Wednesday, December 27, 2006

On A Little Buying Trip

I haven't posted much this week because I am out of state visiting family and friends. It has actually turned into quite a little buying trip. Next week I will have plenty of new pretties added to my Etsy shop as well as the Below 14th website.

I hope you have all enjoyed your holidays.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Holiday Rush

What a crazy week! So many last minute, Christmas custom orders came in. I was working like mad trying to get them all done and shipped in time for the holiday. I had a great time getting them all done and thankully everything went out the door in time. Now, I will just obsessively check the USPS website for the delivery confirmations!

Don't forget to check by the Etsy Promotions and Critiques
forum for the Saturday Night Specials! After doing all that shopping for everyone else, it's time to treat yourself. I'm sure there will be some awesome deals available.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

A Week Off..... Well Sort Of

A week of the flu or some sort of awful infection made me take a week off. I did manange to add a couple new pieces, but not as many as I would have liked.

Do you know of any craft shows coming up in the Raleigh area? If so please let me know. I'd like to start planning ahead for the new year!

Monday, December 11, 2006


Originally uploaded by Below14th.
It's hard to believe Christmas is in 2 weeks when it was 65 degrees outside today. I am not complaining, I prefer warm weather.

Here is the second piece of a brand new yet to be named collection. All of the new pieces will have similar sterling pendants and czech glass flowers in varying colors.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Drat the Cold and Flu Season

Sniffle, sniffle. I feel like my head is going to explode! I thought I could fight off this cold by taking tons and tons of vitamins, but no deal.

So I have'nt had a chance to add any new items to my shop, but I have had a chance to order a bunch of new supplies. So, next week you should be seeing some new additions to my shop.

There is still time to get your shopping done and delivered before the holidays!!!

Friday, December 01, 2006

Below 14th Designs- The First Year

Originally uploaded by Below14th.
Yesterday marked the close of my first year! It has been wonderful and s scarey all at the same time. I am grateful to all the wonderful customers I have had, the friends I've made and all of the fabulous opportunities I've had.

Now it's time to look forward to next year. New designs, new contests, and new opportunities.


I have to say the sweet little necklace picture is oe of my favorites. I even kept one for myself. This design is limited run so grab one while you can. You can check it out at:

Saturday, November 25, 2006

It's Party Time

Originally uploaded by Below14th.
The Below 14th online Holiday party is officially underway! Thanks to those of you have been stopping by.

If you were not able to get on on this one, be sure to get yourself in on the next party. You can easily do this by visiting and signing up for our mailing list.

Monday, November 20, 2006

A Big Thank You

Originally uploaded by Below14th.
I would like to give a huge thank you to the West View Elementary PTA in Garner, NC for organizing such a fabulous show this past weekend. Everything was set up so well and the foot traffic was incredible. It was the best show I have done so far this season. Kudos to you!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Etsy V2 Is Up and Running

Etsy V2 Is Up and Running
Originally uploaded by Below14th.
Etsy V2 launched on Monday. I love the new look and feel of the site.

With any launch there are certain bugs that are being experienced by both buyers and sellers. However, the Etsy admin are hard at work correcting the current bugs.

Stop by and check out the new setup. Let me know what you think.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Etsy Down Time

Originally uploaded by Below14th.
The Etsy V2 upgrade came at a great time for me. I spent this weekend at the Farmers Market Craft Fair in Raleigh.

The weather was beautiful the first 2 days. It was sunny an din the mid 70's....then came Sunday. Sunday it was pouring, extremely windy and in the mid 40's. Unfortunately I was unable to stay and setup because everything was blowing away.

Overall the fair was fantastic. There were more vendors than ever and plenty of foot traffic and buyers. I had a great time and can't wait to do it again next year.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Stop By And Say Hello

Ad layout
Originally uploaded by Below14th.
Today was a beautiful day at the Farmers Market, craft fair in Raleigh. If you were'nt able to come out today you still have a chance. The craft fair will also be open on Saturday the 11th and Sunday the 12th from 9am through 5pm. Stop by and say hello!


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Lilly- A new Addition...

Originally uploaded by Below14th.
The focal of this necklace is a faceted cherry Quartz heart. The chain is oxidized sterling silver and measures 21 inches in length. The heart measures approximately 1X1 inch.

November has been great so far. I am adding new pieces and I have 2 shows coming up in the next 2 weeks.

If you haven't done so already be sure to sign up for our first online Holiday Jewelry Party.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Raspberry Swirl

Raspberry Swirl
Originally uploaded by Below14th.
This 18 inch sterling chain features a beatiful raspberry swirled glass Willowglass cabochon.

