Contests

I knew that March was going to be a busy month, but whew!  I’m so grateful for all of the amazing things that are going on for A Single Dream.

Don’t miss out on these contests:

Violet’s Bud’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration – I’m so honored to be included in this celebration.  Melanie has been such an inspiration to me these past few months, and I was so happy to be asked to participate.  I am giving away a pair of pink jasper earrings (pictured to the left)

I am also featured on Violet’s Bud’s blog this week.  I’m touched by the sweet things she has to say about my work!  As part of this feature,  I am giving away a pair of purple shell & silver leaf earrings.

I have an item that will be appearing in Lu & Ed’s Seven Days of Color contest.  Be sure to check back every day for awesome items in the shades of the rainbow.   My submission will appear on Purple Day.  (I won Simon the Fox & a pretty pendant from Melli’s Trinkets on Orange Day!)

Coming March 15th, I have my Sand & Sky wrap bracelet up for grabs in Nai’a’s Knits by the Sea’s Mahalo Giveaway.  You can follow this link to see a preview of the bracelet and the other vendors participating.

So many giveaways!  I find it all very exciting, but on this note, I want to share something that I find rather important in regard to contests and giveaways.

I love the opportunity to share my work with a larger audience, and it’s so much fun to get caught up in the excitement of contests.  It’s awesome to win, and it’s even rather fun to get to be the one to award the prizes.  If you are a vendor and choose to participate in giveaways, keep in mind that you are communicating with customers.  In my eyes, this transaction should be treated just as professionally and cheerfully as if you were dealing with someone who is buying your product.  There is nothing more disappointing to be brushed off by someone in the midst of your excitement over winning, or worse, to not receive your prize at all.

In addition to the above mentioned contest hosts, I would like to personally thank Reading With Analysis and Squshies hosting super fun contests, that I’ve had the pleasure to enter, over the past couple of weeks!  (I didn’t win, but I still had fun.)

My First Love

When I decided to step away from working in the Administrative field, my first thought was to become a photographer.  I have always loved to capture special moments, and been fascinated by color and light, how the camera sees the world, and how seeing the world through the camera can give you a completely different perspective on beauty.

I returned to college in the summer of 2009 to pursue a photography degree.  I loved it.  I loved the experience of being in college, and I was blessed with some very talented and wonderful professors.  I loved learning how to develop in the darkroom, experiencing alternate processes, shooting in the studio and using light in ways that I wouldn’t have imagined before I enrolled.  (Who knew that in-camera flash wasn’t the only way to do things?)  I am, currently, only several credits short of my degree, and I fully intend on getting those.

When I began A Single Dream, my mindset was that I had to give up that education and love for photography and focus my efforts on making jewelry and marketing my business.  Over the past few months, I have made the realization that I don’t have to give up my first love.  Taking product shots has given me a renewed love of my camera and the creativity associated with taking good pictures.  I’ve been extremely honored by the many comments I’ve received about my photos, and they’ve inspired me to continue being a photographer as well as a jewelry designer.  I can be both without feeling that I’ve sacrificed something I cherish.

So when those spring flowers start coming in, and the weather warms, expect to see some photography in these posts.  They may involve earrings or a bracelet, but they might just be my way of sharing my first love with you.

 

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Wow!

I have truly found the support of the handmade community to be remarkable.  I have met so many people who are very encouraging in so many ways, and only reinforce my decision to follow this path.  There are some very exciting things going on, and I’d can’t wait to share with you!

1.  The Streeter A-List – I was very nervous about applying to become a part of this amazing group of handmade shops, but I’m so glad that I took the advice of my supporters.   I was accepted this past Friday, and have been floating on a cloud ever since.  If you’re not familiar with the A-List; it was created by the Streeters to review online handmade shops for quality products and customer service, and develop a list of those they felt they could recommend, based on their own experience.  I have had the pleasure of getting to know several of the shop owners that belong to the A-List, and it is an honor to be a part of it.  Offering my very best has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for me and my shop.  Please take the opportunity to browse the other amazing shops that belong to this group!

2. Daft Crafts – From the beginning, Daft Crafts has offered so much support for A Single Dream, and other handmade shop owners, for which I am continually grateful.  A Single Dream has been featured  this week on Daft Craft’s Meet the Maker.   I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to reach the readers of the Daft Crafts blog, and to share my passion and mission with a wider audience.  It’s so important to me to be able to get to know others who make and buy handmade, as that sense of community is one of the things that sets handmade apart from big box stores.

3. The Spa Room –  Several pairs of my earrings have been shipped off to be displayed at The Spa Room, an independently owned boutique spa in Washington, DC.  I have always admired the vision and mission of The Spa Room, and I’m thrilled to have my work displayed there.

4. But wait, there’s more — Yes, really!  There are giveaways in the coming months and another shop opportunity (which is so awesome, it will need its own post — keep a lookout).

In the meantime, thank you to all of the fantastic people who keep me going; from the ones who stop by to Like my posts on Facebook to those who offer compliments and encouragement and those who have helped promote A Single Dream.

