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Check Out the Sales Hitting Pretty Poet INK This November!

October may be on its way out, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to end with Halloween!

This November ushers in quite a few sales for Pretty Poet Ink shoppers and I hope you all take advantage of the massive savings.  Continue reading “Check Out the Sales Hitting Pretty Poet INK This November!”

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New Collection, New Merch & New Sale!

Hello, all!

We’re almost a month into the Pretty Poet Ink relaunch and there’s a lot of new stuff coming your way in the form of a new collection, new merchandise, and a sale!

First up is a new collection called PPI Finery, which will feature some textile items like hair bows, bow ties, and (very soon) neckties.

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PPI Finery Hair Bows

Continue reading “New Collection, New Merch & New Sale!”

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Welcome Back, PPI Fans!

Hello all!

After a years-long hiatus from writing, I am happy to say the blog for online store, Pretty Poet Ink, has returned!

What was once a semi-defunct blog on Blogger has found new life with a migration to WordPress — and with it comes new adventures, inspirations, merchandise, and logo too!

Pretty_Poet_Ink_Logo_Complete new quill3 Continue reading “Welcome Back, PPI Fans!”

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FLEA MARKET!!

Pretty Poet INK will be at the Artists and Fleas Flea Market this Sunday November 11th. 

All items you’ve seen on this blog (well, all completed items anyway) will be up for grabs, so get your wallets ready! =) 
Don’t think you can make it? Well, spread the word, share the love and help our small business grow!!

If you see something you like on the facebook page, or this blog but don’t see it online? Don’t be afraid to request it and I’ll put it up on the website for you until Saturday night 11:59 EST. 
Mucho amor,
-Alja
Posted in bracelets, chain necklace, clock parts, earrings, gears, handmade jewelry, metal charms, necklaces, semi-precious bracelet, steampunk earrings, steampunk jewelry, thunder polish

Steam-punk, Mixed Metals and More!

STEAM-PUNK!! 
It’s such an interesting genre of jewelry design and genre period! It’s a fusion of the old world in a futuristic setting filled with machinery that’s been broken down and reassembled. In my attempt to tap into the corners of my mind and play with steam punk, I pulled the following pieces out of my head and on to my workshop table! 
The first: 
a steam-punk necklace that I’ve called “Apocalypse” It features gear parts, clock parts, Elizabethan coins, crosses and a clock face as its center of focus. All of course in antiqued metal colors with a splash of color from some thunder polish beads. 
Another Steam-punk-esque necklace that features a heart-shaped clock face, some cage beads, foil glass beads and gears. This piece was featured in a previous post* and is finally completed. 

A more simple yet elegant steam-punk necklace that’s all about the gears, I really like this piece. And it features a couple swarovski crystals to give it a bit of shine. 

And of course, earrings!!! 

Now, I don’t know if these would be considered “Steam-punk” but these earrings I really like. Long hanging copper birds with a touch of color at the top

and a solitary black bird is the focal piece of this short lariat-inspired necklace. I believe I named it
“Night Wing.” 

Next we move on to my semi-precious earrings…

and a semiprecious bracelet that I made with men in mind.
Though I’m not sure if guys would like it =\ 

And last, but not least….
More Mixed Mediums!!

Here’s the Blue/Black/Silver combination I had to tweak, in addition to…a sneak peak at

Two new FABULOUS color combinations!! 

On the left we’ve got a combo of Pink/Red/Purple/Blue & Gold
and on the right Blue/Pink/Lime/Green & Silver.  

Once again, I’m doing my best to photograph, price and post to the website that you can find at the top right this webpage or here

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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