Band Merch

Well, it has been a busy week at Bebe Anne Designs! I received a request from a local band to do some necklaces for their Merchandise table. I said SURE! Then the details came in.

A friend of mine has a son in a band called Subject To Downfall. I have been wanting to hear the band play, but never have. Many invites, many opportunities to see Subject to Downfall. So when I got the call, I  was thrilled! And what in the world would a band want me to make for their fans?

I was told to make it simple, with the letters STD on a vinyl record guitar pick necklace. STD? Yes, STD – Subject To Downfall. My mind was trying to figure out how to pull this off. The Merch lady (hahah …she is my friend – but I am going to start calling her the Merch Lady) said she also wanted more. She put her order in for vinyl record guitar pick necklaces with no charm and vinyl record guitar pick necklaces with guitar charms and, of course the STD order.

As soon as we agreed on a price, I had to get busy. You see, it was Sunday night, and the band had a show at El Corazon ON SUNDAY OF NEXT WEEK! Wait, I just looked up the event on facebook — they are opening for Adelita’s Way and Stitched Up Heart!!!! I gave Rick from Adelita’s Way a bracelet I made from vinyl records. He has huge hands, I didn’t thing it would fit! Great band, great people.

So, I began the task at hand. Making Merch was something I thought would always be cool, so here was my opportunity! First, to find out how to get STD on a vinyl record guitar pick. And, did I have enough picks cut to make the order? I looked at my stock, and I realized, I had to get busy and make some picks first!

Picking out which record is hard for me. So many people as “Which record was this from” and I like to have the answer. I keep my vinyl record guitar picks separated by band. A little something to make it more interesting. For this project, I chose Santana and Corey Hart. Not only for the name, but for the awesome thickness of the record. A thinner record is a lot easier to cut, and I had to get this done.

The order went well, and I even had a reorder – In the mean time, I have done Merchandise from vinyl for Like A Storm and for OverKast. But I will save those from another time.


Holiday’s arriving soon!

Wow, this summer went FAST!  It is all a blur, but I will say it was a pretty successful summer as far as Bebe Anne Design’s goes!

I ventured out of my little shop, and set up at 2 markets in August. The first was an outdoor farmers market in Gold Bar Washington. This farmers market is new. A very motivated woman, with a lot of patience and spunk, decided to take on a huge commitment. A commitment to organize and set up vendors EVERY WEEKEND. I finally jumped on board in August. I was leery and unsure if the time I spent preparing and setting up would pay off. This market is outdoors, in a town that tends to be windy. And, if there is even a slightest chance of rain, it will show up in Gold Bar. But, regardless, I packed up my stuff and went to set up.

I found that this small town farmers market was great for many things (other than sales). Some vendors helped me set up my canopy, and other vendors gave pointers on how to keep my stuff from flying away.. Even better, each vendor came over to visit the “new” vendor and offer some insight. This was not a competition on who could sell the most but a group of people and vendors that wanted each to succeed. I received the “low down” on other markets and places to sell my jewelry. Many vendors heard I was going to be there, and came by to purchase gifts for their friends and family. And, there was live music.

As I sold my Bebe Anne Designs custom necklaces, I listened to the voice of a woman that was so pure and told story. Her name is Erin McNamee. She had several CD’s for sale. I figured once the farmers market slowed down, I would head over and purchase one. Time got the best of me, and before I knew it, she was at my booth with her parrot on her shoulder. She purchased an original necklace I made from a Vinyl Record. She told me shIe would be back later. When she returned, she came to purchase more necklaces for her friends. I offered to trade one of her CD’s for a necklace, and she accepted! Please take the time to head to her website  and listen to “… one of the purest voices you’ll hear in this city.” – Seattle Weekly. 

