I've been a busy girl lately getting some new products ready to be released just in time for Christmas shopping (join my Superstars Group to get first access to new products). I've also redesigned my branding. Which entails the new logo (you've already seen), new packaging, and new business cards (if you want to see them, head over to my Superstars Facebook Group).
I'm also working on releasing new patterns and the first new one is this bright and funky purple tiger stripe cuff. Look at it, it's amazing. It's perfect for anyone who likes to stand out from the crowd. It's great for your summer festival fashion or just being unique at work. Grab it while it's hot and bead up an amazing cuff this weekend. And if you would like a finished bracelet, shoot me an email and we can get you set up with a beautiful new bracelet.
Stay tuned, I have another pattern that will be out soon. My plan is to try and have five new patterns available this summer.
Before I run off, don't forget to enter this month's giveaway. You can be the proud owner of this amazing beaded cuff bracelet. It's unlike anything you have ever seen. So what are you waiting for!
Be Different, Be Strange, Be Yourself
It's time for the July Giveaway. This month I'm doing a things a little bit different from before. That means you'll get more chances to enter to win. Six chance to be exact!
And what is up for grabs this month? Well this beautiful beaded cuff bracelet. It's all handmade by me in my small studio. It's an awesome beaded cuff on beautiful leather that would make a great addition to anyone's jewelry collection.
You are not required to enter all of the options, but will get bonus points if you do! And don't forget to share with your friends and family. This helps me reach new fans and helps give me the opportunity to have more of these awesome FREE giveaways.
And don't forget to swing by my Etys Jewelry Shop or my Etsy Art Shop and pick up some awesome beaded goodies!
So what are you waiting for, enter now!
A winner will be selected by random for this prize. Winners will be contacted via email and asked for a mailing address. I use a third party to collect mailing addresses. Address will be kept long enough to contact and send winner's prize. Addresses will then be deleted. If the winner does not respond within 5 days of being chosen, they will forfeit their prize. Previous winners are not eligible for 6 months after their win. US residents only.
Don't forget to stop by and join the Three Fates Superstar Facebook group. It's a place for us to hang out and get to know each other better. It's also a place where I will spoil my Superstars with special sales and prelaunch releases of new items.
Last weekend we had our first camp fire of the season. Well, to be honest it was our second, but the first one only lasted a half an hour before we got rained out. So this was our official first one. One that we made s'mores and had a few adult beverages and the company of good friends.
We love hanging out in our backyard during the summer. Even though it's in the middle of the city, it's still filled with trees and plants (and wildlife). The best part, you don't hear the noise of the city. We are fairly close to the highway and you would never know it. It's our little retreat from a hard days work. Sitting on the deck watching LO play or hanging around the fire with friends. I love it. But enough about my personal life and my love of my backyard. Let's get to the important things.
Yay! I have been making a bunch of changes to my Facebook page and I have been having so much fun getting to know everyone. I love doing the daily question and seeing pics of fur babies. It's been so much fun, I decided to start a group so we could get to know each other on a more personal level. We'll be talking about all kinds of great things. Food, travel, art, business, family, and food. Did I already say food? There will be a lot of food talk from my end.
I'll also be offering group only deals. Things that only group members will have access to. As well as some "before anyone else" peeks at new products. I will also do some giveaways for members only.
Come join me and get in on the conversation. It's a small group now, but I know you'll help me grow and make it an awesome place to handout. Click the button below to join. There is a quick question you need to answer to join, but that's because I want to keep the spamy bots out.
Don't forget to also sign up for my email newsletter. You'll get awesome info and some email only deals (right now my readers get upgraded shipping until the end of the month). You'll also be entered to win this awesome pair of earrings. The winner will be announced, July 1st. So, what are you waiting for? Go sign up today!
I've been working my butt off on my new logo and working on re-branding my shop. I'm in love with it, I really am and I hope everyone else out there is as well. But all that work at a computer has really hampered the amount of actual artwork I make. I'm soooo glad I can take a break on my logo because I really missed just sitting down and working with some awesome beads.
Good news, I do have some new beadwork to share. All the computer work also included to new photos being edited. I have a whole stack of new goodies that I started working on before the whole logo thing began. Now I can finally post them and share them with all of you.
This one this week is a great bead embroidered brooch. I know it's not really brooch season, but I just love it so much, I couldn't wait to share it.
