I am really pleased with my latest Etsy treasury. I started looking at photographs showing some urban blight, as the colors and patterns of urban decay influence my work. I chose a few that had the color red in common, then built from there. I think that it tells a story, if in a disjointed way. I’m looking forward to telling more stories this way.
I’m excited to share a new category in my shop this week – knitting stitch markers! These stitch markers are made to lie nicely between your stitches. The flexible wire won’t snag the yarn, and is easy to slip from needle to needle.
I have a few more ideas for markers I want to add to the shop next month, but I’m interested – what would you like to see? Swarovski crystals? Vintage Lucite? More food?
I stumbled across this blog from Poppytalk, 101 Reasons to Buy Handmade. It’s a little older, but timeless. It has reminded me that handmade items are a treasure for the receiver as well as for the maker. I was so bowled over at the lengths that Quill and Arrow Press took in their amazing packaging for a notebook I purchased as a gift. I am always tickled about how many people comment on a Scatterbrain Tee because the design is so unique and creative. I wore a Which Goose comb in my hair on my wedding day. Handmade items have a presence that mass-produced things can’t match.
I sometimes get caught up in worrying about how to make cherryonion seem more professional, but I am reminded by this blog that my favorite Etsy sellers are my favorite because of the joy they show in their work. Beyond the basics (good pictures, proper grammar) I don’t evaluate shops on their professionalism, I look at the personality behind the work. This blog reminded me to return to the joy I feel when I’m making jewelry, and the happiness I felt interacting with customers at the bazaar, helping them try on different pieces to find the right one. It is that joy that makes cherryonion what it is, not how thick or glossy my business cards are.
Cherryonion is a project I started to share my handmade jewelry, stitch markers for knitting, and occasionally paper goods and other things. I came to downtown Fresno via the rust belt and my work is largely inspired by urban decay and renewal. My signature materials are vintage lucite and glass beads and hand-altered raw brass stampings.
The blog will feature information on shop updates, events I will be participating in, and general updates on new pieces. I’d also love to include photos of happy customers wearing pieces!
I am interested in sharing this information via blog so that readers and customers can share in the conversation and provide feedback via comment. Also feel free to visit my other sites. My Etsy site is where you can view and purchase available pieces. My tumblr site is full of visual refreshments. Twitter and Facebook are other ways to communicate with me. I am always interested in working with you on custom pieces and always willing to discuss my work so feel free to contact me by the method with which you feel most familiar.