Prepping for TorCon, Being Anti-Trendy, and Who Wants to be my Featured Customer of the Month?!?

TorCon – the final frontier.   These are the voyages of the blue-haired one-boot wearing jewelry designer…

Sorry for the cheese, I was just really struggling with an opening line.

So as you can tell from the title of this post – TorCon is happening and I’m busy as a bee (btw – bees never really looked too busy to me- they look more like drunken little things and their flower-hopping is the equivalent to a pub crawl).

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Anyway, I thought a post about my prepping process might be a tad interesting.

The first thing I always do is take an inventory of the pieces that I have on hand to see where I’m short, for example, I have close to 150 necklaces but only 35 pairs of earrings.

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That at least gives me a push in what area to work on.

Then I take a good look at the designs of the pieces that I have.  Do I have a decent variety?  Or do I have the same design done to death on most of them?

More often than not I find that I need to push my creative boundaries and challenge myself with a new design element or technique.

Once I find that I need to change things up a bit – the motivation bug bites (not the drunken bee sting) and I start reading tons of materials on new weaving techniques that I haven’t tried or have only tried once or twice.

Another thing I’ll do is dig into my older supplies to find mediums/stones/crystals/etc. that I haven’t ever used or haven’t used in a long time.  Sometimes just looking at the supplies makes 1,000 ideas pop into my head all at once!

The one thing you will NEVER see in my shop or at a convention – trends.  Call me weird, call me crazy, call me anti-profit – I REFUSE to make pieces that are ‘the latest thing’ or ‘in Vogue’ or whatever.  That’s not why I make jewelry.

My jewelry – each and every piece – is about creative expression. Uniqueness.  You’re not going to see pieces that look like something store-bought where everything is so perfect that it looks as if a machine made it.

You’re going to find pieces that have very human elements.  You’re going to see that one of the rows in a weave may be slightly crooked.  You’re going to see asymmetry.  Because it’s about demonstrating the humanity in the work.  I don’t want to emulate a machine, I am producing what my hands produce.

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I can’t tell you how many people tell me how my work is so different than most and I find that to be such a tremendous compliment.

I’ve gotten the snide remark here and there as well.  “Oh, your stuff is, um – different.”  Damn straight.

I don’t mind getting the odd negative reaction.  It means that I’m getting honest responses from people and I value that.  And as an artist – I like to think about how Andy Warhol recommended to others to not worry about the content of the criticism, but to count the number of responses you’re getting.  Kind of like being the kid starving for attention, so you’ll take the negative in with the positive, lol! Attention is attention!

I digress (as per usual).  This is my long-winded way of saying my designs are my designs and not remixes or replications of what you will find everywhere else.  Why come to me then?  What makes my stuff attractive if you can buy the same stuff somewhere else?

Yes, I’m a business and I do need to sell my pieces.  But I’m an artist and my jewelry is my art.  And my art is all about individuality, uniqueness, and wearing my heart on my sleeve, er, wrap necklace.  You get my drift, I hope!

I mean, if it’s good enough for Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki (yes, the boys are holding Eldwenne’s Fantasy jewelry that I made for their wives), then you’re in great company!!

The boys own my jewelry,  you can too!

The boys own my jewelry, you can too!

Even Misha Collins enjoyed perusing my table - and remembered my work!!

Even Misha Collins enjoyed perusing my table – and remembered my work!!

What I do love to make a lot of, especially when I’m gearing up for a convention, is a lot of Supernatural-themed pieces.  Now that I’ve gotten a great response with my hand-stamped jewelry (Son of a Bitch necklace, anyone?), I want to take it to the next level and make new SPN jewelry that mixes hand-stamped with wire-wrapping and see how far I can push the design elements.

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I learned that from the…

Dean's Catch Phrase

Dean’s Catch Phrase

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Like a bracelet stamped with ‘Moose’ and hammered away with a beautiful texture, holes punched around the perimeter with gorgeous crystals dangling from it.  How cool is that?

If there is a Supernatural idea you would like to see me create – let me know!  I’d love to make it a reality for you!

As you all know, I feature a customer of the month for the last week of every month.  If you’ve bought a piece from me, I’d really love to feature you.  I just need you to send me a pic or two of yourself wearing my pieces – eldwenne@yahoo.com.

I’ll then send you five questions where you’ll have the opportunity to talk all about yourself, promote your own business, shout out to whomever you want to, and talk about what handmade means to you.

It’s a great way to connect and I look forward to hearing from you!

