What a year!
It's been an exciting year in the world of artistry, jewelry, and entrepreneurial pursuits! I've learned and experienced so mucht: from leaning in to a bit of consulting to SF Open Studios. Many thanks to all those of you who have purchased an item, offered advice, traded skills, or staffed booths! I truly appreciate your support. It's also been great just seeing you out and about or online!
My Gift to You
In honor of the giving season, during Cyber Week you can take advantage of a 20% discount on my entire collection, including sale items. Just use the CYBERWEEK2013 discount code. Starting next week, you'll receive a 15% discount on purchases throughout the month of December when you use the code HOLIDAY2013.
And now... Gift Cards!
Just because you asked for it, gift cards are here for the holiday season. If you really love them, maybe they'll stick around! Available now in my online store in a range of values.
More to come
I'll be making some changes in the new year, including a greater focus on custom and bridal pieces. So exciting! I'm also putting the finishing touches on some urbanist-inspired pieces, and working on some very interesting collaborations. I'm pretty proud of the new collection and can't wait to share it with you. In the meantime, have a safe and joyous holiday season!
With all my best wishes
It was just about one-year ago that I launched my website and made what I consider my first real sale. Now, I've been making jewelry for over 7 years and making sales too. But my first sale after leaving my office job was a big deal. It was the culmination of months of hard work and a decades-long journey of becoming an artist. Mostly, though, it was further proof that I had, in fact, launched myself as an artist/entrepreneur. Wow!
Fully embracing my inner artist was easily the most terrifying, exciting, and rewarding thing I've done. I was able to spend gobs of time in my studio, creating, blogging, marketing, and selling. You can now find my creations in local shops. I've participated in a few local markets and events, including sharing an ArtTruck with painter Michelle Peckham during SF Open Studios. Perhaps most inspiring, I've had the opportunity to create unique pieces for friends and clients as they embark on new journeys. In the midst of it all, I even learned how to Lean In!
The whole experience has been a learning process. There is so much to love about this job, but don't be fooled. Being an artist and entrepreneur is hard work! I'm still in awe of people who make it look easy. Just one example of something that seems like it shouldn't be too hard: launching a website.
It took ages to pull together my website. Ok, not quite ages, but it did take a few months (months!) longer than I had hoped. It's almost plug and play now, but picking the webhost and theme, photographing and writing copy for each piece, and then naming and pricing them was a huge effort. And each of the pieces in those initial collections is precious to me.
Well, as you can imagine I've learned a lot this year. About myself. About retail. About artistry. About what inspires me. I'm always creating new pieces and refining my style. Each of the activities above, whether newfound or rediscovered, has piqued a new vein of inspiration and creation.
As a result I'm working on a new collection to be launched in full at the end of November. Take a sneak peek right here. In the interim, take a gander at my Anniversary Sale to get a few of my inaugural pieces before they're gone. Just my way of saying thanks so much for being part of my journey!
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You may have heard that I have a hard time naming some of my pieces. This simple bracelet is just the latest in a string of pieces that pour from my heart with no name in mind. Since it cannot remain "untitled part 002) forever, I'm asking for help. Name it and it's yours.
Suggestions must be received by bedtime on Tuesday, June 25th. If your suggestion is picked, I'll drop it in the mail to you by way of thanks. International entries are welcome, but you'll be responsible for shipping fees.
Submit a name through whatever interweb method you like.Tag me on Google+, or post it on my Facebook page, or tweet it to me, or (re)pin it on Pinterest. Or “like” someone else’s entry. And tell your friends, unless you're very competitive :-). Make sure to follow/like me so that I can get in touch with you for notification!
Here are just a few of the entries thus far. What's your favorite?
- open hug/arms
- spring eternal
- embrace / embracelet
- cicle (circle + cycle)
Help me name this piece! Send me your suggestions via your preferred social media platform. If your entry is selected, it's yours for free. Click through for a bit more on this story!
Show us all your style! Now through tax day, just tweet, share, or pin an image of you or a friend wearing one of my creations. In return, you'll receive 10% off your next purchase over $50.
Hi there, everyone! As many of you know, after 6 years as a hobbyist silversmith I’ve decided to launch my artistic endeavor at zabebent.com! You’ve all seen some aspect of my art before; some of you have even worn some of my creations. Well, I’ve left the safety of an office job, and a pretty amazing one at that.
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