Capitol City Visit

Capitol City Visit
Madison Wisconsin

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A trip to the city! Madison, Wisconsin!

We've lived a lot of different places.  Currently, and for over the past decade, we have settled in a rural farming community of the mid-west.  We love where we live.  It is picturesque and generally, low key.

However, recently this past week, we had occasion to go to Madison, Wisconsin and stay overnight.  Our oldest child had been accepted to play with the State Honors Band last spring. This was a huge accomplishment!  The concert, and culmination of months of practice, was this past Thursday.  So, off we went to stay in our capitol city.

As many know, Madison is a college town.  It is also quite famous for its politics.  Our school children all visit the capitol during their elementary years.  It is a gorgeous building....politics aside.  Many of our high schoolers decide to return to the capitol for the outstanding education that is offered there at UW-Madison.



I'll be honest.  We haven't always enjoyed our visits to Madison.  It is, after all, a city.  With that comes noise, congestion, chaos, and sometimes confusion.  Our high school senior, really being talented enough to choose anywhere in the country to attend college, has not chosen Madison.  Not that there is anything wrong with it, just that particular campus is not a good fit for him.

But, being there for 36 hours this past week was very enjoyable!  I came home liking Madison more than I ever have.  And I have to admit, I do miss some aspects of city life.  My husband and I do know what it is like to live in a city, as we have lived and worked in the larger urban areas of Philadelphia and Baltimore, and called smaller cities such as Buffalo, New York home, as well.

You see being in Madison reminded me that a city offers diversity of many kinds.
Area of Diversity #1- FOOD
The food was great and there was a lot to choose from!  We chose Ginos Italian Restaurant, which is known as a Madison institution.  But, there was sushi, Indian, thai, you name it and Madison has a restaurant for it!  We have missed that diversity of flavor, living in a small mid-western community that doesn't stray far from its bratwurst.  Coffee houses abound, as towards the end of our weary walking tour (waiting for concert time), we found ourselves taking refuge in Michelangelo's on State Street for an afternoon tea.  All of this was with two middle schoolers in tow.  Oh, and I can't forget about the ice cream!



Area of Diversity #2 - PEOPLE
What a great place to people watch.  All kinds of people can be seen everywhere you go!  Students, professors, community members, all mixing and interacting with tolerance for one another.

Area of Diversity #3 - ARCHITECTURE
We walked for six hours on the city and campus streets during our Madison visit.  Luckily, the weather (and no one can complain about our fall), was on the comfortably warm side and while not sunny, not raining, either.  It was so enjoyable to see so many kinds of buildings.  From the Old Lutheran Church with its door flung open, to the newly built place of worship that seemed just as inviting.  The Overture Center for the Arts is a stunning example of modern architecture set amidst all the shops and restaurants downtown, but fitting in beautifully as it offers free admission for the Contemporary Museum of Art and a wonderful concert venue that our family was privileged to experience first hand as audience members and a performer, as well.  









Lastly: OPPORTUNITY
While we were visiting Madison, we needed to find activities to occupy our boys while we were waiting to arrive at the concert venue.  We decided upon the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. I wanted, in the very least, to show them this gorgeous building that I had seen last spring during a campus visit.  Luckily, they were hosting a FREE drop-in field trip for any interested K-12 student on four different science topics!  WOW!  We walked the mile from our hotel to the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.   First our boys got to experiment with feral fluid and find out how nano technology is used in material science.  Next, one went to the anatomy lab to dissect a cow eye ball while the other (more squeamish son) went to use pipettes and find out about stem cell research. Finally, there was a video game lab experimenting on how to teach mindfulness to our students.  All of the labs were run by enthusiastic adults, anxious to enrich our youth! Oh, how I miss the opportunities found in a city! Especially a city as educationally based and forward thinking as Madison.  The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery understands that the private sector and public section has to work together to advance society and find solutions for some of the most complex issues of today!  Kudos to them for putting this idea to work!  



As we ended our trip with enjoying some wonderful music, played by the most talented high school musicians in the state of Wisconsin, I found myself missing all that a city has to offer.  It energized me to be around other adults who want to offer enrichment to today's youth and do that in a way everyone can enjoy!  I am bringing that enthusiasm back to my own community this week.  If you have read any of my other non-jewelry blog posts, you know that I have been an avid volunteer educating our youth in a variety of areas; horticulture, science, and writing.  I am thankful to have enjoyed Madison and return home invigorated to provide educational opportunities for local youth, outside a classroom setting.  While I know I don't have to live in a city, I think I've realized that visiting one more often than I have in the last few years can be very enjoyable!  