This week I will be sending out the invitations for the Below 14th Designs Online Holiday Jewelry Party. To be added to teh guest list please sign up at

There will be plenty of fun, discounts and prizes!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Back On Track

While my arm was out of commision the past few days I have been updating the Below 14th website

I would love some feedback on the website. So please feel free to comment here or drop me an email!!
website. If you take a peek you will that I have added a shopping cart for easier shopping. I also added an events page and updated the bargains page to include Saturday Night Specials information.

Monday, October 23, 2006

A Small Set-back

Okay, so all weekend my shoulder was really hurting me and I could hardly move it. So, today I finally decided to go get it checked out. I seem to have torn a tendon and I am now sporty a very stylish (and itchy) sling.

Needless to say I am out of commission the next week or so. Argh! What's a girl to do?

Thursday, October 19, 2006

My Very First Review

I am so very excited. The fabulous girls at Wickedly Chic gave Below 14th Designs it's very first review!!!!

Check it out here:

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Thanks to My Fellow Etsy Sellers

Today I added 2 new pieces to my Etsy shop. Both of the new pieces were made with supplies I had purchased from fellow crafters. Check them out:

Super Star earrings: These super cute Super Star earrings are made with Sterling silver stars from The Ivy Leaf. Check out her shop at

Scarlet Cabochon earrings: I love the color of the these glass cabs from Willow Glass. The ear wires are sterling silver. You can see more faboulous cabochons at

Friday, October 13, 2006

Etsy Angels

I am so happy to have joined the Etsy Angels group. Who are the Etsy Angels? Well, we are a group of Etsy sellers that have come together to donate prodeeds of certain items in our shops to various charities. This month's charity is Toys or Tots. If you would like more information or you would like to see some o the fabulous items available please visit :

Below I have listed the items I have available. 50% off the proceeds of each of these items will be donated to Toys For Tots:

Sunday, October 08, 2006

A Bump In The Road

Okay, so I haven't posted in a while b/c of some personal drama that had me down and out for a little bit. However, so many new and better things are happening that I have to say I am much better off now. I know, that was kind of cryptic right? Well, that really all I am going to say about that anyway.

I have a bunch of shows coming up and not to mention the Below 14th Designs Online Holiday Party.

I have been feverishly working at building up inventory for the holiday season. I can tell things are picking up already. Hopefully the upward trend will continue.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Wanna Party?

I am starting to take names for Below 14th's very first online holiday party. There will be discounts, prizes and plenty of shopping. To be added to the guest list and receive your exclusive admission # please visit :

Wednesday, September 27, 2006


Originally uploaded by Below14th.
My new fall line includes lots of copper, deep reds, and lush purples. This necklace is just one of many.

Many, many thanks to the amazing Raisingyrl for adding this necklace to her Etsy Treasury!!!! Check out the screenshot!!

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Holiday Gift Ideas

I love giving gift sets for the holidays. Whether the gift set includes, bath and body products or yummy treats; I think gift sets make the holidays fun and easy.

So for this holiday season I plan to have a line of gift sets. Each set will include necklace and earrings and will be packaged in a fabulous and reusable box designed by another Etsy seller.
More details to come....

Monday, September 18, 2006

Loose Ends

Its been a really busy few days and I havent had a chance to update recently. So here is the low down:

**This past weekend was the Crafters Market in downtown Raleigh. What a blast that was. It was a gorgeous day, plenty of people out shopping and plenty of talent. I have include some pics of my tables. I am really trying to build up more of an inventory. I always think I have more than I do.

**The latest Spotlight Feature is up for your reading pleasure. This edition features ElenaMary. You can check out the feature at

Friday, September 15, 2006

Card Packs

Card Packs
Originally uploaded by Below14th.
A big " Thank You!!" to all my fellow Etsy-ers for sending me business cards. Iused the cards to make promo packs for the Crafter's Market tomorrow. Each bundle contains 4 cards.

Pack will be handed out with purchases as well as displayed for the taking right on my table.

Any left over packs will be sent out with purchases or used at the Farmers market show in November.

Thanks again. You really came through!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Come Out and Visit

Below 14th Designs will be at the Crafter Flea Market on Saturday, September 16th from 8am to 2pm. The Crafters Market will be held at the parking lot of Ornamentea. The address is:

509 West St, Downtown Raleigh
The parking lots of Ornamentea and McCallum's Flowers

Come out and say hello, start the holiday shopping and just enjoy a crafty afternoon!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

I'm Starting To Stress Out

I am going back to work next week after being home with my little guy for 16 months. I know he will love the daycare he is going to. I am however, worried about how on Earth I will be able to keep up with my Etsy shop, blog, website, ahhhhhhhhhhhh! I vow to somehow keep up with all of this. Any tips would be really appreciated =)

The picture above is f the newest item in my shop. I call it Russian Tea because the colors alone make me feel really warm.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

5th & 14th

5th & 14th
Originally uploaded by Below14th.
I am doing my best to get as many pieces as I can done before I start work in a little over a week. Plus I also have a show coming up on September 16th. I am going to be a busy busy girl for the next few weeks.

