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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Busy As A Bee...

Welcome!

My Spring Jewelry Show is just around the corner and I have been busy as a little bee getting everything ready!  Other than what I have sold online, I did not unpack from my Christmas Show, so mostly everything is ready to go...except all the new pieces!

I did get a spark of creativity to make a few more hand stamped necklaces, but I was very proud of myself that I didn't go overboard...which I tend to do!

I'm a little late in posting today because I was trying to find a good way to display my hand stamped pieces... this is what I decided to go with;
Hand Stamped Rings, Key-chains and Bracelet Charm Add-Ons
 I thought this would look a little more organized, and I plan on setting out the hand stamped triple wrap leather bracelets to the left of this display so that they are next to the available add-on charms, what do you think?

I know it's hard to tell in the pics...I got two new sizes of fonts for my stamping and of course had to make something for myself...
Litva's Hand Stamped Rings
 In case you can't make out the tiny font it says "She Believed She Could So She Did".  I've been wanting something with that and I thought how cute it would be as a ring!

I also have been seeing pretty packaging from some ladies I follow on Instagram.  I wanted something a little "cleaner" looking than having all my hand stamped necklaces laid out on the table.  Since they are 36" long, it starts to look messy to me, so I decided to go with my own version of having them displayed in a gift box, ready to go.  Most people are using white, and I understand it is so that nothing takes away from the jewelry, I only had red card stock at the moment, but plan to purchase a light grey card stock in the future.  My original plan for the light grey card stock was for the tags (which give you the description and price) but now I'm seeing another use for it as backing to the necklaces.  Ah...I have so many plans...slowly they will come to be...

For now, this is what I have and I really like how it turned out:
Hand Stamped Necklaces Presentation
 Another thing I'm excited about is my brand new logo stamp! I ordered it from Rubber Stamp Champ online, very good price and it arrived so fast! I have been wanting to stamp my jewelry boxes with my logo for a while now...and it finally happened! I had to adjust how I tie the red string since I wanted the logo at the top left corner but I really like how my new packaging looks!
New Litva's Jewelry Packaging
 Well, now I'm off to stamp some more boxes with my logo so I'm not rushing to do anything last minute! 

Hope you all have a Happy Easter! :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Part Of My Arsenal Of Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelets...

Welcome!

Here I am on a Monday, I wasn't feeling well this weekend but happy to feel better today and be able to keep you in the loop :)

As you know, in my last post I was starting to get ready for my first Spring Show at my salon, working on having some more hand stamped pieces available.  My plan was to start on bracelets and necklaces...funny how you can't force creativity...

I honestly just wasn't feeling the want to do them, maybe because I had just stamped all those rings and key-chains... not really sure, but it just wasn't coming to me!

What was coming to me was the desire to do more peyote stitch bracelets...

I offer 4 different widths of my peyote stitch cuffs, and as I was looking at what I had in inventory, I seemed to have the least of the skinniest and the widest....

So I've been stitching away, using up some of my colors completely, just enjoying the relaxation of it and the great feeling I get once I finish one of these beauties.

Here is my arsenal of these two widths of bracelets so far...

The first four on the left and second from the right are not new, but I like to see them all together and thought you might too;
Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelets 0.5" wide
 My widest cuffs, at 1.25", are maybe my favorite...and I have yet to make one for myself!  Some of the frosty finished Delicas are difficult to photograph, but I just love the shine! (Excuse the bit of blur)

Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelets 1.25" wide



This first photo is of my previous inventory;
Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelets 1.25" wide
  This next photo is of the new cuffs I have finished;
Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelets 1.25" wide
 I enjoyed stitching up the new pattern in the center, I still have a few that are waiting in the wings...

I also really enjoy stitching a pattern in a different color scheme, I like how it can give a completely different look to a bracelet!  

Now I can tell you that I don't quite feel like I'm done with peyote stitching just yet, and I plan on making a few more bracelets...that's the plan anyways...but who knows what I will be drawn to create in the next few weeks...maybe I wil get back to stamping... :)

If you see a bracelet you like, but do not find it in my shop, please email me.  When I have a live show coming up, I tend to wait until after to list new pieces so that I don"t waste hours of photographing and typing :)  You have the opportunity to snatch them up beforehand, just let me know if you have any questions :)   (you can find my email on my Blogger profile)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Getting Prepared...

