New Emailing List and a Competition to Boot!

So I’ve created an emailing list for you all to keep up with my stuff! I am planning on sending out monthly emails so I won’t spam your inbox at all, but rather just keep you up to date with what’s going on.

Oh yeah, and I have a competition going! If you sign up to my mailing list before the 30th of June (that’s in only a couple of days!) you’re in with a chance to win one of my “Elfsheet” bracelets. The bracelet is made in all stainless steel and should be safe for most metal allergy sufferers. It’s about an inch wide and I will make it to your length requirements (up to 9 inches length).

This. Yours. Maybe.

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So now that you’ve subscribed and are in with a chance to win big, you might be wondering what else I’ve been up to?

Well, I’ve been overworking myself! I went back to Norway for a week. And I’ve been thinking about new designs. I suppose the latter is the most exciting. I will also be updating/revamping my website in the near future so look out for that!

Hopefully you, the readers, are all having a fantastic time and are loving life and everything in it. 🙂

The Big Rebranding!

Let it be known, among everyone – customers, fans and casual readers alike – that from this day on my business shall be known as Destai.

I am abandoning the Victoria Sol Jewellery name for a few different reasons. I feel I have grown out of it. It was a name I picked in haste when I first started, and I have now had nearly three years to think about it. I want a more “grown up” name, a name that people will associate with only me.

So Destai it is.

My Etsy shop has also changed its name – you can now find it at www.DestaiDesigns.etsy.com

Today shall mostly be spent changing around my branding, website, social media accounts and the like. 🙂

Yay!

Pride Season Is Upon Us!

If you hadn’t guessed by the amount of rainbow and other Pride things I make, Victoria Sol Jewellery is a big supporter of LGBTQ rights. (LGBTQ, you ask? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer, it stands for. I’m hoping the inclusion of the Q will encompass everyone else who fits under the umbrella. I don’t like leaving people out!)

I’m going to refrain from going all political on you (although you know I want to), and just celebrate in the spirit of Pride instead. Pride parades and parties around the world are so important. It makes us visible. It shows that being gay, bi, trans or otherwise queer is a normal thing and that we deserve acceptance the same as everyone else.

And now the season starts! Summer is a great time for Pride. Sun, warmth, lots of skin for those who like that… 😉

I looked up a few important dates for you, because everyone should be aware of these events. Pride parades around the country!
London – 27 June
Brighton – 1 August
Manchester – 29 August

And if you live anywhere else in the UK, start here to find local Pride events: http://pinkuk.com/events/

Oh yeah, and since this is a business blog after all, you can find lots of LGBT Pride Goodies in my shop – rainbows and other Pride colours all together in one big section. 🙂

Are you celebrating Pride this year?

Brighton Etsy Team Blog Hop

Look at me, updating more than once a month! 😀

Anyway. I’ve been nominated for the #btnetsy blog hop by the amazing and talented Claire at Yellow Bear Wares so here I go, answering questions in a vaguely coherent manner.

Coffee needed.

Coffee needed.

What inspired you to start your business or Etsy shop?

Hmm. Good question. I used to have a “normal” job, but I had to stop working due to a disability. After four years of sitting around, watching TV, playing games on Facebook and generally feeling sorry for myself, I finally found something to do – macramé! I learnt a bunch of knots in a short time and started making friendship bracelets, wavy bracelets, more complicated bracelets and generally experimenting with thread. One of my friends kept telling me “sell on Etsy!”, but I didn’t have the confidence to try to sell my early creations. I started playing with beads and findings, but stuck to the thread for a while longer.

After a few months or so (my timeline is a bit fuzzy) of trying, failing and finally mastering my thread playing and bead obsession, I found out about chainmaille. I instantly took to it, learning loads and getting comfortable with pliers. I kept sharing my creations on Facebook and my friend kept saying “Etsy! Etsy!”. Hehe. I finally took his advice and opened my shop. I figured that if I was just going to sit around anyway, I might as well make pretty things and offer them on sale to other people who like pretty things but don’t have the time to make them!

So that’s the long story of the 6 months (or more?) it took me to finally open my shop. And that’s the short version, would you believe it!

We’re looking at goals in the Brighton Etsy Team this month (you can follow along with #btnetsygoals!) Can you share one of your goals for your shop for the next six months?

I have loads of goals! I wrote a list of 5 goals for this whole year that I will definitely, certainly, totally meet, but I, uh, lost the list. It’s around here somewhere…

Anyway. My most foremost, important goal for the next six months is to blog weekly. Yes! Weekly! I also intend to make enough stuff to keep over 100 listings active in my shop at any given time. That’s two goals for you, let’s see how it goes!