So I’m off to now work on more for TorCon.  I do hope to see you there – if you’re going, please stop by and say hi!  I really love meeting all of you.  It helps inspire me to continue to do what I do, and I hope it brings you closer to enjoying handmade art.

I am trying to get to as many conventions as possible in order to build my business so I have a Click Start Me campaign http://tinycs.me/9T

The Click Start Me campaign allows me to help cover my travel expenses and get my business to the point where it’s self-sustaining and enough to support my family.  And it also is a way I can give back to YOU – for every donation, you will receive a gift certificate towards my shop: http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com.

Gift Certificate for www.eldwenne.etsy.com

Gift Certificate for http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com

The gift certificate will be worth the exact amount of your donation!  And it doesn’t stop there.  If you donate $25 or more, I will add an ADDITIONAL $25 to your gift certificate!  For example:

If you donate $10, you will receive a gift certificate for $10.

If you donate $25, you will receive a gift certificate for $50

If you donate $50, you will receive a gift certificate for $75, and so on and so on!

And  you know what totally rocks about my gift certificates?  They NEVER EXPIRE!  They’re valid until you spend them, so you’re not put into a time crunch to use it or lose it!

I also wanted to remind you that I am having an amazing deal the entire month of September – if you go to my shop http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com – I am offering FREE US SHIPPING!!  Just use coupon code FSSEPT at checkout in order to receive your free shipping!!
Thank you for reading and I’ll see you at TorCon!!

VanCon 2013: I Cut Off DJ Qualls’ Head, Dick Roman in the Elevator, and Rude Jewelry Sells Well

I need to start this post with several huge acknowledgments. I’ve said this so many times already but I need to express how genuinely thankful I am to everyone who contributed to my Go Fund Me campaign. You got me … Continue reading

Goddess Spiral Inspiration and VanCon – ALMOST HERE!!!

The goddess spiral is a motif I use in many of my pieces, if you’ve noticed.  It’s a symbol that is used in so many different belief systems and cultures.

There is no one solid definition of its meaning because it is so ubiquitous.  Its meaning varies depending on the person.

It can represent the cycle of life or infinity or energy, I could go on forever.

When I design a piece using the goddess spiral, I use it as a representation of feminine energy.

The symbol radiates the warmth and power of the goddess to me.  I use it to infuse this energy into my jewelry.

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Silver Hammered Goddess Spiral Ring

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Goddess Spirals in Silver with Copper Bracelet

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Goddess Spiral Ring in Copper

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Goddess Spiral Wrap Ring

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Goddess Spirals on Sea Glass Necklace

You can see many more pieces that were inspired by the goddess spiral in my shop at http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com

But if you really want to get a GOOD look at these pieces, and many more, come see me at VANCON!

A week from today (or yesterday for gold pass patrons!), you will see me in the dealers room selling my handmade jewelry!

I’ve been working away with so many SPN-inspired pieces!  And I will be taking requests – I will custom make anything you are looking for, like the pieces I have here. I wanted to show some love for our favorite bad guy, Crowley:

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His favorite greeting

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His majesty, the King of Hell!

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The catch-phrase to end all catch-phrases

You know what I’m really looking forward to more than anything at VanCon?  Meeting all of you!

I love spending time with everyone that visits my table.  I feel like my table is my home, and you’re walking into my home and sharing a part of me, I get to know you, and I truly feel enriched by everyone I meet.

It’s a blessing to be able to do this and meet you face to face.  I hope that your VanCon memories include me, as I know that my VanCon memories are going to be all about the fantastic people I’m going to meet – you!

I’m now offering a special discount to anyone who shares my GoFundMe link: http://www.gofundme.com/EldwennesFantasySPN

If you share my link, just send me an email to eldwenne@yahoo.com show me how you shared it, and I will send you a coupon code for 10% off any item in my shop on etsy http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com (not including gift certificates).

But the gift certificates are special too – don’t forget that with every Go Fund Me donation, you will receive a gift certificate worth MORE than your donation amount! So if you donate $25, you will get a gift certificate for $50! $50 donations receive a gift certificate for $75 – $100 gets $125, and it just keeps getting better! And they never expire!!! They’re valid until you spend them, so there’s no pressure to use them by a certain date.

Donating to my Go Fund Me Campaign is not only about getting me to the convention locations – it’s about jumpstarting a woman’s small business. It’s about believing in what I do and giving me a tiny boost to realize this dream that not only will provide quality handmade jewelry to the masses, but help me provide for my family and build my business to the point of being self-sufficient.

