Monday, March 25, 2013

Chloe Collection Spring 2013

I am going to start to list some new jewelry for Pure Eden jewelry designs for Spring(I wish it was spring outside instead of winter but oh well)

I am going to start with a line called Chloe, these necklaces are meant to layer with each other gorgeous bright colors green, pink, black, and a little blingy(is that a word?, well if not I will make it one)

Every woman deserves to have a whole wardrobe of jewelry and accessories!  Pure Eden strives to provide a wide range of jewelry and accessories at an affordable price!

Be on the lookout for these and more pieces to appear on ETSY in the shop for sale!
until next time 
happy Crafting!
Danielle C.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Out of the studio

Notice: I will be out of the studio from 3/16/2013-3/21/2013
I will still be working on listings and checking e-mails, convos...
I will not be able to ship items purchased until 3/23/2013
Happy Crafting

Thursday, March 14, 2013

A new display

This display is for a Pet resort

until next time
Happy Crafting!
Danielle C

Monday, March 11, 2013

Busy Busy Busy

I am about to release my Spring/ Summer Collection For Creative Corner Designs By Danielle Boutique
 for Pure Eden and Scrabble Tile Pendants

I am so excited to be offering pieces that are bright, trendy, and of course affordable

I used Pantone color for Spring-Summer

Here is a little sneak peak of my work desk-- this desk is really my stamping/card making table but as my jewelry has taken over, I needed a place to organize them for photo shoot!

I am so excited for this in more than one ways, I explained above that the pieces are the first reason and here is my second reason
We made it through the winter my least favorite season of all, I love spring and I love summer and I Love Fall but winter I cannot stand at all, it really helped making these pieces for summer when it was snowing outside:)

I am also trying a new technique I hope to be able to share soon but here is a look at my work in progress
Until next time 
Happy Crafting
Danielle C

Sunday, March 10, 2013

New Trend in jewelry, now in Scrabble Tiles

As I have searched for jewelry inspiration I keep seeing these interesting but beautiful pieces.
Handstamped sterling silver with GPS coordinates of a special location, home address, just about anywhere.  I though yeah I can do that on my scrabble tiles and offer yet another option for my wonderful customers

I am going to offer the scrabble tiles completely custom you choose the color, you choose the font, you choose the coordinates.  It will be easy to do through the ETSY shop 

Go to this website to see your GPS coordinates-- just type in an address you want and it will generate your coordinates

1. Purchase the listing
2. Choose your font
3. Choose your background color
4. in notes to seller please give the coordinates (you can copy and paste from the website)
5. checkout using paypal the fastest and safest way to pay online
6. you will receive an e-mail confirming order 
7. You will receive a shipping notice e-mail with tracking number
8. receive your pendant and remember to come back and give feedback-- it really helps 

You say I really like this idea but not sure what I would use as my coordinates, here are some ideas
*a special vacation location
*home address if you live away or a college student to remind you of home 
*long distant relationship 
* your vacation home address
* an upcoming vacation and you could say meet me there
* and more 

now take a look at the pendants ( no editing done on these photos, sorry I just took a quick photo to share here)

Until Next time
Happy Crafting
Danielle C

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Happy March-- In Like a Lion

Well March came in like a lion according to our weather man
Snow, bitterly cold temps, and sales...what?
Yeah I had 2 sales in my ETSY shop yesterday too so in like a lion means something else to me now:)

I am so excited for March to get into swing with warmer sunny weather!  I have a whole collection for spring/Summer that will be released at the end of this month through May

I created a neat treasury of lion and lamb products on etsy
Come check it out

Saturday, February 23, 2013


Custom photo pendants available NOW in Creative corner Designs By Danielle
Do you need a one of a kind gift?
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, I think that these little photo pendants are going to be worth much much more!

Creative Corner Custom Photo Pendants make Great gifts for:
*Mother's Day
*new baby
*pet parents
*really any occasion for anyone

My scrabble tile pendants are created using an up-cycled REAL scrabble tile(no scrabble games were harmed in the making of my pendants) I permanently glue and screw a silver bail into the wood tile making it near impossible to ever come off.  I attach the image/photo with a permanent high quality adhesive/sealant then cover the image/photo with epoxy-resin to give the pendant that glass-like finish.