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m actually working on something a bit out of character! I’ve finally got the hang of crochet, and I’ve been making flowers. I intend to make them into brooches and hair clips. It shall be glorious. 😀

One of my big, complicated ones.

One of my big, complicated ones.

If you could give other sellers or someone looking to start their own design/craft business one piece of advice, what would you say?

Go for it! You’ll never succeed if you don’t try. 🙂

Also, if you’re on Etsy, join a team or four. They’re so helpful. And learn to take pictures. And learn about SEO.

But most importantly, go for it. 🙂

So there you have it! A little more about how my brain works. I think. And business. That thing. And from here on, I’d like to nominate Claire from Cat-A-Cake Creations and Elizabeth from EAN Jewellery.

More Coffee time!

Planning DOOM and a question

My January has been all about setting things in motion for the rest of the year. I have spent a lot of time planning, thinking, agonising, and it’s all happened in my head! I have a terrible habit of not writing down any single thing. Which, with my abysmal memory, is planning DOOM.

So here’s what I’ve been up to:
* I have been adding loads of new things to my Etsy shop (I should hit 100 listings some time next week)
* I’ve been taking stock and updating the quantities of the pieces I have for sale
* I have been thinking and strategising about social media and this blog

I guess that doesn’t sound like much, but it’s practically a full time job just doing the planning. I won’t give away too much of what’s going on in my head, for the moment, but here are my plans, in bullet point form (because everybody likes bullet points!):
* I want to up my game and blog more than once a month
* I also want to up my social media game and post more on Facebook (first, then I can focus on each other network in turn)

Actually, that’s all I’m going to commit to right now. 🙂

So, here’s a question for you, the reader: What would you like to see me post about? Are you interested in the history of my crafts? Would you like to know about how my techniques are used in modern times? Would you like to see videos of how I work? Perhaps simple tutorials, so you can try it out for yourself? Or are you just here for the cat pictures?!

Let me know in the comments. And if you have other ideas for what you’d like to see me write about, include that as well. I’m always open to suggestions. 🙂

New Year – New Beginnings

It’s 2015! The year of Back to the Future. If you’re my age, you will know what I’m talking about. This is the year of hoverboards and self-fitting jackets. I can only hope they will both be available before October, or I’ll be disappointed that TV lied to me!

So on to new and better things. That’s what one does at the beginning of a new year, right?

Coffee cup

I started my year with Coffee.

My new projects will mostly involve beads. I took advantage of the Christmas sales and spent *mumblemumble* in three different bead shops. Semi-precious, wood, seed beads, you name it.

“But Victoria,” I hear you say, “what happened to chainmaille?” Well, I’m not exactly going to stop chaining things together. I’d just like to diversify a bit. Incorporate beads into my ringed creations. Play with teeny tiny things to make patterns. You know how I love patterns.

Bead pile

Besides, who could resist this pile of beads?!

But don’t worry. The chainmaille isn’t going anywhere. I made a whole ton (metaphorically speaking) of bracelets, pendants, general stuff out of various sizes of rings in the months leading up to Christmas. Some of which are amazing, if I have to say so myself.

Rainbow flower pendants

See? Amazing.

So new things are coming. New beginnings are happening. Stay tuned for more, and for a change you may actually see things being updated on this page! I have a sort-of-resolution this New Years that I shall take up blogging properly again. I shall aim for at least once a month, perhaps fortnightly. And if I decide that’s not enough, I’ll go up to weekly. Imagine that! Weekly posts! (That probably won’t happen.)

In conclusion, though, I would like to wish all my friends, family, relatives, fans and anyone else who happens upon this post a Very Happy New Year! Make the best of it. 🙂

Victoria

Excellent, excellent. It’s all going to plan.

Blog is up, website is still missing a link to it, but this will happen soon. Soon, I tell you.

So, me. I’m Victoria. I’m mildly eccentric and a big fan of the three Cs: Crafts, Cats and Coffee. In fact my life mostly revolves around them in some way or another. I write a Coffee blog which shall remain separate and unmentioned for now, which I suppose makes me some sort of expert. I have a cat, a stubborn little creature who’s too violent for her own good. And I of course make jewellery. For a living, even.

This is me (sort of):

Me. Sort of.

As mentioned, I have a cat:

Quantum Kitty

As not mentioned, I have a boyfriend as well.

My boyfriend. Sort of.

And now you have a pretty good idea of the person behind the name. Let’s see if I can keep the blog interesting and/or it will end up like the nonsense that is my Twitter.