Marvellous May

May has been a wonderful month for me.

I went to Vancouver, Canada on holiday with my family. We had a lovely time, and we didn’t even get any rain! The weather was fabulous. One of my favourite things to do there is to cycle around Stanley Park, as you have gorgeous views of mountains, and the sea as you cycle around, just gorgeous! I highly recommend it, if you ever get the chance.

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My sales have being going really well recently, so much so that I’ve now hit 100 sales in my Etsy shop. To celebrate, I had a family dinner out, and my husband and little boy brought me some pretty flowers too.

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March Etsy Treasuries

Given the fact that I participated in a free shipping promotion with a number of other UK Etsy sellers, as one of the ways to promote the free shipping a number of Etsy treasuries were made. My creations were featured in the following treasuries:

Beautiful Blue by bijouxboutique from bijouxboutique
Black And White And Made In The UK! by Kes Samuelson from The Kestrel And The Sea
Cherry Blossom Spring by Katy from Girl Industries
Despite The Forecast, Live Like It’s Spring! by Emily Clark from Larryware
Geo Fantastico by Katy from Girl Industries
Happy Mothers Day by Michele from The Laughing Butterfly
Perfectly Purple by Kate from Pure Jewellery By Kate
Pretty In Pastels by Vivid from Vividplease
Purple (And Pink) Patch by Jo from Stella My Star
Shades Of Aqua by Gillian Silver from Widesky Papercrafts
Shimmer by Katy from Girl Industries
Sophisticated Lady by llene from Corydora ~ this made it to the european Etsy front page!
Spring Pastels For Mum by Lucy Pass from Little Lost Soul
Spring Sprung by Ally Shaw from Feral Strumpet
The Darker Days Of Spring by Jo from Stella My Star
UK Etsy Promo March 2013 – Items with an amethyst or purple theme by Anne Harrison from Sally Go Round The Moon

Etsy – Free UK Shipping In March

A number of UK shops on Etsy (including Purple Wyvern Jewels) have joined together to promote UK shops on Etsy and are offering free UK shipping during the month of March. To find participating Etsy stores, search using uketsypromo0313 and use the coupon code FREEMARCH13 in the checkout process to obtain your free UK shipping!

After one year of selling on Etsy, I’ve made it to the front page! A macrame braclet of mine was featured in a treasury created by llene from Corydora the other day, as part of promoting the Free UK shipping (with participating shops). Today that treasury has been placed on the Etsy Europe front page.

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One Year On…

Today Purple Wyvern Jewels is officially 1 year old!

I’ve learnt a lot over the past year, and I’m sure this coming year will teach me a lot of new things too. Purple Wyvern Jewels has changed and grown over the past year, I started out with only making sterling silver and gemstone jewellery, but have added and expanded on that to now include a wider variety of items as I kept on trying out new items and new ideas. Initially, I also was only selling on Etsy, but over the past year have created my own website and tried out Folksy for a few months. (Although I’ve recently not renewed any items on Folksy as I just wasn’t getting the views). Plus having my items on the high street in my local Community Pop Up Shop.

I’m excited to see what this coming year brings, and how my business changes and grows over this next year.

February 2013 Update

It’s been a tad too long since I last updated, I must try to get back in to the habit of blogging more regularly.

Christmas Event

So to catch up from where I last left off, the Winter Fayre I attended at the end of November was a wonderful success, it was packed and was busy the entire time.

Christmas Sales

The Christmas buying season online, was better than I had expected. I even tried out Folksy in the run up to the Christmas season to see whether that would be another possible venue through which to sell. Although I did get one sale through Folksy, I was quite disappointed by the visitor stats, as they were very low and not what I had expected. Whilst I expected views to be lower than Etsy (as Etsy is more widely known worldwide) than Folksy, I didn’t expect a lower amount of views than my own web site obtains. So I’m not currently impressed with Folksy, although it’s a venue I will keep my eye on as it is targeted towards the UK market, whereas in comparison Etsy is very US targeted.

Community Pop Up Shop

The Community Pop Up Shop that I sell items through in Chelmsford town centre closed at the end of December. However, it has now reopened, yay! So my items have now been restocked there, plus it’s back in it’s original location.

Community Pop Up Shop Inside

Community Pop Up Shop Outside

New Items

I have been adding a new range of items to my stores ~ macrame charm bracelets.

Custom Colour Crystal Bar Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Crystal Bar Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Crystal Sideways Cross Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Crystal Sideways Cross Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Silver Infinity Charm Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Silver Infinity Charm Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Silver Anchor Charm Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Custom Colour Silver Anchor Charm Square Knot Macrame Bracelet

Plus, I’m working on adding a range of macrame tutorials as well. I have one listed so far, but more will follow.

PDF Tutorial Square Knot Macrame Bracelet Single & Two Colour With Adjustable Slider

PDF Tutorial Square Knot Macrame Bracelet Single & Two Colour With Adjustable Slider

‘Tis The Season

It’s that time of year for Christmas present buying. So I’ve been busy with some custom orders, making sure the community pop-up shop in town is well supplied with my items. Plus, this Saturday I have a Winter Fayre to attend too. Therefore, on Saturday I will be removing items from my Etsy and Purple Wyvern Jewels online shops that I am taking to the Winter Fayre. Anything, that isn’t sold will be re-enabled later on Saturday evening.

Monday Update

It’s been a while since I did an update, so I’ve got a number of new things to share, including events, shop locations, and new items.

Christmas Event

In a month’s time, I’m attending a Winter Fayre Event, which I’m hoping will be a fun one to do as it is the first Christmas event I’ve done. I had hoped to attend a few more events. However, there is a bit of competition with spaces for jewellery stalls at events, as a number of them restrict the amount of similar stalls at an event, and unfortunately I haven’t been lucky enough to obtain a stall at those events.

Community Pop Up Shop

The local Community Pop Up Shop moved location at the beginning of this month. They’re still based at the High Chelmer Shopping Centre but in a slightly different location, just round the corner. The volunteers did a fantastic job of moving everything in to the new shop, and managed to complete the move in a couple of hours. Items are now arranged over two floors, with the top floor predominately showcasing local painters and downstairs predominately showcasing local crafters.

Community Pop Up Shop Outside

Community Pop Up Shop Downstairs

My items are situated on a table by the window that’s covered in the red tablecloth. Since they moved in to their new location, I’ve added a larger range of items for sale in their shop.

New Items

First up, out of my new creations, is a silver plated necklace I created with beads received in my surprise package, and is currently for sale in the Community Pop Up Shop.

Green Glass with Gold Patterns Silver Plated Necklace

Green Glass Silver Plated Necklace

I’ve added two new macramé bracelets, and there will be more on the way in the future, as I keep on having ideas for other styles I would like to create.

Two Colour Macrame Fishbone Knot Friendship Bracelet - Custom Colour

Two Colour Macrame Fishbone Knot Friendship Bracelet – Custom Colour

Personalised Name Macrame Bracelet with Beaded Flowers - Custom Colour

Personalised Name Macrame Bracelet with Beaded Flowers – Custom Colour

The fishbone knot bracelet is created using square knots, but due to the order of how the threads are tied, creates a different look compared to a standard square knot bracelet.

Lastly, I’ve extended my range of hair accessories to include hair barettes, which are currently for sale in the Community Pop Up Shop.

Trefoil Gold & Silver Flowers Barette

Trefoil Gold & Silver Flowers Barette

Trefoil Red & Silver Flowers Barette

Trefoil Red & Silver Flowers Barette