Spring butterfly wrist cuff

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Textile Style: Celebrate spring in the boldest, most dramatic way–with a blue butterfly on your wrist! This cuff features a large pool blue linen butterfly decorated with a vintage luster glazed button and backed with a blue and silver print. The butterfly is mounted on a gorgeous platinum silk band that’s hand-embroidered with vines and tiny blue buds. The cuff is lined with plum linen and closes with a shimmery shell button.

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Combining Jewelry and Culture

trio of purple necklaces

Season Smith-Wesley began her journey towards becoming a professional maker the way so many have…she started out making jewelry as a hobby. After taking a class on a whim at a local craft store, she found making pretty necklaces to wear to be a great outlet in more than one way. It helped clear her mind and relieve stress after her young son was diagnosed with autism, but it also turned out to be a wonderful way to express her creativity, which didn’t get much attention at her office job.

red knotted necklace

Season followed the family tradition and went in to the criminal justice field upon completing college. Her father was a sheriff, and her sister was a corrections officer. Although she really enjoyed her job, she had always harbored an interest in fashion, and once she started making jewelry for fun, it quickly became an obsession.

black and gold necklace

Her family and friends were very impressed with her early efforts, and encouraged her to try and sell her work. Upon giving her handmade jewelry as gifts, she regularly heard that phrase that so many crafters get: the incredulous and impressed “you made this!?”

After several years of this kind of exchange, finally a friend helped create her website and convinced her to sell her work online, and AdAl Jewelry Designs was born. After a year in another location, Season opened her current brick-and-mortar storefront in Alexandria, Virginia in June of 2010. She knew Old Town was the perfect environment for her handmade jewelry. Not only is the neighborhood known for independent shops, but there wasn’t anything quite like her jewelry available there.

blue knotted necklace

Season creates bold, colorful necklaces and bracelets that she acknowledges are not for everyone. Her best customers are ladies who “don’t like to play it safe,” she says. “They want to make a bold statement.”

Every necklace and bracelet from AdAl Jewelry Designs is handmade by Season, and always in limited editions. Many are one-of-a-kind. Preserving the connection between a customer and a unique piece of jewelry is very important to her, and AdAl Jewelry will never be mass produced.

gold and green waterfall necklace

She is inspired by the colors, textures, and details of traditional African clothing. Growing up in her Liberian-American family, she always loved and was attracted to traditional African fabrics, but never wanted to wear them. Now, her jewelry creations are a wonderful way to translate her cultural background into wearable art.

trio of wood and bone necklaces

Season loves to do custom work, especially for brides and their attendants. After meeting and talking with a client, Season creates three one-of-a-kind options for the client to choose from. Usually one of those options is exactly what the client asked for, and the other two are slightly wilder alternatives. Season has found that her clients almost always pick one of the alternatives! She finds translating her client’s personal style into unique jewelry to be incredibly rewarding.

trio of red necklaces

Season donates a portion of her proceeds annually to Autism Speaks, a non-profit organization dedicated to understanding the science of autism, and advocacy on behalf of families affected by the condition. She also creates a special line of awareness jewelry every October to raise funds for the cause.

yellow knotted necklace

Season’s jewelry can be purchased at her Old Town storefront at 1003 King Street, Alexandria, Virginia and online at www.adaljdesigns.com.

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Dad’s Day with a Handmade Twist

Father’s Day is fast approaching! This year the day to celebrate all things Dad is on June 20th. Have you already picked out a gift? If you’re still searching for just the right thing – I’ve rounded up a couple ideas from Etsy to share with you.

I think these two themes quickly came to mind for me this year because they closely reflect the interests of my Dad and my father in law. My Dad is pretty serious about the barbecue and my father in law has just recently taken up golf again!

But really there are so many other gift ideas – and the perfect one for your Dad is no further then a few mouse clicks away. If your Dad is a techie type who loves his iPod – I have seen some amazing iPod docks on Etsy (everything from ones made out of reclaimed wood and even vintage telephones). If he’s already sporting a new iPad but hasn’t yet gotten a case those can be found on Etsy too.

If your Dad is a guy who already has everything but has a soft spot for a particular charity or cause – you could even consider donating to them in his name. The older I get, truly, the less important receiving gifts is to me – so I know this is something I would appreciate a lot.

For those Dads who have to head into the office every day – I know a fun pair of cuff links or a cheeky new tie can be a very fun gift.

The top image above is of a printable thank you card from e.m. papers shop.

The gifts above are from the following shops – clockwise from top left:
1). Lap Tats 2). Keep Calm Shop 3). Howling Wolf Sauces 4). Zoeys Attic

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Thienthanh

Beautifully simple wallets and billfolds.

By Thienthanh.

7 pockets in total – 6 inside for cards/money (this design you will have to fold your bill and put it into one of the pocket for card)and one zipper pocket in the back for your coin and small goodies. the wallet is close using a small magnetic snap closure. I also included a kawaii detachable bell/pendant

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