Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New items

ID Lanyards - Just because you have to wear an ID badge doesn't mean it has to be drab! New ones, just placed online for sale:

Turquoise-dyed Howlite nuggets alternating with bronze metallic beads. It is constructed with line guards for flexibility and strength, and comes with a magnetic breakaway clasp for people who need that safety feature. It has a sturdy, yet beautiful silverplateed giant swivel clasp to hold your item, and comes with a detachable nickel spring clip for an ID badge.
Howlite represents soothing, calming and awareness. 
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Turquoise-dyed Howlite nuggets alternating with tiny coordinating glass beads.  Flexible and strong, it includes a sturdy, yet beautiful silverplateed giant swivel clasp to hold your item, and it comes with a detachable nickel spring clip for an ID badge.
Howlite represents calm, gentleness and awareness.

Glittering green beads and accent sections of lime green zebra pearls. The clasp is a very sturdy, yet beautiful silverplated giant swivel clasp, and it comes with a detachable nickel spring clip for an ID badge. It is sonstructed with line guards and is double-crimped for strength and flexibility.
Green is the color of promise and beginnings, and pearls represent calm, sincerity, truth and loyalty.
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Bronze metallic beads in alternating sizes with accent sections of Tigereye nuggets and beads. It has a goldplated giant lobster clasp to connect to your badge, keyring, etc., and comes with a detachable spring clip for the ID badge.
Tigereye is favored by business people as it represents protection, grounding, decision making and creative stimulation.





Thursday, November 3, 2011

Creative Craft Festival November 4 & 5

I am thrilled to announce that I will be offering some of my lovingly handcrafted jewelry and accessories for sale at the Creative Craft Festival in Norman, Oklahoma this weekend, Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5. 

This takes place inside the building at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson, Norman, OK 73071. (You can click the address to see a google map page of where this is.) Show hours are 4 to 8 on Friday and 9 to 4 on Saturday, so come on out and see me (...and the other 80 or 90 other vendors, too!).

The Cleveland County Fairgrounds has been home to the Creative Craft Festivals for over 20 years. They have 5 shows a year beginning with one in March and ending each year with one in December. These craft shows are filled with a wide variety of hand crafted and market items from various vendors around the region. Parking and admission are always free at every show, with a concession stand run by local county clubs. Sounds like one could make a day of it, so come on out!



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Turquoise, Pearl, Shell and Copper

Just listed at www.EightSusquehanna.com, these beautiful handcrafted earrings and bracelet:





Built on handmade copper chain - yes, I rolled and cut the jump rings myself!

Featuring Turquoise nuggets, Pearls, Shells and Crystallized Swarovski Elements.

 

See them both at www.EightSusquehanna.com

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lapiz Lazuli and Cobalt Blue Bracelet



Lapiz Lazuli and Cobalt Blue Bracelet  features alternating coils of glittering cobalt blue glass beads and Lapiz Lazuli nugget beads.

See it on Etsy

...And thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

New Items Posted for Sale....

 Ice Aqua Gemstone Glasses Leash  featuring aqua and ice blue stone and semiprecious gemstone nuggets including aquamarine, amazonite, jade, and quartz.

Green Gemstone Nugget Glasses Leash featuring  pale misty green stone and semiprecious gemstone nuggets such as jade, moss agate, serpentine, chrysoprase, aquamarine, aventurine, and quartz.


Crystal Rainbow Glasses Leash featuring a simple beaded strand of crystal clear glass beads with a light aurora borealis rainbow finish.

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Good at  EightSusquehanna.com, ArtFire  and Etsy - use promotion code FBF20 when checking out to get your 20% discount!

Happy shopping!
Vicki

Monday, July 11, 2011

Beaded 7-strand Turquoise Necklace



Newly listed on Etsy, this lovely, flowing 22 inch 7-strand beaded necklace with Turquoise Nuggets and Swarovski accents


See it here


...and thanks for looking!

Lovingly handcrafted jewelry and accessories
by artisan Vicki Newby

Monday, June 20, 2011


Added to ArtFire - Cobalt Blue Glasses Leash with Swirl

I love Cobalt Blue, don't you?

See it here

...and thanks for looking!

