Zero to Hero update

I posted all the things I’ve done with this challenge on my blog, and short of reblogging that post, or doing a copy and paste and changing some bits, this one will be basically the same.
It’s now day 12 and I’ve done 7 of them – Changing the theme, doing the header, playing with widgets, commenting on and finding other blogs (a little bit) and doing an About page. So I’ve already got an about page, but for those of us with one (I say after the basics of theme, title etc, an about page is the most important part) to maybe change it and look at how it is presented.
I’ve re written it, made it super simple so I’d like to know what you think. Should I add more to it, or not?
I have two half days this week available to get into the bead room before the weekend and a market on Sunday, so I’m not sure what will get made, but at least it is tidy now. I can find what I want.

Have a great day and I hope to see you soon
Jen ๐Ÿ™‚

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What’s on my mind…?

What’s not on my mind. This is day 3 post for the Zero to Hero challenge.
What is on your mind. When you first thought about doing this, when you first started blogging…

I can’t really remember what I was thinking when I first started this blog except that I wanted a separate space for my beads to hang out, and to have everything beady in one spot – not all over the house…. –
It’s that simple really. But is that anyway to finish a post. I don’t think so.
I had read about this challenge on the Daily Post, and was in tow minds about whether I do it. Could I do it. There is so much on in January already without adding to it by committing to a daily post or blogging activity. I had already decided that I should post here twice a week to get me back on a roll.
I was still umming and aahing when I read my sister’s post about using it to get her mojo back. She too, has 3 blogs, so the thought works for both of us.
And that was what did it. I realised that getting back to basics and telling your my story (i had seen the first two prompts before I decided) was a good thing. Make me think about what I was doing again.

That’s what was on my mind.
Tomorrow, I will be photographing and posting pictures of pretties for sale.

Jen ๐Ÿ™‚

What’s in a name?

Today’s (day 2) topic is about your blog name. After all it is the first thing readers will see, and will they like it. The tagline too. It has to draw the readers in, make them want to stop. Or at least give them the heads up on whether they want to keep reading.
My name will never change (never say never I know) but my tagline has changed many times, depending oin where I am with my craft. I think it is now at peace with itself and happy to stay.

Let’s go back to the beginning. Way back to 2007 or 2008 when I first began selling my jewellery in this funky little book shop cum bead shop. I wanted to have something that was different but catchy, and was easy to roll of the tongue. I had all sorts of crazy things written down with options and taglines, or catch phrases.
After reading many forums and articles about getting a name, and what it means, how it reflects your business, ideals, product… and finally settled on Bold Designs. As you can see when you read it, it doesn’t really sit well on the tongue. It’s all awkward and not so happy. SO off to google translate I go and see what words will pop up at me in reference to Bold.
There were lots of lovely looking words, but one must make it easy for people to say – mine still gets pronounced wrong, but is better than most of the options – and this is what I came up with.

Marcato Designs.
Marcato meaning bold in Italian, or as a musical term meaning to play it strongly/loudly?
The pronunciation is what gets most people. “Mar-car-toe” Not “mar-cat-oh” or “mar-cay-toe” Even ‘mah-cay-toe” is better. THere is a slight difference n the last two.

My tagline. Some of the previous ones include:
“Be bold….and beautiful”
“it’s all about the jewellery…and how it makes you feel”
I am happy in my current one, as it encompasses all aspects of what I feel my jewellery and accessories are.
“Funky, Feminine and Eclectic”

Why the colour? At the time I wanted something that no one else had, there were lots of purple, black and gold, but the hot pink just stood out among all of that and I do really like it.

That is it for my name.
See you next time ๐Ÿ™‚

Who am I and why am I here

Over the next month there will be some extra not-so-crafty posts as I take part on the Zero to Hero (30 days to a better blog) Challenge on WordPress. Today’s post is about introducing myself, and I will also link my very post here.

This page is all about my crafty endeavours, market tips and hints, storage ideas. All crafty orientated, but the main idea is to showcase my beaded and jewellery pieces and put them out there.

A brief history is that I started beading when my youngest was just a baby back in 2004, and as we moved to another town I was able to sell my (very mediocre) jewellery in a shop and then branched out into markets. My style has changed a little over time and I have tried many new things – all the time knowing my limitations on what I can do. Sure, you can do anything, but my patience level is not where it should be for certain types of beading. And I’m happy with that.

If this sounds like you, and you might want to keep reading then I welcome you along.

My very first post here on this blog.
Interesting reading, and somewhat similar. I’m not sure how many of the links work at the moment. My apologies if they go nowhere.

Catch you for the next post. ๐Ÿ™‚

Jen