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Pixe’s Newsletter October 2009

Posted by pixe1 on October 1, 2009

Pixe’s News

 

http://www.pixestreasures.com

 

Volume 1 Issue 4

 

A warm hello!

Oh! This is such a fun time of year! The fall weather is upon us, the kids, and adults are gearing up for Halloween! I’m even considering dressing in a costume for Market Wednesday Halloween week! Hmmm…What shall I be?

Caring for your handcrafted jewelry

This is the last installment for caring for your handcrafted jewelry. This month the discussion leads us to cleaning.

If you store your jewelry properly, cleaning is easy. But for those of us who forget to put our jewelry away safely, and leave it on the vanity in the bathroom, tarnish does become a problem.

The best way to clean jewelry is either with a soft cloth and some warm soapy water if it’s truly dirty, then polish with a jewelry polishing cloth, then dry the jewelry thoroughly. There are jewelry cloths on the market that both clean and polish jewelry, and that’s what I use!

I caution against using any chemical or fancy cleaning systems for they can change the appearance of any stones in your jewelry. Besides, these chemicals are probably toxic, and no good for us anyway.

Following all the tips in the previous newsletters should help to keep your jewelry looking like new for a long time to come!

Introducing…

Treasures for Charity! Get Instant Karma!! Limited Edition.

Last month I designed, and donated a bracelet for the Holly Heilman Cancer Fund to be given away at their Chinese Auction.

This bracelet is now available to you and can be seen at Pixe’s Treasures. 50% off all sales from this bracelet will go to the Holly Heilman Cancer Fund. Hopefully, next year I will be designing a new piece of jewelry for them! Help support this wonderful cause!

Save Some Copper Sale!

Since we all like to feel warm and cozy in October, all copper jewelry is on sale for the month of October, and has been marked down 15%. Copper is such a beautiful, and warm looking metal, and may just help with those cold weather aches and pains!

Calendar of Events

Every Wednesday.. .. .. .. .. .. .. Leesport Farmer’s Market, Building #1

October 10 and 11, 2009 .. .. .. Stoudtburg Village Arts and Craft Festival

Stoudtburg Village, RT. 272, Adamstown, PA

We look forward to seeing you!

Please feel free to pass this newsletter on to your friends and family!

 

Wishing you all a warm and wonderful month of October! Have a happy, and safe Halloween!!

Mich

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Pixe’s News September, 2009

Posted by pixe1 on September 2, 2009

 I love the month of September! When my son was younger, it was back to school, and peace and quiet for a few hours. Now, as I’m older, I look forward to the cooler fall weather, and the changing leaves! I find so much inspiration in fall…It is truly my favorite season!! Perhaps this fall, I will fill the gas tank, grab my sketchbook, a few pencils, and take a fall foliage drive!

What is it about September that you love?

Caring for your Handmade Jewelry, Part 2

Last month we discussed the general care of your handmade jewelry. This month, the topic is storing your handmade jewelry.

To keep your handcrafted jewelry looking new, storing your pieces properly is important. Always store your jewelry in a dry place. Leaving it in the bathroom will only cause it to tarnish quicker…This is fine if you like that look.

If your jewelry came in a plastic bag, store it there…it prevents tarnishing and will prevent scratching.

Storing is easy…just keep in a clean, dry spot, and your jewelry will look like new for years to come!

 

 

September Sales

This month, Pixe’s sale is going to be a bit different! Since September is my birthday month, I’m having a great big celebration the week of my birthday! See the calendar of events below for the special in person sales! I’ve been working hard to make lots of new pieces for this event!!

Newsletter subscribers can take advantage of an additional discount! Sept. 14-30, 2009, You can receive an additional 10% off your purchase online only at Pixe’s Treasures, or at my Etsy site! You must use the coupon code PIXESNEWS to receive the discount. I will refund the discount via Paypal. Remember, you do not have to be signed up to Paypal to use a credit card with Paypal checkout!

 

 

Calendar of Events for September, 2009

 

Leesport Farmer’s Market: Every Wednesday. I can be found in

Building #1

~~Wed. Sept. 9, 2009: Leesport Farmer’s Market: Everything will be

30% off, except custom orders.