Thanks for stopping by! Have a GREAT week!
~Carol~

P.S. Some of my love of photography can be seen in my etsy shop where select pieces are sold!
Check it out! http://carolsjewelryorchard.etsy.com

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Blog Feature!

Good Morning!

Today, I'd like to share another blog with you!  My shop has been featured on the blog Eyelah!

Here is the link:

http://eyelah.blogspot.com/2012/10/thursday-etsy-shop-feature-carols.html

In the feature you will find out a little more about me and my jewelry making, as well as be able to check out some of my pieces!  Eyelah is a fellow etsian.  Check out her blog and then check out her shop, too!  Etsians are fabulous at supporting each other's small business ventures in the hand-made community!  I hope you enjoy it!

Thanks for stopping by!


Carol

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Stats on the importance of an online presences for small business

Good Morning! Today, I am shaing an info graphic from Vistaprint on the importance of an online presence for small business.  I found it interesting!  I hope you do too!  Having just come off a weekend craft show in which my jewelry shop, Carol's Jewelry Orchard, had a booth, I spent many conversations explaining to potential customers that I had a website via etsy and weebly, through which I sold my jewelry.  Look at the information, see where you fit.  What do you use, online, to increase your small business sales?

Don't forget to check out my Think Pink Sale, also.....going on all October. Prices already reduced on anything pink in my shop.  A portion (20%) of the Pink items sold will be donated to charity for breast cancer research.

http://carolsjewelryorchard.etsy.com

Have a great day!  Thanks for stopping by!
Carol

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Drowning in Photographs...........

I have to admit it!  I take too many pictures!  I photograph all the jewelry I design and create, I photograph my kids, my yard, school functions, vacations, landscapes, fruit on the trees, etc.

I am literally drowning in pictures!  

This year my eldest son graduates from high school.  I don't know where the time has gone but I do know that I want to make some kind of keepsake for him.  He is an extraordinary young man! I know every parent feels that way, so I am not alone!  Due to all the wonderful accomplishments he has, I want to make some photo books that will preserve what he has already accomplished in the first part of his life.

I have decided to do this via online scrap books and photo stories, as well as home made DVD's.  Of course to be able to do justice to his school years, I need to have some kind of organization to the whole thing.  This is precisely where I come into a problem.  

UGH!  I need to sort and be able to categorize the thousands of photographs I've acquired.  This will take extra time, but I'm intent on doing it.  I've decided to make one photo book for his elementary years, one for middle school, and one for each year of high school.  This series of books will include family memories such as our trips to Bermuda, Hawaii, The Florida Keys, Gettysburg, Mt. Rushmore, and Rocky Mountain National Park.  The books will also commemorate 8 years of piano recitals, solo/ensembles, concerts, theater productions, National History Day Finals in Washington, D.C., and other performance events.  Of course, holidays and birthdays, visits with family and relatives will all be thrown in for good measure.  

It is a huge project to undertake but one that he can take with him if he wants when he leaves for college next year.  My heart is swelled with pride for him and the young man his has become.  The books will be a small token of our parental pride in him; one that he can cherish and keep as close as necessary.

I look forward to doing it!  However, right now it is somewhat daunting! So, I better get cracking!
The time is now to start organizing my pool of pictures!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget that I have a giveaway running at Pixel Berry Designs Blog, until 10/14/12.  Here is the link for that;

http://pixelberrypiedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/09/giveaway-handcrafted-swarovski-ring.html#comment-form

Also, my shop will be "on vacation" next Friday through Sunday (10/12- 10/14) to enable me to participate in a large local craft show.  If you are interested in purchasing a piece of jewelry in my shop, be sure to do it before Friday at http://carolsjewelryorchard.etsy.com

Thanks, again!
Carol

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Win A Swarovski Crystal Button Ring from my shop!

Good Morning!

It is time for a giveaway from my shop!  In the past, I have always run the giveaways myself.  They never generated the attention I desired.  So this time, I am having another blog, a blog I advertise my shop through, run the giveaway!  

Please check out Pixel Berry Pie Designs Blog for the Swarovski Button Ring Giveaway!
Rules for entering are on her blog page, along with many pictures of the rings you could choose.

http://www.pixelberrypiedesigns.blogspot.com/2012/09/giveaway-handcrafted-swarovski-ring.html#comment-form

The giveaway runs through 10/14/12.

