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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Updating Squidoo

I've been updating my Squidoo lenses. One of my lenses is all about gemstones and gemstone lore. Others look at details about handmade jewelry like that on my website.

Here are links to two of my lenses (I have four lenses, but you can get to them all from these two): my Squidoo jewelry site and my site for handwoven jewelry

Monday, July 20, 2009

More Wedding Planning Tips

Here are some more wedding planning tips -

- Make a checklist for everything that needs to be done – vendors, guests, venue, etc.,and check things off as all the details are completed. The checklist will really help you to stay on track with your planning and can save you from overlooking things that need to be done.

- Consider handmade decorations and jewelry

- Be creative with food ideas to reduce costs. You don't have to have a fancy wedding cake. You can use something else in place of the cake – a tower of pasteries, for example. Consider pre-made sheet cakes in different sizes that can be stacked and decorated economically. You can also get a small cake just for the bride and groom to share. Consider having a wedding breakfast instead of a fancy reception. One of yesterday's tips applies here - consider a restaurant instead of a rented hall.

- One of Martha Stewart's suggestions: buy the booze yourself and keep the champagne at the bar for those who request it (many people don’t drink champagne so open bottles just go to waste. Alternatives - limit the bar to one particular signature "drink-of-the-day” or serve a really yummy punch instead – alcoholic and non-alcholic.

- Make-up tip: Martha Stewart suggests that if you use a make-up artist, you should ask them to leave you a touch-up kit (rather than having them stick around for hours). If your wedding look is done at a cosmetic counter, buy only the products that you'll use again and purchase sample quantities.

- You can rent your jewelry or use vintage pieces from your family and friends. Martha Stewart suggests borrowing something – a veil, earrings, etc. that will add meaning to your celebration while keeping costs contained.

- Look for a photographer whose work you like, but one who isn’t in high demand for weddings. This goes for the band, too. Try a non-wedding band – it’s generally cheaper. Plan to use taped music for parts of your big day.

- Use smaller flower arrangements and vases, even bud vases, rather than large showy baskets of flowers. Use large flowers to cut down on the number of flowers and look to local farmers for flowers for your arrangements. Attractively packaged potted plants will make great flowers for the tables and they can become take home gifts for your wedding party and guests. Use small corsages for bridesmaids and attendants rather than individual bouquets.

- When you select shoes and accessories, pick items that you will actually wear after the ceremony. Consider some of my vintage jewelry pieces Martha Stewart suggests getting on wedding gown designers' e-mail lists for updates on trunk shows and sample sales.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tips for Planning Your Wedding & Reception

Since I design jewelry for brides and attendants, I'm often asked for suggestions on the wedding and reception. Right now, many brides are interested in more economical wedding arrangements, but they still want to have a lovely special day. Here are a few ideas (I'll have more tomorrow):

- Rent a gown or wear a pre-owned dress. There are a number of websites that offer good values on gowns and accessories.

- Consider a wedding planner–a good planner might actually save money. Also,having your event in the off-season can save big bucks in both the cost of the venue and associated costs. Hotel accomodations for your guests will cost less, too.Facilities that offer wedding coordinators and other services can save you a lot of money over hiring these services separately.

- Limit the number of guests and attendants

- Prioritize your to-dos and recruit your friends to help you. Do as many things yourself as you can.

- Forget the engraved invitations in favor of less formal notes. Choose a limited color scheme for your invitations, etc. – you'll save a lot on printing costs. Another way to save - don’t have a program. You can also use the fonts on your computer and design your own invitations, etc., then get them printed at an on-line printer.

- Create your own – I’m seeing a lot of these and they really make sense. You can post all the details, photos, and more and e-mail to your friends and family.

- Gardens are great places to get married – but have a fall back in case of rain.

- Choose your own spot for the reception. Try a restaurant which already has all the facilities – not a rented hall.

- Forget the limo - it's an unnecessary added expense

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New Pendants on my Website

Here's another new pendant and sterling collar combination. The pendant can be removed and worn with something else. The collar looks great all by itself!

Here's a link - ruby necklace

Monday, July 13, 2009

New Work

This textured neck ring and rhodonite pendant are new designs. You can see this piece and more at pendants. I have rhodonite beads in a lot of sizes and shapes that would make into a super necklace for the pendant and matching earrings as well.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Slow Day

Yesterday was a slow internet day for me. I'm not sure what was going on, but I had difficulty getting to my website to post photos and new items. At any rate, today things are going better and I have listed several new items.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

New Necklace Designs

Here's a picture of one of my new pieces. I'll be putting new items up on
my website and in my Etsy store this weekend.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Pearl Earring Design

Happy July 4 to everyone who celebrates!

Here's a pair of earrings that combine pearls with a faceted rose quartz pear brio. I am designing a pendant for a necklace to match the earrings.

Friday, July 3, 2009

New Pieces in the works

I am working on several new necklace designs. I hope to get some pictures taken over the holiday weekend.