Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day!

Sept. 1?   Happy Labor Day!  

But yikes!  Where does time go?   It's been a couple of weeks since I posted here with announcements of the new Metapolies™ store on Etsy and 2 weeks of back-to-back sales! 

You may suspect I've been kicking back, enjoying the 95+ degree weather here in Kansas the last few weeks...   (um,...about that...)  ...but really I've trying to keep cool inside!   

I've been busy making loads of metal components, filling up the new store on Etsy, getting ready for a Fall event, and working on several special projects due soon!  

This is not much to show for all those hours of work, but here are just a few pics of items I added just a moment ago:



So what have YOU all been doing?   Drop me a comment and share!     

Be safe and happy, and have a good Labor Day!  Enjoy the end of Summer!

~Sharyl

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Clip art:  http://www.wpclipart.com/food/desserts_snacks/ice_cream/popcicle/Popsicle_and_sun.png.html

Jewelry and photograph by Sharyl, 2014

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yes, it's true.
We did just finish a week 
of Grand Opening sales.
But, I wanted to give the buttons 
their fair chance too,...
and I moved more items 
into the Clearance section,...
and knocked all the prices down again.

So, this week we're having the...





BUTTON & CLEARANCE SALE! 

Prices already marked down--
No code needed!

 I'm cleaning shop a bit, 
so following this sale, 
some items will be 
removed from the collection. 
If you want them, better get them now!



Clearance includes beads & jewelry items!


Have a great week!

Sharyl

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Clipart:  WPClipart.com
Jewelry photos by Sharyl
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Grand Opening Winners Announced!



And the winners are:

Prize #1- Shaiha Williams
   


Prize #2-Ann Schroeder

Thanks to all for participating in the Grand Opening events this week!

The sale at the
Metapolies store on Etsy
is extended through Sunday, 8/17/14.
Code is:  GRAND16
15% off.

Most recent items added:
Handmade copper wire nest beads, set of 3 (1 large, 2 medium)  HC14-012 E   Handmade round copper connector disks, pink purple pair, 2 holed  Pale blue, cream, and burnt orange bracelet w/ pottery cuff bead, sari silk, and silver ox chain

Thanks again!  ~Sharyl

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

GRAND OPENING: Final Days & an Update!

 

My sincere thanks to all of you who have been participating in this week's Grand Opening Events!   



There are a few detail changes in the Metapolies™ (Etsy) SALE this weekend:




Turns out Etsy coupon codes work a bit differently from ArtFire and so the code kicked off before the sale even started! Apologies for my goof! I've changed the code, extended the sale to the weekend, AND raised the discount! Hope that helps make up for it!
CORRECTION:  Code is GRAND16 

Appreciate you stopping by for a look--truly!

     GIVEAWAY Reminder!

TODAY, Sat., 8/16/14 is LAST DAY to sign up for the  bead sets giveaway!   Click HERE to leave a comment so your name goes into the drawing!   I'll announce winners Sunday!

                      

Thanks again for helping me celebrate the opening of my new Metapolies store on Etsy! Hope you enjoy your weekend!

~Sharyl

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Graphics:
Photos of beads and components by Sharyl
All clip art from WPClipart.com

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Week-long Grand Opening Events!

ballons light
Sat., 8/16:  For updates, please see this page!  Thanks!    ~Sharyl

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You know me, I'm all about small business and hand-made!   I love OOAK.   However, this time I'm borrowing an idea or two from the "big stores" by holding the Grand Opening of my new Metapolies™ store a bit after the "real" opening and celebrating the event in all locations! 


Grand Opening Week Events:


 Store Sales:



Tue-Wed, Aug 12-13, 2014   Sharyl's Jewelry (Artfire):
20% off beads and metal components (all metals and polymer clay sections) + Clearance items
Coupon Code:   BeadsMetal20




Thur-Fri, Aug 14-15, 2014    Sharyl's Jewelry (Artfire):
20% off jewelry in Artfire store (necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and rings) + Clearance Items
Coupon Code:  JewelrySale20





***UPDATE:  Sale on Etsy site is now Sat-Sun, 15% off, Code:  GRAND16***     (8/16/14, Sharyl)



Sat onlyAug 16, 2014    Metapolies™ (Etsy):   
10% off all merchandise in new Etsy store
Coupon Code:  OPENING10



Give-away Prizes:

From now through Sat., please leave a comment on my blog if you would like to be signed up for the give-away.   (You may leave me your email address or FB name in a separate message if you prefer not to reveal it online.   Just let me know if you don't want it posted.)

