Unfortunately the title is right! There are no more rock shows for me to attend in the foreseeable future. I just heard from club I've been attending the shows through, and the mall we were at closed contracts to shows and kiosks. Until the club is able to figure out a new location for the show, it looks like we're in the dark! Its a shame, because the mall has a long history of hosting these rock shows, and used to gain such strong visitors! I'm curious to see what happens to the mall after this, and what will happen to the beloved show!
I have the opportunity to attend the April show, the last show that will be at Har Mar Mall. I'm not sure I'm going or not just yet, I have mixed feelings about it.
In the meantime, I've been working hard over at Spirit Pet Designs! The cute gemstone charms are proving to be a hot seller! People are buying them for their animals, to help them heal various conditions. This morning I made a custom charm for a former abused dog. I am anxious to hear the results! I really hope some positive crystal vibration can help ease the pain and anxiety that poor dog feels.
I'm in the process of figuring out some gemstone collars! I love using my knotted collar designs, and putting random gem chips on the pattern. I figured out a system that will allow for the collar to be adjusted from the ends, instead of a special ring, because the collar would be too bulky to use that system. Check out the photos below, I'm quite proud of my work! Please show some support for the ever evolving Spirit Pet Designs on Etsy! http://spiritpetdesigns.etsy.com.
Don't forget to use coupon code SPRINGWEEK now through Saturday, March 22nd! In honor of spring arriving (in some parts of the country anyways), take 15% off your purchase of $20 or more at my Spirit GEM Designs Etsy shop! http://spiritgemdesigns.etsy.com
Happy spring, everyone! Let's hope it arrives for the rest of the country soon!
These two new gem trees totally remind me of spring! (clicking on the photo will take you to their Etsy listing)
I've had many inquiries about custom work. I love doing custom work! It gives me a new challenge, and something new to worry over! I mean that in a good way, because I want each piece to be at the very least as expected, if not a lot better than!
But anyways... here are some specifics if you're looking for custom work. I have some styles to choose from: TINY gem tree (less than 4" inches tall), regular gem tree (about 6" inches tall), large gem tree (about 6-9" inches tall); and then Bonsais: small (about 6-8" inches tall) and finally the large (about 8-10" inches tall). The sizes are about, depending how they are wrapped. If you need a particular size, such as 6 inches exactly, let me know, because I can twist and correct as needed to come up with the exact size.
I do offer many choices in wire color. I work with standard silver, gold, light & dark copper, black. I can paint the wire in any other color you'd like, from light blue, to purple, to pink, whatever you'd like!
The next choice is gemstones. Now, this is the fun part, because I LOVE gemstones! (in case you couldn't tell) I have about 136 different gemstones in stock currently, and can order other ones when needed. I always have on hand and ready to go- the ever popular Amethyst, Ametrine, a variety of Quartz, Jasper, and Agate; Tiger Eye, Opal, Aquamarine, Carnelian, Citrine, just to name a few! I do have a supplier for more rare gems, including Ruby, Sapphire, Chrome Diopside, Kyanite, Kunzite, Morganite, Charoite, Larimar. I will happily mix up the gemstones, too, if you want to use more than one. Most gem trees use a minimum of 45 gems, with the maximum about 120, or if you double the small ones up, 230.
Finally, there are some base choices. Most popular is the rock base. I can find something to fit the overall fit and finish of the piece, or you can request something special, and I'll see if I can find it at the local rock shops. I have other bases besides rocks, like a glass bowl with small rocks, bowls of sand, mirrors, you name it! They can also come without a base, if you'd like to attach it to something you already have, such as a unique rock or to fit on top of a wedding cake. I'm more than happy to accommodate, and will provide instruction if needed.
People order custom gem trees for a variety of reasons, including a love for a particular gem, something they need for healing, special presents for birthdays and holidays, a birthstone or family tree (using birthstones of members), anniversary pieces and presents, and especially wedding cake toppers.
The bottom line is, if you don't find what you're looking for in my store, please don't hesitate to send me a message! I will go over the project with you, and iron out every detail of the final piece before its made. I send photos of the piece, for your approval, BEFORE it is shipped out, so there aren't any unexpected surprises.
I think to date, and it could be on the low side, I've done over two dozen custom pieces for people all over the world! I've done them for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, special cheer up gifts, and family trees.
The prices vary per piece, and it also depends what materials are used. If I work with gems outside of my typical stash, for instance, I will charge more to cover the cost of supplies. The prices range from $50 for a small tree, to over $100 for a large Bonsai (again, using my standard stock and nothing super fancy like Rubies).
I forgot to add, I also am more than happy to custom work a Sun Catcher for you! If you don't like the wire color, for instance, in my Etsy listings, let me know what color you want, and I'll get it done! Most of the Sun Catchers in the photos have already sold, so they're already custom pieces for each order. I absolutely don't mind changing up the wire color, or even gemstone placement, to suit your taste! You can either let me know your request before you order, or send a note along with the order.
Well, TGIF everyone, and be sure to use coupon code "springahead" in my Etsy Shop, Spirit Gem Designs, this weekend for FREE SHIPPING!!! It works March 7-March 10, in honor of daylight savings time. Happy shopping! :-)
Instead of two posts, I'm going to cram two things in here!
I started a new Etsy Shop for my pet products called Spirit PET Designs. I will be selling gemstone pet collar charms, as well as my specially made pet collars (with the option to add gemstones). I redesigned my old Oddball Cat Toys business to fit in the unique products. I still sell cat toys, and plan to add other products such as beds, in the near future. At this moment I'm not sure which direction Spirit Pet Designs will take. While I firmly believe in animal crystal healing, I know where are people out there who don't understand it, and I don't want to scare them off. At the same time, I see a HUGE value in helping animals when conventional treatments, training and drugs fail, and would love for this to become a major business. That is, focusing on animal healing (especially cats) with crystals.
As of right now, I have a bunch of gemstone collar charms listed. You can either buy them as fun bling for your pet, or more seriously, to help behavioral and health issues. I don't guarantee overnight success, miracles, or any of the sort. BUT, pets DO react to energies, and you will see result. I advise setting an intention with the crystal, and positively working with your animal, to achieve desirable results. The charms can easily clip on to an existing collar, or you can purchase a special Spirit Pets collar! The collars, if you remember, have gem chips attached to a cool, durable design.
I don't want to talk too much about Spirit Pets, since its a break out business from Spirit Gem Designs. I will be creating its own website in the very near future, so stay tuned for that!
If you click on the photo below, it'll take you to the Spirit Pet Designs Etsy shop! (http://www.etsy.com/shop/spiritpetdesigns.
The other thing I wanted to address is wholesale business. I absolutely DO IT! I love it! Yes! It doesn't matter whether you want a bunch of trees, or a bunch of bracelets. I have streamlined the process enough, and can get my supplies quick enough, to handle small or large orders. Depending on what you need, I offer discounts anywhere from 30-60% from my typical listed price. You have to be an established business. I do have a small section on the website here called "Wholesale" with more information and my contact information. I am requiring payment before any custom work begins. If you are buying current inventory, I do set a time requirement for payment, because I do not like holding work from paying customers. I don't think its fair.
As for future shows, I am up in the air as to the direction of things right now! I never should have added more projects to my plate! lol I don't know what to do next, what to pursue, any of that. I have to figure out which ideas are relevant to pursue, and which ones ought to be left alone.