My second big adventure was the first week in September. The process started in August, when I submitted and was accepted to set up at the Urban Air  Market in Seattle, WA. I figured it was worth a shot. With much surprise, I was accepted to be a vendor and this first time event in Seattle. This is when I started to panic a bit. You see, I did not have the best booth set up design. With necklaces, I had a hard time displaying all of them so they were facing the customer. At the Gold Bar farmers market, I ended up laying most of them out on the table. It was the only way to give a good view to everyone. But it was awkward and very unorganized. Set up and tear down was a disaster and took way too much time. So, my first thought was GET ORGANIZED. I started looking for display cases. My second thought was GET SOME STOCK! It was time to get serious and get some new designs and necklaces made ASAP.

I shared both my excitement and my anxiety with a friend. She had set up in areas similar in the past, and her feed back was much invited. She offered to come with me, because in a Market of this size, you need at least 2 people , for many reasons. I didn’t think about leaving to use the bathroom and watching for people who like to walk away with items without stealing. I immediately accepted her help and starting getting ready for a plan. Much like the smaller market, the vendors were friendly. Most had WAY MORE items for sale and a much much larger display. There were lots of props, tables, signage….I could tell these vendors were serious, and it wasn’t just “extra” money for them.

Both of these markets were different in many ways. The fee for the farmer’s market was very low, $20. The fee for the Urban Air Market was high, $240. I knew I had to sell A LOT in Seattle just to pay for my vendor fee. The farmers market had fewer people attending. But, in the end the Farmers’s Market was much more profitable than the Urban Air Market. Not only because of the sales of the day, but because since that day, I have had other sales outside of the market, because they saw my items either at the market or on posts about the market.

I am told, either one could be a different story on any given day. It is all depends on the crowd that is strolling by. I will definitely plan better next year. I have attempted to get signed on with local Christmas Bazaars, but they are no longer taking vendors. But, I know I will plan my summer accordingly to participate in more local farmers markets. And, Etsy is working for me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I will continue to keep that updated with my newest designs.

Oh, there is more too …. but I will save that for the next blog. In the mean time, check out –– that is your hint

A fantastic opportunity

I had a message on Bebe Anne Designs Instagram recently from Shining Sol Candle Company (Designer Pete Evick) asking if I would like to collaborate with him and offer some of my Bebe Anne Designs guitar pick jewelry with a run of his amazing candles. This was the first direct message I had ever received on Instagram. And, I knew exactly what my answer would be.

I had met Pete Evick a handful (or more) of times. You see, I am a huge Bret Michaels fan. You don’t know who Bret Michaels is? OMG, he is a singer/songwriter for the glam band  POISION and the front man for The Bret Michaels Band. Oh, and more…. You see, Pete Evick is not only the owner of Shining Sol Candle Company.  He is a multitalented musician/producer who, in addition to playing guitar in the Bret Michaels Band, has also served as a co-songwriter, producer, mixer, and musical director for the group, and his own band, EVICK. A man with a true entrepreneurial spirit, he pursues his own projects, which have included the conception of an all digital record company called Potomac Records which has been turned over to his close high-school friend, Mike Bailey, and a new environmentally conscious candle company also based in Virginia called Shining Sol Candle Company. Although Pete is an award-winning producer, his biggest role in life remains that of being the best father he can to his two boys.

So, the last time I saw Pete, was in Aberdeen, WA October 31st, 2015. He was there with Bret Michaels for a show at the DnR Theater. My best friend Debby and I were able to talk with Pete prior to the show. He told us about his book, Moments That Make Us (available on Amazon, iTunes and Kindle) and how well he is doing. I knew he had his candle business, and heard that was going well too. I brought a gift for Pete. One of my designs from an upcycled vinyl record. As I gave Pete his gift, he was very gracious and said he loved it. Dang, it felt good to have a chance to give Pete Evick on of my designs. He played the show that night, and kept the necklace on the entire show. He knew my business meant a lot to me, as his does to him.

After the show, I had the opportunity to go back stage and see Bret Michaels. Oh, Oh, Oh, as always, I came prepared. I brought a gift for Bret too! Now, this wasn’t my first time meeting Bret. I have lost track of how many times I have been lucky enough to have a meet and greet. It never gets old. Bret is a kind hearted, genuine and pure soul. You can tell he loves what he does. Music, entertaining, song writing, traveling, acting, promotions and more. But, this time, it was my turn. A quick hello, and I dove right. I pulled my gift out of my purse and said “Bret, I have a gift for you.” He immediately put the guitar pick necklace made from a Rod Stewart record on. We had a short visit, then took some photos.