Photo pendants cost $12.00 a piece (chain is not included in this price listing, must be purchased separately)  once you order the pendant you must send a JPEG photo of your choice to Creative Corner Designs by Danielle at
I will re-size the photo and create your very own personalized photo pendant that will be on its way to you within 5 days of purchase(more often than not I ship sooner than that)

Options and upgrades
** Would you to add a birthstone to your pendant, $2.50 for 1-3 crystals and .25 for each additional crystal (sometimes the birthstones are on back-order and can cause the order to be delayed e-mail me for details on birthstones)
 Any questions send me an e-mail or convo through ETSY

Packaging and shipping: 
Custom photo pendants have packaging options~
Option 1: organza bag
Option 2: my usual cute gift packaging with paper shreds and ribbon
Option 3: gift tin
Option 4: pillow box
you will be able to choose your option when purchasing through ETSY, if no option is chosen the default is Option 2
Shipping: USPS first class shipping Monday-Friday shipping days

Until next time Happy Crafting
Danielle C

The photo pendants will be listed the next few days check them out:)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Busy Little Bee

So my weekend was Awesome, other than a sinus headache that refused to go away, I had 8 orders to work on :)
Saturday was spent crafting and then working on my orders
Sunday was packing them up and delivering the first part (a family order)
My etsy order was sent out 
I have to make another delivery later this week
I am so excited my shop is thriving and that is all because of you my fabulous clients!
Working on my orders
A custom pendant with a special quote: I actually kind of like it "I love you more than hogs love slop!"

A client asked me to put her son's name on a pendant with his birthstone I love it so much I am going to begin offering them in my shop
child's name on a solid background, with a wire-wrapped Swarovski crystal birthstone-- these will be available as a custom order for $8.00(1-2 crystals, .50 per additional crystal) +shipping and handling WV orders will get a 6% sales tax added
Would you like a custom name pendant ? E-mail me at
message me on Facebook or through ETSY

Until next time,
Happy Crafting
Danielle C.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

New Listings

So I have been busy trying to get some new listings for the shop
I have some bulk listings already listed see this post about bulk listings
The first bulk listing is 
Princess Party Favor collection- you will receive 10 scrabble tiles perfect for a party or even dress up
Planning a trip to Disney, your little princess would love to be able to wear her favorite princess!
(something happened to my color, I was shown new settings on my camera and tried but I don't think I like it)
just want one princess we will have those listed individually soon
(bulk listing: Belle, Frog Prince, Tinkerbell, Cinderella, Snow White, Tiana, Ariel, Carriage, Princess quote, Aurora)

Sock Monkey Love
 Robot Love
 Bread loves Toaster
I will be listing lots more within the next few days so be sure to check the shop out
Remember to favorite Creative Corner Designs By Danielle
Like our Facebook page 

Until next time 
happy Crafting

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day!

I hope everyone has a lovely day today!!!!!

I wanted to give a quick update on my shop
- I had lots of plans this week that kind of got pushed to the back burner when my family from Cali surprised me and my mom and walked in our home  wow what a day and what a week it has been:)
- I will be creating this evening as they have gone to see more family, I will be posting as I get them made so be sure to come and check them out (lots of valentines ideas never got completed but I am still going to make them can never be too early for next year:)
- My day job has had me working on a HUGE project and it is completed and we got approved for CEU credit, I am so thrilled lots of hard work paid off big time!!!!!
- I am still here with lots of thoughts and ideas about new product lines, I appreciate all of my clients/customers/friends as you are the reason I am so successful!!!!!
- I finally signed up for a pinterest account, yeah I know where have I been hiding but really I don't have time for another social media site but since my friend at work convinced me it is a good way to relax at the end of a long day, so I signed up!  You can find me at
I have pinned some of my ETSY products, recipes(sweet treats), my favorite items from ETSY (other shops), and jewelry inspiration!  Still new at Pinterest but would appreciate a follow!

