Summer at the Market

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There’s new pics from the market-

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We got a shout out from the crew at Gresham Saturday Market! They love our unique name 🙂

On July 1st we’ll be celebrating our first anniversary at the market. We’re excited that we’ve done it for a season’s worth and we’re planning to have extra goodies that day!

If you haven’t seen them, check out my seashell crowns! Instant mermaid-18013610_1882349731979120_5582014543292268544_n

I love the pearls so much.

 

blessed be

Christina

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Happy Holidays!

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This holiday season was full of cheer and familiar faces! We celebrated with our family and friends, some that we haven’t seen in over two years. The best part was that it snowed this year! Yay!

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In December, I also hosted a party to wire wrap a pair of earrings. It was fun! We had delicious chicken puffs and we made lovely dangles. Milli even helped 🙂

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I made a few custom pieces for fancy gifts this year. Some labradorite pendants and a quartz with peridot gemstone pendant in silver.

All wrapped up

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It’s fall and I’m so happy for the new season. This summer was full of vending and serious crafting.  I took my art to the local market every weekend even when I was exhausted from working the week right before. Sobe was there helping me every week with displays and setting up as well as watching Miss Milli while I was at work downtown.

Here’s a glimpse of the booth this summer:

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Our booth looked really good for Hempstalk! We had my jewelry and accessories and Soberstone Glass (pictures taken from my friend’s post, I didn’t get a chance to take many product shots):

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My hubby helped set up and watch the booth, my sister helped the whole time with customers, and a friend even came by to help watch over the booth. My in-laws were amazing too, helping watch Miss Milli for the weekend while mommy and daddy worked.

Halloween is coming up and I can’t wait to dress Miss Milli up. Last year she was a little pirate fairy. Since the family went to FaerieWorlds this year, she’s in love with mermaids and fairies. Milli’s just more expressive and learning new things. She’s talking more and more. She’s always polite, “more milk, please” or asking “mommy, daddy, chip? ok”. I love her so much! Look how adorable she is as a Rainbow Fairy:

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Next on the MOS list is preparing for the Holidays! Weeeeeeeeeee!! There’s a boat-load of jewelry to make in-between the harvest season responsibilities. I sold a substantial amount of my jewelry this summer and have to replace sold pieces (that I hope are now going to be popular). I still have a beautiful collection of polished cabs of labradorite, agate, and faceted gems that will look fabulous once they are wrapped up. I can’t wait to make more art! I appreciate that my work finds loving homes ❤

Blessed Be!

-Christina

 

 

 

 

Starting up again

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This is turning into a journey. Sharing my creations with others is rewarding and I’m getting better at presenting my craft. I’ve always made things and crafted. This home business, start-up, work or whatever it is allows me to express my creative side along with my ever-enthusiastic two-year-old daughter. She’s playing by the window with an atlas map while we watch “Frozen” together in my in-law’s house.  Sometimes she picks up a pair of pliers and some beads and says, “work, work” while I’m making jewelry too.

A lot has changed since we started five years ago. I first started MOS in 2011, after I graduated university with a bachelor’s in Political Science. Back then, I tried to make padded pouches to sell with my husband’s glass to head shops while going to school to help us make a little more. My husband, Sobe, has been blowing glass since 2007 under the name Soberstone Glass and we’ve always worked together to sell his glass in the area. Prior to MOS, I started Chestnut Stitches for my hand-sewn bags, aprons, and pouches. With the help of a friend that was also knitting, sewing and making jewelry, we shared tables at the holiday bazaars. It was small and I made a few sales even though my creations weren’t necessarily holiday themed.

 

Now it’s 2016 and I’m jumping all-in into this home business! I create because I can. For a long time, I had to make things I wanted because I could never afford a gown or expensive “designer” jewelry. I want to share my craft with the world. I have to sell my stuff because I certainly can’t wear it all myself. I want other people to feel beautiful and special when they wear my designs. I want to be a good role model for my daughter and support me and my family.

In the future, as my business grows and I can support myself more, I want to create a non-profit organization that teaches kids and adults basic, economic skills. I already love to teach how to sew and make jewelry. I dream of place where people can go to learn DIY or how to refine one’s skill to create practical and resourceful objects for the home and community. In the age of technology and scientific advancement, I think it is important to continue to share our resources responsibly and to avoid unnecessary waste whenever possible. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

I’m create for a number of reasons, many of which seem to be a natural propensity for creating and finishing something special. This is my path that I have chosen, for better or for worse. I’m genuine, strong-willed and my art is my salvation. I hope is that by producing handmade fashion accessories I can be apart of a supportive community that recognizes my hard work. And to hear everyone tell me how awesome my jewelry is!

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

-Blessed Be

C.C.

 

 

 

 

Summer plans and goals

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I have so many ideas and goals for this summer: market booth, online shop, making jewelry and fitting in a road trip or two!

My hopes are to build my shop into a part-time job and to help build Sobe’s business at the same time. I have many experiences in sales to help but a lot of my efforts are setting up a profile online and market my jewelry to everyone. I’m also spending as much time with my beautiful daughter everyday. It’s wonderful seeing her discovering life 🙂

Making jewelry has been an outlet for my creativity and starting healthier habits. I’m delighted after I finish making a piece of jewelry or art!

Come see my MOS booth at the Gresham Saturday Market at MHCC every Saturday from 9am-3pm this summer!

 

-Blessed Be

Contracts for Costumes

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It’s getting to be that time of year again: time to think about costume ideas for Halloween. When I get business cards for Soberstone, I think I will order some for my independent contracts that I offer for sewing projects.

Costumes need time for both development and construction, so August is really the time to start.

 

So far I have one on the table 🙂

 

-Peace