Category: fashion accessories


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FROM THE BRIDGE TO THE BEACH

I am just wrapping up a crazy busy weekend that began with a very fun work event at Campbell’s Field where I watched the Camden Riversharks, a local minor leaguer baseball team. One of my favorite things about the ballpark is its stunning views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and the Philadelphia skyline. Very early the next morning, I had to head east about 60 miles for a beach craft show in my former hometown of Ventnor.

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JUST A LAID BACK BEACH TOWN

Ventnor is simply a laid back little town that lies between Atlantic City and Margate on Absecon Island. It has a boardwalk, which, unlike its northern neighbor, has no casinos or other businesses, making it ideal for walking, running, or cycling. All of the pizza places deliver right to the beach. And, unlike the resort towns of Ocean City and Wildwood, there are no weekly renters. Just the beach and the community…very quiet and so lovely! For close to eight years, I called Ventnor home, and I miss it quite terribly in the summertime. I was very pleased when the opportunity arose to participate as a vendor in the towns’s annual Ocean Breeze Arts and Craft Show.

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BOHO ECO CHIC

This show was my second official craft show. (I participated in one last month that was a great learning experience, but rather slow with the foot traffic.) It was also the second opportunity I had to work with my friend, Alison, who owns Back Alley Chic, and creates amazing tote bags, aprons, and pillows from recycled coffee sacks. My rustic leather and recycled glass jewelry is a perfect complement to her earthy and eco friendly bags. While I am by no means an expert on craft shows, one piece of advice I feel confident in giving is to find a buddy and rent a double space like we did. We had a large area to create an inviting space where customers could feel comfortable browsing. By co-mingling our items, we also kept our displays very interesting.

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WORKING OUT THE DETAILS

For my displays, I chose natural wood finishes to complement, rather than complete with my jewelry. Since I use glass beads that have a matte seaglass quality, I was afraid stark black or white displays would not have as positive an effect as it does on more traditionally styled jewelry. I used my extensive seashell collection to accent the display. I also decided to display prints that tell the story of both types of recycled glass beads I use. I got many questions and comments on the recycled glass from Indonesia and Africa, enough that it was a definite selling point. Many customers also took photos of the prints or asked if I had copies for them so they could share the stories of the glass bracelets they purchased. Something to consider for the next show…

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INDONESIAN RECYCLED GLASS BEADS

Recycled glass beads from Bali, Indonesia are made from molten fritters of colored glass, creating a soft beach glass effect. I source my beads from a small Indonesian-owned company that believes in sustaining green principles and supports the ecosystem by using discarded items such as bottles, jars, and windows as crude materials. Each bead is individually handmade using centuries old techniques passed down generation by generation. This crude process does not use chemicals —a green process of bead production. It also helps to keep the beaches of one of my favorite places in the world clean!

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AFRICAN RECYCLED GLASS BEADS

These amazing beads are made by the Krobo People of Ghana, Africa. They are made by pressing glass into a fine powder and heating it until the particles fuse together. The glass is then poured in clay molds and the stem of a cassava leaf is used to make the bead hole. The beads are then baked in an oven, causing the glass to melt together and the stem to burn. This technique has been used in Africa for centuries. These beads are also Fair Trade Certified. The end result is an amazing piece of eco-chic jewelry!

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All in all the show was a successful outing. The day was perfect: not too hot with a glorious breeze coming off the ocean! The crowd was great, I far exceeded my sales expectations and I handed out many, many business cards. It is definitely a show I plan to line up for next summer. It also gave me a chance to meet up with two of my dearest friends, Sue and Ingrid, who were so gracious and modeled some of Alison’s amazing creations.

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Ingrid shopping for some unique burlap throw pillows.

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Sue modeling the adorable burlap bag she purchased for her daughter.

