Sunday, December 30, 2007

Sweet Love

Sweet Love
Originally uploaded by Below14th
The launch of the Charmed* Collection is just around the corner....

"Sweet Love" will be the first piece to debut on January 14th, 2008. Be sure to check back for more teaser photos soon.

For more information feel free to contact me at

Pre-orders are welcome by emailing:

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Blaue Blume

Blaue Blume
Originally uploaded by Below14th
Part of the "Poppies and Posies" Collection....

Blaue Blume or Blue Flower is held as a symbol of romanticism.

This sterling silver cable chain measures 18 inches and displays a Hill Tribe silver leaf pendant along with a cobalt blue Czech glass flower bead.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Do It Yourself.....

I have tons of extra beads laying around. Now quite enough for a necklace or bracelet or any large project. I thought it would be fun to package them up in small amounts with some findings and simple instructions so that others could try their hand at creating jewelry.

These DIY kits are very basic; anyone can complete them. I went a head and listed a bunch today and so far they have been a hit. Take a look at some of the kits here:§ion_id=5188470

These make great gifts,stocking stuffers or party favors.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Happy Holidays!

With all the holiday shows out over for the year, I have more time to focus on 2008. In 2008 you can look forward to some new and exciting collections.

Are you still in need of last minute Christmas gifts? Be sure to stop by the Saturday Night Specials on Etsy.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A New Collection....

********COMING SOON***********

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

It's Party Time!

In just a few hours the Below 14th Designs 2nd annual Holiday e-Trunk show will be underway! Those of you that have RSVP'd should have all received your details and coupon codes. Now all you have to do is kick back, eat some left over turkey and shop from the comfort of your own keyboard.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Let The Holiday Shopping Begin!

Yesterday marked the beginning of the holiday shows for me. The next three weekends I will be busy, busy, busy; designing, creating and hopefully selling.

As, I mentioned, yesterday I did a show at West View Elementary school in Garner. It was their 2nd annual Hootie Bazaar. The show was once again run very well and everyone is super nice. The pictures above are fro my set-up yesterday.

Next weekend I will be at the Crafters Flea Market, which is always set up in the parking lot of Ornamentea

Also, this week is the Below 14th Designs 2nd annual online Holiday Trunk Show. There is still time to attend. If you're interested just drop me an email at

Sunday, November 11, 2007


I am very fortunate and thrilled that November has been very good to me so far in terms of sales and views.

This afternoon a little extra bonus. My Poppies necklace made it to the front page of Etsy. Woo Hoo!

A big thank you to Etsy user ElinOpus for adding me to such a lovely Treasury!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Handmade Holiday 2007

I Took The Handmade Pledge!

Will you be taking the Handmade Pledge this holiday season? Last year I did purchase many handmade gifts for the holidays. While not all recipients appreciate the time and effort that goes into handmade items, many of them did.

This year I took the handmade pledge and will buy as many handmade gifts as I possibly can.

To add your name to the list visit

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Little Chaos Is Good Sometimes...

Seemingly tangled copper wire orbs dangle from sterling silver ear wires.

The shiny copper and shiny silver compliment each other nicely.

These earrings fall a little over 1/2 inch from the bottom of the ear wire.


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Monday, October 22, 2007

Holiday Gift Guide

Today launched it's 2007 Holiday Gift Guide. It's full of fabulous gifts for everyone on your list.

Check it out!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007 Launch

To celebrate the launch of enjoy a 10% discount on your purchase. This offer is only good through November 15th.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sugar and Spice...

Are you a proud mama?

Show off with this brass silhouette charm necklace of a little girl. The charm is complimented by a a bubble gum Pink Jade faceted briolette.

The chain is antiqued brass and measures 17 inches.

Be sure to check back for the My Boy version of this necklace.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Butterflies for Any Season

Flirty and fun for Fall...

Brass butterflies and deep Carnelian beads dangle from antiqued brass lever back ear wires.

The butterflies and beads drop about 1 inch from the bottom of the ear wire.

The Carnelian beads are faceted and measure 6mm.

The butterflies measure approximately 1/2 across from wing tip to wing tip.


To see more of my work please visit

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Holiday Planning

It's that time of year to start planning ahead for the holidays. I am happy to announce that B14 will be hosting it's 2nd annual online Holiday Trunkshow. E-vites will be going out in early November. If you'd like more information or would like to be included on the guest list please contact me.


