Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Much Needed Rest...

It has been one heck of year hasn't it? I know that after my last show of this season this coming Saturday, I will be ready to kick back and enjoy the holidays. I plan on doing some reading, taking some classes and maybe some supply shopping (that really is my idea of fun).

What kinds of things do you enjoy doing after the holiday rush?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Handmade Holiday...

Over the past few years I have made a point of purchasing as many handmade gifts for friends and family as I could.

This year I'd like to encourage as many folks as possible to purchase handmade gifts for the holidays. Every week until Christmas I'd like to share a different crafter/artist with those who may have a limited exposure to handmade.

Who's going to share first? Email me and share your favorite crafter and later this week I will share...

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Another Busy Weekend...

It's another two show weekend. Come out and get some of your handmade holiday shopping done.

Friday 12/19- Riverwood Elementary Holiday Bazaar 6-9pm

Saturday 12/20- Designers Downtown Market 9-3pm
509 West Street, Raliegh

Sunday, November 07, 2010

It's My Etsy-versary...

It's hard to believe, but November 9th is my 5 year anniversary on Etsy. It is has been a wonderful experience. I am so grateful for such a wonderful venue to sell my wares. Over the past 5 years I have grown, and learned so much.

Thank you Etsy. I am looking forward to the next 5!

In honor of my 5 year Etsy-versary take an additional $5 off your order of $10 or more. Use code Etsy5 for an adjusted invoice! Shop Now

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Always Evolving...

I have been doing shows for 5 years now and I still don't think I have found the perfect booth display. I'm actually not sure I ever will. That however, doesn't stop me from looking for new ideas and new display pieces to add into the mix.

Today, I found and fell in love with the table cloth pictured above....aannnnnd they were on clearance!

Just around the corner from said table cloth I found this sweet necklace tree complete with cute little birds!

Maybe I'm one step closer to perfecting my booth.

I'd love to see what special pieces you have added to your booth this year.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Fall Saving Are in...

The fall saving coupons are in. With any purchase made between now and November 30th you will receive a 25% coupon good through the end of the year!!!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

What A Weekend...

I would like to sincerely thank all those who organized and volunteered at SparkCon this past weekend. BazaarSpark was by far, hands-down THEEEEEE best craft event I have ever done.

Not only were tents, table and chairs provided for vendors, but they were already in place upon arrival!!! There was so much to see and do and foot traffic to the area was wonderful! I had planned on setting up both Saturday and Sunday, but by the end of day on Saturday I didn't have much inventory left.

Thank you SparkCon for a wonderful experience!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010


Well, after all the designing, production, photography, and listing; the Modernity Collection finally launched this afternoon!

I am very excited to see what kind of response there is to this collection. If you have any feedback please feel free to share with me. If you have yet to see the Modernity Collection you can do so here.

Please share with friends!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Organized Chaos...

In my world, organized chaos means I'm getting a lot accomplished. Today I have spent most of the morning emailing and snail mailing media kits for the new collection. Line sheets and descriptions are printed. The final touch will be some stickers I am waiting on from Vista Print.

Would you like a sneak peek at the new collection? Click Me~

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Fortunate Year

I have been very fortunate this year to not only continue to do my annual shows, but to have been accepted into some larger shows. A few years back I never would have dreamed to be accepted, but now as I become more efficient and I am able to keep an inventory up I can venture out and apply to some of the bigger shows.

BazaarSPARK is coming up in September and it looks to be such a interesting and fun event. The organizers have been super informative and just an artists/designers dream come true!

If you're in the Raleigh area September 18th and 19th stop by and check out all of that BazaarSPARK has to offer. If you are unable to attend please spread the word and keep these events alive!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Thank You...

Thank you to all who participated in our giveaway last week and congrats to our winner! Your "Lula" earrings went out yesterday and are on their way to you!! Keep reading for more giveaways in the coming weeks!

As we prepare for the launch of the Modernity Collection in early September; things may slow down a little in our Etsy shop. No worries, we will be back in full swing shortly.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Time For A Giveaway...

Want to win these earrings??? Simply leave a comment and tell us how you make an effort to support your local community. All responses will be entered for a chance to win these lovely "Lula" earrings. The drawing will take place tomorrow at 8pm!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Busy Busy Busy...

I took and leap and applied to a larger show recently and to my surprise I got in!!!!!!!!!! I did a little happy dance and then realized I have a lot of prep work to do.