You are all amazing!

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Storenvy

earrings_coppercrystalThings are going well here at A Single Dream.  My new shop at Storenvy is set up, I’m working on some new designs, and also setting up an area for taking product pictures while the Chicagoland winter keeps me indoors.

I have set up a new Twitter account, where you can keep up with some of my day to day musings, as well as nifty products that I find.  I am surrounded by a great group of merchants who offer quality handmade items, and I absolutely love the opportunity to learn from such talented people.  It’s very inspiring!

Take a look at some of these merchants when you have a chance and support handmade products!

Lu and Ed – Creative storage in the form of adorable mon-stors.

Echoland Bags – Gorgeous handmade bags.

Squshies – Super cute handmade felt critters.

Violet’s Buds – Sweet hair accessories.

Button Dog – Jewelry made with buttons!

Have a creative week!

Changes

I’m excited tobusinesscard_2 announce my new store front! I’m working with Storenvy.com, and you can also now access my shop directly from my domain: asingledream.com! I have been busy setting everything up and listing some new pieces.

I have to say, Storenvy is a lot of fun! It allows you to ‘Envy’ products that you like, much as you would on “Pin” something on  Pinterest.   I have to give a big shout out of thanks to Lu & Ed for helping find this great resource. ♥  Come check it out! My Storenvy Marketplace Store

I have also set up a Twitter account, and you can follow me at A Single Dream.

Now, back to creating!

Share the Love!

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Shooting Star silver chrysanthemum by Violet’s Buds

I’m taking part in an event this week, with several other merchants, to help to promote our work and support each other in our small business endeavor.  Selling online can be challenging, particularly in a struggling economy, and it’s always great to meet other talented individuals who are sharing the same successes and challenges, and are willing to offer their support.

These wonderful ladies (and gentleman) are a part of my team this week.  Giving them a shout out and a special THANKS for their encouragement.  And thank you to Violet’s Buds who sponsored the event!

Violet’s Buds https://www.facebook.com/violetsbuds

Personalized Blankets,  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Personalized-Blankets/271560192865742

KSMonkeys,  https://www.facebook.com/KSMonkeys1

Just Cheeky,  https://www.facebook.com/JustCheekyBoutique

The Wrappery: Designer Yarn Wreaths,  www.facebook.com/thewrapperyin

Crafty Kelli’s Baby Accessories,  https://www.facebook.com/CraftyKellis

Brent Gumminger Photography,  https://www.facebook.com/BrentGummingerPhotography

Oh hello Lovely Designs,  https://www.facebook.com/Ohhellolovelydesigns

Sara’s This & That Boutique,  https://www.facebook.com/SarasThisThatBoutique

Kaptured by Kara,  https://www.facebook.com/KapturedbyKara

Happy New Year!

ImageI’ve been busy, working on getting my shop stocked with pretty things, along with the usual holiday bustle! The New Year has begun, and the holidays have passed, so now I’m doing my best to dedicate myself full time to working on making new pieces and promoting my shop.

I have been working on an assortment of pretty lariats.  This piece is one that I recently finished, and is a favorite of mine. These are not only fun to make, but also very fun to wear!  I think my favorite thing about this type of necklace, is that it allows the wearer to adjust the length, based on the neckline of their outfit, and the size of their neck.   Whether you are slender or voluptuous, a lariat is a good choice. As a ‘plus sized’ girl, myself, I hate feeling strangled by necklaces that are too short, with no option to adjust them.   I love that it can also be worn as a bracelet.   It, along with several other lariats are available in my Etsy shop.

As always, if you want something in a different style or color, please feel free to convo me through etsy or contact me by email!

Five Days

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Five days left until Christmas, and I’m working on designs.  Should I be wrapping presents and not jewelry wire?  Probably!

I found these incredible sodalite stars at my local bead shop and fell in love.  I knew immediately that they needed be on a pair of swingy earrings like this.  I’m in to movement and sparkle in jewelry lately and it’s showing in the stuff that I’m creating.

I’m also apparently stuck in a range of colors, though it hasn’t been a conscious choice.   I’m also enamored with tiny beads these days.  They are so frustrating to string sometimes, but I love the way that they look; so dainty.

Not sure what’s next.  I’m about to dig through my stash and see what sings to me.

Five Days

earrings_shootingstarsFive days left until Christmas, and I’m working on designs.  Should I be wrapping presents and not jewelry wire?  Probably!

I found these incredible sodalite stars at my local bead shop and fell in love.  I knew immediately that they needed be on a pair of swingy earrings like this.  I’m in to movement and sparkle in jewelry lately and it’s showing in the stuff that I’m creating.

I’m also apparently stuck in a range of colors, though it hasn’t been a conscious choice.   I’m also enamored with tiny beads these days.  They are so frustrating to string sometimes, but I love the way that they look; so dainty.

Not sure what’s next.  I’m about to dig through my stash and see what sings to me.