Friday, September 28, 2007

Indie NC Launch Party

What is it?
A launch party of the online boutique featuring the work of emerging NC artists.

When is it?
Sunday, October 7th rom 2-6pm

Where is it?

620 West Lane Street
Suite 201
Raleigh, NC 27603

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Speak Your Mind Girl

You Fresh Thang, you
Originally uploaded by Below14th
After completing a decoupaged tin for a co-worker I had some extra supplies lying around and decided to make this magnet.

To be as lovely and outspoken as this lady....

Sunday, September 16, 2007

The 5 to 9 Collection

New for Fall 2007...

The 5 to 9 Collection is a collection of versatile pieces that are classy enough to be worn to work and sassy enough for a night on the town.

The Carrington necklace is the first piece of the 5 to 9 Collection to be added to my shop:

Large antiqued brass links and alternating 15mm pearl type beads in champagne and ecru make up this 32 inch piece.

The necklace measures 32 inches and is finished with an antiqued brass toggle clasp.

Thus necklace can be doubled up nicely as a choker as well.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Newest of the New

Aren't these earrings a perfect color for Fall?

Subtle yet strong...

Dusty mauve Rose Quartz faceted briolettes are loosely wires wrapped by oxidized sterling silver wire. The briolettes are approximately 25mm and hand from oxidized sterling silver lever backs.

Like what you see? If so please visit my Etsy shop to view much more.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Busy Busy Busy

I have lots a great show lined up in the next couple of months so I have been busy creating new pieces.

Here is one of the newest:


Come see these earrings and many other new pieces next weekend at the Crafters Flea Market.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Spoil Me

Flowers and pearls may get you the key to my heart...

A gunmetal skeleton key with heart shaped cut out hangs from a gunmetal cable chain. The key is complimented by a red Czech glass trumpet flower and a cream colored glass pearl.

The chain measures 17.5inches.

For more info on this necklace and to see other new goodies be sure to stop by my Etsy shop.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Honey Belle

Well, I am finally feeling a bit more human. I have even added a few new items to my Etsy shop:

"Honey Belle"
Little pretties...

Brass birds and pink salmon coral beads dangle from antiqued brass kidney wires.

The total length of these earring is just over 2.5 inches.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Crud

There is nothing worse than being sick with some awful throat/sinus infection while it's 100 plus degrees outside. The cherry on top, is being pregnant and unable to reach for my reliable cold medications. WAHHHHHHH!

I have been sick with the crud, as I like to call it since Saturday. Every morning I wake up with fresh hope of feeling some slight improvement. Alas, nothing! Tomorrow will be the day I can just feel it.

Anyway, I am hoping to have some new items added to my shop over the weekend. Please check back soon.

Thursday, August 09, 2007


Lola Hair Clips
Originally uploaded by Below14th
New for Fall 2007...

This is the first of the Luscious Locks Collection. A set of 3 complimentary clips. Red, blue, white and just a hint of lime.

The Luscious Locks Collection is currently only available exclusively at

Be sure to check back often as new items will be added regularly.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Handmade A la Mode

Hello again. It seems like I haven't posted in a little bit. It has been super busy. Time to get ready for the holiday season.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know that all reviews are now being posted on Handmade A la Mode. The very first review went up over the weekend. Be sure to go check it out. Check back weekly for new reviews.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Saturday Night Specials

I am making room for some new items and would like to move some of the early summer items out. I am offering a Saturday Night Special on Etsy:


Tonight, take an additional $10 off all items in my SNS section:§ion_id=5059070

Please use code SNS in the message to seller box upon checkout and I will send a revised invoice. This offer is good through 6am est.


Monday, July 23, 2007

Fly Free

Fly Free
Originally uploaded by Below14th
Sweet little brass birds in flight dangle from antiqued brass kidney ear wires. The birds are accompanied by caramel/blue Czech glass melon beads.

These earrings fall approximately 2 3/4 inches from the top of the ear wires.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Daisy May

Great for a day out shopping with the girls or a picnic at the park...

Layered Czech glass flowers in white and red dangle from sterling silver kidney ear wires.

These earring fall approximately 1.5 inched from the top of the ear wire.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Has It Really Been 2 Weeks?

I cannot believe it has been 2 weeks since i have last posted! I have never slacked off this bad before. This month has just flown by.

