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Fall Ribbon Sources August 18, 2019 11:59

Did y'all see our 60 second bow video??? It's our most viewed video EVER! So I'm thinking y'all wanna make some bows with your new fancy skills...and being the helpful gal I am, I've created a resource to help you find some of the cutest & on trend ribbons for this fall that would be perfect for making bows.

Below is a list of a variety of ribbons that are perfect for making bows to add to your wreaths or door hangers or whatever type of fall decor your adding to your home. These ribbons are 1.5-2.5 inches wide and wired which makes them perfect for your fall decor and especially bow making.

fall ribbon favorites for bow making

 

Mustard Yellow Diagnoal Plaid

Mustard Yellow Ribbon

Fall Ribbon with Leaves - the colors in this are so unique & would be great on a neutral project.

Fall Ribbon with leaves

Argyle Ribbon with Glitter - even I love a little sparkle in a fall ribbon!

Glitter fall ribbon

Vintage Truck ribbon - these old trucks are popular for any season but adding pumpkins for fall just makes them even more adorable! It's even available with a teal truck too!

truck pumpkin fall ribbon

Stitched Ribbon - this style is probably my favorite for a subtle pattern that doesn't compete with bolder patterns in bows. This color works great for fall but other colors are available no matter what season you're creating bows.

Stitched Ribbon

Pumpkin Ribbon - This pumpkin pattern ribbon screams fall to me in the neutral color but they also have a pretty rust & cream version too!

Pumpkin Ribbon for bows

Plaid Fall Ribbon - multi color plaids are great to tie together multiple colors of ribbon or paint in your project

Here is one with a touch of glitter

Fall plaid ribbon 

or this one with a bit of teal is a great option for fall crafting.

Ribbon for fallmoss green plaid ribbon

Any finally a good black and white Buffalo check or gingham ribbon works for every single season. This is a great one and it's 50 yards so tons of crafting potential!

buffalo check wired ribbon

 

Hope you enjoyed this ribbon recap of some of our favorites for fall. Please note that some links may contain affiliate links. 

Junque 2 Jewels

 


What most sellers are doing WRONG on Facebook…(And how to fix it) July 7, 2019 14:46

mistakes etsy sellers make on facebook

 

As a handmade business strategist I am constantly looking at Facebook pages of sellers and makers. I see this MISTAKES being made over and over again. 

It’s not your fault, I get that as a makers you’re probably on Facebook because you want to sell more of your stuff so most posts I see are a bit like this:

Post: Picture of your pretty thing. 

Caption: Buy my pretty thing, here ____.

This strategy may get you a few sales but if you’re here reading this blog you’re most likely looking to up your Facebook game and would love to make MORE SALES. Right?

Okay, then we need to consider a few things each time you create a post. 

  1. Facebook wants people (aka potential shoppers & customers) to stay on their platform as long as possible. So you trying to send them to your website or Etsy by including links or salesly jargon in your post are probably killing your reach.
  2. Customers aren’t on Facebook to shop most of the time. People start scrolling to check in with friends & family or to be entertained and inspired.

So what’s the fix? 

A few ideas for fixing this.

  • Look at the words you're using and cut out the no-no words and replace them with Facebook friendly versions.For example: replace SHOP with GRAB ONE, replace SALE with ROCK BOTTOM, replace FREE with UNBELIEVABLE. Or consider adding emojis an symbols to break up those words. SALE becomes S-A-L-E, SHOP NOW becomes s h o p  n o w and DISCOUNT becomes >>D I S C O U N T<<.
  • Make sure 75-80% of your posts are non-salesy related. Inspire them with cute decor, share inspirational spaces, show them behind the scenes of your business or projects in progress, ask for their opinion, show the ups and downs along with the mess. 

I like to think about taking my customers along with me for this crazy ride of being a maker. I try to document the journey rather than just presenting a finished pretty project all the time. That shift in mindset will help you get your posts on track with what customers and Facebook like best.

We have even created a list of 30 days of post ideas specifically for makers you can use and recycle for each month again and again!

