Today I am going to feature 4 Folksy sellers who take part in july jesters challange. I checked out their lovely shops and choose something pink.

Golden swirl necklace by Mirribeads

A nice cuppa badges by Gifts Shack

Summer gardens flower necklace by Pretty Charming

Peach tri-flower brooch by Bliss Knits


This week’s Folksy Friday is about love. I found some really pretty items. They are all lovely and beautifully made.

Summer of Love Flower Dangle Earrings by Sarah Paris Style

Rainbow Hearts & Pink Pearls Bracelet by Gezunteh Moid

‘Love’ Heart Card by Quite Contrary Crafts

And the last one is mine, hope nobody minds… : )

Love roses by Iyobo Design

Hi, I’m Nicola and I recently set up an online jewellery shop with Folksy called GewGaws. I’ve always loved jewellery and wanted to learn how to make it myself but never had the time until now. To tell you a little about myself, I’m an art historian and previously worked in a museum. When my contract ended last October I found myself with some spare time and a need to feel creative and productive so I signed up for a couple of beading workshops in Birmingham. Kate at the Birmingham Bead Shop in Digbeth and Estelle at The Bead Loft in the Jewellery Quarter are both wonderful teachers and have lovely shops with an excellent range of beads so they really fired up my enthusiasm! I started making a few things at home and gave some away but managed to sell a couple of things too which got me thinking about setting up a shop. I eventually came across Folksy. I was really impressed with the site and with how many creative people were out there, which was also a little intimidating, but I could see that my things could fit in too. It also looked really easy to use so I decided to go for it. The name GewGaws was suggested by my boyfriend and it means a showy trinket, bauble or ornament, which seemed to sum up my jewellery quite nicely. I also wanted a name that was a bit abstract, and just one word, so that people would remember it.

So, with some help from a graphic designer friend, I set up the shop and uploaded a few necklaces, mainly chunky colourful ones, and some charm bracelets. Then I told all of my friends and advertised on Facebook and Twitter. To my amazement I sold a necklace straightaway! Admittedly, it was to someone I know, indeed, all of the first few items I sold were to friends or acquaintances, but after a few weeks I also sold a couple of bracelets to someone I didn’t know (this may have been a result of posting the items on Craftjuice, another invaluable resource). I’ve now sold 14 items on Folksy and had a few commissions from people so I’m really pleased with how things have gone. It would be nice to sell more (and maybe even make a living from it!) but I am realistic that money is tight for people just now and there is a lot of competition so I’m considering other ways of branching out, such as trying out craft fairs. I have also found that the marketing side of things does take up a lot of time but it is worth it and allows you to meet other crafty people, who are all lovely and incredibly supportive. I’m still looking to find a job in a museum but have every intention of continuing to make jewellery – it’s given me a real sense of achievement and I absolutely love doing it!

Find Nicola’s lovely items here

I made a facebook fanpage for all jewellery designer, who is making unique jewellery at Unique handcrafted jewellery

The main idea is to promote each other so that more ladies have chance to find really unique jewellery.

Please have a look and ‘like’ our fanpage to get updates from our jewellery designers.

If you are a jewellery designer and would like to join, please ‘like’ the page and somehow (twitter, facebook, this blog, Folksy) let me (Beata) know that you are making jewellery so that I can make you admin too.

Each of us can have an album for the photos with link to our shops, and we can post our new creations anytime we have some, and if everyone inform many friends to ‘like’ our page, we will have loads of fans and hopefully some sales too ; )

Today I searched Folksy for beautiful butterly items and I found so lovely things, that I wish I won the lottery to be able to buy all of them. Check out the sellers’ shops as there are a lot more stunning things too.

Love birds with butterfly by Mochalulu

Passion Pink Origami Butterfly Choker by Satoko’s Origami Jewellery

Butterfly Hair Comb & Bobby Pin Set by Sweetest things by Miss Jodie Ann

Cup of Butterflies 8 x 8″ Print by Lola’s Room

As you can see in my business design, I love flowers, and my first Folksy Friday theme will be Flowers.

I really enjoyed browsing Folksy for beautiful flower products and I found a lot, but had to limit it unfortunately, so I chose these lovely items. I think they are all made beautifully and they are really unique.

Handmade Flower Brooch by Rosiebull Designs

Cherry Blossom Pendant by Daniel Musselwhite Jewellery

Selection of 4 Flower Cards by Broomhead Designs

Liberty Button Clips by Emily Pickle

I created a survey to learn a little bit about your jewellery shopping habits.

Would you please take part in it? It’s very short and anonymous.

You can find the survey at the following link:

Many thanks! x

new braceletsWhen Iyobo Design online jewellery store was launched there were not enough bracelets uploaded yet, but after the big day I started to work on more designs and now the results can be viewed at Pretty bracelets

There was a pair of beautiful sterling silver earrings, which was made after most of the sterling silver earrings and was not having photo, finally had chance to take it today. The earrings are also listed at Iyobo Design:  Unique sterling silver earrings

Please check them out and let me know what you think.

Fine silver earringsToday I was working on some lovely fine silver earrings, I posted the first ones earlier, and finally these lovely hearts are ready too.

They are available in more colours.

Fine silver earrings

Fine silver earringsThe first 2 pair of fine silver earrings are available in our online store at Fine Silver Earrings.

Please check them out and let me know what you think. : )

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