Flower Child Style

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Call it what you will, Hippie, Gypsy, Bohemian, even Trendy,  but the simplicity of stacking charm bangles fully embraces a timeless fashion style. One I absolutely love. What I don’t love is wearing the same thing everyone else has. The generic sayings charms that everyone can find at the mall. And the new charms we just got in, freshly laser etched and added to our Stainless Steel adjustable bangles, paired with complementing accent charms are not going to be found in any mall, anywhere.

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There are so many more in our Etsy shop, and we just opened a 2nd shop on Artfire our “Showcase Bangle Shop”.

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Another Favorite Project

Okay now I’m going to just gush about these…

Bangles. Sliding Adjustable Bangles. Stacking. Collecting Charm BANGLES!

Making these is my absolute favorite job. Picking the charms out that go together, that compliment each other. Designing some of the charms I have in my shop even. Shopping and creating as a job, nothing is better than that!

But, well, I have a problem. I keep a ton. I put together collections I like, phrases, and symbols, and well I cant resist keeping tons for myself.  Luckily, there’s a ton of other people who seem to like them as well since they fly out of my etsy shop.

This here is my collection (most of it).

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And yes I wear them all at once sometimes.

This here’s a picture of me my when I adore them all.

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 I love the jingle they make when they’re all on, and I have a lil thing for stainless steel, can ya tell?

Even my wedding band is stainless steel. This love I can not even explain. I want to say its the simplicity, durability, and the color mostly.

Each charm, states something of me, I wear them for me. But you could genuinely read them and know a lot about me. That right there is what style is, isn’t it?  The statements of you.

All of it is in my etsy 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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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! 🙂

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Finally Feels Like Summer

We hit the water to go paddling yesterday, and it finally felt like summer as sweat rolled down my back, and the sun stung my shoulders. Paddling Ole Redd on Cedar Creek.

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The water rolled fast, after all weve had a lot of rain, and it was the first time in a long time I found I really had to work to control the canoe. Never mind that my husband sits in the back relaxing and not working much at it at all, and the 5 year old leans over the side splashing the water.

Crowds of people were out enough where I swear we could have all linked up and reached from one end of Double Trouble Park to the other. I know its wrong but I wish no one to be out when we go, the inexperience of so many blocking up the turns, and making us have to fight back rushing into them as we approach, or the beer drinking good timers who think they own the place.

I just want to creep along slowly taking in the breeze, and the scent of Water Lilies so heavy in the air. I want to enjoy the sun and the lush greenery that’s so grow over the creek this time of year that in some places it falls like curtains.

I added a lil funny to Ole Redd since out last time…

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I guess if nothing else its funny to me, I do after all “get the joke”.

So love that at the end I ran in to an old friend as well, so funny to think she was just behind us the whole time paddling.

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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

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And I finally finished a full collection

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

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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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Everyday Inspriation

I take ideas and inspiration from the everyday. From the people and places and things in my life.

These things vary all around (as you can see from this blog).

Todays inspiration came in the form of an invite I got just over a week ago.

A Psychic Party

Hosted by my good friend Missy. I’m over-joyed at this invite!

I have always wanted to go to one of these. Now I don’t have anything to ask. But my beliefs are very open minded.

And I am intrigued to say the least.

What will these cards tell me? 

I saw a palm reader one time 3 summers ago. While out bar hoping in Seaside Heights with my friend Jessica who had come up from North Carolina. I hadn’t seen her in a year, and a day (and night) on the boards is just what she wanted.

I’m not sure how it came about with this lil group of beer filled women to stop at the Palm Reader Booth

but hey it was only $5.00 and all in good fun.

Step right up folks, step right up, and Ill  tell you what she told me…

Right off the bat you pay, putting your money in the offering cup

(this my good people is merely how she can tell which hand you use, to read your dominant hand without asking)

“You will live a long and happy life. Men want you and you enjoy the attention but you are not at all interested, you have married the man of your dreams, the love of your life. And you will have 14 grandchildren.”

and there you have it. Word for word, what I was told my palm said.

Is any of this true? Well on the grandkids and long happy life only time will tell. On the rest?

Honestly? Yes, I suppose it is. I am happily married and I am uninterested in other men,

but ahhh it does feel good to be hit on.

So I look forward to my cards being read. And I will search for just the right thing to ask.

I’m leaning toward asking about my business and its future.

I was inspired to create Charm Bracelets as I often am, here are the story boards I came up with…

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I’m thinking this would be a great set, to be sold together. $25.00 for the set of two.

I’m also doing Zodiac Sign bangles as well but I don’t have pictures of those just yet…

I found a fabric I also love on my journey to purchase charms for these Bracelets.

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I can just see it all together! Can you???

The bracelets shiny and chiming as Charms do on the wrist.

And a tote, or wristlet, or headband, maybe a shirt or shirt in this print.

Oh how fun, even if your do not put your beliefs into such things, there’s a style there, a uniqueness.

“Its about style, not brand.”

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And shall I return? To tell you all what the cards told me? To bring you pictures of my finished work?

I shall….

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Life Is So Unfair

I know this. I don’t like it or agree with it, but I know it.

Life is unfair. It is unjust.

What I am singled out and punished for, hundreds of others get away with.

Right down to stupid simple things of no real matter.

Take for example:

 The problem I am having now with my Etsy store.

On June 18th 2015 I was “singled out” by Etsy and a listing of mine was deactivated. Etsy states it was in copyright violation.

Hey, fine by me it was a $12.00 bracelet. No huge loss really.

BUT…

 I realized hundreds of other etsy shops are carrying close to the same thing, marketing it the same way, with those very same words Etsy states my listing was flagged for. I find this, well “Unfair”.

Why single me out, why deactivate my listing and not theirs???

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Now here is the (deactivated) listing…

https://www.etsy.com/listing/229863334/hello-kitty-charm-bracelet?ref=shop_home_active_1

My Shop Link:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/JerseyGypsyEtsyShop?ref=hdr_shop_menu

And when you click it you can see, my listing is gone yet 100’s of other are not.

I’m not looking to start a war or even a debate on the matter, as Im not going to put my whole shop at risk over 1 small listing.

But,

I cant help but wonder what other people think of such a thing happening. And a friend said to me as well

“You purchased the Hello Kitty Charm from an Etsy shop, so doesn’t that mean you own the charm, to do with as you wish?”

We continued to discuss this. How far a reach it would have to shut down all “Hello Kitty” listings, and hey why stop there? What about Disney? Surely these people do not own the rights to market Disney items? And so on…

I have asked Etsy why but they have never responded. Etsy Customer Service for both buyers and sellers is awful to say the least as I have needed assistance on both ends and received nothing but a brush off.

But, oh things march on, and this is to say the least “not worth it?”

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