Monday, October 12, 2009

Branching Out

My mother took a look at my Etsy shop not long ago and said that while I had beautiful items in my shop, she wasn't tempted by anything in it because I didn't make anything in her colors. Gotta love a mother's frank honesty. ;) She's right, though. I am drawn to the cooler colors (purple, of course, being my favorite) and I don't make much using warmer colors. Most of what I've made using warm colors was made specifically for her.

I decided to change that and made a necklace, bracelet, and earrings set in autumn colors of green, yellow and gold to sell. Apparently mom wasn't the only one wanting these colors as a friend of mine bought the set before I ever listed it on Etsy.

So, I made another similar autumn bracelet, but with jasper instead of the green freshwater pearls and different golden beads than I'd used in the set. This is the result:

This is the link to the listing in my Etsy shop. Friday night, I made a simple pair of earrings using the jasper beads that I haven't listed yet, but will be as soon as I can get pictures. Although my preference is for cool colors, I'll be working to expand my inventory to include more warm color items. I never make something I don't like myself, and I am drawn to blues, purples and greens, so those are the colors most often found in my jewelry. However, I've seen that I can make jewelry in the colors of autumn that I like just as well, so I'll be looking for more warm color beads for future jewelry pieces.

I always get a burst of energy and excitement from branching out and using a new idea or new color scheme. This is no different. I'm excited about expanding the range of colors found in my jewelry. But, for everyone who prefers the cool colors like me, don't worry, I'll still be making plenty of jewelry in purples, blues and silver, like this festive glass and turquoise bracelet! :)


  1. Very interesting post. I also find myself naturally drawn to my favourite colours (Blue/Green/Pink) but it is important to remember your buyer (or mum!) might not have the same favourites.

  2. Nice to have honest critiques. I love the warmer colors and maybe should consider broadening my horizons!


  3. Beautiful. It's always great when you can get honest critiques that can help you progress.

  4. mothers are great for that arent they! good thing though when you can try new things and a great result too! the colors are very this season too!

  5. It is a great lesson... right? I think most people can take something away from this post...

  6. I know what you mean. I always buy for my taste and forget that i'm not the one buying the pieces! LOL

    good for you branching out! I like the colors on this bracelet!


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