NEW Stuff

•May 28, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Slacking on my blogs has been due to my last explanation of being ‘Lost in Action.’

Another aspect of that action was designing, creating and posting new pieces to www.tleahdesigns.com

Here are pics of the new pieces:

These bad boys can be checked out in the categories: “Crystals,” “Stones,” and the NEW Categories “Hammered” (which will feature Sterling Silver and Gold Filled wires hammered into cool shapes and designs), “ReVamped” (this category will hold jewelry that has been brought back from the dead. What once had been tossed aside as old and out of date, will be given new life as a beautiful accessory) and “And All the Rest…” (which truthfully is functioning as a catch all for the pieces that are unique and I just don’t know how to categorize efficiently yet, so you never know what you will get in that category, frankly, neither do I!) ;o)

I hope everyone has a Safe and Enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!

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Lost

•May 25, 2010 • Leave a Comment

It’s true, I can have a tendency to get lost, and not only driving or trying to find where on a public street I parked my car, but lost in thought, lost in action even lost in translation.  Luckily of those later 3 its been action.  What, pray tell, you ask…

Well, I enjoyed a sweet little 48 hours trip home to CT to see my parents, bros, sister-in-law, my unborn totally radical nephew and some other family members.  It was a little Mother’s day surprise for my mama, made completely possible by my dear friend Ari who works hard for the money at Jetblue.  Which, btw, is the BEST airline ever!

Some of you may, and some of you may not know… that I moonlight (actually I guess in this case it would be ‘sunrise’?) as a fitness trainer.   I DO love this work, but right now its functioning as a supplement to my dream of brining great accessories that complement and get complements, TO. THE. WOOOORLD!   anyhow, enough drama, every 2 years I have to recertify and the time has arrived, so I’ve been spending a lot of time (and $$$, that I don’t have, big thanks to Visa for their sponsorship!) studying for exams and continuing education credits.  Also, I started a contracted job, with UCSD to help facilitate a class for study they are running. So as you see I’ve been busy.

BUT certainly never to busy for jewelry.  If you’re keeping up, you may have noticed some promotions/coupons/discounts I have been offering via emails and status updates. (IF NOT…. send your email address to me at tiffany@tleahdesigns.com and I will make sure to include you on the email blasts)

Further, the website (www.tleahdesigns.com) is up and its pretty, and more importantly, FUNCTIONAL, however in order for it to function more effectively to bring in business from the “WORLD WIDE” Web, one must invest time in ‘Search Engine Optimization.’ wtf? right?  I know, well, actually I didn’t know until my helpful and omniscient brother told me that I MUST SEO, MUST SEO, MUST SEO!

Let me tell you something people, IT. IS. TIME. CONSUMING.  how might an individual SEO?  words. any word, possible, that somebody might type into a search engine that could or slightly describe your product. any word. any word that is relevant, for every single product. So I mean, imagine how many times I had to use “beautiful,” “awesome,” “cool,” “edgy,”  JUST kidding, but really if I have to write “crystal,” “pearl,” or “sterling silver” one more time this week… crap, i just did…. well, you get the feeling.

So hard work.  Hard work that is time consuming and without instant gratification, can only be driven by one thing,

P-A-S-S-I-O-N.

Without passion, my americanized sense or hard work without an instant increase in my bank account, could quite possibly drive me right back into the arms of the corporate satan, that I left nearly 4 years ago. But I love this. I love my dream. I love the beauty and the art behind it. I love the joy it brings to people. I love the connection a meaningful piece of jewelry can make in a relationship. And I will keep on forging through the tough times, because:

“We were meant to dream ‘not a million quiet dreams, but a million dreams that ROAR!”

~An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton

(Thanks Briit!)

YOUR MOM!

•April 12, 2010 • 1 Comment

Mother’s day is on its way!

Please turn your attention to the following Public Service Announcement on how to make your mom REALLY happy this year:

Now you know what you need to get your mom

Here are options

Mother's Necklace

Mother’s Necklace- A features the children’s birthstones in Swarovski crystal and pearl components, hanging from a hand-shaped Sterling Silver ring, representing a Mother’s endless love for her children.

Mother's Bracelet

The mother’s bracelet also features the children’s birthstones in Swarovski crystal and pearl components.