Tomorrow is the Crafter's Flea Market. The weather is supposed to be a little cooler and overcast which is just fine with me. If you are in the Raleigh area tomorrow between 9am and 3pm be sure to stop by for a fantastic day of shopping.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

On The Way To Recovery

Well, it has been a rough week and a half,but things are on the right track now. I had to take a brief break from listing new items in my Etsy shop because one of our 4-legged children hit a rough patch.

Last week I got home from work and our dog "Wednesday" could only drag herself around by her front legs. SHe had completely lost the use of her back legs. I took her to the vet and she was immediately admitted to the small animal emergency clinic at NC State. They evaluated her over night and decided surgery was her only option. They discovered she had a ruptured disc. They kept her for 5 days.

She is finally home and recovering in the comfort of her own home. She is on strict crate confinement and has a bunch of staples, but she doing well.

It is wonderful to see her standing and walking again!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Rock & Shop Market

I am so excited about the Rock & Shop Market this weekend. I have heard so many wonderful things about this show and I am so grateful to be able to participate this time around.

The Market will be held on Saturday, June 23rd from 1-5pm at Tir Na Nog, Downtown Raleigh, NC.

For more information you can visit

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Gem Shows Can Make Your Head Spin

Originally uploaded by Below14th
I went to a gem show today and there was so much to look at and drool over that my head started to spin.

Look at the gorgeous natural Turquoise I picked up and had to use right away.

Bold, stunning, and one of a kind...

A beautiful Thai silver flower pendant is the focal of this necklace. The pendant measures approximately 1.5 inches and is complimented by natural,hard Turquoise nuggets. This necklace measures 17 inches and is finished with a Saki sterling silver toggle clasp.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

New This Week: Aloha Breeze

Aloha Breeze
Originally uploaded by Below14th
A little something tropical...

Pale pink Czech glass pods and white Czech glass flowers dangle from sterling silver hoops and sterling ear wires.

These earrings fall 1.5 inches from the bottom of the ear wires.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Fabulous Friday Finds: Stilleto

I am definitely one of those girls who can never have too many bags. I had been on the hunt for a great bag that could do double duty. It needed to get me through the work day and to the gym. I knew I wanted a messenger style bag, but not too big that I couldn’t use it for the work day. Well, I found just what I was looking for at

Here friends, is the perfect bag:

At 8.x5 X 10.5 X 2 The dimensions are exactly what I was looking for. The bag is deep enough to fit a 9oz bottle of water, a small hand towel, wallet, keys and my Sony Bean. The inside pockets are great for keeping my cell phone easily accessible and for some lipstick for the emergency touch-ups. The great vibrant colors grabbed my attention and the quality is fantastic.
You can find Stilleto on Etsy at

Friday, June 01, 2007

Love Birds

love birds2
Originally uploaded by Below14th
My heart actually skipped a beat when I found these sweet little Turquoise beads. The little birdies sit upon a short stack of Coral. The lever backs are antiqued brass.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


I don't know about you, but when I hear the word "vacation" my mind automatically goes to the 80's Go Go's song.

Anyway, I spent the past week visiting family in NJ. The week was chock full of running from one place to another. It's weird I seem to appreciate all that the Tri-state area has to offer now that it is not readily available to me.

Enjoy the pictures of the many day trips to the Jersey Shore, The Bronx Zoo and of course a Mets game (and they won!)


In B14 news... I will be adding lots of new pieces now that I am relaxed and even more inspired. Be sure to check back at the shop soon!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Fabulous Friday Finds: Madison Craft Studio

Have you ever needed just a little something to brighten your day? Well, Madison Craft Studio is an entire shop full bright and fun little things. These fun pendants are made with beautiful origami papers in more colors and patterns than you could ever imagine.

I recently purchased these two pendants from Madison Craft Studio and I just love them!

They arrived very quickly and were exactly as listed. They are very well made and have brightened up the boring scrubs I have to wear everyday.

There are so many pendants to choose from that I already have some more on my wish list! I will definitely return to Madison Craft Studio when I have gifts to buy for friends.

Madison Craft Studio can be found on Etsy at

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Dreaming of the Beach

The past few days I have been dreaming of the beach. The ocean air, the sand and the breeze, all so wonderful.

"On the Beach" Is the newest addition to my Etsy shop. I fashioned the gorgeous Turquoise drop into a pendant. The turquoise is accompanied by some beautiful Coral cubes and of course the sterling silver chain.


Saturday, May 12, 2007

My Secret

My Secret
Originally uploaded by Below14th.
Everybody has secrets....

