Friday, August 21, 2009

Site Changes and New Items.

I'm going to be making some changes soon to my blog/website including the ability to purchase items right from here. I am hoping to get that part all together within the next couple of weeks. Some items will be available exclusively from here as well.

I have to admit that __1337 Art is getting big - and it's a lot to handle. New ideas, things to change, etc. are always on my mind like a radio with a broken antennae. I have been lacking on the artist and jewelry box features since I've been back from Maui...and hopefully I can start adding those again soon.

In the picture you will see some lovely 6mm Champagne Rose Stud Earrings, 10mm Deep Purple Paua Shell Stud Earrings, Black and Pink Skull and Crossbones Earrings, and a pair of 10mm Blue Paua Shell Hair Pins. These items are new and available in my Etsy shop:

Thank you so much for reading. I'm working on the daily updates. :]


Sunday, August 16, 2009

My Wedding Jewelry.

It's been one month since we were married in Maui. I cannot believe how fast the time passes. There we were standing on the beach without shoes in our formal clothing at sunset. A sailboat and mountain range behind us, the crashing of the Makena Beach waves...such beauty.

I wanted to share some pictures of the jewelry I wore. The first picture is a bracelet made with black Mother of Pearl and Black Onyx. I didn't wear this piece at the ceremony, but I wore it plenty during the honeymoon. The random black and white swirl of the beads has a lovely iridescent glow to them.

This next bracelet is made with vintage lace, gunmetal, and sterling silver. The toggle is a pretty good size with a heart-shaped filigree pattern...the perfect focal piece. It's really hard not to wear this piece or any of these others on a daily basis. It fits snugly on my wrist, and the chain has enough slack to move.

This extravagant choker features vintage black lace, gunmetal, Karen Hilltribe fine silver, and a very elegant dichroic glass pendant. I originally wanted a large rose focal to match the clasp, but I couldn't get one in time, and this heart pendant was right in plain sight the whole time!

These gunmetal filigree earrings feature black freshwater pearls, sterling silver, and Cubic Zirconia. They are very comfortable to wear, and this is my first pair of chandelier type earrings - so they're extra special. The hearts on the post earrings are large enough to be noticed and to catch the sunlight, and small enough to not distract from the filigree and chains. I really like the way these turned out, and I want to make a variation of these for sale sometime in the future.

This short necklace is made with black freshwater pearls and gunmetal. I wore this alongside my choker, and the lengths worked out perfectly. The heart pendant rested over the pearls, and they both sat tight, yet relaxed.

And yes...I wore a black dress to match!

In a future post I'll have to show off my black diamonds, and I have a story to tell about our trip to Jared's to get our rings will open your eyes to the world of "professional" jeweler chains.

Thank you so much for reading.

__1337 Art

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Survery Results: Birthstone Jewelry

I recently conducted a brief survey with 190 participants about their interest in birthstone jewelry. If you take a look at the results it appears that necklaces and rings are the most sought after birthstone jewelry.

So as I am building up my inventory for the upcoming holiday season, I will definitely incorporate these results in my designs. If you have any specific designs you would like to see please feel free to comment here or email me at

I hope these results are helpful to you, and thank you so much for reading!

__1337 Art

Friday, August 7, 2009

Back from Maui and Back to Work!

I recently got back from my Maui honeymoon...very adventurous to say the least. We had some good times.

It's time to get to work! Christmas and the other holidays are creeping up...and I am far from prepared.

I'm moving into my husband's house, and I'm getting my own studio!!! The progress is slow, but every little step is so exciting. At the moment I am beyond thrilled that there is enough space on the floor in there for me to sit down. I still need to work on my thank you cards from the reception, and once I lay out all of my papers and embellishments I hope it rekindles my desire for collage work.

My Goals:

1. Blog daily
2. Add new items weekly to my shops: Etsy and Artfire
3. Send out monthly email newsletters.
4. Organize/finish my studio area.
5. Make many new items!

I am going to go on a supply binge that will hopefully tide me over until after the Christmas season, but I do love my supplies...

(if there is something you are wanting to see more of, at all, or just as a general suggestion please let me know email or comment so I can plan for it. :] )

__1337 Art is taking custom orders again! You can note me or send an email to with your serious inquiry/request.

Coming Soon:

New Stud Earrings.
Champagne Rose Stud Earrings.
New Gemstone Rings.
Gemstone Chip earrings.
Themed Cameo necklaces. (think Hemingway & Victorian)
Gunmetal and Antiqued Copper Filigree Rings.
Gunmetal and Antiqued Copper Filigree Chandelier Earrings.
And more...(!)

Look forward to daily blog posts hopefully by next week and new items in my shops.

Enjoy your weekend!

__1337 Art


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