Monday, January 30, 2017

Breathe New Life into your Jewelry with a Re-Design

Some years ago I purchased a necklace from a local artisan that was made of pale green agate stones interspersed with emerald green round crystals. I liked the pale stones but couldn't quite make it work with anything I wore. Last year I decided to disassemble the necklace and re-design it into a set of coordinating necklace and ear cuffs. I set aside the emerald green crystals for another time and focused on the agate stones, accenting them with sterling silver balls, Czech crystal beads and tiny Japanese Miyuki beads. For the ear cuffs I used the smaller agate stones and the same combination of accenting beads. I liked the contrast of the cool green and the warm browns and gold tones of the smaller beads. What do you think?




We all have necklaces that were bought for a particular event, have become outdated or just need a refresh in their design. Perhaps you have a special event in your future and want to wear a vintage or family piece of jewelry that needs a tweak to make it work with your style. Let's discuss how we can re-design the necklace and possibly also add ear cuffs or earrings to coordinate.

There is a consultation fee as we will take time to discuss your thoughts on colors and design. Contact me at Fiona@elegantearcuffs.com.

To learn about upcoming regional events where I will feature an extensive collection of ear cuff designs visit my Upcoming Events page. To shop online, visit my Etsy shop.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Elegant EarCuffs by Fiona is at Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem, PA, Nov-Dec 2016

Christkindlmarkt is one of the Top 5 Christmas festivals in the nation. I am thrilled to be a part of this event which, in addition to retailers and artisans like myself, also features ice sculpting, Christmas entertainment, festive delights to eat and drink, carol singers and of course, Santa Claus. Most of the event is held inside huge tents/canopies, so don't worry about the weather.

There is a different layout this year. In the past retailers were in one tent and artisans and the stage with entertainment were in the other. This year there are 3 tents. As you enter, the first has buy/sell vendors. The second and third tents have hand crafted items from folks like myself. You can visit the Artsquest website for details on directions, artisans, pricing (great discount on seasonal pass) and more.

I'm in Booth 112 in the 2nd tent, along with Santa Claus.  (I wonder if Mrs Claus would like some ear cuffs ??)

  



Below is a layout of the 3 tents and the location of Elegant EarCuffs by Fiona:


I'm having a lot of fun showing ladies how to wear ear cuffs. They are comfortable, secure, and the perfect gift for anyone who can't wear pierced earrings because of allergies, or torn or split ear hole piercings. 

Here are some pics of some happy customers:

This pair have many colors, so a very versatile design. The look fabulous with her hairstyle.

Sterling Silver, 14K Gold and Swarovski Pearls are featured here. She pulled her hair back, and WOW!

This lady was already wearing hoop earrings. The ear cuffs work well with the hoops and complete her look.

Here are the dates and times for Christkindlmarkt:


Steelstacks, Bethlehem, PA
November 25-27, 2016
December 1-4, 8-11 & 15-18, 2016
Thursdays & Sundays 11 am - 6 pm
Fridays & Saturdays 11 am - 8 pm


I hope to see you there. 

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Holiday Season.

Fiona





Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Oktoberfest and Ear Cuffs

I'm excited to be a part of the Oktoberfest in Bethlehem, PA which starts this coming weekend, Friday, Sept 30th - Sun October 2nd and Friday Oct 7th - Sun October 9th.

You'll find my display in the Kunstler Market.

Read THIS GREAT ARTICLE on all the activities, food and of course the beer.

I've been working on some new designs, especially to promote the Autumn colors, and am getting ready for the Holiday buying season.  Here are a few of my new designs:

Drop ear cuffs in sterling silver and 14K gold filled beads
Drop design in sterling silver and 14K gold filled beads

Autumn Drop Ear Cuffs
Made with Freshwater Pearls and Czech crystals and leaves on sterling silver wire

A touch of Autumn Colors

Of course, no pierced ears are needed. They're comfortable to wear and a protective coating prevents the sterling silver and polished copper from tarnishing, and there's no skin sensitivity.

You can always buy from my shop at elegantearcuffs.com, but I do have many more designs available to you at local events.

To be updated on festivals in the PA - NJ - MD area, join my mailing list. I only send out a handful of emails a year and offer special promotions as well. Click here to sign up.

If you see a design but would like to tweak it a little, just let me know at fiona@elegantearcuffs.com. The design below is one I offer on my website with a touch of holiday red and greens about it. A customer of mine liked the idea but wanted it in shades of blue, green and teal.
Sterling Silver ear cuff featuring red and green crystals
View this design in my shop

Mission accomplished!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Etsy Wholesale Invites Retailers To Order From Elegant EarCuffs by Fiona


          

Elegant EarCuffs by Fiona was recently accepted into Etsy Wholesale, a marketplace where independent retailers can discover unique products from vetted artists and designers. Retailers can select from an expansive pool of items ad connect directly with sellers, view site web-based line sheets, and submit purchase orders. Proof of a business establishment is required as wholesale pricing is offered and orders must meet volume dollar requirements.

I am very excited about this move forward in my business. There are many ladies who choose not to or cannot wear traditional ear jewelry, and these are a comfortable and elegant alternative. Retailers in the Philadelphia region can contact me for a personal introduction to my designs and the possibility of local promotions.

