Friday, March 21, 2014

Found Items Made New Again

I'm at the market today altering some recently found items that will soon be new earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

Please come into my work studio with me through these photos. :)

Do you recognize any of these items?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Vintage Family Photos

Before taking up jewelry, I was obsessed with framing vintage family photos. Our dining room is covered with them and somewhat tell a story of our family. I say "somewhat" because most of these folks passed away before we had the opportunity to know them.

Mom and Dad's first Holy Communion photos framed side by side.

A favorite of my sister (seester), Susan, and our brother, Michael, both toddlers. So cute.

Dad's grandparents, immigrants from Germany.

Jeff with his mom, Doris, when he was 3 years old. Love this!

Dad, as a teenager; I swear it looks like me when I was a teen! Lol!

Dad's mother, Elsie. She passed away when I was a baby.

More later -- this is fun!

Must go sell some jewels -- happy day to you!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Reflection on 2013

On this first day of 2014, I can't help but reflect on the past year.

A few exciting developments have happened and just as many challenging and frustrating developments as well!

Steph's Jewels has had its most successful year to date. Sharing a shop at the PNC 2nd Street Market with Decoy Art Studio has been the opportunity I've needed and wanted for a long time! Increased custom orders, reaching regular market customers from Tipp City to Springboro, and the sheer volume of jewelry sales have all been very exciting and positive! Yet, taking a year break from art and craft shows, missing regular design and planning sessions with Heather, my dear friend (and partner in crime and creativity), and scaled back presence at local shops and boutiques have been difficult.

In 2014, I pledge to:
1. Bring my customers new and exciting upcycled vintage jewelry designs.
2. Try a few major out-of-town shows that Sherri of Sweet Annie's Vintage and I have been wanting to try.
3. Work with my market partner, Tabitha of Decoy Art, to take our market shop to the next level.
4. Renew Steph's Jewel's Etsy shop, with help from Stephanie of Steph's Jewels 4 Ella (my extraordinarily talented daughter).
5. Give better attention to my valued relationships with local shops that graciously pedal my wares - Myndi of Beans and Cream in Cedarville, DJ of Urban Handmade in Yellow Springs, Mary Kathryn of Clash Consignments in the Oregon District, Barb of Lorelei's in Centerville, and Erica of Rusty and Chippy in Xenia.

Thank you to all who have helped Steph's Jewel's and I to have a successful 2013. And cheers to 2014!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Loralei's Heart of Centerville Event

Many thanks to Loralei's for a wonderful evening with Art in the Heart of Centerville Friday, May 18, 2012.  They invited me to be their featured artist and to demonstrate artwork involving their customers.

I offered up a choice of vintage buttons and other earring components to make earrings for only $3.  It was a very popular event! 

Here's a photo of our first happy customer wearing her new pair of Steph's Jewels' Vintage Button Earrings!  I would have taken more photos of happy customers, but I was busy making earrings!  :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Year. New Lovely Ladies.

With Handmade Dayton Etsy Team's monthly meeting scheduled for tomorrow, I wanted to bring some "freebies" to share.  We like to send our customers little samples as a way to promote each other's Etsy shops.

I had so much fun last year incorporating beautiful images of Vintage Lovely Ladies into my jewelry, that I thought it might be nice to try them in a "freebie" promo item.  Little images found their way onto mini oval glass tiles mounted on pretty little filigrees.  They turned out so cool that I'm going to do something special with them... not sure what yet.... but they will definitely become the focal point of a new Steph's Jewels series.  Here's a sneak peek...

Now... I have two dilemmas.  1.) Just what exactly to design using them.  and 2.) A new idea for "freebies".  :)

While searching a flea market in Corbin, Kentucky, I found this lovely vintage rhinestone necklace with several links - what a find!  Each of these pretty little links may be just the perfect marriage my new Lovely Ladies desire!

I snapped a photo of this beautiful painting in the bathroom at a favorite coffee shop recently.  She will be a new project soon as well... stay tuned...

Any ideas on a perfect name for her?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Ella 2012

May I please brag about my beautiful grand-daughter, Ella?

She is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside! :)

This photo of L just makes me happy :)

She's painting my Christmas gift - a Nutcracker ornament :)  Crafting is serious business to Ella :)

Natalie is Ella's best friend.  She moved away recently. My wish for them is to always cherish this photo.