30 days of posts for makers


The second problem I see when I check out other makers business pages on Facebook is lack of posting. I get it. If you’re posting and not getting reactions, you get frustrated and fall off. Facebook becomes a non priority so you post only when you get time, if you get time. 

This is a recipe for a DEAD page. I understand the frustration, Facebook is a slow grow for most but inconsistently posting on your business page is NOT a Facebook strategy. 

Facebook is a powerful source of customers & sales if you use it correctly to build community and connection. You can create repeat customers for life and a platform of people who are excited to buy from you and tell others about your pretty things. 

The best remedy for this is putting Facebook on the calendar. You need to be posting 2-4 times a day, every single day! Wondering what to post? Remember we created this hand dandy LIST for 30 days of post content we created specifically for makers.

30 days of facebook content for makers

You can also schedule Facebook posts out in advance right on the Facebook Page Manager App or from your desktop so even when you’re not available, your potential customers are hearing from you. Consistency is key my creative friend.

Facebook Pages Manager pre-schedule posts

As I'm sure you know QUALITY content is important too. But what does that mean? When you are posting, check in with yourself, think; would I comment on this post? Would I just scroll right past it? Is this something I would share with my friends? There is lots of competition for attention on Facebook so make sure you’re standing out. It cannot be all about YOU. It cannot be all about your product. 

Keep in mind Facebook is customizing each persons newsfeed based on their engagement. You are shown more of what you interact with in your newsfeed and that is going to be different for each person. The more engagement (reactions, likes, comments, shares & time spent) with your page the more of your followers that will see your posts. The best way to do this is consistently posting quality content!

I can’t wait to hear how these fixes help you improve your strategy on Facebook and get you started creating relationships with your customers and sell more of what you make creative lady.

Happy posting!

what makers are doing wrong on facebook


Friday Favs: FREE Shipping Edition! July 5, 2019 13:29

We just arrived home from a week of fun in the sun in Cancun, I kept unplugged most of the time from social, screen time and checking emails. How did I use my travel time home? Plugged right back in to catch up and searching out good deals online!!!

4th of July weekend is prime shopping time and my virtual cart is loaded up. I thought I'd share a few of those favorite finds (that also have free shipping) with you too.

Part of sharing responsibly is letting you know that this blog contains affiliate links which means if you click through and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission (at no charge to you). Thank you for your support in this way!

Name Towels

For pool days and vacay these personalized towels are great for kiddos and adults alike!

Personalized beach towel, pool towel with name

 

 

Macrame Earrings

 I have a fondness for the Macrame Trend and these adorable earrings would be an adorable way to add a boho vibe to your next outfit choice. 

macrame boho earrings

Monogram Backpack

I've been on the lookout for something to stuff my laptop into for trips to the coffee shop and this cute backpack totally fits the bill. It would also work well for teens and even as a diaper bag! 

Monogram Backpack Free shipping friday favs

 Sports Mom Tees

If you have a soccer, baseball, softball or football player you cheer on these game day tees are staples for the season. Available in a bunch of colors and extended sizes for a variety of sports you're sure to find one that's perfect t-shirt to support your #1 athlete.

sports mom tee

 


The 5 business tools I use every single day... June 27, 2019 13:35

If your a veteran Etsy shop owner looking for some new ideas or a Etsy newbie navigating your way to selling your handmade goods online, I'm here to help. These are the 5 tools every Etsy shop owner can use on the daily to up-level their online presense and SALES!

This one Etsy tip can EXPLODE your email list June 19, 2019 11:19

I love this tip! It’s something I’ve used in my own Etsy shop over the past year to grow a substantial email list specifically of customers who have shopped with me on Etsy.

Sign Makers Society June 12, 2019 11:51 9 Comments

DOORS ARE OPEN TO OUR SIGN MAKER SOCIETY.


An online community of MAKERS just like yourself. We will be working together each month to develop business savvy, better mindset habits and challenge your creative skills.

Sign Makers society Junque 2 Jewels

 

Included with your membership in Sign Maker Society:

  • A private Facebook group with like minded makers
  • Monthly Training via LIVE videos
  • LIVE group call with Q&A each month
  • Accountability & Monthly challenges
  • A unique creative video tutorial
  • Monthly workbook downloadable
  • Exclusive svgs, product mock ups, social media content
& oh-so-much MORE!

