Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Three Years...

It has been three years since I've posted last on here. THREE YEARS!!! WOW.. This life is so fragile, it flies by in an instant.

To say that the last three years has been the hardest of my life is an understatement. My transition into the 'real world' was not an easy one as I experienced the most challenging aspect of my life while losing my mother to ovarian cancer.  The grief of this was overbearing, but throughout it all I continued to bead through the train rides, hospital stays, and late nights...being creative was my solace.

For this, and for many other reasons....after some time of grieving...I decided to continue forward to achieve a graduate degree in psychology and expressive arts with the hopes that I will be able to instil and nurture others use of creativity and art for their own healing, quieting, expression, and artistic therapy.

And so now, in my 2nd year of graduate school, I return with full force into my beadwork, dancing, writing, art-making, friend-hugging, and overall wellness. I hope that I will be able to fill my life with creativity, and share it with the world!

In this I remember my mama, Beatriz Rubio-Verduzco. May she always be with me as I continue through this journey..


Thursday, December 15, 2011

A New Year

Hello blog.  It's been a while.  I realized recently that I hadn't posted anything on my blog since the beginning of the year.  This has been quite a year. Probably one of the most difficult I've had and it hasn't been till recently that the sun has begun to start shining again and I'm incredibly hopeful for the next year.  It pains me that I haven't been able to focus on my business and my passion for handmade items, but I've begun to re-organize and create a stronger support system for this creative endeavor and I am ready to put all of my efforts to find success.  For those of you who have continued to support and have stuck around...I thank you.  Here is to a new year.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Giveaway Contest Winners!!!

I couldn't believe what an amazing response I got for my first giveaway contest...I got over 200 entries!!  To those of you who entered, thank you sooooo so much and please check back on my blog or facebook as I think I'll be doing more of these giveaways in the future!  As a handmade artist, I put A LOT of time and thought into each item I create so it was so beneficial to hear what your favorite items were because I don't always get to hear WHY people like certain items...it really makes a difference and I'll keep all of your comments in mind when I'm creating new items.

Since I got such an overwhelming response, I was feeling pretty generous and I decided to do TWO winners instead of one!  Both winners have already been notified so if you haven't heard from me, then I'm sorry you didn't win this time, but don't worry because I will be sure to have another giveaway soon.  

To thank you for participating (or for simply following my blog) I will be giving a 20% discount off the total purchase in my shop....just use the coupon code: THANKYOU20 during checkout.  This discount is only good for the month of February and will be expired at the end of the month so use it soon!

The first winner of my blog giveaway was Ginger and she won the favorite item that she posted, the Light Amethyst and Pearls Floral Bracelet:

The second winner was Erin and she won the Mystere - Charcoal and Indigo French Beaded Flower Hair Clip:

(By the way, both of these items are still available in my shop...)

Thank you so much once again for making this giveaway such a success!


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

1st Ever Free Giveaway Contest!

I'm so excited to announce that I'm doing my first ever giveaway contest!  So for those of you who may have been browsing some of my items...here's your chance to win something for free.  That's right, I said FREE.

And who doesn't like free stuff?  Especially when it's handmade from the heart?

And since I'm in a good mood, I'll also let the winner choose the prize...open to any item in my shop under $40! Please read the rules and instructions on how to enter below.

I have a lot of fun entering these types of giveaways so I hope you do too! :D


1. Contest ends:  February 6, 2011...winner will be announced that night.

2. The prize will be an item from my Etsy shop of your choice, but is limited to items under $40.

3. Seven maximum entries per person (one for each criteria).

4. Use separate comments for each entry.

How to Enter:
(All entries must be made as a comment on this blog post ....please make sure to do separate comments for each entry)

1. Follow this blog (on the right sidebar of this page) and comment that you now follow or already follow it.

2. 'Like' my Facebook fanpage and comment that you are now a fan or were already a fan.

3. Post a link of your favorite item (under $40) from my Etsy shop to a comment.
(I would also LOVE to know why this item is your favorite!)

4. Post a link of your favorite item from my Etsy shop to YOUR facebook, twitter, and/or blog...and comment that you have done so. (post a comment for EACH one that you do and please leave a link to your blog/facebook/twitter)

4. Follow my twitter and comment that you now follow me or already do.

5. 'Heart' my shop on Etsy and post a comment that you have done so or already do.

