Valentine’s Day Promotion and “Watercolor” Jewelry Set

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, I wanted to do something fun and different for a promotion this year. So instead of the usual percent off or free shipping, all of next week’s Valentine orders will ship with a free gift. It’s a surprise but I will say that it’s inspired by a Valentine’s Day classic.

I had a couple other projects going on and only managed to design one new love-themed jewelry set, but I think it turned out pretty cool. I used three different colors of alcohol inks to create an abstract faux watercolor pattern on white polymer clay hearts. I think I will experiment with other colors and shapes later in the year.

As usual, I’ve also brought back several items from previous years, mostly hearts in red and pink, but some are definitely subtle enough to wear year round, and one of them can be personalized. I moved  all these items into the Valentine’s Day section of my Etsy shop so you know what’s included in the promotion.

 

My Valentine’s Day jewelry collection

So check it out and maybe you will find something special to gift or to wear. Handmade jewelry is a great option (in my biased opinion) because it can be a lot more affordable than fine jewelry, but more unique and personal. 

If you’re in a relationship this Valentine’s Day, I hope you can enjoy the day to celebrate your love and not feel too much pressure to make it perfect – it’s the thought that counts, right? 

And if you’re single, then I apologize for couples getting all the attention, and I hope you can feel good about doing something nice for yourself or other people in your life – cause you don’t have to be in a relationship to deserve that!

Blog Name Change & Other Updates

With the coming of the new year, I am making some changes to my online presence. Specifically, I am cancelling my website and Shopify shop for now. I put a lot of work into them but unfortunately they were not successful enough to justify all the fees.

It’s a little depressing giving up on things, but it also gives me a chance to refocus on what I am doing – my blog and my Etsy and Amazon shops. So for that reason, I am changing my blog name from Hold My Broom to Noelle Lewis Art to represent my business.

I have mixed feelings about this too. My husband helped me come up with the original Cinderella-inspired name to symbolize taking breaks from life with creative projects. But that’s not really where I am anymore; my creative work sort of is my life now.

That said, I don’t plan to change much as far as my blog posts are concerned. I hope the name change – as well as a new theme and some new pages – gives a little more clarity and consistency, but I also hope to keep a little personality in my writing. And wherever you are in your life, I hope you can find a little inspiration here.

In other news, I have a bunch of new earring wire options in the shop, like sterling silver, hypoallergenic bronze, and 22k gold plated (shop earring section).

Let me know if you have any thoughts on the changes! 

New in the Shop: Jewelry for Men

 

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The holidays are finally over (is it bad that I’m relieved?) and I’m trying to catch up on sleep, projects, and sanity (and blog posts – sorry!) and maybe work on business goals for the slow months ahead.

I was thinking recently about why handmade jewelry is important to me, whether I’m making or buying. What I wear is a big part of how I express myself as a creative person. It might seem frivolous to some, but it really bothers me to leave the house in something that’s not “me.”

It’s not easy finding clothes that fit this description and are also the right price and fit, especially if I’m shopping for a particular occasion. But even a basic outfit seems a lot more interesting with the right piece of jewelry. And of course my favorite pieces tend to be handmade.

My shop already has a lot of options for women, so I thought it might be fun to include something for men, too. If I were a guy, I think wearing a suit might be more fun with colorful accessories. And it seems like there are fairly limited options as far as “socially acceptable” jewelry for men.

So, to start with, I’ve created several sets of cufflinks using cane designs from my other jewelry sets, which I think work for either gender. I finished them with resin and sterling-plated bases. They’re small but detailed; subtle yet unique – at least that’s what I was going for.

The three below are available in my Amazon shop. If they do well I might make some new canes and/or some tie clips, lapel pins, etc.

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Lighthouse Scene Cufflinks

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Birch Tree Scene Cufflinks

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Snowy Mountain Scene Cufflinks
I am making some changes with my website and such, and I haven’t forgotten about those holiday posts, but that’s it for now! If you liked it please comment and share!