Boho Inspired

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Creating and designing jewelry is just like any other craft. You have to feel inspired. And when you’re inspired you just go with it.

Sometimes you have no idea what you’re going to come up with. Other times, it’s exactly what you pictured.

When I had the idea for my new boho bracelets, this is exactly what I pictured. Actually it turned out better than what I had pictured.

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This is the style I personally love! It’s the direction I want to take my shop in, even if it may be a little more expensive to do so, it’s what I enjoy and you can’t make something and put your heart & soul into it if you don’t truly enjoy what you’re doing. I hope everyone enjoys the new look as much as I do! Although they’re still in the testing stage, they’ll be listed on my website and in my etsy shop very soon so stay tuned!

www.whisperwillowdesignz.com

www.whisperwillowdesignz.etsy.com

My dreams are in Florida.. for now!

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A few months ago I was contacted by a girl on LinkedIn. Her name was Melinda Tomasello  and she wanted to know if she could do a few shots of my jewelry. At first I questioned it a little bit, because these days you just never know with people. I didn’t want to be too trusting but I had a good feeling about her,  so after tossing around the idea for a few days I finally checked out her info and all of her work. After looking at her work, I had an even better feeling! So, I got back to her and told her I’d give it a shot.

I am so glad I did. Firstly, she’s a wonderful person and someone that I would definitely love to meet in person one day. So, Melinda, if I get to come to Florida again, I’ll definitely be visiting! 🙂 Secondly, she’s very, very talented and driven. She did an absolutely wonderful job with the photos and I couldn’t be happier!

It’s amazing when you see a piece you’ve created, whether it’s artwork, jewelry, a craft, etc. and then have someone else put their spin on it. She captured my pieces exactly how I hoped she would, especially with the dream bracelet and the guitar. My jewelry has always given me a calm, relaxed feel when I’m creating it and that’s what I would like to be portrayed to people when they see it. Let’s just say, I think she nailed it!

Here are the photos from Melinda:

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This was already feature at the top but this was a photo of my dream bracelet in a style shoot:

PxSSV2CP.jpg smallHer fashion blogger friend Ty helped her out with this and they both did an awesome job! I fell in love with this photo as soon as I saw it. Absolutely perfect!

If you would like to use Melinda’s photography skills, please visit her website: www.melindatomasello.com

Also if you would like some advice on fashion, please visit Ty’s blog:
www.tystyleme.com

If you click on the photos, it’ll take you directly to my Etsy listing. Enjoy! 🙂

 

 

Rock Paper Scissors Photo Shoot – finally got photos!

photoshoot_3 photoshoot_2 photoshoot_1So the other day I was sent a few of the photos from the photo shoot in California. I thought they turned out great! It’s all very surreal. I have not heard if they were published in any blogs or magazines yet but they are on the site withinthisday.com, as you can see on the photos.

It’s so exciting seeing my jewelry on someone else and especially for this reason! Whether this will get my name out there more or not, I don’t know. Regardless, I was just happy to be a part of this amazing opportunity and I only hope there are more of these to come 🙂

It’s a hit & then it’s not… and then it is again!

BRW01_4 BRW01_2I’m going to start with the very first watch I created. I was so excited about this when I finally figured out how I was going to make them. It took me forever to find all the supplies I needed. My first problem was the leather. Finding the pieces of leather and how I was going to attach the snaps. I even bought tools that I needed for this, only to take them back a few weeks later after I finally found what I was looking for. Pieces of leather with the snaps already attached, as well as adjustable sizing. All I had to do was cut it to the right width.

The cutting was the scary part. Having never cut leather before and not wanting to ruin any pieces that I purchased (they’re not cheap) I was a little nervous about starting them. They were a little wider than what I wanted so I ended up trimming some of each side and then cutting the slits in the middle. It was a little bit of a learning process but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I got the hang of it pretty quickly! That being accomplished I then had to figure out how to attach the watch face because my original plan of using jump rings wasn’t going to work. Then it hit me. Wire wrapping! I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but I was very pleased with the end result. They did take some time to make, but once I figured out what I was doing the process got much  easier. I just love seeing the end result, especially when it’s better than you imagined it would be!

