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Alterations Time!

Alterations Time!! 
Hello again! 
So after posting photos of my chunky chain bracelet, I got a request to do a necklace to match. Now, I must admit that the chain used for the bracelet is mighty heavy, so I thought to myself, if I were to make a necklace for it, it would have to be with chain that’s much lighter. 
After a trip to my fave store MICHAELS, I found chain that not only resembled the chunky bracelet chain, but was much smaller and lighter to make the wearer feel less bogged down. I then went to my necklace with the antiqued rope chain, and removed the toggle on that and so this: 

transfers into this: 
I got some new beads that I will be working on that rope chain with – so look forward to seeing new pieces by the end of this week! 
tell me what you think!
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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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Production, Production & Production!

Hello Darling Readers!

Since we last spoke, I talked about all the new pieces that I created from the PPI workshop. Since then, my production on new items has slowed down, however, I’ve been working on displays and other elements for selling my pieces.

Which leads me to a bout of not so great news – I’m not sure when I will be able to participate in the Artists & Fleas flea market. Being highly optimistic, I signed up to vend at an upcoming event and the organizers have failed to contact me back, thereby stranding me on the weekend I intended on using to sell. Now that is too late for me to book the flea and I will have to do with the following weekend or the weekend after that, which pushes me from selling in July to September. This is bothersome as I will have to return to “real” work in September…which ultimately leads to a slow down on the Pretty Poet Ink front.

But! I will try to prevail.

Anyhow, I wouldn’t leave you stranded, so here’s a few photos of pieces I have completed:

I’ve been trying to figure out what to call this, but I’ve settled with ‘Prince of Persia’ for now any way

it all started with these earrings. When I made then, I just felt like going ahead with a necklace and so

the two look really nice together. 

Also made some chandelier earrings with Fern Green swarovski crystals

a pair of earrings with blue jade & yellow turquoise 

a pair of steam-punky earrings
a remake of my Greco-Roman earring and bracelet

and another pair of chandelier earrings with Coral Red swarovski. 
I’ve listed them all on the website in the ‘Coming Soon’ section, which is completely new. Now, instead of just waiting until I’ve got all the info, I’ll be posting pieces as I make them and make ’em available after they’re bagged and tagged. 
This little number is a piece I’m working on 

as well as these experimentations with felt flowers and bunnies. Can you guess the theme? *hint: story book, white rabbits, red & white roses*
I will keep you updated on my selling events…even if I have to create an ‘End of Summer’ jewelry party and then go to MagCon in MD. =/ 
W/love
-Alja

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Adding to the Inventory

WELCOME BACK!!
Hello there darling PPI followers! As you can see, I’ve been working on getting some more pieces together for my flee market @ Artists and Fleas coming up and so, here are a few more pieces that I’ve added to the collection! 
Above is a photo of more additions to the ‘Mixed Medium’ necklace family. Before, it was just silver & gold or purple/silver/black. Now, I’ve added a blue/black/silver necklace, a green/lime/gold necklace, and a red/pink/gold necklace. I intend on making one maybe of just colors…in the near future!

I’ve also finally broken down and made some mens’ jewelry, in addition to something bridal and another oceanic piece…we’ll break down those pieces in a few…

Next, I’ve got a really long (maybe 40 inches) necklace that I made with some semi-precious chips along the chain. I really like it, but will continue to tweak it as I go…

Amethyst earrings! These are some sparkly amethyst earrings I made with glass beads. I am a february baby, so amethyst is a color that I’m always looking at! 

Next up are these tribal, Earth Nation feeling earrings. If you know me, you know I love Avatar, the Last Airbender and I feel these are some really tough Toph-esque earrings. I will be making a necklace to match these earrings, so stay tuned…. =D

Playing around with some beads that I’ve got lead to these earrings! I love the blend of light-not-so-light-and-dark beads that work really well together…

And I also love the way these earrings came together with this kind of copperish blend… 

So we know I love turquoise, magnesite or dyed howlite. So, with these really large magnesite beads, I’ve created a necklace including some howlite and faceted rhodonite beads.

SUEDE braided bracelet – adjustable & unisex darling…

And like Mixed Medium, I added to the ‘Lock & Key’ earring family by creating three new pairs, and these are all interchangeable so long as your pair a key with a lock (duh!)

And with the following earrings, I’ve changed them three times before finally loving this:

and I think I posted this necklace before, but it wasn’t finished. I removed some of the length and I think it looks tons better!

Next is my Bridal Bracelet – made with swarovski crystals, glass beads, pearls and rhinstones and a little something blue!
Another charm bracelet with a cage and the charms that say ‘joy’ and ‘live’

A mens’ necklace- adjustable with bone & wood beads

my oceanic necklace – a giant seahorse with some pearls & crystals in sea-friendly colors

a Ram’s head men’s necklace – again made with bone beads, and adjustable suede cording 

And finally, a pair of earrings to match my ‘God Save the Queen’ bracelet of long ago. 
AND there will be more to come! As it is, I will be playing with veils soon as well as creating more and more pieces. I’ve moved the date from my intended flea from July to August =(  but it’s giving me more time to nab some cool displays, make more pieces and have lots of options for my buyers!! =D 
Until later lovelies, 
-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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Getting Back to Business!