Have a great day
Danielle C.

Wholesale/Fundraiser/Bulk sales

Creative Corner is pleased to announce wholesale, fundraising, and bulk pricing

Whole Sale Pricing

Scrabble tile pendants
- 20- $4.00- $80.00*
-40- $3.00- $120.00*
-60- $2.50- $150.00*
-100- $2.00- $200.00*

Stacked Pearl Earrings
-10- $6.50- $65.00*
-20-$5.50 - $110.00*
-40-$4.50- $180.00*
-60-$3.50- $210.00*
-80-$2.75- $220.00*
-100-$ 2.50-$250.00*

If interested in a wholesale price, fill out the wholesale application**.  Creative Corner Reserves the right to decline any wholesale application.  Each application will be carefully reviewed and a decision will be made within 48 hours after the application has been submitted.

Bulk pricing 
Are you having a party, wedding, sports function, need Christmas gifts, just like the pendants and would like to start a collection, Creative Corner Designs Bulk pricing is perfect for you!

Scrabble Tile pendants
4- $4.95- $19.80*
5- $4.50- $22.50*
8- $3.95- $31.60*
10-$3.50- $35.00*
12- $3.25- $39.00 *
15-$3.00- $ 45.00*

Stacked Pearl Earrings
4-$6.95- $27.80*
5-6.50- $32.50*
8-5.95- $47.60*
10-5.50- $55.00*
12-4.95- $59.40*
15-4.50- $67.50*

Bulk listings will be available on the shop soon (late spring), if you need a bulk listing before that send me a convo through ETSY and I will make you a reserved listing.

See something in the shop you would like to buy wholesale for your gift shop(B&M), or in bulk pricing for your party, just e-mail me and see if I can make them in larger quantities

* prices subject to change
**Application available upon request by e-mail

Until Next time
Happy Crafting!
Danielle C

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Busy in my shop and Luci makes her debut

I have had a full day of fun, work, fun, work yeah we will go with fun!  Photographing products for my shop and getting a tray of pendants ready to go to the salon to show off:)

My adventure started at 9AM this morning with setting up the studio set complete with lights and backdrop
Then to get Luci ready for her debut, modeling our frilly scarves (homespun creations)

I set everything up and then starting photographing my scarves on Luci, I love how they turned out you are going to have to look at my shop for more details 

I took a break at 10:30-11:30 (lunch)-- then a good friend stopped by to pick up her order, after that I made a special delivery to another great customer (she is family so does it really count? I dont know but I think it does!)

Came home and continued my photo shoot, now comes the fun part of editing and listing the photos on ETSY  so people can buy them:)

I have a beautiful pearl, and mum necklace I am also working on I can not wait to get it photographed and listed would make a great Easter necklace!  

I have 6 new designs of Scrabble tiles that will be appearing very soon too

All in a days work 

I will leave you with a photo from todays shoot
Luci modeling a lilac frilly scarf (look for it to hit store shelves soon(Creative Corner that is)

Until Next Time,
Happy Crafting
Danielle C

Friday, February 8, 2013

I am happy to Introduce you to...

... Luci
My brand new dress form, I am so excited about my new addition!
I have always wanted a dress form but the mere fact that they are very expensive I never got one
Then I found a tutorial on how to make your own with duct tape, I thought that would probably be cheaper but would it live up to my expectation of a dress form?
I began a search online for an affordable dress form and after hours of my search I found her!!!!

What are you going to do with a dress form? Everyone has asked me, well I am going to use it as a display for my shop photos, and as a decoration (what she is meant to be)

now this is no little dress form she is over 5 feet tall maybe almost 6 feet:)

She is ready to model all of our homespun creations, and necklaces that are coming to our shop soon!
Until next time 
Happy Crafting
Danielle C

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Introducing Homespun Creations

Creative Corner Designs By Danielle Is excited to introduce a new line for the ETSY shop!

Homespun Creations
a variety of crochet/knit items for you, your baby, your home, your life!