The next several weeks I am going to commit myself to cutting, wiring, hammering, oxidizing, dapping, and cold connecting.

More info on where to find me, to follow...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Art Mart- August

It's time for the monthly Art Mart at Skylines Cafe It's still a small vendor fair and not heavily attended. However, the artists, crafters and business owners that participate are working hard to make these monthly Marts more successful.

Part of the problem is that we live in a county where the art community isn't as supported as it is in other counties. Then there is the whole middle of summer vacation thing.

What have you done in your community to gain support for the arts or your small business?

Thursday, July 08, 2010

It Feels Good...

Originally uploaded by Below14th
After a few weeks of staring at materials and not quite wanting to finish anything....I finally finished a few different pieces today.

I'm not quite sure why it happens, but I know it happens to many of us crafty folks.

What do you do when you loose some of your creative ambition?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New This Week

The Silver Satellite is a set of three stacked, sterling silver discs. The discs are hammered for texture. The pendant hangs from an 18 inch sterling silver chain.

More metal pieces to come this week!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Shop Local

Over the past several years I have made more of an effort to shop local. I love supporting local farmers, crafters, artists, and businesses in general.

This past weekend inspired me even more to work harder at promoting and supporting my local community. I have lived in Clayton, NC only a few years, but even in this short amount of time I have noticed it's growth and the desire of it's residents to make Clayton a town that focuses on it's local business owners and that supports the arts.

So, what can you do in your community to "shop local"?

Visit your downtown or Main Street. You are likely to find some great restaurant, coffee or tea shop, yoga studio or gift shop. Try someplace new!

Need fresh produce? Visit your local farmers market. This supports your local farmers.

Looking for the perfect gift? Take a stroll through your local gift shop or visit that local craft show you keep seeing signs for. Your local artists are always wanting to connect with their community.

What will you do this week to shop local?

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Art Mart This Saturday!!!!

Are you local to the Clayton area? Come and see what Johnston County artists have to offer. This Saturday at Skylines Cafe

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Studio Clean Up

It's that time of year again...Time for my bi-annual studio re-organization and clean up.

I look forward to getting back into designing and creating with a cleaner more organized studio next week!

Even though new things are not being added this week, you can still browse my listings at

Sunday, May 30, 2010

tres petite:a

tres petite:a
Originally uploaded by Below14th
New this week....I havent yet added this to the shop, but I am taking orders on them this weekend.

Tres Petite: features a single sterling charm and a single crystal or pearl bead of your color choice. The chain is sterling silver and measures 18 inches

Just $20.00 order this weekend and get free shipping!

Interested email me at and I will reserve a listing in the shop for you!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

New This Week

Originally uploaded by Below14th
If you like one of a kind this necklace it for you! The pale pink and the white make this great for Spring and Summer!

Want more details? visit my shop.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Benson Saturday Stroll

Come out this Saturday to the Benson Saturday Stroll. The event runs from 10-3 and is free! For more info visit the town of Benson website.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Drops of Moonlight...

Things have been busy over here. Busily working to get everything ready for the launch and today the first of the new collection made its way to both Etsy and B14!

Incase you are not familiar with the o*n*e* collection; it focuses on simplicity and beauty. Single Swarovski Crystals in a variety of colors are the main focus of each piece.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

The (1st) First Friday Market...

It's going to be a busy weekend for B14! This Friday I will be showing my wares at the very 1st, First Friday Market, downtown Raleigh. Come out and enjoy First Friday, there are lots of thing going on downtown. The event will be held at 131 South Wilmington Street from 6-10 pm!

No, tome to unpack the car because Saturday I will head downtown again for the Designers Downtown Market! 509 N. West Street (in the Ornamentea parking lot) from 9am to 3pm!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Spring Market. 2010

Spent a lovely afternoon at the St Andrews Spring Market in Garner, NC. The weather was perfect! This is my 3rd year doing this market and I enjoy it more every year.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The Big 35...

Tomorrow is my 35th birthday (ouch). I am not quite sure why, but it has been haunting me since last year. It's just a number right? I feel great and everyone tells me I look younger than I am. That said, I have decided to celebrate a little. Enjoy the day and not be bummed about being in a new age demographic.

My gift to you...Take an additional 35% off your order at Below 14th Designs or my Etsy Shop Use code Big35 at checkout.

