I’m in Love, and the Shop looks better

Sorry to go dark for so long…. but fellow crafters, I’ve got some sweet news to share: we got engaged!!! I’ve been on a super happy cloud for the past few months, completely caught up in the moment. While enjoying life though, I let my Etsy shop fall a little behind.

Getting right back on track, I’ve reposted 10 listings on the Etsy shop. Go check them out! I hope you find them as awesome and stylish as I do.

 

New Year, New Plans

Now that we’re into 2016, I have new plans for the future of The Fells Design blog. The goal is for this blog to become a hub for new craft ideas, craft book reviews, and in-process blog posts about large-scale projects. With a renewed sense of purpose this blog has the potential to grow.

What are some crafts to look forward to in the new year?

  • Reviews on craft books
  • More D.I.Y. Projects
  • Meaning behind finished projects
  • Costume Designs

I’m looking forward to a fresh start in 2016. With many new projects at the tip of my fingers, I can’t wait to get started. The sooner I do, the sooner I can share them with you!

Happy Crafting!

Big News…… no but really, we mean it, this is exciting!!

I’m proud to announce that our Etsy shop is live!!!

Please visit The Fells Design on Etsy. Many of the designs we’ve featured on this blog are now available for sale on the Etsy shop. You’re like a hipster, you saw it here first before everyone else knew about it. Or you already saw my pictures, you instagramma! Whatever the case, check it out! And don’t worry, I’ll still be posting behind-the-scenes, stories about the necklaces, features of custom designs and more on this blog, so you’ll always be in the know.

Spread the word, share the fun, support your friend, and happy shopping!

Only two and a half months until Christmas!!

Vacation Inspiration

I love vacation, but then who doesn’t?? The best part of vacation, is the opportunity to travel. Travel doesn’t have to be a budget-busting, jet-setting affair every time, it can be as simple as hiking a new trail in your local area park. The point is to get out there and experience something new. Experiences open our eyes to new understandings and broaden our views of the world. When we have an open mind, our world becomes a beautiful place.

My most recent vacation was local. The last of the hot, humid New England summer weather rolled through, and it felt as if summer was giving me a long hug to prepare me for winter (again). I connected with my loved ones and met inspiring, new people. Traveling helped me to reset, and gave me the opportunity to feel inspired by my new surroundings. Here are some of the inspiration points from my week:

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The list of places I want to travel to in the world is long, but the list keeps only makes me want to travel more. Get out there and see the world, and let it inspire you too.

A Glimpse at Early Beginnings

One of my biggest supporters and motivators is my Mom. She’s been supporting all my creative endeavors for years, and this project is no exception. My Mom has a great eye, and she’s a savvy shopper. Since I started up-cycling costume jewelry, she’s been on the hunt for cool pieces. At first she would call and describe each piece on the phone, until eventually I said “Mom, if the beads are something you would want to wear, buy it. Only buy what you would want to wear.”

The latest of my Mom’s finds were housed in a brightly colored shoebox. I took the beads home, and later found tucked inside a few bracelets from my early days of jewelry making. I started beading during summer vacations as a creative way to pass the time – we didn’t have cable or internet then.

One of my first bracelets, I didn't quiet have the techniques mastered yet.

One of my first bracelets, I didn’t quiet have the techniques mastered yet.

One of the bracelets was from when I first started beading. I made a bracelet using all my favorite stones from “the gem store”. Hematite is the centerpiece of this bracelet; it remains one of my favorite stones today, and in this crazy mix of colors that one stands out as the favorite bead. I had just learned how to crimp the wire to secure the clasp – which explains the large gap between the clasp and the beads.

An unfinished bracelet, a mix of blue beads.

An unfinished bracelet, a mix of blue beads.

Another bracelet using elastic string instead of nylon-coated wire doesn’t have quite the gap, however as a lovely finishing touch the elastic strings were never clipped.

Over time I would become more comfortable with the techniques and come to have a better grasp of colors and patterns. I branched out and tried memory wire and used all kinds of beads.

A more polished bracelet, grasping colors, patterns, unity, and a finished piece.

A more polished bracelet, grasping colors, patterns, unity, and a finished piece.

One of my first experiments using memory wire.

One of my first experiments using memory wire.

Jewelry making remains one of my favorite hobbies, because it allows me to continuously reinvent myself. Coming across these old pieces reminds me of how far I’ve come. No one is perfect when they try something new for the first time, but over time, with practice and patience, we improve. I still have more to learn, but the more I create the more I develop my skills. That’s what makes this hobby so much fun!

Hello Crafting World

The Fells Design is a start-up crafting business. My name is Lauren P. and this summer, I’ll be tracking my progress on preparing The Fells Design for the creative world in Fall 2015.

Jewelry will be our primary focus to start. I like to create pieces that mix found vintage beads or broken necklaces in with new stones, glass beads, and pearls. These aren’t your grandmother’s necklaces, but she may have worn these beads once. In this way we can give new life to a charm, instead of leaving it in a drawer, and let it be loved and worn once again.

Our jewelry won’t all be reclaimed vintage, some of the pieces will be from entirely new beads. This enables us to keep up with current trends. The important part is for our jewelry to speak to the wearer and be an extension of their personality.

Look for more to come soon. Happy Crafting!