Remember to swing by Go Fund Me at http://www.gofundme.com/EldwennesFantasySPN and check out what special offers I have for you in exchange for jumpstarting a woman’s small business! THANK YOU!

In the Thick of Things and Salute to Supernatural VanCon – HERE I COME!

One of the most important design decisions I make with each of my handmade jewelry pieces is ensuring there are interesting contrasts.  One way I like to achieve this is through varying line thicknesses with wire.

 

Green glass tile ring wrapped with three different wire thicknesses

Green glass tile ring wrapped with three different wire thicknesses

I’ve explored this design element to a degree that I thought was rather thorough, until I found a wire that blew my mind – 1/4 inch wide silver wire.

As soon as I picked up the spool, my mind raced with all of the design potential – it was insane!

Even as I write this new ideas are popping into my head and I’m getting cracking at them as soon as I post this!

Here’s a peek at just some of the pieces that were born lately:

Rutliated glass with thick silver frame necklace

Rutliated glass with thick silver frame necklace

Side view of rutilated glass with thick wire frame
Side view of rutilated glass with thick wire frame

 

Gray agate ring with thick wire band

Gray agate ring with thick wire band

 

Beach Stone Wrapped in Thick Wire Frame and Hand Forged Hammered Silver Links Wrapped with Lavender Crystals

Beach Stone Wrapped in Thick Wire Frame and Hand Forged Hammered Silver Links Wrapped with Lavender Crystals

It’s been so much fun exploring the potential of the new wire.  I’m currently working on a woven bracelet with it – I’m looking forward to sharing the results soon!

Now for my incessant need to tie in my Supernatural obsession – NEW SUPERNATURAL JEWELRY!!!

I’ve been working very diligently, getting ready for the Salute to Supernatural VanCon 2013!!!  I’M GOING!!!  Thanks to my generous GoFundMe friends, I am now able to embark on one of the greatest experiences in my handmade jewelry career.  I will never have a larger audience than at VanCon – thank you all so much!  I’m still in need of support, as this is the most expensive convention out of all of my traveling needs.  I have more information on how you can be a part of my journey, read on!

To help defray the hotel costs, I tried to find a couple of people who were willing to be roommates with me at the hotel where the convention is taking place.  I was very fortunate to meet two fantastic ladies who are on board.  Initially we connected in order to help defray the hotel costs, but the three of us really clicked and look forward to spending time together at VanCon – so I’ve made some great friends.  We’re already talking about making this an annual event for us.

In getting ready for the convention, I really needed to boost my inventory.  I wanted to make some SPN pieces to celebrate being in the mecca of all that is SPN – Vancouver.

Some of the pieces that I’ve been making are heavily focused on stamping – which I am really getting the swing of and enjoying tremendously.

Team Free Will - Sam Dean Cass Hand Forged, Hammered and Stamped Necklace

Team Free Will – Sam Dean Cass Hand Forged, Hammered and Stamped Necklace

 

Team Free Will Sam Dean Cass Hand Stamped Oval Bracelet

Team Free Will Sam Dean Cass Hand Stamped Oval Bracelet

All of these pieces are available in my etsy shop: http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com

In preparing for Vancouver, I do still need some help from my GoFundMe friends.  The traveling expenses have been a heavy burden…any sharing of my GoFundMe link would be most appreciated – and now comes with special offers!

I’m now offering a special discount to anyone who shares my GoFundMe link: http://www.gofundme.com/EldwennesFantasySPN

If you share my link, just send me an email at eldwenne@yahoo.com and show me how you shared it, and I will send you a coupon code for 10% off any item in my shop on etsy http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com (not including gift certificates).

But the gift certificates are special too – don’t forget that with every Go Fund Me donation, you will receive a gift certificate worth MORE than your donation amount! So if you donate $25, you will get a gift certificate for $50! $50 donations receive a gift certificate for $75 – $100 gets $125, and it just keeps getting better! And they never expire!!! They’re valid until you spend them, so there’s no pressure to use them by a certain date.

Donating to my Go Fund Me Campaign is not only about getting me to Vancouver – it’s about jumpstarting a woman’s small business. It’s about believing in what I do and giving me a tiny boost to realize this dream that not only will provide quality handmade jewelry to the masses, but help me provide for my family and build my business to the point of being self-sufficient.