I will randomly draw names on Sunday and announce the 2 winners.   I will post on the blog and attempt to reach winners by Email or Facebook. If not prizes are not claimed by Tues, 8/19, I will randomly select an alternate.   

Prize #1:   
Purple variegated and white polymer clay pendant and "Funky Flat Poly Beads" 
+ pair of altered brass pumpkin components.

Reverse side of pumpkin components
Prize #2:
Polymer pendant and bead set +
Pair of altered brass earring components.

Hope everyone finds something to enjoy this week!  Thanks for helping me celebrate!  I owe it all to you!

~Sharyl

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Graphics:
Photos of beads and components by Sharyl
All clip art from WPClipart.com

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

"Metapolies" and More: "Sharyl's Jewelry" changes and grows!

I've been doing a lot of thinking lately.  (Oh, no!)

I've been contemplating where I am and where I would like to be and realize:

  • My business has changed quite a bit during the 3 years I've been operating.  (Brief timeline here.)
  • My style and skills have developed in ways I never dreamed, and I expect that to continue.
  • My desire to grow this business is increasing.
  • To support these hopes and dreams, and to offer the best service I can to my customers, some changes are needed.
  • I want my customers to be favorably impacted by any changes I make.

And so it begins!   

I've been developing plans that will be implemented in stages over the next 6 months.   The first stage is the opening of a new store, Metapolies™ on Etsy.    







METAls + POLymer clay = METAPOLIES™

Pronounced: meh-TOP-oh-leez


(My special thanks to Marla James for help brainstorming a name!)

I will run both stores, Sharyl's Jewelry (Artfire) and Metapolies (Etsy) simultaneously for a while, then will evaluate to see how that is going and make additional plans.  



For the time being at least, both of these stores will offer a combination of jewelry,  beads, and components.  


Please note that I've added links to both stores at the top of my blog. I've also updated Pinterest, and will add to Facebook pages next.   I want to be sure you can find me!    

You can expect the following:

  • Grand Opening Events!
  • All new jewelry and handmade beads added regularly to Metapolies™ on Etsy.
  • Upcoming sales events, especially at "Sharyl's Jewelry" on Artfire to gradually reduce some of the inventory in that store.   (Some new items may still be added there too.)
  • With two stores currently open, an even greater selection of handmade one-of-a-kind jewelry, art beads and metal components
  • Updates on future store expansion and developments here and on Facebook.
If you have questions or helpful suggestions, please let me know.     I'll do my best to make this go smoothly.   

My sincere thanks to you all!  I hope this opportunity will allow us to connect in new ways! 
~Sharyl

P.S.  I've been exploring website options, to use as a landing pad to link to the stores, blog, etc.  If anyone has particular suggestions or favorites, I'm eager to hear more!


P.P.S.  A few more details below:

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FAQ #1:   Until further notice, I'll be happy to combine shipping to save you money.   You can either leave me a note at ArtFire before your purchase and I'll adjust shipping costs, or you can make your purchases at each store and I'll refund you the difference through PayPal.   This offer is good on purchases made at the same time.    

FAQ #2:  There are currently a few small variations in shipping charges and policies between stores.   I will align those as closely as possible as soon as I can.   Purchases made from each store will use the policies/charges for that store.  For combined orders,  any variations will work in your favor until updates are made.

Thank you and best wishes!

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Graphics:

Store banners by Sharyl.  2014

Other graphics from WPClipArt:  http://www.wpclipart.com

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Toltec Jewels Design Challenge (Featuring SueBeads)--Reveal!

It all started with a "Chicklet" shaped bead.
I saw it on the Toltec Jewels Facebook page.
Not this exact one, I think, but one similar.
It was love at first site.
And I wondered to myself,...
how had I missed it before?


Bead by Susan Kennedy of SueBeads


Turns out, it had been getting a lot of press during the previous weeks,
and I had been gone....
Gone from town, gone from the country, 
gone from internet connections,...
and nearly missed my destiny with this bead.


But, when Rita of Toltec Jewels 
(our host today's big event)
heard of my disappointment,
she quickly resolved the matter,
let me in to her "Choosy.... Design Challenge," 
and sent me this sweet bead in a glorious tangerine/orange shade.  

Ah me!
All was well with the world again!


