Personalization

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

This blog is going to be all about personalized items. Those little touches that make something special.  Of course we would love to know:

A) Why did you start offering personalized items? / What was your inspiration?
B) How do you do it? (pyrography, painting, calligraphy, etc.)
C) What types of items do you sell with the personalized option? / What’s your best seller?

Heather Barber from MooseintheMint says I was making pre-made racks for weddings, but then someone asked if I could made a new baby gift. That customer has become one of my best customers and a good friend, and will often make new suggestions.
I use letter tiles for the names, with small wooden decorations in various shapes that are hand coloured. These decorations are stars, hearts and flowers as well as train shapes.
I also do flat plaques for people who want them as door plaques, rather than these as a shelf decoration
The train design is the most popular – I’ve done these for new babies and other children, but also as Father’s day gift for a Grandad!

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Julie Herbert from EveryoneLovesGifts0 said personalised items are personal to each individual who purchases the item, the item has meaning to the person who the item is for and there is great thought that goes into a personalised item. You cannot pick it off a shelf. The item I have featured is a personalised pearl bracelet. The buyer can choose any name they like to go on the bracelet. I have used pearls as well as rhinestones and a Handmade With Love charm. Featured item is my best seller, great for weddings, birthdays or other great occasions. A timeless classic.

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Stock Lane Studio from StockLaneStudio states many of my prints and printables can be personalized. I offered customization because it’s an extra step that I knew I could take that would lead to a larger customer base, and it’s a fun part of the craft. I enjoy the interaction I get with all sorts of customer, and we have frequent discussions back and forth to make sure custom work is just right before sending it off.

What I offer: In my print and printable shop I offer custom graphic design and photo signs and occasionally cards. From new parents and new brides to proud parents of high school grads and new businesses needing an ‘open’ sign. I can add names, messages and images to art I already have listened in the shop, or something more specific. The only thing I can’t do is add anything that I haven’t made myself and I don’t have a license for. So sometimes I’m limited by what fonts I have and I try and show the client a similar font. Or I propose a more generic alternative to a name brand theme (like a princess crown instead of a picture of a name brand princess).

I have a number of ways to let the shopper know I customize:
I use keywords in titles and tags (customize, personalize, customization. . . . .); I check of the ‘request a custom order’ button; some listings announce it in the listing photo; I have 2 ‘request customization’ listings, one for prints and one for printables. Those come in handy. Often, a customer sees something they like and contact me about customization. We discuss their ideas and what I can do. I send them a quick sample of what it might look like so they can visualize what I might do. I then direct them to the ‘customize it’ listing so they can purchase that and I’ll get to work on their product. I do this to ensure that the customer is as invested in the product as I am before I spend a lot of time working on a custom product just to find out that they have moved on to someone else. Purchasing this listing also clarifies that my time and skills are important (many long conversations in ‘messages’ about how to make it just right and find out what they client really means), and that’s how I make my living, and the extra time I put into discussions, designing, editing and re-editing is part of it so the price of a custom listing is higher.

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Dawn Whitehand from DeeDeeDeesigns discusses that most of the creations in my shop are ceramic (which are also able to be personalised), but I also love recycling materials, so some of my jewellery is made from reclaimed items – such as paper.

I have had a range of paper jewellery in my shop for a while and recently introduced personalised – name – necklaces. They are available in two sizes, just let me know your name!
Stay tuned for bracelets and also inspirational beads in the future.

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Memories Of Our Jewelry Artists – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the month of August strolling the virtual Christmas In July Jewelry Trunk Show! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJJewelryTrunkShow right here on our blog!

The CIJ virtual Jewelry Trunk Show opened on Wednesday – August 17th, 2016 and closed on Friday – September 2nd, 2016. As I mentioned the team is international and we featured artists from many countries!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our team members are creative artists!

Each artist shared with us their jewelry, as well as a little bit about themselves. Please join me as we close our CIJ Jewelry Trunk Show! Watch for new opportunities in the future!

Here are the featured artists:

1. August 17th – MaribelleCampa / MaribelleCampaVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
2. August 18th – Sheila and Shannon / BeadyEyedBirdVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
3. August 19th – Amanda / TheRedLotusDesignsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
4. August 23rd – Diana Sian Crafts / DianaSianCraftsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
5. August 24th – Anisa Daud / QuiddityGiftsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
6. August 25th – Carol Braden-Williams / SilverTroveVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
7. August 26th – Donna Schindler / TreasuresFromTheLakeVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
8. August 30th – Dawn Whitehand / DeeDeeDeesignsVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
9. August 31st – Holistichem / holistichemVirtual Jewelry Trunk Show
10. Septenber 1st – Linda B. / LinorStore / Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show
11. September 2nd – Katrina Beck / DonBiuSilver / Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show

A special thank you to the blog contributors who were the hosts of the CIJ virtual Jewelry Trunk Show!

