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General Discussion / My creative hiatus is over!
« on: November 19, 2014, 11:55:03 PM »
I had a large chunk of time where my creativity took a break. Meanwhile, my amazing boyfriend starting doing some lapidary work with Wisconsin nephrite jade...and it seems my muse has returned! Too bad I'm working 60 hours a week right now and can only squeeze in a little jewelry time on the weekends. I am confident that next year will bring some amazing new pieces to my shop instead of it just languishing as it has been.

Tonight I came home to find a big bowl of tumble polished Wisconsin nephrite jade slabs and stones waiting for me! And about thirty cabs so far too. Steve is becoming really good at shaping and polishing cabs. I'll be wrapping all winter long at this rate!

General Discussion / Google+ custom URLs
« on: March 15, 2014, 06:19:32 PM »
Seems like g+ rolled out custom URLs a while back. I hardly ever get over there but instead of those ridiculous numbers I like the idea of a custom link. So now my link is Might be useful if I ever get more active over there. If not, it still keeps somebody else from claiming the link.

Site Support / Changing user name?
« on: January 06, 2014, 05:33:10 PM »
I finally decided to go ahead and change my business name, build a new site, etc. So now I am in the process of rebranding everything from Silver Dreams Design to RDH wirework. I see the username says it cannot be changed. Does this mean I need to open a new shop as RDH wirework or can Andrew work some magic on that end?

Destash / Jewelry making magazine/book destah
« on: October 17, 2013, 07:32:09 AM »
In my cleaning/purging of supplies I realized I have about 3 dozen jewelry magazines and a dozen soft cover books I do not need or want. Funny how they build up like that. I decided to test a fb shop app with this destash and if I like the app, I'll keep it around. I didn't add photos and left bare descriptions, but we jewelry folk know what we like  ;)

If anyone has any feedback about the app functionality I'd like to hear it.

General Discussion / Any experience with
« on: October 28, 2012, 11:32:49 PM »
I received an email invite from and went to check it out. It seems kind of like a blog roll, Pinterest-style. There is an option to auto-import blog posts and prompts to help you create a post if you are blocked. Has anybody else tried this at all? I'm kind of curious to see what people are saying.

Business Tips and Help / PayPal notifications
« on: September 15, 2012, 09:49:28 AM »
I admit it, I haven't been selling much online for a while, partially because I haven't made the time to upload many items. So my PayPal account has been a little neglected. I recently sold four items with PayPal Here or ebay (book destash) and was surprised to receive an email from PayPal yesterday stating that my Instant Payment notifications to a gozabo URL were not being delivered. I don't even remember ever setting that up because I never did start selling on gozabo, but I must have started the process at one point. I was actually pretty worried at first! I've disabled the IPN now, and I'm checking my other settings too.

Just a reminder that we should routinely review our settings for our online accounts, especially one so important as PayPal.

General Discussion / Facebook Pages vs Profiles
« on: August 07, 2012, 12:10:14 AM »
I wrote a blog post tonight about why businesses should have Pages rather than Profiles. This covers a few of the reasons why Pages are important, but there are many more including targeted advertising, selling items of any kind as technically you cannot make a profit on a Profile, and just general visibility of your Page. Anyone care to discuss?

Business Tips and Help / Craft Mall Opportunity
« on: July 29, 2012, 05:09:40 PM »
I have been checking potential consignment opportunities in the area and stumbled across an ad for a craft mall today. There's a craft mall opening less than 20 mile from here in an area that has about 90,000 people. I have zero experience with craft malls and was wondering if anyone here had some pointers on what to look for and what to avoid. I already searched the forum, but didn't come up with much.  I know there was a chapter in a book I read about selling at craft malls, but I don't remember which one lol. Here is a copy of the ad I saw, I already emailed asking for more info so hopefully I'll have more details soon.

A new convenient 5,000 sq ft+ location providing a warm friendly atmosphere where
individual crafters and artisans can display and sell their handmade items.
We are dedicated to helping you make your business a success.

We are looking for:
Folk Art*Primitives*Home Decor*Wearables*Gifts*Quilted Items*
Wood Art*Food*Seasonal Goods*Furniture*Florals*Fiber*Pottery
Outdoor Decor*Glass*Jewelry*What-not and Doo-dads and MORE!!

One set-up and your done!
Keep your inventory on display and not in boxes!
You may stock the booth yourself and maintain on your timetable.
All items juried for quality.
We advertise for you, statewide, not just locally.
Monthly promotional events - On site tent areas for seasonal events.
Open 7 days a week with art/craft experienced staff.
We provide pre-constructed booths for merchandise in a wide variety of sizes.
Including slat walls and electric outlets.
We accept personal checks, all major credit cards, and layaways on your behalf.
We collect and remit all sales tax for you.
Artist space available for rent. Classroom available for you to teach your craft.
Men's Sitting Room * Security Cameras
Storage if needed * Shipping available.
OPENING OCT 1st in Wausau area.

Handmade Highlights / And the eyes have it
« on: July 27, 2012, 07:21:02 PM »

Business Tips and Help / Pre-show chaos
« on: July 20, 2012, 11:36:15 PM »
Does anyone else have a hard time preparing for shows? I feel like I'm spinning my wheels. I know what I should bring, and then I think of ten other things I should make sure to bring too. Maybe it's all the hot weather addling my brain, but I feel like this is a huge struggle this time. I've decided I need a permanent checklist to prep for shows so I don't need to worry about forgetting something important. Anyone else have any tips on how to make prepping a little easier?

HAF Hook Up! / North Central Wisconsin, or Bead&Button show?
« on: May 13, 2012, 04:06:46 PM »
Anybody out there in my neck of the woods? It's kind of sparse around here for artisans of any type, but there are tons of shows within an hour or two of here and I imagine most people don't drive much farther than that for a show, so they must be hiding in the woodwork somewhere!

I'm going the the Bead&Button show this year too, maybe I'll see some of you there!

General Discussion / Are you protecting your images?
« on: March 19, 2012, 06:22:19 PM »
So with all the hubbub over the crazy maille lady  ::) stealing pictures I decided to review my settings before I start taking photos of my new work. Now I have a newer camera and an older Photoshop, both of which allow metadata to be embedded. And I thought it was. Turns out that in my version of Photoshop the "save for web" option that I have been so conditioned to use to reduce file sizes actually deletes the metadata to reduce the file size!!! I never thought o check that because WHY would Adobe do that?! I've always hated watermarks too so never used them. But I did make a sweet little watermark stamp in Photoshop last night that I'm going to trial run. After I figure out the best way to reduce file size without erasing the metadata. Am I going overboard? Maybe. But if a few minutes of extra time now can help prevent something like that happening to me in the future, I figure it's worth it.

General Discussion / reseller giggles
« on: March 12, 2012, 12:56:20 AM »
Well I admit it, I do check out regretsy every now and then. I like the shock factor I can get from seeing some creations  ;D I would never, ever post something handmade over there or repost either since I think it could be quite insulting to the creator. We all have had items that don't turn out right!

However, I was over there tonight and found two excellent posts poking fun of resellers pretending to be handmade. One post had actually picked up on a treasury someone created out of all owls, the same owl, from 16 shops all selling the same "handcrafted" item. The other pointed out these fabulous adjustable mum flower rings that are öne-of-a-kind. Hmm. Wholesaled for about a nickel a piece.

Anyway, I had to giggle just because I like seeing resellers get the kind of attention they deserve. And I also had to giggle in relief since we don't have to deal with that over here.

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