Its been a busy morning this morning! I finally am caught up with my listings. I have 10 new gem trees that were added just now on Etsy. They include:
Mini Gem Trees:
Apatite (pictured to the left)
Mini-Bonsai Gem Trees:
Black (Sheen) Obsidian
Large Gem Trees:
Fluorite (Purple & Green)
You can click on the link above to view any of the gem trees that you're interested in!
I am also shifting to a regular retail price on my gem trees. I am not able to afford selling them at a low wholesale price. I put a lot of work and effort into my pieces of art. They aren't a cheap, easy flea market quality craft. I gained a lot of valuable insight at the Farmer's Market last weekend amongst the cheap flea market sellers. I want to price my work according to the quality you receive, and the work that I put in. You can buy $15 gem trees, and you'll notice the difference in quality and feel right away.
I am still working hard on the wedding section, as well as a special gifts & anniversaries section. I'm noticing although people do look gem trees up for home decor purposes, the biggest uses are for weddings, gifts and anniversaries. I am doing a lot of heavy market and product research, because this is a big deal to me. I keep thinking I'm focusing on the wrong area here, and am trying to change to what the market is requesting. Stay tuned!
On a show note, I am not doing the Minneapolis Farmer's Market this coming Saturday as expected. I have decided to take an extra week to get ready for the big Rock Show at the Har Mar Mall in Roseville. I'm going to have a lot of new trees present for the show, and a really fun colorful display! I can hardly wait until the big day arrives!
Finally, a word to those of you who own cats that are considering on buying a gem tree. Please do buy a gem tree! You will be surprised how the majority of cats react to them. Many people have said their cats will attack the tree and break it. My own cats actually use them as calming pieces! I'm not kidding you. They brush up against the gem trees with their faces, and if a cat could grin, they are! I've been having problems with Angie, my former stray, after she hurt her leg in August. She's been really easy to startle and is generally nervous now around our apartment. I made her special Andean Opal Bonsais, an Olive Jade, and a Crazy Lace Agate gem tree, and put them around the apartment. She has responded very well to their calming influences, and not once has she tried to damage the gems or chew on the tree. My suggestion would be to give it a try, and work with the cat when you first introduce it to your home. Let them sniff it and rub on it. If they start wanting to chew, you can either distract them or gently nudge them away. Cats are sensitive to energies, more so than a lot of humans, so they do appreciate the energies of the gem trees. If your cat is still insistent on attacking, you can always place them out of the way or get a protective case for them. You can buy cases at the local craft stores.
All right, enough rambling for now! Its almost Friday, hurrah!