Metallic gold jewelry is especially trendy this year and we’ve got some project ideas that are easy to make and won’t break the bank. Jewelry Brass is a great affordable alternative to precious metal rings, easy to work with and still lends a nice weight to pieces. Check out our “free & easy” jewelry projects blog series for tips and materials lists to create the chevron necklace and rings & earring set shown above.
Get your glitter on!
Yep, we’re kind of a big deal.
We’re running ads on the red line L cars through December – so let’s have some fun with it! If you spot our ad, snap a photo of yourself with it and send it to us by Friday, December 27th. Then we’ll randomly select one entry to win a $25 Blue Buddha gift certificate! (One entry per person, please.)
How to send us your B3 CTA selfie:
Please note: While we look forward to sharing some of the photos on our main Blue Buddha Boutique and B3 Chicago Retail Store Facebook pages, you cannot post your contest entry there. Facebook has some pretty strict rules about contests and we need to abide by them. Thanks for understanding.
Good luck, happy L riding, and of course, happy weaving!
Voting for November’s Featured Weave Contest is now closed, and the winner chosen by you isssss….
Melody J. with JPL Snake Bracelet!
Congratulations, Melody! You’ve won a $25 B3 gift certificate. Email us at email@example.com to claim your prize.
If you come to Blue Buddha’s retail shop on Thanksgiving weekend, you’ll find the lights out and this sign on the door:
The people working our online shop are also off for the weekend, which means we’ll accept orders but we won’t start processing and shipping them until the Monday after Thanksgiving.
I’ve had several people, mostly fellow entrepreneurs, look at me and say, “What, are you crazy?” when they find out we are closed on Black Friday. This is usually followed by, “Wait, WHAT?” when they hear we don’t re-open until Monday. Once they get over the initial flabbergastation, they’ll usually counter with one of the 5 points below.
1. “But it’s the biggest shopping day of the year! Retailers live for this day!”
Maybe big box retailers live for that day, but as a creative company that is focused on quality products and experiences every day, we can hardly imagine putting all our retail eggs into one Black Friday basket. We work hard all year to create exceptional products and experiences for our customers and to inspire people all over the world. Waiting for that one day a year where we put red stickers on everything because “that’s what everyone else does,” just doesn’t fit our culture.
B3 customers totally rock and, while they love a good deal as much as the rest of us, they always seem to value quality of product and experience over all else. The type of experience found in most frenzied Black Friday sales is not exactly what we think our customers are looking for. We will still have our twice-a-year coveted mass overstock sales, but there’s no need to do it on a day when everyone else is doing it, too.
2. “What made you decide to close? And for the entire weekend?”
About a dozen years ago, I lived in Germany for a while. At first I was shocked, then upset, when I discovered most stores are closed on Sunday. During the month of August, many businesses–even restaurants!–close for weeks at a time while the owners go on holiday. “What kind of insanity is this?” I thought.
And then, after a while, I realized it wasn’t insanity; it was actually really, really nice. Here were people who felt like they deserved to take some time for themselves, and a culture that embraced such notions. That was a really powerful realization for me, that life doesn’t have to be a giant rat race. I vowed that if I ever owned my own business, I would abide by this European mentality. Work-life balance can be difficult to achieve, but giving employees–and myself–permission to recharge is a step in the right direction. Holidays were created for a reason. Even though we now live in a fast-paced, technology-driven world, I don’t see the value in discarding the tradition of holidays. If anything, having the time to follow our passions and be with loved ones helps us stay in touch with our very humanity.
3. “Aren’t you worried you’ll lose business?”
I understand that people expect businesses, especially e-commerce stores, to be open and shipping 24/7. I get it–I can be one of those people, too. But honestly, I think Blue Buddha has some of the coolest customers around, and I am certain that most of them (especially the ones who’ve been with us for years and already know we close on holidays) will not only understand, but will say, “Hell yeah! You go, B3!” I think they’ll appreciate us for valuing our team so much that we give them this weekend off. It’s only one long weekend. We are open for pretty much all of the other 52 weekends of the year (unless, of course, a national holiday falls on that day ).
A couple days off is not going to bring our entire business down. Not even close.
