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here's my school schedule

here’s my school schedule

School starts tomorrow! I can’t wait. Here is my school schedule, it is a very weird schedule, Mondays and Wednesdays will be wide open, but on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays i will be really busy. I don’t think I will be able to post on my blog everyday, but I will try and post every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. I don’t know how much attention I can pay to my business this semester, because I am going to be full time.

Yesterday I got a cold and was in bed the whole day. I was productive because I was on the internet though using social media and promoting my business all day. I hope I will be all better by tomorrow, when classes start. I’m still a little under the weather right now, but am feeling better than yesterday. I got a haircut on Friday, here’s a pic:

here's a picture of me all made up for dinner.

here’s a picture of me all made up for dinner.

I really like my new haircut what do you think?

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here are the bails, they came!

here are the bails, they came!

My bails came in the mail yesterday! let me back up a little bit. Last summer we went to Door County, WI, and when we were there we went to the Hands on Art Studio and I made a bunch of fused glass tiles, shown here:

here are the glass tiles, my before picture

here are the glass tiles, my before picture

I have been wanting to make them into pendants for a long time, but I couldn’t think of the name for what you put on the back for a long time, then it came to me: A Bail! and with that I was able to order them online, on ebay. I got a 50 piece set, it took almost three weeks to come, and they finally came yesterday! So all I needed was to put the bails on the tiles, and for that I used E-6000, a great glue:

the glue

the glue

and here they are drying:

drying on my window ledge

drying on my window ledge

I let them dry for one day, and here they are, all finished:

here are all of the pendants done!

here are all of the pendants done!

I am really happy with the results, and I am going to put them on my etsy store I think I am just going to put the pendants for sale without putting them on necklaces. What do you think about my pendants? Also here’s one last picture of my “helper” Pepe:

my cat, Pepe, helping me, ignore the mess.

my cat, Pepe, helping me, ignore the mess.

Well I hope you like them, please let me know what you think!


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.


Thanks to everyone who has read my post.  Any comments made would be appreciate.

Check out my newest items that I just listed on my etsy store:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/107869119/wire-wrapped-sparkly-grey-beach-stone

copper wire wrapped white and red and black by CraftsbyKnight.

Today was a good day, I managed to post two items on etsy, I would appreciate any critiques that any readers have on the listing.  I am not good at writing descriptions, so any advice will be appreciated.

I spent about an half an hour crafting today and made a pair of earrings. I am pleased with how they turned out.  I don’t know what to charge for them because they took so long.  the copper discs that I used are $1 each, I bought them at the bead and button show.  (I love the bead and button show I go every year)  if anyone has any advice on pricing them, it would be appreciated as well.  I don’t want to charge too much, but I don’t want to undercharge as well.  here is a pic of the earrings.  I really like how they look(I took this pic from my new phone):

here is a pic of the earrings that I made today, let me know what you think!

As I said in the beginning of the post I finally listed two items on my etsy store.  I find it to be really difficult to name my items and write descriptions.  If anyone has any advice, please tell me. I also joined a bunch of teams on etsy.  At the craft party on Friday. Moira told me that I should join teams to gain publicity.  I should spread the word about my blog and people will come and read it.


Hello and welcome to my blog.  Thanks for reading my blog, I hope you enjoy it.  Let me know what you think about anything by commenting in the comments section.  This is my third entry and I thought I would write a little bit about the jewelry that I make.  I make rings, necklaces and earrings.  I am planing on starting to make bracelets too, but have to figure out exactly what type I want to make.  

The earrings that I make are hard for me to categorize into one exact style.  My personal style has been described as eclectic by some.  I get my beads and components from old jewelry and beads that I buy at rummage sales, thrift stores and other random places.  I make quality earrings that I find to be aesthetically pleasing.  

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For my necklaces and rings I use stones that I gather from the shores of lake Michigan.  To get the stones I go to the beach at doctor’s park and I pick up interesting looking stones.  I then bring them home and clean them.  After cleaning the stones with soap and water I treat them with a sealant  to make them all shinny and bring out their natural colors.  

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when I make the necklaces I wire-wrap the stones to make a pendant and I make necklace component as well.  To make my rings I wire-wrap small stones and shape them into rings.  I recently found a dremmel drill at a rummage sale for only $12 and I plan on making necklaces using stones with holes drilled in them.

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I am struggling right now trying to figure out which market I would like to target, I would appreciate any advice on that front that anyone has. I don’t know the age range for my products.  I believe that my earrings are for women, although they could be bought by men as gifts.  My necklaces on the other hand are pretty much unisex, I think.  I guess I will just have to make a lot of stuff for the Art Walk and see what sells and to who.  I don’t know if I wrote about this before or not, but I was accepted to the River Walk Art Walk on September 22nd In downtown Milwaukee.  I am really looking forward to selling there.  It is free for me to have a booth there and it will be my first big event, I can’t wait.   I hope a lot of people go, because it is a first anual event.  I also hope that it does not rain because there are no tents and it will be canceled in the event of rain.  

I have been very busy with my business lately.  On Tuesday I did a little photo shoot.  I only photographed about seven necklaces, but I took an average of about 15 pics per necklace, so it took me forever to edit all of the photos.  I finally finished editing the pictures today, all I need to do now is convert the pics to .jpg and post them online in my Facebook page photo album where I will work on deciding which pictures to use for my etsy store.  Once I post the pictures on my Facebook page I will post a link on this blog so you can vote on which pictures are my best ones.  

Last night I went to an etsy craft party for the first time.  I met three other crafters, whose names are Moira, (check out her etsy store and her blog) Maria, (check out her etsy store 1 and etsy store 2 and her blog) I didn’t get the business card of the third lady, I believe her name was Amy.  There was a cute but hyperactive little one year old bugle puppy there, it was too cute.  I talked to the ladies about their etsy stores and learned a lot.  I was also able to make one ring and three earrings.  They hold a meetup every month, and I am looking forward to going to more meetings and meeting new people.



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