Custom Work

One of the best things about my business, is when a customer comes to me and asks me to create something special for them.  It’s so flattering that they like my style and trust that I can make something that they will truly love to wear.  I’ve  had the pleasure of creating a few custom pieces, and look forward to each new challenge.

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Treble Clef & Crystal Necklace – I really enjoyed working on this one.  The customer requested a copper treble clef wrapped with silver and peacock blue crystals, and also requested a heart at the end, rather than a swirl.  The chain was handmade after I couldn’t find just the right chain to match the piece. 

 

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Moonstone Bracelet – The customer actually selected her own beads and findings for this piece, allowing me my own creative license to put them together.  There is moonstone, pink freshwater pearls and silver flower charms.

 

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Tree Agate Peace Bracelet – This customer had already purchased a purple jasper bracelet (below) and wanted another to stack with it, in green, to match her business colors.  Love it!

 

If there’s something that I’ve made that you want in a different color or size, or simply want to challenge my creativity, please contact me.  I love emails that start with “Can you make….?” 

 

Moving & Growing

ImageAs I approach the end of my first year of business, I’ve been contemplating the direction I want to go with my store.  There are a lot of paths and opportunities, and while it would be amazing to take them all, I need to develop a focus that works best for me, my business and my family.  Where do I see A Single Dream going in 2014?  I would love to have my work in more brick and mortar shops that sell handmade wares.  It would be great to get in on a couple of craft fairs.  I plan to learn as much as I can about my craft, and the business world in general.  Most importantly, I am looking forward to continuing to connect with people who enjoy my work.   I have already begun to list my store with bridal vendor directories like OneWed and Wedding Wire, as I feel that much of my jewelry would be lovely for the bride who chooses to forgo traditional pearls for something that is handmade and unique.

All of this has brought me to a bout of Spring cleaning in Fall.  I have marked down a number of pieces that I did not feel reflected the future of my shop.  I loved working on every one of them, and stand by the quality with which they were created, but I am choosing to center my new jewelry around wire and metal work, as well as beaded bracelets.   If you’d like to take a peek on what’s leaving the shop, you can take advantage of the sale prices until the pieces are gone, or the end of the year, whichever comes first.

I hope that you’ll continue to travel with me on this continuing adventure.  I’m very excited to see what the future brings!

Happy New Year!

ImageI’ve been busy, working on getting my shop stocked with pretty things, along with the usual holiday bustle! The New Year has begun, and the holidays have passed, so now I’m doing my best to dedicate myself full time to working on making new pieces and promoting my shop.

I have been working on an assortment of pretty lariats.  This piece is one that I recently finished, and is a favorite of mine. These are not only fun to make, but also very fun to wear!  I think my favorite thing about this type of necklace, is that it allows the wearer to adjust the length, based on the neckline of their outfit, and the size of their neck.   Whether you are slender or voluptuous, a lariat is a good choice. As a ‘plus sized’ girl, myself, I hate feeling strangled by necklaces that are too short, with no option to adjust them.   I love that it can also be worn as a bracelet.   It, along with several other lariats are available in my Etsy shop.

As always, if you want something in a different style or color, please feel free to convo me through etsy or contact me by email!

Welcome!

earrings_filagreeI got a lot accomplished today, if not everything I hoped I would.  Not a very productive day for jewelry, but I did get my Facebook page started, which feels like a huge accomplishment at this point.  What I really want to be doing is creating, so I need to get the show on the road and take care of the things that I don’t find ‘fun’.

So, I’m working on these filagree earrings.  I just love the glass pearls with the brassy metal — it’s a very feminine, vintage look.  I’m not sure if this will be the final version of the earring, but I like where it’s going so far.

I have a few other things that I’m working on, and have been making scribbles in my sketch book, which I’ve never done before.  I’m finding it to be a very useful tool!

So, goal for next week is to add a few items to the Etsy shop!