PS Dont forget to check out the Saturday Night Specials on Etsy in the Promo and Critiques section of the Etsy forums.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Do You Know Your 80's TV Trivia?

I finally have a new contest up on my website. Answer correctly and you will be entered into a drwing to win a pair of Swarovski crystal earrings!!! To test your 80's trivia knowledge and for full contest details visit:

I am still looking to expand my mailing list. If you are interested in getting disount coupons and special mailing list only discounts sign up at: The next newsletter goes out in September with some great coupon codes!

Sunday, August 27, 2006

I Finally Added A New Piece!!!

After a week or so, of a major creativity drought I finally added something to my Etsy shop. This is my "Heart On Fire" necklace. The heart and chain are both sterling silver.

I am really going to need to get some serious work done in the next couple of weeks. I will be starting a job mid September and I still want to make sure my shop stays up to date.

This is going to be interesting.....

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

In A Rut

I have lying to myself for days now, but I think it is time to admit it...I am in a creative rut. I have tried sitting in my work area and looking at all the pretty beads, I have thumbed through catalogs at more pretty beads and I am anxiously awaiting an orer of even more beads. I am hoping the UPS guy will show today with my Rings&Things order so maybe I can get out of this funk.

I guess it happens to everyone at times. Time to take some "me" time and come back refreshed.

What do you do when you're in a funk?

Friday, August 18, 2006

It's Almost Saturday!!!!

Carina N1
Originally uploaded by Below14th.
You know what thar means?? I't almost time for those Saturday Night Specials again. Be sure to check out the SNS specials thread in the Etsy Promotions and Critiques forum on Saturday around 6pm.

I am trying to move out the summer pieces in order to add more fall colors, so I can guarantee some great bagains.

See you there!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

It's Hump Day

Originally uploaded by Below14th.
Well, here it is mid-week again. The summer has been flying by. I am starting to work with my fall colors this week. As much as I love summer, fall colors are more appealing to me.

What are some of your favorite fall colors? I'd love for you to chime in.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Thinking About Starting Your Holiday Shopping Early?

To help out those who would like to start their holiday shopping early this year; I am offering free shipping through 7/18/06. So stop by and take a look,

I have already started some of my shopping and I have vowed to be done by Halloween. Of course I also say that every year..... but this time I mean it!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Mailing List

I would love to develope my mailing a list some more over the next couple of months. If you havent already signed up and you are interested in receiveing sales updates , show dates and special discounts please join my mailing list at

I promise you info wil not be given out or sold and you will only receive quarterly updates and any special mailing list only sales info.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Don't Forget About the Saturday Night Specials

Are you looking for some great deals? Are you looking to start your holiday shopping early this year? Well, this is just a reminder to check out the Saturday Night Specials on Etsy. If you are new to these specials they can be located in the Etsy forums, down in the Promotions and Critique's section. The Saturday Night Specials generally start around 6pm. So stop by and check it out.

During this week's Saturday Night Specials I will be debuting my new Illusion necklace line. Especially for the SNS they will be on special for 50% off their regular price. Be sure to take a look!

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Below14th- Our Signature Piece

Originally uploaded by Below14th.
This is what Below 14th is all about....

This is just a hint of what is to come. Plenty of more designs will be added in the next couple of weeks.

Variation of the Below 14th necklace will be added as well. Keep checking back!

Monday, July 31, 2006

On The Rocks...

On The Rocks Amethyst1
Originally uploaded by Below14th.
The first two pieces of the "On The Rocks" collection were added today to my Etsy shop. These bracelets are not for the meek. They are chunky, and bold. Right now these bracelets are available in Amethyst and Olivene, faceted glass. More colors will be added soon.

I have lots of new designs in the works so please check back often....

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Saturday Night Specials on Etsy

I could kick myself. I meant to post yesterday to let everyone know about the Saturday Night Specials thread in the Etsy forums. Every Saturday night any seller that wishes to particiapte offers special Saturday night only deals. I have gotten some really great deals from some really great sellers. If you have missed out, no need to worry as they SNS's will continue through August! I promise I will post again about this next Friday or Saturday as a reminder.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

New This Week

Blue Chalcedony4
Originally uploaded by Below14th.
I am really happy with the way this turned out for my first attempt at wire wrapping. I love the color of this drop.