Remember to swing by Go Fund Me at http://www.gofundme.com/EldwennesFantasySPN and check out what special offers I have for you in exchange for jumpstarting a woman’s small business! THANK YOU!

 

A Feather Isn’t Always Just a Feather and Further Adventures in Supernatural Jewelry Explorations

Feathers have always been so fascinating to me.  Birds in general – I mean I named three of my four kids after birds – Raven, Phoenix, and Jaden (he likes to think his name is inspired by the blue jay). … Continue reading

My Featured Customers of the Month – the Lovely Ladies of TVDNJ!

I met so many beautiful women at The Vampire Diaries Convention in Parsippany, NJ – they all deserve the spotlight!

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Every single person that stopped by my table to browse or to buy – they were all so encouraging, sweet, and whether they bought something or not – made me feel very good about what I was doing.  That’s how I know I’m in the right biz here! It’s not just about what I’m creating, it’s for whom I’m creating – YOU!

These ladies are featured in no particular order, they are all equally beautiful, fiercely intelligent, great conversationalists, and I do hope to see them again at future TVD and SPN events!

Here is Monica.  Monica had a perpetual smile on her face while she perused my wares and was such a pleasure to talk to.  She opted for a pair of silver pentagram earrings accented with beautiful black beads with silver stars etched into them.

I saw her again a little while later and she stopped by to show me that she had to put them on immediately and wear them for the rest of the weekend!

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The  beautiful Monica, modeling her new toys!

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Here’s a closeup of the earrings – these were not available in my shop but will be soon! Keep an eye on http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com

Then there was the dynamic duo of Zephyr and Kierstin – they were working the booth directly across from me which was heaven on earth – autographed photos and posters galore!  You name the movie, they had it!  My particular favorite was this gorgeous shot of Jensen Ackles.  Autographed!  AAAHH!!!

Zephyr and Kierstin (I soooo love their names!) worked their tails off the entire weekend and spent a lot of their hard-earned money at my table on such things like one of my silver woven and glass necklaces and one of my hammered silver and glass necklaces:

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This is Zephyr wearing a green glass necklace with hammered silver

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This is a made to order piece available in my shop  www.eldwenne.etsy.com (Photo by BrowsersOnline.com – 201-298-3444)

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Here is Kierstin wearing my silver weave with blue glass necklace.  

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This is also a made to order piece – just drop me a line!  www.eldwenne.etsy.com (Photo by BrowsersOnline.com – 201-298-3444) 

Jezzalyn and Lauren – best friends extraordinaire! They were looking for matching bracelets to represent their friendship and were smitten with a pentagram bracelet I had that was adorned with red Swarovski crystals.  I had more of the pentagram links to make another bracelet, but no more of the red crystals.

They came up with a great solution on their own.  Turns out that Jezzalyn’s birthstone is red and Lauren’s is green.  I did have some green crystals.  I told them to go have a swim in the hotel pool for a bit and that when they are done, their bracelets should be ready.  Here’s how happy they were with the results:

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The smiles on those faces made my day!

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A closer look at their matching pentagram friendship bracelets 

It turns out that these young ladies were busy working with Bob Somerhalder’s table.  Yes, THAT Bob Somerhalder.  He does amazing work with repurposed pieces of lumber from farmhouses – the business is called Built of Barnwood, or how it’s affectionately known as B.O.B.   Here is a link to their site:  http://www.builtofbarnwood.com/

My customer of that weekend – Joanna!!  She and her mom were such an absolute delight to spend time with.  They have such a beautiful relationship and I do hope that when my daughter Raven is older that she and I have what Joanna and her mom, Joan share.

Here is the beautiful Joanna wearing two of my pieces: Ice Blue Earrings and the Wire Wrapped Peacock Crystal Necklace:

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This young lady is quite the diplomat and is most likely a future Hillary Clinton!  And she has this perpetual smile that’s infectious!

Here are closeups of the pieces that Joanna is wearing:

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The Blue Ice earrings are available as a made to order item!  www.eldwenne.etsy.com

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Joanna snatched up the last one of these!  Lucky girl! (Photo by BrowsersOnline.com – 201-298-3444)

What an amazing experience the TVDNJ was!  I’m now looking forward to getting to Vancouver for the Salute to Supernatural convention next month!!

My friend and I are looking to share a hotel with a roommate to help defray the costs.  The hotel room is in the Sheraton where the convention is taking place (and is sold out, by the way!)

