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SHOP FIND – RI-STOR Goods

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I am so excited to introduce you to the owners of RI-STOR Goods, Evan and Elizabeth Mayfield.  RI-STOR is a lamp/design shop in Los Angeles, California that I happened to find on Instagram.  I immediately became smitten with their lamp designs because of the unique use of material, vision, and the overall aesthetic of their product.

Over time I found myself loving their designs and wishing one day to actually own one of Evan and Elizabeth Mayfield’s lamps to place in my home.  First I would like to introduce you to their designs by showing you a photo of their work.

 

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METROHM PH SCALE SWITZERLAND (Photo Courtesy of RI-STOR Goods)

 

 

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RUSTO’ DRAGON LAMP (Photo Courtesy of RI-STOR Goods)

 

More photos to come, but first I would like to share the interview that Evan Mayfield agreed to do with me.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed digging into the mind of someone with his vision and talent!!

Cherie:  I am curious about your love of analog equipment, what makes analog so attractive to you?
Evan@RI-STOR:  Well I think it’s less about the analog and more about the quality of design. Back in the day they really had an eye for appealing design, and really made that come alive in the products that they manufactured. When I first came across some of my first analog equipment, I thought they really were works of art. And I began to realize that most of them were ending up in trash heaps and not being utilized. That’s when I got the idea to preserve these small works of art by up cycling them and making them functional again. 
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  What has been your favorite find? 
Evan@RI-STOR:  I don’t know that we can say that we have a favorite find. Each and every time, it’s so exciting to go out and look for these items. So I would have to say every time we go out and find some pieces, those are our new favorite find!
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  Do you ever think that you were limiting yourself to just the “hipster” audience or a younger genre?  Maybe even just people of a certain “artist” vision? (I mean I know as a jewelry artist that sometimes I start to get worried that maybe I need to follow a certain trend in jewelry, and then I get my focus back on what my vision is and my focus back on what I do best.)
Evan@RI-STOR:  That’s a good question. I don’t think we were ever concerned about mass appeal when we’re designing these lamps. I think we’re just designing with our own aesthetic in mind, and making what we really like. I feel like if you stay true to what you like, then it’s going to come across in your artwork, and the work will be better for it.  But, to really answer your question, we have a lot of interest from all different age groups. Men and women, young and old, enjoy our product.
Cherie@AccessoireBlog: Is that how you feel when you are making a piece for your shop? 
Evan@RI-STOR:  No, I don’t really feel that way. I have made artwork in the past that was catered towards a particular demographic or style. And honestly there is no longevity in it because at the end of the day I didn’t care. It wasn’t something that I like, it was something that I thought would appeal to others. So thankfully I stayed away from feeling like I need to build something for someone else. All of these lamps are pieces that we would put in our home. (And often do for a short time!)
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:   But being in LA, which such a crossroads of taste, who is your average customer?  I see that you have sold to the entertainment industry, right?
Evan@RI-STOR:  I would say that our average customer is young successful men between the ages of 18 and 40. And yes, we do happen to sell a lot of our lamps to individuals in the entertainment industry. For whatever reason, we have had quite a few celebrity sales, and I think that’s because our pieces are just so unique. Celebrities really enjoy having something that is one-of-a-kind, that they can show off and not feel like the rest of the population has. It is a choice we are making by not mass producing our product. We have less of a chance to make a lot of money, but we are more proud of our product as each one is handmade and unique. That is more important than money.
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  Who again have you sold your great pieces too?
 Evan@RI-STOR:  We have had the privilege of selling to Mr. Patrick Warburton, Ian Hulquist from Passion Pit, and Zooey Deschanel’s father Caleb Deschanel. It is cool knowing that the cinematographer from the movie The Patriot and The Passion of the Christ has one of our lamps. Being in and around the movie industry, I’m sure we have sold a few more. But we cannot say for sure.
Cherie@AccessoireBlog: Do people share with you often why they are buying a particular piece?  Can you share a story without revealing the person? 
Evan:  Well, some of my favorite pieces that we have designed to date went to a very cool company downtown LA. They used the pieces to decorate their office space, and told us that they wanted something to catch customers eyes when they came in. So, I know that there are in a good place and many people are enjoying them every day. 
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  Where do you see this business going in say five years? 
Evan@RI-STOR:  Five years! Ha, there’s no way of telling. But I feel like it is it a dream of ours to open our own brick and mortar. We would love to have a store where we could feature our own items and  interact with our customers daily. Because that is really what it is all about. People interacting with people. And so we love getting to know our customers, and telling them the stories behind each individual lamp. 
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  How would you describe the current trend of home decorating at the moment?
Evan@RI-STOR:  Well current trend is kind of interesting. I feel like in the past couple of years there’s been a resurgence of up-cycle design. Especially here in LA there are a lot of companies up cycling their product, because we are a very eco-conscious city. So at least from that standpoint, I think that we are in a good spot. Many people also are realizing the design aesthetic of old, and the quality of the build. There are so many different styles of home decorating out there, it’s hard to really nail down. But we definitely do think that repurposing items in design is in!
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  Speaking of decorating or style, some people flow with the trends, and some people are true to one style all their lives… how about you?
Evan@RI-STOR:  Elizabeth and I have stayed fairly consistent in our design choices. We really like the eclectic items that we have in our home. I wouldn’t say that we could really put ourselves in any particular category, but we really do enjoy repurposed materials. We have a lot of handmade items that we have made ourselves or painted in our home, and we feel like that brings a personal homey element to the place to our nest. We do not own a home of our own, so we feel like once that happens we’re going to go crazy! We will be designing and building all kinds of interesting things to fill our home with, and that just hasn’t happened yet. So I feel like we’ve been really mild with our decorating choices as of yet. But, we have been consistent! 
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  Especially in architecture you find this to be true, what would be your favorite design them? 
Evan@RI-STOR:  Oh, it’s kind of hard to comment on architecture. Elizabeth is from the West Coast, and I am from the East Coast. The architecture style varies so much in the different corners of the country that it is hard to say what WE like. I think she and I can both agree that Frank Lloyd Wright is pretty awesome.
Cherie@AccessoireBlog:  And finally, you just made the wonderful and compelling piece called coda, which is a true work of art.  How did you decide to use and old projector and then turn it into a piece like coda?
Evan@RI-STOR:  The lamp entitled coda is very different in many ways. I built this piece without getting much feedback from my wife, Elizabeth. It was a growing experience trying to build something from scratch. Using a bunch of different elements from around my garage to pull together one design that made sense. There was a lot of fabrication involved, and it was really a process of trial and error. I have designed something one paper that I wanted to bring to life, but when I built that thing it didn’t look as great as it did when I had originally drawn it. So there was a process of building up and tearing down that resulted in the final product that we call coda. I don’t know that anybody will ever buy that piece, and that’s okay with me. This definitely was something that I was building for myself. I knew I was limiting myself by building something so specific and potentially unappealing  to many clients, but like I said before. This one was for me. It was a personal project. I wanted to have one lamp that said,  “This is what I am about. Design, invention, playing with pieces and parts to make some sort of Frankenstein. I wanted one of those builds.”
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Coda (photo credit: RI-STOR)

