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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

more spring shopping

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My spring shopping spree continues…I am planning a trip to Austin, Texas this spring and I am searching for some versatile and fun pieces. I want easy, breezy items that pack well and look free spirited this vibrant and hip city.

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AMELIA BLOUSE

I totally adore this simple gauze peasant top from Aida Coronado. The white color is fresh and the easy shape enhances the boho style. Aida Coronado has a lovely shop on Etsy and creates amazing Mexican style fashions. For more info on this fun top, and to view her entire line, click on this link:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/118359295/amelia-mexican-white-cotton-mini-dress?ref=usr_faveitems

LIL MAGGIE JEANS

These great flare leg jeans from Lucky Brand go perfectly with the white top. The relaxed fit is perfect for lots of walking and the distressed finish can be dressed up or down. They are available on the Lucky Band website:

http://www.luckybrand.com/Lil-Maggie-Flare-Jeans/LBW00829,default,pd.html?cgid=womensLilMaggie&selectedColor=460

ELDORA BELT

I really love the look of the peasant top cinched with a great belt, and my choice would be this gorgeous embroidered one, also by Lucky Brand! The blue hue adds a vivid flair the clean white top. More details can be seen here:

http://www.luckybrand.com/Eldora-Flower-Pod-Embroidered-Belt/LBA02059,default,pd.html

LUCIANNA MARRAKECH WEDGES

If I make one splurge this season, it would have to be on these spectacular wedge sandals from UGG! Wow! The color is dynamic and the style is incredible. They are the perfect blue footwear to pull this look together. They are available here:

http://www.uggaustralia.com/womens-lucianna-marrakech-wedge-sandals/1002697,default,pd.html?dwvar_1002697_color=NGHT&start=2&cgid=women-sandals

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My Cozumel woven leather choker is a perfect accent for this fun spring outfit! The distressed leather and gorgeous turquoise blue beads add some boho panache! It is available from my Etsy shop here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/77132712/cozumel-turquoise-blue-woven-leather

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The final accent to this collection is my Rocky Point Bracelet Trio. The chunky turquoise blue bracelet is paired with two smaller ones for instant layering! More details are available here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/77524280/rocky-point-turquoise-blue-recycled

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EX BOYFRIEND TEE

This next look begins with the same Lucky Band jeans, but takes on a more casual look with this Minty Fresh Free People Tee. The pale green shade and super soft cotton fabric will definitely make this a favorite for warm weather! It is available here:

http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-the-tee-shop/ex-boyfriend-tee/_/productOptionIDS/2BF1E049-C344-47CE-AF75-6B9F6B7F78FE/

AUSTIN SHOPPER

This simple neutral bag from Fossil is perfect for toting all of your essentials in style. The lightweight gray and white striped canvas is accented with saddle brown leather to give this casual tote a rich feel. It is brand new and can be viewed on Fossil’s website:

http://www.fossil.com/en_US/shop/women/categories/handbag_collections/austin_handbags/austin_shopper-zb5594p.html?parent_category_rn=331133&departmentCategoryId=331097&beginIndex=0&pageSize=1000&pn=c&cm_vc=339084&imagePath=ZB5594079

FRAIDY WEDGE

These Sanuk flip flops are perfect for travel. The slight wedge gives them style, while that classic Sanuk comfort lends them to lots of walking. They pack light and the neutral tones go with everything, especially the soft tones of this serendipitous outfit. Full item details are listed here:

http://www.sanuk.com/womens-fraidy-wedge-sandals/SWS2185,default,pd.html?dwvar_SWS2185_color=TAS&start=26&cgid=womens-sandals

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The soft yellow color and rustic finish of my Bit O Honey Seaglass pendant is a perfect pairing to the pale green and light neutrals of this outfit. It can be seen in its entirety here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/92379115/bit-o-honey-yellow-seaglass-pendant

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Another perfect green and yellow accent is my Baja Sur Bracelet Trio. The distressed leather and recycled glass beads add a boho, yet delicate, look to the casual ensemble. Full details can be viewed here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/115414728/baja-sur-green-starfish-recycled-glass

Be inspired and happy shopping!