There’s a tremendous perk for you if you’re interested – as a vendor at the event, I have access to the entire weekend for myself plus one guest.  The convention is sold out, so if you’re still trying to get a weekend pass for the event, you can get in FOR FREE FOR THE ENTIRE WEEKEND, if you share hotel costs with my friend and me.  The cost would be $200 plus tax for the entire weekend.

Please note that my access does not include any autographs or photo ops – those you need to purchase on your own.

Also good news – if you donate to my fundraiser to jumpstart my convention circuit jewelry business, you receive a gift certificate for my jewelry that’s worth MORE than your donation amount!  You can also cash these gift certificates in when you see me at a convention, not just in my online shop!!

If you donate $25 – you get a gift certificate for $50.

Donations of $50 receive a gift certificate for $75

Donations of $75 receive a gift certificate for $100 -it just keeps getting better!!

To donate to my fundraiser, please visit my link: http://www.gofundme.com/EldwennesFantasySPN

Thank you everyone for your continued support and I look forward to seeing you at the VanCon 2013, if I can get the funding going – thank you!!!

TVDNJ and Carrying On in the Convention Circuit!

Wow, what a weekend!!  The Vampire Diaries Convention in Parsippany, NJ came and went so quickly I’m still reeling!

I arrived late Friday night to set up and be ready for the Gold Pass patrons that were there to pre-register.

The location of my table was ideal – I was literally five feet away from the autograph table where a couple of very special guests would be greeting the fantastic TVD fans!

What a challenge it was to arrange my table – I created soooo many new pieces and I just wanted to be able to put them all on display at once.  Logistics being what they were, unless I rented three tables it wasn’t happening, lol!

So I tried my best to artfully arrange my wares and my table did receive a lot of attention.

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Cluttered, yet classy….I think

This was an incredible learning experience for me.  I learned that I do absolutely adore selling in person as opposed to online.  I mean I do need to keep a strong online presence, obviously, but nothing takes the place of being there with someone and working with them directly to get to the perfect piece they are looking for, or didn’t realize they were looking for!

Not only were the patrons there amazing, but the other vendors as well.  I got to meet some very special people, such as Zephyr and Kierstin.  They specialize in autographed posters and photos of celebrities.  I can’t tell you what an amazing view I had the entire weekend of a GORGEOUS signed pic of Jensen Ackles directly across the way….sigh….

Then there was the mom and daughter team of Joan and Joanna – a dynamic duo to say the least!

I also met a great couple of best friends Jezzalyn and Lauren.  They were looking for matching bracelets to represent their friendship.

The lovely Monica bought a pair of earrings and put them on immediately – warmed my heart!

Zephyr, Kierstin, Joanna, Joan, Jezzalyn, Lauren and Monica are going to be featured next week, so keep your eyes on this space!

I’ve been getting asked “What were your biggest sellers?”  – well, I had a couple of really big hits – my wrap necklaces and a lot of my pentagram jewelry.

GODDESS SPIRALS GUNMETAL CHAINS ANGEL WINGS

My wrap necklaces were a big hit!  This is my Goddess Spirals Gunmetal Chains and Angel Wings piece

LADIES OF TVDNJ

The Ladies of TVDNJ – They will be featured next month, so watch this space!

Also up there were my stamped necklaces.

Damon Stamped Necklace

Damon Stamped Necklace

Impala License Plate Stamped Necklace

Stamping is a new medium for me (please refer to my last post “Stamping out The Vampire Diaries – Jewelry That Is!”).  I had so much fun doing it and am still enjoying exploring its potential that I’ve come up with a TON of new stamping ideas.

Imagine this – five silver circles stamped with the most memorable quotes and word associations of Supernatural!!  Here are some descriptions of what I have on the drawing board:

Dean’s bracelet:

Son of a Bitch

Pie

Eye of the Tiger

Awesome

Jerk

Sam’s bracelet:

Moose

Spectacu-lacular

Salad

Bitch

Clowns

Castiel’s bracelet:

Angel

Trenchcoat

Pizzaman

Ass-butt

I’m God

Crowley’s bracelet:

King of Hell

Morons!

Let’s Make a Deal

Son of a Witch

Hello Boys

I even came up with a other bracelets celebrating Bobby, Charlie, Gabriel, Dick Roman – I can do pretty much any SPN character, just let me know if you have an interest in someone specific or if you want a combined bracelet!

Now, back to the TVDNJ convention!

As I mentioned earlier, my table was so close to the autograph table for a couple of special guests.

