New CLE jewelry at the Cleveland Flea!

Despite baby being due ****really*** soon I jumped in and decided to participate in a Cleveland Flea on September 14th (I’ve been really wanting to, and my husband is thrilled at the idea of craft beer ten feet away)

I’m bringing out a lot of my higher end art show pieces of course form my main line, but since it is well….a flea, I’m going to bring out a few select pieces of my lesser priced Miscellanea Collection which you can only find on line, and since it’s the CLEVELAND flea, I’m definitely bringing several pieces from my newest CLE city pride line.  You’ve seen sneak peaks of it, but the entire line is not officially launching until 2014!

 

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You’ll also be able to see the double heart initial ring that was featured in US Weekly in person, and I’ll have a limited number of those available for special order too!

Jewelry Trends for Fall – Leaf Motif / Autumn Leaves

Fall is almost here so of course I’m going to share some jewelry pieces to fit the Fall jewelry trends.  Nature is always a popular inspiration for jewelry and a leaf motif is perfect for Autumn.

 

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To purchase or learn more (clockwise from top left to bottom right)

Folded Leaves Earrings

Brass Leaf earrings with leverback

Bohemian Statement Necklace

Maple Leaf Necklace

Riveted Leaf Earrings

Simple Leaf Pendant Necklace

 

 

New Coordinating Pearl Jewelry

Several new pieces of jewelry have been added to the Miscellanea line that coordinate to make matching sets.  The gold accessories feature a variety of swirls and geometric forms as well as glass pearls in a variety of colors.  The collection includes petite charm necklaces and dangle earrings.

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Gold Coil Necklace available at Miscellanea

Gold Coil Earrings available at Miscellanea

Red Carnelian Jewelry

I’ve added new pieces to the Miscellanea Collection.   This time I’ve added some juicy gemstones, accented by hand-forged metalwork.  These two pieces feature gorgeous red carnelian in a fire red color.  The necklace has a band of forged brass for additional detail and the earrings feature vintage brass bars.  red3Red Carnelian Necklace, $49

Red Carnelian Earrings, $20

 

 

Pink, Pastel, Pretty – More Valentines Day Jewelry Ideas

I’m not always a huge fan of pink.  I guess I always want to be a bit “edgier” or “tougher” or something.  (as if!) However, I always make an exception for subtle, muted ballet pink.  It’s almost an earthy, natural tone.  It’s flattering to most skin colors and sublimely elegant.  Here’s two of my favorite pieces in more neutral pink:

 

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Gemstone Statement Necklace – Raw Pink Quartz

It’s elegant, natural and a versatile long length!

Available at Miscellanea by Valerie Tyler

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Triangles Necklace with Redline Marble

Available at Miscellanea by Valerie Tyler

Independent Businesses Give Back – Thanks to Customers like You!

When you purchase from an independent business person or artisan your dollars are going directly to that person (minus a significant chunk to business taxes..oh my!) You enable them to support their families, to afford their homes, their food, their lifestyle.  More importantly, independent businesses tend to give back a greater proportion of their income back to their community and to other small businesses. Numerous studies have shown that shopping at independent or locally owned businesses causes a shift into how much money comes back into the community and makes a positive economic impact.  I can think of several other artisans we were able to support this year as well as many local shops and restaurants.  Personally, now that I depend on my customers both near and far for my livelihood I am so much more aware of where we spend our dollars.  It’s led to a more conscious consumerism in the materials I use (a lot more recycled!), the places we shop (more local or more independent/small businesses), and even how we get rid of things (more recycling, more donating, more giving to someone who can use it).

This year I was also able to contribute to several charities using profits earned from my jewelry sales  and since my business is my sole source of income now I wouldn’t have been able to do this without your support and patronage. Thank you to my customers for allowing me to give a little bit back.  Here is where some of the money spent went to.  I encourage you to also contribute to causes that help others such as these or others you may find:

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The basic necessities are probably one of the most important ways to give.  Thanks to Harvest For Hunger my husband and I were able to donate every single time we went to the grocery store  right at the grocery store register by tearing off a $1, $5 or a $10 voucher and adding it to our bill.  (specifically our local Heinens!, a Cleveland based chain, so our dollars continue to help our community) Harvest for Hunger is one of the largest annual, community-wide food and funds drives in the nation  and it provides important and critically needed resources to local hunger relief organizations in twenty one counties in Northeast and North Central Ohio.

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In the spirit of building small economic independence for others as well we were able to purchase many symbolic gifts through Oxfam unwrapped.  Oxfam’s Unwrapped catalog offers items that symbolically represent the organization’s lifesaving
work, and each purchase is a contribution toward Oxfam’s many programs that help people living in poverty
throughout the world. As a small entrepreneur I love how much of their work revolves around empowering people to help themselves better their lives from things like tools, seeds, animals and honey bees to help them make a living to things like school and computer training as well.  Oxfam helps individuals and communities make a living, protects women and children, and helps in times of emergency.

You even enabled me to help out my own mother with some cash flow when she was dealing with bills for cancer surgeries and radiation treatments (She’s doing much better now by the way!)

Other, however smaller donations were also made to the American Red Cross and the St. Jude Children’s foundation as well.

You may think next time when you buy a necklace or earrings it’s just a cute accessory but it’s really so much more, and the benefits of that purchase go farther than you even imagine.  Anytime you make a purchase from a small business be it a local shop or restaurant, or an etsy entrepreneur, or a tiny shop online realize you are strengthening the economy as well as helping others to lead empowered lives.  Thank you! Please continue to buy thoughtfully and meaningfully.