Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Elegant Packaging for Elegant EarCuffs by Fiona

Packaging for an EarCuffs and Necklace set
First place your order in my Etsy Store
Then submit to me your Gift Wrapping Requirements

So far my packaging has been adequate but ran short on elegance, so for the Holiday Season it was time for an upgrade.

Example of custom-made EarCuffs with new packagingI receive orders for my EarCuff designs from all over the world and my first consideration on packaging is always how to ship them securely.  The artist in me was concerned about the esthetics of the packaging and also the emotional impact I wanted it to have. Whether you order the EarCuffs for yourself or you are the lucky recipient of a gift I wanted a WOW factor.  I wanted recycled materials used where at all possible, and made locally.  Lots to think about.

After a lot of research I decided to stick with boxes and not switch to velvet pouches which I think are lovely but perhaps not as secure as a box.  I included my logo on the packaging and I printed Gift Tags using my logo which come with a little envelope.

Example of new packaging by Elegant EarCuffs by Fiona

The boxes are a chocolate brown, are made of 100% recycled cardboard and are made in the USA.  I have ordered them in nicely stackable sizes so I can stack the boxes on top of each other if the purchase requires this. The beautiful golden ribbon which is printed with my company name in silver is also made in the USA. The labels complete the packaging.
New packaging and Gift Tags from Elegant EarCuffs by Fiona
To place an order, simply visit my ElegantEarCuffs Etsy Store and then go to my website, www.ElegantEarCuffs.com to give me your gift wrapping requirements.

I give a special Thank You to the team at NashvilleWraps.com for working so closely with me as I went through the process of figuring out colors, sizes and pricing. They had unending patience and I look forward to placing orders with them in the future.

Fiona Thompson

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Spirit Wear EarCuffs

The Phoenixville Phantom Image
The summer is slipping away and it won't be long before school will be back in session along with all the school sports.

To the left is an image of our local High School mascot, The Phoenixville Phantom.  Here's a little history that I just learned and according to Wikipedia,
  "The school's mascot, The Phantom, came as a result of a 1934 football match between Lower Merion and Phoenixville. Both teams were very good, although Lower Merion was regarded as the better of the two. After Phoenixville soundly defeated Lower Merion, a sportswriter for a Philadelphia newspaper wrote that "Phoenixville ran through their (Lower Merion's) lines like a bunch of Phantoms." This nickname stuck, and eventually became the team's official name."

The official school colors are purple and white.  I have incorporated these colors into some EarCuff designs that can be worn by young ladies of all ages.  From little girls who don't yet have their ears pierced to ladies who have sensitivity to anything on or going through their ears (that's me as well), to ladies who have worn multiple pierced earrings and the holes are now torn, EarCuffs will give you the opportunity to once again dress up your ears and support your local team at the same time.

Spirit wear design No. 1 on Etsy
Are you from a different school district or support a national team?
Just let me know what your preferred colors are and I'll be happy to make an individual pair. If you have a school or team shop that sells spirit wear, this might be a great option for them to carry.  I do offer wholesale pricing for volume purchases.  Contact me for details at Fiona@ElegantEarCuffs.com.

Spirit wear design No. 2 on Etsy

My son is part of the Freshman football team this Fall and has been working out and practicing since March, so here's hoping for a great football season this year.


Image of Spirit Wear Design No. 3
Spirit wear design No. 3 available on Etsy

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Be the first of your friends to host an Elegant EarCuffs by Fiona Jewelry Show

Brass EarCuffs with Silver an Turquoise Beads

If you live in the Philadelphia, PA Tri-State area, I am excited to offer you the opportunity to see and try on for yourself my EarCuff designs at a Jewelry Show featuring my designs.  You can watch the slideshow on my website Welcome page to give you a taste of a few of my designs. I have many more, small and large, made from copper, brass, sterling silver and gold-filled wire and unique combinations of natural stones and crystals, that have yet to make it into my Etsy store. It's time to share the joy of offering young ladies of all ages the opportunity to wear ear jewelry that is beautiful, comfortable and at reasonable prices. I'll be featuring additional jewelry pieces that will complement the earcuff designs.

I'm especially excited about sharing my designs with ladies who have given up on ear jewelry.  Perhaps you fall into one of the following categories:
  • You have sensitive ears and cannot wear anything through or on your ears
  • Earrings are just too uncomfortable to wear clip-ons
  • You have one or multiple holes that are starting to split
  • It's time for a change, to wear something fresh, without breaking the bank
  • You just like to have fun and any reason for a get-together with your friends and to see something different is a great idea
If you are any of the above, then an Elegant EarCuffs by Fiona Party is a splendid idea! Let's make it happen. You may find my Information page handy, then complete the Interest FormI offer Host Benefits which include free and discounted value at your show and reasonable shipping rates.  Click here for more information.