First to come in and sign was the most beautiful Torrey DeVitto!  She was so stunning and treated each and every fan as if they were the most important person on the planet.  A true, genuine person.

My daughter, Raven, insisted on giving her a present!  She grabbed one of my geode necklaces (because she said it matched Torrey’s shirt) ran over and gave it to her.  Torrey very graciously took the gift and immediately put it on!

Later on came the charismatic Charlie Brewley! He was very upbeat and also treated everyone very nicely.

Raven said we can’t give Torrey a gift without giving one to Charlie as well, it wouldn’t be fair.  So I tore apart my table trying to find a piece that could remotely be considered masculine.  Aha!  I found something!

I had a very simple dalmation obsidian stone on a black cord.  Great!  I lean over to retrieve a gift box from my bag on the floor.  And promptly stumble over my own two feet and land on my rear end.  I look up and I see one of the Creation people trying to help me up, the volunteer at the table with Charlie AND Charlie, all looking over at me with their jaws hanging open.

The Creation lady asked me if I was ok.  “Aside from an extreme case of embarrassment, I’m fine,” I replied.

I then looked over at Charlie and said, “Yes – I AM always this graceful.  But this is actually your fault.”

“What did I do?” he laughed?

“I was trying to get a box so my daughter could give you this.” I said and walked over with Raven, so she could hand him the necklace.

He looked at it and appeared to like it, I think, lol!  He then asked me a bit about my jewelry making, said hi to Raven, and I went back to my table to try to salvage what was left of my dignity.

I want to point out that I do not have photos of the celebrities because there are very strict rules in that you are not supposed to take photos of the celebrities while they are at the autograph table and I respect the rules laid out by both the celebrities and Creation Entertainment.

So overall it was an amazing time filled with fantastic people, learning experiences, and more inspiration to “carry on” and continue my journey on the convention circuit.

Raven was also very inspired by the weekend and told me that she wants to become a jewelry designer when she grows up. I’ve never received a greater compliment.

RAVEN RESTING

Raven taking a very well-deserved rest after working such a hard weekend!

I’d also like to thank all of you who have been wonderful customers and those who have been such supporters that have donated to my Go Fund Me Page:

http://www.gofundme.com/EldwennesFantasySPN

It’s because of support like this that I’m able to get my small business started.  I still do need a little boost in order to successfully complete the convention circuit for the remainder of the year, if you could please pass my link along I would greatly appreciate that!

Remember, every donation receives a gift certificate worth MORE than the donation amount!  And it never expires – so there’s no time limit.  It’s good until ya spend it!

 

Thank you, everyone!!

Stamping Out Vampire Diaries – Jewelry, That Is!

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Yes, I am SOOOOOOO excited about this coming weekend!  On Saturday, July 13 through Sunday, July 14, I will be at The Vampire Diaries convention in Parsippany, NJ.  I’ll actually be there the evening of Friday, July 12 for any VIPs coming in!

A great friend of mine suggested I branch out into stamping to see how what I could come up with.

I don’t get out of my comfort zone often enough, so I welcomed the challenge.

I invested in a stamping kit, some beautiful silver discs, and some tools so that I could shape the discs, and I was raring to go!

You see Damon up above, here is Stefan and Elena:

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I had so much fun making these.  I also learned a couple of new skills.  Stamping is not as straightforward as you may think and it takes some concentration to get the desired effects you’re looking for.

And to make the pieces more interesting, I hammered the discs into domes for some dimension.

The finishing touches are a gorgeous bead and black satin cord.

Now you all know me, I need to tie in some Supernatural action, right?  Check out my license plate necklace:

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I also created so many new pieces, such as my pentagram cuff bracelet, Medusa ring, and my Blue Aurora Borealis and Copper necklace:

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Pentagram Cuff Bracelet

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Medusa Ring View 1

 

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Medusa Ring View 2

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Blue Aurora Borealis and Copper Necklace

I’m really looking forward to meeting you at the Vampire Diaries convention this weekend, please do come by and say hi!

I will also be selling gift certificates at the convention, but if you want more bang for your buck, if you make a donation via my Go Fund Me page: http://www.gofundme.com/2kwx90 you’ll receive a gift certificate worth MORE than your donation amount which is good towards all jewelry in my etsy shop at http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com!  The gift certificates never expire – they’re good until you spend ’em!

For example, if you donate $25, you receive a gift certificate for $50!  For a $50 donation you recieve $75! for $100 you receive $125! and it keeps getting better – It’s a great opportunity and you’ll be helping a woman jumpstart her small business dream.