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Some of the lamps and the Downtown LA Bubblemaker that RI-STOR has created!! (Photo Credit: RI-STOR)

**Please note that you can also find several of RI-STOR Goods products at Cisco Home at 8025 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, Ca 90046.  The Downtown LA BubbleMaker is currently on display there now as are other pieces.

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Ri-Store Goods lamps showing up in the Cisco Home showroom!

I think that Evan and Elizabeth are truly creating works of art and I love the idea that they are making something unique and one-of-a-kind with materials otherwise headed for a landfill.  I truly appreciate the workmanship that has gone into each and every piece that they have created!  I hope you do too!

It is my hope that you support this talented couple in their endeavors.  Much peace to all this week and happy creating as always.

 

 

 

 

LINKS:

**Link to RI-STOR Goods:

http://www.ristorgoods.com/

**Vimeo:

http://vimeo.com/92756055

**RI-STOR Goods  is also on Instagram**

 

 

 

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Accessoire Blog’s Shop Find

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I am once again changing this part of my blog around a little.  Since I am finding it hard to keep up with all my projects, attend physical and cognitive therapy (due to an accident in December), and continue to design and make my own jewelry, I find I must scale my schedule back a little bit to give my brain and body rest.

Rest assured I am striving (key word) to have a post on a artisan/shop find each week.  Thus the new graphic which I made which changed to Accessoire Blog’s Handmade/Artist Shop Find.  As you may also know, I am doing a Local Find Post in which I will be highlighting artists/venues/photographers/handmade artisans/crafters right in my own local area.