GRAB YOUR SPOT
{at the founding members price} 
AND START MAKING MORE MONEY DOING WHAT YOU LOVE!

 


Stamped book stacks Tutorial - How to create custom stamped books for your home decor February 26, 2019 13:01 4 Comments

How to create custom stamped books for your home decor. A tutorial by Junque 2 Jewels makes it so EASY!

Paint your own Easter Bunny door hanger, Video Tutorial February 20, 2019 14:35

I'm always ready to HOP into spring by this point in the year and freshening up my front door and porch decor is a great place to start. So today I'm sharing a video tutorial showing you how you can paint your own Easter Bunny door hanger to introduce the new season in your home.

DIY Bleached flannel tutorial December 29, 2018 13:54 1 Comment

Do you love a good flannel?

Add a monogram, and I'm even MORE smitten. We know you'd adore this fashionable project as much as we do so we created this DIY Bleached Flannel Tutorial you can easily follow to create a one of a kind comfy shirt for yourself (or as a gift).

Supplies list is short and sweet:

You will probably want a pair of plastic gloves and a covered area to work on as well.

The tutorial for this project can be found on our facebook page.

diy bleached flannel by Junque 2 Jewels bleached flannel tutorial by Junque 2 jewels


Planning your BEST YEAR EVER as a maker December 28, 2018 11:02 2 Comments

If I'm honest I sort of geek out about planning a new year. It's a fresh start, full of possibilities and my dreamers heart can just go crazy with imaging all the things I can do in the next 365 days. But even if you don't share my love of a good New Yea'rs plan, it can be a game-changer for your business

CRAFTmas Week, Day 3: A DIY trio of painted trees November 7, 2018 15:22

Trio of trees Junque 2 Jewels
I let Kara take the wheel for Day 3 of the our CRAFTmas week and she did NOT disappoint. She took a Christmas project that had been on her Pinterest board with a hefty $95 price tag and set out to create her own version.
She shared her distressing expertise and showed off her faux barn wood painting skills to achieve a look that's aged and worn. It's actually pretty easy once you hear her tips.
PLUS you can even purchase the stencil from our Etsy shop so you can re-create this project at home. 
OR if you're equipped to cut and create your own stencils our favorite stencil vinyl is on sale HERE

CRAFTmas Week, Day 4: Bike wheel snowman November 7, 2018 14:39

Bike Wheel snowman by Junque 2 Jewels

It's no secret I love old junk (or Junque, if you will).So finding a few old bike wheels around our house wasn't a challenge once we re-imagined a way to use them for Day 4 of CRAFTmas week as a snowman. This big guy is oh-so-cute!

coffee can top hat by junque 2 jewels

We did a full video on how to make him - INCLUDING the fancy top hat we created from a metal coffee can! See all the details in this video:

DIY coffee can snowman top hat bike wheel snowman tutorial


CRAFTmas Week: Day 2, Using gift wrapping supplies to make Christmas Decor November 5, 2018 14:31

DIY christmas sign turtorial

Christmas is my favorite time to craft and the craftiness continues with CRAFTmas week day 2. Today we're turning gift wrapping supplies into some holiday decor that's sure to impress. Like these $1.92 gift bags we created rustic holiday signs with. 

junque 2 jewels gift bag christmas sign

Regardless of your craftiness skill level you can totally make these for your own home, or gifting this holiday season. Watch and see how simple it is with this tutorial:

You can also Pin any of these images so you can watch later!

christmas tree farm sign by Junque 2 Jewels Joy sign from a gift bag 


CRAFTmas Week: Day 1, Let's make some snowglobes November 5, 2018 14:13 1 Comment

Junque 2 Jewels Snowglobe tutorial
These aren't your typical "snowglobes" crafty friend but precious jars filled with a snowy wonderland. Super cute - right?!?!
See how we made them step by step in this tutorial:

If you want to PIN the idea for later - we'd love that too!

