Join me as I survive the step into the upcoming years of my growing business. Stay a while as I try to navigate the awesome world of inspiration and creativity, and provide you with all the makings of an epic handmade item or two.

April Conventions!

Join me at UBCon from Friday evening April 11, 2014 through Sunday afternoon April 13, 2014! I’ll be in the Vendor’s Room selling some geeky goodies! Be prepared for the sale of BBC/pop culture pin-back buttons (now in packs of 4!), steampunk jewelry, and the Rainbow Days line of bright and colorful accessories. Can’t wait to see you there! 

But be prepared! Jar of Dreams will shift gears on Sunday April 27, 2014 to showcase a brand new line of statement jewelry at the Western New York Women’s Expo! The BIG reveal will take place there, as well, so join me for the great news at the Marriott! The event runs from 10am to 4pm, and has a stellar selection of exhibitors and events. Need more information? Check out the site (a music video automatically plays on the front page, so be warned if you’re looking while somewhere quiet!): http://wnywomensexpo.com
I am so excited to see everyone, from vendors and artists to customers and friends! You’re all an incredible part of the experience!
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6 months ago

List of Upcoming Conventions and Shows I’m In So Far Throughout 2014:

  • UBCon
  • WNY Women’s Expo
  • Ryu-Kon
  • RocCon

The only show left to apply for is the Buffalo Women’s Gifts Event! Checking that out to make sure the opening for applications isn’t this month…

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7 months ago

Because I promised a sneak peek (and because I am AWFUL at keeping surprises a secret for too long), I took some quick photos in the setting sunlight of some supplies that came in! Needles, white flannel, and an assortment of beads and rhinestones. Can you guess what’s making a comeback?

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7 months ago
To do list for after work! #kindnessontherise

To do list for after work! #kindnessontherise

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9 months ago

I decided to try my hand at mixing up some delicious edibles. This was the result! Spiced Pumpkin Chow with Dark Chocolate and Sea Salt. A nice addition to tea for the cool fall days ahead! 

The lighter mixture is Gobble Gobble Turkey Chow, a yummy combination of peanut butter candies and powdered sugar, plus a variety of chocolates!

Who knows? Maybe I can start a side business! Plus, they’re made with a lot of organic ingredients. I’ll be selling small batches of these at work. I’m so very excited!

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1 year ago
An arts, crafts and music event →

I was accepted into this annual women’s show. Last year I was in the show, but this year I’ll have all new products! Jar of Dreams has evolved quite a bit since I opened the shop in 2010. Below you will find details!

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1 year ago
Hi everyone! I began working with some new props after unpacking my crafting supplies. Although I still have much to improve, I’m doing my best to take new photos, one section at a time! I hope you enjoy the updates!

Hi everyone! I began working with some new props after unpacking my crafting supplies. Although I still have much to improve, I’m doing my best to take new photos, one section at a time! I hope you enjoy the updates!

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1 year ago

Hello everyone! I am currently in the process of moving into a new home! The Jar of Dreams shop will be on vacation mode for a few days while I transfer all my supplies and get them unpacked. The shop should be open again by the evening of Tuesday September 10th. If you need to get in touch with me, please send an e-mail to jarofdreams@ymail.com and I will get back to you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

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1 year ago
Ryu-Kon Home Page →

This weekend I am attending Ryu-Kon, a steam punk themed anime and gaming convention held in Niagara Falls. I am very excited to see what people think of my new line of steam punk products. I look forward to meeting plenty of new artists and vendors at this event! Will you be there?

Admittedly, I’m intimidated by the new location, but also quite eager to break new ground!

In the meantime, the shop will be closed, but check back Monday for updated inventory!

I’ve been working on a Project Life slash smashbook slash art journal for a few days now, and I plan to take as many pictures as I can of my cute outfits, experimental displays, yummy foods, and handsome helper slash boyfriend. I want to remember these days because somewhere down the line I’ll have kids who will want to know how to experiment with their own style and creative processes.

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1 year ago
I had a mannequin torso sitting in my bedroom closet for months with no idea what to do with it. Until now! I will use it to showcase my necklaces from now on. While a live model would be fun to work with, I think my mannequin gets the job done, too.
I’m in the process of once again taking all new photos of my products. I hope to work with new props and backgrounds while maintaining my neutral theme. I rather like the look of this olive green cabochon pendant necklace against this mannequin.

I had a mannequin torso sitting in my bedroom closet for months with no idea what to do with it. Until now! I will use it to showcase my necklaces from now on. While a live model would be fun to work with, I think my mannequin gets the job done, too.

I’m in the process of once again taking all new photos of my products. I hope to work with new props and backgrounds while maintaining my neutral theme. I rather like the look of this olive green cabochon pendant necklace against this mannequin.

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1 year ago
This is a great example of how I’ve improved my listing photos. On the left, you can see what this adjustable octopus ring photo looked like before. On the right, you can see what it looks like now in the shop. I went driving this morning in search of a nice plaster hand model for my rings. I think this will work out well.

This is a great example of how I’ve improved my listing photos. On the left, you can see what this adjustable octopus ring photo looked like before. On the right, you can see what it looks like now in the shop. I went driving this morning in search of a nice plaster hand model for my rings. I think this will work out well.

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1 year ago
When I began my business, I used mostly recycled and thrifted materials. I wanted to create products that people would like and appreciate for their up-cycled value. As time went on, I came to understand that I couldn’t find enough inspirational pieces from thrift stores. I became more interested in what I found trending on the people around me. 
It has been three years since I began Jar of Dreams, and I am finally getting back to including more environmentally friendly options. Even if it’s as small as using plant-based tape and recycled cardboard boxes, I feel closer to the roots of what made me start my business. Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll get around to making organic soaps again.

When I began my business, I used mostly recycled and thrifted materials. I wanted to create products that people would like and appreciate for their up-cycled value. As time went on, I came to understand that I couldn’t find enough inspirational pieces from thrift stores. I became more interested in what I found trending on the people around me. 

It has been three years since I began Jar of Dreams, and I am finally getting back to including more environmentally friendly options. Even if it’s as small as using plant-based tape and recycled cardboard boxes, I feel closer to the roots of what made me start my business. Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll get around to making organic soaps again.

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1 year ago
I finally got around to making some more updates. A new banner, avatar, and reserved sign seem to bring things together. Organizing the listings so they contain similar colors makes it easier to rearrange the photos. I will be photographing some new semi-precious stone jewelry I made last week, as well as adding new sections. I am quite excited to work on new titles and pictures.

I finally got around to making some more updates. A new banner, avatar, and reserved sign seem to bring things together. Organizing the listings so they contain similar colors makes it easier to rearrange the photos. I will be photographing some new semi-precious stone jewelry I made last week, as well as adding new sections. I am quite excited to work on new titles and pictures.

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1 year ago
Several supply orders arrived this week for my snail mail projects. I received some beautiful washi tape and a lovely “Happy Mail Day” stamp, each pictured above. Are you interested in receiving some love in your mailbox, something other than bills? Feel free to follow my snail mail blog, The Not Quite Dying Art, and fill out this secure form for a lovely surprise.

Several supply orders arrived this week for my snail mail projects. I received some beautiful washi tape and a lovely “Happy Mail Day” stamp, each pictured above. Are you interested in receiving some love in your mailbox, something other than bills? Feel free to follow my snail mail blog, The Not Quite Dying Art, and fill out this secure form for a lovely surprise.

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