cadorah-giveaway-header I’m so excited today to tell you about Jennifer and her amazing jewelry shop called Cadorah. Jen has been so sweet in our encounters over email and sent me this wonderful necklace from her shop to review AND there’s a sweet little treat at the end of this post for you all!

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One of the things that I love about this necklace, and all of the jewelry in the Cadorah shop is the use of color. I love how the colors are so well paired and seem to go together perfectly. The beads are gorgeous and a great weight and the necklace has an extender so I can adjust the length according to what I’m wearing.

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Jennifer opened her Cadorah Jewelry shop on Etsy in January 2012. She says, “I love helping women to feel beautiful. Adding a little sparkle to your day is my main focus. Every bead, finding, etc. is hand selected by myself and handmade with love by ME!” I love like-minded people! In December, Jennifer was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, she’s doing well thanks to early detection (get your mammogram’s ladies!!) and is in the process of creating a line called Cadorah Can. 10% of each Cadorah Can sale will go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to directly fund mammograms for women in need. Love that!

Jennifer has generously offered to give away a $25 gift certificate to her shop! You can enter via the Rafflecopter App below and entries will close on April 1st. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, April 2nd.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

4-21FFToday only you can pick your choice of free stud earrings with any $50 purchase! Choose the sterling silver umbrella or hearts – it’s up to you! Which is your favorite? Enter code freestuds at checkout to get the $12 removed!

(valid 4/21/14 only. expires at midnight. one coupon code can be used at a time. not valid with previous purchases. order total must equal $50 before the earrings are added.)

{p.s. did you hear? The Spring Collection is HERE!
Limited edition items and full of color, don’t miss out!}

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photo-4One of my business goals this year was to more creatively package my orders to ship out. I don’t have any employees to help me, so it has to be something quick and easy (while also being cute). For now, this is how I package my items, but I also wanted to share 9 other ways to creatively package your goodies so that when your customer receives them, they’ll feel like they’re receiving a gift from a treasured friend.

my current packaging for the shop, easy but cuteac-packaging

for a few of this week’s orders, I changed it up a bit with this post in mind…ACD-packaging ACD-packaging2

creme de la gems posted this beauty from earth cookie creates
earth-cookie-creates-packagingthe adopt shoppe is amazing at her packaging and personal touches
adopteshoppelove this simple look of using vintage book pages…so sweet and easy!vintage book packaging

look how fun these popsicle sticks are – can’t you just see them stamped? so cute!2031183380_c4c7c0def6_o

My good friend Courtney is co-owner of a vintage shop called Belle Wesley Vintage. I’ve ordered a few items from her and her packaging is super cute and fun with vintage findings and goodies. I asked her to come up with a few packaging examples for me and love what she came up with! BWV-packaging BWV-packaging3 BWV-packaging4

You can’t go wrong with wash, pom-pom trim and vintage cards – can you? I didn’t think so! Thanks Courtney (much love!!).

PACKAGING RESOURCES: My go-to resource for all things packaging is PaperMart. Their prices are outstanding when you buy in bulk. I love their paper bags (what?! They didn’t have these the last time I ordered!!), doilies and used to order their jewelry boxes before I started having them printed with my logo. Their website is antiquated but I have never once had a problem with a product from them.

What is your favorite way to package your items (or how do you like to receive them)? Any favorite resources we should know about? Do tell by leaving a comment!

IMG_0174I don’t think I’ve been as excited for a new item as I am right now. I’ve been wanting to do an ampersand necklace for a long time now. I knew that I wanted it to be different from what I saw in other shops so I decided that I wanted to be able to stamp on the ampersand. Because of my letter set sizes, it needed to be a little thicker so I decided to make it out of clay and came up with a good prototype. Luckily when the teeny font arrived for the stamped bands I realized that I had a great solution!

photo 1 copyI decided to use the wire from the teeny stamped bands and I formed it into an ampersand. After soldering, hammering and polishing – a new necklace was born! It’s available in three metals and I think on this one sterling is my favorite. You can stamp it as shown with a couple’s name and special date or change it up with your favorite quote or the names of your family members. Which metal is your favorite?

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amy.cornwell.behind.the.scenes.2014_0018 Last week one of my customers turned friends, Lindy, came over to do a photoshoot of me in my studio working and she also interviewed me for her blog (she’s so sweet, be sure to check it out). I love all of the things she captured because I don’t have any pictures like this of myself doing what I do almost every day. I thought I’d give you guys a little behind the scenes look at what my work day looks like: from stamping & cutting bands, to soldering and shipping.

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