These first watches were a huge hit, I can’t even remember how many of them I sold because it was around the holidays and everyone seemed to want one, I was ecstatic! Then I ran out of supplies, the watch faces to be precise. I went to order more and low and behold they were out of stock. This went on for a few weeks until I finally called the company and found out they were no longer carrying the item. With much disappointment I went on a search for new watch faces. I eventually found new ones, two different styles (as you can see in the pictures below) that I thought were really cool, however, the same thing happened.

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So after a lot of thought, I have decide to just discontinue them. It may be a good thing because I always stressed about them somehow not working when the customer received them. They always worked for me but when they left my hands I had no control over what happened.  I always tested them because the last thing I wanted was to be selling a faulty product and lose credibility with my customers.

It’s tough because when you find something that works and something that sells you want to keep that product. I’m taking this little setback as part of the journey with my business because it taught me something new and pushed me to get more creative. As always, it also gave me plenty of inspiration for new designs.

That being said, the leather and other supplies I used will definitely not be wasted.  As you can see, one of my new designs is the leather dream bracelet.

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Click the image or the link below to see more details about this product in my Etsy shop.  Stay tuned for new items coming soon 🙂

https://www.etsy.com/listing/187327673/leather-dream-bracelet-with-dragonfly?

 

There’s HOPE in Las Vegas!

ImageImageSo recently I was contacted through my Etsy shop by someone who had bought one of my ‘hope anchors the soul’ keychains. They were from Las Vegas and they said they were starting a new company and the acronym would be hope. They still had a lot of finalizing to do with the actual deciding of the name but if they chose to go with that one, they wanted three keychains with “hope” in all caps. She said she would get back to me in two days to let me know.

When I’m contacted like that, I normally hold my breath, especially when it’s something I really want but I don’t want to get my hopes up. Then I try to just block it out of my brain until the time limit is up.

Sure enough, two days later (well, it might have been three but hey, who’s counting right?) I received an email saying they were good to go with the name and they still wanted the keychains. I was ecstatic! I love doing custom work and special requests, and it was even more exciting that it was going to Las Vegas. I may never have had the chance to go there but I’ll be there in spirit!

I can only hope with these small opportunities that have been popping up that they start to eventually lead to even bigger opportunities. It’s amazing how my little business has grown in the last year and a half. Granted, I’m not a millionaire by any means, but it’s exciting when I know I’m on my way to getting my name out there more and more!

To view the regular ‘hope anchors the soul’ keychains follow the link below to my Etsy shop:

Rock Paper Scissors, Shoot!

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I’m always trying to get my name out there, you know, promote promote promote! Whether it’s twitter, facebook, pinterest, etc. You get the idea.

So about a month ago I was contacted by an event designer from Rise to the Occasions, a California based wedding design company and they’re doing a style shoot in Joshua Tree National Park with the theme of “Rock Paper Scissors”.

They found my Etsy shop and contacted me because they want to use one of my necklaces in the shoot! I was completely shocked and a little leery at first. I did my research of course and everything turned out to be legit.

They’re hoping to get the photos published on a few different wedding blogs, one in particular. But if not, they’ll be on the Event Designers site as well as the photographers site. That in itself is enough for me. Of course it would be awesome if they were published on major blogs/sites but I still think it’s fantastic  that someone even sought me out to try this. The shoot is supposed to take place at the end of March (which would be any day now). Wish me luck, this could be great for Whisper Willow Designz. I’ll post updates as soon as I have more info!

If you’d like to see more info about this necklace please follow the link below to view the listing on Etsy:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/98067401/rock-paper-scissors-necklace-vintaj?ref=shop_home_active_14