The winner will be able to choose the color of Swarovski Button from those available and weather to wrap it in sterling wire or craft wire.  The value is $18.00-$30.00 depending on the ring choosen.

Today, instead of posting the rings (I'd like you to go to the Pixel Berry Pie Designs Blog or my shop to check them out), I'm posting pictures of some of the pieces I've created that coordinate well with the rings!  

http://carolsjewelryorchard.etsy.com













Enjoy!  ~Carol~

Friday, September 28, 2012

What's recharging my batteries????

Well, hello!

If you read my post from a couple of weeks ago, you'll note that at the end I promised to let you know the outcome to my being overwhelmed by my volunteer activities in our school district and community!

What's recharging my batteries?  The answer is writing!  

Shortly after my last post, I saw an advertisement for a short story contest offered by NPR or National Public Radio.  Three minute fiction.  The topic of your writing had to include a US President!  After thinking of my idea for a few days, I sat down and wrote it up in 45 minutes!  The words just easily flowed on to my computer!  Good thing because by the time I saw the advertisement, I only had a week left to make my submission.  So, on Sunday, 9/23/12, after about 7 edits, I submitted my story!  

It was fun. It was useful!  It made me feel good!   My kids liked the story!   My batteries were recharging!

So, on Tuesday, I contacted the teacher who organizes the third grade writer's circle for me.  Yes! Yes, I told her!  I am sure I still want to hold a writer's circle this year!  I am excited to know that in less than a week, I will find out what 6 third graders I'll be writing with this year! For the last two years, we've done units on poetry, persuasive writing, narrative writing, and more.  For the last two years, the student's with me have had their poetry accepted to be published by the National Schools Project!  

For the first time, in a while; my batteries are charging and more is going in that is coming out!  I think I'll keep it this way for now!  

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to stop in tomorrow, 9/29/12, for an announcement about a giveaway from my Etsy shop!

Carol

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Reflection....Seeing a Need.


Hello!  
Today, I'd like to share some very introspective musings with you.  

Lately, I've been engaging in a lot of self reflection.  I'm at a point in my life that I'm questioning what I'm doing and why, exactly, I'm doing "it".  The need for reflection arose due to a feeling I had last fall, that intensified during this past spring, of being over committed and thus, over whelmed by the volunteer activities I had taken on.

So, without getting into too many details, let's just say that I was running two separate groups for our school district. One such assemblage was a new advocacy group for the parents/families of our district's talented and gifted students.  This was a group I had started the previous year, based on a  perceived need that arose from other parents asking me what was going on with TAG education at various levels in our district.  The group met once a month, however a lot of background information needed to be gathered as well as writing mission and vision statements, setting forth goals, and meeting with various district and building administrators.  Needless to say, it has been a difficult and stressful road mostly because the topic of giftedness is, in general, one that people, even educators (or maybe, especially educators) are reluctant to discuss.  All children are gifts, not all children are gifted.  There is a difference. However, this difference is not recognized universally and can be polarizing.

The second group I led is near and dear to my heart.  Nine years ago this fall, I started an elementary, after school garden club.  It was an idea that came to me so I could easily bank volunteer hours. The hours were necessary to hold my Master Gardener Certification in good standing.  I had the support of the principal and a vision.  Bear in mind this idea was well before the current popularity existed for environmental education and outdoor classrooms.  It seems everyone has jumped on this band wagon that no one cared about or barely existed 10 short years ago.  Over the course of the last eight years, I have developed my own curriculum and have been able to attract an average of 30 students per year to an elective educational activity. Wow!  Again, I saw a need...one that I still believe exists to develop engaging community activities for our youth.  I strongly believe that not all learning takes place in a classroom.  I have seen some of my garden club students blossom with confidence and a sense of pride in accomplishing something good, like our school based butterfly garden, for the entire community.  I've also witnessed the empowerment that knowledge enables some children to be able to say, "I know that, because I learned it in garden club".  Yes, Evergreen Garden Club was a good thing.  

In addition to holding monthly meetings for both of these groups, I spent time holding a book club for first graders, a writing circle for third graders, reading with forth graders, and working on language arts with 6th graders, all on a weekly basis.  Lastly, I did what I could to support our local high school band.

