When we moved into our home about a year and a half ago, it needed a lot of work. Everything was beige, I mean everything. Beige carpets, beige walls (you can see the carpet on the stairs, it’s still there and upstairs and kind of gross). It offended me on a very bland level. Before we moved in, Ryan put hardwood floors in the downstairs, and we painted as much as we could. Since then I’ve been working on decorating, and it’s sometimes been a struggle. I’m very particular about my surroundings and I want it to feel ‘right’. I’ve settled in on a mix of new and old things and have finally found some harmony here.
Now that I’m in a comfortable place with how the living room looks I’m ready to show it off. I’ve put a lot of time into it! If you know me, you know I don’t half ass things. It needs some more stuff on the walls, and some work here and there, but I finally feel that it’s coming together. I’ve been working on the dining room as well and it’s getting closer, so that will be next.
The upstairs needs a lot more work. My studio is up here, and besides that, just about everything needs to be renovated.
Here are some shots of the living room as it is now. I’m switching all of the pillows over for spring to make it feel a little more summery, but I’m not ready yet. I really love those damn fur pillows.
It’s hard to see, but that white elephant above the entryway is from Etsy. The butterflies are real butterflies that were mounted (by Ryan and I) in shadowboxes. The ship was a thrifting find, along with the red chair and the white sofa table (you can see it in a few pics below) that I repainted. It was originally black gloss and painted terribly.
That red poofy thing? That thing is ridiculous. I saw it, thought it was both hideous and intriguing, and left the store. Needless to say I couldn’t stop thinking about it and brought it home the next day (I tend to do this often).
This is what it looks like when you come in through the front door and foyer. There’s the table that I painted several times, until I finally realized that it would be perfect in white. The chairs on each side of the fire place are both thrifted. The green chair is velvet and was left as is. I painted the other chair metallic silver and reupholstered the chair with a burlap fabric. When I bought it, it was a dark wood with a very 60s orange and red fabric seat. Kinda cool, but definitely didn’t work for what I wanted. It was $8 for the chair and maybe $10 for the materials to redo it. I really love when that happens.
Here’s a little shot of the desk/filing cabinet in the corner of the room. Both are from Target. The alligator is a bank that I found thrifting and of course had to have. The chair was $8 and it’s awesome. The fabric on the seat is a darker shade of red and perfectly faded.
And here’s a little shot of the entrance. You can probably tell by now that I have a thing for graphic rugs. In fact, my favorite one isn’t in any of these photos so I’ll have to get on that. I have a really hard time not buying them when I see them.
I hope you like it! I am proud of it so far. If you have any suggestions on what I should do with the walls (paintings, mirrors, etc), feel free to leave a comment below!
I’ve always loved purple, I think it’s because my birthstone is an amethyst. Below are some new post earrings in a variety of purples, though there are plenty of other colors available and coming soon in the shop.
After a lot of consideration, I’ve decided to make my post earrings in a new way. Back when I first started my shop on Etsy, there weren’t any other teeny glitter post earrings out there. Now, they are everywhere, and they are made in a different way than mine and often cheaper. Many of the shops that make them are still very inexperienced and small, and I’m guessing that they don’t consider many things when pricing their earrings (like cost of material/labor/expenses/fees/wholesale) OR pay taxes, and probably don’t make much if any of a profit. I feel like that might make me sound like I make a huge profit, and trust me, I don’t! This is how I make a living, therefore I obviously need to make some kind of profit. My original globes were made much differently than the copycats, which are made with polymer clay. I’ve always only used resin. The process of making the original globes is time consuming, and though I love how they look, I can’t complete with the prices of the others or offer them for wholesale. I’ve decided to revamp how I make them to take less time and allow me to make them in larger batches, keeping their prices slightly lower and allowing me to offer them for wholesale. I haven’t gotten that far yet, but I’m building up my stock and testing out colors right now in my Etsy shop first.