It's all hand embroidered with great matte turquoise colored beads, accented with some red. And of course that beautiful redstone marble bead that catches the eye. It's so lovely. It honestly makes me smile when I see it.
If you love it as much as I do, and I know you do, check it out in my shop.
Ugh, I missed my blog post last week. Yuk. What's up with that? The holiday just threw me off so much. One little difference and I'm lost and off my schedule. I seriously missed a bunch of things last weeks. Oh well, it is what it is. The only thing I can do is hold my head high and get back on the (blogging) horse.
So let's just get into it!
I've been working on a new updated logo. It's actually something I've been working on for a very long time. A few years. I have a friend that is a graphic designer and we've been working together on something I like. Well I think I might finally have something I'm happy with.
I'm still not sure about the font, but it's growing on me. I still might change it up a little bit. I also am thinking about adding some beads. Maybe a strand of beads or something like that. It's a work in progress.
It is based on a photo I took of a fox skull from my collection. I made a bunch of different sketches from different angels, trying to find something I like. The hubs liked the side view, but I wasn't sold. I tried this angel, and I liked it, but there was something missing. That's where the ears came in. The idea came from a plastic skeleton of a rat we have in the lab. It has ears, not sure why, but it does. Even though it doesn't make sense for a skeleton to have ears, I liked it. So I tried some big fox years and was smitten. I instantly knew this was what I've wanted.
But it needed something else. Something pretty. Enter the flowers. I tried all different types of flowers. Daisies, roses, violets, etc. But the poppies had my heart. The pop of red poppies make me so happy. It's beautiful.
I'm pretty happy with it. Like I said, I'll probably be tweaking it here and there. But overall it's finally finished. Finally after years of working on it. It feels so good to have something I'm happy with.
June's email giveaway is live. If you haven't signed up for my email newsletter yet, go do it now! You'll be entered to win this great pair of beaded earrings. Added bonus, you'll get a 10% off coupon you can use today! If you've already signed up, awesome, you're already entered!
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Summer is hear and I'm so ready for it. I feel like I have been coopd up for so long I'm ready to break free. I have been spending as much as possible outside. I'm loving it and my little one is as well. That little girl would live outside if I let her. But I can't blame her.
Unfortunately the lovely weather is preventing my from being in the studio. It's not that I don't want to be in there, I love creating, but I also love being outside. Enjoying the weather, not wearing shoes, relaxing. It's great. I mean, who doesn't love that? How much time is everyone else spending outside?
But I have been forcing myself to do some work in the studio. Mostly photography. I have been working, and working, and working a little bit more on getting some photos that I'm happy with. I feel like I'm getting closer to something that I feel is acceptable.
I've been working on uping my game. Adding a little bit of this and that to make the photos look more professional. More appealing. That means taking hundreds of photos.
But that's okay. Practice makes perfect. And I've been practicing with some of these new simple necklaces. What do you think of these photos? I think they still need a little something, but are getting better. Do like the look or do you think they are too distracting? Let me know. I would love to hear from all of you wonderful people.
And also, check out these great necklaces. They are bright and colorful, just like I like it, but they are also simple and something you can wear everyday. They make great gifts for the end of the school year to let that special teacher know how much you appreciate their work.
They are always very popular at shows. Each one is unique and different.
They will be available in my shop soon. If you can't wait for them to go live, send me a message and I can get some ready just for you.
Don't forget about my newsletter giveaway. There are only a few days left in May to enter to win this great beaded necklace. My newsletter is filled with email only deals, tips and tricks, tutorials, show updates, and much more. Sign up today to be entered to win.
I've had quite a few requests for my guitar string bracelets over the past year, so I've decided to start offering them again! YAY!
These are great bracelets that can be work by themselves or stacked all the way up your arm. They look great either way!
They are made with recycled guitar strings that have been on many guitars on many of the stages here Madison Wisconsin. So each one has a great story to go along with it. And since the strings have a second life as bracelets, they are eco friendly.
Pair them with a guitar pick necklace and you've got yourself a great musical set.
They make great gifts as well. Get one for a music lover you know. Or maybe a few for the rocker chick in your life. Or maybe just treat yourself and get a couple for you. Go ahead. You're worth it. Check them out in my Etsy shop today!
I mean just look at that detail. The bright pink wire. I could eat them up!
