Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Custom Stamped Necklaces

  The possibilities are really endless with these hand stamped charms! From your favorite saying to your children or pets name. I can embellish the charms with your birthstone or your favorite color. These necklaces can be made with recycled brass charms or sterling silver. Brass necklaces start at $25 dollars and sterling starts at $50. The price goes up depending on the length of the word/saying and the stones/beads you want to embellish with.
 I'll be debuting my new line of these necklaces at The Little Craft Show in Fayetteville, Arkansas on December 3rd. You are always welcome to pre-order or custom order your own though ;)

Custom "Namaste" stamping on sterling silver, embellished with clients own sea glass and chrysoprase.
New collection to debut at The Little Craft Show. Find these and more on December 3rd!
Custom order for Christmas...  brass charms and semi precious stones.
Custom Mother's Necklace: daughters name, wedding anniversary, birthstones, and yoga inspired charms all on sterling silver.
School spirit! 3 different styles of "Woo Pig" necklaces are available. Can be customized for any school.
Grandmother's Necklace: grandchildren's names and birthstones all on sterling silver.
Mother's Necklace: 4 boys and their birthstones all on sterling silver.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide

  I just wrapped up the Northwest Arkansas Boutique Show in Springdale this past weekend and what an amazing show it was! I did this show last year and just did OK, but this year, something was different and people were really into my jewels! 
  I had a woman come to the show specifically to find me. She had purchased a couple of rings from me last year and came back this year for more rings and to start a button collection for her daughter. Of course this tugged at my own heart! Anyone that starts a button collection because of me is a winner in my book. I also got to see some old friends, some very good customers and made a lot of new friends! All in all I was very pleased with the whole weekend. Except the part where it was over :/
  All of that brings me to the reason I am writing this post... and that is the fact that it is already time to start shopping for Christmas gifts. Last week I made a Bella Vita Holiday Gift Guide. I hope it helps you gain some ideas for everyone on your list. I am still taking custom orders for the holidays. If you have a special piece that you would like turned into a new piece of jewelry then we need to talk. Whether it is vintage or new I would love to help!  And a special discount code for 15% off your entire purchase: LUCKY. Discount good until December 20th.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Save the Date

  Just a quick little reminder for all you Northwest Arkansans to mark your calendars for December 16th and 17th. I'll be returning to Good Things Boutique for my annual Holiday Trunk Show.

  Jessy and I had so much fun last year we decided to add an extra few hours to the event by starting it on Friday evening. 

  More details to come. Keep up with the event on facebook.  The official invite will be sent out at the begining of December.
You wont want to miss this show. Bella Vita will be celebrating 3 years of business!!! There will be drawings and giveaways :)

Monday, November 7, 2011

A very Girlie weekend.

  This past weekend was The Girlie Show in Oklahoma City. I have applied twice to this show, accepted once as an alternate and nothing on the second go around...
  I won't lie, I was very sad this year when I didn't get in... I thought this was the year for Bella Vita at the Girlie Show. It wasn't and now, after attending the show on Friday night I am kind of glad! 
This show is soooo popular and wild and awesome. There were so many people there on Friday night, I was amazed. I had only been during the day on Saturday last year which doesn't compare to Friday at all.
I am glad that I got to see the craziness before actually participating as a vendor. It made me think about what items I would focus on for a crazy/busy show as well as my display and booth arrangement. I definitely learned a lot and feel like I will be prepared when I get accepted as a Girlie :)

The view from the top... from the balcony at The Girlie Show.
  Friday night I helped my friends, Luxy Cupcakes, hand out their deliciousness. I also had a chance to help my friend Nikki of Gleeful Peacock... her booth was COVERED UP all night long. I helped her restock and collect money for about an hour... 
  Then on Saturday I came back as a shopper and volunteered to work the door for a 3 hour shift. I got a chance to walk around to all the booths, pick out what I wanted, then make the buying round. I think it is good to do this when you are on a budget. I almost impulsively bought a pair of earrings for $19... probably not a big deal to most people but what am I doing buying earrings?! I need to be wearing my own designs for advertising not spending money on new ones. So, needless to say, I talked myself out of the jewelry and focused on one nice item. That item is a cute clutch made out of up-cycled coffee sacks by Wise Abe of Oklahoma City.

My cute new clutch... because we all know I needed another purse/clutch/handbag!!?!?!!