Who is behind Homespun Creations?
I create some crochet items but most of the items for sale come from my wonderful mommy, she loves to crochet and is really good at it(if I do say so myself just come to the shop and you can see(: )

Why Homespun Creations?
We create each piece by hand with love, using only the best yarns available

What type of items are included in homespun Creations?
  • dishcloths
  • socks(baby girl frilly)
  • baby blankets
  • afghans
  • lap blankets
  • coffee cozies
  • bottle cozies
  • hair accessories/ hats
  • embellishments
  •  scarves
Homespun Creations will be available for purchase from Creative Corner Designs By Danielle starting on February 4th

Come on over to Our shop and check it out today

A giveaway is coming when we reach 25 likes on our Facebook page

Until Next time 
Happy Crafting
Danielle C

Friday, February 1, 2013

Wow what a day!!!

Woke up this morning to a fresh coating of white fluffy snow, and an early morning call from work stating we were on a two-hour delay due to the nasty roads. 45-60 minutes later we closed I now had a unexpected day off, I spent the good part of my morning working on exams, grading, and setting up my online class for next term. I had just looked up at the clock and was thinking I needed a break when all of a sudden my electronic devices began ringing like a cash register which means I got a sale on ETSY:)

I not only got 1 sale, not 2, not 3, but 4 sales in one day WOW!!!

I then headed out in the midst of winter to my nail appt, so excited about my sales I decided to wear my scrabble tile necklace for go red day, 6 people couldn't stop talking about them one even wanted my business card and also requested a custom scrabble pendant!

I stopped by a local craft supply shop to pick up some supplies to get me through the weekend
( more winter coming) I came home had an awesome dinner, new pizza in town. Retreated to my studio to finish packing the orders from today and creating some post earrings and a really cute purse charm, still working on this but photos coming soon!

As much as I hate winter and snow this snow day has been pretty awesome and successful!!! Now let's keep this streak up for a great February:)

Now off to do work on the computer

Until next time
Happy crafting
Danielle C

Feature Friday- Ashley after Dark Etsy Shop

Hello everyone on Fridays I will be featuring a great ETSY shop on this blog!  Be sure to read through the interview as the shops usually provide ways you can save in the shop! And be sure to go support these shops, shop handmade!

She provided us with this interview

Q: Name of shop, how did you come up with your shop name? A: AshleyAfterDark. I wanted to come up with something that directly dealt with my life. I am a stay at home mom to my two beautiful children, so it’s usually not until after the kids are tucked into bed that I get to go to my crafting zone. There isn’t a lot of time for art between naps, school, meals, and kid’s wants/needs.
Q: How did you get started?
A: I had been seeing etsy here and there and one day my sister in law mentioned she was opening a shop, knowing I had a love for creating, she suggested I look into it. Once I did, it was love at first sight. There are so many amazing items on etsy. The talent is so diverse and wonderful, its eye candy at all times.
Q: When did you begin selling? A: I opened my shop July 2012, and have had fun ever since.
Q: What inspires you to create?

A: Crafting and creating has always been a big part of who I am, and is something that I am passing along to my children. I grew up in a house with a mom that is very talented and always had some craft project going on. It has become a real bonding time for not only my mom and I, but my daughter and I as well. She is always asking when she gets to head out to the craft cave to do some art.
Another huge inspiration to my creativity is my emotions. I have to be in a carefree relaxing state of mind in order to properly create something that I love. Many times I will sit down to start a piece of art, then when I step back and view it I think of it as just ok. With a little more color and love being poured in it, it usually ends up being one of my favorite pieces of art.
Q: While you create do you have a playlist, like to watch something on TV/movie or do you have to have complete silence?
A: I would say a combination of all the above. Most frequently I have music on. It ranges anywhere from, reggae, hip hop, alternative, county, to meditation music. Typically it sparks some sort of emotion to base my art off of. Then there are other times that I want to work in pure silence.
Q: Do you have a special place dedicated to creating? (home office or studio?) If not where do you create?
A: When I first started etsy my creations were spread out all over the house. It just kept growing and growing. Long story short, that didn’t last long. My family got tired of not having any place to put their things because my crafts were taking over.
So about 3 months ago I was graciously given an extra hand to clean out the garage in order to have a place for my supplies. It now has turned into a workbench area that I have set up with all my supplies, orders and creations. I absolutely love it. It’s my space to be ME!
 Q: Is your shop your only job? What else do you do?

