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

A new chapter.

Wow, I went MIA for a little while, but I’m back!

It’s been a hectic couple of months. I’m somewhat taking my business in a different direction. While I’m still creating and designing my own jewelry, I’m also getting more into jewelry supplies, as well as graphics & designs for crafts/scrapbooking.

I’ve created a website for everything I offer. Which is why there has been nothing new produced lately, but that’s soon going to be changing. It took a lot to get everything up and running but I’m very excited about it! So please check out my website and see what I’ve been up to. 🙂

www.whisperwillowdesignz.com

The love of family

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We all have moments in our lives where it seems like everything is being turned upside down and then some. We ask ourselves why? Why is this happening to me or to someone I love? The answer is simple really. Everything happens for a reason whether we see it at the time or not.

I was asking myself this a few months ago. To be exact it was December 13, 2013 when I found out my dad had a brain tumor. My whole body just went numb. It was by far one of the worst things I’ve had ever had to face in my life.

After a very intense and extremely scary surgery on February 24, 2014 he was 99% tumor free. It was benign, thank goodness and its been a struggle and he still has some issues but they’re minor compared to what it could have been.

Going through an experience like this gives you a different perspective on life and although I wouldn’t want to watch him go through that again, I am very thankful that it has brought me much closer to my family and that’s something I wouldn’t want to give up. Hence, everything happens for a reason.

This brings me to my printables section. After everything happened with my dad I wanted to make something for all of us so I designed this printable that says ‘The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing.’ Simple yet right to the point. It’s perfect for any loved one no matter the circumstance.

To see the full listing please visit the link below for my Etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/181408234/the-love-of-family-saying-digital?

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:

UPDATE: Rock Paper Scissors, Shoot!

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I was contacted again today by Heather from Rise to the Occasions. I was actually hoping I would hear something from them soon because I was wondering how it went! I do try to be patient, but sometimes I just get too excited.

They’re currently working on submitting the photos to a couple print magazines via Two Bright Lights (to learn more about them visit www.twobrightlights.com). I had to set up a profile through the site since this will help to further the process and I’ll be recognized in the submission. Plus she said it would also help for any future shoots we may do together, which I definitely hope I get to be a part of again. Or I guess I should say I hope my jewelry gets to be a part of again!  I’ll be receiving hi-res versions of the photos soon, I can’t wait to see them! I’ll continue posting updates as I receive them.

Regardless what happens with the submission, I’m still excited about it and I think it’s great they asked me to do this. To me it’s a huge compliment and I hope that more things like this continue to come across my doorstep in the future!

 

A little background into whisper willow designz

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Expressing myself creatively is what I do best and I’m definitely a flower child at heart. I always try to take each day as it comes and will forever believe that everything happens for a reason. Designing has always been my passion and I decided to put that energy into creating my own jewelry.

Jewelry is something I started dabbling in back in 2006/2007. When things got rough, I started diving into it more & more. It was a stress reliever for me, something that made me happy and helped me cope with the ups and downs of life.

I first envisioned myself starting my own jewelry business in 2009. I have a graphic design background and I worked & worked on creating a name for myself, but I was never happy with it. Over the years, I’ve learned many new techniques and have come up with many of my own jewelry designs. During the summer of 2011, I came up with Whisper Willow Designz & fell in love with it. In October of 2011, it became official. I have a full time job as well, but I’m happy to be doing what I love most with any free moment I get.

Currently I have sold to 30 different states, as well as a military base and to Canada. Pretty awesome!

What this all really means in a nutshell:

To me, Whisper Willow Designz is about facing your fears, embracing change, and believing in yourself. Designing and creating my jewelry is my inspiration to keep moving forward, it’s my saving grace.

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