This family necklace featured below incorporates the parents and the Children.   The top 2 smaller crystals represent the parents’ birthstones while their children’s birthstones drop in graduating sizes.  The parents and children’s birthstones are held together by a single silver circle representing unity, endless love and the circle of life.  Below are 2 examples to show multiple or single children families.

Family Necklace

Family Necklace II

*All pieces are created with Sterling Silver Infinity Chain.  The chain a tiny figure 8’s representing eternity.

Yes, not only do these pieces sparkle and shine, but the are loaded with meaning and have been bringing tears of joy to Momfaces for some time now…. Order yours now!   (Please revisit, the stellar, super professional video above for contact info, you know you want to watch it again!!!)  ;o)

What’s in a name?

•March 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

So even though the name “TLeah Designs” was kinda a spur of the moment decision, forced by a purchase of a URL name, it wasn’t without strategy.

The TLeah was fairly simple… “T” for Tiffany, (but alas, I could not use my own full name because it seems to be monopolized by a company that sells little blue boxes, well, Purple boxes with cool logos are waaaay better, Im totally not bitter) and the Leah (pronounced “Lee” not Lee-ah, my parents did this, dont try to tell me otherwise… take it up with them if you have a problem) is my middle name.

The “Designs” portion of my logo is where the real thinking began. Sounds fairly simple, I know, however I could have undoubtedly used “TLeah Jewelry” or “TLeah Accessories” you know how it goes… but standard to my cerebral wiring, I was not about to pigeon hole myself.  I knew eventually my curious mind would run rampant with creative ideas and want to explore different areas of construction and fabrication of art.

Turns out… I was right. Naturally. ;o)

So here is one example.  I found this fabric, loved the colors and the pattern, however it is a slightly unforgiving woven silk. Lacking any professional or even somewhat educated direction in sewing, I manipulated the design in my head to what you see here:

Front View Back Detail Side- Open ended zipper detail

Ok- so maybe it might be considered a little “risque” but I don’t ever recall hearing Tim Gunn say anything about the runway being rated PG.

Now… if there was only more time in each day, a few clones of myself and some sort of government provided funds for being ambitious… (WOW! that last one was really unrealistic).  I guess I’ll just keep working hard and my binoculars focussed on the horizon so I can be ready when my ship comes in.

NEW SKILLZ

•March 9, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I was perusing through one of my jewelry making catalogs and came across a stamping kit.  AWESOME! I love things with words on them, like books and signs…. jk, I mean clothing and accessories with words on them.  Its cool. So finding a tool that would allow me to incorporate letters, words, symbols, etc. on my jewelry, well, I was stoked!   So I bought it… and made this necklace:

“BabyCakes” is a name my Dad used to call me when I was little (amongst other names, you know, depending on my behavior, but again… how many names can you have for an angel?)  I digress.  When I wear this necklace I usually get questions (or funny looks, luckily I am well weathered at handling those, I just give funny looks right back, AH! staying on track is hard!) but questions lead to stories and stories can be sentimental and open up a whole new avenue of conversation or they can be funny and you’ve got a comedic skit on your hands.  Anyway, any words you put on your personalized tags will always be original and personal.

There is nothing exceeding steady about hand stamping, so the message can be slightly off centered or irregular (but aren’t we all, a little?) however, I think thats what gives it character and authenticity.  Its by far an original and one of a kind.  And totally customized, you’ll be sure to never find another exactly like it!   And who doesn’t want to be the only kid on the block with something cool!?

TA DAAAA!

•March 4, 2010 • 2 Comments

From trashin:

To fashion:

Authentic Chandelier Earrings.   Made from rescued actual Chadelier pieces!!

Keep checkin back to see what becomes of the other rescued trash ;o)

Another Man’s Trash….

•March 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

can become some girl’s most cherished new accessory!

The REAL Chandelier Earrings…. I picked up these authentic chandelier pieces:

I also got a hold of these chunkier Chandelier crystals and Skeleton keys… (I mean skeleton keys!?  How frikin cool, right?)  Who knows how old these are or who’s hands they had been in?  How about a little history accenting your outfit as a rad necklace?

Tune back in, in a few days, to see how these bad boys are transformed!

(I guess that means I need to get designing…..)