Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fall & Holiday Knits!

Time to get those needles clacking (if you're knitting holiday gifts), or get busy shopping if you'd rather buy handmade than make them yourself. I've already had quite a few orders for Christmas gifts already and I really appreciate those buyers that order early for the holiday season. That way I'm not burning the midnight oil the week before Christmas!  :)

Here are some cute ideas for Holiday Gifts from KnitzyBlonde:

I have lots of pretty scarves & shawls to wrap up and feel warm and headbands and hats to top off your ensemble.

I have many choices of fabulous yarns/colors for some fingerless mitts to keep your hands toasty warm and of course some adorable baby hats to holiday photos! Stop by and look at all the fun knits for the whole family!

 And, of course I love to help you with custom orders! Drop me a note via my Etsy shop if you want a fabulous one of a kind accessory.  :)

Happy shopping!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Manifesto for the Self Employed

You are not a large corporation

You are a unique badass who’s thrown down the shackles of cubicle life and been liberated by your own ambition. You now have tremendous power, so use it to your own benefit.
  • You can define “success” without it being tied to quarterly shareholder reports or even income. It can be tied to the amount of days you can afford not to work. Or by how much you can donate to your favourite animal charity that rescues llamas. Or by how often you can work from the road.
  • You can make huge mistakes, apologize for them and learn something (or learn nothing and move on).
  • You can add “taking care of me” to the top of your mission statement and then go for a walk, take up a hobby or do yoga during work hours.
  • You can let your personal values and ethics guide your work and who you work with.
  • You can high five your clients (chest bumping might be a little over the top unless you can truly own it).
  • You can not have a plan. And not even give a damn about making one.
  • You can work in your underwear (this doesn’t apply if you’ve got a video call).
  • You can break the rules. Or just not have any.
  • You can be yourself, even if you think it’s not professional. Being authentic draws others in and can be quite contagious. Your personality is awesome enough to let shine in any and every situation.
  • You can say no to a dollar (or several thousand of them) if it doesn’t feel right.
  • You can be accountable to yourself, instead of being accountable to a board of directors.
  • You can own what you’re really good at and especially own what you’re not good at. And you can be upfront with potential clients about both of these areas before a project starts.
  • You scrap everything about your business and start from scratch.
  • You can not be passionate about every aspect of your business, because you can hire an accountant or lawyer to take care of what they happen to be passionate about.
  • You can be just as picky about who hires your company as the person doing the hiring.
You are not a large corporation. You do not have to act like one.  :)

Borrowed from Paul Jarvis (PJRVS) - Thanks!!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Selling my Jewelry Business, Make Me an Offer!

I've decided to sell my jewelry business. I'm going to be focusing on my knitwear and sewing business. I just can't keep up with it all!! :)

Here is what is included in the sale: All current stock which can be seen at, current retail value is: $4,000+ You can sell these items as is, or you can take them apart and make other jewelry from the parts.  It's up to you.

4 -11 x 15 plastic bins of beads, wire, crystals, gems and jewelry findings. gem stones, swarovski crystals (large faceted, and smaller bicone & rounds), Czech glass beads, lampwork beads, ceramic beads (holidays, Christmas, Halloween) silver wire, copper wire, earring wires in may styles (brass, sterling silver, antiqued silver & copper), bead caps and spacers (in sterling silver, antiqued silver, brass & copper), charms (sterling silver, pewter, antiqued silver, brass & copper). I'm estimating approx $3500+ retail value on these items.

1 small box of miscellaneous memory wire, chain, etc.

Tools: Some jewelry wrapping pliers (3 pair), I pair of flat nose pliers, 1 wire wrapping widget. 5 velvet boards for displaying jewelry (pins for pinning the jewelry) 1 bracelet holder display. (Black velvet on stand). Retail value of tools approx $70

Not included is my business name ZaftigDelights or my actual Etsy shop.

I open to offers, so if you or anyone you know might be interested, drop me a note and we can talk. I'm happy to provided photos of all the bead boxes (beads & findings) and tools in more detail. All reasonable offers considered.  :)

Sandie Russo
zaftig2k at yahoo dot com  (email me at this email address)