia, part of the nation-wide Craft Maifa that started in Austin, Tx. This will be my first time attending this show. It sounds like there will be a lot of fun and funky arts and crafts. Apparently the show has been so popular they just moved it to NTC (above)."


Converge
Saturday, December 13, 2008, 2 PM - 5 PM

Holiday Invitation Trunk Show
please email for location
email though www.laurahunterjewelry.com

"A gathering of a few artists in a private home. Shop, socialize and have a cocktail and relax. "


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

SECRET TUESDAY SALE TODAY

It's that time of the week again for the Secret Tuesday Sale!!! Hurray!


Okay...what'll it be? How about Turquoise Briolettes again? That'll be it.

10% off anything in my Etsy shop with Turquoise Briolettes.
http://www.lhjewelryboutique.etsy.com

This sale is good though 12 PM Pacific Time.

At check out, please write that you saw it here in the Laura Hunter Jewelry Blogspot and I will refund your Paypal account 10%.

Happy Shopping!

Monday, October 13, 2008

More Preparations

So many things to think about this week.

I am heading into my first two shows next week. I need to make sure all my jewelry has hang tags. I also need to make sure all the jewelry is polished and looking good. I typically use the Sun Ray cleaning cloths or liquid. Both work great! When I sum it up here, it doesn't sound like a lot of work...but it's funny that it turns out to be pretty time consuming. I also need to pick up the jewelry I have on display at Chakra Pilates.
http://www.chakrapilates.com is where I go for Pilates. My jewelry is also displayed there as well. (If you really want to get into shape....Pilates is the way to do it!!! )

Last night I got a spot on the Etsy Treasury. Check it out:

http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=14652

Friday, October 10, 2008

It's Friday.

It's Friday. Makes me want some fries. I have eaten a lot of comfort food this week. Mac n' cheese...Cheese enchiladas....I am beginning to see a cheese theme here. I am trying to recover from my car accident last week where my baby and I were rearended on the freeway. Baby is okay. I am still sore. It makes working on jewelry pretty difficult since I bend over a lot. Sadly my car was deemed a total loss yesterday.

I have so much to do right now since I am getting ready for many holiday shows. My first one is coming up on Monday, October 20th at 10am at JavaMama Cafe in La Mesa, California. There will be many items for moms and babies for sale.
http://www.javamama.com

I am also working on a slew of simple earrings for a "Under $20" rack. They are basically small stones (usually briolette) and wire wrapped. They range anywhere from $11 to $19 depending on the stone and the type and gauge of wire.

I am hoping to be better soon...so I can get the ball rolling again.

If you are in the San Diego area and want to check out a craft fair for babies and moms please check out Javamama on Monday, October 20 from 10 - 12 am!!!

PS. I was accepted into the North Park Craft Mafia's Holiday Hit Parade on Dec. 7!!!!!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

SECRET TUESDAY SALE TODAY

Hello .....it's SALE day!

Today's ETSY Secret Tuesday Sale is 10% any jewelry with Cubic Zirconia (CZ)

In the Etsy check out let me know about the Secret Tuesday Sale from the Laura Hunter Jewelry blog and I will credit the 10% back to your Paypal account.

Happy shopping,

Laura

Monday, October 6, 2008

More Etsy Advertising

Well my Sunday advertising in the Etsy Autumn showcase has ended. Yet again, the results are so-so. Not horrible, but not having me stalking the showcase reservation page for more opportunities.

The showcase is slightly harder to track, since viewers can view the image, enlarge it, but do not have to click though to your shop. I could only track a click though. Which is what I ultimately want anyway.

Since these spaces are $15 for 24 hours...my cost for click though is $0.176 (.18 rounded up) That's a lot of dough considering a listing or relisting is $0.20. And as I noted earlier, a listing usually pulls though a few views at the least.

I picked up about 10 hearts (marked as favorite) either as a seller or on a product. I hope to see them back soon to pick a lovely gift for themselves or someone else.

Would I do it again? Maybe. I am redoing some photography. I think that will help a lot. However, at this point, I think relisting items a lot is a more economical route for me and will garner me the same visibility.

Hope this helps anyone who is considering buying an ad slot of Etsy.

Don't forget to check back tomorrow for the Secret Tuesday Sale...which isn't so secret. :)

Friday, October 3, 2008

Friday

What a day yesterday. Someone hit me and the baby in my car on the freeway yesterday. We are okay. I am banged up. Apparently car seats work pretty well. Thank God! My car on the other hand doesn't seem so happy. I guess I will find out what's wrong today.

It looks as though Fedex will drop off my lighting today. I will be moving away from natural lighting to using photo lights and/or a light tent on my jewelry. On my way home from Pilates yesterday, I stopped at the craft store to pick up some lovely paper for back drops. On the way home is when my car got hit. The paper doesn't look so good anymore.

Before my car was towed, I asked my husband to get the stuff out of the trunk. I asked, "did you get the paper?" He said, "that wrinkled up paper?" Sigh. I guess better the paper than the people.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

creativity


Does your creativity come in waves? Mine does. I will go for weeks with out any inspiration then all of a sudden one new idea leads to another. It's kind of weird how it happens that way.

Sometimes shopping for new materials is helpful. Sometimes browsing though fashion magazines helpful. Sometimes nothing is helpful. Luckily, I am currently on a creative wave. I keep a little book on my bench so I can jot ideas down and sketch out my ideas. It seems like more ideas come as I am working on my jewelry.

So what is happening now? Well I have modified the shape of my hoop earrings. I wrapped my tear dropped shape earrings around a wider base (the bottom part) and it makes a more circular tear drop shape. (Is that making sense?) Anyhow, I really like it. I will keep the original shape for my designs I have been making for awhile, like the Coral and Turquoise bead hoops pictured above. I think I will make some plain hoops in gold in silver in this new design as well. Sometimes it's nice to have some basic hoops.

I am currently ramping up on new designs and inventory for all the holiday shows. Yea!