The original globes will still always be available as a custom order, and I’ll keep them around until I run out. I may keep them permanently in a few colors, but I haven’t decided yet. I have never seen anything exactly like them on Etsy, or elsewhere, and they will always hold a special place in my heart. The new (non-globe) posts are below. They are available in both 8mm and 5mm sizes, just like the globe earrings.
I know I haven’t posted in awhile, and that’s not without good reason. Things have been VERY hectic. January was filled with wholesale orders, and for that I’m very grateful. I’ve been working very hard to streamline my jewelry line in order to make more room for wholesaling efficiently. For those of you who don’t know, wholesale is VERY important to maintaining a successful career in this industry. I’m grateful for the new accounts I’ve made this year, and for a busy January.
Aside from that, I’ve been working on transitioning a few styles to other, more practical ways of making my post (for those of you who are familiar, I’m talking about my globe style) earrings in large batches. I won’t get into that, it’s boring and really should have a post of it’s own. I’m also working on some other new stuff that should be posted soon. Oh and I still have my other shop, which is always pretty consistently busy. So even though I’ve been pretty quiet, LOTS of things are happening!
I’m not going to get into this TOO much, but something very disheartening has happened and I’m not sure what I’m going to do about it yet. You know that feeling when your heart just drops? Well that happened to me last week when I stumbled across someone very blatantly ripping off my designs. I’m not talking about the glitter posts, that’s been happening for years now. I know that it’s possible that someone else could have independently come up with the same idea as me, but to be honest, this time I am certain that’s not the case. The particulars are just too exact for it to be accidental. I’ve always come up with my ideas for designs on my own, and I cannot understand how someone could copy someone else’s designs in good conscience. It honestly really does hurt, and I can’t wrap my mind around it.
But, I’m not going to focus on that. Good things are happening, and I am blessed to have the life I do. Last weekend, I got engaged! Ryan and I have been together for almost five years (this coming April), and I’m so happy that we’re finally getting married. I’ve never been the type to dream of my wedding, honestly I’ve always been very intimidated by thoughts of all of the planning and money that goes into it. I’m finally in the right frame of mind to do it. All of our other ducks are in a row now (house, careers, etc), so it’s the right time! I am actually kind of excited about planning it now. I guess that’s a good thing!
I know that no one cares about other peoples rings, really. I mean let’s be honest. I couldn’t resist taking a few photos though. It’s antique, and I love it!
Today’s manicure, sponsored by glitter. FYI, I used Red Carpet Manicure’s gel kit, but with regular polish, glitter polish, and some glitter from my stash. I’ve been using their gel polish and it lasts a good week before there’s any sign of wear, two weeks until I want to take it off. Not sure how it performs with regular polish yet (though it’s more difficult to apply to their base coat than gel polish is).
Oh, and if you were wondering, my ring is from the very talented Laurie over at Hedgerow Rose.
I have a new shop! It’s almost two months old now, and I’m just getting to post about it. When I was making packaging for Tiny Galaxies, a thought popped into my head, that… maybe… I’ll make fun packaging for other shops, too. I shoved it into the back of my mind for awhile until one day, I mentioned it to my boyfriend. His reaction was a positive one, and ever since then I just had to do it. I’ve been focusing on stickers and tags, particularly for other shops, party and wedding stickers, as well as plenty of fun stickers for anyone to use and gift tags that you can use to spruce up your wrapping.
Below are just a few of the many things I’ve made in the past two months. I’m so pleasantly surprised at the reception I’ve had so far and I can’t wait to make more things! Jewelry is still my priority, but it’s fun to have something else to make as well.
Ever since I first brought some leather into my shop, I’ve been thinking up ways to combine it with glittery resin pieces. Well, I’ve finally done it and here’s a sneak peek of how it turned out. I think that the pretty, delicate sparkle of the glitter and the toughness of leather works perfectly together. They’ll be listed in the shop soon, along with some similar earrings not pictured here. I’m so excited about them!