Needless to say my plate is full, but not too full to bring you this week’s wonderful and exciting find thanks to the ever wonderful and inspiring IAMTHELAB Blog.  I am inspired by the way that Brett Torrey Haynes does everything on his blog, he is no doubt one of my heros in the area of advocating for handmade goodness.

I am part of the Blog Blitz at IAMTHELAB which allows bloggers to actually use information, photos and actual posts from the LAB’s blog to highlight any handmade goodness we have found while reading their blog.  Thank you a million times over.  I find such wonderful and inspirational artists while there on his blog.

This time around I have discovered the wonderful shop of Wind and Willow Home (http://www.windandwillowhome.com/).  Araya Jensen is the beauty and the brains behind these beautiful creations, which include hand-dipped bowls and a whole line of Dipped housewares. These designs are crafted by Araya in Minneapolis, MN where she lives with her family.

Here is Araya (or as her site says, Araya (like A-Ray-A Sunshine)!   

Wind and Willow's New Indegogo Project

 

Araya has added a line of hand-inked soft goods.  To celebrate the launch of her new collection, Araya has started a new initiative (her new Indiegogo campaign) that she appropriately calls BOWL FULL.  This new initiative, Araya’s Wind & Willow Home “will donate a minimum of 1 meal per item sold to feed the hungry near and far, in addition to volunteering our time in pursuit of this cause”.  Her goal with the Indiegogo campaign is to raise $12,200 to help cover the cost of materials, development, production (including a new professional website design to integrate the giving aspect of the BOWL FULL project into her current website) and administrative support to bring the soft goods line to life.

As the IAMTHELAB’s article points out, most Indiegogo campaigns offer incentives and Wind and Willow Home will be giving some lucky someone the opportunity to have an exclusive color added to her fall collection in their name.

I pretty much loved this shop right away.  But then when I found out that Araya had the Indiegogo, Bowl Full, well you could say that it was head over heels from there on in.  Of course, if anyone knows me, you know that I have another blog in which I have talked about giving and supporting causes that give to others.  (DO*CARE*ACT Blog)

Wind and Willow's New Indegogo Project

(photo courtesy of IAMTHELAB) Wind and Willow Home

Wind and Willow's New Indegogo Project

Wind and Willow’s New Indegogo Project (photo courtesy of Wind and Willow Home and IAMTHELAB)

I just love that as I was looking through the handmade goodness at IAMTHELAB, not only did I find a beautiful example of something made by hand at Wind and Willow Home… but also by heart and soul as beautiful as Araya Jensen.

Please visit Wind and Willow Home to get the chance to delight over all her beautiful handmade home goods and then head over to her Indigogo initiative and hopefully help her in this worthy endeavor.

There is a wonderful Vimeo video Wind & Willow Home : Indegogo from Hello Sunshine Films on Vimeo.

Have a great week creating and I wish you much peace!

 


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Shop Find of the Week

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I must have a slight obsession with England of late, because my next shop from hails from Great Britain.  As you may remember, my last shop was LeShopUK and is a British shop!!  

This week I have chosen a wonderful and whimsical shop, somethingtodo,  which is home is the wonderful and whimsical jewelry of Claire Lockwood.  Her jewelry is quirky, offbeat, original and certainly beautiful.  I love it!  I think her shop name is so quirky and original just like her jewelry and I guess that is one of the things that first drew me to her shop, then I read her shop introduction which plainly states, “something to do with your hands.”  Right there she had me and then I started to really study her pieces of jewelry, and the more I looked the more excited I became over her “masterpieces” of design.

She obviously has the “touch” and “eye” to put together pieces of jewelry that are interesting and not your average piece of jewelry that everyone else is wearing.  I like that about her designs.  She seems to have a boldness in her designs, a flair for the original, a fearlessness that I sometimes wish I had in my designs and so much appreciate.   Her style of design is so eclectic, drawing from a combination of different elements, textures, colours, styles.  I would wear any one of her pieces in a heartbeat!  In fact, her pieces are on my ever growing wish list of things!! 

According to her brief bio, she is a self-taught jewelry designer. She states that she makes her unique jewelry from “a wide array of materials, including handmade artisan beads and components, vintage pieces and found objects, semi-precious stones and gemstones, czech glass and other assorted lovelies.”  She also sells her handmade beads on Etsy.

