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I’m going to keep this post short, because I don’t have much to say right now. As school is winding down I have more time to devote to my business, so I’ve decided to restart my blog. I have really improved my jewelry making skills from taking the jewelry making class. I have some pics of projects I’ve

Ornament for Racine Art Museum

Ornament for Racine Art Museum

pendant that I got an A on.

pendant that I got an A on.

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I have a big announcement, in case you don’t follow my facebook page I am going to be having a booth at my school, UWM’s Valentine’s Day craft fair at the student union, from Monday February  11 to Thursday the 14th. I will be there from 10am – 5pm almost everyday. I am really excited in case you haven’t guessed by now, so I am working hard to prepare, I want to create a lot more pieces of jewelry for the show, take inventory, and figure out my display, all in under 3 days.

In order to prepare for the craft fair I have been making necklaces for my pendants that I made, but it was taking a lot of time to hand-make all of them, so yesterday I had a revelation, why not just buy some chain? The chain costs more, but it takes a lot less time to make each individual necklace. So went to my local bead store, Planet Bead and bought 25 ft worth of silver chain, and I managed to finish all but one necklace (I ran out of the chain) here are some of them on a display thingy I bought:

ImageLike I said before, I am really excited for this opportunity to sell my jewelry and spread the word about my business to the masses, so if anyone reading this is in the Milwaukee area next week, come and stop by my booth and say hi, I look forward to meeting you.


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My dog Coco, isn’t she so cute

My first week of classes was crazy, I ended up dropping two classes, my photography class and my portfolio class, and I added another class, an art history class, women directors. I was taking on much more than I can handle. A lot of other stuff happened, but I don’t really want to share all of it here. I have been dealing with a lot of issues and had to come to terns with some stuff. The day that would have been my dad’s 55th birthday was Saturday and that triggered a lot of issues for me.

I am going to take a short break of my business, I will start to focus more on it after I’ve got my feet on the ground and am more used to being in school.


I have made my final decision, and I have decided to keep my current name “CraftsbyKnight” there was a lot of thinking that went into this decision, and I wanted to let everyone know not to expect a name change in the future. I like my current name and it allows for growth in the future, which is the reason I chose it. 

On a side note, school starts on Tuesday and I am really excited! I am going to take four classes this semester. The classes I am taking are: Intro to Jewelry making and metal-smiting, Intro to Photography, design survey, and a really neat class about profesional portfolio development, which should help me to improve my portfolio for the spring and help me to get an internship next fall. 

I am also going to try and focus more on my business site, craftsbyknight.etsy.com. I am worried that I won’t have time to do everything I want to do, but it doesn’t hurt to try. I am going to set a schedule for myself for the week, that should help to keep me on track. Anyway I look forward to hearing from everyone that reads my blog, Carley.


Hello sorry I have not written in a while, I have been busy and distracted. I am trying to get back to being serious about my business and I have a little dilemma. I am not sure that my current name accurately reflects my current business. My business name is now “Crafts by Knight” and I am considering changing it to “Jewelry by Knight” originally I had planed on selling other crafts than just jewelry, but I find that I am only selling jewelry now, so I am considering changing it now. There are many pros and cons to changing the name that I will go through them here in order to try and work it out myself.

pros:
– It will better identify my brand
– the web domain is available

Cons
– I will have to redo all my websites, printed material, email address, etc.
– people won’t know that I have changed my name

I still don’t know what I want to do and would like another person’s opinion, so please let. Kenwood what you think in my comments.


Well this is a lot more complicated than I initially thought last night.  After doing a little research online today it turns out that there are many styles that are similar to what I do.  First there is what I mentioned in my blog last night, boho chic, and then there is a style that is actually called hippie chic, and the two styles are very similar, I can’t really tell the difference yet.  There is a third style that I have found that is called indie.  Am I naive of it or is this way too complicated?   I might have jumped the gun when I said I was boho, because indie seems more like what I do, it is more about handmade, which is very important to me.  If anyone reading this has any advice, please let me know, I feel like a fish out of water right now.

 

Some results from my search on my phone

In the meantime, before I figure everything out, I might as well tag my items boho and indie.  That might generate trafic to my etsy store, which I really need.  Tomorrow I plan on doing another photo-shoot, this time of my rings and earrings, and listing the rest of the necklaces that I took photos of last week.  I will continue to look up teams and post about my blog to spread the word.  Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, please leave a comment in the comments section to let me know what you think of my post.


I finally did it!  I finally figured out what the name of my style is.  I have been struggling with the problem of what my style is for a while now.  I like what make but have been struggling with how to describe it.  I love re-purposing old beads and using natural materials and making things by hand is very important to me too.  I used to sort of describe my jewelry to myself as hippie-chic and other people have called what I make as eclectic, which I didn’t feel describe me exactly but was the closest I could come because I didn’t think that hippie-chic was an actual style.  but I just discovered BOHO CHIC!

Boho chic seems to me to be to be very like hippie-chic.  It is amazing to me that this style exists.  I found out about it when I was I was looking up teams on etsy.  I found a team called boho-chic crafters when I was looking for teams to join, which I mentioned in my last post.  When I clicked on a post in the team I thought, “Huh, this looks interesting” So I started researching it on google and it was like, whoa, this is almost exactly like what I do.  I can’t believe that this exists and I found it!  I felt like something had just “clicked”

I have only just started looking into boho chic, but it looks really promising to me. I read online somewhere that the height of popularity for this style was 2004-2005,(I am really late to the table it seems) but I am hopeful that some people are still into it.  I have to do more research, but I feel like I am going in the right direction.  If boho chic is really my style than many of my questions that I have been having a been having lately, like who is my target market? and what is the niche I want to sell to?  and mostly how do I figure out how to categorize my work?  These are just a few of my questions that knowing my style could begin to answer.  I am going to bed now, but I wanted to post this here really quick because I am so excited!



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