I have a few of these and I love them. I actually have the first one I ever made still. I won't share with you how old that one is, okay maybe I will. It's about 10 years old now. Holy crap. I can't believe I started making these almost 10 years ago. They have come a long way from that first prototype, but they are still as cool.
Don't forget to enter my newsletter giveaway. If I can get 25 new readers by the end of May, I'll be giving one of those lucky readers a beaded necklace! I'm almost to my goal, so let's see if I can do this. Help a girl out and sign up today. And share it with friends and family that would also love to get bright beady emails from me. Then take to social media and share it there. I appreciate everyone helping me out!
If you sign up through this website (pop up or upper left corner) you'll get a 10% coupon that you can use in my Etsy shop. Oh yeah, Bonus!
I've been working a lot on my business lately. Working on keywords. Improving my pictures. Working on a logo. You know, things I should have done years ago. But that's because I never took my business seriously. I just thought things would happen. I would put my stuff out there and people would flock to me. Yeah, that's not exactly how that works, now is it. So after years of having a "business" I'm finally treating it like a business. I'm taking business classes and work hard. Working very hard. And the one thing I've been putting off for years is a newsletter. I had no idea how to do one and I felt like I didn't need one. Well I was wrong. I need one. You need one. Those of you that really like what I do and want to know more need one. And I'm sorry I've been ignoring that. So I set up a little goal for myself. If I can get 25 new likes by the end of May, I will have a newsletter only giveaway. I know 25 is not a lot of people, but I'm starting small. I'm going to see if I can reach this goal and then move on to my next goal. And I need you're help to do that. I need people who really want to know more about me and my art to sign up for my newsletter. I need you to share it with friends and family that would also love to learn more. I need you to share it on social media. This is one of the best ways to support a handmade business (besides buying from us). Help me spread the word about me and my new little newsletter.
Not only are you supporting a small business, you could win this great necklace. Everyone one that signs up for my newsletter will be entered to win this beaded necklace. How cool is that? Pretty cool.
And if you want a little added bonus, if you sign up through my blog (with the pop up or top left corner) you'll get a 10% off coupon to be used in my Etsy Shop. Yay! So sign up today and help me reach my goal and maybe win a great new beaded necklace in the process.
It's my birthday and I'm going to be, well maybe I won't share my age with everyone. But I will share a sale. Free shipping on everything in my Three Fates Design Etsy shop from now until the end of the month. That gives you 6 days to shop for that great Mother's Day gift. Or maybe just get yourself something special. Go ahead, you're worth it.
Last month I was so proud of myself. I blogged every single week for the whole month. This month? Nothing. Nada. Not a thing. What the hell? I have no excuses to give. I just got lazy. I did start focusing on a few other social media platforms, but other than that, I got nothing. But I plan on being better. I have worked out a social media calendar and I'm going to stick to it. I hope. I mean, I'm a big girl, I can do this.
So what amazing things have happened in the month that I went silent? Ummm, we got some of this.
Seriously. Last Week. April 16 and 18th. Almost a foot of snow. WTF. But don't worry it looks like this outside now
Yup. 70° and sunny. Go home Midwest, your drunk. I seriously question why I live here everyday during the winter. Oh how I long for warm weather and sun. And please ignore how bad my garden beds look, we had a foot of snow in them last week. But I digress. What else have I been up to?
Well I opened a second Etsy shop - Three Fates Art. All of my mixed media art will be going in there. So if you're interested in some cool beaded art, check it out today. I'm still working on a few things, so it's pretty bare bones, but I hope to have some new items listed soon!
I've also been working my little butt off on mastering Adobe Illustrator. I took some classes years ago and haven't done anything with it since. So when I opened it up last month, I had no idea what I was doing. But I'm slowly learning new stuff and becoming a master. Haha, okay, maybe not a master, but good.
That means, new logos. YAY! I will be rolling out my new logo soon. I'm so excited about it. I have been working hard (okay, not that hard) on it for a while and I'm almost ready to unveil it.
My increased knowledge of Illustrator also means some tutorials and kits on the horizon. I've been asked about it for a while and I'm finally getting around to it. So keep an eye out for that.
Well I guess I've bored any of you that have made it this far with a quick recap of the month of April. And as always don't forget to sign up for my newsletter. Fill your inbox with bright beady goodness. If I can get 25 new people signing up by the end of the month, I'll have a super special surprise for all my subscribers. Sign up today!
Just a girl that loves to bead, take photos, and cuddle with her new baby and her pug.