Now, if you remember from a prior blog, I always like to bring gifts for the band. Not that I always know that I will be meeting anyone, but because I always like to be prepared, and it is my way of showing my appreciation for sharing their talent. I have brought things from custom made art, plaques, Pez dispensers, picture frames, song writing books and this time, a guitar pick necklace made from an upcycled vinyl record.

Once I got home, I went onto amazon and ordered Pete Evick’s book, The Moments That Make Us. I then found Shining Sol Candle Company on facebook and Instagram. I wanted to follow what Pete was up to, and really wanted to purchase some of his original candles. I never expected to get a message that he was interested in more of my designs.

So, I said “YES”. Although, I wasn’t quite sure what his plans were, I imagined him placing these jewelry pieces in hot wax. Yes, I should have asked, but I was just too excited. I also knew that Pete was on the road, and may not have much time to check his email. I didn’t want to waste any time , so I got started on the first order.

Today, March 31st 2016, I saw my first posting with our collaboration. Pete Evick Official   facebook page posted an Ebay Auction with a one of a kind guitar pick necklace by Bebe Anne Designs (THATS ME!) and a signed and numbered rose scented candle by Shining Sol Candle Company. It was so hard to get dressed and go to my “real” job. You see, I was sipping coffee, strolling through facebook when I saw it! My guitar pick necklace on his candle. I had always sold through my Etsy Shop . I never though about selling on Ebay.

Anyhow, I don’t know any more than that. I finally got myself together and got to work. I then came home and started writing this blog. We will see what happens next. For now, please take the time to head to Pete Evick’s Facebook and Instagram pages in the above links. Tell him Bebe Anne Designs sent you! More to come, I have to go check the ebay listing!  (Find Pete’s ebay listings at shiningsol2013 and Bebe Anne Designs ebay listings BebeAnneDesigns )

Necklace made from vinyl records going crazy on instagram!

Who uses instagram for their business? This is crazy!

Bebe Anne Designs

My posts of the necklaces I made from vinyl records are goin g CRAZY on instagram! My first post on instagram was 10 weeks ago. I was a little leary of why I would have an instagram page for a new business. I had questions like “What do I post?” and “how do I know if people are seeing this?” and the “how will this compute into sales?”.

I am still not sure how that is calculated still. But I do know that when I post a new necklace I designed from a vinyl record onto Instagram, my phone immediately starts showing me likes. Even better, those same people start liking some of my other posts.

My smart business social media sister, Blue Egg Photography, introduced me to some key instagram suggestions.

First of all, make sure there is a link to your Bebe Anne Designs Etsy Shop. If…

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Summer Sale – where did the time go?

Where did all the time go? Is it time to put my GUITAR PICK jewelry on a SUMMER SALE?

Just when the concert season started to come to a close, it erupted again! The hot summer days in Washington State made it tough for me to get out to craft shows. The monthly Skykomish open market will have it’s final summer event on September 12th. What a fantastic way to network with others, and meet some great locals and tourists.

I signed up to do 4 open market days over the 2015 summer. The first open market was a success. I set up my vinyl record guitar pick necklaces along with vinyl record bowls. Those all caught the eyes of passers by. A few young gals picked up a vinyl record necklace that was made from the Moody Blues record. What happened next made my jaw drop! These girls did not even know what a vinyl record was? And who where The Moody Blues? The conversation drew in others as we chuckled at the thought of the youth not understand what an Album is. Anyhow, they purchased a couple of items. My hope is that they shared the story behind the vinyl record necklace with their friends. We cannot lose that history.

The 2nd and 3rd open market , I found myself busy with family. Now, with the 4th and final open market coming up in Skykomish, I am hoping to get together some items to bring up. What a fantastic little community Skykomish is! While at the Open Market, one can walk over to the train depot and get a ride on model train.

