Thursday, January 23, 2014

True Love is Infinite...but these limited Valentine's Day Necklaces are not!!


Get 'em here:  http://bit.ly/1aN1Quz




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Friday, January 10, 2014

Mended Heart Pendant...


I designed the Mended Heart Pendant as a symbol of strength - because the heart is still whole, it's even stronger, and it has more character than just a plain, old heart would.

I designed it because I thought it could represent the people in your life that helped mend a broken heart - by being there. By bringing you soup. By asking if you're okay...for just letting you be.

I designed it because the quote: 

Perhaps strength doesn't reside in having never been broken, but in the courage required to grow strong in the broken places.

I had posted this picture of the Mended Heart with this quote on Facebook: 

 Mended Heart Pendant by Pretty Peacock

and I had over two dozen requests to put the heart on a presentation card - much like our Mother&Daughter Pendant sets - so that it would really encompass the sentiment of the piece when given as a gift.

So, I did:

 Mended Heart Pendant by Pretty Peacock

 Mended Heart Pendant by Pretty Peacock
 

This makes me really happy.  Not only is the presentation card a lovely way to gift this piece (it also comes in a pretty, black satin Pretty Peacock pouch), you can put the display-worthy quote somewhere that you'll run across it every day (like the desk drawer? or bathroom mirror?).

We all have bruises. We have all had heartbreak in one form or another (or all forms!)...it's nice to have a little something to hang onto to make you embrace all of your experiences.  

Don't you think?

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Thursday, January 2, 2014

2014...Word of the Year

So, I'm know this post should have probably gone up on January 1st...buttttttt, it didn't.

I'm a little slow to start with the kids not going back to school until the 6th, the studio move, and general winding down and working-on-ramping-back-up after a tremendous holiday season. 

The end of the year is always a whirlwind at the nest because once we get all those holiday orders out the door...another pile is already accumulating.

Don't get me wrong - I am so, amazingly excited about all the growth Pretty Peacock is having...it's freaking awesome.

But it makes it absolutely imperative for me to make a constant effort to carve out time to reflect and plan.


Which brings me to the topic of this post: WORD OF THE YEAR.

Since early 2013, My lovely production manager and I have been throwing this idea around about having a 'goal word' - something like a mantra...a word that you focus on as a 'theme' of sorts for the year.

The Silk Wrapped Soul Bracelets are the perfect accessory to choose one of our available words, or have a custom one made to suit your needs.

My word for 2014: UNBREAKABLE

Why?  A couple of years ago, I kind of broke.  I felt broken.  Things in my life were unraveling and that lack of control really pushed me into a dark place and for the first time, I felt broken.  


My word for 2013 was RENEWAL.  I had to re-evaluate pretty much everything and push through a lot of muck.  I found myself again...or maybe I found a better self.  

This year, 2014, I'm just armoring myself up.  I'm finding that strength I know I have in buckets and going after everything I want.  

There is so much value and meaning and motivation in carrying 'your word' with you.  It's a constant reminder to focus on your goals - even if you're not wearing the bracelet...just seeing it on the dresser in the morning and again in the evening is exactly what you need to get your head straight.

Tell me what your word is for 2014 and why...let's root each other on!!


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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Latitude Longitude Personalized Pendant


                        

I created this little video to talk about one of 2013's best sellers - our Latitude Longitude Personalized Pendant.

I love the design of this piece - and the sentiment...well, that geeky/sweet subtlety is my favorite!

I think one of things that really makes me feel awesome about my Latitude/Longitude collection is when my customers tell me a little bit about why this is the perfect piece for them.  I have heard stories about loved ones' ashes being scattered in the middle of the ocean - but they happened to have the coordinates of where the boat was docked when the ashes were released.  Or, how an adoptive mom purchased the pendant for her daughter with the coordinates of where she had adopted her daughter from and then the coordinates of her new home - so that she'll always remember where she came from.  There are also the many, many, many super awesome destination wedding sites, alma maters, and "where I first met you" locations...ooohhhh be still my heart! The romantic-ness (is that a word??) is unreal.

I feel truly blessed to be doing what I'm doing - I get to flex my creative muscle every, single day.  And the kicker is that I get to create pieces of jewelry that bring a smile to someone's face.  And that, right there, makes my soul happy.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Half-life Charm Bracelet Project...


I receive a lot of really touching, sentimental custom requests from my customers, but it's rare when I get a request that epitomizes the joys of life in such a geekily-fantastical way that I am inclined to share it (and received permission to do so by the said customer).

First - let me start by saying that my customer and I called this the "Half-life Project" and before any one gets bent out of shape, I am aware that "half-life" means this:


We just did not use the term in that way.

This half-life project had to do with the fact that my customer - we'll call him M. has, as of November 20th, 2013, spent over half his life with his wife R - and he felt the need to celebrate this monumental moment by creating her a charm bracelet that had all the important beginning dates - marriage, first, second, third child...and add in all the numbers of days they have spent together.

