Thursday, November 25, 2010

The 3/50 Project & helping your community!

As my followers know, I make & design a line of jewelry. You might not know that I also work for a local, independent store called Revolve Clothing Exchange in Ybor City, FL. I also come from a family that owns their own small business in my home town.

In a world that is becoming overly convenient with gadgets & mega-marts, the small businesses are struggling to keep afloat. The 3/50 Project aims to change that, though. And their strategy to save small business is easy to get on board with! Pick 3 independent stores and try to spend $50 per month in each one. This could be a restaurant, dry cleaner, coffee shop, bookstore, retail store, independent grocer, etc. As long as it's independent!

The basic principle of this strategy is based on the fact that every $100 spent in a local independent business, puts $68 back into the local economy. If you spend the same $100 in a chain, only $43 comes back to your community.

So, please think twice before you go to the mega-mart, there's probably a unique place to get what you need that could use your business much more. Plus, the customer service & sense of community you get from shopping at an independent business is well worth the switch.

To find out more about The 3/50 Project, go to: Project 3/50

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Back in action!

I haven't blogged in months! Mainly because I haven't had anything to say that anyone would want to read. It kinda felt like my life was in a blender! (NOT in a tasty, fruity drink kinda way)
So, now I'm back to focusing on myself & my jewelry line. My creative juices are flowing, and I've been getting great feedback! I've been working on custom pieces for some wonderful customers, and I've been selling some of my work at my day job! (Revolve Clothing Exchange) I'm also filling up my etsy shop, with lots of ecclectic jewelry for the holiday shoppers. (
Also, etsy has just started a coupon code option in our stores, which I think is amazing! I'm running a holiday discount until December 25 with the coupon code HOLIDAY15! (it takes 15%off of your purchase) BUT, on Monday November 29th, I will be having a 40% off coupon code: CYBERMONDAY. In order to get the discount, you have to enter the coupon codes when checking out!
Here's some pics of what I've been making lately: