Latest and Greatest

Just in time for this month’s two shows…new pieces! These pieces build on the metal jewelry concept that I’ve been working toward. A few weeks ago, I made some shapes with copper and silver like these…

IMG_7066They were nice and shiny, but they didn’t stay that way. In an effort to accent their texture, I treated them to a solution called liver of sulfur (which smells terrible by the way)…

IMG_7076In the photo above, the darkest pieces are copper and the lighter pieces are sterling silver. After some heavy duty polishing, they were assembled into pieces like these…

IMG_7120IMG_7123IMG_7127As soon as I get the information, I will let you know where you should be able to find these beauties this upcoming Saturday! For now, have a beautiful night and thanks for stopping by!

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A Day of Thanks

Please pardon me while I go a little off of the jewelry topic for a moment.

I can tell by my statistics that most of you are in America, so you should be fully aware of the fact that today is Memorial Day. If you are not in America, today is a day Americans remember and give thanks to those who have served and defended our nation, namely those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

Even if you don’t know anyone directly, please take a moment and consider what those whom you do not know have done for you. Personally, there are so many things I would not be able to do or if I could, they would be vastly different from the way I do them today if it wasn’t for the freedoms we have in this nation.

I saw the following image online this morning and thought it was perfect. It is not my image and I’m not sure where it originated, but it is a great reminder that not only should we give thanks today, we should also remember to live our lives for others and for the betterment of the community as a whole:

Memorial DayTo those who have served or who have lost loved ones who have served, thank you.

Lancaster ArtWalk Recap

My great-aunt once told me time goes by more quickly as you get older because it takes longer to do things. If that is the case, I must have been moving very slowly for the past two weeks because I’m not sure how they gone by so quickly!

For all who came out to the Lancaster ArtWalk on Saturday, May 2, THANK YOU! It was a beautiful day and I was able to meet some wonderful people.

IMG_7060[1]As you can see in this photo, my new display looks awesome all together!

This was my first show where almost all of my inventory was metal pieces. If you’ve been following along on my journey, I started this business by making chunky jewelry, but that isn’t my personal style. Now I am primarily making metal pieces (sterling silver and copper) with beads thrown in as accents.

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I found it interesting that all of the pieces I sold at the ArtWalk were pieces I have created within the last 12-18 months. It could have been coincidence, but I think I have found my niche.

My next show will be Saturday, June 13 in Lititz, PA. Hopefully, I’ll have more information soon!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful day!

Catching Up

Hello! This week has been quite adventure-filled and full of blessings though, so I’m a happy lady.

My first adventure this week was cleaning up my workspace. Here’s how it started:

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And here’s how it ended:

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The room seems significantly larger now. Hopefully, this will make it more pleasant to work in.

The next adventure was in signage. I have two signs: a large one to hang on my canopy and a small one to sit on a table. Both of them had outdated logos and information.

I created a new small one myself:

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This had my old logo and information on it, and was easily updated with the help of Modge Podge.

The big sign was a different adventure. I’ve been using a vinyl banner for several years. Instead of investing in a new one every few years, I decided to go to a professional sign company. I now have a light-weight metal sign that should last many years:

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The last adventure for this week is still in process. I’m preparing for my first show of the year, the Lancaster ArtWalk. Traditionally, this show has primarily been a tour of the art galleries in downtown Lancaster, PA. This year one of the buildings on the tour will be hosting 20 local artisans/crafters. This area is called the Lancaster Made Arts Market. I have seen the work of the other artisans who will be with me and there is no doubt I will be surrounded by some serious talent. I’m thrilled!

Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some photos of the show to share with you next week! For now, I hope you have a beautiful night!

Thanks for stopping by!

Building My Theme

In my last post I mentioned that my new layout is going to have a 1920s flair to it. While my jewelry doesn’t necessarily fit the 1920s style, I think it will all blend together quite well.

If you have been following me for awhile or have been to any of my shows, you might be familiar with Pearl:

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When I started making jewelry, I wanted something in my display that would get people talking. I thought a mannequin would add a little color, a little texture, and a little “oh that’s different” to the booth. Then I found Pearl and I knew she could get people talking. She has since gone on and become my logo:

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Pearl is designed to look like a 1920s flapper, so I decided to build on that. The 1920s were a time of prosperity in the United States thanks to some national and global changes that occurred as a result of World War I. A number of these changes helped women to redefine their role in United States. Women always had natural beauty and an internal drive to succeed, but now they were allowed to show it off.

This is where Gretchen Smith Jewelry comes in. Each piece is one of a kind, just like every woman and it is designed to accent a woman’s natural beauty. There is an elegant simplicity about my style that allows a woman to show off a little, just like the ladies of the 1920s. Because of this, I felt it was only appropriate to tie my display into this time period when women were making a name for themselves.

So go out and have a little fun. And if you think your outfit needs a little spark beyond your natural beauty, Pearl might be able to assist you.

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My Portable Shop

As I mentioned in a previous post, I am redesigning my craft show booth (otherwise known as my portable shop) this year. It’s quite exciting, really.

I decided to ask my husband for his assistance with this task because he has a graphic design background. He is much better at designing visual layouts for things than I am.

I wanted something vintage-y and wind-resistant. With those ideas, my husband suggested I go with a 1920s general store look using wood boxes and crates. My jewelry displays can go in the wood boxes so they are protected from the wind and the boxes would double for storage and transportation. Yup, that would be perfect!

I already had a few crates I’ve been using, but I didn’t have any legitimately old boxes or crates, so we went out in search of some. This is what we found:

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As an added bonus, I found a little tin to keep my business cards in:

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This is a rough layout I put together in preparation for my first show:

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I’m sure I’ll have photos to share with you after my first show so you can see how it worked out. I’m already looking forward to the first show!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for stopping by!

A little bit of metal goes a long way

Hello! I just realized I changed things around in here a bit. Please bear with me. I decided it was time for a change, so I will be updating things over the next few weeks!

Besides playing around with the layout I had the opportunity to have some jewelry-making fun today and I just have to share it with you.

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I had some small pieces of metal (wire and silver sheet) that I wasn’t sure how to use. After a little experimentation, these earrings are the results. What do you think? I especially love the first two, but the last one is pretty fun as well!

I think I still owe you a post about the redesign on my show booth. I will get to that soon! For now, thanks for stopping by!