Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sweet Summer Rains Collection on Artfire by Vamp

Sweet Summer Rains
Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 05-31-2011

"Sweet Summer Rains - clouds, umbrellas & raindrops in jewelry & accessories."

I made this collection of clouds, umbrellas and raindrops with this in mind.

There is something utterly delightful when it's hot outside and you see it brewing in the distance...clouds swirling darkening and you know it's going to suddenly start raining. Or you're walking down a city street with your guy, window shopping and suddenly it starts to rain after it's been so steamy and hot out. So romantic you both get caught in the rain and like a kid you let yourself get totally soaked...kissed by the rain :) You welcome the rain at these moments when it's just soooo hot and rain is sort of fun!

Vintage Style Heart & Roses Necklace

Heart and Pink Roses Love Necklace, Vintage Style Necklace

This is one of my latest jewelry pieces I designed and it's now at my Artfire studio.

I love the vintage inspired feminine & romantic feel to this necklace. It's soft pink white and green rose glass beads paired with the ornate silver heart looks so summery. I also made matching earrings to go with necklace which I will upload to the studio shortly. Both would make such a great gift for someone you love.

To buy the beautiful Vintage Style Heart & Roses Necklace please visit my Artfire Studio.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Romantic Elegance - Collection Curated by Vamp

Romantic Elegance

Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 05-30-2011

Romantic Elegance - Vintage Inspired Romantic Jewelry - hearts, flowers, pearls in necklaces, earrings and bracelets."

Goodness me this collection is now on the front page of Artfire.com, I'm so thrilled because it's the first time I've ever seen one of my collections as a featured collection on the front page of Artfire!!!

This is my latest curated collection on Artfire. Roses, pearls, flowers and hearts are always a very romantic theme in jewelry. Since it will be June in a few days and June always inspires romance, I thought I'd put together a collection of romantic jewelry with a bit of vintage style to it.

Visit my jewelry studio on Artfire for romantic gothic victorian steampunk vintage & modern style rock jewelry

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Romantic Pearls Collection on Artfire

Romantic Pearls

Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 05-15-2011

"Rings pearls & all...timeless, classic, and elegant - pearls for love, romance and the month of June. Pearls featured here in this collection in rings, bracelets, chokers, necklaces, earrings & accessories."

Vamp on Artfire -
romantic gothic victorian steampunk vintage & modern style rock jewelry

Delightful Orange Collection on ArtFire

Delightful Orange

Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 05-27-2011
"Delightful and fun...orange - jewelry, trinkets & accessories"

Vamp on Artfire -
romantic gothic victorian steampunk vintage & modern style rock jewelry

Asian Appeal Collection on ArtFire

Asian Appeal
Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 05-28-2011
"Far east enchantments - exotic exciting & beautiful gifts."

My latest curated collection on Artfire - decided to go with an Asian theme to spice it up. I think it came out really nice. I love the colors and all the items I picked for this cool collection. I'm hoping that people viewing this collection will get inspired by it if you're a designer and if you're browsing for gifts these would make really nice theme style gifts.

Visit my Artfire studio Vamp for a blend of romantic gothic victorian steampunk vintage & modern style rock jewelry

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Jewelry Trend Summer 2011

Jewelry Trend Summer 2011

Here is the latest trend report for what's hot this summer in jewelry designs. I know I love it that vintage and retro styles are hot and add a bit of elegance and romance and you know you will have a winning piece :)

Whether you are a collector, a fashionista or a specialty shop retailer, knowing what fashion jewelry trends are current and coming is vital and then being able to duplicate the trend at a fraction of the designer or retail pieces is essential. After much market research and trend-spotting, I have compiled a list of the jewelry trends for 2011. In summary;

- Antique, Vintage, Retro & New Combinations
- Dramatic, unique, unusual necklaces (simple... yet exotic)
- Ornamented Bracelets
- Eclectic Natural Look
- Crystal, Rhinestone & Venetian Art Glass (...mainstays...)
- Black, Grey and Neutrals
- 2011 Color Predictions (you'll love the blues)
- Faux & Real Pearls
- Over-The-Top Rings (not gaudy, but daring)
- Enormous Hoops and Chandelier Earrings
- Green Eco Aware Movement (tastefully delicious)

115 page jewelry report for just $5

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Summer Designs

Garden Lily Flower Turquoise Red Dangle Earrings with Chains

Summer Designs

I'm currently working on more summer themed jewelry for the month of June - Will be using pearls & pretty colored beads & beads with flowers on them.