Whew, even in writing this, I feel a sense of being overwhelmed.  So, it should be no surprise that when August rolled around and I began to "organize" for these two groups, I started feeling stressed. I knew I needed to make a change.  On the advice of some friends, I sat down and made a list of what I was doing.  To quote one of those friends, I needed to decide, what drained my batteries (so to speak) and what recharged them.  I was to keep what recharged my personal batteries and let the draining activities go.  If you knew me, you'd realize this was so much easier said than done.  

I've always been a person with a strong sense of obligation and loyalty.  How do you stop something you feel committed to?  Well, let me tell you, it is hard!    I saw a need for both of the groups I started, I saw a need for the other activities as well.  All of the activities with the exception of the fourth grade reading and sixth grade language arts classroom volunteer duties, were activities solely being conducted by me.  They were developed by seeing a need, speaking to the involved teacher or administrator, being organized, and starting the groups.  

So, what has happened you ask?  What have I decided?  Well, the outcome is different than I even imagined.  I hope you'll stop back later this week to see what is going to keep by batteries charged!  I'll give you a hint; I've realized that I'm good at seeing what is needed and addressing those needs.  The question is what is needed now?  For me? For our community?  I hope you'll stop back to find out!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!
~Carol~

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Amish Auction! Labor Day Alternative!

Labor Day is always special to me!  The reason for that is I truly labored on labor day, some 18 years ago!  I could have even claimed a FREE crib from IKEA for having a baby on labor day, but since we had the crib (isn't that an essential item????) and didn't live near IKEA, we didn't claim it! 

Well, since labor day's date moves around that first week in September, we weren't celebrating a birthday yesterday.  Instead, we went to an Amish Auction!  We've long been interested in flea markets and auctions, but recently have had a renewed inspiration to actually attend one of these events.  

We drove about an hour from home to arrive at the Auction site in South-Western Wisconsin.  It was located in a small town in Vernon county, a county where many local amish families live.    


What fun we had......there were two rings with very fast talking auctioneers, selling the goods!  My husband got our ticket, left it with me and took off to watch the furniture auction.  He makes handcrafted furniture, himself.  So, he was very interested in the quality, craftsmanship, and price the Amish pieces were presenting.  We almost won a bent-wood rocker, out of black walnut no-less, but eventually got out bid.  Today, my husband is wishing he bid higher!

I stayed outside in the plant auction.  I ended up having the winning bid on some hardy asters.....the variety is called Prince Henry III, a gorgeous pink!  It was fun!  I brought home four! Two are in the ground already!  





We ate some homemade cookies and drove through our state's beautiful countryside!  We had a great day!  Everyone was cheerful and polite!  We will be going back!  I think I'm planning on getting my annuals there, next spring!

Enjoy the pictures.........and thanks for stopping by!
~Carol~

P.S. I have a one day sale in progress; enter coupon code onedaysale20 at check out from  my etsy shop, http://carolsjewelryorchard.etsy.com and receive 20% off your entire purchase! Sale ends at 12am 9/5/12.  Thanks!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Colorful Origami.... A Treasury of Creations by Talented Artists on Etsy


Enjoy this Colorful Treasury of Creations by Paper Artists on Etsy.

Here is the link:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/NzUwODM0NnwyNzIzMTc0MTA4/colorful-origami?index=0

Origami is a wonderful art form.

The art of paper folding has its basis in the world of mathematics!

Did you know that?  

It's True!

There are many, many applications to this creative art form.
From architecture to medicine, organists are bringing this

ancient art to the forefront with modern meanings.

Have you ever seen Between the Folds?   

It is an Independent Lens movie about Origami!

Wonderful!

I can highly recommend it!

In any case, I would suggest that you spend some time looking at the ancient art of 

paper folding.  It you don't want to try it yourself, I'd be surprised.  But, at least

you can appreciate the beautiful objects made by some very talented people!

Thanks for stopping by!

Carol

P.S.  I've been adding items to my shop recently! Please stop by and see what is new!

Have a GREAT week!


Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic Specials.......Sale July 27th - 30th.

Shop my Olympic Specials Sale!

When: Today, July 27th, 10am - July 30th, 10am CST

Where: Carol's Jewelry Orchard on Etsy

What: Handcrafted, One of a Kind Jewelry in many styles.

Beaded Bracelets and Necklaces

Wire Wrapped Rings

Button Rings

Altered Art Photographic Travel Memory Bracelets

University Lanyards

Fine Art Photography

Beaded Bookmarks

Olympic Themed Jewelry

How: No Coupon Code will be needed! Everything is marked down by 25% for you.  There are some great deals.  Be sure to look through my shop pages to view all that is available!

