Friday, 6 December 2013

Quilled keychains and more…

Leftovers from my quilled earrings and a custom order leads to this......

(I simply luhv the bright colors .. don’t you?)

Have so many designs in mind, but sadly I’ve run out of key rings :(..
So while key chains take a back seat.. say hello to MAGNETS and BOOKMARKS……..
A quilled dragon fly  - a soon to be magnet.

A bookmark

Friday, 29 November 2013

Sore fingertips

That's what happens to you when you type during the day and twist wires by night. Occupational hazards X2. But when the outcome is satisfying, I shouldnt be complaining right?

Here is a glimpse at what I have been doing lately. 
Spirals spirals spirals.

Square. And my fav colour combo these days

Made these on the commute to work. Mighty please with self

Final outcome of the work on the bus.
Next time I should stop and take a picture of my fingertips too for the record. :(

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

5 mistakes small businesses should not make

(Actually, this is a brief list of mistakes I have made so far in managing my handmade jewelry business)

Not advertise enough: Not let everyone know about your brand, your facebook page, your blog. Every customer needs to have some way to get in touch with you. Be it for complaints, more sales or a simple testimonial. 

Not gift wrap a gift: Check with the sender if it is meant to be a gift and wrap it up nicely. If not, at least add a note to say ‘Happy Birthday’ or whatever the occasion calls for. A  friend ordered a set for her mother and didn’t mention of any particular occasion. Neither did I ask wrongly assuming that she may have mentioned it to her mom since it was a casual “just like that” gift. And needless to say, her mother freaked out on receiving a gift from a random person she had never heard of before.

Deliver before payment is done: Starting off as a (very) small business, I thought it was preposterous of me to ask someone to make a payment before actually delivering their order to them. What will people think if I do that?  I decided I was going to ship the product and then meekly send an invoice to request the customer to pay up for what they bought. After that, wait till the payment was done and only then heave a sigh of relief. But in the three years that I have been doing this, I have had my fingers burnt SO bad  a couple of times (should I do a post on that?) that I find it less foolish to wait for payment to come through before dispatching my products.

Get carried away and commit way more than you can handle: “Can you make a bracelet to match on these earrings?” And I go weak in the knees (awww! She likes my stuff!) and commit knowing very well that I don’t even have the basic raw material to make it. I make a random plan in my head of heading to the local craft store and hunting down what I am falling short of, sitting late into the night working on the bracelet and then giving it to the customer. After all I have to make the customer happy, right? No. Not at the cost of losing her forever. Because, let’s be practical: You are not going to be able to go to the store today. Even if you manage that, you cannot be sure about getting what you are looking for.

Take feedback but don’t be apologetic: “Why don’t you use a copper hook on this one?” “Do you have any terracotta jewelry?” I’ve heard all kinds of suggestions from everyone. In fact, I make a note of all the ideas and suggestions that people keep bouncing off me and I do plan to work on them. But every time someone throws an idea, I apologise saying “Oh I don’t have a copper hook. Wish I had it so that I could fix it for you instantly. Too bad” NO. Just say “I will see if I can get one for you but do you want to look at other bracelets?”

You could also read this post on my other blog to read how a home based baker I went to recently messed my order in more than one way.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

We won!

Showing off the Finalist Badge we won at Itsy Bitsy’s All That Glitters Challenge. Here is the link to our entry in case you missed it then.

Monday, 12 August 2013

New addition- Welcome Aparna

I was introduced to Aparna as the girl who makes lovely chocolates. Later I heard that this girl was also expecting her first baby around the time I was expecting mine. When we started sharing our pregnancy related and now baby caretaking /parenting experiences, I found out that her artistic skills don’t just end with her yummy chocolates- she is really very good at paper art and craft too! We shared our ideas and she showed interest in making jewelry. I’m glad to share with you all that from now on she is part of Team Koyri :)

Here is what Aparna has to say:

A tech writer by profession and a mom to a super-active 1 year old, guess how much free time I get :)But even then I needed something that would give me a break from my routine. And for someone who likes matching accessories with everything, what better hobby than make jewelry herself. Quilling happened by chance.. I saw my colleagues play with it, attended a few workshops and today here I am….

And I will leave you to drool over pictures of beautiful paper quilling earrings made by her.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

An unexpected holiday put to good use

Yesterday was a holiday here in Pune due to the Palkhi procession. I love such mid week holidays. I find them more relaxing than weekends on which I am usually tied down with social calls or some personal pending work that have been put off for long.
I spent a good amount of time yesterday dealing with matters related to Koyri. I met people, spoke to prospective business contacts and generally ended the day with a good feeling.
While I was at my bead table (which is now a hypothetical thing since it has been hijacked by my mom and her sewing machine) I made these dragonflies.
More combinations in the offing. What would you like to see/use them as? Key chains, pendants, mobile danglers, fridge magnets?  Anything else that crosses your mind?

I know the image looks very dull (reasons: low lighting and bad phone camera) but those dragonflies have turned out really pretty.

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Back from a break with glittery stuff...

I read about Itsy Bitsy's All that glitters challenge long back but did not find the time to work on anything. I  happened to notice that today was the last day for entry. Luckily the little one slept for a good hour or two today and I grabbed that opportunity to make these dangling earrings. I made them in three shades and combinations. Here are pictures:

I made an extra pair in brown and yellow combination for myself and I cannot wait to wear them. :)

Which do you like the most?

Friday, 31 May 2013

Where I learn to sew

On acquiring new skills of basics of using my moms sewing machine, I thought I'd give this tee shirt a new look.

I don't even remember when I bought this tee or if it was a gift or a hand me down. But I never wore it, mainly for it wouldnt fit and also for the stuff that is written on the front. you know however cool you want to act, you are just not cut out for some things. One of those things for me is wearing a tee shirt that says 'Bad cat. Looking for trouble'
Anyway, this is what it looks like now.

I've also added a small sleeve on the inside which I'm unable to photograph. I'm very pleased with how it turned out and I think I did a good job considering my Mom (and teacher in this case) did not find many faults. :P
So how do you like my new grocery bag. Go ahead, recycle that old tee shirt into a grocery bag like I did. you'll find plenty of tutorials on tge web. If u don't have access to a sewing machine, ask the neighbourhood tailor if he can run a stitch or two for you. If he does alterations he won't mind.

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