Victoria Allison Jewelry Holiday Sale 2014

It’s finally here – my Holiday Sale has begun! November 16th through 23rd, 2014, save $10 when you spend $50 or more, and save $20 when you spend $100 or more! Use coupon code 10OFF50 or 20OFF100 at either http://www.victoriaallison.com/ or http://victoriacampallison.etsy.com/ Please enter the coupon code during checkout. (It is not valid on prior purchases.) Enjoy!

Victoria Allison Jewelry - Holiday Sale 2014

Amending the All Work and No Play mentality..

Dear Blog,

I know it has been a while since I’ve written, but I promise that I still care about you! I have been so busy these past few months, I never had the time to sit down and collect my thoughts. Contrary to my prior all-work-and-no-play lifestyle, I decided that massive amounts of hard work and designing schedules that consume all daylight hours do actually merit some time away, even if I don’t leave the comfort of the West Coast.

With that in mind, I have tried to schedule time to see family, get some fresh air, and try my hand at some new baking recipes (one of which I’ll share this weekend.)

Much love,

Victoria

PS- Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve been up to in my blogging absence..

April..

After my Fab.com sale ended, we took a couple of days up north to relax along the Sonoma County Coast, and spent some time at the Timber Cove Inn (with a room overlooking the cove and shoreline.) Foggy mornings mixed with patchy afternoon sun, delicious food, no television, and little to no cellphone reception made for a peaceful and rejuvenating escape.

Timber Cove Inn – morning fog..

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Family photo, taken in the spot where our room’s view overlooked. Butters was more interested in the scenery than posing for yet another picture..

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I could have spent the entire two days photographing the amazing scenery; there are many more, but here’s a glimpse..

Obligatory Butters photo. I'm pretty sure this was one of his favorite places ever. I would have to agree that it was one of my favorites, too.

Obligatory cute Butters photo. I’m pretty sure this was one of his favorite places ever. I would have to agree that it was one of my favorites, too.

May…

The month of May brought with it an engagement, followed by a graduation ceremony for my fiance, in which I watched him speak to his graduating class as Valedictorian!…

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Antique edwardian ringAnother shot to show off the beautiful detailing (it’s an antique!)

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Towards the end of May, I also had the privilege of seeing some of my jewelry designs on TV! They were on the air in Salt Lake City for a Celebration Gifts segment on The Daily Dish.

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You can see my jewelry there in the center! (Heart lockets, constellation lockets, and constellation compasses, all available on my website http://www.victoriacamp.com.)

June…

Both May and June were so busy with gifts for graduates! Some of my most popular designs were the quote compasses:

Working Compass Necklace - Robert Frost Two Roads Diverge Poem - 4Working Compass Necklace with Vintage Map and Robert Frost Quote – The Road Not Taken (http://www.victoriacamp.com/Working-Compass-Necklace-Vintage-Map-Robert-Frost-p/compass-mapquote.htm) Available with the quote shown, or a custom quote of your choice!

..as well as my constellation compasses, in the small size:

Custom Small Working Constellation Compass Small Working Compass Necklace with Personalized Zodiac Constellation (http://www.victoriacamp.com/Small-Custom-Zodiac-Constellation-Compass-Necklace-p/smallconstellationcompass.htm)

But, keeping with the mindset of not living an all work and no play life, we decided to take a road trip down south for some family time. We visited my sister and her family in So. Cal, as well as my future brother-in-law and his wife in Las Vegas.

Cutie pie kids.. my oldest niece, and my nephew (youngest of 4!)

Cutie pie kids.. my oldest niece, and my nephew (youngest of 4!)

During our San Diego visit, we visited some friends, went to the San Diego Zoo, as well as the Old Town area for some fun. Our time in Vegas included a backstage tour of the Celine Dion production at The Colosseum (or maybe I should say “up stage”, as we saw where the crew production takes place!,) played a few slot machines (obligatory,) visited the Boot Barn (lots of cowboy hats and boots!,) and ended with the Bellagio fountains show via a fabulous view from the Louis Vuitton balcony.

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As for July.. well, the month is only half over! I have a recipe to post for you this weekend – cherry crumb bars! They were so delicious, I’ve been daydreaming about them for days since we finished eating them.

Hope you’re having a great summer!

Zodiac Constellation Locket Necklaces

I’ve been interested in stars and zodiac since I was a little girl. In middle school, my sister and I used to always hunt for Orion’s Belt and the Big Dipper constellations in the sky. We also made beaded jewelry together with zodiac beads that we made out of polymer clay. In fact, I still have two of them left! It was only a matter of time before I added a zodiac/constellation line to my collection. I took a picture of those clay beads (made over 15 years ago!) in comparison to my new line. Funny how time goes by, yet our passions stay the same..

 

On the left .. polymer clay zodiac beads (made over 15 years ago, in middle school!) On the right .. new Zodiac Constellation Locket Necklaces (hand painted, made this month!)

 

Naturally, I had to make the entire line of zodiac constellations for my shop! They’re available on brass chain, your choice in length up to 20″. Each tiny locket (they’re vintage) is hand painted by me, and then sealed with a glaze to add shine and some water resistance.

 

I think they look great layered.. shown below are two of the necklaces in 20″ and 16″ lengths.

 

Naturally, this post wouldn’t be complete without the addition of an Ursa Major (“big dipper”) constellation locket necklace..

Ursa Major (“big dipper”) constellation locket.. http://www.etsy.com/listing/101926640/ursa-major-necklace-big-dipper-on-tiny

 

In case you’re wondering – I absolutely did make myself an Ursa Major locket to keep! I’ve been wearing it along with my Leo locket. I’m thinking about making some additional constellations, by request. Any suggestions? What’s your favorite constellation?