HEY ALL!

I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus to work on some other projects, but I feel the time has come for me to make some new creations, as I may be doing a flee market this summer in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! 
These are some pieces that I completed a couple weeks ago, but have yet to show for your review: 

 This bracelet I’ve named “Winterfell” as it reminds me of the area in the North where the Starks of the novel “A Game of Thrones” (and series ‘A Song of Fire & Ice’) reside.

 These little dangles are inspired by my love of Ancient Egyptian culture. so I’ve named them…Nefer, which is the Ancient Egyptian word for “to be beautiful.” I may change the name…I’m not sure I’m quite sold on it.

 These little dangles are called “Fae,” as they are inspired by my love of fantasy and lore…

 This bracelet I’ve made is called “Tiger’s Cage.” It features gold boxes and tiger striped lampwork glass beads.

And last but not least, there are my Gold barrel beads, but with a magnesite twist!

I hope you enjoyed and remember to check back here, at the store and on the twitter account for more news! 
Like, Comment & Share! 
-PPI

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New Pieces!!

Been gone, but I’m back and with new pieces none the less!! Check ’em out:

So as you can see, I kinda got to work, making 4 new pairs of earrings and refashioned button ring

Bow Tie Earrings – studs at that!

Stardust earrings. I was originally going to combine them with the earrings below, but liked them so much by itself, that I left it that way.

Wire Bomb Earrings lol

Gated Earrings

Vintage Button Ring
see anything you like? =D
I got quite a few things to put up to the site, so please bear with me. I’m also moving over items over to Etsy throughout this week, so if things start missing, you know why. lol. 

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Recap!

Hey Darlings! 
So, I meant to give you a re-cap of the jewelry party, but I’ve been so swamp on organizing all the goods, that I’ve been backed up in what I’ve been meaning to write. While I unfortunately did not get a chance to take out pictures of my crafty display, I did do a minor recreation: 
I always knew in my head that I wanted to do a Dinner Party theme…because, well people are consuming my work in a way. And I think it’s innovative and a great way to use these supplies I have at home until I get the money up to buy the professional displays. 
Anyhow, I had this tree displaying my earrings. I also placed one-side of the earring, that way more of my different designs could be seen. And in the nest, were all the ear-stoppers so that they wouldn’t be lost. 

I then used the glass stems as a display for my bracelets, kind of like the way you have those wine glass jewelry, instead, well, REAL jewelry. 
Obviously, the plates were to hold the bigger items of consumption: NECKLACES! And mainly the larger necklaces.
I also made my own earring cards as I’ve seen done online. They worked really well and I had them randomly placed around the table for added decor…

And in a stroke of genius, I decided to use some hor d’oeuvre platters to display smaller necklaces or chains, where the pendant are more of the focal point than the actual necklace. 
and THAT was my display! I promise that if there is another jewelry party (*crosses fingers*), I will take photos. I think all my nerves and flustering on that day got the best of me…and my camera was in my POCKET! *growls* But, I’ll get it right next time. 
Any who, even though I didn’t get to use it, I also had a credit card reader! YES! I’m doing big-girl things now! No one wanted to use their plastic, so it just sat there, but better safe than sorry! 
Just plug into the iTouch and done! 
NOW – A MOMENT FOR ALL THE PIECES THAT HAS LEFT US:

Peruvian Paradise Bracelet: This is the second bracelet I’ve made of this type, and one of the first ever designs I made. It’s found a new home! (YAY)
Purple Haze Earrings: these mother of pearl shell babies found a new home with the host who also purchased
the Tomb Raider Bracelet to have splendid adventures.
Just a Taste Earrings: I sold my second set of these earrings, along with 
this Tale of Birds Necklace. It’s twin is still available for sale online here.
Spanish Armada Earrings: the fleet has finally sailed!
Full Moon Earrings: are now going to see the light of day!
Stardust Bracelet is now sparkling someone’s days
Graduated Colors: ‘Protection’ Chip Earrings is doing is duty. Get the other pieces for these earrings here.
These One-Of-A-Kind Gothic Chandelier Earrings are making someone happy!
and last, but not least
the Luxor Priestess Necklace is guarding someone with the ways of Ancient Egypt!
**REMEMBER** If there’s something off this list that you want, make sure to hit up the PPI facebook page and send a request. If it can be made, then it will be!
Lastly, I created three new babies that I will be posting soon: 

‘copper shock’


‘burnt sun’

and a variation of my gifted ‘jaded earth’ earrings.