Shanti,
Erin

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To chase away the winter blues, I decided to add two very warm hued Betty Bracelets to my Etsy shop. May they conjure up images for you of warm, sunny beaches…

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This is Playa Rosada. It is named for a famous pink sand surfing beach in sunny, steamy Nicaragua. Light brown distressed leather enrobes delicate blush pink Indonesian recycled glass beads. This natural beauty is completed with a lovely artisan pewter heart toggle. The full listing can be viewed here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/119571452/playa-rosada-blush-pink-heart-recycled

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This is Kaihalulu. Imagine a stunning red sand beach in a secluded, almost hidden lagoon on a lush tropical island. That is Maui’s Kaihalulu Beach, this Betty’s namesake. The bracelet begins with light brown distressed leather woven around vibrant coral-rose-pink Indonesian recycled glass beads. A beautiful white-washed coral hibiscus toggle adds an accent of Aloha to this hot spring accessory! More details can be viewed here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/119571944/kaihalulu-coral-pink-hibiscus-recycled?ref=v1_other_1

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you noticed the Nerd Wallet Indie button on my sidebar. It links to an exclusive coupon just for my blog readers!

Shanti,
Erin

snow betties

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How do beach bums stay fashionable during the cold, blustery winter? I live in my Uggs and comfy sweaters, but I always feel the need to accessorize with some fun boho pieces. When I am wearing short sleeves, I like to layer 2-3 bracelets, but when I am wearing sweaters and thermals, I like to adorn my wrist with one bold piece. My Limited Winter Edition Betty Bracelets, with their cool colors and chunky beads fit the bill perfectly. The accent toggles are amazing artisan pewter pieces crafted in rustic Vermont. These Bettys are only available in limited quantities for a short time…

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This frosty blue beauty is Sola Beach. The bracelet is named for a popular surf spot in Norway – just imagine riding the waves so close to the Arctic Circle! The recycled glass beads are a gorgeous rich shade of blue. They are woven into deep brown distressed leather and accented with a lovely snowflake toggle. Complete details are available here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/113943648/sola-beach-limited-winter-edition-blue

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Ollie’s Point is a delightful bauble for chilly days! It is named after an epic surf break on beautiful and breathtaking Iceland. Wintry aqua blue (think glacier!) recycled glass beads and rich brown distressed leather combine with a whimsical snowman toggle. Check out the full listing here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/114609831/ollies-point-limited-edition-frosty-aqua

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White Point, a major surfing beach in Nova Scotia, is the final bracelet in this Winter Wonderland collection! The recycled glass beads are an icy green – so pale they are seem like translucent icicles! They are surrounded by rich brown distressed leather and completed with a beautiful snowflake toggle. Hurry with this Betty – there is only 1 left! You can purchase it here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/113944252/white-point-limited-winter-edition-icy

Each of these polar beauties is hand crafted by me and retails for only $26! Shipping is also free for all U.S. and Canadian orders! Don’t wait on these perfect winter accents – they may be gone before you know it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
~Erin

mystic maidens

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I would like to introduce everyone to three very magical ladies! As with all of my Betty Bracelets, they are crafted from Indonesian recycled glass beads, which have a soft quality reminiscent of sea glass.

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This is Mermaid Beach. She is named after an actual surfing beach on the Goldcoast of Queensland, Australia. She is created from deep distressed brown leather and rich Pacific blue recycled glass beads. She is accented with a stunning artisan mermaid button (note how she is brushing her long hair!). The full listing can be viewed here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/118695407/mermaid-beach-blue-recycled-glass-woven

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This is Llangennith. She is named after one of the most consistent surf breaks in the mystical, craggy land of Wales. Soft, misty lavender recycled glass beads are woven with deep brown distressed leather and finished with a fanciful fairy artisan button. The complete listing is available here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/118695607/llangennith-lavender-recycled-glass?ref=v1_other_1

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This last lovely lady is Cloudbreak. She is named for a famed surf spot on the magical & breathtakingly beautiful island of Fiji. She is crafted from deep brown distressed leather and gorgeous aqua blue (think tropical lagoon!) recycled glass beads. A seductive artisan mermaid clasp is a perfect accent to the stunning beads. The entire listing can be seen here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/113947039/cloudbreak-aqua-blue-recycled-glass

Each bracelet retails for $29.00 and ships for FREE in the U.S. and Canada. Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
~Erin

time is running out…

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Time is running out to purchase my Limited Edition Betty Bracelets! They make great holidays gifts for any beach bum on your shopping list. As with all of my Betty Bracelets, they are woven leather accented with recycled glass beads…very green! This collection is then completed with winter themed artisan pewter buttons made right in Vermont! A truly special handmade gift!

Each bracelet retails for $26.00. (Check out my Nerd Wallet Indie Coupon for a great deal! Click on the link in my sidebar.) That price includes packaging with a holiday themed box and first class mail with tracking. I also offer a priority mail upgrade, available on my website. All of the Limited Edition Betty Bracelets can be viewed here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/serendipityblu?section_id=12481046

Thanks for stopping by!

Shanti,
Erin

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