Sunday, August 23, 2020

Covid-19 & Events 2020

Due to Covid-19 all events have been canceled until further notice. 

No events? My heart sank as I heard the governor of California shout down the State back in March 2020. What are we going to do? A few months have pasted since then and California is still on a partial shout down. No out door events still. How have I survived? Here is a little summary of what I have been doing to adapt to the new normal and keep my small business alive.

Back in March I had no clue how serious this virus was or how it would completely change our everyday lives. After a few weeks of being in lock down I picked up my camera and I began to photograph my jewelry pieces again. It was more out of boredom than necessary. Back then my main income came from events so I did not invest much time in my social media or on my website. During lock down I had nothing but time. So, I began to photograph and post items, and post, and post.  I also began to go through my website and clean up pages that needed refreshing. One great thing about social media is that kept me connected to my pop up clients. So even though I was not in an actual event. I still had the ability to reach out to everyone. Did I know then how successful this would be. nope. 

As of today, online sales and social media has allowed my small business to stay open during this pandemic. My pop up equipment of tents, umbrellas, and tables is now topped off with shipping supplies. This time of isolation from the world has allowed me to create even more pieces. New pieces with different materials. 

I know my story of being a business owner during the pandemic is not the same for everyone. My goal in sharing my experience is to encourage businesses to adapt and not to give up. 



- lorena

www.cbjbylorena.com

IG: @cbjbylorena


Saturday, March 30, 2019


Good morning,


As I organize my thoughts this morning I wanted to introduce myself. My name is lorena, and I am a jewelry designer and polymer clay artist of Custom Boutique Jewelry. I opened my website of jewelry pieces in 2007.  I love to craft and create. Back in 2007 my jewelry line was more of a hobby than a business.  I was raising my boys and the idea of being self-employed and working from home was just not an option it was a dream. So I opened up my website, and I sold my jewelry at Pop Up events in my area.  Selling at events really planted the seed in my mind. The moment I gave birth, I knew I wanted to be there for my sons full time. I didn’t like being away from them while l was away working. So I made a plan. In 2016, I promoted myself and I began to focus on my jewelry line full time.


It has been an amazing journey thus far. I hope to share my journey on this blog for everyone to read in hopes that it can encourage anyone wanting to reach high and to never allow anyone to kill your spirit, your dream.


Lorena

@cbjbylorena


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Abuela's Kitchen Meet and Greet 2018

Hi everyone!

Have you seen Abuela's Kitchen Meet and Greet 2018?

Please take a look at the video below. =)

Silvia (@_masmasa) and Abuela (@abuelaskitchen) have an amazing YouTube channel that brings the warmth, and spirit of Mexican Culture through Cuisine. You know that saying, "oh nothing tastes good as my Abuela's ……" Sometimes recipes are lost, and her channel will forever help many of us recreate dishes that we thought were lost.

Thank you Abuela and Silvia for an amazing event!



Coffee Shop: @coffeenutzz

-Lorena

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Happy Summer!
I can't believe how fast summer 2018 arrived. With summer in mind I found myself bringing a little bit of summer into my jewelry designs. Here is a few pictures of some items that have been added to my website.

Cactus necklace with flowers (available in different color options)
Crazy cactus necklace on stainless steel
At our house summer is a time where everything seems to move in slow motion. We wake up later, no homework, and lets not forget places to go and things to see. We have been fortunate to live in Southern California where there is a ton of places to visit. So, I created a bucket list and I am ready. (super excited....)

Travel trailer charms on stainless steel

Events for this summer have been updated here on my blog, and on my website. I have three events in July, two events in August, and two in September 2018. I downsized events this summer so I can spend more time traveling with my family. I hope everyone enjoys this summer. Lets embrace it. 

Lorena
@cbjbylorena

Monday, February 19, 2018

Good Morning Bloggers!

New polymer clay pieces have been added to my website! These pieces include: rose gold concha jewelry, nopal (cactus) jewelry, polymer clay burrito necklaces, and Frida Kahlo necklaces. These new items where launched a few weeks ago, as I welcomed 2018 events.

2018 EVENTS
Each year I try to attend new cities in my local Southern California area. This year I have added, Chino California to my events for 2018. I will be a vendor at Canvas Food & Craft Festival. This event will be on April 29th, 2018 from 10am to 6pm at Ayala park. 

I have other Cities on my wish list, so I hope to bring news of those events soon. =)

IN THE WORKS
More new items to come! I have a huge list of new items that I would like to add to my jewelry line by Spring. 

I hope everyone had a great new years! 

Lorena
@cbjbylorena

Polymer Clay Burrito Charm - handmade 
Available on my website under the clay section.

Polymer Clay Concha Stud Earrings - handmade
Available on my website under clay section

Polymer Clay Cactus Necklaces - handmade
Available on my website under the clay section.

Frida Kahlo Inspired necklaces. Handmade out of polymer clay
Available on my website under the clay section

Polymer clay Concha Rings - Handmade
Available on my website under the clay section

Polymer Clay Concha Bracelets - handmade
Available on my website under the clay section.


www.customboutiquejewelry.com

Sunday, December 10, 2017

New Event!

I added a new event for the month of December. I will be in Los Angeles on December 17th, 2017.  I can't wait for this event. I LOVE Los Angeles! Join us, if you will be in the L.A. area on Sunday December 17th, 2017.  This exciting event is called, Molcajete Dominguero and it hosts events every month. This month its location will be at, Plaza de Cultura y Artes 501 North Main St., Los Angeles. From 11am - 4pm. Visit www.MolcajeteDominguero.com or Instagram @molcajetedominguero to get full details!



Another December event for me will be on December 13th, 2017. I will attend the, Art Stroll in the City of Whittier from 5pm to 9pm.


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I will be in contact soon! I hope everyone is enjoying the Holidays!
@cbjbylorena

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!


I just wanted to wish everyone a very special Thanksgiving. I also wanted to thank everyone who has supported my small business.

Small Business Saturday #shopsmall



Join me and other small business on Saturday, November 25th, 2017 for SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. I truly love this event. 


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Up Coming Events and Sales!


I will be having a 3 day Sale event that will begin on Black Friday and End on Cyber Monday. 

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Up Coming Event



The City of La Habra will be hosting the Tamale Festive on Sunday, November 26th, 2017. Join us for the Largest Tamale Festival in the O.C. Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 5:30pm. I will be a vendor at this event! I have created some cute Tamale jewelry pieces out of polymer clay for this special day. Tamale jewelry pieces are also available for sale on my website under the clay section. 

Polymer Clay Tamale Earrings Set on Stainless Steel or Sterling Silver
(available in my Clay Section on my website)


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So many updates! I will be in touch in the next few weeks!

Lorena

@cbjbylorena