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NEW! Business Spotlight!

New blog feature!   I will be featuring many small business’s every so often.   Most either provide a service or make a product that I just love!    If you know of someone who’d like to be featured, let me know.  

My first Business Spotlight feature is Tammy Fakler who is the designer/creator/owner of “Joyfully Crafted”   A Custom Jewelry Designer.

So tell us a little bit about “Joyfully Crafted” for those readers not familiar with it yet.
Joyfully Crafted offers meaningful jewelry as well as everyday designs. Special messages and family photos can be used to create a special jewelry keepsake.

What about your job do you like most?
Don’t you just love giving gifts with all the excitement you feel getting something so perfect for them and when you see their joy of receiving it?  Well I get to enjoy this through all my wonderful customers.   On the creation side of making jewelry I am always trying to learn new skills. Working with metal has been so much fun and the most rewarding.

How did you get started?
Well my oldest wanted to wear these big earrings and I said no way. It was over summer break so we headed off to the craft store to buy materials to make some earrings. I can picture them now and they were so not professional, but I thought they were the best. I was so excited I started making a few things for gifts. My passion grew from there and I am continually learning new skills. I read and study magazines,books, and information on the internet. I have never taken a class, but I plan to take a 5 day intense workshop this summer. I have purchased an ebook on wire weaving. I loved learning skills from a How to ebook tutorial. I have written ebooks for others to learn. The ebooks are detailed, step by step written directions with photographs on How to create soldered glass art pendants and How to make hand stamped pendant jewelry. I am currently working on another

How big is your company in terms of employees?
Well I assume you mean paid employees. My oldest helps me out a lot with beading. I have given my youngest jobs to do and my husband has even helped for a big craft show.  As I learn more they are not able to help as much, but just taping shipping label to bubble mailers can be a huge help.

What are the hot trends that you see in your business that will impact your customers this year?
I offer a lot of personalized jewelry hand stamped with names and custom photo pendants so they are always popular for a unique custom gift.

Where can we find you (website, blog, location)?

What is your favorite all time piece of jewelry?
It is funny I have a new favorite every month. I save my photos by the month for listing on Etsy. It is great to look at the photos of creations just over the last year. It changes,
evolves, and new skills are shown. So these are my two favorites for May of 2008. Can you tell I like the beach?

Most popular item you sell for Adults?
The current most popular item for ladies is the tab charms necklace.

I often create one of kind items for children for fun.
Here are two examples.
Gifts? The title hand stamped necklace personalized
with names is a favorite gift.

Any ongoing specials you would like the EMAPhotography blog readers to know about?
Oh I am excited about this. I am offering to send a free gift with orders. Just tell me you found me from reading the EMAPhotography blog.

I’d also like to show off this gorgeous piece that Tammy made for me!



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