It was still June, but immediately, my mind jumped to a Fall, almost Halloween type design.  I pulled together orange beads (some clashed and had to go, but I found a nice strand that seemed a great match), some large black Czech beads had just arrived and I grabbed them from my desk top before even contemplating putting them away, some art beads I found I had saved for a couple of years, and some pieces of my own!   Like a soup or brew, they all went in together, 

...and out came... this:


Ceramic Donut bead:  Captured Moments (Etsy);
Copper handmade clasp by me;
Irish Waxed Linen thread
from pottery bead maker,
 WhiteCloverKiln (Etsy)


....and this:



Upper left:
Peachy pottery beads by Jenny Gholson-Morris
of Eclectic Prairie (Etsy).
White and beige Funky Flat Poly Beads
sell in my Sharyl's Jewelry (Artfire) store.Right side:
Black and white Czech glass beads sold by MayaHoney (Etsy).
Orange Chicklet by SueBeads (Etsy)
Dotted lampwork spacers
(CrazyLadyGlass)
(Take a moment now 
and prepare your minds 
for the upcoming mayhem!)...

Finally, this:

At the bottom of the donut pendant
is an embossed and patinated copper disk I made
and a striped cone-shaped bead
from Petra at Scorched Earth (Etsy).


Update:  This little bit of magic is available for sale now!
CLICK HERE!

In all honesty, I'm not sure how Sue's chicklet, so kindly bestowed upon me by Rita, became this wild creation!  But no matter how odd it might be, I'm really glad it turned out the way it did!   My complete thanks to Sue and to Rita!

Now, I feel ready for Fall...

...and ready to visit the blogs to see what the other participants made from their beads!  

Please pay a visit to the participating artists below:


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ARTISTS:

Guest of Honor & Featured Artist:  Susan Kennedy

Sue Kennedy's blogs:                               SueBeads...A Beady Girl's blog
                                                                Art Jewelry Elements
Sue Kennedy's website                            SueBeads
SueBeads Art Beads                                SueBeads

Hostess:

Toltec Jewels                                           http://www.JewelSchoolFriends.com

Artists:

Linda Anderson                                       http://fromthebeadboard.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Reno                                           http://jenrenjewelry.blogspot.com/

Shirley Moore                                          http://beadsandbread.blogspot.com/

Kristen Stevens                                        http://kristen-beadjourney.blogspot.com

Marybeth Rich                                         http://forestofjewels.blogspot.com

Jael Thorp                                                http://jaelsjewels.blogspot.com/

Melissa Trudinger                                     http://Beadrecipes.wordpress.com

Andrea Glick                                            http://zenithjade.blogspot.com/

Nan Smith                                                http://wirednan.blogspot.com

Blanca Medina                                         www.peru-medesigns.com

Shai Williams                                            http://shaihasramblings.blogspot.com

Carolyn Lawson                                       http://Carolynscreationswa.blogspot.com

Rana Wilson                                             http://Ranaleadesigns.blogspot.com

Robin Reed                                              http://willowdragon.blogspot.com

Robin Showstack                                     http://heartsdesiresjewelryforyou.blogspot.com/

Sheila Prosterman                                     http://catswithbeads.blogspot.com

Karla Morgan                                          http://Texaspepperjams.blogspot.com

Kari Asbury                                             http://hippiechickdesign.blogspot.com

Kelly Rodgers                                          https://www.facebook.com/BeadinBlackBlue

Jayne Capps                                            https://mamasgottodoodle.blogspot.com/

Mischelle Andrade Fanucchi                    https://micheladasmusings.blogspot.com/

Heather Richter                                       http://desertjewelrydesigns.blogspot.com

Chris Eisenberg                                       www.wanderware.blogspot.com

Kathleen Breeding                                   http://www.zibbet.com/99BottlesofBeadsontheWall

Linda Landig                                           http://lindalandig.wordpress.com

Crystal Thain                                           http://beaddragons.blogspot.com/

Cheri Reed                                              http://creativedesignsbycheri.blogspot.com

Heather d-Entremont                               http://frugalmadougall.wordpress.com/

Dini Bruinsma                                          http://angazabychanges.blogspot.com/

Lori Schneider                                         http://www.beadaddicted.blogspot.com/

Tammy Adams                                        http://www.paisleylizard.com/blog.html

Melinda Orr                                            http://bandanagirl.indiemade.com/blog

Lennis Carrier                                         http://windbent.wordpress.com/

Cynthia Machata                                     http://antiquitytravelers.blogspot.com

Elizabeth Hodges                                    http://thewhisperingseas.blogspot.com

Debbie Rasmussen                                  http://kepirasmussen.blogspot.com/

Tanya McGuire                                       http://tanyamcguire.blogspot.com/

Charlie Jacka                                          http://clay-space.com/blog/

Ev Shelby                                               http://raindropcreationsbyevelyn.blogspot.com/

Sharyl McMillian-Nelson                        http://sharylsjewelry.blogspot.com/

Jasvanti Patel                                        http://jewelrybyjasvanti.blogspot.com


Thanks for visiting us today!  Hope you enjoy the blog hop!

~Sharyl

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