73. I’ve made a big decision.

Drum roll, please…

After three-and-a-half years, I have made the huge decision to close up my Etsy shop.  It’s a bittersweet feeling: I really love making jewelry, but it’s a lot of work to constantly update listings, take and edit product photos, create and stock new inventory, register for craft fairs, etc.  Fun, but again, a LOT of work for not much return.

As you may remember, I’ve been writing music and performing with a new band.  I’ve decided that this venture is WAY more important to me, and I’d rather spend any “extra” time I have honing my craft and promoting our work.  I feel really good about this decision, and I hope you’ll support me in it as well!

I am now, however, left with a TON of product that I need to move so I can close out my shop.  As such, I’ve marked EVERY SINGLE ITEM in my store down to $5 a piece!

You can take a look at what I have left here:

Shipping is FREE for U.S. orders $25 and over, too!  Just use the code FREESHIP25 at checkout.

To those of you who have ever supported La Piuma Bella: THANK YOU.  You made it fun and exciting for me, and I will forever appreciate your positive feedback and encouraging comments.

It’s time to move on to the next chapter of my life, and I’m extremely excited.  Woo!


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69. New jewelry listed on Etsy.

If you remember from a previous post, I design and create jewelry and sell it on Etsy.

I’m FINALLY getting around to photographing a bunch of jewelry I made weeks…maybe months…ago.  Luckily,  I happen to be borrowing our landlords’ Canon D3000 (thanks, Mike and Erin!) for a few days, and let me tell you: it is AMAZING to shoot my products with a REAL camera!  They look like 9813274012 times better. Fah. Realz.

I renewed a bunch of expired listings today, but I also managed to get photos edited for 5 newer pieces (and also get them posted).

Let the prettiness begin!

First up, a lovely little glass vial strung on a copper chain…and FILLED with glitter.  It’s like carrying a bunch of fairy dust around with you.

Buy it on Etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/212927218/bronze-glitter-vial-necklace-fairy-dust

Next up, a flirty bar-style necklace strung with faceted glass beads in a cool shade of mint green.  I shall call you, “little mint julep”.

Buy it on Etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/212940829/mint-green-beaded-bar-necklace

Third, this fun little beaded number that is perfect for layering with other necklaces.

Buy it on Etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/212937800/colorful-wood-bead-necklace

Next, I give you what I like to call the domino necklace: black and white Czech glass rectangles stacked on gold chain.  This was definitely a design that had me thinking outside the box.

Buy it on Etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/212943264/black-and-white-domino-ladder-necklace

Last, but certainly not least, comes this hot little number.  I love geometric designs with a hint of tribal/bohemian influence, and this certainly fits the bill.

Find it on Etsy here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/212955587/blue-geometric-triangle-necklace

These are just a few of my new designs, but I wanted my readers to be the first to see them!  The best part…each necklace is only $15 or less.  Bonus: since it’s a crazy shopping weekend, I’ve decided to host a sale in my shop…just enter the code BLACKFRI14 at checkout to receive 20% off any purchase $25 or more!  The code is good TODAY through Monday (12/1/14), so you don’t even have to shop on Black Friday.  Unless you’re into that nonsense.  Me…I prefer shopping in my PJs with a nice cup carafe of coffee.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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62. My Etsy shop is back!

I “closed” my Etsy shop a while back.  Like a LONG while back.  Mostly because I was finishing up my dissertation and I just didn’t have time for crafting and consistently posting listings.  It’s been about a year and half since I defended my dissertation and successfully obtained my PhD, so it’s about time I opened up shop again.  I also got my Paypal account all sorted out (it was on “limited” status because someone in a foreign country tried to access my account…long story).

It’s not exactly full at the moment, but you can check out my shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LaPiumaBella

Here’s a little sneak peek at the pretty things I have up for grabs.  🙂

Gold chandelier earrings with hot pink Swarovski crystals and hand-wrapped turquoise howlite, $14

Gold chandelier earrings with hot pink Swarovski crystals and hand-wrapped turquoise howlite, $14

blue quartz earrings

Blue quartz earrings with teal Czech glass beads, $18

green quartz earrings

Green quartz earrings with pink coral and pyrite, $36

faceted glass bead earrings

Faceted glass bead dangle earrings, $12

orange carnelian earrings

Burnt orange carnelian earrings in gold vermeil, $38

heart pendant necklace

Red marbled heart pendant necklace with hematite beads, $18

pink cubic zirconia earrings

Pink cubic zirconia earrings, $32

neon yellow ceramic earrings

Neon yellow ceramic bead earrings, $8

peacock swarovski crystal earrings

Peacock Swarovski crystal earrings, $14

swarovski pearl earrings

Beaded earrings with Swarovski pearls and Czech glass, $8

faceted glass earrings hot pink

Faceted glass earrings with paint splatter beads, $12

I have a ton of stuff that still needs to get photographed and listed, too!  What do you think of my selection so far?  I’m curious to hear your feedback.

I look forward to sharing more pretty things with you soon.

Happy Monday!