But first I would like to show you a few of Claire’s beautiful creations…

This way - handmade earrings, beaded earrings, art bead earrings, arrow earrings

This way – handmade earrings, beaded earrings, art bead earrings, arrow earrings (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

Coaster - Handmade Beaded Necklace, Art Bead Necklace, Beach Necklace, Asymmetrical Necklace

Coaster – Handmade Beaded Necklace, Art Bead Necklace, Beach Necklace, Asymmetrical Necklace (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

Holding light - handmade bracelet, beaded bracelet, art bead bracelet, vintage bead bracelet

Holding light – handmade bracelet, beaded bracelet, art bead bracelet, vintage bead bracelet (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

As you can see, Clair is a very talented young woman with a natural gift for putting together designs that just draw the eye.  I encourage you to visit her shop and view all her designs.  You are in for quite a treat of eye candy.

Claire also mentioned her bead shop on Etsy, she has somethingtodobeads, here are some sweet little birds that are listed in her bead shop.  She made them by hand with polymer clay and then painted them with acrylics.

Handmade Bird Bead (1), Hand-painted bird bead, Polymer Clay Bird Bead, bird bead

Handmade Bird Bead (1), Hand-painted bird bead, Polymer Clay Bird Bead, bird bead (photo via somethingtodobeads/Claire Lockwood)

 

Please be sure to stop in to Claire’s shops and heart the items you love and let her know you love her items.

Links:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/somethingtodo

https://www.etsy.com/shop/somethingtodobeads

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Something-to-do-with-your-hands/146954858726274

On her Facebook you will find a lot of interesting designs and things, so please head over there to “like” her page and follow her designs!

As always, thank you for supporting handmade artisans!

Have a wonderful week of creating beauty.

 

 


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The New Things I’m Exploring!! Graphics and Bunnies

I am so excited  to show you a few things that I have been designing and it has nothing to do with jewelry.  I have always loved writing, but I have never really called myself a writer.  I used to write research reports in my younger years and before my creative life took over.  But research and writing the accompanying reports are much different from creative writing and the stories I write every so often on Medium.com.  You can find them here:  https://medium.com/@lotsofjewels.

Anyway, I have always loved graphic design so I am now playing around with some easy stuff.  I am in no way saying that I am even close to the true graphic design professionals.  But I am having fun during a difficult time in my life.  In December, I suffered a rather severe fall that resulted in a head injury, tears in my shoulder muscles and a back injury.  I  have been mostly confined to staying home because I can’t drive or work outside my home with my injuries.  My jewelry is a wonderful outlet, but I also love technology and learning new skills so I have been on Picmonkey (a free online photo editing site) playing around and here are a few of my very elementary designs!

First, here is my new graphic for my Shop Find of the Week.  I made it with the blank canvas option on Picmonkey and just had a great time picking and choosing which elements to add.  I used a few of the “sticker” shapes and changed the colors, then added some focal elements and text.

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Please note:  All work shown here is the property of Cherie Klinger, Accessoire Blog, and Accessoire Jewelry.  Please do not reproduce without listing the following credit: Designed and Created by Cherie Klinger of Accessoire.

For the children’s book that I have been having fun with, I am using the static bunny and giraffe photos from Picmonkey’s options.  I have five pages completed and hope to complete an entire little book.  Then I guess I will read it to myself and give a copy to my nieces and nephews. Somehow I don’t think my 19 and 14-year-old want me reading a story to them entitled, Trixie and Dex.  The stars of the book are a little bunny named Trixie and a giraffe named Dex.

 

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And below is page 3 to give you a sample of Trixie and Dex together.  If you know anything about my DO*CARE*ACT blog, then you can guess that I have to add a little life lessons about helping others, giving and the miracle of a caring heart!

 

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Sorry about the disclaimer written above, but I feel that I have to add that since there are some people who do like to take things and use them without the proper permission or credit given.  I do not mind one using my photos, I only ask that the proper credit be given.   I do not use a watermark, so please do not copy these little graphics that I have created without attaching the proper credit.  Thank you very much!!   You may not think they are much, especially the graphic designers out there, but they are my little piece of graphic heaven and I am having fun.

We all have a well of creativity inside of us, just allow yourself to try to do something that will bring a smile to your face.  You deserve it!

