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New Pieces @ The Workshop

Hello Darling PPI Followers! 
As of late there have been some developments that I’d like to get into. First and foremost, I would like to apologize once again for my tardy blogposts. I’ve been working hard towards finding work, among other things and I haven’t had time to document the progress of PPI. Well, here it is: 
We’re moving slowly. =( 
This past summer has been a bust. With several vending opportunities going south, and my time becoming increasingly consumed with stress from various directions, I didn’t think that I’d actually get back into creating but LO! I got a request from a friend for an order of waist beads. Now, while I normally don’t do waist beads, I’m not completely ignorant of them. For those of you that may not know the history:
Waist beads are an age old African tradition and are worn for vast reasons and purposes to celebrate femininity, healing, spirituality, power, balancing, attracting and keeping a mate, rites of passage, rejuvenation, initiations, first menses, energy, and body shaping. African women have traditionally worn waist beads beneath their clothing placed beneath the belly button and can be single or multiple strands.  Other cultures proudly display the beads over their clothes or on bare midriffs. The art of adorning ones self has been practiced since the beginning of time. Today waist beads are alive and well in the United States, where they are worn as a form of self expression and style, but can still have any significance the wearer chooses.  
So with that being said, I was excited for the challenge to make these waist beads. My finished product is the picture below of the waist beads quadrupled up so you can see the different colors and patterns. 
my first attempt at waist beads
Was it time consuming? Sorta-kinda. Seed beads are NOT the best materials to work with in a small working space if you don’t have a bead spinner. And during the assembly, the beads slipped and fell off about 20% of the wire…which set me back because I had to find as many of the beads as possible AND put them back on. But at the end of it all, I was pleased with it, as was the woman (whose birthday is today) requested. As it was my first time ever making it, I learned from my trials and tribs how to go about making it for another person. First off, these will be custom pieces by request only. I may make swatches to give an idea of color combos and I’ll give in-depth info about them as no two people want them for the same reason. 

double strand purple, yellow & gold glass seed bead waist beads 

BUT YES – aside from the waist beads, I haven’t made many new pieces. Last night, however, I made a break through and finally went through my “to-do” box (yes, I have a to-do box filled with bagged beads) and got some projects done.

new pieces!

Dissecting this batch of new accessories (some of which I created last night, others, I’ve just never mentioned before), I’m going to start with this little doo-hickey. It’s a bracelet made of antiqued copper chain and a really cool toggle I bought ages ago.

Initially I was going to make it into a lariat type necklace, but then decided against it and layered it up for this cool (and moderately heavy) bracelet.  Next up is this pretty bright blue bracelet I made with swarovski crystals and swarovski crystal elements. 

pretty pearly sparkly bracelet
It took me a while to come to this as the original design looked NOTHING like this, but that coin pearls and sparkly crystals make this aquarian piece really…shiny. =]

Moving back to the dark antique-ness of copper, we’ve got a necklace that was intended for the chain of the bracelet in the first photo made with this really cool textured chain. You can’t tell but the chain itself looks like rope and then the toggle has all these nice swirly filigree on it, so I thought it looks great. The toggle doubles as the pendant so BOOM! 

Then there’s this piece…
So this necklace initially started out as a three strand piece with alternating strands featuring semi-precious chips. After much deliberating, I decided to make it ten times simpler. And I like it this way. 
necklace featuring quartz, flourite, adventurine, prehnite and labradorite chips
With the pieces that I used in the original necklace, I’ve decided to work that into a bracelet, which I haven’t completed. These babies below, are the earrings to a similar necklace that I made and is posted here

I’ve also finally finished up a couple of those mixed medium necklaces. You would think that making them would be easy…but it’s not. Depending on what size chains are used, it can be a bit difficult to work with, but I got a handle on it and came up with these two. I’ve got one more to complete and two more to design (featuring multiple colors).

mixed medium: gold, pink and red

mixed medium: gold, green and lime
I’ve also got this Steampunk-esque necklace to complete

the necklace features glass beads, antique copper cage & spiral beads, and gear pendants =) 
Finally, I’ve come to the newest pieces: RINGS! I’m trying to get back on my ring game, cause well, people like rings. The first completed ring I’ve made is this felt red rose, the first of my Alice in Wonderland inspired felt jewelry collection.