That's SEVEN ways to enter!  Remember, the more you enter..the more likely you are to win!

Good luck!!!


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Letter to Etsy Newbies...

Recently a friend of mine wrote to me telling me she was interested in selling her crafts and she wanted to know how I got started and if I had any advice.  I thought I'd write her a quick response, but as I began writing I realized that I could write a book! I didn't, but I wanted to share what I wrote because I remember what it was like when I was new to Etsy and so overwhelmed and confused.  Hope this helps!

 Here's what I wrote:

Hi Valerie! So good to hear from you! Oh man, getting into my own business has been a long journey, but very rewarding (i'm actually creating/working right now).  I'm so glad you're interested in selling your crafts.

I've been making jewelry and craft items all my life, but 4 yrs ago I began making the beaded flowers when I got a pen with a beaded flower on it so I took it apart and learned how to create it.  I don't know if you remember, I'd wear them to dance class often.  Well, since then, I've just been making them more and getting better and better and never really thought about selling them, but last summer a bunch of dancers from a workshop wanted to buy them so I began selling them.  I'd always loved Etsy and had wanted to one day create my own shop and I figured this was my push to do so.

It's been a LONG and TIME CONSUMING learning process, but essentially little by little I learned how to brand and market, how to use my camera and what angles and lighting look best, what my target demographic is, and pricing.  I can't stress enough the time commitment because as long as one item takes to create, it tooks 4x the amount of time to take pictures, describe/price/post them, and to promote.  Not to mention the time to research products, supplies, and the competition. And trust me, I'M STILL LEARNING.

There's a lot of amazing tools that have guided me (I didn't just come up with it on my own) including the forums on Etsy, other sites related to Etsy, and this great book: "The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line".

I have been so rewarded by this adventure, but some things I didn't know before that I know now are

1. Don't expect to make money right away. It can take 2-3 years before making a real profit
2. BUDGET, BUDGET, BUDGET (I tend to get carried away when buying new supplies)
3. Research BEFORE opening your Etsy shop. I made a lot of mistakes with pricing, product description, and pictures that took me so much time to redo that I wished I had taken the time to research what were the best way to do things.
4. Get a seller's permit.  Technically, all people on Etsy should have one, but not all do.  I'd say do it to be sure, and also that way if you're ever interested in selling at events or craft fairs, you have it.

I hope this helps and doesn't scare you away because it truly has been one of the most rewarding experiences for me and I'm going to keep doing it for life.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Front Page..

Every time I log onto Etsy, I secretly wish to see one of my items on the front page. I feel like an outsider that desperately wants to get into the cool kids club where I can say 'My shop has been featured on the front page of Etsy!'.

I keep hearing that you need to have good pictures and a unique product. Well, I feel as if I have that, but I've noticed that a lot of the shops on there have a lot of sales as well (at least compared to me) so do I need to have high sales in order to be considered worthy?

I know there is some frustration going on about so-called front page favoritism, but I just want to get on there once. ONCE! Is that so much to ask?!

I know I'm not alone in this...I just needed to vent it all out. Thanks for listening/reading whoever you are.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Christmas is over!

And I'm already wanting to re-vamp my shop, make new items, promote like crazy, and work 10 times harder!  I'm destined to make this business work, otherwise I would have wasted a lot of time and a lot of money! This is my MorninGloria's list of New Year's resolutions:

1. Get business license/seller's permit/Employee Identification Number....
         I've been putting these off just because of all the paperwork, but I need to just get it over with so that I can become a legitimate business.  Also, I need these for my next resolution.

2. Business checking account.
        In order to organize my finances, I need to get a separate account, with separate checks and debit card because come tax season...it's gonna be a big hassle to separate business and personal expenses...

3. Set up my office/creating space.
         I'm almost done with this...getting organized in my bedroom i'm renting out so that I can work more productively.

4.  Applying for craft fairs.
         It took me a while to find a decent site that lists craft shows around my area so I'm going to try to sign up for them ahead of time.

5.  Making items for myself.
         I've been so focused on making items to sell, I hardly have anything for myself! One of my favorite things is when I'm wearing one of my items and I get complimented on it.

This is a start and I'm sure I'll keep contributing to this list as time goes on.....

Happy New Year everyone!