Hope you all are staying busy and creative.

Much peace!

 

 

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Shop Find of the Week ☞ LeShopUK

 

 

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I say this every time I find a new shop that delights my eye and senses, “I am in love!”  This time I mean, I really do!  I am swooning… lusting… staring… hitting the heart doohickey!!  I am like a lovesick teenager.♥♥♥

This shop has photography ranging from street, animal (cute duck feet for heaven sakes) to UK-themed photos.  It even has air balloons shaped like cute things!  How am I supposed battle such wizardry??

I love street art and photography ☑ check.   Love animals  ☑ check.  Love the UK  ☑ check.  Great Inventory + Superb Photography = Shop of the Week!!

The shop owner is Virginia Allwood, a Parisian now living in Bristol, England, who says in her Shop’s bio page that she carries her camera with her everywhere.  Lucky us, because she snaps some fantastic photos and we can buy them!!



ALL PHOTOS SHOWN BELOW ARE THE SOLE PROPERTY AND ARE CREDITED TO VIRGINIA ALLWOOD OF LeShopUk.   

ON SALE Look - London photography - black and white - Street photography - Night photography - Sign photography - word photography

Love this piece because it is just a simple shot and slightly off-center, this is the type of photo I would frame and hang on my wall.

 

ON SALE Rainbow Over Coloured Houses - Street photography - Rainbow photography - Bristol photography - Home design

Perfect timing + colourful homes + skilled photographer = great photo!  This is another of my favorite photos… I really think all the photos in this shop are my favorites.

 

Allison’s photo was chosen to be the cover of the 2014 Visit Bristol guide!! [photo credit LeShopUk.com/Virgina Allwood]

Obviously, Virginia is brilliantly talented and by looking at her blog and reading her bio on her About page in her Etsy shop, she seems to be a hardworking and fun-loving person.  I just love when I find someone with talent and an eye for taking photos at just the right moment in time.  Please visit Virginia’s shop and perhaps you will find something to buy and treasure.
The photo below shows Virginia with her man —> Dan Martin,  boyfriend, PR guru and as she describes it “shoulder to cry on.”  Something we all need!!As stated on their blog, “Dan is an award-winning social media expert and online journalist.  For over 10 years, Dan, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, has worked for some of the UK’s leading internet publishers as a senior reporter and editor.”  It looks like Virginia has the quality product, tools to promote, and the personality to expand her lovely items around the world.  As stated on their blog, “He has also helped several private and public sector organisations improve the way they engage with their audiences online and in 2010 was named in the top 10 most influential political bloggers on Twitter by the Independent.”

Wow, what a dynamic duo!!  You can read more about them at their blog http://www.leshopuk.com/blog.  

 

 

And finally, the last photo pick of the day… I think!!

 

 Good Ol' Days - vintage blue car - street photography - 1960s nostalgia - living room decor

 

I love vintage/antique cars and this photo is beautiful because it depicts the car sitting on a street that shows little indication which era this photo was taken.  Obviously, Ms. Allwood is quite young and she is the photographer and her handy skills allows her a look back in time.  Also, the color of the car lends a beautiful contrast to the old and historic war-era buildings in the background.

I hope you enjoyed discovering this new shop and its beauties with me.   I have listed LeShopUK’s online shop, Twitter, Blog, and Facebook sites below.  I hope you take the time to support this lovely woman and her creative photography!

Until next time, keep creating and much peace!

 

 

Etsy:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeShopUK?ref=l2-shop-info-name

Blog:  http://www.leshopuk.com/blog

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/VirginiaAllwood

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/leshopuk


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Great Shop – Peg and Awl Shop

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This little beauty comes from IAMTHELAB (http://www.iamthelab.com/blog-blitz/)

 

I am quite literally in awe (pun in intended) of this shop that I am about to talk about, and I found them while perusing my favorite blog of handmade goodness over at IAMTHELAB.  They are the Peg and Awl shop and I am excited to introduce you to them.  I am following the rules of IAMTHELAB’s Blog Blitz and the photo I use are in accordance with said rules.  All the photos used are the property of the Peg and Awl shop.

First, I would like to give you the direct link back to IAMTHELAB’s post on this shop… it is a wonderful piece written by Brett Torrey Haynes http://www.iamthelab.com/craftiness-handmade/get-inspired-more-handmade-goodness-from-peg-and-awl/.

