Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's the adventure!

It's a total blast looking for new supplies for my work and to resell online.
I live in Rhode Island.
It's the (was) the jewelry capital of the world years ago.
My father was in the "business" and when we were little , used to go with him to the factories. We watched the workers go through and work with all the findings, plating, and designing.
And then we saw the final product, which my dad would sell. He was the sales rep. I never understood how hard his job must have been. Dealing with big companies, trying to sell the company's jewelry.
I thought it was the best thing to visit him at the yearly "jewelry show". It was a huge event at the Biltmore hotel in downtown  Providence.
All the jewelry reps from all over the country would all have a room on a certain floor and then the buyers would come room to room, and the salesmen would do their thing.
Me, I thought it was cool visiting my dads "friends" and getting candy and and a piece of costume jewelry.
Now, so many years later, I started making my own jewelry. Seeking out findings and beads to work with became an adventure. I found a couple of amazing places in RI..they have findings and beads that are vintage, and findings that have been around  forever. You dig, and search , lift, bend, struggle.
It's the best part of my little business.
The search.
The find.
You take it home, spread it out , wash it..and discover your treasures!
Here are just a few of the finds I got yesterday! You'll be seeing them soon in my Etsy shop

Sunday, February 19, 2012

My new spacer bracelet collection

I needed some inspiration and it came to me
I decided to make these chunky yet still feminine bracelets.

I thought with a variety of stones and pearls the cute daisy spacer beads would find it's place to complete the bracelet. I'm happy with the results.

 Here you will see a variety including white freshwater pearls.
Ice blue crystals.
Peridot chips.

I hope you enjoy them!

I am in the process of making earrings to go with them too!

Thursday, February 9, 2012