 


Buffalo Plaid Painting Tutorial August 26, 2018 15:33 17 Comments

The Buffalo Check pattern is so on trend and I've pretty much mastered the look I like and it's not too hard! I promise you totally got this...


Fall Pumpkin Door Hanger Tutorial August 26, 2018 13:55

I know, I know it's still FULL on Summer here in the south but we're kicking off our Fall MAKERS series! I promise you will be dreaming of PSL's by the time this Planked Pumpkin Door Hanger tutorial is over...check it out.

Easy rustic lantern project June 13, 2018 14:21

Building makes me feel remarkably handy & strong! Seriously…I’ve never experienced a “runners high” but I’d imagine it to be pretty similar to how I feel after building something with power tools. Especially when it turns out as CUTE as these rustic lanterns!

Here are the dimensions for the sizes I build – each one needs 3 garden stakes (I used the 4ft length, some stores may also have them available in a 6ft length). These suckers were under $2  a piece at Lowes making this also a CHEAP building project to test out your skills.

Rustic Lantern Cutting Details:

  • Four – 6” lengths
  • Four – 8” lengths
  • Four - 12-14” lengths (depending on how tall you want your lantern to be
  • Four – 7” lengths angled to 45 degrees on the ends
  • One – Topper piece cut to your preferred length

 Watch the full video below for step by step assembly instructions.

 

Check out these fun examples from our viewers!

Junque 2 Jewels lantern 1   


Farmhouse Round - Virtual DIY p-ART-y! May 21, 2018 16:15 1 Comment

The DIY Home by Junque 2 Jewels

 

YOU are invited to make with us - no make up or public-ally acceptable clothing is required! We're having a VIRTUAL live DIY party that you can enjoy from the comfort of our own home. That's my kind of crafting!

Virtual DIY Party with Junque 2 Jewels
Sunday, June 3rd
7:30pm CST
*Available to members of our Facebook Group -
The DIY Home by Junque 2 Jewels. Join here to participate in this fun event & more home decor inspo:
 https://www.facebook.com/groups/thediyhomebyj2j

To make it SUPER EASY - below are details on the supplies for the party and here is the link to a video explaining in further detail if you're not sure on any aspect. We'd love to have you join us as we create together virtually.

The LIVE event will be fun but keep in mind, if you cannot be on to view at that time, you're more than welcome to complete your project ANY time that is convenient as the video will continue to be available in our F-R-E-E group

List of supplies

  • Wood Round - 17 3/4"
  • Ruler or Yard stick
  • Heavy Duty Stapler
  • Wire/Floral Cutters
  • Rope or Sisal to hang
  • Paint Brushes - recommend a 2" bristle brush for back ground then a smaller flat or angled 1/4" brush for details
  • Black Paint 
  • White Paint
  • Greenery 
  • Cotton Stem
  • Ribbon of your choice (mine is from Hobby Lobby in the fabric department)
  • Small Squeegee
  • Chalk Paste or Couture Ink in color of your choice
  • Chalk Transfer - see some recommendations below

 

Great Transfer choices for this projects

  1. Established Wreath
  2. Home Sweet Home
  3. Farmer's Market (Rooster)
  4. Stay Awhile
  5. It's so Good to be Home
  6. Love Grows Here
  7. Vintage Truck - we also have some SUPER cute add ons to fill the bed of the truck that would be great with this!
  8. Farm House

I look forward to DIYing soon!

Katie


A faux windmill that looks FOR REAL May 21, 2018 12:57

Windmills are part of the rustic, farmhouse style BUT most I have seen are spendy. So why buy when I can DIY...watch the full video for my step by step instructions for creating your own faux windmill at home.


The DIY Home, by Junque 2 Jewels April 30, 2018 16:53 1 Comment

The DIY home by Junque 2 Jewels

I've been thinking on this idea for months!

I'm kind of a NERD about home decor, and I try to share as much as possible on our Facebook and Instagram. Even recently trying to keep up with blogging here. But while I hope that I am helping you on your own journey to making your house a home, I'm honestly not sure if that sometimes muddles with what's happening in our local paint studio.