Welcome!

I'm starting to prepare for my first ever Spring Jewelry Show coming up on April 26th, I usually only have one just before Christmas at my salon but the weather was a little bit rough this time resulting in very few people wanting to venture outside. 

I made up a little flyer/note card to give out, but tried not to go overboard on the printing as I had a lot of unused ones left over from the Christmas show.  I'm very happy to finally have my logo to use on my printed jewelry materials and thought they turned out great! The photo is a bit blurry, but you see the general idea :)
 
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Inventory wise...I of course, as you know, have A LOT of inventory but that doesn't mean that my creativity just stops, so I am excited to have my new line of Hand Stamped Jewelry available at this Spring show!  

I was trying to be disciplined and not use up my stamping blanks in order to have materials available for custom order pieces, but a client of mine pointed out that when people come to a show they are more likely to buy right then and there rather than place a custom order, and I agree with her. So that being said, I have been stamping out some more pieces!  Mainly rings and keychains so far, and in the next few weeks I will continue with necklaces and bracelets. Here are some of the pieces I have been working on: 
Hand Stamped Hammered Wide Cuff Rings
Hand Stamped Antiqued Gold Keychains
Large Pewter Hand Stamped Keychains
Small Pewter Hand Stamped Keychains

These were a packing mistake, I was sent 1/4" wide rather than 1/2" wide blanks....I had no desire to make skinny rings, the wider ones are more my style, but since I had them I wasn't going to let them go to waste!  I made a few, then realized I could stack them together...mix and match! How fun!
Skinny Stackable Hand Stamped Hammered Rings; Cherish, Believe, Rejoice, Sassy, Fearless
Skinny Stackable Hand Stamped Hammered Rings; Flourish, Hope, Inspire, Imagine
I've enjoyed being able to do some more stamping and can't wait to work on necklaces and bracelets! 

If you had a ring or keychain made, what would yours say?



 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Getting Back To One Of My Favorite Things...

Welcome!

If you read my last post, I had a custom order for a peyote stitch cuff bracelet, which of course gave me lots of ideas and the desire to do more stitching....

I had ordered some thread so that I didn't run out for my custom order...and I still have lots of Delica beads... it's like they were calling to me...it had been quite some time since I dove into the peyote stitch, and I missed it. It is still one of my very favorite things :)

When I was sketching out my custom pattern I looked through my other patterns and there were a few that I hadn't yet stitched up...this is one of them
Peyote Stitch Pattern
 So I thought I would try it out, here are the colors I chose;
Delicas in Opaque White, Silver-Lined Frost Purple & Opaque Gunmetal
As I was stitching along, I really liked how it was turning out!
Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet In The Works
I love these "flowing" patterns I sketch, there isn't any rhyme or reason when I start but it all comes together beautifully when its finished! Here are some photos of the finished cuff bracelet
Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet 1.25" Wide
Then of course it had a hold on me...I really wanted to make some more!  So I looked in my inventory and noticed that I didn't have very many of the "skinnies" I call them (they are just a touch over half an inch wide) and I thought why not make a few of those?

Here again is another pattern I had sketched a while ago but had not yet gotten the chance to stitch it up, as I was going...I wasn't sure if I liked the pattern...I had originally made it for a variety of colors in each little outlined section but decided for some reason to scratch that idea and make them all the same color...
Peyote Stitch Skinny Cuff In The Works
It was almost seeming animal print like to me...which was not my intention at all, but since I changed it to one color of splotches I think it just took on a whole new life...here are a few photos of the finished product
Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet 0.5" Width in Opaque White, Silver-Lined Blue Zircon & Ceylon-Lined Aqua
Again, not at all what I had pictured in my head, but I am happy with the results!

Knowing how I am, if you have been reading my beading rants...I had to sketch out a new pattern, that had independent splotches rather than some being connected as in the original design, here is how that one turned out
Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet 0.5" Width in Matte Black, Metallic Steel Blue & Silver-Lined Frost Yellow
Totally different results! I can't lie...I like them both for different reasons.  Now of course... you know... it doesn't stop there...more ideas start to come to me...like "I wonder how this would look in different colors?"  Sometimes I am amazed at how different a pattern looks when it is stitched up in a totally different color scheme!  I enjoy trying out different colors together, especially something that I wouldn't normally put together...the results always seem to turn out just beautiful!