Themes along the lines of romance, fantasy, a garden party ala Alice in Wonderland. Flowers, birds, butterflys, tea time and of course a little bit of rock, punk, steampunk & victorian gothic things thrown in the mix.

Even though I might use pretty colored beads, I always come back to wanting to have black & red in there (my gothic side).


Jewelry By Vamp - Romantic gothic victorian steampunk vintage & modern style rock jewelry

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Classic Strawberry Shortcakes

Mmmm strawberry shortcake, just yummy! I have to say that I've tried this recipe many times especially in the summer and always it's a winner. I love making the shortcakes especially with Bisquick mix they come out perfect everytime. They're so good you can eat them as is with NO strawberries :) I plan to make these for Memorial Day weekend and you might like to try it out too!

Classic Strawberry Shortcakes

1 quart (4 cups) strawberries, sliced

1/4 cup sugar

2 1/3 cups Original Bisquick® mix

1/2 cup milk

3 tablespoons sugar

3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted

1/2 cup whipping cream

1. Heat oven to 425°F. In large bowl, mix strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar; set aside.
2. In medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, milk, 3 tablespoons sugar and the butter until soft dough forms. On ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by 6 spoonfuls.
3. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat whipping cream with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form.
4. Split warm shortcakes; fill and top with strawberries and whipped cream.

Makes 6 servings
1 Serving (1 Serving)Calories 410
(Calories from Fat 180),

Do You Love Indie Clothes?

Do You Love Indie Clothes?

I know this has nothing to do with jewelry or jewelry designing, but being that fashion, clothes & accessories all go with jewelry I decided to blog about it :)

My blogs usually will have what the blog's main subject is but also things I like and find along the way, so don't be surprised when I blog about something that seems off topic.

I'm liking these styles :) I like the look and ease of it. I'm really liking the cut off shorts with tights, great when it's still a bit cool, like here in the northeast it's still cool out!

Love indie streetwear? This Australian fashion retailer specializes in denim and street clothing inspired by youth culture.


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Whisper of The Butterfly Artisan Collection on ArtFire

Whisper of The Butterfly

Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 05-08-2011

"Fluttering by in all it's majestic beauty, the butterfly. Gentle whispers, delicate beauty captured here for you in necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, & accessories."

Red Light My Fire Artisan Collection on ArtFire

Red Light My Fire

Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 05-08-2011

"Bold and beautiful RED...exciting like fire - red hot, look at me, but watch out! Red hot jewelry earrings, necklaces, bracelets, & accessories."

Friday, May 6, 2011

Obstacles In Your Way to Success

3 Obstacles in Your Way to Success

"No matter what you want from your crafty biz, I know that you want something: you want success."

This is a true statement, I think we all want success, aknowledgement that what we do is appreciated, wanted, valued. I'm sure most of us that are starting a new business as a crafter & not even just a craft business, but business in general have these feelings, about what it is we want to achieve.

The 3 obstacles mention in the article are:

- You don't know what you want
- You don't prioritize
- You don't have support & accountability

How do you over come some of these obstacles? Read the full article here

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Gothic Romantic Jewelry By Vamp Necklaces Bracelets Earrings on Artfire

I decided to do a collection of only my jewelry today. I think it came out quite nice. I'm doing this for a few reasons - one is to see if collections do get indexed by Google and if it will help get my shop out there in the searches. I also figured since I've made some quite attractive collections and one was a featured collection of the day my "A Bit of Paris" that I should also do one of just my jewelry, so that it is on my studio's collection page along with all the other nice ones I've made. :) To see all my collections I've made so far click here
Gothic Romantic Jewelry By Vamp Necklaces Bracelets Earrings on Artfire

Curated by vamp | Collection Published on 05-05-2011

"A selection of elegant gothic romantic dark jewelry by Vamp - featuring handcrafted necklaces, chokers, bracelets and earrings to delight the senses."

visit my ArtFire studio for cool Romantic Gothic Victorian Rock Jewelry.