Supernatural and Vampire Diaries fans – I’ve been invited by Creation Entertainment to sell my jewelry at Supernatural and Vampire Diaries conventions!

I have a lot of gorgeous Wiccan and Pagan pieces! New ones uploaded every day into my shop: http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com

Featuring My Customer of the Month – Julie Anne Rhodes and the Vampire Diaries Convention Countdown!

This is the second customer of the month feature and I’m SUPER excited to present Ms. Julie Anne Rhodes!

Julie Anne is a huge jewelry fan. As a matter of fact, her nickname is Jewels!

Julie Anne and I have much in common, including being incessant workaholics, creative souls, and devoting time to give back to others.

She and I connected by way of her phenomenal site: www.personalchefapproach.com – we worked together to create a pendant that Julie Anne sold out of her shop and we donated 100% of the proceeds to a charity that was near and dear to her heart.

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Here is the stunning Julie Anne wearing Jodi’s Jewel for Jewels, our collaborative effort to fundraise against children’s hunger.

From there we just hit it off and she’s been an endless source of inspiration and support to me. She’s literally transformed my household with her Personal Chef Approach, aka PCA.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you’re comfortable sharing;  family, work, philosophy, etc. Also, if you have a website or brick and mortar business, please feel free to include that info here!

First and foremost, I’m a mom to a beautiful daughter. I’m also the proud owner of the Personal Chef Approach.

Family comes first and in this day and age where time is a commodity, I strive to provide ways for families to eat better together.

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Julie Anne’s website – http://www.personalchefapproach.com – incredible food and company await you here!

2. Do you have creative outlets?  Tell us about them and if you have photos of your work, please feel free to share!

My work is a creative outlet – I paint with flavor! I am constantly challenging myself by experimenting with different ingredients and flavor combinations.

I’m also an avid art fan – I’m always on the prowl for inspiration!

3. What draws you to handmade jewelry as opposed to store-bought, factory manufactured pieces?

I like the personal touch that handmade jewelry has. Every piece is unique and I feel like it’s made just for me.

4. What types of pieces stand out to you, for example, wire work, crystals, etc and why?

I find something to appreciate in all kinds of pieces.

5. Is there something specific about Eldwenne’s Fantasy – Quality Handmade Jewelry by Jodi Zulueta that stands out to you? (Don’t be afraid to say no, Lol!)

Jodi puts her heart and soul into every piece she makes and it shows. I always get tons of compliments when I wear her jewelry!
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Julie Anne wearing earrings I designed made of Bali sterling silver and Swarovski crystals.  These are available in my shop!

Wow, thank you so much, Jewels!! I am fortunate to be a member of her site.  Working my tail off every day leaves very little time to plan and cook healthy meals for my family and thanks to her, I’ve been able to do just that!

Please follow Julie Anne on Twitter @julieannerhodes as well as @therovingstove.  Her FaceBook page is always a fun place to visit her as well: https://www.facebook.com/therovingstove

My daughter, Raven, is such a huge fan of your recipes and always looks forward to meals!

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your hectic schedule – I’m sending goodies your way!

Next topic on the agenda – gearing up for the Vampire Diaries convention in Parsippany, NJ!  Whoo hoo!! I’m so excited and I’ve been cranking out tons of new pieces, including pieces that read “My Heart Belongs to a Vampire”, “Werewolves vs Vampires”, “Peace, Love, and Supernatural” (I know, it’s not Vampire Diaries related, but I have t tie everything in to Supernatural, you know that!)
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My Heart Belongs to a Vampire Necklace – available at http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com

And very importantly – please visit my friends at http://www.carryonsupernatural.com – they provide a huge support network for Supernatural fans that are in need of a little help from their friends.  I designed a bracelet celebrating the fantastic work they do and it’s available to purchase through their site.  Every purchase will result in $5 being donated to support their hard work!

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Keep Calm and Carry On…Peace Love and Supernatural

If you’re coming to the convention next month, please come visit me! Id love to meet you!

Here is my convention schedule for both Vampire Diaries and, of course, SUPERNATURAL!!

– The Vampire Diaries Official Convention 7/13/2013-7/14/2013 in Parsippany, NJ

– Salute to Supernatural 8/23/2013-8/25/2013 in Vancouver

– Salute to Supernatural 10/11/2013-10/13/2013 in Toronto

– Salute to Supernatural 10/25/2013-10/27/2013 in Chicago

– Salute to Supernatural 11/22/2013-11/24/2013 in Los Angeles, CA

– The Vampire Diaries Official Convention 12/14/2013-12/15/2013 in Orlando, FL.

