Saturday, July 23, 2011

Taking It to the Next Level

Hello!  Before I start rambling, I'd like to introduce myself, lol.  I'm Alea, and I'm the daughter side of our team.  Thank you for reading our very first blog post!  Hopefully, I won't bore you to tears, haha.

Anyway, as you may know from our profile, we've been designing jewelry for several years.  I remember starting out with very minimal tools and the most basic materials.  Over time, that has certainly changed in a major way!  See exhibit A, haha:

 I'm finally beginning to set up my own little studio!  Now for exhibit B:

Last Christmas, my dad upgraded mom to that awesome rolling bead tote because she had outgrown her previous case.  We just keep acquiring more and more tools and materials.  It never ends, haha.

I'm also proud to say that the quality of our materials has vastly improved!  Gone are the days of seed beads and crystals, lol...bring on the faceted, sometimes even AAA, precious and semi-precious gemstones (drool)!!  We're moving on up, haha.

Our materials aren't the only improvement we've made, though.  We're constantly working to improve upon our techniques, as well.  For instance, I began taking metalsmithing classes a little over 2 yrs ago.  Now we have custom-made silver pieces, in addition to our beadwork.  Then, there's our latest venture, which I'm super excited about!!  We've starting to create our own hammered and wire-wrapped metal components to incorporate into our pieces, which will make them completely unique!  Just to show you a little example of what I mean, check out this pair of 14k gold-filled, green amethyst earrings from mom's Harp Collection:

Gorgeous, huh?  It might sound cheesy, but I love stretching the boundaries of my imagination, when it comes to our designs!

Anyhow, I guess I've talked your ears (or eyes) off enough for today, haha.  If you'd like to see some of our other designs, please visit our Facebook page (and, of course, become a fan, lol):
A List Designs on Facebook
If you see anything you like, head on over to our Etsy shop:
A List Designs on Etsy
If the item you want isn't already for sale, feel free to send us a convo, as we may be able to create a custom order for you!

Thanks again for reading our blog!  Come back again soon because I promise to start posting more often, haha. :)

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