What I am sure of, is that I want to cheer you all on and connect with your more when it comes to decorating your homes with DIY & creative projects. I LOVE seeing how you all take a project and re-create it or use a technique I've shared. I know this community has SO MUCH to offer too!

That's why I'm beyond excited to open the doors to The DIY Home, an online decorating & creative community. This invitation is to our private Facebook group is only available to our subscribers. So trust me, you want on the list to get into this FREE club. 

It's a space where you can share photos of our own homes, get decorating advice, be encouraged & empowered to tackle your next home DIY project by ladies just like you. Who love making their homes more beautiful through crafting, flipping flea market finds, do it yourself ideas and creating a stylish home. 

It's going to be a BLAST!!! I cannot wait to see you in the group.

If you'd like to join, just sign up here.

Thanks  - Katie

 PS: Will you pass the invite along to any of your decorating enthusiast pals who would enjoy this DIY community too?

 


All about Chalk Couture April 26, 2018 22:51

Creative ladies are you curious about Chalk Couture? 
If you're here, you probably love to DIY or perhaps you already have a crafty business. So how would you like to stop trying to design with frustrating technical software, then cut stencils, then weed them, apply transfer tape, and so on and so on, just to paint a single sign???
 
What if I told you there was a way you could make a sign, chalkboard, door hanger in under 5 minutes- including drying time? 
 
Well hold on to your hats because I have some amazing news! I'm just flipping out over here about the possibilities.
 Farm Fresh Windmill Sign Chalk Couture Chalk Couture piggy farmhouse sign transfer
All these signs were made were made in about 5 minutes without CUTTING, WEEDING, OR TRANSFER TAPE! Now YOU can make signs without having a cutting machine. It's soooo easy!!!
 Chalk couture family transfer chalkboard sign
Ok newsflash....I joined Chalk Couture! Chalk Couture is a newbie company that launched this past July. They sell premium magnetic chalkboards, chalk paste, the list keeps growing..but the best part...
 
are you ready???? 
 
REUSABLE VINYL TRANSFERS!!!
 
Let me introduce you to a little thing I'd like you to see...This right here is a SILKSCREEN VINYL STENCIL.
 
It has a sticky back that will stick and REstick 20-50 times. The level of details on these designs are FLAWLESS. In fact better than you could ever cut with your Silhouette or Cricut.

Check out this video!

 

So here's the thing, I signed up...I signed up so I could buy designs for 40% off. I signed up because you'd be crazy not to!  But now I've built a team, who have all hopped on the crazy chalkin' train with me. 

I know your head is probably spinning. Trust me, mine was too. Let me answer some of the questions I get asked the MOST. 

Are the designs commercially licensed and can we make our own things and sell them?

YEP! You are free to use the silkscreen transfer designs and put them on any surface, and then turn around and sell that product. 100% yes. Imagine the possibilities- open your Etsy store, sell your products at parties or craft fairs, on facebook or to friends and family. Start your dream business today when you become a designer.

Right now you can get a starter kit for $99!

 

It's over a $250 value- what a way to start off with this amazing product! 

Inside your kit you'll find:

8 silk screen transfers: Daydream, Summer Is My Happy Place, Explore More, Can’t Touch This, Established Wreath, Live Life in Flip Flops, Logo, and the monthly Club Couture Transfer

 

•one magnetic frame chalkboard

•one round magnetic white chalkboard

•5 jars of chalk paste 

•chalk couture apron

•one large angled squeegee

•one small squeegee 

•25 thank you cards and starter guide

Along with becoming a designer, there is a $19.99 monthly subscription fee, which covers your website, shipping and handling of all website orders, point of sale system app and a new club couture transfer every month that you will receive in the mail from corporate. 

 Do I have to sell it or meet minimums? 

Requirements- All designers must meet $150 Personal Volume (this is your wholesale price, so 40% off retail) every quarter to maintain their status. There are no penalties if you decide to drop out or say "this isn't really my thing", no worries at all!

What is chalk paste?

