What we're about...

What we're about...

We love UPCYCLED art and a unique gift idea, so we work to create unusual frames and upcycled SCRABBLE ART– like Scrabble jewelry. We have Scrabble art for dog lovers (because we specialize in vintage dog stuff), but we also have other themed Scrabble jewelry and we’re adding more all the time!

Some of the newest themes we’ve added to our Scrabble jewelry include Star Wars, Van Gogh, Harry Potter and Banned Books and Paris…plus many more! You just never know what upcycled SCRABBLE ART we’ll come up with next…we love creating new Scrabble jewelry!!

We specialize in unique gift ideas for dog lovers, so we hope people will check us out when looking for upcycled dog jewelry or a cool DOG FRAME. We work hard to have lots to offer!

Our journey is crazy busy sometimes, the financial end can be a struggle, we don’t know how we’ll keep going, but then…oh my…the ideas come, people send wonderful notes about our stuff, and we’re working together for ourselves. So…our handcrafted journey continues. We hope you’ll stop by now and then. We love that this business opens us up to the whole world…how amazing of a journey is that!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

This Handcrafted Life

Our handcrafted journey continues into the holiday season.  We are so grateful that our SCRABBLE JEWELRY is so well received, as well as our DOG FRAMES.  It definitely keeps us hopping in order to create what we hope are some cool Christmas gifts

Louisa May Alcott / Little Women Bracelet
Boston Terrier Dog Frame
 In our last blog, we wrote how we hoped to keep some balance in our lives this Christmas season.  Have we?  Well…it’s Sunday and we got our shipping ready to go, figured out what Scrabble bracelets to work on the next couple of days, and I’m writing this blog.  Hmm…doesn’t sound very balanced. 

However, we did go get our Christmas tree at a local tree farm.  Love the smell of a Christmas tree in our house.  We also got some Christmas decorations out, so we did take some time for ourselves, and our handcrafted work will continue tomorrow.

This was our first year really working at this handcrafted business and actually it was only a partial year.  It will help us to figure out next year’s holiday season, as well as the rhythm of the year’s work.  We’re keeping track of how many Scrabble bracelets and frames we’ve been selling  to give us an idea about next year (as long as what is popular now is popular next year -another variable to consider).  We created our own computer worksheet to keep track of our inventory and sales because we didn’t find anything online that really did what I wanted it to do.

I have to say though that I’m looking forward to sitting after the holiday season is over, so we can look at those records and plan for next year.  I’m big into plans and this past year has given us a good foundation to work with, so we will plan, and hopefully next year will be even better.  But, I am also looking forward to taking a week or so off at the end of December…to relax…and sleep…and read…and relax…and sleep.

But for now, as Thanksgiving has just past, we are reminded how very thankful we are for our family, friends, customers and this handcrafted business that we have built up and all the creative ideas we've been blessed with.

Now, it’s off to sleep to be well-rested for another whirlwind week.

Ballet Scrabble Bracelet