Thursday, November 29, 2012

Polyvore Collages are Fun to do.

I've talked about Polyvore in my blog in the past.  I love making collages there.    Here is my latest one so showcase the holiday season with the color red.


If you haven't tried Polyvore, you should give it a go. It's fun and easy and a neat way to spend a bit of time creating something pretty to share.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Have you Been to My Facebook Fan Page Yet?

My jewelry business has changed a lot since the early days when I only had vintage jewelry for sale.  For the last few years, I have been adding contemporary jewelry, lots of rhinestone runway jewelry and I also have a big love of turquoise jewelry, all in new trendy styles.

Life seems to have a way of taking away much of my free time, especially lately, since I have been so involved in social media marketing and the new website that my friend Linda and I have been involved in.  (The website is called Networking Tips 4U and deals in all aspects of social media marketing.)

Even though my jewelry styles have gotten somewhat updated with the influx of contemporary jewelry, my Facebook business page got somewhat neglected until recently.

I have just updated my Facebook Business page with a brand new header and lots of neat new graphics to show off my new avatar. 

The new design is much sleeker and sexier than my old look and has lots of interesting jewelry designs, features that girls and women love to look at and talk about and plenty of fun stuff as well.

If you haven't been to my page in a while, be sure to drop by. The look of the page is totally different now!  You can find my Facebook page here.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Cyber Weekend Sale at Vintage Jewelry Lane

Today through Monday 11/26/12 Vintage Jewelry Lane is having a cyber weekend sale.  All jewelry is marked down 20%.  Just use the coupon code xmassale20 during checkout to receive your discount. 

The discount is good on your whole order. But hurry in. The sale ends Monday November 26,2012 at midnight.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Cream Cheese and Strawberry Snowmen.

These are just too adorable not to share.  Strawberry snowmen with cream cheese heads.

Ingredients

1 lb large strawberries
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3-4 Tablespoons powdered sugar (or sugar substitute - to taste)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Rinse strawberries and cut around the top of the strawberry. Remove the top, (enough for a hat). Clean out the whole strawberry with a paring knife, if necessary (some of them are hollow already. Prep all of the strawberries and set aside.

2. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add cream cheese mix to a piping bag or Ziploc with the corner snipped off. Fill the strawberries with cheesecake mixture.

3. Once strawberries are filled, top with the 'hats.' Decorate according to photo.

4. If not serving immediately, refrigerate until serving.

recipe compliments of Countdown To Christmas on Facebook.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Social Media Marketing Site Just Launched

Getting the word out about your product can sometimes seem like a daunting task for small business owners.  There are so many options, each with its own sometimes expensive price tag.

But there is also a way to get the word out without spending anything other than your time.  It's called Social Media marketing.  Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus and Twitter all have many people who might be interested in your brand if you could just get your product seen by them.

My good friend Linda and I have just started a new website which gives loads of information on how to connect with an audience by using the various social networking platforms.

The site has videos, tutorials, tips and tricks and many articles to give your social media marketing task a boost.  Whether you are new to network marketing or have been doing it for a while, there is something for every one on the site.

The site is called Networking Tips 4 U. It is still a fairly new site but we are adding content to it daily.  Hope to see you there soon!  You can also see our Facebook Fan page here.

Looking for a how to book for your marketing projects?  Social Media Metrics for Dummies is a good one to check out.  Social Media Metrics for Dummies By Hemann, Chuck (Google Affiliate Ad)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My Laurel Burch Pin is Featured in an Etsy Treasury

I am honored that my Laurel Burch Pin is currently featured in an Etsy treasury called "Colorful! Magic" by Etsy sellers - EthnoBird.

The treasury features a lovely combination  of interesting items in vivid colors of red, yellow and green.

Here is my Pin. Laurel Burch is famous for her creative designs with abstract shapes. They are very much collector's items. 


You can view the whole Colorful! Magic treasury here.  Many thanks to Halyna and Dana for including my pin!.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Great Jewelry Ideas for Stocking Stuffers

Every time I realize that Christmas is almost here, I can't believe how fast the year has gone.  Each year, I seem to say something similar, but this one seems almost a blur in many ways.


Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  I actually did manage to have a day last week where I took advantage of an early sale.  I am by no means done, but I did put a dent in the upcoming chore.

Here are some photos of some of Christmas inspired jewelry items.  You can click on any of the images to go to the store for more details.







For more great Christmas idea, please visit my main store at Vintage Jewelry Lane.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Jewelry Trends for Fall 2012 - Gold Tones, Earth Tones, Natural Materials and Statement Pieces.

The leaves are falling, the days are cooler and thoughts go to fashion choices for heavier clothing.  I thought it would be fun to see what seems to be the trend for this autumn season.

Four key things seem to stand out to me after studying my recent trends in purchases from my customers:

  • Gold Tone Colored Jewelry
  • Warm rich browns, tans and other earth tones
  • Natural material, glass, turquoise
  • Big Bold Statement pieces.
Silver tone has always been the color of choice in past seasons, but I am seeing more and more sales of gold tone jewelry, especially in combination with bright colors.  This Bohemian inspired necklace is a good example,  with rich Autumn colors, gold tone edging and a statement design:


 Autumn always offers us darker colors in jewelry and this year is no exception. Animal prints are still all the rage and feathers are continuing to be a great seller as well.  This spotted pheasant feather set is a great example:


 One can't go wrong with turquoise.  It has sold well all year and continues to be one of my best selling materials.  Combined with glass and other stones, it's a real trend setter. This pretty set is a lovely example of glass and turquoise with some ceramic style beads as well.

All of the above pieces are statement designs.  This trend continues and the pieces seem to be getting larger and larger.  These long owl earrings are 9 inches from top to bottom.  In the popular gold color, they will indeed make a statement when worn. 

What do you think of the looks for fall?  Do you like big statement jewelry, or do your prefer something smaller and more delicate?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Looking for a Wooden Jewelry Box?

Looking for a new jewelry box? I love this one. It is very similar to one that I purchased from Kohl's last year, and I am delighted with the quality and price. For more details please click the ad.

Blog Appreciation Thank You to Hide A Heart Blog


A special thanks goes out to McCatherine Lunsford for nominating Collecting Vintage and Contemporary Jewelry, as well as my networking friends blogs for this neat award.

Her support for great blogs and social networking is greatly appreciated.

You can view McCatherine's blog here.

With the nomination comes some obligations.  One must thank the person who nominated my blog, link back to their blog.

I would love to nominate the following great blogs and websites too:

Amazing Photos for You

Pink Hill Vintage

Inspired Creations

Secret Garden's Gems

Native by Designz

Antique Basket Lady

Avocado Lane

Dean Designs

If you love social networking, please have a look at our Facebook page - Share my Link and I will Share Yours

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thrifty Thursday - Gift Ideas for less than $10

The holiday season is coming upon us quickly and we'll all be in shopping mode soon, if we aren't already.  I thought I would share some images of several of my jewelry items available for $10 or less.  These would make great Christmas stocking stuffers.

Just click on any of the images to go to the item page for more details, or to purchase.

Teal Rhinestone earrings only $7.99

Gerry's Holly Pin - only $8.99

Lovely cameo earrings - only $8.99

Christmas present dangle earrings - $10.99

Gerry's book piece Christmas wreath pin - $9.99

This is just a small sampling.  Please visit Jewelry Lane at Bonanza for many more gift ideas under $10.

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