I am really hoping to add some more pieces this week. It's almost time to start getting ready for the holidays.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006


Hey everyone! The new Spotlight feature is up. This week's spotlight is on Urban Heirlooms. To read the feature visit:


Also today is the last day to take an additional $5 off any necklace in my shop. You can check out the fabulous savings at

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Raleigh Crafters Market July 22, 2006

I am so happy I did this event. It went really well and there was a fabulous turn out. The weather was very cooperative which helped a great deal. I am so happy that I finally got to meet some fellow etsy-ers that I have seen only in the forums before.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Make A Statement

Make A Statement
Originally uploaded by Below14th.
New this week...bold, chunky, spunky rings. These are just the first two, but there are more colors to come.

This is going to be a pretty slow week for adding new pieces since I will be pretty busy getting myself ready for the Crafters Market in downtown Raleigh. For more info feel free to contact me.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Another Opportunity To Come Out and Visit....

Saturday, July 22nd from 8am until 2pm I will have a booth set up at the Crafter's Flea Market in downtown Raleigh. Stop by and say hello. Mention this blog post and receive a coupon to save 25% off of your next purchase from my etsy shop. So come out an say hello. The address info is below:
Crafters Flea Market
509 N. West St
Downtown Raleigh


The new piece pictured above has just been added to my etsy shop. The focal is a crystal Intaglio pendant. A great piece because it's simple, sweet and classic. The sterling necklace measures 18 inches.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

In The Spotlight...

That's right the new Spotlight feature is up. In the Spotlight this week are Jane and Kate of Ohmababy. I am a huge fan of their work! I highly recommend checking out their shop at To read their interview visit:

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

4 Days Left of Hoiday Poll!

Just a reminder that there a re only 4 days left to take the holiday shopping poll on my website and to enter to win a really sweet lip gloss palette. To take the poll visit
and go to the "contest" page.

Since, we are on the subjest of holiday shopping I have a few questons for you all....

1) Once you have started your holiday shopping what types of sales motivate you to take the plunge and make the purchase?

I am a big fan of % off sales, but sometimes they arent as good a deal as they seem at first.

2) What types of sales turn you off?
For me it would have to be those BOGO at at %off sales. I am just not into those at all. However, BOGO free will always catch my attention.

3) Do you prefer online shopping or being out in the stores?
The past few years I have done the majority of my holiday shopping online and now that I have discovered Etsy I will probably do it all online.

Anyway, just some things to ponder.


Monday, July 10, 2006

I Only Went To Look...I Swear...

This weekend the weather was so nice. There was very little humidity for a change. I thought it wiuld be a great day to spend at the Flea Market walking around. To my suprise there was a bead and gem show this weekend. I swore I was just going to look, but all the pretty shiny things got the best of me. Ultimately, I spent some more $, but got some really nice gemstones. So keep an eye out in the coming weeks for some new pieces. I need to learn some self control.....

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Odds and Ends

I hope everyone had a spectacular 4th of July weekend! It was soooooooo hot here, but I guess I can't complain too much.

Here is the latest adddition to my Etsy shop. This is my Ultra Golden necklace. It is made with Golden Rutilated quartz chips and a dyed Capiz shell. The color of the shell is a gorgeous wine color.

Another reminder to take the Holiday Shopping poll I have running on my website and enterto win a really sweet prize. For more info please go to:

Friday, June 30, 2006

That's Right, More Copper....

I love the warmth of copper. Here is one of the pieces I added today. The necklace is is antiqued copper, rolo chain. The focal is a pendant I made from dyed Capiz shells and a single Swarovski crystal bicone. For more on this piece and other new pieces I have just added; please visit my Etsy shop at

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Holiday Shopping Poll

I have posted a holiday shopping poll on my main website. Once you complete the poll you may also enter to win a very stylish "Round O' Drinks" lipgloss palette from

I will post pictures of the prize soon. To complete the poll go to:

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Big Marketing Push

I am always working on marketing and getting my name and designs out there, but the past few weeks I have really been working extra hard.

Below 14th is currently featured in the Summer Spotlight On Emerging Designers and we have also added our listing to the Wickedly Chic Rolodex.

Please stop by and check both these fabulous sites out. There are so many little pretties to look at!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

6/25-7/8 Spotlight

This month's second Spotlight is up! Be sure to stop by and take a look. You can check it out at:

Friday, June 23, 2006

The Weekend Deal

Are you looking for a deal this weekend?

This weekend take 20% off the total of your purchase. After you make your purchases I will send you an updated invoice reflecting your new discounted total.

Stop by My Boutique
or visit me at Below 14th Designs

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

That's right! Below 14th Designs is very excited to be taking part in the Summer Spotlight. The Summer Spotlight launches today; so be sure to check out all of the featured emerging designers.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Something A Little Different

I had these blue teardop glass beads that I bought originally for another project. However, the project didn't work out as well as I had planned. So instead of letting them just sit here I turned them into this adorable little flower bobbie. This is great for keeping those side bangs out of your eyes.