Friday, May 29, 2009

I WON @ BEVELLO.COM

I won something! That in itself is a surprise since I rarely win anything, but to win a really cool contest at a unique online clothing boutique like bevello.com is a SUPER AWESOME surprise!

I discovered bevello via Twitter and love the look of their website and the fun, stylish clothing and accessories they sell, featured on models that pose in the cutest lifestyle photos. And bevello is dedicated to "representing designs by America's independent, emerging designers". Plus it has an "organics" section...yay!!!

The contest asked me to be a "stylist" and choose three pieces to coordinate with an item chosen by bevello. (And to tell them how I would wear the pieces together and where to!)

Their clothing item of choice last Tuesday was this adorable Heather Gray Cropped Sleeveless Cardigan by [Ryu:]

Heather Gray Sleeveless Cardigan by [Ryu:] available at bevello.com


The following three items and explanation were my winning entry!!!

C & C California Rosebud Organic Cotton Dress

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http://www.bluefly.com/C-C-California-rosebud-organic-slub-cotton-tank-dress/SEARCH/301377803/detail.fly

Merona Sport Ballet Flats / Target

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http://www.target.com/Merona-Maria-Sport-Ballet-Flats/dp/B0018282Z4/sr=1-2/qid=1243362720/ref=sr_1_2/184-0709035-4210826?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=0&rh=k%3AGrey%20Ballet%20Flats&page=1

The Sak ‘Eco Harmony’ Organic Drawstring Bag

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http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3009994/0~2376779~6008000~6014864?mediumthumbnail=Y&origin=category&searchtype=&pbo=6014864&P=6

HOW: The Heather Grey Cropped Sleeveless Cardigan by [Ryu: is worn over the C & C Company tank dress. I prefer unbuttoned, but it would look great either way. I love ballet flats and think the gray matches the cardigan but the two tone and metallic accent adds texture and contrast!! I love The Sak bags and this one complements the dress and is also great for the environment.

WHERE: For me I would wear this outfit anywhere! For meeting a friend for a nice casual dinner (all dinners in Tucson are pretty casual – LOL), or for a daytime shopping excursion, or for any daytime social event in the summer here.

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What did I win?! I won $20 in bevello bucks toward my next purchase...SWEET!!!! My next blog post will be about the items I am considering putting my bevello bucks toward. ^o^


Until then! Happy creating!!!

-Stephanie

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Prom

michael & stephanie
may 5, 1990


I had every intention of posting this photo on May 5 to coincide with the 19th anniversary of the year this photo was taken. I even posted it a few days early so as not to forget. Then I archived all my blog posts and started fresh with my blog on May 7 and completely forgot about it until today when I was getting ready to do a short post on Mother's Day. This photo was taken at the Amos Alonzo Stagg high school prom at the Fox Theater in downtown Stockton, California.

Friday, May 8, 2009

My 5 Tips for Creating Jewelry for Dolls

This post was inspired by the awesome Dave Robertson who is the Web Optimizer and Twitters for Rings & Things.

When Dave asked me (a couple of weeks ago) via Twitter if I had any tips for making doll jewelry, I pretty quickly replied "not really". I mean I love making doll jewelry, and I have had some success selling my doll jewelry, but working on miniatures can be hard on the eyes and hands and it's definitely not a "mainstream" craft, or one that I make a ton of profit on (I like to keep my prices low). I did tell him one tip - "magnifier glasses are a must" - and that's true, at least for me. So I suppose that is my tip #1.

Dave's question did get me thinking though and other doll jewelry making "tips" just kept coming to me, so I told Dave I would create a blog post of my "tips for creating doll jewelry". HA! Easier said than done.

The moment I seriously set out to write this blog, I developed a case of writers bloc. I began to question whether I really had any relevant or useful tips for people who might want to get into making doll jewelry. As I mentioned above, my profit margin isn't high (read: non-existent), so these are not tips for "making a lot of money by creating and selling doll jewelry". These are also not "time-saving" tips necessarily. But I have been creating doll jewelry since 2006 and I have learned a few things during these past few years that have made my doll jewelry making experience more enjoyable and which allow me to continue to do it.

So here are my 5 tips for creating jewelry for dolls:

Tip #1: Magnifier glasses are a must. I did say I would start out with this tip, so here it is. This is miniature work, no matter how you look at it. I already wear glasses, but I have magnifier glasses, magnifying lenses, whatever type of magnifiers I can find, to help me create this miniature jewelry. Along with this goes good lighting, but I think that is a must no matter what kind of crafts you create. I am a fan of Ott-Lite and have 5 of them in my craft room.


Magnifiers.


People jewelry vs. doll jewelry.

Tip #2: Be aware of the target market. I sell my doll jewelry to adult doll collectors all over the world. I don't market my doll jewelry to children or collectors under the age of 14. It's not that I don't want young people who play with dolls, or young doll collectors to enjoy my doll jewelry, but that is just not my target market. The styles I create and the materials I use are selected with my specific target market in mind.

Tip #3: A lot of different dolls will be needed as fit and photography models. (At least this is what I tell my husband.) I wasn't a doll collector before I started creating doll jewelry. I liked dolls and was a huge fan of dolls, but I was not a collector. I would be considered one now, though I always "justify" my purchases by saying the dolls are "models" for my jewelry. There are a LOT of dolls out there and I don't even have one of each type of doll that it's possible to create jewelry for, but I have 11.5" Barbie dolls, 11.5" Silkstone dolls, 12" Fashion Royalty dolls, 16" Tonner dolls like Tyler, Shauna, Ellowyne...as well as a couple of other miscellaneous dolls. I'm currently looking for the right Blythe or Pullip doll to use as a model. (Doll collectors: Any suggestions?) You can certainly photograph your doll jewelry without it being on a doll, but how will you know how it "fits" the doll you are marketing it for if don't have the doll to try it out on?


Tonner Shauna 16", Barbie Silkstone 11.5", Tonner Ellowyne 16"

Which brings me to my next tip.

Tip #4: Consider scale/proportion. Oversized jewelry is in. So I would say just about anything goes with doll jewelry, but for the most part I try to use beads and findings that make the designs look proportional and scaled down for that particular sized doll. Also I make my own bracelet and necklace hook closures, since I have never been able to find anything premade that I feel is to the right scale. The photo below shows my handcrafted hooks and the size eyepins I use to create them.



Doll jewelry necklaces, eyepins, doll jewelry hooks made from eyepins.

And least, but not last, and perhaps the most important tip of all...

Tip #5: Have fun. Dressing up dolls is all about fun...and a little fantasy...so creating jewelry that will allow doll collectors to have even more fun with their dolls should be fun, so have fun!! :-)


Happy creating!
Stephanie

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Starting Over

I've archived all of my old blog posts and am writing this one so no one thinks I've abandoned my blog. I'm currently working on ways to make this blog better...more interesting, more relevant, more readable. Thank you to those who are currently following this blog and to any who commented on anything I wrote in the past. I hope to start blogging more regularly starting this weekend.

Oh! And I am going to start having giveaways. I'm pretty sure the first one will involve a Banana Bread scented candle...yummy!

Happy creating!
Stephanie