Capitol City Visit

Capitol City Visit
Madison Wisconsin

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!


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!

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!


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:

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!