If you need me I'll be stitching away, trying these patterns out in different color schemes...can't wait to show you the results!

 

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Peyote Stitch Adventure

Welcome!

You may have noticed I haven't been on my regular schedule of every two weeks...not sure how I forgot to post since I write it on my calendar...but now I should be back to the proper every other Sunday schedule!  On to my adventure I would like to tell you about...

I had a new customer from Las Vegas order one of my favorite peyote stitch cuff bracelets, this one had a lot of people commenting on it but never any takers until now
1.25" Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet in Frosted Red & Orange and Metallic Bronze & Iris Khaki
 After speaking with her on the phone she asked if I could make her a custom piece, a cherry blossom design against a black background...now I have never sketched flowers before but I told her I would try, here is what I came up with after 3.5 hours...


 After her approval of the pattern and bead color choices here is what I was starting with; my pattern, Delicas in matte black for the background, silver-lined rose pink for the body of the flower with a light frost pink for the center (not pictured), frost moss green for the leaves and silver-lined chocolate for the branches:
 The background needed to remain white for my stitching purposes (so I could count how many beads I needed, white is easier to count than black for me) I was pretty excited to get going on it!
Custom Cherry Blossom Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet in the works
 It had been quite a while since I had done some peyote stitch work...I instantly remembered how much I love to do it!  I really enjoy where I am at with pattern work, I love the designs I have come up with, trying them in different color schemes changes the entire look of the pattern sometimes, but this was such an adventure for me, a new design for a new customer and I just can't explain how much I loved creating this piece!

Here is the full pattern I sketched all stitched
Full Cherry Blossom Pattern
 At this point my customer received here first cuff only to realize it was too big for her, so I needed to shorten the cuff... one less flower but I think it turned out beautifully regardless!
Adjusted Length Custom Cherry Blossom Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet
Custom Cherry Blossom Peyote Stitch Cuff Bracelet
 She has received the cuff and absolutely loves it which just makes my heart so happy!  (we are actually going to shorten her first cuff she purchased so it fits properly and isn't too loose)  

I really enjoyed this peyote stitch adventure and hope to have more like it in the future!  If you had a custom pattern designed for you, what would you have made? I would love to hear your ideas!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The Stamping Continues...

Welcome!

After a week of sitting on the couch with a bad head cold & pinched shoulder I am definitely ready to get back to work and back to creating jewelry!

As if they were taunting me....my ring blanks arrived this week....I did some research, as all my new projects seem to start that way...and found that many people are using 1100 Aluminum for rings; they are food safe (not sure how that applies) and safe for your skin resulting in less allergic reaction than sterling silver.  Of course they have a nice price point as well allowing me to keep the cost down which I like and I'm sure customers appreciate.

I am ALL about handmade, so I found a wonderful shop on Etsy that makes these ring blanks, they are cut to size, and tumbled for shine and are ready for creating!  Since I do not have all this extra equipment this is ideal for me.

I ordered two different styles; a wrap-around and wide cuff style.  I ordered every size she had so that I can offer a variety for everyone. I'm still getting used to the wrap-around but made the three sizes today, resulting in a size 7, 9 and 11.  For the wide cuff style I  made all four lengths I ordered resulting in sizes 5, 7, 9.5 and 11.5.

Now I'm just getting started so I have to get used to how to size them on my steel mandrel, but I'm thinking I will be able to offer sizes 5 through 13.  

Of course I had to hammer them for texture....yes....I may have a texture problem...but I just felt that it looked right! Then I stamped my words and blackened them...only to find I was lightening it as I was shaping it since it wasn't dry yet, so I darkened it again and I have to say they turned out beautifully! 

Here are my first few finished rings;
Hand Stamped & Hammered Wrap-Around Ring "Live Free" Size 7

Example Of How The Wrap-Around Ring Looks When Worn

Hand Stamped & Hammered Wrap-Around Ring "Gypsy Soul" Size 9

Hand Stamped & Hammered Wrap-Around Ring "Just Breathe" Size 11

Hand Stamped & Hammered Wide Cuff Ring "Balance" Size 5

Hand Stamped & Hammered Wide Cuff Ring "Achieve" Size 7

Example Of How The Wide Cuff Ring Looks When Worn

Hand Stamped & Hammered Wide Cuff Ring "Abundantly Blessed" Size 9.5
Hand Stamped & Hammered Wide Cuff Ring "Thankful" Size 11.5
 So what do you think? I really love how they turned out and also that if someone is wanting more words I can definitely do that on the wider cuff rings, maybe also add a few designs stamps to the wrap-around style for a bit of flair...oh the ideas are just coming in waves!

