Hello October

Fall is fully upon us now.

With Halloween knocking on the door and the rush of cooler weather. I’m in full networking mode.

I printed up coupons for customers. To hopefully drive up sales this fall and winter.

100 mailers set to go out to anyone on my mailing list and hopefully new customers will ask to be put on that list as well.

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I have in the last week gone ahead with a push toward gothic/Halloween inspired cameos as well.

Not everyone’s cup of tea, Skeletons and Anatomical Hearts, these had sold well and fast in my retail stores over the last few years. One of the first things I ever made, the kick off to where I am now you could say.

The lovely Lolita Cameo in classic cream on black.

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But I am also a huge fan of the Skeleton Hand and the very detailed Ribcage.

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With other color options and a Gothic Elegance, Im hoping these do as well in my etsy shop as they did in store.

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Its Not Just A Box

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Packaging has always been very important to me.

It is an extension of me, what I made, and what you’re buying.

I wanted the boxes for my bangles to be simple, yet reflect the “look” I want for JerseyGypsy

(I find I am Burlap, Lace, and Kraft Paper)

But I also believe the box wants to be more. That it can speak volumes even before its opens.

And this is why I create custom labels.

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Like this “Gypsy Soul” quote the label came even before the finished bracelet.

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Even our wedding party gifting has a simple, yet elegant label to reflect the what and why.

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Hello Septemeber!

Yes I know it is still over a week away, but my minds already there.

From the joy of sending my kids back to school, to opening up a new shop on Handmade at Amazon,

to the annual dinner party I host for a few close friends, to Autumn falling once again.

September is truly a wonderful month. The days are still warm and the nights cool yet not cold.

A month my utility bill plunges to near nothing. A time to set a new routine.

It for me will be both overwhelming and restful.

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Looking forward to Fall but not yet ready to let go of Summer

I know I should be creating for fall, and I am in a way.

But today, well Im not yet ready to let go of summer.

Even though its cool(er) and damp today, no sun, and pouring rain it is after all only August!

And this Jersey Girl is putting together bangles…

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Hopefully these will be in my etsy shop by the end of the week, for now made to oder on my facebook page.

Im doing these very limited options and amounts in Stainless Steel for $20.00

Im hoping Ill make and list more than I keep! ūüôā

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Back to Blogging: August

Well, today I find myself strong enough to write again.

Not having blogged much at all since the beginning of July.

My vision, you see is failing. Out of no where, Im going blind. Im not sure why but the doctor thinks its an underlying immune disorder or thyroid problem Only time and my blood work will tell so Ill wait to see.

Ill sit and wait and deal. All the while asking why me? And repeatedly saying this can not be happening.

Ill deal with the pain from the swelling, and the drops and the blurry at best vision.

Today I carry on like nothing is wrong. Today, I place my orders for supplies for my business and set goals for August.

I set goals for July and surpassed them wonderfully.

https://jerseygypsypeddler.wordpress.com/2015/06/29/setting-july-goals/

Ill keep my thoughts on Fall, and make soaps and wreaths and bracelets and stock my stores. Ill keep hoping to open my own store, and strangely enough Ill hope that Im just sick and not “just going blind.”

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Everyday Wreaths

At any given time I have more than a dozen projects I want to try.

And Burlap Wreaths have been on my “To Do” list for well over a year now.

Now I had made a few last year and they flew off my hands, starting with the 1st I made simply for myself.

So I set out yesterday to make them again. Beginning with one to adorn my own front door.

Everyday wreaths, burlap has that quality. And¬† by changing the color of the flowers or any other accents, you really can keep this up year round. I choose blue for myself as my porch is themed with blue. Blue pillows in the chairs, glass bottles, planters, ect…

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Now I have already gotten a few orders and Ill finish them up over the next few days,

but this design is going to be my store standard to begin with.

A 20in burlap wreath with hydrangea in a variety of available colors to pick from.

At $45.00 each, I find my pricing to be well below many others but not to be lacking in quality at all. I assure you. I simply spent a lot of time finding the supplies at the lowest possible price.