Lovingly handcrafted jewelry and accessories
by artisan Vicki Newby







Strike interferes with shipments to Canada

Strike interferes with shipments to Canada

Friday, June 17, 2011 – Due to the Canadian Postal Strike, Canada Post has informed the U.S. Postal Service that the suspension of mail delivery to Canadian addresses will last until at least next week.
With this notification, USPS will stop accepting all letters and packages destined to Canada with the exception of Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) Shipments at 11:59 p.m., CST, Saturday, June 18.
 
Monday, June 20 Update – USPS Info on Canada Post strike:  USPS is NOT ACCEPTING mail destined for Canada as of Sat, June 18 with the exception of Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) shipments.  The Canadian Government is scheduled to make a decision on back-to-work legislation at some point today (Monday, 6/20). Once Canada Post announces when they will resume operations, the USPS will again accept mail destined to Canada.
 
More news as it becomes available.
 
Vicki Newby
EightSusquehanna
Lovingly Handcrafted Jewelry and Accessories

Posted in Canada Post by EightSusquehanna on June 20, 2011 at 1:26pm

Friday, June 3, 2011

Handmade Blue ID Lanyard with Lapiz, Azurite & Malachite


 New on Etsy, this blue ID Lanyard with Lapis, Azurite and Malachite nugget beads. Silverplated giant lobster clasp with removable nickel plated spring clip to hold your ID badge.

Click Here


...and thanks for looking!
Vicki Newby

Lovingly Handcrafted Jewlery by Artisan Vicki Newby

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Handmade Green Stone Glasses Leash Peeper Keeper


Now on Etsy, this lovely handmade glasses leash  peeper keeper with green stones.

Click Here


...And thanks for looking!
Lovingly Handcrafted Jewelry by Artisan Vicki Newby

Friday, May 27, 2011

Handmade Bronze Pearls ID Lanyard


Just listed, this beautiful handmade ID Lanyard with bronze pearls, tiny tiger eye beads, and Crystallized Swarovski Elements. Silverplated giant lobster clasp with removable nickel plated spring clip to hold your ID badge.

Click here


...and thanks for looking!
Lovingly Handcrafted Jewelry by Artisan Vicki Newby

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Handmade Black Butterfly ID Lanyard


Just listed, this beautiful handmade black butterfly ID lanyard, made with black glass beads and featuring accent sections of Czech glass butterflies and Swarovski cube beads, both black with the Aurora Borealis finish.

Hey, just because you have to wear an ID badge, doesn't mean it can't be pretty!

Click here

...and thanks for looking!
Lovingly Handcrafted Jewelry by Artisan Vicki Newby

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

About the Artisan and Crafters Venue, ArtFire


 

I want to tell you what I love about selling on ArtFire - Where to begin?

First of all, it's so easy to sign up with ArtFire and begin selling. I heard about it from another creative friend and looked into it. There's a Basic version (free)  and a Pro version (for a small monthly fee). Like many others, I started out with the Basic version, but soon upgraded to the Pro version because it has so many more options behind the scenes.

The Help Center has a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up your ArtFire store. Really, all you have to do is read the black part and follow the uber simple directions!

Help Center also has a 45 Day Guide, which walks you through exactly what to do to make your most successful ArtFire store. It even includes Work Days, since, as a crafter, you have to make some things to list, right? The 45 Day Guide also includes information on blogging your ArtFire Studio, setting up social media, such as Twitter  and Facebook, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and indexing tutorials, and even advice on creating your business cards.

There is a beehive of community on ArtFire - forums of other artisans and crafters, as well as guilds in various disciplines, in addition to the ArtFire staff - plenty of help available!

There are badges called Artifacts for which you can apply if you meet the criteria, and then you can display the artifacts in the artifact section of your profile, if you wish. Right now I'm pulling together what I need to submit to apply for a Certified Handmade Artisan artifact. More information about that as it becomes available.

If you're on Facebook, you can get an ArtFire Kiosk for Facebook!

And look here: When ever you visit an ArtFire Studio, you can see when was the last time the artisan checked in  - so part of my daily routine is to go to MyArtFire to Check-In as well as check for orders and add items to my Studio - and you can see, if the artisan has checked in recently, they are more likely to be involved, which means you get better and more personal service.

...And I love the ArtFire Dashboard page. Everything is laid out easy to see, easy to follow. You can even see where referrals to your ArtFire Studio are coming from in the Latest Incoming Referring URLs.

So check it out - take a look at ArtFire for your artisan or craft sales venue!

