Sunday, January 13, 2013

Listing Day(s)!

As promised, what I've been up to:

As I told you last night, I started a new job a few months ago and my jewelry got put on the back burner. I decided Valentine's Day would be a good time to catch up on things so I called up some little fairy helpers, but they were all busy so I set to work on my own!  I've got a handful of new listings ready to go with more on the way through out the month, so keep checking back.

As a Holiday special I'm offering 10% off of everything in the shop! Just use coupon code BEMINE. Make sure to order by Friday, February 8, 2013 if you want your item in time for V-Day.

Here's just a little preview of some of the new things that have made their way into the shop, just in time to go home with you for that special someone (especially if that special someone is you!)  ;)

Snow White & Rose Red Dangle Chain Earrings

Mis-matched Multi-bead Dangle Chain Earrings

Sweetheart Earrings

AB Crystal and Glass Pearl Drop Earrings

I hope you enjoy all of the pretties I've created for you, and don't forget to use coupon code BEMINE at checkout for 10% off!

Remember to check back through the month as I'll be adding new things probably once or twice a week (usually on the weekends). 

Don't forget to like Studio kako on facebook and follow me on Instagram, I'm on Twitter too but rarely ever, but you never know... I may Tweet an exclusive discount code every once in a while! 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Holy extended absence, Batman!

Wow! It's been a while hasn't it... it's a whole new year already! I started a new job a week or so after my last post and it has been a whirlwind ever since. I have been going non-stop and sadly my etsy and blog have been neglected. I had intended to whip up a few Halloween themed items to get the ball rolling again, but October came and went with nary a glance at my studio.

Tonight is just a little pre-blog to get you anticipating tomorrow's full on post of goodness. I'll fill you in on all kinds of details and deals and even give you a glimpse into what I've been working on and what I have planned.

I've been lurking around Instagram a LOT lately, so head on over (@Studiokako) and follow me to keep up with my ridiculously interesting life ;) and to get sneak peaks at my newest creations and works in progress. Who knows, maybe I'll even offer special Instagram only promotions!

I'll leave you with this parting gift, brand new, hot off the presses earrings, just in time for Valentine's Day! Come back tomorrow for full details on the special I'm having in my shop right now and previews of more soon to be listed items.

Snow White & Rose Red Long Dangle Chain Earrings

Monday, August 20, 2012

Newness and discounts abound!

Listing day is very nearly upon us again. As it turns out I have several items expiring just before listing day. While some of them will be renewed others will possibly not return until next summer. In light of this I'm offering 15% off select items in my shop that will be expiring Aug 30-Sept 1!

I have more exciting news! Due to a recent desire to get rid of all the things, I've been cleaning out my studio and will be adding two new sections to my shop: destash & vintage! Here's a little peak at some of the things to come:

Vintage & Destash

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These lovely vintage earrings were my grandmother's. They date somewhere between the 30s - 70s. I call them "cascading star bells".

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 These gorgeous vintage beads were also my grandmother's. The pictures do not do them justice, they are beautiful neutral colors with stripes of gold glitter throughout. They would make beautiful earrings.

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 This jaunty copper colored heart will be in the Destash section of my shop. It's a wonderful pendant piece but it's time for it to go to a new home where it will be loved even more.

SALE! Here's a sneak preview of some of the expiring 15% OFF items:

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 These cute little chainmaille earrings will be expiring the end of this month, so snatch them up while you can! I'm not sure when they'll make a re-appearance.

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This pretty little bracelet is part of the summer collection. It's very possible that you won't see it again until next summer, so if you've been eying it grab it now!

That's all for now! Stay tuned September 1st for the new Vintage and Destash sections of my shop :D

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Exciting news and discounts!

I have exciting news friends! Studio *kako is now on Twitter! Follow me for all the latest updates and some sneak peaks of new items before they're listed! As always, don't forget about the other ways to connect with me over on the right hand side of my blog: Facebook, Pinterest and my Etsy shop. Stay tuned to all of them for updates and new products on the regular.