These are not yet in my etsy shop (looking to find the best shipping and cost options still)

but they are available through my facebook page.

And I have an order for a custom letter and bow of requested colors Ill finish up in the next few days.

Ill come back and post pics of that and my other orders on another day.

Regards!

More Than Wanting

Today I want my own store badly. More than yesterday, its a longing, a plaguing on my soul.

Its the kind of day where the want is not satisfied, by maybe, or hopefully in time.

It is not okay that it may not happen. I can see this shop of my hopes and dreams, I can feel it with my heart.

Its hard when you now all the aspects of something, when you’ve given into finding a place and picturing it before, the money to fund it. there is a store for sale just up the road, on a main highway, and old garden center, its been empty for years now, I want it I know its perfect (with a lil work of course). I ache when I pass it. I can see the windows filled like Id have them…

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Some days the dream is very heavy and consumes all of me, that’s today…

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Oh So Charming

Mondays get a bad wrap, but I get it I hate them too ending the weekend and all.

But this Monday was refreshing. A new week was starting and I had an awful week last week.

Its looking good so far, as the mail brought a ton of new supplies in and I was able to finish up a few bangles Ive had on the back burner.

These have flown off my hands but I had ordered enough thankfully to put 2 up on etsy

https://www.etsy.com/listing/239508936/stainless-steel-best-btches-i-love-you?ref=shop_home_active_2

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And I finally finished a full collection

Our Stainless Steel Wanderlust Collection, this is a favorite of mine

https://www.etsy.com/listing/239509446/stainless-steel-wanderlust-collection?ref=listing-shop-header-0

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this and so much more this week, a new week and new start!

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Wanderlust

So often when I talk of the places I want to see, to travel to. People always ask “why?”

Why there? I can never answer to their satisfaction.

How do you describe a feeling, a longing, a need?

Maybe their question is stemmed more from my choice of places?

Salem, Massachusetts

Niagara Falls

Deadwood South Dakota

Mount Rushmore National Park

New Mexico

and my number one place, top of my list, a bucket list must…

Redwood National Forest CA.

Now of course this is merely just a few of the places I wish to travel to.

I guess it seems a bit odd, rather random. And why not Pairs or Italy, like so many other people speak of wanting to see.

Again, I cant explain. Perhaps, I wish to travel, yet stay close to home. Or that I feel there is no need to¬†go so far away when there’s so much here to see (same difference really right?). I guess any number of reasons could be given for “why”.

But…I wish to travel to these places by car, towing a small camper. A camper that I was able to get for next to nothing and took years resorting.¬†And to stop and see¬†all I can see along the way. I want to take my time, and stop often. I want for it to be a journey and not a trip.

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Now I sit and wait for my other wanderlust charms to arrive, an old tin can camper, a take joy in the journey, a “camping” sign, ect ect ect…

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Setting July Goals

I like to set goals. Real reachable goals.

I always have a plan. I am always making a plan.

But I’m not Clark Griswold…

I’m not stupid. Life has taught me a thing or two.

And I have become a “plan for the worst, hope for the best” kind of person.

As the month of June comes to an end. I start to set my goals for July. Knowing full well what I hope for and what I will get are two very different things and those unforeseen things almost always pop up. Hey, I’m a realist. I get it, retail is hit or miss. Even I don’t shop often. But I still have set a goal for myself, for my stores.

An average sales goal, broken down to a daily amount and a total for the month.

$20.00 a day. That simple. Average sales for the month of July totaling $20.00 a day.

There are 31 days in the month of July and this totals $$620.00 for the month. This amount, is¬†double what I’ve been making.¬† This amount will make July my first bankable profit month. Covering all rental, fee, and supply costs and money left to put in the bank.

This shouldn’t be hard right. Between my Etsy shop and rental store front space? Well…again retail is tricky.

I think its a good goal, whether I reach it or not. Ill give it my all. Ill promote and push, and even pray.

It’s only a hat a day! Or any other number of ways you can break it down.

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