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A mile marker in candyland.

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The fledgling jewelry shop I started a few years back so I could play with plastics is about to cross a very big milestone. I’ve sold nearly 3,000 items in my urban legend Etsy shop, and I’m really excited to see the odometer roll over in the next few weeks. When I opened urban legend, I was just starting to experiment with using vintage plastics in jewelry. The bold colors and bigger shapes took my designs in new directions, and it was so fun that it just kept growing and growing.

In the last few years, urban legend jewelry has been featured in UPPERCASE magazine, and been sold in shops in 9 states, as well as in Australia and France. Best of all, it’s brought me so many new friends. I love my work and I’m proud of it. It’s going to be exciting to see that nice round number appear in my Etsy shop!

To celebrate, I’ve planned a special giveaway for the customer who buys my 3,000th piece of jewelry. One lucky buyer will receive a custom long necklace in the style of the pieces shown below, in the color or colors of their choice. As of writing this, I’m 9 items away from the finish line; I can’t wait to see what happens!

As always, please don’t eat the jewelry.

It’s so nice to see you again.

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Today, I’m relaunching my Leaves of Glass jewelry shop on Etsy. The shop has been on a different site for the last few years, but Etsy is where I got my start and where I built my name and my business. As I’ve been preparing to return, it’s felt so good to be back in that home. There’s been a lot to do to get ready, but I keep getting sidetracked browsing through all the designs I’ve made and sold since my beginnings in 2007 (some of my old favorites are shown here). Conversations with dear friends I met through Etsy keep calling my name and reminding me of where I’ve been. Each piece of jewelry is a reminder of the experience¬†that inspired it, and the people I’ve met who now wear the stories I made. One story leads to another, and to another, and I’ve had a wonderfully happy month turning the lights back on and sweeping the cobwebs away.reconstruction

It has stung a little bit to be going through this process of rebirth just as Etsy has decided to do away with its user-curated home page in favor of one that’s generated by an algorithm. That twelve item format of community-built content was beautiful, and it’s led me to so many wonderful makers over the years that I probably never would have seen without it. The user-curated home page was a way to see through someone else’s eyes. It was one specific person saying to everyone who landed on that page, “This is what I find beautiful; these are the connections I see.” It was unique and profoundly personal, and I mourn the loss of that personality in Etsy.

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Etsy gave me my introduction to the community of people who make things, and I’m forever grateful for that. When the home page disappeared, it felt briefly like the end of community to me, but I had that wrong. We build that community ourselves every time we make something. Every time we talk about what we’ve made, every time we put what we’ve made into someone else’s hands.¬†One person to one person, community is forged. I love selling online more than through any other medium because it gives me such a long reach. I get to talk and listen to more people in more places in a more intimate way than I ever can at a craft show or in a physical shop. Story is the engine that powers me, and this is where it thrives. So I’m thrilled to be back at Leaves of Glass. The lights are on, the door is open, and I’m full of stories. Come and hear them. Come tell me yours.

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leaves of glass flashback

I’ve been doing inventory while planning supply orders, and have come across a few of my early jewelry designs. I thought it might be fun to list these pieces in my shop at their original prices, as a sort of retro sale. So starting today, and continuing until they’re gone, I’ll be listing a couple of these oldies for your nostalgic shopping pleasure. Have fun!

three years and counting

Today marks the third anniversary of the day I joined Etsy as a seller. It’s been an incredible experience, and I feel so lucky to have met many, many wonderful people – both sellers and buyers. I thought it would be appropriate to take a look back and see how Leaves of Glass looked when I started. Here’s the first thing I ever listed:

They were called Cherry Carousel, and I had to take approximately 60 pictures of them to get a picture even this clear. I wish I was kidding. I hadn’t picked up a camera in ten years, and had never heard of macro.

Moving on a year to January of 2008. I had learned a bit more by then, and looking back through my listings and sales I’m touched to see how many of my loyal and generous customers came to me in that first year and are still fans. Thank you so much! I would not still be here without you. Lakeshore Earrings:

Moving on to last January, I came to this listing. By last winter, I’d developed a signature style of photograph that included a crumbling book binding as background. I’d also received generous advice and friendly council from seasoned sellers, made dozens of friends whom I cherish, started this blog, collaborated with customers on some very special custom work, sold over 1,000 items, mentored more than a few new sellers myself, and learned to listen to my father’s voice in my head. I don’t know that I’ve ever told him this, but every time I answer a convo or work through a thorny problem, I hear my dad editing me. He’s a good writer, a temperate and kind-hearted man, and he masters his ego more successfully than anyone else I’ve ever known. Thank you, Dad. I love you. And I love these vibrant, knobbly blue beads. Note to self: check beadboxes for more Capri beads. Capri Earrings:

Shortly after this listing, I decided to launch a second shop, separating my designs with vintage Lucite from the vintage glass line. I took a break from Leaves of Glass for personal and professional rest, and worked on developing the new shop and a new style of photograph. This second project is still a work in progress – I floundered around for a while, and there’s a horrible maudlin section in my Sold listings that shows a style I liked, but never mastered in terms of quality or visual pop. I’m constantly reevaluating my photographs and trying new looks, and at the moment my shop has settled into an amalgam of styles – basically I just choose whichever style I feel best suits the particular piece I’m photographing. I’m still not happy with it, but I’ve made my peace with the idea that I’m never going to be happy with it. Moving on…

Here’s a new pair of earrings I listed today, the first day of Year Three. And yeah, the photograph is bugging me. But as always, I’m in love with the beads. That particular passion never seems to fade, and finding new pieces to design with is still my favorite part of this work.

Thank you to everyone who helped me, befriended me, sought my advice, and liked, promoted and purchased my work. It’s been a privilege, and I hope to know you for a long time to come. To thank you, and because it’s become a tradition for me, I’m having an anniversary sale in my shop. Stop by anytime!