N is for New Location

Good bye PA home.
Good bye PA home.

It happens in steps. There is a NEW LOCATION on the horizon for Club Creative Studio. The moving process is not a task done quickly, especially when three different shipments are involved. I said good bye to many packed items in May, and vacated the studio as I knew it in Philadelphia in June.

During the month of July I spent time with family in various places and states and now I look forward to August.  In August I will receive my first shipment of goods for setting up the new studio space.

The first shipment of boxes will include my inventory, select beads, some supplies and a few tables and my swivel chair.  I have included my lighting, camera supplies and a few other must-haves to make the start of my studio feel somewhat functional until the main shipment arrives within the following month, with the rest of my studio needs.

My lens loves the "surfer dudes".
My lens loves the “surfer dudes”.

While moving is stressful, it is also exciting.  I have relocated to HAWAII and there is SO MUCH inspiration around me. I have been sparked to create new paintings, take wonderful photos and adore nature in a new way with an deepened appreciation of bright color (like those found in Hawaiian shirts). I can’t wait to create in the SPIRIT OF ALOHA!

I love my new home in Hawaii.
I love my new home in Hawaii.

ALOHA!

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Stay tuned. I will be sharing moving progress/information here on this blog and on the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/clubcreativestudio

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M is for: Matchy-Matchy

You may be one of them: you like your jewelry choices to be “matchy-matchy”. There is nothing wrong with wanting and liking your accessories to match.  There are many ways to consider common elements when putting your accessories together.

This Club Creative Studio creation is a matching set. the earrings are made from the same beads as the necklace is.
This Club Creative Studio creation is a matching set. the earrings are made from the same beads as the necklace is.

Like it or not, there is a problem seemingly associated with the current bias against matching sets of jewelry.  While it is true, it requires one to own considerably more jewelry in order to have enough items to “creatively” mix them in appropriate ways.  Doing this takes a budget and room for storage.

Matching sets used to be considered more acceptable. One problem with owning sets is that each one is purposely of a very different style.  Earrings from one set really don’t look right with pieces from the other sets. In these cases you may feel as though you are buying a LOT of jewelry in order to be able to mix pieces.

This is actually where the fun of shopping, fashion and the spirit of chasing after a trend comes into play however. From a designer’s perspective, it makes sense to make sets. People who want sets are likely to buy the set, while those who want part of the set can buy those parts. I am always pleased to create earrings as an “after thought” for those who are having a hard time deciding what looks good with a larger statement piece, or have a favorite necklace that would be great accompanied by a similar bracelet or earrings to wear along side together.

These items are matching in color and same bead choices.
These items are matching in color and same bead choices.

Here are some helpful tips to consider when deciding how to math the items you wear in a cohesive style, look or color.

One way to match your accessories is to make sure that they are all made from the same materials.  Items can match because of the use of the same chain or beads in each accessory.

These designs are similar but different because of the size of the braid.
These designs are similar but different because of the size of the braid.

Matching designs can come from duplicated techniques. Here, I braided both cords in the same manner but adjusted the thickness of the overall item. In this case, the bracelets match because of the color, technique and design feel. It is for this reason that both of these bracelets could be worn together and compliment each other from a “matchy-matchy” standpoint.

For me personally: I do put thought into my jewelry mixes. I prefer to let the pieces complement rather than match one another. I own a few formal pearl sets and that is it for my matchy-matchy status.  I like to think that I use my creativity in deciding what “goes” together as to be considered the perfect “match-pairing”.

Let me know if you are a “matchy-matchy” person or not, I welcome your comments and opinions.

 

 

 

 

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