Anyhow, I do have a few items up on my Summer Sale! For only $6 you can own a guitar pick necklace with an angel wing. It comes with your choice of a leather or ball and chain necklace. Wear it around your neck, give it as a gift, or put it on your rear view mirror. There are also guitar picks made from vinyl record with charms on a leather chain! With no color added to the pick, the silver colored charm stands out! So head on over, and grab an original piece of jewelry! If you use promo code BLOG15 , you will receive 5% OFF your order!

Ok, I am heading to see Kid Rock tomorrow! Watch for some more music inspired works!

Necklace made from vinyl records going crazy on instagram!

My posts of the necklaces I made from vinyl records are goin g CRAZY on instagram! My first post on instagram was 10 weeks ago. I was a little leary of why I would have an instagram page for a new business. I had questions like “What do I post?” and “how do I know if people are seeing this?” and the “how will this compute into sales?”.

I am still not sure how that is calculated still. But I do know that when I post a new necklace I designed from a vinyl record onto Instagram, my phone immediately starts showing me likes. Even better, those same people start liking some of my other posts.

My smart business social media sister, Blue Egg Photography, introduced me to some key instagram suggestions.

First of all, make sure there is a link to your Bebe Anne Designs Etsy Shop. If people are interested in pricing or in looking at more of your vinyl record jewelry items, you better give them a place to go to. The link, whether Etsy or another website, needs to be easy to find in your description. You cannot repeat this enough!

Second, never ever ever post a picture WITHOUT also adding a link or reference to another social media page, your page, or your etsy page. If you look at my attached photos of vinyl record jewelry, you will see I have watermarked them with my etsy page. At first, I put my facebook page on everything. That was fine to do as long as my goal was to increase my presence on facebook. I found that most facebook users are on instagram for a different reason. Many do not have relatives or parents on their instagram page, so it seems to be a safe zone, or so they think. Oh, I haven’t shared my instagram hyper link yet — INSTAGRAM! (PS go follow me!)

When I first started connecting social media 10 weeks ago, I was at a loss trying to figure out how to get followers. I didn’t want followers I had to pay for, although I have had many offers come up! I wanted followers that enjoyed my style, my product and also inspired me. Hashtags are still HUGE. 99% of the “like” and “comment” madness on my vinyal recard pendants are due to #hashtags. Tagging my favorite band, record, holiday or trending subject have been rewarding.

As of this week, I have 67 followers. I have had 4 sales this week on my etsy account from people I do not know! Yes, that is a huge deal! Friends and family have ordered from me, but to get a sale from a stranger!!! It is because we have something in common. Vinyl Records, Music, a dream concert, band or a memory of a music inspired moment.

Guitar Pick Necklace made from Vinyl Record – Drum

I’m excited to show you some newly made guitar pick necklaces I made from old scratched vinyl record. I then customized the hand made guitar pick with a drum set to give it an artistic timeless music inspired necklace.

There is so much history in a vinyl record. Some people call them an LP or a record, either way, the musical talent you hear from a turn table is amazing. There is no sound better that then sound of that needle hitting the lines. But what happens when that vinyl record is no longer playable? I have found a way to upcycle those records into unique jewelry designs.

I took a Moody Blues record and designed a custom necklace for a musician at heart. Each jewelry piece is handmade and decorated. There is no other guitar pick necklace like it! Where do I find these records? I have found them in several places. I have traded un-scratched vinyl records for scratched records. This is a great way to keep the vibrant country music, Christian music, Hawaiian music, classic rock or more in circulation. When I ask for a scratched LP, I get a strange look. I explain that I recycle or upcycle them into jewelry. What better way to preserve the history of a vinyl record that was once unusable! The process of making the record into a guitar pick is long, but well worth the result. Seeing a hand cut guitar pick made from a shiny vinyl record inspires me to make the next jewelry piece. Each guitar pick has unique lines, giving it texture and beauty. Whether you are a musician, mother of a band geek, groupie, superfan, lover of music or radio station personality, these guitar pick necklaces made from vinyl records are a fantastic addition to your jewelry collection. And, if you have a custom request, shoot me a message! I would be happy to design your next music inspired piece.

