Category Archives: Jewelry

A Bright Bright Sunshiny Day!

I love the colors in this treasury!

‘A Bright Bright Sunshiny Day ‘ by VintNoggin

It’s a nice sunny day here. Please enjoy our summer themed Treasury!


Hallelujah Girl – 9″ x …

$40

Heirloom, Large Grey Stripe …

$1.5

15 Spring Heart corsage/stic…

$1.95

Orange and Puple Fabric Posy…

$12

Retro Aqua and Yellow Dangle…

$20

Wide Boho turban headband …

$18

Pillow Cover – 12 x 16 Inche…

$22.5

Dip Dyed Cut Off Shorts Oran…

$45

Sunflower Ceramic Knob – Dre…

$4.75

Art Glass Pitcher with 5 Tum…

$125

Dragon Art – Chasing the Dra…

$75

hand-sewn wearable art top

$30

4×6 Czech Glass Teardrop Bea…

$5.5

Rare 1960s SEARS HAWAII Vibr…

$30

Beeswax Candle: Kewpie Doll …

$12

Mod Orange Speckled Ceramic …

$43

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What Should I Charge?

More and more work I get is on existing jewelry.  I am developing a reputation for being able to upcycle jewelry without it “looking like junk”.

I’ve had a client come to me with 5 pieces from a necklace her Grandmother’s to turn into something fabulous they can wear.  I love adding just the right amount of flair to this set for her.  It was an interesting project to make the piece custom for my client, not just what I’d like to wear.

Madame Saslow's Curio- Repurposing2

Another client just needed her beautiful necklace shortened.  At it’s length of about 25 inches, it just felt too formal for everyday wear.  It’s an easy task for me to take out a few beads and polish up the silver for extra shine.

Madame Saslow's Curio- Altering

Madame Saslow's Curio- Altering2

Madame Saslow's Curio- Altering3

A third client, who does wardrobe consultation, ordered some bracelets to go with some necklaces and they are funky.  Way too thick, weird clasps, and they just don’t sit right.  You can really get more like 3 bracelets out of the beads of one.  I’ll be taking these apart and making a few new bracelets out of them.

Madame Saslow's Curio- Repurposing

With all of this fabulous work comes a question:  What do I charge for this kind of work?  Hourly on some, hours plus materials on others?  Materials for the shortening project is negligible.  On the work with Grandma’s jewelry it’s beads and findings, and I don’t have a break down to that level for pricing.  It’s hard for me to look at the huge seed bead bracelets and put a price on the work, though I know it’s could be a lot if I have to do any restringing.

A similar issue came up with another artist asking me to teach her wire work.  Do I charge an hourly rate for instruction?  If so, is it $20?  $40?  A social media expert I know charges more to teach than to do the work herself.  When you teach, you give away your knowledge and future work.  But in my case, the other artist isn’t going to pay me to do wire wrapping for her in any case.  I’d prefer to teach her.

What do you charge?  What is a service like this worth to you?  Have you had someone charge you for this before?

I’d love your input.

A “Glorious Fall” Treasury by Super Sock

My domino earrings are front and center in this new treasury by Super Sock.   I really like Super Sock’s lego batman flash drive.

Glorious Fall


Yellow Dominoes Earring…

$15.00

Double Strand Multi Col…

$430.00

Coiled Basket Fragrant …

$25.00

Man Alone With Choices-…

$10.00

Soutache earrings-Autum…

$19.00

Robin Meerkat, scif sup…

$25.00

Abstract autumn scene, …

$135.00

SALE – Buy 2 get 1 for …

$42.00

Vintage RAPHAEL Teenage…

$10.00

Table quilt,Miniature Q…

$45.00

Earrings – Citrine and …

$145.00

Fisher Price Adventure …

$20.00

applique flowers(4) Cho…

$3.75

Vintage buttons on bobb…

$2.00

Miniature sachet thanks…

$12.99

Peace Signs Set of 12, …

$11.99

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A Winning Treasury

My bingo earrings where featured in a treasury!  Very exciting.

‘and the winner is…’


20 Red Bingo Cards on c…

$6.00

Antique French wooden l…

$16.00

Vintage velvet heart bo…

$14.00

star earrings in gold

$29.95

Bingo Earrings G-56 N-…

$15.00

Basket Rustic Cornucopi…

$30.00

Angel in the Garden – …

$3.99

Ring – Citrine and Smok…

$198.00

Turkish Bath Towel: Han…

$24.00

Dragonfly Brooch, metal…

$44.00

Floral Photography Whit…

$25.00

Earrings – Hollow Glass…

$16.80

Vintage Brass Trophy Do…

$52.00

CUSTOM Armed Forces Pho…

$24.00

antiqued bronze/brass n…

$12.00

Birdhouse Photography 5…

$10.00

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My Second Wednesday Night Market

As promised, my review of my second Wednesday Night Market night.  And it isn’t even two weeks after the event like my last review!