This offer is valid 4/24 & 4/25/2010!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Start Thinkin' Mother's Day....

What good is a Mother's Day sale the day before Mother's Day? Start thinking of those special moms in your life now.

Hand stamped pendants make a great gift idea. There are 2 types of pendants available in my shop.

1) The Solamente initial pendant which is deal at $5

2) The Mom Times pendant available for $10

Rock The Vote...

I just put up a poll on my Facebook page. Please stop by and vote. I'd love your input!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Looking Ahead...

Craft fair #2 of the season is on Saturday! I love the week before a show. There;s something about the mad rush to get things together and packed up that just makes me happy.

The Hope Church Spring Festival will be held on Saturday the 27th from 10am to 4pm at Clayton Middle School. An added bonus for me...this venue is probably just about 1.5 miles from my house. Sweet!

New additions to the shop for this week: Delia This necklace would be great for a garden party or even Easter.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

I Love A Busy Week...

custom sterling charms
Originally uploaded by Below14th
This week a bunch of custom orders came in. I'm not sure what I did differently and I'm not complaining one bit. I love the whole process getting the orders done and wrapping them up!

Is there something special I can create for you??

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Come Out and Play....

It seems the weather is making a change for the better! Finally! Come out and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine at the Designers Market.

The Market is scheduled for March 13th 9am to 3pm. Should Mother Nature decide she wants to throw a curve ball at us, the weather will be rescheduled for Sunday, the 14th.

For more info visit Designers Downtown Market

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Pick Up The Pieces....

Originally uploaded by Below14th
Still waiting to hear back from one more big show. The first one didn't pan out. I was a little disappointed, but after I ate my way through the pantry I felt much better.

I am continuing to get new pieces added and continuing to work on the new Spring collection. A sneak peek will be available soon!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Introducing the Solamente Collection...

Originally uploaded by Below14th
Are you dying to have an initial charm to add to your favorite necklace? Are you on a budget and unwilling to splurge on something for yourself? Or are you looking for a thoughtful, yet affordable gift for a friend?

Look no further...The Solamente Pendant Collection includes one hand-stamped letter charm and the Swarovski birthstone of your choice.

The charm is an antiqued base metal and measures approx. 1/2 inch across.

These affordable charms are available for just $5 each. Sterling silver is also available for $2 more. Email me if you prefer sterling. Click here for more info

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New This Week

Originally uploaded by Below14th
Samira earrings. Lucite flowers in a matte teal...lovely.

In the past several weeks I have sent out a bunch of applications for Spring shows. Now I am patiently awaiting to hear back from 2 of the bigger ones. Fingers crossed!

Thursday, February 04, 2010

50 4 10...

If you follow me on Twitter you may already know about the daily 50 4 10. If you don't here's the inside scoop.

Everyday, at random times I post a 50 4 10 special. That means that for a 10 minute period of the day a certain item is available for 50% off. That is huge!

If you want in on the daily 50 4 10 all you need to do is follow me on twitter by clicking below!

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Studio Wednesday

It's been a few weeks since I have been able to have Studio Wednesday. Sick children and root canal can sort of de-rail studio time. It's nice to be back and back at it.

I am still anxiously awaiting to hear if I was accepted to Spring Daze in April. Until I hear back I will be continuing to build up my inventory.

I did just hear back about the Hope Church Spring Festival. I am happy to be able to participate in that event on March 27th! I will post more details as the event gets closer!

Friday, January 29, 2010

January Has Come and Almost Gone...

Originally uploaded by Below14th
I can't believe how fast the month of January has gone. I have spent most of the month preparing for a show I'm not even sure I have been accepted to yet.

Now, that I feel I have a good inventory to back me up I can start listing some things on my site again. Look for new items to be added soon in my Etsy shop as well ( )

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Studio Wednesday

Originally uploaded by Below14th
Wednesday's mean a little extra studio time for me. All week long I have been wanting to make this pendant a reality. Today, it finally happened. Although I am still perfecting my hand-stamping skills; I am pretty happy with the way this one turned out.

Any thoughts?

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Aorund the World and Back Again...

This probably sounds terrible, but I am so very happy the holidays are over!

I am back at it, getting ready for Spring shows. Applications are being sent and new pieces are being added. I love doing those outdoor spring shows in the fresh air.