AND THAT’S A WRAP!

love, 
-Alja
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News, News and More News

Hello All, 
I’m not entirely sure if I told you all this, but I had submitted a piece of mine to interweave’s Stringing magazine. The editors saw it online and asked to see it in person and then said that if they liked it, they’d let me know in about a month. That was March 2nd. I received an email last week saying that I was getting my package back this week and so I figured, they probably didn’t want it. 
When I got my package today, this letter sealed the deal: 
I knew it was coming, so I wasn’t entirely sad, but at least I can say that I tried. And there’s always time to submit for another magazine, I suppose. 
Anyhow, I’ve placed my new jewelry on sale at my shop. Throughout the week, I will be placing up as many pieces as possible, with alerts through facebook and twitter.  BUT, As of 12:01 AM APRIL 21st, they will all be coming down, as I will be taking part in Pretty Poet Ink’s first jewelry party. 
Let’s hope the saying ‘when one door closes, another opens’ has some real-time resonance. I’ve signed up for intuit’s go payments, so hopefully by the end of this week, I will be able to take credit card payments!! 
T-MINUS, 4 DAYS, and counting…
-Alja

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More Pieces, More Delays

Hey There! =D

So, today was a rarity, as I was actually making things in the afternoon, as opposed to the dead of night. Don’t know what came over me, but I’m glad I had the wave of inspiration. 
So, I always intended on making a necklace called ‘Midnight In Paris.’ Then, finally when the actual movie was going on (around 12 am on Starz), I started working on it. And the more I watched the movie, the more I felt that this necklace was meant to be. So I wanted to capture the essence of Paris at night…dark, but with bits of color splashed around from all the bright lights and then…. 

Voila! 

and it has a charm with a map of gay ol’ Paris!

I also made a pair of dangle earrings that LOOK long, but are really chic when you try them on! 
Isn’t it amazing when you have one design and it completely morphs into something else? Crazy! Check out this new necklace:

The original design for this necklace changed a few times based on my unrealistic goals on how the beads would perform with the chain. But then I looked to all my new goodies from fire mountain and loved the new look.

a touch of gothic with the dark and red

but a hint of romance & elegance…

I also made a pair of earrings. They’re small, but sweet and divine with paired with the necklace.

I also made these earrings. Initially, I intended on adding a few more elements, but again, my expectations exceeded the reality of it and then I realized that less, was more. 

beautiful gold barrel/lantern cylinders 

Above is my Game of Hearts bracelet. Its namesake is an unfinished story of mine that is intended to be part Dangerous Liasons, with a restoration drama feel & a whiff of Le Marquise du Sade with ‘ethnic’ characters.

Then we have an resin/acrylic-amber pendant that my mother (in a moment of sweetness) bought me years ago at a flea market. This was when I JUST got into beading and she thought I could use it. I didn’t know what to do with it really and then just said, ‘eff it.’ Slapped some chain on it and boom. And below, you will find a copper bracelet. 

Made with golds, silvers and some crystal glass I don’t know what to call this yet. But, I do like the outcome. 

I also made a pair of earrings that I’m calling ‘Twilight’ (and not after that horrendous movie/book phenom). I have to add a few touches to it, and then it’ll be perfect. 
NOW, the DELAYS:
I am truly sorry for the delays to posting to the store. I initially wanted to put up my new pieces to coincide with my jewelry show, but as the show’s been delayed an extra week, I got an extra week to create more pieces, which obviously means more pieces to post…which means more photography, write-ups, etc. I do intend on having them on the site tomorrow, but then will DEFINITELY be on sale April 13th for one full week. I want to give you all a chance to buy my goods before the show, as you’ve been with me from the beginning and you should have the opp. to grab some of my newer pieces! 
thanks again for everything guys, and remember to like, comment & share! 
-alja
Posted in arrakis, dune, earrings, Feldspar, Frank Herbert, glass pearls, gold plated, Mua'dib, necklace, pearls, porcelain, Queen Victoria, The Young Victoria

Introducing Her Royal Highness…

Queen Victoria!

Going forward with my love of English royalty, I decided to name this piece after the more…modest & virtuous Queen, Victoria. Having watched ‘The Young Victoria’ several times, I couldn’t help but seeing her when I was making this piece. I thought of creating something that someone like her would wear- something sweet, innocent, playful and elegant. 

What also gives the necklace its ‘sweetness’ are the porcelain roses and the small frame that they take up on the wearers neck. 

And here we find a new piece! It’s kind of my take on a sandy/gold desert inspired necklace. I will be making a bigger one that I’ll be calling ‘Dune,’ but for now, I might just call this…Arakkis or even Mua’dib.

So…whaddya think?

Posted in card stick, displays, earring cards, Jewelry, jewelry displays, jewelry parties, picture frames

DIY – Custom Tags & Displays

In getting ready for my jewelry party, I’ve been researching for several ways to make my OWN displays and tags/cards to put my jewelry on and I’ve come up with this (as a working template):

Here’s an earring card (for large earrings) made of card stock

and a necklace display that I painted made of card stock as well

I’m still tinkering around with the tags, as I need to make some to hang off the bracelets & necklaces.

I also made these two displays from picture frames one for hanging earrings and the other for hanging bracelets. I think I’ll make a d-i-y vid or something for it later. 

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