A: I am a wife and mother. I am not paid a salary; I am paid in kisses from my kids. It’s the hardest, but most rewarding job a parent could have. I feel fortunate that I am home with my kids every day.
Cooking is another passion of mine. My kitchen is another one of my favorite places to be. It’s invigorating to try new recipes and come up with meals that my family loves.

Q: Do you have a Favorite thing in your ETSY shop?

This is one of my favorite pieces. I love the colors and think it has a great reminder message that many of us tend to forget in the busy world we live in.

Q: Do you have a favorite medium?

A: As you will see when you visit my etsy shop all my items somehow have alcohol ink incorporated into them. Its and acid free ink that acts much like tie dye in the sense that you have a wide variety in mixing and combining.

Q: Could you share yourSocial media links, blog links?

A: Following me on:

Q: Do you have any special sales or promotions?

A:Use coupon code BLOG15 in checkout to receive 15% off your purchase at AshleyAfterDark.

Q: Is there anything you want to add?

A:Creations of any sort come from the heart and have meaning behind them for each and every individual. You must have confidence in yourself and in the products you are selling. In order to make it worthwhile you have to believe in yourself.

Thanks Ashley for providing us with this interview, now be sure you go to her shop check it out!!!
Follow her on her social media links above

Come back next Friday for another feature!
Until Next time 
Happy Crafting
Danielle C

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A new look for Creative Corner

So it is a new year time for an updated look for the shop, blog, facebook

I have been on the hunt for a new design for about 6 months now, I kept thinking about my wallet and the fact that I don't have a lot of extra for expenses like this.  I really wanted a new banner, avatar, reserved listings, and sale images for my shop but could not justify spending $$$ lots of money$$$ for it 
I began searching for free things but nothing that looked good enough for a professional shop.  What should I do now,I just started playing with different things on the computer and came up with my new hang-tags for jewelry and then I thought I needed to make my banner and avatar to match the new hang-tags.  I came up with this
I am in love with my new look, I feel it is a clean modern look for my boutique my favorite color combination is a hot pink and orange-- bright and cheery!

In my shop you will find Pendants-- Scrabble tile, glass tile, resin, and others!  I will also be offering jewelry (earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings), greeting cards, crochet (scarves, dishcloths, blankets), and more

Come check the Boutique out

Happy Crafting 
Danielle C

Saturday, January 26, 2013

New Packaging for shop

So as we go through life we make changes hopefully for the better, the same thing goes for my shop!

I Love getting gifts so my goal was to package up my goodies like a gift even if it was a personal purchase!

I came up with this for the packaging
A photo from a recent sale--
I used a celophane bag 
inside the bag I placed
  • bright orange and fuscia paper shreads
  • I also created a unique hang card for my pendants
Tied the bag up with a orange and pink ribbon and attached a gift tag created by Shutterfly

A view from the back
in the back of the bag I placed the following:
  • a hand written note of thanks
  • and a business card

I love my new packaging a neat way to showcase my pendants and other jewelry pieces and best part it doesn't break the bank:)

I hope my customers like the packaging as much as I do!

Until next time
Happy Creating

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How to run a Successful ETSY business

That is a great question that many ETSIANS have asked and tried to figure out for years!  What is crazy is that what may be successful for one ETSY shop may not work at all for another ETSY shop, Crazy I know!