Click here to see

Monday, May 23, 2011

Handmade Copper, Turquoise, Pearl & Shell Earrings


Just listed this lovely pair of handmade earrings made of turquoise nugget beads, peacock coin pearls, shell rounds, and Swarovski Crystallized Elements on handmade copper chain, all suspended from copper shepherd's hook earwires.

See it here


...and thanks for looking!

Eight Susquehanna
Lovingly Handcrafted Jewelry by Artisan Vicki Newby

Handcrafted Turquoise, Pearls, Shell & Copper Bracelet


Just listed this handcrafted bracelet made of copper chain (that I made myself, jump rings and all!), turquoise nugget beads, peacock coin pearls, tiny champagne pearls, shell rounds, Crystallized Swarovski Elements and a copper toggle clasp.

See it here

...and thanks for looking!

Eight Susquehanna
Lovingly Handcrafted Jewelry by Artisan Vicki Newby

Recently Sold


SOLD! - this handcrafted necklace made of copper chain with turquoise nugget beads, pearls in two colors, shell rounds, Crystallized Swarovski Elements and Copper findings.  The necklace is 21 inches in length with an "S" hook clasp, and over half  of the copper chain I made myself, jump rings and all!




...and thanks for looking!


Eight Susquehanna
Lovingly Handcrafted Jewelry by Artisan Vicki Newby

Friday, April 22, 2011

Lavender Amethyst Tumbled Nugget Bracelet just listed on ETSY

Lavender Amethyst Nugget Bracelet Just listed on ETSY:
This lovely handmade four-coil memory wire bracelet features Lavender Amethyst tumbled nuggets separated by tiny coordinating seed beads.

Amethyst represents tranquility, intuition, and spirituality.

BRC1626

http://www.etsy.com/listing/72677607/handmade-lavender-amethyst-coil-bracelet 

Recently Sold!

RECENTLY SOLD:

Purple-Mix Coil Bracelet with glass beads, Czech Glass beads, Czech Crystal accents, Glass Pearls, and Crystallized Swarovski Elements.

Recently Sold!

RECENTLY SOLD:
Black ID Lanyard (ID 1368) with Czech Glass beads and Czech Crystal accents and silverplated giant lobster clasp.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Newly listed on Etsy


Just listed on Etsy: Handmade Glasses Leash Peeper Keeper in Light Peach

Approximately 32" in length, this lovely handmade glasses leash features light peach glass beads with an iridescent finish and accent sections of glass tumbled nugget beads with clear peach cube beads and light peach Crystallized Swarovski Elements with Aurora Borealis.

The ends are finished with reinforcing guards for strength and durability, and a fluted bead with the elasticized grip to hold your glasses.

Practical and charming, these clever glasses holders can help you keep track of your occasional yet necessary eyeglasses, whether you wear reading glasses, safety glasses or sunglasses.

Lovingly handcrafted in the USA by artisan Vicki Newby

Newly listed on ArtFire

Just listed on ArtFire:Handmade Peeper Keeper Glasses LEash in Jewel Tone Luster Glass

Approximately 32" in length, this lovely glasses leash features an eclectic mix of sizes and shapes of jewel-toned glass beads with a luster finish.

The ends are finished with reinforcing guards for strength and durability, and a gold plated fluted bead with the elasticized grip to hold your glasses.

Practical and charming, these clever glasses holders can help you keep track of your occasional yet necessary eyeglasses, whether you wear reading glasses, safety glasses or sunglasses.

Lovingly handcrafted in the USA by artisan Vicki Newby

Friday, April 15, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Back from Rio in Motion

I just got back from Rio in Motion in Albuquerque, New Mexico and it was great!

Rio Grande Jewelry Supply typically takes at least portions of this event on the road to some of the jewelry industry trade shows, such as the Tuscon Gem and Mineral Show, MJSA's big show in New York, and others. I've actually been to an MJSA show, but I have to tell you, going to a trade show is something like going through those buildings at the State Fair where the vendors come to present their businesses - a lot of exposure, but way too busy of an environment to really get much in depth. Also, I know the Tucson show is huge (like, all over town) and the thought of going to something like that is, quite frankly, intimidating to me. I know many thousands of people attend the Tucson show every time they have one, but the mere thought of it seems overwhelming to me. I wouldn't go so far as to say I'd "never" go to one, but in my current mindset, I can't imagine what it would take to get me to go to another huge trade show.

