Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Garden Baby Shower

As an artist the love of design tends to find it's way into other aspects of your life as well.  I shared my party planning and event design for a garden themed baby shower on another blog I used to manage (which I've since shut down to focus solely on my main business) Due to it's popularity and the demand for it, I'm re-sharing it here though.

One of the essential parts I find in planning any party is to first determine a color scheme.  Sticking to a few colors really helps coordinate and entire party and keeps you focused when shopping for decor and more.  This baby girl party was centered around pink, but also had a refreshing teal color for contrast. Today I'm going to share how the outside areas were dressed up.  Though it was a garden party, we continued the theme indoors too and I'll be sharing those pictures soon.




The wreath was actually a garage sale find for $1 or $2 dressed up with pretty ribbons.  The mailbox was adorned with layers and layers of tissue paper, which actually got a touch of pink from extra trash bags from the party (yep, crafty!)  A package of balloons and a helium tank can be used to add pretty eye catching accents throughout the party. Printable "wishes for baby" and "advice to mom" cards were part of the festivities to involve the guests to share their wisdom and wishes. 


Keeping all the door prizes and game gifts to a similar color scheme make for a pretty gift basket!


Tables were covered in pink and teal.  Flower garlands (bought with a 40% off coupon) were used inside and out to add accent. 


A little closeup of the flower garland wrapped around the umbrella.  A simple way to dress up a table!
I visited a local discount store's seasonal garden sale to pick up various plants.  A bonus is that they can continue to be enjoyed even after the event.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mother's Day Gifts Shopping Guide



Mother's Day is fast approaching but there's still time to order for timely delivery ahead of the big date. These are a few recommended items from Valerie Tyler Designs (both the signature line and the  personalized collection) that would make great gifts.

The Love Cuff Bracelet is a sweet, simple way to show how you feel about Mom.  Each one is individually handstamped and comes gift boxed.


For the mom you love to the moon and back, consider the Crescent Moon and Stars Necklace.  It's elegant and eye-catching. 


The double initial heart ring is always an incredibly popular choice, and one of the best sellers.  It can be personalized with any two hand stamped initials you'd like.  Great for kids initials! 

Too many siblings? Or perhaps you'd like a ring without initials?  The new relic style rings are perfect for spring and summer trends, but have a timeless quality.  They're made of rustic, distressed brass.  Each on individually handmade.  The double chevron ring is just one of the many relic style rings available. All are adjustable so there is no need to worry about that perfect fit. 



If you'd really like to splurge on Mom consider a one of a kind statement necklace like the riveted circles necklace in mixed metals.  The combination of sterling and oxidized silver plus golden brass rivets lends this necklace versatility, while the style is super modern and unique. It's a piece that's sure to attract attention.






Thursday, April 9, 2015

A Few of my Favorite Jewelers Tools


Jewelers all have their own specialized tools and favorite pieces of equipment ranging from anything to a torch with changeable tips to a bead weaving loom.  My favorite tools tend to be metalforming, shaping and finishing tools like stamps, mandrels, a swage block, and lots of trusty hammers! 



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New pieces at the Cleveland Flea!



I'll be unveiling an entire line of new pieces at the Cleveland Flea this weekend.  You can shop in person. Each piece is handmade distressed brass. 

Jewelry Dance Party


Some days you just have to invite the little one into the studio for a short "dance party" break. 
It's nice to have someone enthusiastically be a fan of all your pieces too! 


Friday, April 3, 2015

New Relic Style Brass Rings



I'm thrilled to introduce the new relic style rings! They're adjustable, 100% solid brass rings that are great for stacking or wearing in multiples. Each one is  hand-textured, hammered to lend a distressed finish, then undergoes torch heat and patina for a rustic, antique style finish. Lots of new style are being unveiled daily. 


To shop for the relic rings visit  Valerie Tyler Designs Ring Collection