I totally forgot to introduce Kevin's jewelry! There are two pieces currently for sale on Etsy, and we hope to get the rest up this weekend.
The first is a really beautiful necklace made with Amethyst & Taiwan Turquoise. He has this fun concept of "Angel On My Shoulder". If you look on the left, there is a custom made Angel charm that sits on your shoulder as you wear the piece! The photos don't do the necklace justice. The Amethyst is a clear(er) type, and I am unable to pick up its true color with my camera. The pink centerpiece is a special Taiwan Turquoise. The circle findings really sparkle with the Amethyst too.
Here is the Etsy listing for this necklace: https://www.etsy.com/listing/125224656/angel-on-my-shoulder-semi-precious-pink?
This is another one, a Vesuvianite, Garnet & Red Howlite combination. This is another stunning piece in person, with shiny, almost sparkling silver spacers in between the dramatic dark red Garnet and olive green Vesuvianite. The big circular red gems are Red Howlite.
Here is the Etsy listing for this necklace: https://www.etsy.com/listing/125225499/unique-contrasting-color-green?
Kevin puts a lot of time and effort into his work, and his pieces are very high quality. They are certain to please any lady looking for a unique and fun piece of gemstone jewelry to wear! :-)
I apologize for being unhappy with the way things were going on Tuesday. Unfortunately, it happens in the business. Its tough when you don't have the big money to easily grow your business and hire people to do the work for you. I've decided to just let things run its course with the business, and keep it a specialty art item. I don't want to lower the quality so that it becomes a dime store bargain.
I've been having a blast coming up with cat toys, for the new business! Its been fun learning a new craft and working with yarn. I am counting on this business to be the one that can be branded and sold anywhere, unlike the gem trees. Every toy that I make is carefully hand knitted and sewn together. Some of them are stuffed with safe, non-toxic materials, others are not. I don't stuff them with catnip because I know some cats don't like catnip, and then dogs can also play with them. You can request catnip when you order though! These toys are completely unique and as of right now one of a kinds. I need to learn how to make patterns and at least stick with some staples, instead of having all unique. I'm finalizing the name and will be starting the Etsy store and website shortly. I'm not neglecting the gem tree business, rather, I'm splitting my time up between the two!
As for future shows, I am going to talk with the Minneapolis Farmer's Market about a trial run when they open at the end of April. It may be a little more expensive than some, but it draws in an interesting crowd! If I can keep attending regularly, I'm sure that word will get out and I will have a nice following. I've been told so many times you cannot be there just once or twice and expect sales. I'm willing to commit if its a good venue! The idea is to mostly carry the pet toys, jewelry, tree of life wall hangings and just a small selection of gem trees, until they become popular enough to warrant more. Its a shame there isn't an indoor venue like this in MN, or hopefully we're in for a cool summer!
The other show coming up is the Har Mar Rock Show on April 20-21st! I'll be working hard on coming up with a better display so the trees aren't so crowded, and the gemstone jewelry has its own area.
I have an opportunity to sell this spring at a boutique in Edina. I'm still unsure, they take between 25-30% and I think these were the people saying my items were way too expensive for their store. I'll have to think about it, and ask some questions. It would be great to send some gem trees there, because if you cannot make it out to the rock show, you can buy them in a store!
Thank you to those that keep up with my business. :-)