There is just something about doing business locally. Supporting your fellow neighbor in their business endeavors. I was really excited to meet Mary Carlic the owner and creator of The Wren’s Den. The Wren’s Den makes handcrafted soaps that smell delicious and magical at the same time. I was fortunate enough to meet Mary when she came in with her children to shop during February break and after chatting for a few minutes I was pleased to hear that she too was a small business woman in the area. She introduced me to the products that she sells and I was immediately in love with them all! The scents of spring, clean and brisk caught my attention! I learned that Mary with the help of her family makes these enticing products in her own home and sells them at shows as well as having them in a various selection of stores on the west side of Syracuse. I am super impressed with the attention to detail Mary has put into her product and that she even uses a local artist for the drawings on her labels. Doing business with local vendors is not only convenient it’s about building lasting relationships that will lead to a network that is wide open for the future. We love that on Fridays starting in April, we will have locally grown and produced products for sampling such as Meadowood Farms’ cheeses. I am proud to be a part of these community and proud to offer as much as we can from local vendors. Remember my very own partner is a local vendor with her one of a kind jewelry! So stop by and enjoy the local sampling’s from the surrounding community!
Hi all! I couldn’t have been more elated that I have a partner this past week. I hear over and over again how partnerships are tough and it seems to always have a negative vibe surrounding the thought. Well I wanted to shed a little positive vibe about being a partner. This past week my son who is a one year had a terrible reaction to his shots causing him to have high fevers and completely be worn out. As other mothers can attest this its the worst feeling ever to have this sick child and not be able to do anything to help him feel better quickly. So to add to that feeling of helplessness, I also have a business to run. I couldn’t have been thankful for erin this past week because I was able to stay at home all week just holding him and comforting him as best as I could. This I realized was the first time in almost six years that I have been able to be away from work without the panic feeling of needing to be at the store and those responsibilities that were calling my name. I was able to focus solely on my son and his well being and not worry about the store at all. Even when I had Ben and was in the hospital, I was only thinking about work. It was a such a breathe of fresh air that I knew the store was in great hands. Those hands of erin, who is not only my business partner but my friend. I value partnerships so much more now then ever before. For without my partner something would have suffered last week; my son or my work. I am able to be back in the store this week with a new sense of rest and relaxation looking forward to the spring! Hope to see you all soon!
On Sunday morning, I left the sunny skies and Saguaro cacti of Arizona behind. It was beautiful, the weather was grand, the Gem and Mineral Show was fantastic, as were the Margaritas and time spent with my lovely parents and my friend Yasha….
I returned to this…
Sigh. Welcome home, right?!
Arizona truly was grand. It was only my second visit to the Gem and Mineral Show, but I felt much less “green” at this one! The first time I went, I’d owned a bead shop for all of 7 months and was entirely overwhelmed by the whole thing. This time I was able to pick out things for a newly revised store- I found some great finished jewelry and accessories as well as some goodies to incorporate into my own designs.
One of the new lines I brought in was “The Bell Collection” by “Jewelry John”. I had the fortune of meeting John and he was such a terrific and genuine soul. He has a very small family business, and he does all parts of the manufacturing of his bells. He carves the designs in wax and uses the “lost wax” method to render them in sterling silver. He even does his own casting! One of my favorites is the Birdhouse Bell. My mom’s new phrase (courtesy of Portlandia) is “Put a Bird On It!” You can imagine her delight in this particular bell!
These bells have the sweetest tones and I find myself tapping them constantly to hear them chime.
I also found some fun jewelry that is created in zinc. It’s plated in sterling silver or gold and is entirely free of lead or nickle. The jewelry is big and showy and just fun! Check out a few examples:
I also found some gorgeous scarves and set up for a trunk show of enameled components for March. It really was a great trip, but I’m glad to be back in my own studio to put some of my new purchases to work!
This is Sarah, Wishlist’s new intern! I put together this video to help promote the store. Being both a musician and art student I put together my talents and recorded an instrumental cover of “Material Girl” by Madonna to use as background music for the video.
I’m really excited to intern here at Wishlist to learn what it takes to one day run my own business. I’m looking forward to learning how to turn my beads into jewelry and to transform from “Sarah the Glass Bead Maker” to “Sarah the Jeweler.”
erin and Melissa are the nicest people to intern for. I don’t feel like the typical intern here, I feel like part of the store and look forward coming into Wishlist everyday and working with them. I’m learning more and more each day and loving it!
Our new promotional video!
Well so it’s Ben and I in the store this week as erin is in Arizona for the week at a jewelry show. We are holding down the fort, trying to make heads or tails of this crazy weather! Is it winter or spring, think mother nature is confused. Guess that happens to everyone. While I am sad that my partner is away, I am also enjoying the time to get to know clients from Dragonfly Beads that are continuing their support of erin through shopping at Wishlist. This is a huge step that erin and I took together and while it’s been exciting and fun, it’s also probably been one of the most frightening things either one of us has done. With the support of our former clients it makes the decision less and less scary and we welcome the new challenges. I feel extremely fortunate to have a partner like erin to take this leap of faith with! So while erin is away and enjoying her time in Arizona, Ben and I are enjoying our time at Wishlist, here in downtown Cazenovia, NY! So stop by and see us!!
It’s almost that time of year again…Valentine’s Day. It’s silently expected from your girl that you do something for her, something to show her how much you love her. But what do you do for Valentine’s Day this year? Let us help you with that! We can be the creative ones for you and you take all the credit!
Here are some great ideas!!
-Pretty top for that “Special Dinner Out”
– Matching necklace, bracelet, and earrings that are “Her”
-The really creative ideas is bring in your little one for a Thumb Print Necklace!! This will make you a huge hit with the love of your life for sure!
It’s been a week of networking! Monday night Melissa and I talked to the Cazenovia Rotary Club about our business (and got a nice steak dinner out of the deal!) and this morning we spoke to a small business class at Cazenovia College. We’ve got some extra company in the store today too. Ben is getting to know Colby a little better.
They seem to be getting along just fine…Actually, they seem to be plotting something…their escape perhaps?
It’s been a great week of meeting new connections and making new friends. I’m very excited for my time in Tucson next week, but please come visit Melissa, I think she’ll be lonely without me, especially while Ben is napping!