Alicia of AliciasFindings
Catherine of DesignsByCnC
Dawn of DeeDeeDeesigns
Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Opal of ApronStringsOwlLady
Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Please use #CIJJewelryTrunkShow on social media as you visit our virtual Jewelry Trunk Show!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJJewelryTrunkShow!

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QuiddityGifts – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Anisa from  QuiddityGifts

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1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

Hiya!

Anisa here…the creative magic behind QuiddityGifts, an online handmade jewellery shop with my studio based in Wistaston, Cheshire, England. Mustn’t forget my miniature dachshund Maya…lap warmer and model for the QuiddityGifts’ logo!

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

This is a hard question as I’m inspired by everything!

My passion for jewellery was born from my love of travelling as jewellery souvenirs are small, lightweight, and guaranteed to remind me of trips with family, friends, or even solo adventures. My goal is to make jewellery that holds special memories for those who wear it.

I’m lucky to have lived all over the world, so I’ve been influenced by Arabic architecture, bright colours of Mexican traditional clothing, abstract images of nature from Native Canadian tribes, and the nature of the English countryside.

My bestselling line of Morse Code jewellery was inspired by the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Canada. It is a striking building with the outside covered in Morse Code. It reminded me of passing secret messages on notes in school and I love the idea of wearing messages hidden in jewellery. It brings out the kid in me, I guess!

3. What is your creative process?

My first lines of motivational jewellery started with the feeling that I wanted people to have when they wore it, and I worked backwards from that.

People may say that I’m a wee bit messy…I have a tendency of starting lots of projects at once and maybe not finishing them until weeks later when I’ve finally tracked down the perfect bead or charm.

4. Where do your materials come from?

I use a variety of different materials, most of which are sourced locally in England; however, some of my beads have come from markets in South America and Spain.

My most prized material is the vintage lace made by my great-grandmother which I use to texture paper-clay pendants for extra-special 1st anniversary gifts.

Although the wood used in my pendants is sustain-ably grown, plans for future projects include recycling and up cycling metals and woods to create more environmentally friendly collections.

5. Do you take custom orders?

The definition of “Quiddity” is the essence of what makes someone or something unique, the ‘je ne sais quoi’ that makes it special. I chose this as the name for my business as I believe that giving a handmade gift that has been created as a custom, personalized, or one-of-a-kind piece turns it into a treasured possession.

Most of my sales are custom orders, and I especially enjoy working with clients to create something that is personal and unique to them. I love wedding jewellery…but anniversary gifts are my favourite!

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

Quiddity Gifts was created after an unexpected change in my life caused me to end a 13 year long career in education, and my initial focus was on motivational pieces to remind me that “every cloud has a silver lining” and I should “turn over a new leaf”. You might be able to tell…I was an English teacher and love my idioms!

7. What are your social media sites?

Etsy: www.QuiddityGifts.etsy.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/QuiddityGifts

Instagram: www.instagram.com/QuiddityGifts

Twitter: www.twitter.com/QuiddityGifts

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/QuiddityGifts

Blog: www.QuiddityGifts.wordpress.com

Website: www.QuiddityGifts.co.uk

Christmas In July Jewelry Trunk Show – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We are getting excited for the Christmas In July Jewelry Trunk Show! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we are going to host a virtual Jewelry Trunk Show right here on our blog!CIJFacebookAvi

The virtual Jewelry Trunk Show begins on Wednesday – August 17th. As I mentioned the team is international and we are excited to share with you many talented artists from all over the world!

As a member of the CIJ team there is a way for you to get involved today before the fun begins on Wednesday. Please go to the CIJ forums and there is a thread that explains all the specifics! We want to include as many of our talented team members as possible! So far the following artists have submitted their work: MaribelleCampa, Sheila and Shannon, Amanda, Diana Sian Crafts, Anisa Daud, Carol Braden-Williams, Donna Schlinder, Dawn WhitehandHolistichemLinda B. and Katrina Beck. We’re looking for additional artists to join the jewelry trunk show!

If you are not a member of the team please feel free to join the team today! Otherwise you will have to wait until tomorrow to see what we have planned!

Please use #CIJJewelryTrunkShow on social media as you enjoy the virtual trunk show with us!

Want a sneak peek of one of the artists who is going to be featured? Maribelle Campa from MaribelleCampa lives in Puerto Rico! Come meet Maribelle tomorrow! Thank you Maribelle for participating!

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So mark your calendars, invite your friends, and get ready to participate in a virtual Jewelry Trunk Show! A #CIJJewelryTrunkShow!