Please check out Alison’s Etsy shop for more of her fabulous one-of-kind items:

Back Alley Chic

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time…peace, love and flip flops!
~Erin

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I purchased a wonderful tutorial this summer to create leather infinity links. As soon as I saw the links on Pinterest (yes…I actually DID something I pinned!), I knew they would be a fantastic anchor for my rustic Betty Bracelets and a great way to freshen up their look for fall. I just listed five of these new Infinity Bracelets in my Etsy shop, Serendipity Blu, today. All are crafted with eco-friendly Indonesian recycled glass beads and distressed leather. Here is the round-up:

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LOVE

This feminine beauty features pale pink and chocolate brown beads and is accented with silver hibiscus toggle and love charm. Feel the love…

Love Bracelet

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NAMASTE

This enlightened accoutrement features lotus blossom shades of sea green and bright pink. The look is completed with silver mandala toggle and Om charm. I honor the place in you of light, of love, of truth, and of peace…

Namaste Bracelet

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WISDOM

This smart accessory features ice cream hues of mint and chocolate chip accented with antique brass Tree of Life toggle and owl charm. Speaking words of wisdom, let it be…

Wisdom Bracelet

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IMAGINE

This free-spirited bracelet features beads in soft aqua blue and pale Coke bottle green. The fun look is completed with silver daisy button and imagine charm. Imagine all the people living life in peace…

Imagine Bracelet

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HARMONY

This burnished beauty begins with soothing shades of aqua blue and chocolate brown accented with rich copper compass toggle and Hamsa charm. We are all one world…

Harmony Bracelet

If you are interested in learning this technique, the tutorial can be ordered from Tracy Statler through her blog here:

Make Bracelets Blog

Hope you enjoyed browsing my new fall collection. Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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Where has the time gone? I can’t believe it is August already! So far, this summer, I have been prepping for my first two craft shows (the photo above is from one I did last month and my next one is coming up in two weeks!), which I did not realize would be so much work. To balance all of that frantic energy, I spent the rest of my leisure time hanging out with my friends at the beach and being lazy with the world’s two most spoiled weimaraners. What has been lacking, however, is the amount of time I have been spending on my Etsy shop and my blog. I am pleased that the creative juices are now flowing again and, for my first shop post in a while, I would like to introduce you to two new Betty Bracelets inspired by my recent trip to New Orleans.

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JAZZ

This delicate beauty is flirty and feminine with alternating hot pink and petal pink recycled glass beads surrounded by very chic deep brown leather. A lovely silver fleur de lis toggle completes the look. The full listing can be viewed here:

Jazz Bracelet

This bracelet was inspired by the many jazz clubs I visited in NOLA. While the hippest ones are located on Frenchmen Street, one of the most important ones, Preservation Hall, is located right in the French Quarter.

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Preservation Hall opened its doors in 1961. The hall was created as a sanctuary, to protect and honor New Orleans Jazz which had lost much of its popularity to modern jazz and rock n roll. Allan and Sandra Jaffe, the hall’s founders, wanted a place where New Orleans musicians could play New Orleans Jazz, a style, they believed, should not disappear.

Today, over 40 years later, the hall is still going strong. On any given night, the hall is filled to capacity with people eager to hear New Orleans jazz played by veteran musicians as well as younger ones learning and embracing this incredible genre.

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VOODOO

This whimsical bracelet begins with rustic honey brown leather surrounding ethereal pale aqua blue recycled glass beads. It is accented with a spirited sugar skull artisan toggle. The full listing can be viewed here:

Voodoo Bracelet

Voodoo is almost synonymous with New Orleans. On my last visit, I learned about the Bone Gangs of NOLA, which is a wonderful blending of voodoo traditions and jazz music.