The Peg and Awl shop is run by a husband and wife team and they are amazing in their widespread approach to handmade. Here are a few of the pieces made by the husband and wife team that are a creators of this shop:

 

Small Botanical Desk Caddy

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Small Botanical Desk Caddy

The Small Botanical Desk Caddy is one of my favorite things because I can see using it on my desk for brushes, pencils, or even tools I use in my jewelry making.  This shop’s inventory ranges from dry goods, jewelry, home, office/studio, kitchen, garden, journals, decoupage, photography, and one of a kind items.

Here is an example of their one of a kind items:

Book Necklace: Ben Franklin 1906

Book Necklace: Ben Franklin 1906, “This useable and wearable miniature book is covered with a bit of an antique leather postcard from 1906 still baring the original 1 cent Ben Franklin stamp and postmark.”  – Peg and Awl

This is one of those shop that my mind just says “uh-oh” the minute I see it, because I know that it has everything that I love to pause, touch, and wonder over for long moments at a time.  The little tiny books remind me of books I used to gather as a child.  Good craftsmanship can be found at every turn in this shop.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and find time to leave them some positive feedback and perhaps take something with you.

I know I plan on making a list of must haves and then purchasing a few items to add to my collections of handmade love!

Here are links to follow the Peg and Awl shop!!

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/pegandawl

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/pegandawl

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PegandAwl

Shop:  http://pegandawlbuilt.com/

Much peace and creativity!

 


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Changing Designs, Finding Inspiration, Staying True!

My own design aesthetic feels like it is evolving, I have always loved leather and can remember when I was a teen buying hand tooled leather bracelets. I am always intrigued with new ways to design jewelry and the interesting materials used in design.

I am the type of person that thrives on redecorating, rearranging furniture, clothes, the color of my hair, nails, etc. (although I have slowed down on the hair color)… and my family can tell you about my obsession with lamps.  I know that just changing out the lamps in a room can make me feel that the room has a fresh feel.  I guess I get bored easily and need the change and that can show through in my designs.  I am never quite happy making the same thing over and over again, it feels too much like a production line.

One design that I do tend to make over and over is my Gingko Leaf earrings, although right now I do not have any in my Etsy store.  I have to get going on making some more.  They have always been a very popular design of mine.

Accessoire on Etsy (SOLD)

**Here is one of my Gingko Leaf designs.**

 

Recently, I began to reevaluate my designs and ask myself “what designs do I like, what jewelry do I want to wear right now, and would I wear my own designs?” and in response I began to change my designs to reflect the answers that I found to my questions.

Here are a few of my new designs:

TierraCast® Antiqued Copper-plated Focal Plate with Leather Cord, Embellished Leather and Copper Bracelet, Adjustable

TierraCast® antiqued copper-plated “pewter” focal piece laced with the light brown leather. I have affixed the wood beads to the leather to keep them in the position you see them here. and then placed copper coil end caps and a copper lobster clasp. I made the chain extender so that you can adjust the size of your bracelet.

I used this patina verdigris filigree piece and bent and lightly sanded the finish to attain a soft color with copper showing through the finish. I then accented with a beautiful brown leather cord and copper elements.

Modern Wood Circle Ring, Sterling Silver and Wood Ring,Wood Sterling Minimalist Ring

I love the color of this round wood bead, I then added the small upcycled silver oval and made the ring base with sterling silver German square wire.

Leather Cord Choker, Leather and Beaded Choker Necklace, Beaded Necklace, Silver Plate, Handcrafted Hook and Eye Closure

I love brown leather cord and added small wood, glass, and silver plate beads and tiny silver tubes with the silver plated long tube bead as the focal point with a small silver heart charm. I handcrafted the hook and eye clasp with sterling silver German square silver.

I am acting as my jewelry model!

I used this flat cable 16k gold necklace and added the adjustable chain that adjusts necklace from a 16 inch necklace to an 18 inch necklace. I then made the gold bar focal piece with gold metal cubes and black iridescent glass pieces.

My dainty flat sterling silver chain and handmade sterling silver circle and bronze wire pendant with metal heart charm.

I just keep moving forward with my designs, always amazed by the wonderful handmade artisans that I find and get to know.  I would love to hear how your designs have changed through the years and what new skills you may have added and used in your designs?

Much Peace and Creativity!