And don't forget: TODAY is the LAST day to use coupon code TENOFF for 10% off your ENTIRE studio *kako purchase. The code expires at 11:59 PM CST so don't miss it. Head on over now to check out all of the new items from my August listing day.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Crafting for crafting's sake

There has been an influx of articles and TV shows lately centering around "crafting". From the good to the bad to the ugly. It seems in the midst of this DIY movement people are losing sight of what it's really about. I'm not going to point fingers or name names, you can do a Google search and find ample evidence of this. I have been "creative" my whole life. I remember sitting at the kitchen table at my aunt's house and cutting up the sleeves and hems of t-shirts and tying pony beads to them. Or cutting cut outs into my white Keds and then covering them in puff paint. When I was in high school I sewed buttons down the seams of the legs of my blue jeans. And then I discovered jewelry making.

I have long had an affinity for accessories and when the opportunity arose to begin making my own you can bet I jumped at the chance. I spent hours and days trolling the aisles of Hobby Lobby and Micheal's and a name long forgotten discount store just down the street from them. My best friend and I gathered up our Caboodle's and set to work. What started out with elastic and brightly colored pony beads has turned into semi-precious stones and precious metals. I've come a long way from my "bedroom studio" jewelry making days, and I'm quite proud of the progress I've made.

There are countless articles touting the follies of trying to make a living with crafting. Some people say it's impossible, a pipe dream. Others just look down on you because you don't have a "real" job. In this world of over processed and made in China products where is the harm in offering handmade made in America goods? Why would you not want to support your economy or local artist? We do these things because they are what we love. We take raw materials and turn them into unimagined beauty. I make jewelry because I enjoy making things by hand and I love the uniqueness and originality that comes from handmade things. I am all about supporting local artists and "up and comers".

We need to band together as an artistic community and support each other. Not just financially, but emotionally as well. We need to take back the art that we love from these commercialized "crafters" and give DIY back the reputation it deserves. It's not about saving money, or even spending exorbitant amounts on ONE OF A KIND ORIGINAL items. It's about creating things from a place of love, with our own blood, sweat and tears and then reaping the rewards from that. You can make a living selling your art or crafts, but why should you have to? Why can't we just make things out of the overflow of our love that make the world a more beautiful place?

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Listing day is here!

Listing day is here! Don't forget to enter code TENOFF at checkout to get 10% off of your order! Here are a few more goodies up for grabs. Some of these are OOAK items, so grab em while they're hot!

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These are the bi-colored byzantine earrings that were offered in my giveaway a while back. So if you had your eye on them and didn't win the giveaway, here's your change to own them! 

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 This lovely bracelet is the teal floral bracelet. At this time, it is OOAK. If you think you want it, better grab it before it's gone! This bracelet is the perfect all season bracelet, transitioning easily from summer with it's light floral print to winter with it's deep jewel toned base.

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These earrings are a hot item right now! There's been talk of mud wrestling for ownership! These babies are OOAK made with beads repurposed from a vintage necklace. Gorgeous, classy and great for your inner Pinup Girl these earrings are a must have. Grab em fast though, because they're the one and only ones like them.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Calling all curls!

Hey my curly haired lady friends I have a great product recommendation for you. If you have naturally curly, wavy, or frizzy hair this product is uh-mazing. It's Miss Jessie's Quick Curls creme and it retails for about $32 for 8oz at Target. (or go here for 2oz for $9) It's totally worth it. I received a sample from a friend and have used it a few times now and am definitely sold on it. I don't think I'll ever go back to mousse. This takes half the product and half the time. A few dollops of creme is more than enough for all of my hair then I just hit it with the blow dryer (with a diffuser) and I have giant voluminous non-frizzy curls for days. Here's your chance to try out up to THREE of the products for FREE (free shipping and everything). Check it out and let me know if you love it as much as I do.