The next ring was this gold bow. Who doesn’t love bows? lol

And that’s about it for now! I will be doing a giveaway and an auction on ebay very soon, so please stay tuned, as I will be releasing the details for both in a couple weeks. I’m also going to be working more with colors and producing new necklaces AND finally hair accessories, 
so you don’t want to miss it! 
love, 
-Alja

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Have We Met?

Hello all my darling followers!

It’s been a while since we last did an update and so now, I will share with you some of the creations I’ve made since last time!

As you can tell, it’s going to be a long post as I’ve got pictures of pieces I hadn’t photographed for you, mostly new pieces.

This bangle bracelet is made with some really neat acrylic beads. It’s super light and super cute- it’s a bit ethnic and bohemian and rich and earthy. It has no name yet, but when it does, I’ll let you know. 

Here’s another view…in the palm of my hand…=D

Then there’s this doodad. Now – I made this with some antiqued copper frame pieces, cut little squares and glued them in there with some mod podge for a little dimension. It’s mainly plant/flower pieces so I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s name should refer to plants/flowers/earth. I’ve picked either Ceres, Demeter or Freya, all three fertility goddesses of Roman, Greek & Norse mythology, respectively. I still don’t know which to call her yet. What do you think?

In addition to the bracelet I made a pair of matching earrings. Aren’t they sweet? 

I also made two new bracelets and one mock bracelet. The one of the left I’m tentatively calling “Trail of Tears” while the one on the right I’m calling ‘Chip & Chain.’ The one in the middle was my attempt at a masculine/mens bracelet, however, the suede cord was too small for my endeavors = c . With that being said, I still like the look and intend on repeating it once I get some more suede of that kind. 

This darling bracelet is a re-design of my Tumbler bracelet, featured in another post. It was multi-color, but I didn’t like the design to much. Now, I’ve made it a shade of blue/green AND intend on making another with a different color scheme. 

and THESE TWO lovely little dears are two earrings I whipped up last night. The one on the left however took a while. I had been working on those beads for weeks and didn’t know how to arrange them. As I was working on them, the one on the right popped into my head and BOOM- when I was done with that one, I finished the first. Isn’t it weird when things inspire one another?

A pair of chandelier earrings I’ve been meaning to make for a while now.

These earrings I call “Hera’s Wrath” because of her chosen creature being peacocks and the color scheme is very reminiscent of that.It features swarovski crystals and feathers and chains for some darkness, though, I will add more to thicken it up.

Waspy Earrings Completed!

Spacer dangle earrings….

This necklace was completed a while back, but never photographed for you guys to see! I call it “Serpentine”
and its matching earrings

Drop of Sun necklace inspired by the Drop of Sun earrings I made and sold. It’s basically like a name plate, but with drops of glass that look like bits of Sun…
Two little charm necklaces I whipped up. One with what seems to be a holy mother charm and the other an empty message bottle so you can fill it up with…whatever you like!

 And finally….

A new addition to the Mixed Medium Family!

So I’ve been thinking that the Mixed Medium necklace has been getting some buzz when I wear it out and that maybe, I should work with more colors. This Mixed Medium necklace features a lime green and a bright green chain embedded in a sea of gold. I will be working on other color combinations including pinks & blues so remember to check back.  
AND That’s ALL for now FOLKS! 
Please remember to like, share & comment! There are new pieces going up on the site every couple weeks so do forget to check that out too! 
-PPI

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Taking Inventory

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been staying up ’til 4 in the morning, mainly watching television BUT also working on some jewelry pieces. I find that I can get my creative juices flowing between the hours of around 9:00PM and 1:00AM and I can knock out a few pieces or at least get a few new designs out. Here’s a look at what I’ve been doing for the past few weeks. Some of these are repeat pictures:

 

 

 

If you can’t tell, the first set of pictures are bracelets, the second set are earrings and the third set of photos are necklaces. I’ve created a couple new necklaces, including matching necklaces to the graduated colored chips bracelet/earrings & a new charm necklace.

I’ve got about 4 more necklaces laid out to work on & a list of other creations to work on. *le sigh*

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Completed pieces!

Some of these names are subject to change as I’ve just named them for the purpose of photographing them.

I will be posting them to my store by this weekend for your shopping enjoyment.
Enjoy! 
Lavender Earrings

Kyoshi Bracelet

Serengeti Necklace

Stardust Bracelet

Girl w/the pearl Earring

Incendia Earrings

Aquaria Earrings