Monthly Archives: November 2014

My Experience as a Vendor at Junk Jubilee Jingles

Back now for a couple of weeks from vending at Junk Jubilee Jingles and I am finally feeling normal again! Can I just say shwhooooooeee! I was so wiped out when I got back that I literally slept for 2 full days. Would I do it again? Absolutely!!!! The quality of the show combined with the wonderful people and good sales makes this show a “don’t miss” in my book.

Set up day…

Hanging one of my big sellers, wood slice ornaments.

Day 3, only a few ornaments left

Some of the nearly 400 pieces of jewelry I created for the show, including bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings.

And here are some of the wonderful wares by other vendors at the show:

So much eye candy! And that’s just a tiny sampling of the creativity present in both product and display. I’ll have lots more pictures to show you of other booths as well as my own in part 2. I’ll show you some of the people I met and their stories. I’ll share a picture of my bestie who went with me and let you in on some of our after-hour adventures.


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A Grateful Heart

Just a quick post to check in and let my readers know that I’m still living! I’ve not posted for nearly 3 weeks and I’m having withdrawal! I’ll share all about the Junk Jubilee Jingles show where I was a vendor in my next post. But for now, I just want to pop in on this busy night before Thanksgiving and say thank you to all who take the time to read my blog. Being able to write and share my creative endeavors with you is an outlet that I cherish. I am grateful for so many things in my life, and you are one of them!
Life size cornucopia seen in St. Louis botanical gardens

Tomorrow and this weekend as I sit down with family, we will think of all the things we are thankful for. We will give thanks to God and purpose in our hearts to carry an attitude of gratefulness always.


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Necklaces in the Studio: Junk Jubilee Jingles Part 3

The show is almost here! I’m scurrying around like crazy, trying to get as many of my designs finished as possible so I will have a nice selection for my customers at Junk Jubilee Jingles. The event will be held at the state fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 14, 15 and 16, 2014. Last week and the week before that I showed you a small sample of the 200 bracelets and earrings I will have for sale.

This week’s preview features necklaces.

What can you do with a bunch of smashed bottle caps and a box of trinkets that was thrown into a purchased box of junk?

Pop out the corks and turn them into necklace pendants!

Here’s a peek at a few more of the almost 100 necklace designs I’ve been busy creating.
It’s such a joy to use old castaway items and upcycle them into something useful and pretty.

If I can squeeze it in, I will try to show you some ring designs before I’m all packed up and on the road next week. If you live anywhere near Des Moines, I hope you make plans to attend the show. It’s worth a few hours drive for sure, and you can get a bunch of Christmas shopping done early!

If you can come, be sure to stop by my booth and say hello! Thanks for dropping by!


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Swap & Tell Linky Party #13

Welcome to Swap & Tell #13!
A link up for shop owners trading products and posting reviews!

This link up is all about helping one another get exposure for our products and services.

Word of mouth advertising = traffic = sales!

We all know that advertising can be very expensive, so my co-host and I are so very happy to be offering shop owners a way to get your name out there to new audiences for the cost of a trade, while helping fellow shop owners in the process. And now if you have a blog or Facebook, but no product to swap, you can link up to receive products and post reviews.

Speaking of co-hosts, I am pleased to be joined by Heather at Woods of Bell Trees . Heather has a unique and fun blog and personality, with a growing following. Be sure to pay her a visit! Your link will show on both blogs simultaneously, meaning more opportunities!

If you are just now finding out about Swap & Tell, you can read more about it here.

Please note: Swap & Tell will be on a break next week while I am away selling at Junk Jubilee Jingles.

And now, on to the swap, but first, please read the rules:

*This link up is a SWAP so please only link up posts that contain a picture of an item you would like to swap and have fun shopping around!

*Link up a post from your blog, Etsy, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram that contains a picture and description of your swap item, using a permalink to your specific post or shop item.

*Visit the other links, find something you’d like to swap for, and leave the other person a comment with a link to your posted item.

*Exchange address info with your swap partner. Each person will pay shipping for the item she/he is sending.

*Please be prepared to ship your product no later than one week from the time the swap ends. (The timetable for services will be worked out between those swapping.)

*Product reviews should be posted no later than two weeks from the time the swap ends. (The review timetable for services will be worked out between those swapping.)

*The review should contain a photo of the product received; your own scoop on the product; and a link back to the product, shop or person (their choosing). (The review for services may or may not include a photo, details to be worked out between those swapping.)

*Please include the Swap & Tell button or text link back to your host in your linked post.

*Please Note: We have modified the link up to now allow participants to link directly from their Etsy shops!

* Please follow your host, Tarnished Royalty with one of the following methods:

tarnishedroyalty on facebooktarnishedroyalty on pinteresttarnishedroyalty on bloglovintarnishedroyalty feed

*****If you are linking as a NON SHOP OWNER:


*You can link any post, with a blurb about Swap & Tell somewhere in the post.

*Visit the other links, find an item, and leave the person a comment that you would like to review their product.

And finally, have fun and remember, it’s all about promoting and helping one another. The value of the swap is in more than the products received, but in the exposure you will receive from reviews. A swap means a review for your product too!

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