Here is my list of what is helping me to become successful

Good Photography:
I first opened my shop selling my greeting cards in 2008 and here is a example of a photo I had
not the best but at the time I thought it was fine.
What is wrong with the photo?
  • needs cropped
  • needs straightened
  • taken at a bad angle
  • the background makes it too dark 
  • fuzzy picture
  • lighting was bad
I think that my photos have gotten better

fixed the photo
  • cropped the photo
  • straightened the photo more(could probably be straightened more)
  • took the photo and tried to get a birds eye view of the card
  • this photo is more in focus
  • lighting was much better
  • notice the different background
the key is to list product and to have a full shop, never thought about it the first go around but really who wants to shop in a store that only has a handful of product, not me I want choices!
Imagine going into a big dept store and only having 3 options to buy-- You probably wont want to shop there a lot. 

I try to list at least 2 items per day if not more, and space the listings out throughout the day so that your shop is gaining more exposure!

Now however this may be common sense It was the last thing on my mind the first go around and so now I budget tightly!

Figure out what  you can personally spend per month remember that it takes money to make money!  Dont overspend on supplies however it may be tempting to do just that.  You need to figure out what the max amount you can personally add to the etsy shop from your personal budget(keep personal money separate from ETSY money)

each time you make a sale figure out what your profit was by taking the fees and the expenses of creating the product from the price sold at.  You will probably be surprised to find out that you really don't make as much as you would think :( You may have to adjust your prices a little the first 6 months to a year.

No one wants to work for FREE

Excellent Customer Service
You have to be conscious that there is a person on the other end of your purchase
I not only sell on ETSY but I also buy on ETSY, there is nothing better than opening a package and seeing pretty packaging a free sample or coupon code, a handwritten note of thanks!  I also enjoy getting convos from the buyer throughout the process just letting me know where we stand.
Some things I do
  • e-mail customers with thanks and approximate shipping times 
  • send a convo through ETSY when I ship the product(the shipping label usually gets to them before the product gets shipped and I just want them to be aware of when I ship)
  • Package my products in a cute way 
  • includes a handwritten note with each purchase
  • includes a coupon code with each purchase
  • during holidays I include a free gift
 Advertise and market shop:
This is something that I struggle with most!  How do you market your shop? how to advertise?  many etsy sellers advertise through ETSY, some others advertise through a blog, twitter, facebook, pinterest, and others get published in a magazine, Others pass cards and samples out through out their neighborhood
I dont know if there is a right or wrong way to market I am still trying to figure it all out!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

My first youtube video

Good Morning Blog Readers!

I can hardly believe it is already January 20th but that just means we are closer to Spring, Right?

So I have had my shop open for 3 months now and I would have to say I am more successful this go around than ever(yeah I am averaging 1 sale per month, my goal is to increase that to 1 sale per week)  I had a epiphany well probably more like a thought but epiphany sounded better:) 

My thought was that I could make a youtube video about my shop.  I logged into my google account and searched how I could produce a video, They have several options to make your own videos but I chose the slideshow option, this way I could show a variety of my products! 

Come check it out at You Tube  I titled it Creative Corner Valentines Day Gift Showcase 

Are you struggling with what to get that special person? Give Handmade this Valentines Day!

Have a Blessed Day!

BTW: new listings being added, just added 2 this morning (a scrabble tile and a fresh water pearl bracelet)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Listings--- New year

Happy New Year
For the New Year I have lots of fun new listings for Creative Corner Designs
Up first is 
Chains and upgrades a whole new section of the shop, due to a raise in prices for chains I will no longer be including the chain for the $4.95 price of a Scrabble Tile pendant.  Chains will be priced affordably at less than $5.00 and this way the customer can choose the chain that best fits their style!  I will have several options including the traditional ball chain, snake chain, linked chain, charm bracelet, key chains and more!

and Introducing Creative Corner Greetings another brand new section for Creative Corner

New Pendant collections coming in 2013 super excited 

Last but definitely not least I have been busy baking this holiday season and I want to share with my shop customers, do I have your attention yet?  I am pleased to introduce to you Creative Corner Cupcakes a collection of faux cupcakes that are perfect for any kitchen, party decor, photo props, Birthday gifts and more, I use mine as a paperweight in my office!

Be sure to stop by today and in the coming days to see new listings 
Until next time 
Happy Crafting
Danielle C.