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With These Rings: A 'Make Your Own Wedding Rings' Shop in Seattle

Posted on April 24, 2014 | 0 comments

When I was contacted by Stephanie of With These Rings, a Seattle-based jewelry shop, about selling some of our Ring Bowls in her store, I was instantly intrigued by the "make your own rings" concept she was describing to me. Yes- you read that correctly: make your own RINGS! Stephanie is a professional jeweler who was inspired by the process she and her own husband went through when crafting their wedding rings together...so much so, that she turned this inspiration into a workshop-type process that allows couples to learn, under her supervision, how to design and craft rings of their very own. I am thrilled that With These Rings will be stocking pieces from our collection in the Seattle shop, and so glad to share Stephanie's unique concept with you.

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Handcrafted Consulting

Posted on March 31, 2014 | 0 comments

They say that you can decipher what it is you should be doing with your life based on the questions that people most frequently ask you. For me, those questions always revolve around small business, and more specifically handcraft business. How do you make a living from your art? How do you balance a young family with the demands of entrepreneurship? What do you do to stay motivated, creatively?

I decided in 2011 that to share and teach through my experience as a business owner and artist was a calling I needed to answer. Jose and I formed Handcrafted Consulting that year as a platform to mentor and educate other creative entrepreneurs in many facets of business life- from marketing and branding, to work/life balance, to scaling a company that is based on creating with your own two hands. Since then we have had the honor of working with a multitude of shops from small Etsy start-ups to larger more established brands and artists looking to branch out, and the fulfillment that comes from doing this work goes beyond what I could have ever imagined.

If you are an artist or creative entrepreneur seeking some guidance, a second opinion, a brainstorming partner to help in figuring out your next steps, contact me. We offer custom consulting packages based on your needs, and also have a simple Shop Review option if you just want some fresh eyes to fine-tune your e-commerce (Etsy, Shopify, Big Cartel or other) storefront.

We look forward to working with you. At a turning point? We know how it is. We know how it feels.

Visit handcraftedconsulting.com for more details, or contact us at handcraftedconsulting (@) gmail.com

*artwork here by the renowned Lisa Congdon; print available in her shop

 

 

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The Confetti Foundation

Posted on March 06, 2014 | 0 comments

We are proud to announce that we have selected The Confetti Foundation as our charity of choice this year. Founded by Stephanie Frazier Grimm, of the Newport, Rhode Island-based event company Couture Parties, The Confetti Foundation works to bring smiles to children who are stuck in the hospital on their birthday due to whatever illness or condition they face.

By supplying Children's Hospitals across the country with specially-designed  "Birthday Party Kits," filled with decorations and well-wishes, parents and families are able to honor and celebrate their child on their day.

Interested in being a part of The Confetti Foundation? They are always seeking Birthday Heroes and Birthday Fairies to work on behalf of the organization in connecting with the Children's Hospital in your area; or, celebrate your own birthday by giving back: a donation of just $22 covers the cost of one Birthday Party Kit and is a wonderful way to share and commemorate your birthday. 

 

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Now Offering Gift Cards- Delivered by Email!

Posted on October 30, 2013 | 0 comments

You asked, and we have finally been able to make it happen!

We are excited to announce that we are now offering gift cards, delivered to you immediately via email! It's hard to remember to order a special gift ahead of time, due to our custom-crafting process for personalized designs...that baby shower or engagement party invite showed up without much notice! We totally understand the disappointment when the gift you wanted to give can't be ready in time. We want your special gift to be loved as much as you do. So- these new gift cards make things so much better! Your recipient can choose their own heirloom piece, and specify their own personalization; their gift is made to order whenever they are ready (instructions on how to redeem come with the gift card), and you, the lovely gift-giver, come out looking like a champ!

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Summer Wholesale Markets!

Posted on July 01, 2013 | 0 comments

 

Summer has started out with a bang around here! One of our big side-projects has been putting together this new wholesale collection catalog, above. Determined to teach myself some new software, I dove head-first into the digital world (in the midst of our cross-country move, of course!) and was able to produce this shiny (but simple) booklet that will be handed out to buyers at the Summer Gift Shows throughout the country. Are you a buyer for a boutique, museum shop, wedding salon, or gift store? Be sure to stop by to see our exclusive wholesale line in Atlanta, LA, and New York. 

Not headed to the shows, or want to arrange an order now? Please use this form here to be in touch. Thanks!

 

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