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The North Side Skull and Bone Gang, based in the Treme neighborhood of the city, has been waking up New Orleans at dawn to usher in Mardi Gras since 1819! They dress in skeleton costumes, which is an homage to their voodoo roots, while playing lively NOLA jazz. I first learned of this wonderful tradition from the work of local artist, Joy Gauss:

Joy’s Clay Art

If you would like to keep up with the happenings of the North Side krewe, you can follow their blog here:

NOLA Skull & Bones

That’s about it for now…I have a crystal clear pool and two doggies waiting for me outside…

Thanks for stopping by!
~Erin

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I just listed EIGHT new items in my Etsy shop, Serendipity Blu, to help you beautifully accessorize your summer! All jewelry is created with eco-friendly recycled glass beads. Here is the roundup:

Top Row

These are three new Beach Bum Choker. All feature woven distressed honey brown leather and are approximately 16 inches in length. From the top: new Moroccan Sunset in sultry shades of blush peach and plum: revamped Ko Samui in soft shades of seafoam and pale bottle green; and new Shabby Chic in fresh shades of frosty white and marbled blue.

Middle Row

I just ordered this beautiful new teal distressed leather and created these two brand new Betty Bracelets: Stone Harbor with pale bottle green beads and flirty daisy toggle; and Gizzy Pipe with rustic taupe and seafoam beads accented with a tribal turtle toggle. Both Betties are approximately 7 1/2 inches in length.

Bottom Row

I also revamped these three perennial favorites: Hanalei Bay with pale bottle green beads and white washed copper hibiscus; Bonzai Pipeline with aqua blue beads and silver plumeria; and Huntington Beach with true blue beads and artisan scallop shell. All three were crafted with honey brown distressed leather and are approximately 7 1/2 inches in length. Please feel free to view all of these new listings at the following sections of my Etsy shop:

Beach Bum Chokers
Betty Bracelets

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Summer!

Shanti,
Erin

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I am thrilled to announce Dawn as the winner of my Jimi Hendrix Bracelet giveaway! Please enjoy her amazing post:

What an amazing giveaway and I Love Love Love this bracelet, Jimi was an incredible and inspiring individual whose life and music touched the souls of so many. I am deeply in love with music and Jimi was one of the first musicians I fell for, his wondrous word dreams and incendiary guitar inspired me to look deeper at myself and allow myself to feel. Whenever I am feeling stumped creatively I can put on Band of Gypsies or Axis and the creative juices can’t help but go into overdrive~

Thanks to all who entered and stay tuned for more great contests to keep you accessorized in cool for the hot summer months!

I am heading down to New Orleans for a few days for some great music, food, and drink…

Shanti,
Erin

KISS THE SKY

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With so much going on this holiday weekend, I decided to extend the deadline to enter to win this fabulous free boho Jimi Hendrix bracelet! It is hand woven distressed black leather accented with eco-friendly aqua blue recycled glass beads. The beads have an amazing seaglass quality and reflect the light beautifully (as shown in the photo). The bracelet is completed with a hip Jimi Hendrix button, making it perfect for any music aficionado! It is a versatile 7 1/2 inches in length and has a retail value in my Etsy shop of $32.00.

TO ENTER

1. Follow my blog. (If you are already following, you are halfway there!)

2. Post a comment on how Jimi’s music inspires you. You are able to post more than one comment!

3. This contest is only available to US residents. (Unfortunately, USPS hiked up international shipping rates this year.)

I will choose a winner on Friday, May 31st (Right before I leave for New Orleans!) The winner will then be contacted via email to arrange delivery of the bracelet. I will also be featuring the winning comment in next week’s blog post.

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PURPLE HAZE

I also just listed this super cool purple Jimi bracelet on my Etsy shop, Serendipity Blu. It lists for $32.00 with free shipping for US customers. The full listing can be viewed here:

Purple Haze Bracelet

Thanks for stopping and have a happy & safe holiday!

Shanti,
Erin

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KISS THE SKY

I am pleased to present my very first contest and I am offering this very boho Jimi Hendrix bracelet as the free prize! It is hand woven distressed black leather accented with eco-friendly aqua blue recycled glass beads. The beads have an amazing seaglass quality and reflect the light beautifully (as shown in the photo). The bracelet is completed with a hip Jimi Hendrix button, making it perfect for any music aficionado! It is a versatile 7 1/2 inches in length and has a retail value in my Etsy shop of $32.00.