Elegant EarCuffs by Fiona Trademark (TM)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Kashmiri EarCuffs Collection from Elegant EarCuffs by Fiona

Kashmiri Collection of EarCuffs
Kashmiri Collection of EarCuffs
I was inspired to create a line of EarCuffs that highlight Kashmiri beads from India when I found some in a bead store.  They have a rustic elegance to their design and as each bead is handmade, there are elements of uniqueness about each bead.  I decided to pair them with a collection of natural stones and some sparkly Swarovski crystals which add an air of sophistication to the finished earcuffs.  The wire I used is Sterling Silver.

As with all my EarCuffs because they cuff around the middle section of the ear which has cartilage there is absolutely no discomfort or pinching.  I wear EarCuffs all day, day after day with absolute comfort. These earcuffs look quite substantial in size, but are very light to wear.

The first pair are black with dainty little orange flowers.  I highlighted the orange flowers with some amber beads and some black Hematite stones.  Sterling Silver beads complete the design.

Read about them at https://www.etsy.com/listing/193791557/ .

I wore this design all day with complete comfort recently at a wedding.  Yes, that's me below.

The next pair have little tear shaped stones that have opalescent qualities.  I highlighted the pink opalescence with little Swarovski crystals and Sterling Silver beads.

Read more at https://www.etsy.com/listing/194607262/ .

This pair is a delicate moss green and I used green Unakite beads to complelemt the Kashmiri beads along with Swarovski crystals.

Read more at https://www.etsy.com/listing/194491670/ .

As each EarCuff pair have Kashmiri beads with a unique shape, each pair look quite distinctive.

You can find this collection in my Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElegantEarCuffs?section_id=15639955.

Come back often to find additions to this collection or visit my entire Etsy Shop.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Like me on Facebook and receive 15% discount on your order

To increase my profile on Facebook, I'm offering 15% discount to anyone who likes my Facebook page at facebook.com/elegantearcuffs.  When you place an order at my Etsy ElegantEarCuffs store, convo me for the coupon and you can apply it to your next order.  This includes any custom work, but not wholesale orders at this time.

I have some beautiful and colorful new designs for the summer, and formal designs for weddings, proms, or just when you want to feel extra special.

A customer who purchased some silver and pearls earcuffs recently left the following Etsy review:
     "These were adorable and are perfect for my daughter who likes a little something edgy but needs something dressy for a wedding."
You can view the earcuffs she purchased here.

Take a look at some of my new designs below and then visit my shop to learn more about the designs.
Peppermint Cream EarCuffs, part of the Candy Collection

Turquoise and Red Drop EarCuffs Image
Turquoise and Red Drop EarCuffs
Sterling Silver and Swarovski Pearls EarCuff

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Discussion on Country Carts, Inc.

I haven't been able to find a place to discuss this source for crafters who pay to be able display their wares in corporate offices.  I've had limited success.  I'm wondering if it's to do with the time of year thinking that probably Sep - Dec have the greatest success for just about everyone.  I'm wondering if you would share your story.  I'm located near Vanguard in SE PA.  What has been your experience?

Also, here's an update to the Country Carts offering sent out yesterday.  Not too happy about this.

Let's get a discussion going.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Bumble Bees and Ladybugs

We had a lovely time with our friends on Easter Sunday.  Great food and lots of fun was had by all.  Of course, I never go out without wearing a pair of ear cuffs, so I decided to embrace the Spring weather now it is finally here and celebrate with my' Love The Bugs' EarCuffs.  I also decided to enhance my left ear with one of my crystal ear cuff rings.  All in all I felt very festive and Springlike and enjoyed the compliments. This pair of earcuffs are my latest style listed in my Etsy shop, ElegantEarCuffs.  I hope you'll drop in and browse my designs and come back soon because I'll be sure to have additional designs real soon.

And Happy Earth Day!  Another reason to "love the bugs."

Image of Fiona of Elegant EarCuffs by Fiona
That's me with my Love The Bugs EarCuffs
 and EarCuff Ring
Love The Bugs EarCuffs
Read more at 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Malvern Spring Family Festival, May 4, 2014

I'm excited to be a juried participant at the event in Malvern, PA next month.  I've been increasing my line of ear cuffs, both in design and variations, using silver, brass and copper wire, and crystals and semi-precious stones, and applying a protective coating on all my ear cuffs to prevent tarnishing and skin sensitivity.  I have about 40 items listed on Etsy, but I will have several hundred pairs at the craft fair.  I'll be posting an update in a couple of weeks when I am told exactly where I will be located.  In the meantime, you can read all about the event on their Facebook page.