Why: To say Good Luck to our USA athletes in the Summer 2012 Olympic Games!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a Fabulous Friday!

Carol







Monday, July 23, 2012

Appreciating Architecture....Buffalo, New York.

Have you ever stopped long enough to look at some of the wonderful buildings we have in the US?


Recently, while returned to a city that I lived and worked in for many years, I had a tour of a brand new building; The new Federal Courthouse Building in Buffalo, New York.  It is a fabulous new building in downtown Buffalo with a glass window pane exterior!  


Some of its most notable features are the curved appearance, the glass exterior, and the words of the U.S. Constitution etched on the surface of the glass near the entryway.  It is stunning!




I don't know what drew us to the building tour.  A relative works there and certainly, that may be the main reason.  However, my youngest child is very interested in architecture.  He is fascinated by shapes and forms and how they all fit together to create a wonderful structure.  


As I looked at this new building, I began to look around at the old buildings surrounding us.  The city of Buffalo has some wonderful architecture.  Long past its prime and somewhat mired in a long desired but always doubtful rejuvenation of the downtown area, Buffalo has a lot to be proud of.


The ever-present but somewhat forgotten views of City Hall, the Liberty Building, Niagara Square and Lake Erie were lovely as seen from the upper floors of the new building.  The new was opening my eyes for the old.





City Hall displays an art deco theme to its structure. I believe it was built during that period.  The Liberty Building, as I am calling it, has two ladies of liberty atop its twin-multi-story, towers.  I'm not sure what is housed in that building.  Niagara Square, complete with an obelisk, looks cared for; clean and resplendent with colorful annuals. Surely, a place to have lunch on a bright, sunny afternoon.


Buffalo has some wonderful architecture.  It was refreshing to see an old city, one that I once called home, creating new buildings and caring for its wonderful, unique older ones. Visiting the new courthouse building was one of the highlights of our trip!


So, wherever you live or wherever you visit, stop long enough to look around you.  Forget all your predisposed notions of the place you are in, and look for the beauty of the buildings, both old and new.  You'll be glad you did!


Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week!
~Carol~



Friday, July 20, 2012

One of my pieces of jewelry is going to the Summer Olympic Games in London!

One of my pieces of jewelry is going to the London Summer Olympic Games on an athlete!


Congratulations goes out to Heather Kohl of Wisconsin who will be going to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as part of the USA Archery Team.  Heather has won a slot as the first alternate for the team!  She is a former neighbor of ours!  We are so excited for her!  This young adult athlete has worked hard for many, many years to become a skilled archer!


I was pleased to be asked to "fix" a favorite necklace of Heather's, recently!  While doing so, I decided to send her a couple of gifts to congratulate her on her accomplishment of making the team!  Recently, Heather was photographed wearing the London charm necklace I had sent to her!  We wish Heather and her teammates the best of luck while competing in the Summer Games! Go Team USA!


I have also included some other olympic themed pieces that I have designed in honor of the upcoming games!  I  hope you enjoy viewing them.  They are all (with the exception of Heather and her necklace) available in my etsy shop at: Carol's Jewelry Orchard


Please read my shop announcement for any specials I am running, currently! Thanks for stopping by!

Stretchy Bracelet!

Oh, Canada Earrings.

London Double Bus Bookmark!



USA Swimming Bookmark.

Olympic Rings Necklace!

Red White and Blue Patriotic Necklace!

Congratulations, Heather!




Heather's London Charm Necklace on Sterling

USA Bottlecap Necklace

Off to the London Games Bookmark!

Red Wire Wrapped Ring

Union Jack Bookmark.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Venturing into Consignment Again.....Is it worth it?

Good Sunday Morning!

Well, it has been a very busy week for me!  Firstly, I'd like to remind you that my Christmas in July Sale ends today at 6pm.  For the last week, I have offered 40% off everything in my shop.  You will automatically get the discount if you enter the coupon code CIJSALE40 at check out.  There are some GREAT deals!  I hope you have time to take advantage of them!

Secondly, I thought I'd write about consignment.  I've had some experience with putting my jewelry on consignment in the past.  And while I do currently have jewelry in a local sporting goods shop, the owner chooses to buy from me wholesale instead of contracting with me to have my jewelry on consignment.