~~Sept. 11, 12, and 13: Hay Creek Festival open until 9a.m. to 5 p.m.

Everything will be 30% off, except custom jewelry

orders.

~~Sept. 26, 2009: “Harleys for Holly” sponsored by the  Holly Heilman Cancer Fund at St. Benedict’s Picnic Grounds on Route 10.

I won’t be there, however, a bracelet I’ve designed especially for their Chinese Auction will be!

Help support this local organization that assists families of cancer patients!

 

Share the love!! Feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends, family, and coworkers! They too can take advantage of the sale prices!!

 

Wishing you all a wonderful, peaceful,  and safe month of September!

 

 

Mich

September, 2009

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Pixe’s Newsletter, July 2009

Posted by pixe1 on July 6, 2009

Pixe’s News

 

 

Hello Friends!

I’d like to send a big thank you to everyone who visited at the Apple Dumpling Festival and made the week such a great success!  Despite the threat of bad weather, and actual rain,  we kept a positive attitude and had a great time!  We’ve also made  many new friends along the way! 
Congratulations to all the earring winners!  I hope you enjoy your new baubles!

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July Sale!

Necklaces will be on sale for the month of July at 20% off!  Earrings are still on sale at 15% off till the end of June!  Newsletter subscribers get to take advantage of both sales online at

Pixe’s Treasures until June 30, 2009. Please be sure to use the codeword “julynews09” when ordering!
The reduced price for necklaces won’t show up on the website until July 1st.  If you would like to order a necklace, I can either send you an invoice via paypal, or issue a refund via paypal within 24 hours.  Any questions, please feel free to ask.  You can email me at mich@pixestreasures.com

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I decided to tweak an article I previously published about buying handcrafted jewelry, and share it with you this month.

Buying Handcrafted Jewelry:  Pricing

Seems to me,  the first place to start the discussion on buying handcrafted jewelry is pricing.  Let’s face it, it is the first thing I look at,   and I  know price is the first thing you look at. 

For the most part,  handcrafted jewelry is  more costly than mass produced jewelry.   When purchasing mass produced jewelry,  what do you actually get?   You get a piece of jewelry that thousands,  if not millions,  of other people are wearing.  You don’t know who made, where it was made, or the conditions at the factory where it was made.  When purchasing handcrafted jewelry,    you will get a piece of jewelry that is one of a kind,  or very limited in the number of pieces available.  Only you , or at most, a few other people will be wearing. Even if the seller has more than one piece of an item,  each item is still one of a kind because each piece is handcrafted.   It is very difficult to make two pieces of jewelry exactly the same;  each stone is different, and I cannot seem to bend wire the same way twice!  You can also request a custom piece of jewelry be created for you, which I love to do!!  Buying handcrafted jewelry is a really great way to show off your individuality,  and show off your personal sense of style!!   So, that said, let us talk about pricing.

There are a few factors to consider when pricing handcrafted jewelry.

 

Cost of supplies.  .  I try  to find bead and metal suppliers with the highest quality product and the best pricing so I can offer fair price to my customers. 

 
Time spent designing the jewelry .   Most jewelry artists have visions of what they want to create.   Many of  sketch our ideas and then have to search for the materials needed to create our next masterpiece.  Then we have to put it together to make sure it works and matches the vision.

Time creating the jewelry.   Once we jewelry artists have our vision,  we need to create.   Some pieces take longer than others.  Simple pieces are less time consuming then others.   It take me much less time to string a necklace than it does to to individually wire wrap each bead and link them together.

Another aspect to consider with pricing is you get what you pay for.   A simple piece of handcrafted jewelry can be inexpensive, however, a more intricate piece that is very inexpensive could raise some warning flags. Is the jewelry made with materials the artist claims?  Is this truly handcrafted, or mass produced and being passed on as handcrafted?

 

 These are a few factors that are considered when pricing handcrafted jewelry.  It really does take time to create handcrafted jewelry .  For example, it takes me well over 30 minutes to create one sterling silver bracelet:  I make the links, wire wrap the beads, create the clasp, then put it all together.  My goal is  to present  a high quality, beautiful  piece  of jewelry to you at a fair price.