I accept that there might be a few people who will be so disappointed in our company because we aren’t there to serve them during this four-day period that they’ll vow to never shop with us again. And I’m willing to take that loss.
4. “I’ll bet you’re glad you’re saving money by not having to pay your employees!”
Well, actually, our workers (even part-timers) receive holiday pay for Thanksgiving. Nice try, though.
5. *pause* “Um, well, good luck with that…”
Thanks! My team busts their butts every day. While the company can’t afford to pay them awesomely, we can afford to compensate them in other ways, including some paid time off. It’s nice for us to realize that even though 98.9% of the year we are all about the customers, on these four days, it’s all about taking care of ourselves. I am truly, truly thankful to have such a great team, and this is one thing I can do to show it.
I hope you are able to spend this holiday in whatever way is best for you, and I hope you respect our decision to turn our back on this retail tradition.
As the sign says: Live, craft, hug, eat, laugh, cuddle, rock out, sleep, breathe, meditate, party … and simply “be” … more. Not only this weekend, but every chance you get. Life is too short.
If you like this post, please leave a comment below, share the sign, tell your friends, vow to not be angry the next time your favorite store or restaurant is closed for a day. Perhaps we can begin to create a shift in culture to one that sees people as individuals rather than replaceable, ’round-the-clock workers. This culture places a high value on deeply rich and varied experiences instead of on materialistic consumerism. The people of this culture love innovation and instant access to information, yet not at the expense of running the workers ragged. If occasionally we have to wait for something, it’s OK, we understand. It just gives us more time to do something else we love.
With warmest thoughts,
Whether you’re headed to a trade show or just displaying it at home, your jewelry’s presentation can be as important as the jewelry itself. Like a picture without a frame — it’s fine alone, but the frame makes it shine that much more. Here are a few methods of presenting your jewelry in inviting, interesting ways.
Display earrings on screen material purchased from a hardware store like The Home Depot. Using a heavy-duty stapler, attach the screen to a picture frame and place it on a small easel so it can stand on its own. For added appeal, arrange your earrings by studs and dangles, then by color. Easy-to-follow tutorials can be found here and here.
By pods, we mean hollow areas where you can store small jewelry so you can find them when you want them. To DIY, paint and decorate an egg carton and store smaller jewelry (rings, earrings) inside each compartment. Obviously, the more jewelry you have, the more cartons you’ll need (and you can easily cut the cartons down if you have too many). To quickly spot what piece you’re looking for, color coordinate jewelry with the egg cartons – silver cartons for silver jewelry and so forth. For more examples, check out this organizational blog.
Display cases are an elegant way to show off your jewelry. There are a million options out there, from cases with an open display or cozy drawers to keep your jewelry secure. Online retailers like Get Organized offer plenty of options regardless if you are headed to a trade show or just want something to compliment your furniture at home. It’s especially handy to have cases that make transporting your collection easy and will hold the pieces in place. It helps to not waste time detangling your various pieces every time you need to select a new one.
Use a Basket
Baskets are great for keeping track of your precious rings, earrings and delicate necklaces. If you like earthy motifs, consider textiles like bamboo, pieces of driftwood, or dried reeds to give your display some color.
Ties for Pins
To display your brooches and pins, take a solid-colored men’s necktie and secure it to a rod in your closet. Attach your pins to the tie and hang the tie from the rod. It’ll provide quick access to your pins and brooches while you are selecting the blouse, dress or jacket that you will wear that day. This technique will also work well if you have spare wall space outside of the closet. Adhere some 3M Command hooks like these from Staples, lay a rod across the hooks, and let the pin-covered ties hang down from the rod.
Plates or Unusual Containers
Check out your local thrift stores or antique shops for special dishes you can use to display your jewelry. You’re more likely to find one-of-a-kind treasures at these places — not to mention that they are budget friendly! Small saucers or serving bowls of all shapes and sizes are great for displaying rings or pins. Soap dishes are also a good choice. Also consider using a mason jar, bottle or even a small sandbox.
A little creativity will take you a long way when it comes to displaying your jewelry. Creating an effective, artistic display will hopefully be as rewarding as it was to make your jewelry. Happy weaving!