Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Remember to take some time to give thanks to the Lord for all He has done, is doing and will do in our lives. Hope you all have a wonderful day.

Don’t forget, the whole etsy store will be on SALE tomorrow… and Saturday… and Sunday… and Monday!! Get your Christmas shopping done in one place!

Happy Thanksgiving FB

Love Always,

Adriana

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Craft Show Booth Display

If you are like me, you are a perfectionist on a budget. A limited, tight budget.  You want the best, because lets face it -you have great taste- but you are starting out and money is tight.  My competitors (I hate that word), or should I say, my colleges have been at this thing called selling at craft shows for a long time. Their booths are spectacular! They look like mini jewelry stores! Most of those beautiful booths are custom designed and very expensive, trust me, I googled it.

I wanted a fighting chance at getting in these awesome craft shows so I needed to step up my game whether my wallet liked it or not. I ended up spending a huge chunk of a months earnings at my husband’s second home: The Home Depot. My husband has a ton of hobbies which require building and constructing amazing stuff and didn’t hesitate when I asked him for help. Since he basically didn’t have a choice, he built me an amazing set up out of very inexpensive materials like pvc, wood, linoleum, and fish tank cases. Seriously.

I don’t know exactly how he did it but I took pictures.

First he created my weights. These he made for my very first show in 2013 at a church parking lot. These are pvc tubes painted pink with white flowers and butterflies, and filled 3/4 of the way with cement. He left some space so that I could decorate it with flowers. They screw in to the tent legs very easily.

PVC DIY Tent Weights

PVC DIY Tent Weights

 

I purchased 5, 15-gallon fish tank cases at our local aquarium store, which saved me $835 (happy dance) and designed the tables around them.

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15 gallon fish tank used as jewelry case

 

My husband built tall display tables using pvc, wood, and linoleum flooring. The long table is “L” shaped and comes apart for easy loading.

hubby building my tables

hubby building my tables

 

We added the black table cloth with heavy duty velcro and done! A new, taller, professional looking display for 1/16th the price.

always with love jewelry booth

always with love jewelry booth with glass cases

 

side view with back wall open

side view with open back wall

 

Let me know what you think!

Love always,

Adriana

 

 

Eternal Midnight

This is one of my most intricate pieces to date.  I made it in January 2014 (#latepost) but for some reason I never uploaded it to my blog!

I call this statement piece Eternal Midnight. It is made of natural black onyx cabochons and fossilized orthoceras, set on sterling silver. Every link of the chain, every bezel, every texture, and design is made by yours truly. It took me a few days to make (which felt like forever to me) and I have to say that I love the end result. Once it was done, I took it to my trusted photographer Rodolfo of Pixeltoaster Studios and he took this magnificent shot of my necklace. He makes all my jewelry look amazing!

Anyways, here it is and I hope you like it!

Big kiss, little hug, small kiss, big hug,

Adriana

Handmade Necklace by Adriana Lyden

Handmade Necklace by Adriana Lyden