Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Play More



FORGET RESOLUTIONS!  Don't get me wrong, if New Year resolutions work for you, go ahead, make your list.  For me, a New Year's resolution list is soon forgotten and it's just a failure notice at the end of the year. Instead, I am sticking to only one goal, and that is to PLAY MORE.

Play More means more laughter, more relaxation, more time with my family and friends, more hiking, more walking, more movie nights, more games with the kids, more trips, more happy times. 
 That's my story and I'm sticking to it. 

Happy New Year 2015!  


By Sol at Wink Artisans,maker of stunning, Mexican-themed, artisan jewelry.

Let's Get Her To Poland

Zonia making her ornaments for sale.

SUPPORT! It takes a village. It truly does.  My 14-year-old daughter, Zonia has made up her mind. While she wishes to celebrate her QuinceaƱera next December 2015, instead, she decided to attend World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland and have the opportunity to listen to Pope Francis live. She is putting all her efforts to make it happen.

Production 

Her goal is to fundraise $4000. She began last November with simple tree ornaments that she handmade with recycled twigs and ribbon. She was quite successful and sold out every time she vended.  She's quite a young entrepreneur. Of course the whole family is helping out. We help her out with production, by taking her to her vending venues, and by spreading the word.

Notebook
Now that the Holidays behind us, she is focusing on Valentine's Day items. Two or three simple, cute items. She will be listing them on the Wink Etsy shop under the Wink Jr. Section. and promoting them on the Wink Jr. Facebook Page.  Make sure to stop by and purchase something.



Also, sales alone will not be enough to get her to Poland. So she has started a GoFundMe.com page. You can learn all about her progress, projects and promotions on her webpage.

Here's how you can help:
Please help her get to World Youth Day 2016 in Poland.  Let us know how you can help. Thank you mucho!



Keep on Trying


KEEP ON TRYING!  I did it... once, twice, three times and it still did not work.  I got my white mugs at the 99 Cent Store, both in matte and glossy finish. I washed them and cleaned them with alcohol. I used Sharpie pens. I baked them at 350 for 30min first. Then played with the temperature on the following attempts. Some bright colors will fade (yellow, and some blues, red can become muddy if baked for too long). Black ink can take the heat.




  • First try: I drew, I baked, I washed. FAILED
  • Second try: I drew, I waited 24hrs. I baked, I washed. FAILED
  • Third try: I drew, I waited 24hrs. I baked longer, I waited 24hrs. I washed. FAILED


As I said, this was a trial and error project. I will try one more time. I found some tips on the Craftaholics Anonymous site. Perhaps, those will help us. Best luck to you and it if works for you,  please share your process and do sent your project's pix. 


By Sol at Wink Artisans,
maker of stunning, Mexican-themed, artisan jewelry.

SAVE


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Hurry, it's the last day of the year... and yes, you can still save on your wink bling!
Only today! Visit the Wink Artisans Etsy shop and enter your code at check out.

Valid on 12/31/14 only. Excludes custom orders, Wink Jr. items, and applicable sales tax & shipping. Cannot be combined with other coupons or codes.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Unlock

Shine like the stars!
Rhinestone Flower Key Pendant by Wink Artisans
UNLOCK! The other day, Rebecca, my 10-year-old, told me she needed a key to make a necklace to wear to school. I gave her a key and she quickly went to the recycling bin and picked up some broken earrings to work with. In about five minutes she had her new key pendant ready.  That reminds me of The Lost Earring Project I told her. Then she started jumping around and told me "let's make more key pendants, there are lots of pretty treasures in the recycling bin."  So we did.  Check out our first batch!

Key Pendant
Rebecca with her key pendant

When in doubt, put a bow on it! 
Bow Key Pendant by Wink Artisans
Love more, worry less!
Red Heart Key Pendant by Wink Artisans