Let that sink in:  a dude took the time to think all this through - figure out the exact days he has spent with his wife, calculate what exact date that would be, starting planning THREE MONTHS IN ADVANCE to create this perfectly spectacular gift.

Yup. That's right.

I created the charms that represent the kids with a playing card theme and, just by happy accident, the suit I picked for each child really represented the child's personality well.

I love it when a plan comes together!!


Creating pieces like this that are going to be treasured, remembered, and talked about is exactly why I love doing what I do.  

It does a heart so good to spread joy, doesn't it?

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mini Snow Globe Pendants...with Ms.Maya

My daughter. Maya, might love doing crafts more than I do.  She wanted to create something for her soccer team as an end-of-season little gift just from her. 
E-Crafty is one of my favorite sites to peruse when I want to find something to create with Ms.Maya.  For her soccer buddy project, we decided to make mini snow globe pendants that I'm hoping her teammates will think are pretty cool.
First, let me introduce you to my youngest, little Love, Ms.Maya:
She's a doll, isn't she?  Love her!
Now - gather supplies.
Here's what you need - and you can find all of it at www.ecrafty.com:


We first took the 6mm pearl and glued it underneath the 4mm pearl to shape the snowman.  We used a sharpie to make the eyes and mouth and colored in a black area for the "hat" - on some of them, we drew buttons on the body.  
We then glued the whole thing to the bottom of the tiny vials. Use toothpicks to place and secure the snowman to the bottom of the vial - those pearls are SMALL!


Maya had a pretty awesome time making the faces.  We then screwed in the eyelets into the cork stopper and added a drop or two of the epoxy/glue to secure it.

We waited about an hour for all the epoxy to dry.  We used a mason jar and put about two ounces of water (I recommend distilled) and a few drops of glycerin and swirled it all around.

Using a plastic pipette (an eyedropper would have worked well, too) to fill the vials with water to just under the first ridge.

We sprinkled some of the fine silver into the vial (we used Martha Stewart brand silver in Sterling).

We used a few more drops of epoxy around the cork stopper and sealed the vials up.  We waited another little stint of time (30 - 45 minutes) and then ran the chain through.




I had a bunch of fun green, damask pouches hanging around the studio, so we packaged them all up in those.

And here's the final result:




A happy Ms.Maya, some beautiful, handmade treasures for an awesome soccer team, and some super special Mom and Maya time - it's a triple win! :)

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Friday, September 27, 2013

I {heart} personalized jewelry...


I know that's probably no surprise at all, but I L O V E personalized jewelry.  Don't get me wrong: I love wearing big 'ol statement pieces sometimes that make people from three miles away "OOH" and "AHHH"...but the pieces that make it onto my being on a daily basis, the ones that get asked about at dinner parties and leave the ask-er (is that a word?) speechless because they are just so darn touched by it all - THAT'S the stuff I love.

This piece was created to commemorate the life and the love of a customer's dog - a little something she can carry with with her (because up until now, she has been carrying Dakota's dog tags around with her) to keep Dakota close to her always.  Something that can remind her of that incredible love and bond between animal and human.

The grief you feel when he/she is gone...inexplicable. 

I am so beyond honored to create something that can provide just a little bit of comfort...it makes me feel so amazingly blessed.

 

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

We're having a HUGE HUGE HUUUUGEEE Sale!

We've never done a flash sale. I don't know if we ever will in the future - so, if you love us, and see something on our 21 best sellers here that are on sale for 50% off from 9AM - 3PM (PST) TODAY ONLY - get it while supplies last!!!
Discount code: FLASHPRETTY  Link: http://www.prettypeacock.com/occassion/flash-sale.html
Happy Shopping!!!!
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Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Funky Creation ~ Message to Me Pendant ~

I love Friday Funky Creation time!  It's something that I've done for quite some time, but never documented. 
I take Fridays to play a bit - it's a mix of research and development and a simple exercise in clearing the creative zone in my head.  Having a handful of hours to decompress from a hectic week of production, marketing, meetings and what-not's has proved to result in happier (and more sane) business owner...and oftentimes these little excursions result in a brand new piece. 
For this FFC, I wanted to create a 'little note to myself' type of piece - but I didn't want it to look like a post-it...I wanted it to be clearly distinguishable as a letter, or note.  I chose the shape of an envelope and wanted it to hang a bit askew for interest.
The whole point of this piece was to have a word on there that I say to myself quite a bit - which is, "enough".  That word holds so much weight.  I like it because it reminds me to be okay with just saying, "okay, I've had enough" of whatever (re: negative words that I say to myself, a friendship that doesn't hold positive value any longer, or cupcakes :) )  It also is a word that I use to remind myself that I am enough. Just as I am, imperfections and all. I am enough.
I wanted the word to be handwritten - it adds to the organic aesthetic of the pendant and I thought it was fitting.
Here's the finished piece:
  
What do you think?
If you need a message to carry with you, let me know - I'd love to create a piece like this for you! ana@prettypeacock.com
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