I had made a couple of key-chains as well but I of course forgot to take pictures of them with my camera... why yes....I will be making more key-chains...I will remember to take pictures of those! 

You can check out my Instagram and Facebook to see more pretties, and also any custom orders will be posted there too :)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Addicted to Stamping...

Welcome!

Happy New Year!  The past few weeks have been so much fun!  I really enjoyed making some stamped necklaces and I would like to share them with you!

Lots of pictures today...I'm so proud of them!
 
These necklaces are 36" long... it seemed everyone was making them short, so I thought it would be cool to have them longer :)  
 
Courage & Love Stamped Mixed Metals Necklace

Shine & Faith Stamped Mixed Metals Necklace
Artist & Joy Stamped Mixed Metals Necklace
 
Inspire & Love Stamped Mixed Metals Necklace


Brave & Love Stamped Mixed Metals Necklace

Dream & Joy Stamped Mixed Metals Necklace
Fashionista & Chic Stamped Mixed Metals Necklace
 
Strength & Grow Stamped Mixed Metals Necklace

 
Faith & Love Stamped Mixed Metals Necklace

Fall To Rise & Hope Stamped Mixed Metals Necklace

As I was browsing on the Vintaj website I saw some blanks in Arte Metal (gunmetal/black) and thought "those are cool, obviously not for stamping because you wouldn't be able to see the letters" but then again as long as I can remember I have always loved gunmetal color for jewelry.

I think it hit me a few days later...well if I'm stamping on light metal with black letters...how about the reverse??? Dark metal with light letters...got some metallic sharpie markers and it was love at first sight....
Follow Your Heart & Shine Gold/Gunmetal Stamped Necklace
Do What You Love & Dream Silver/Gunmetal Stamped Necklace
Always Inspire & Joy Copper/Gunmetal Stamped Necklace
 I honestly love all the stamped necklaces I have made, but I think the ones with the gunmetal are my favorites!  I decided to keep these all the same metal color rather than mixing to give them a different look, I absolutely love the result!

Then I came up with the idea for a simple bracelet...I was inspired by something I saw on Beaducation but of course had to give it my own style...

They are triple wrap, metallic leather with a single stamped charm and a Czech crystal with an easy hook clasp, I really love them!
Shine Gold/Gunmetal Stamped Triple Wrap Leather Bracelet
 It felt a little too empty to me with the word alone, so I added a few swooshes in the corner :)
Achieve Silver Stamped Triple Wrap Leather Bracelet
I liked this one plain, but really wanted to try a new design stamp I got, and I'm so glad I did! 
Dream Copper Stamped Triple Wrap Leather Bracelet
And again I had another design stamp that I wanted to try...they just seem to come together on their own! 

I loved them so much I had to make one for myself!
My Stamped Triple Wrap Leather Bracelet
Mine says Thankful, Live Your Dreams and Create. I also wanted to see how it would look with more charms and mixed metals... I have worn it every day since I made it!  Now, it was a bit of a challenge...I figured out that they cannot be too loose at all or the charm pulls down getting in the way... so it is a tighter fitting bracelet, but because it's so light I barely notice I have it on....except for all the compliments I'm getting :)
 
As these are more of a custom type of piece I haven't listed them in my ArtFire shop as of yet... it does not give me the option to allow customers to choose options needed like color of chain, color of Czech crystal and words to be stamped.  

So that's a conundrum I will have to ponder for a while.  For now I will be showing them off here, on Facebook and Instagram, taking orders through email, payment will still go through PayPal.  If you are interested in a piece I have posted on one of these venues, or would like a custom piece put together, please email me at  litvasjewelry@gmail.com  and we will discuss all the beautiful details! 

Until next time...I'll be stamping...but trying not to use up all of my blanks so that I can create custom pieces...  :)