Read the Press Release on my wholesale business here.

You can view my Line Sheets and the current wholesale designs available made of some of my most popular designs here. Here's a screen shot below.

Page from Elegant EarCuffs by Fiona Line Sheets
Some Designs from my current Wholesale Offering

If you are a retailer and are interested in learning more, contact me directly at Fiona@elegantearcuffs.com and I can send you a Guest Pass into my Etsy Wholesale Shop.

I can also take orders over the phone, by email, and through the Etsy Wholesale website.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Elegant EarCuffs February 2016 Newsletter featuring Upcoming events and Promotional Sale

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Spring is around the corner and my events calendar for this year is shaping up nicely. See below for details and also for a discount to promote the end of the cold weather.
 

NEW RETAIL CUSTOMERS

I'm excited to announce the following shops are now selling some of my ear cuff designs.  It's always fun to try before you buy, especially when you're shopping with a friend and can get their feedback.

Patsy's Potpourri of Gifts,
30 East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, PA
Read about Patsy's collections in her lovely gift shop.
Phone 610.367.2955 

For all the customers I met at the Belsnickel Craft Fair last November, this is an especially convenient location for you.

The Keeping Room
7 Spinnaker Circle, Marshfield, MA
Phone 781.536.8384


Ryan's Country Charm
305 E.17th Street, Hazle Twp, PA 18202
Phone 570.578.8735 




2016 Events

My calendar for this year is shaping up nicely. The application process can take several months, so this list is not complete.


Saturday - Sunday March 5-6, 2016
Owen J. Roberts Friends Of The Arts Craft Fair
The event features more than 80 juried artisans displaying an excellent array of unique, contemporary and traditional crafts.
Event includes a craft raffle and live musical entertainment. Read more here.

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Downingtown East High School (DEHS) Craft Fair
Learn more from their Facebook page.

Friday April 22 - Sunday 24, 2016
Great Philadelphia ComicCon, Oaks, PA
This is a fun family event for all manner of cosplayers (I've never seen so many Ghostbusters as I did at this event last year). Free parking is a bonus.
Learn more from their website.

Friday April 29 - Sunday May 1, 2016
Spoutwood Faerie Festival
Glen Rock, PA
This is the 25th Anniversary of this event. A beautiful location with everyone dressed up in magical costume, including myself!  To see it is to believe it! View the beautiful event poster and details here.

May 27 - 30, 2016
Mayfair Festival of the Arts, Allentown, PA
There's something for everyone at this event, including differently themed music every day, a fine  arts venue and high quality crafters, like myself. I'm inside, so come visit rain or shine.
Learn more at from their website.

June 2 - 5, 2016
Wizard World ComicCon
Philadelphia Convention Center, downtown Philly
Another opportunity to get your geek on. Special guests include Michael J Fox and other characters from the Back To The Future Movies.
Learn more from the website.

June 11 - 12
Maryland Faerie Festival
2564 Silver Rd., Darlington, MD 21034
You can camp or stay in a cabin or just visit for the day and participate in this magical event. Read more here.

Sat - Sun September 10 - 11, 2016
Brandywine Festival Of The Arts
1001 North Park Drive, Wilmington, DE 19802
This is a Delaware tradition spanning over half a century. Read more here.


I also post upcoming events a day or two before at Facebook.com/elegantearcuffs.


BRING ON SPRING PROMOTION

Can't wait to see those leaves budding and smell the blossom in the air. We're not quite there yet here in SE Pennsylvania, but it's good to be ready with ear cuff designs featuring leaves, flowers and of course the rainbow.  Visit my ON SALE section to get 25% discount on a selection of designs.





 
The recent wholesale trade fair I participated was a great success and below is an image of the designs I am currently offering at wholesale.  I have a generous 'Finder's Fee' if you introduce me to a shop who orders some designs for their shop.  Contact me at Fiona@ElegantEarCuffs.com or phone me at 610.935.2112.

Designs sold recently at a convention or craft fair event.

Thanks for reading my newsletter and feel free to reach out to me with enquiries about local events and custom requests at Fiona@ElegantEarCuffs.com.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

New Designs For The Fall, Comfortable, Elegant and Beautifully Unique

After a long hot summer, the promise of a beautiful Fall is around the corner here in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  It's my favorite time of year for nature's colors and to celebrate this I have designed a variety of drop ear cuffs made from Sterling Silver and beautiful leaves made by an American Artisan complemented with a touch of glamor with sparkling beads from Swarovski, the Czech Republic and Japan.  Altogether, a splendid jewelry accessory for the change of season.

The designs are protected from tarnishing and any skin sensitivity with a protective coating, although the Sterling Silver is Nickel-Free.

These designs will be available at local events, or, contact me for details on pricing if you will not make it to one of my events in the near future.

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The bottom right image shows the back of one of the leaves which shows a darker design, just like a real maple leaf may look.

To read my recent newsletter, click here, which includes a listing of my events covering the next three months and leading up to Christmas 2015.

I love working with colors and new ideas.  Feel free to contact me at Fiona@ElegantEarCuffs.com  with your design requests.