...So I was thrilled when I learned Rio Grande was going to do a Rio In Motion event right there at their home base facility in Albuquerque - I could definitely do that! One location, more focus, less chance of getting lost in a city that's not mine... and Rio totally went above and beyond to make things pleasant, informative, and as easy as possible for the participants. They must have planned it from a perspective of "If we were attending an event like this, how would we like it to go? How would we like to be treated?"

Rio got special rates for their participants at several hotels, Rio provided shuttle service from those hotels to their facility and back, they had a nice assortment of classes (which filled in a hurry!) with excellent instructors, and had tours of the facility and product demonstrations after each day's classes. They also provided snacks and very nice catered gourmet lunch each day. Many members of staff were on hand to meet and greet the participants and they all were so cordial and gracious! They really treated us all like royalty. I got the impression that they were as sincerely happy to have us there as we were to be there.

I learned in the facility tour that Rio Grande actually makes a substantial number of the jewelry findings and finished jewelry pieces that they sell, and we got to see the steps of process from wax impressions being cast and put on trees, investment, removing the pieces from the trees, cleaning the pieces prior to polishing, the different stages of the polishing process, the overstock warehouse, the big, medium, and small parts departments of the warehouse, the Made To Order department (if you need 1/2 ounce of silver wire that's cut from a spool, weighed and packaged in order for you to receive it, that is "made to order"). Rio also has their own CNC and metal shop department, so they are able to make any equipment they need, right there in house. Rio also can do custom imprints on any of the packaging materials they sell, and we got to see that department, too. They use state of the art communications devices to fill orders and maintain inventory.

Rio employs about 300 or so people, and everywhere I saw such a sense of community and team spirit.

Rio is quite green, using great recycling programs and solar energy.

Someone told me once, and I have found it to be true, that "any organization is the length and shadow of the person in charge." The founder, Saul Bell, has gone on to the Big Studio in the Sky now, but several of his descendants are still in evidence at Rio Grande. I am extremely pleased to report that Rio Grande is best of the best - quality, ability, competence, consideration, security, service, efficiency, politeness, good cheer, a sense of community, classiness, clarity,  integrity, and more... the list can go on, but I think you get the picture.

I sure hope Rio Grande does more Rio in Motion events in Albuquerque, because I would certainly go back!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Courtesy Announcement

Vicki Newby of EightSusquehanna will be attending an educational seminar at Rio in Motion this week and will be unable to ship any orders Tuesday, Wednesday &Thursday, January 25, 26, & 27, 2011...will be back and open for business again on Friday January 28, 2011. Thank you!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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Sprucing up an older bridal jewelry set
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When it comes to your wedding day, there are many things that factor in to how you look and feel. From the fabric of your bridal gown to the fit of your shoes, everything in contact with you will have an impact on your comfort for the day. One of the most important parts of the bridal ensemble is the jewelry – after all, how many opportunities do women get to go all out, wearing jewelry fit for a princess?

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About Eight Susquehanna

In the fall of 2005 I needed a pair of earrings to go with an outfit for a special occasion.I remembered I had an old case of beads, earwires, and other such supplies left over from a time I'd learned how to make a beaded bracelets. I found that old case and made the earrings I needed. While I had the beads out, I adorned a barrette to match, and then  made a bracelet and necklace while I was at it. My friends complimented me on these unusual items, especially the barrette.

Not long after that, some of my coworkers decided to put on a holiday craft sale, with a commission percentage to benefit a local food bank. I made up a passel of barrettes to take and, to my surprise and delight, sold every one! In an "Aha!" moment, my new hobby became a sideline business.

I decided to create a website for online sales. On the night of March 12, 2006 I was filling out the application for my new website and came across the question, "What is the name of your store?" Hmmm, business needs a name. I brainstormed, thinking of previous enterprises with which I had been associated and discovered a commonality in that many of them were named after places - Red Brick Studio, True Light Carrot Patch - geographic centers of creativity - and borrowed from my address at the time, 8 Susquehanna, as a name for my new jewelrymaking business, Eight Susquehanna. So it has been, and so it is - EightSusquehanna.

In January 2009 we made the acquaintance of a couple who were looking to move to Cooperstown. Long story short, this couple fell in love with our wonderful house at 8 Susquehanna, just as we had seven years previously. Even though the house was not on the market, the couple expressed an interest in purchasing it and a deal was struck. The sale of the house closed in April of 2009 and we took the opportunity to return to Oklahoma to be nearer to most of our family.
    
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