Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pondering

Pondering what you might ask? Well I will assume that you did...I made some what I thought were cool necklaces for my family members (the ladies of course) for Christmas and my husband is encouraging me to try and actually sell them. Now mind you I have never sold anything I have made, so I truly have no idea if anything I make is even worthy to be sold (and the publishing rejections don't help boost my confidence!). So I am looking for some honest feedback...should I or shouldn't I? Would anybody really buy them?

Anyway, let me at least show you what I am talking about. I used Jen Del Muro's Pizza box template to create a box for my necklaces that I gave out. I created a little insert for the inside that actually held the necklace in place. So first up is the box...can you tell I am stalling out of fear either way of what you might think?! I was making a lot of these, so I kept it as simple as possible. Stamped the snowflake in Night of Navy ink and matted it to Pale Plum. I attached a little bit of Night of Navy sticking out underneath so I could put the recipents name on the box. The Brocade Blue panel is embossed with the Cuttlebug Snowflakes embossing folder. For teh sides of the box, I just put a strip of Pale Plum so it wasn't plain. I topped off the snowflake with a rhinestone sticker in the center.


This is the box open revealing the necklace inside. The Pale Plum is the insert that I created to hold the necklace in place...sort of like a real jewelry box. The necklace is a washer necklace with a cotton cording and a metal bead. A close-up of the necklace shows I used a crackle finish to the surface to give it some more interest.



So what do you think? Just in case you needed to see more to make a decision, here are the others I made as well and me wearing one so you can see what they look like on:


I have ideas for variations of these, so I think I could do a variety...and I have even thought about getting a metal stamping set to stamp names/sentiments on the back side. So anybody want to buy one? Do I have something that is sale worthy? Seriously I need some honest feedback to know if I should go to the level of making a bunch and putting them up on Etsy or even building a website to sell them from...then even the thought of local stores...ahhh I don't know what to do! Like I said...pondering...

Thanks for checking out my kind of engineering!

8 comments:

Anita said...

What a beautiful necklace. My favorite would be the one you are wearing because it is purple. I would have no idea on how much to charge. Maybe look on Esty to see what others sell of something like this. Or just have them on your blog and have someone email you if they are interested in buying one. You are brave to try to get published. I am not brave enough to try and get published.

Michelle said...

I would definitly buy one...they are beautiful!

Maggie said...

Those necklaces are adorable! If I were you, I'd go for it. What have you got to lose? Take a chance and who knows, maybe you'll be so busy that you need to hire help! *wink*

Maggie said...

P.S. I'll take the one with the little star charm. ;D

Beth M said...

I love them! They are definitely worthy of opening an Etsy shop to sell them. Even if you only post a dozen or so to get started and see what kind of feedback you get I think you should go for it. Good Luck with your decision!

Jean H. said...

Yes, yes, yes...they are great! I like purple the best!

Elaine M said...

OF COURSE you should go for it!! These are great! Maybe even make some with very bright colors for teens. The possibilities are endless. Good luck.

Rebecca Ednie said...

I think you could sell them if the price point was right but crafty people can make them quite easily so perhaps market them to non-crafty people like on etsy? You might consider beading the necklace itself too. I bought one like that because of the beading on the string.

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