Not using the canopies was great.  There was a lot more light and a feeling of accessibility.  The bunting looks really cute strung between two poles (from my huppa) behind the booths.  Eye catching, but not obtrusive.  I didn’t remember to get a good picture of it, so you’ll just have to see it in person for now.

My new table cloth is gorgeous!  I’m so pleased.  I’d bought 3 yards of the cloth, but decided I needed to double the width.  The morning of I ran out and got 3 more yards, washed it, and sewed them together.  Even did a pretty good job matching the pattern up.  Much brighter, welcoming, and cohesive in for my other display pieces.

The long cubby shelf I painted teal made a great riser.  Having two levels is so much more interesting to look at.  Even with displays of different height, having some up higher looked nice.  It also gave a clean background to my necklace display.  On top of that, it gave me a place to stash my equipment.  My cell phone and square, my invoice booklet, pens, bags, and tags I’d taken off of purchases.  My tall water bottle was even mostly hidden by it.  It kept the booth looking tidy and clean.

I sold a few things.  One necklace I sold in Spanish.  I was very proud.  He wanted to take me with him, too, but I told him mi esposo esta fuerte, grande, y guapo.  Grande is a bit of a stretch, but two out of three ain’t bad.  😉

Pad thai and peanut chicken made a delicious dinner, but too messy.  Hard to put down and pick up.  I guess I’ll stick to burritos and sandwich type food.  Compact and easy.

I’ll be working the market again on June 27th.  Until then, lots more making of jewelry and art.  I am also in the process of cutting all of my tags off and retying them on with nicer cord.  The LOOONG white string makes the tags fluttery and cluttery.  Maybe I’ll switch over to nice scrap book paper tags I cut out myself, but for now this is much better looking.

See you on the 27th!

My First Wednesday Night Market

Two weeks ago I vended at the Wednesday Night Market.  Huzzah!  It was my first time EVER (since I was about 5) sitting at a table trying to sell art I’d made.  I was nervous all day.  “How well I sell is NOT a reflection of my worth,” went through my head all day and I tried to believe it.  I knew some of the Made Local Marketplace artists had done really well and some hadn’t sold anything.

Here’s what my booth set up looked like, and the other booths from the Made Local Marketplace.

I accidentally left the fabric I was going to use with a friend.  So instead of burgundy satin I used black satin with burgundy burn out velvet (my old bedroom curtains) over it.  It looked okay, but I decided I needed a different table cloth next time.  Something brighter and able to tie everything together more.  This looks a bit mishmash to me.  The orange glazed almonds got attention, but not enough to be worth bringing again.

The canopies were unnecessary.  We haven’t put them up again.  We’ve got shade the whole time, including during set up.  Though the tables were close to the front of the canopies, I think people don’t want to “enter” the booth space.  It also made it pretty dark at the end.  The biggest problem… WIND!  It has been super windy.  Other group’s tents have flipped over.  Bags of chips were blowing down the street like tumble weeds.

The wind is probably a reason some people haven’t been doing as well.  Weather is a big factor in outdoor events like this.  Especially one that some one could say, “Naw, it’s too windy.  Let’s go next week.”  Since the Wednesday Night Market is all summer long, people have the luxury to go another night.  I think attendance will pick up with the weather.

Another artist at the Made Local Marketplace was kind enough to put my idea into action of the cute bunting.  Bunting is hot right now and the Share Exchange already has it around the awning of it’s building.  What a perfect visual tie in!  Except… the flags are too long to hang off the front of the canopies.  People that wanted to approach the tables had to duck.  No bueno.  Super cute, though.

In the end I’d call it a very successful night for me.  I sold two things, one of which was to a stranger!  (It’s exciting when people I don’t even know buy my work, not just the people that love me).  Speaking of love, I felt it from all the fabulous friends that came by my booth to say hello.  It really helped keep me relaxed and pass the evening.  I did end up really enjoying myself, even if it is a lot of work.  I also have to thank my husband for supporting me in this and bringing me a chai latte and a burrito.  I couldn’t do it without him.

Stay tuned for a much more timely review of the Wednesday Night Market I worked last night! 😉