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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!

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A Much Needed Update

As you can see, I’ve changed the look once more of the store, and decided to have a more monochromatic feel. Anyhow, there seems to be some exciting endeavors for PPI which may include a foray into the magazine world, as well as a conjunction with masquerade designers for Labor day and the ability to vend at upcoming events! 
In addition to that, I created two pieces in the wee hours of the night last night, one being the last of my necklaces for the “English Royal Family” collection, inspired by monarchs over the centuries of the country I long to visit and the other piece is a more contemporary “stylish” piece. I promise you pictures will follow. 
I also hope to possibly upload a “how-to” video on here and a picture challenge in which I attempt to recreate something that I’ve seen (of course with my own personal spin). 
Take Care! 
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To Sell or Not to Sell…THAT is the question!


So I made this necklace a while back and it looked drastically different. A friend of mine saw it and wanted to buy it right off the bat. I kept telling her ‘no.’ Not because I didn’t want to give it to her, but because I never thought it was finished. Finally, I looked at it. Long and hard and I realized what exactly I didn’t like. It was too busy and I wanted it simple, even if it did look like something else that I’ve seen before. So I cleaned it up and this is what happened: I liked it so much, I wondered if I wanted to make another one to sell OR if I wanted her to have the only one?

Then there’s this beauty…

 As you saw/read earlier it was re-worked from a previous bracelet. My co-worker loved it and bought it. Now I’m wondering (because the silver pieces may be hard to find) if to re-do it with different accents and colors, same basic style and list it as the “Ever After Collection” inspired by my fave characters from the film Henry (Blue), Danielle (Pink/Violet) and Jacqueline (Green).Hmmm….food for thought!

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Been A-Sketching

I have no pictures for you today, but soon I’ll show you all something else I’ve been designing.

Last night I came home with intentions of finishing a charm bracelet I pushed myself to complete the day inspiration hit me to create the pieces below. I fell into a slump, however, and made no attempts what-so-ever to finish the bracelet, but I dreamed of two pieces while I was at work and struggled to keep the images in my head. When I saw that I was not going to touch a bead for the night, I sketched it. I sketched about 19 necklaces last night, which included new sketches of previous jewelry ideas and revisions of bracelet ideas I had. I’m hoping that I will have time at the end of the week to bring some of those creations to life.

Especially since I purchased an order of beading supplies from my fave online shop Fire Mountain

I also have been commissioned to make two pieces for a mother and daughter so, I hope I can get some work done.

And stay tuned to my store, as I hope to have at least four new products up for sale before the end of the day.

Love Always
-Alja

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Momentum

I recently went on a shopping spree for some chain to make a more ‘edgy’ neck piece. In the wee hours of the morning I began to put the necklace together, when I remembered another necklace that I was meaning to make for some months now. Seeing as I don’t have tomorrow off (like rest of the working world), I figured that I would lock myself away for a few hours, become invisible to whims of my sister’s children and make some things or at least get started. Here’s what I came up with so far:

Right now I’m trying to revise a pair of earrings and get started on two bracelets I’ve been wanting to make since the SUMMER. Wish me luck!

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Before and After…

So here’s the first in my entries about designing.
I created this bracelet a while ago and was quite happy with the way it came out, though I had used a different kind of material with regards to the silver accent pieces. It was on my mind for a bit because it looks nice, but I didn’t like the way it felt against the skin. I went into my box of materials (which I have about 6 of) and rummaged through the containers looking for the right beads. I ended up changing the look of the bracelet, using larger pearls, removing some other beads and substituting different color swarovski crystals. I also changed the closure to make it a little more antiquated looking. I’m pleased with the outcome. What do you think?

BEFORE:

AFTER:

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My first video…

My first attempt at a video ad. I created it in September and realize that there is a lot more work to be done to fix the pictures, and the text and all such things. For now, I guess you can just see my first attempt. Not bad right?

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New Pieces!

I’ve created two new pieces today, both earrings, both inspired by other pieces I’ve seen, AND both that I am glad turned out pretty nice. I will try to have pictures posted up ASAP, but for now, just keep spreading the word about Pretty Poet Ink (PPI) so that I may continue to make more pieces, become more elaborate and add more accessories to my repertoire!