Chalk paste is a thicker chalk material. It's dries hard to the touch in less than 5 minutes. This means you can rub over your design and it's not going anywhere unless YOU want it to!  When you're ready to change out the design, just spray with water and you're ready to apply the next transfer.

If you are using chalk paste on other surfaces, you can use a spray sealer and they will be sealed permanently on the surface. 

We also have NEW - Inks that go on permanent to all surfaces from mugs to pillow cases!

How do you clean the stencils?

Our unique transfers clean up with just water, or a disinfectant wipe, you wash, lay flat to tray and then put back on the transfer sheet and you're good to go!

Do I have to do parties? 

 Totally NOT required... Your business is run how YOU want to run it. Vendor events are really great and the products demonstrations blow people's minds. Your booth will be a magnet! 

Do you offer Training? 

While I'm personally new to Chalk Couture, I'm no stranger to building a business! I built my business from the ground up and continue to grow every year.

When you sign up and join my team, you'll have access to me and an amazing network of other ladies who have built their Chalk Couture businesses and are eager to helo, encourage and motivate you. 

If you want to build a team or establish a presence on social media, we have training videos to teach you all about that PLUS how to utilize ads, Facebook Live, and more to grow a thriving business. 

You won't do it alone. I'm committed to seeing your success with Chalk Couture!

Hope that answers a few questions.

I know this is an absolute GAME CHANGER for those of us in the home decor, sign making, personalizing business.  If you want to email me ( katie@junque2jewels.com ) for more info, please do.

Or if you're ready to join, visit: https://www.chalkcouture.com/junque2jewels/enrollment/packs

and hit the "join" button. You'll be part of a strong team and I'll support you all the way.

Live Creatively- Katie


Spring Door Hanger Tutorial April 26, 2018 22:10

Spring hello pennant door hanger
I have to admit - I'm pretty smitten with this freshly painted spring door hanger. It's going right up on my own front door! Don't worry though, I have all the instructions you need to re-create your very own hello pennant door hanger. You can watch our tutorial over on our Facebook page here:

Hello Pennant Door Hanger  - Project Supplies

Hello Pennant Door Hanger by Junque 2 Jewels


Rustic Potting Bench, PLUS a freebie SVG download! April 26, 2018 21:15

I like to call it "Frankenstein" furniture when I create something out of multiple misfit pieces. I'm a junker (a.k.a HOARDER) of old things so when a project comes to mind, I usually have some bits and pieces I can rummage up to fit the bill.

This rustic potting bench was built by my daughter and I from an old desk, a table leaf and a piece of a railroad cart. We added a discarded metal shelf, some corbels and TA-DAY! It's the perfect platform for a potting bench. And this Fresh Flower Market Sign - we're even sharing the SVG download as a freebie!

 You can even watch our entire Facebook Live to see how we created the final look. 

 

To be honest, I have a BLACK THUMB and zero intention of actually growing plants. But the set up of our porch for dining this Spring & Summer will put this new nook potting bench to use! I'm already imagining a drink station serving lemonade or refreshing adult beverages for outdoor dinners with friends very soon. 

There are lots of things I love in this little space, perhaps my favorite though is this Fresh Flower Market sign we created on cedar fence boards. We even attached an actual spade and shovel - REAL garden tools!

Do you have the perfect space for this Fresh Flower Market Sign? Indoors or out, it's a great one for spring. So for those creative ladies with a Silhouette or Cricut, we're sharing this SVG cut file for this sign for F*R*E*E. That way you can size it and cut the vinyl or stencil of your choice and make your very own version. We cannot wait to see what you do!

GET THE FRESH FLOWER MARKET SVG

You may also want to pick up our FAVORITE vinyl for sign making HERE.

Live Creatively, Katie & crew


Our top 50 paint colors April 25, 2018 19:16

We have tried a variety of paint brands, finishes & styles but hands down we LOVE Sherwin Williams paints. Over 100's - probably 1000's of workshops we have narrowed down our list to 50 paint colors we use again and again. These colors are the ones you will always find on hand in our studio, and what we use in our tutorials and DIY projects at home too. Snag your copy  of Junque 2 Jewels favorite paint colors.