Malvern. Family Festival 2014

View my Etsy shop at ElegantEarCuffs.

Hope to see you at the Malvern, PA Family Festival.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Formal Ear Cuffs for Brides, Prom Queens, or any special occasion

I've started creating some designs for more formal occasions, thinking about those who may not have pierced ears or don't want the nagging irritation or even pain that comes with wearing clip-ons.  This is why I got interested in earcuffs in the first place, since I have had my ears pierced twice unsuccessfully.

I get a lot of traffic at my Etsy site looking for pearls and silver and so I have started making designs that incorporate Swarovski crystals and pearls and sterling silver beads on silver-filled, silver, or gold-filled wire.  All the designs are customizable to modify the design, or incorporate different color pearls and crystals.

If you have a special event coming and you want to wear something on your ear(s) so comfortable that you cannot feel them at all, I'd love to work with you.

Here are some designs I have so far with more on the way.

Pearl EarCuffs from ElegantEarCuffs

Pearl and Silver Ear Cuffs from ElegantEarCuffs

Pearls, Crystals and Silver Chandelier Ear Cuffs from ElegantEarCuffs

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fun Day at Teleflex

I had the pleasure yesterday of presenting my ear cuffs to the folks at Teleflex in Reading, PA.  I received a very warm reception from everyone.  The ladies were a delight as they tried on my ear cuffs, many wearing ear cuffs for the first time.  I was very impressed with one gentleman, who purchased two pairs for his wife, for no special reason.  I hope she likes them.  One lady said she felt real "sassy" wearing her new ear cuffs.  Well, I'm glad to tell you that all my ear cuffs come with a lifetime guarantee of sassyness!  Some of the ladies decided to make a statement and purchase an ear cuff for one ear only.  Great idea!  Sometimes one looks great.  My smaller ear cuffs can be worn on the ear above the piercing(s) you already have.

So, it was a fabulous day, and I look forward to coming back on WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 10th, 2014.  I'll have some new designs and great ideas for stocking stuffers for The Holidays.  In the meantime, I'll look forward to you following me on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and of course, Etsy.  Just do a search for "elegantearcuffs," on Google and I'll be at the top of the search results.

Here is a design that I sold yesterday that's available through my Etsy store.  Better go make another pair right away!

Friday, March 14, 2014

St. Patrick's Day promotion

Top of the weekend to you!

In celebration of my very distant Irish heritage, I'm offering a big discount that will go through the end of St. Patrick's Day 2014.

Visit my Etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/elegantearcuffs and when checking out, enter the code,

LuckyEarCuffs20 for a 20% discount on your purchase.

If you plan on buying $100 or more, contact me through my Etsy website for the 25% discount with free shipping.

I'm adding new designs and colors every week, so come back often.

Finally, I wish you a great weekend, and as the Irish say, "May you dance as if no one's watching, sing as if no one's listening, and live everyday as if it were your last."

Elegant EarCuffs

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Introduction to Elegant EarCuffs by Fiona

As my first blog entry, I am introducing myself and my business making pairs and some single earcuffs.  When I went from long hair to a pixie cut it was so nice and easy to keep, but I felt my ears were over exposed and I cannot wear pierced earrings or clip-ons.

I had purchased a pair of earcuffs and I liked the concept but with a more traditional design.  So after training and lots of practice, I have developed a variety of earcuffs which look good on anyone, from a little girl to a professional woman to a hip granny.

The designs are less complex than other earcuffs you may have seen on Etsy, but the challenge is in making pairs that are symmetrical which I have mastered.

Of course, I'm always wearing earcuffs when I am out and about, and I have been blown away by the positive response I have received that have led to some local sales, some right off my ears!

So, in 2014 I want to continue to broaden my range of designs, promote myself locally (see future blogs for events), and increase my presence on the web.

Visit my website, elegantearcuffs.com which links to my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/elegantearcuffs.  You can also follow me on twitter @elegantearcuffs and on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/elegantearcuffs.

Email me about custom work or wholesale purchases at Fionathompson@verizon.net.

Sold in a pair, with no pinching and very comfortable to wear
Tiger's Eye and Silver
Beautiful for brides and sold in a pair
Silver and crystal pearls
Spring Leaves Earcuffs, pair made with Czech Glass and crystal beads
Czech glass and brass wire