A lovely faceted dusty mauve, rose quartz briolette and a Hill Tribe silver rose. Both pendants are hung from an oxidized sterling silver chain.

The briolette measures 25mm and the chain measures 18 inches.

Friday, May 11, 2007

Fabulous Friday Finds

I took a few weeks off to work on some projects and load up on supplies. So this weeks Fabulous Friday Finds is all about So Ben Arts.

I was in need of a new business card and some stickers and Aimee did a fantastic job! The colors match the site perfectly and she is such a pleasure to work with.
Check out the new sticker design...

Sunday, May 06, 2007


Wow, two weekend shows in a row! They are a lot of work, but they are always so much fun!

This weekend I was at St. Andrews Spring Market in Raleigh. It was a great show. I met some really terrific and talented local crafters.

Now, that I a few weeks with no shows I have time to restock my shop. I have orders in on some new and fabulous beads and stones. Be sure to check back on some new designs in the next few weeks.


Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Wish Upon A Star

Wish Maker is my newest addition. The pendant on this sterling necklace features a sterling silver star, a champagne colored fresh water pearl and a gorgeous faceted aqua colored quartz briolette.

This Saturday I will be at the Spring Market at St. Andrews Methodist church. If you haven't picked up those Mother's Day gifts this would be the perfect opportunity.

Monday, April 23, 2007

A Few Slow Days...

Well, Etsy has been a little slow for a few days so I haven't listed anything new. Instead, I have used the time to work on new pieces that I will hopefully be able to add very shortly.

In other B14 news. This Saturday, April 28th I will be at the Riverwood Street Festival in Clayton, NC. If you happen to be in the area stop by.

Friday, April 20, 2007

The tag line says it all “Unique and eclectic things for you and your home”….

This weeks Fabulous Friday Find is The Magpies Nest.

I am so excited about this find. It all started about 3 weeks ago when I got a really cute haircut. After a week I could take the bangs falling in my eyes anymore. That’s when I started my frantic search for something stylish and colorful to hold back my hair.

The Magpies Nest immediately caught my attention. There was something about all those wonderful colors and patterns. I couldn’t help but click on every single listing (and that is something I rarely do). The Magpies Nest carries fashion-forward ponytail holders, hair clips, and some of the cutest earrings I have ever seen.

I have been on a turquoise and red kick lately so I inquired about a custom order. Renee was just wonderful to work with. I told her what I was looking for and she created four perfect hairclips for me in my new favorite colors. I also purchased these earrings which I have already worn several time and gotten quite a few compliments on.

The Magpies Nest can be found on Etsy at Stop by and find something perfect and lovely for yourself.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Humpday Specials

Happy Wednesday everyone. Wednesday means it's time for those "Humpday Specials". Today I am offering an additional 25% off anything in my shop. Please remember to use code "humpday" in the message to seller box upon check-out and I will send a revised invoice.

These offers are good through midnight tonight (est) and can be found at

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Crush

The Crush
Originally uploaded by Below14th.
Flirty and fun...

Sweet Czech glass flowers dangle from small brass rings. The lever backs are antiqued brass.

These earrings fall 1 inch from the bottom of the ear wires.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Fabulous Friday Finds: Dandilion Designs

These days we are all looking for a way to stand out, a way to express ourselves. If you are looking to do just that in a fun yet functional way be sure to check out Dandilion Designs .

Dandilion carries everything from arm and wrist warmers to pill cozies. Yes, ladies, there is a way to carry around those little pills without everyone knowing your business. The pill cozies can also double nicely as a business card case. All items are high quality out of fabulously hip, fun fabrics and colors.

My latest purchase from Dandilion Designs was this super cute crafters apron. I love the combinations of fun fabrics and the very handy pockets. Don’t fret there are more of these beauties to be had in the Crafter Apron section of Dandilion’s shop.

Dandilion Designs can be found on Etsy at Stop by and discover you own fabulous finds.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007


Originally uploaded by Below14th.
I just added this necklace today. I love the contrast of the soft pink to the oxidized silver.

The B14 website seems to be up and running again. Please let me know if you run into any problems.

Just a reminder that Friday I will be posting my first "Fabulous Finds" review, be sure to check back.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Website Down

If you have tried to visit today you may have noticed that the site is down. I am hoping this will be resolved soon, but was told it may be 3-5 business days ( arghhh) In the meantime you can visit my Etsy shop at