Contracting!  That is the key work with consignment.  The first two shops I had my jewelry shown in worked with me on a verbal agreement.  Consequently, I knew what "cut" they would take but not having a contract lead to some problems.  The first problem was that I never knew when I'd be paid for the items that sold. The next problem was that I didn't know how long they would keep my jewelry on display.  In a nutshell, both shops closed.  Largely in part due to gift boutiques not doing well in a slow economy, the marking up of my jewelry to maximize their profit (but slow the sales of my pieces), and lack of good business sense and management.  I remember, at the last boutique I had my jewelry in, I sold half of my stock of Viking Rings (pearl wire wrapped rings) in the first week they were offered.  All that was left was in the same size.  The manager did not order more nor did she want me to swap out sizes.  Strange!

So, a couple of weeks ago, when I saw an advertisement for consignment I thought about it for a few days.  Right away, I knew this experience would be different due to the fact there was an application process for artists that wanted to have their work shown.  The gift shop was in our newly designed EcoPark on the Mississippi River.  I decided to try consignment again and went to work, putting together my application.  

My first thought was that I had forgotten how much work it is!  I went through files and files of the pieces of jewelry I had stocked that had a nature theme and my nature photography.  I filled out the application with an artist's statement.  I burned my digital files to disc.  I sent the application in to the EcoPark.  Within two days, I had a response. They wanted to work with me!  I was excited!  We set up an appointment for me to take in some of my pieces and put them on display.

This is what I noticed AND what you should note if you are considering consignment;

1) The manager of the gift shop was organized.  She had me set up my creations on the displays I brought.  We walked around the gift shop together to decided where best to put my jewelry.  Over the years, I have learned that display is of upmost importance.  At the last consignment shop, the display ended up looking so crowded, it could have been mistaken for a garage sale!

2) We went through the jewelry together, discussing the merits of each piece, how they would best be displayed, and which best fit the nature them of the EcoPark.

3) She had me write down the inventory in groups of the type of item (rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc), including the price and description.  Of course, I already had this information written down for her.  However, she insisted (and I agreed) that having it written on the contract was best so we BOTH had the same information!  How true!  In the past, I was always the one to provide that information to the seller.  How refreshing for me to have the shop manager want to gather the information in such an organized fashion.

4) I know, from the contract, that my jewelry will be on display for the next 60 days.  I know they will keep 30% of the sale price.  I know I will be paid the month following the sale of any items.  I know she will contact me if an item sells quickly or if they want more of a certain item.  Based on my past experience, I did not raise my base retail price for the consignment.  My items sell at the price point I have set.  We agreed it was best not to fool with that!

5) I was able to reaffirm that display is so important when agreeing to a consignment situation.  I will be able to go into the EcoPark to check on my displays and see how things are going.  I know that I want to order some more commercial looking earring cards.  The shop manager was nice enough to put my earrings in a display case.  I want to take full advantage of that and new cards would work on the display better than the plastic hang tags I have.

So, to sum it up, I am very excited about my new consignment experience.  Surely, it is a lot of work to get ready for a business agreement, such as this.  But, I'm hoping it is worth it.  It certainly was a pleasure to work with a manager so organized and efficient!  I'm very optimistic and look forward to the next 60 days!  I'm confident that the work behind consignment is worth it!

Have a Stupendous Sunday!  Thanks for stopping in!

Carol

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Last Day of my Christmas in July SALE is 7/8/12.  Please purchase by 6pm on Sunday, the 8th.  My shop will be on 
vacation for a week after that and I need the evening to get
any purchased creations ready for shipping out on the 9th!


You can save 40% or more on my one of a kind jewelry creations by entering coupon code CIJSALE40 at checkout from my etsy shop:


http://carolsjewelryorchard.etsy.com


Several customers have already taken advantage of this 
GREAT sale opportunity!  Don't miss out!



Sunday, July 1, 2012

Christmas In July Sale at Carol's Jewelry Orchard

Christmas in July Sale

July 1st - July 8th.

Receive 40% off anything in my shop by entering coupon code: CIJSALE40 at check out from my Etsy shop;

Shop Early for Best Selection!

Stop back often to see newly listed items!

Good on Everything except Custom Orders!




Monday, June 18, 2012

New Creations and some recently sold creations!

Hello!

I just thought I'd post to bring you up to date on some of my newest postings!  Here are a mix of new and recently sold items. Enjoy and please stop by my shop soon!