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Where to find Pixe in July:

Throughout the month of July, Pixe can be found:
Every Wednesday at the Leesport Farmer’s Market, Building #1 from 9a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Virtual Craft Show at Cafe Handmade

You can enter contests there, view the virtual craft show, and vote for best in show!  (Vote for Pixe!)  A really cool place to hang out!

African Turquoise Moonlight Crystal

African Turquoise Moonlight Crystal

 

Be sure to check Pixe’s Treasures for  the most up to date schedule of events, such as craft shows!

 

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your friends, so they can take advantage of this sale, too!!

 

If there is something you would like to read about, please send suggestions!

 

Have a wonderful, and peaceful day!

  

Mich  

Pixe’s Treasures  

http://pixestreasures.com

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Pixe’s June Newsletter

Posted by pixe1 on June 2, 2009

The Pixe Newsletter Welcome to Pixe’s Treasure Chest’s First Newsletter! I’d like to thank all the wonderful people we met at The Topton Street Fair for making our day a success!! When no one was watching, I could be found singing and dancing to the tunes! It was a wonderful day, and we really had a great time!! Thank you!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

With this newsletter, I’d like to give my reader’s advance notice of sales at Pixe’s Treasures, special sales for my readers from time to time, articles about handcrafted jewelry, articles about gemstones and the stones I use when creating my jewelry, and where Pixe’s Treasure Chest can be found in person! You are also offered the opportunity to suggest topics of interest you’d like to discuss, and as always, I’m more than happy to answer any questions you may have! So, onward to the most important order of business…June’s sale!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Earrings will be on sale, starting June 1, 2009 at 15% off at Pixe’s Treasures ! As a reader, you are entitled to take advantage of this discount now! This gives you first choice of the earrings offered for sale. If you make a purchase using PayPal or a credit card between 5/28/09 and 5/31/09, the difference will be refunded to you. After June 1, 2009, the prices will reflect the discount! Check back often, as new items will be added to Pixe’s Treasures! Happy Shopping!!

Alexandrite Earrings

  

June’s Birthstone Wearing your birthstone is supposed to bring you good luck! Birthstone jewelry is a great gift to give; either to yourself, or to someone special. The birthstones for June are Pearl, Moonstone, and Alexandrite. I’ve decided to bring you a little info about Alexandrite ; I think it is one of the most gorgeous, and fascinating gemstones out there! Alexandrite is as beautiful as it is rare. This stone is named after the Russian Czar, Alexander II, for it was discovered the day the future czar came of age, in April 1834. Isn’t that a great birthday present, having a gem named after you!!! What is it that makes alexandrite so beautiful, and so rare? It’s beauty comes from the ability to change colors in different light sources. Natural sunlight makes alexandrite appear a bluish green, and in indoor lighting, it appears purplish/red. Alexandrite’s rarity comes from being only mined in a few places in the world where all the right elements came together to form this lovely stone. Alexandrite from Russia is believed to be the most beautiful, and is the most valuable. Most alexandrite jewelry is made using synthetic, or lab grown stones. These are almost as pretty as the real ones. Good stones will exhibit a color change. The alexandrite stones I use are a purple color inside, and a teal color in sunlight. Very pretty! Throughout history, many gemstones have been attributed to mythological and healing lore. Individuals believed, and still do, that wearing certain stones achieve desired affects. Alexandrite is known as the “Good Omen Stone”. It may also assist one’s ability to center the self, build self-esteem, and improve on a person’s ability to experience joy. It is also believed to inspire creativity and the imagination.

Sources:

 International Colored Gemstone Association: http://gemstone.org

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysoberyl

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In June, Pixe can be found at: The Leesport Farmer’s Market every Wednesday in Building 1

The Apple Dumpling Festival, Sinking Spring, Pa June 15-June 20

And don’t forget to check the website for the “codeword” for a special discount before you come see us!!

Hope to see you soon!!

Have a wonderful June! —

 Mich

Pixe’s Treasures http://pixestreasures.com

If you would like to sign up for this newsletter, and take advantage of advance notice of sales, please email me at  mich@pixestreasures.com.

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