My traveling jewelry business is just in its infancy and I’m really in need of support, so I’ve set up a Go Fund Me page that gives all of you incredible incentives!  http://www.gofundme.com/2kwx90

Every donation receives a gift certificate towards any jewelry in my shop: www.eldwenne.etsy.com

If you donate $25, you get a gift certificate for $40! If you donate $50, you get $75! If you donate $75, you get $100!!!  Ad it keeps getting better!

The gift certificates never expire! So you can hold onto the as long as you want!  They’re only gone when you’ve spent them!

Thanks everyone and I hope I see you at one of the conventions!

Carrying On, Knowing My Limits, and WOW, There Really Are Some Really Great People Out There!

As you all know, it’s been a year. Sick husband, lost my job, major car accident, and now – my eleven year old son has been diagnosed with depression.

It’s enough to overwhelm anyone, I’m pretty sure. Trying to stay positive in the midst of it all is quite the challenge, but I’ve had some help.

I stumbled upon a phenomenal website, Carry On – Family Don’t End with Blood. It’s a support group that is focused on the fanbase for Supernatural. It’s a tremendous resource for support; an extended family.

To quote from the site http://www.carryonspn.com :

“Carry On is a place for the Supernatural family to stand united against the evils of this world, as well as our own personal demons. It is a safe place, where you can come and know that you are not alone.”

I was so inspired by this community of selfless people that I designed a bracelet to celebrate the good work they do:

The charms read “Keep Calm and Carry On”‘ and “Peace, Love and Supernatural”

This bracelet is in their shop here: http://www.carryonspn.com/shop.html

 

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For every bracelet sold, I will donate $5 towards their cause which helps fund al lot of the amazing projects they do!

 

Other examples of great people: Susan Newman, aka Suzy Brandtastic did a radio interview with me! She’s a branding guru and her site is:
http://brandingyoubetter.com

 

To hear my interview, click here: http://www.talkshoe.com and look at the Past Interviews section – mine was on 6/14/2013.

 

Knowing my limits – with all of the drama that I’ve been taking on, I did have to let something go. With a heavy heart I resigned as the Events and Workshop Chair for hob’art, a cooperative gallery based in Hoboken.

 

One of my friends, a beautiful artist named Heather Leigh Corey, is also on the board and knew of the challenges I’ve been facing as of late. And you know what she did? She put me in touch with two MORE phenomenal people, Stacey and Clem Lespinasse – photographers who VOLUNTEERED their services to professionally photograph my jewelry!!

 

The photos came out so beautifully – an example is below!!! If you would like to hire Stacey and Clem, they can be reached via the following:
BrowsersOnline.com 201-298-3444

 

 

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And here’s yet ANOTHER example of people being wonderful in our hard times – my van was confirmed unfixable.

 

With three young kids and my career depending on being able to get to conventions and shows, and virtually no money, how the heck were we gong to get through this? Simply getting another vehicle wasn’t an option. We’re just not financially able to support that.

 

The wonderful guys over at Aamco, our mechanics, worked with us so that we could purchase a vehicle that one of their managers owned. It’s also a van, and it runs even better than what we had! So a major thank you goes out to them too!!

 

This really did validate that there are some very kind, generous people out there.

 

I want to pay it forward, and I’m now offering added incentives for anyone who is donating to my convention fund – you will receive a gift certificate worth MORE than your donation amount!

 

For example, if you donate $25, you receive a gift certificate to get $40 worth of my jewelry here on etsy! For $50 you recieve $75! for $100 you receive $125! and it keeps getting better – It’s a great opportunity!

 

Simply go to my Go Fund Me page http://www.gofundme.com/2kwx90 and make a donation towards helping my handmade jewelry business travel the convention circuit!

 

Supernatural and Vampire Diaries fans – I’ve been invited by Creation Entertainment to sell my jewelry at Supernatural and Vampire Diaries conventions!

 

I have a lot of gorgeous Wiccan and Pagan pieces! New ones uploaded every day into my shop: http://www.eldwenne.etsy.com

 

I need help funding the travel expenses – if you donate to my Go Fund Me page, you will receive a gift certificate for my jewelry equal to (and sometimes more than!) the amount of your donation!

 

http://www.gofundme.com/2kwx90