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First Concert…

Anytime I have to answer a “secret question” on a log in page, I chuckle at “What was your first concert?”

I grew up in a small Montana town. We didn’t have concerts. We didn’t have much of anything but a JcPenny’s  catalog. The nearest town to go “shopping” for school clothes was 90 miles one way. The next closest shopping hub was Spokane Washington, about 31/2 hours one way. (Note: It is closer now, or the road is straighter, or we just drive faster than our parents did.)

We went to Spokane for just a few things – School Clothes, A Prom Dress, or someone had a doctor’s appointment. But, the time I went to my first concert, it was different.

I was in 8th grade. I was in a dance group – we were the “Uptown Girls”. We went to Spokane to dance for an event. If I remember right, there was a promoter there that we had met in Utah, and they asked us to come dance for an event. All I remember is we were outside…maybe a state fair or something similar. My brain is pretty certain this was when we went to the concert, but with my age, I could be melting several trips together.

Anyhow, my dad drove myself, my sister and a couple friends to Spokane for an Uptown Girls Event. Our parents splurged and we stayed the night at a fancy hotel. I say fancy, because it had a glass elevator. I will remember the name eventually, but right now, I see the elevator. We had just checked into our room, and we were getting all dolled up for the night. Someone planned well, and we had tickets to the show. I’m still not sure who paid for those. It is quite possible they were “gifted” to us for our dance show earlier that day. All I know, I was excited.

Now, here is what I remember about BEFORE the concert: We were in the lobby — myself, Trish and my sister. There may have been others, but that’s all I remember. As we were walking to the elevator to go up to our rooms, we notices some girls with great hair, makeup and sunglasses getting in the glass elevator. We hurried and joined them in the elevator.

Now, this was the beginning of a future of meeting some fantastic musicians. Yes, its true — the band we went to see, and “all girl band” was with us in the elevator! Or, were we with them? Either way, here we were, with nothing but a napkin and a pen. Wait, did we know it was them before we got on the elevator? Were we stalking them and were prepared with a napkin and a hotel pen? Why else did we have those supplies with us. Wow, I think we were trying to find them, and sure enough, they were staying in the same hotel as us! It was fancy, not surprised.

I said, hey, are you Michael? She answered, “Yes”. I said can I get your autograph?  We had them trapped in an elevator. I’m not sure how much of an option they had, three or more 8th/9th graders in an elevator with them. All of them, including Susan, signed the napkin. Wow, we met the band. Our first concert….on the elevator. We werer feeling fabulous.

Curling iron, Aqua Net, Ratting comb — we dolled ourselves up good. We were on the same floor as the band, so we wanted to make sure we looked like Rockstar’s ourselves.

I remember my dad dropping us off at the venue. We navigated to our seats. I’m not sure who opened for them…but I know we all walked like Egyptians. It was a fun filled night. After the show, we met my dad outside. He drove us back to the hotel. We roamed the halls waiting for the band to arrive, as we were thinking we were pretty cool and would meet them, or they would be waiting for us to ask us how we liked the show. . Ya, that didn’t happen . We spend the evening drinking soda and putting on a BLUE FACEMASK and snapping pictures. I now someone has some of those. Please share if you do. Damn, it was a great time.

So in a nutshell that was the show. That was the experience I remember. There were adults there, but all I remember is my dad . They may have all went to the bar in the lobby, because I am not sure where they were. All I know, is it was a fantastic experience and a glimpse to the future many years later.

What inspires you?

Well, I finally did it! A website/Blog. My friend and I have been talking about his for years. I could figure how I would have the time to “Blog” and really, who would fricking care anyway?

Something inspires me…what inspires you? Each day, that inspiration comes from a different source. Music has always been a main source of inspiration, not daily, but almost every day. Share your inspiration