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TO ENTER

Entry to the contest is quite simple:

1. Follow my blog. (If you are already following, you are halfway there!)
2. Post a comment on how Jimi’s music inspires you. You are able to post more than one comment!
3. This contest is only available to US residents, as I will also be picking up the tab for shipping.

I will choose a winner based on the comments on Sunday, May 26th. The winner will then be contacted via email to arrange delivery of the bracelet. I will also be featuring the winning comment in next week’s blog post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Peace, Love, and Jimi,
Erin

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This weekend literally started out with a roar…I attended a killer Soundgarden show at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City on Friday night. I started the evening off at the Irish Pub on St. James Place for dinner and a few beers. Then I spent the next two hours fondly listening to musical memories of my misspent youth. The band’s sound was tight for this reunion tour and Chris Cornell’s voice is still completely amazing. (And he is still completely hot!) They played perennial favorites such as Outshined, Rusty Cage, and Room a Thousand Years Wide from Badmotorfinger and Spoonman, Fell on Black Days, and Black Hole Sun from Superunknown. They also rocked on songs from their new album, King Animal, including By Crooked Steps, Taree, and Been Away Too Long. All in all, a solid set by a longtime favorite band!

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The remainder if my weekend was pretty low key. I put together a wholesale order for a wonderful eco-friendly boutique in Larchmont, NY, REcologie. I crafted a collection of Betty Bracelets and Beach Bum Necklaces in soft summery shades: distressed honey leather and seafoam green, aqua blue, and petal pink recycled glass beads.

I also got in some amazing new buttons to use as toggles for my bracelets. I got some anchor buttons for a summery nautical look…some adorable cherry buttons for children’s bracelets I am making for a summer craft show…and a few Jimi Hendrix buttons that I will be debuting next week! Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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I am participating in my very first blog hop – and I hope it is as much fun for my readers as it is for me! The theme of this blog is Mother’s Day and my offering is a sweet mother & daughter Betty Bracelet set, Aloha Hearts.

This duo is crafted with hand-woven distressed honey brown leather and gorgeous petal pink Indonesian recycled glass beads – look at how they capture the sunlight in the photo below! It is completed with a lovely hibiscus button toggle to give it a little Aloha!

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Mom’s bracelet is super chunky with 12-14mm beads, 3/4 inch toggle, and 7 3/4 inch length to accommodate the big beads.

Daughter’s bracelet has more delicate 8mm beads, 1/2 inch toggle, and 6 3/4 inch length. This is good length for girls 6 to 10 years old.

Beautiful bohemian accents for Mom and her Little Surfer Girl!

The bracelets are sold only as a set for $42.00 and are available at my Etsy shop, Serendipity Blu:

Aloha Hearts Bracelet Set

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For more great Mother’s Day gift ideas, please “hop” on over to these blogs:

Jewelry by Jaime
RoofTop Creations
Heavy Metal Glam
ScrapSecrets

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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I am very pleased to be donating these two Betty Bracelets to the Tri-State Weimaraner Rescue. The Rescue is an all volunteer non-profit organization organization which helps to place rescued Weimaraners in loving homes in NJ, PA, and DE.

I have dubbed the bracelets “The Gray Ghosts,” as this is a very common nickname for the Weimaraner breed. The bracelet on the left was crafted with larger light gray and smaller sky blue recycled glass beads accented by a dragonfly toggle. The bracelet on the right has a charcoal gray and bright pink color combo with a tropical hibiscus toggle. They will be featured prizes for the silent auction at the Rescue’s 7th Annual Fundraiser and Volunteer Picnic, which will be held next Saturday, May 4th from 12:00 to 4:00 in Lumberton, NJ. More info is available here:

Tri-State Weimaraner Rescue

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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