Christmas in July Specials

Happy July! Well, okay, it’s already the third day of July, but I didn’t miss the start of the new month by too far.

Although I’ve been selling on Etsy for almost four years, this will be my first year participating in their Christmas in July event. The actual dates for the Etsy event aren’t until later in the month, but I wanted to extend the special for my own shop since I’m too excited to wait! (PS- Not all shops participate. It’s not mandatory!)

For the entire month of July, I’m offering free shipping worldwide on all orders in my shop. I’m also going to be hosting another giveaway, but not until later, so you’ll have to be patient! If you want to be the first to know about special events and promotions, I encourage you to sign up for my Facebook page. I always post new news/items/specials there first.

 

I’ve also added some new constellation jewelry styles the past week..

Hand Painted Custom Zodiac Constellation Hair Pin – Victoria Camp Designs

Custom Zodiac Constellation Necklace on Large Vintage Locket – Victoria Camp Designs

The alternative to the tiny constellation locket, for those who prefer a bigger, bolder style! I love these ones too, since they’re big enough to put in 2 photos and/or a secret note.

I’ve also added a new petite bird nest necklace, with freshwater pearls..you can choose either white or pale blue freshwater pearls!

Tiny Bird’s Nest Necklace with Freshwater Pearls – Victoria Camp Designs

..and this one-of-a-kind layered brass necklace with the most beautiful dark olive green freshwater pearls. I’ve been sort of “hoarding” these pearls for a while. I’ve only used them in one pair of earrings, and now this necklace. I only had a half of a strand of them to begin with, so I’ve been selectively using them. They’re just too pretty to use on any ‘ol design! This asymmetrical design features White Topaz on the opposite side of the chain, and multiple layers of brass chains in the center front. Very dramatic!

Layered Brass Necklace, Dramatic Multi Strand Brass Chains, Olive Pearls, White Topaz Gemstone – Victoria Camp Designs

If you live in the US, have a safe and happy Fourth of July tomorrow!

Patterson House Jewelry Inspiration

Last summer I visited the Ardenwood Historic Farm (and Patterson House, located on the property) in Fremont, CA. If you live in the bay area and haven’t been here yet, I recommend it! This place is pretty awesome. They have various gardens and animals (sheep, goats, etc.) as well as an on-site blacksmith. Throughout the year they hold various events and festivals, depending on the season. It’s a great place for kids, but I’m an adult (sans kids) and I had fun too.

 

The highlight for me was the gorgeous Victorian Patterson House, the focal point of the property. This home was built by George Patterson in the mid 1800s, and underwent various additions and renovations throughout the remainder of the century. Let me tell you – this place is GORGEOUS. They have a lot of the original furniture, which thankfully has stayed with the family, and the architecture of the building is just beautiful. Each room in the house has so many historical nooks and crannies, you could spend all day in there. I took a guided tour with a dear friend of mine, but to be honest, we ended up ‘lagging’ behind everyone else, because we couldn’t stop photographing everything we laid eyes on!

 

By the time we finished the house tour, I was inspired. I knew this house was going to be influential in my designs, especially for bridal. I already completed an entire Spring Bridal Collection based on this amazing Art Nouveau chandelier in one of the bedrooms:

 

Patterson House chandelier - by Victoria Camp

 

Stunning, isn’t it? It’s not only one of my favorite pieces from the home, but one of my favorite chandeliers of all time. Ever. Seriously.

 

Anyway, every time I look at the pictures from this home, I get inspired all over again. Here’s a few favorites that inspired some new pieces in my shop..

Front partial view of the Patterson house. Check out the gorgeous molding!

 

I would love one of these benches for my patio!

 

One of the guest bedrooms, with a wedding gown from one of the family members’ weddings. (Love the ruffles on the hem!) Not to mention the elaborate bed frame!

 

Antique undergarments. So pretty!

 

This bustle frame was seriously amazing and elaborate!

 

The lace on the gloves! Omg! I love everything that’s in this photo, right down to the rose wallpaper. Can you believe this was a guest bedroom?!

 

This was in a closet. Actually there was a technical term for this room, but I forgot what it was. (It was sort of a dual purpose washroom and closet.)

 

This would not be complete without a pair of pointy toed ribbon topped shoes! So darling!

 

Can you see why I was inspired?

 

Here’s a couple of new designs I made based on my Patterson House guest bedroom inspiration..

 

 

White Rose White Pearls Bridal Necklace with Ribbon Tie - Victoria Camp Designs

Hand formed white clay rose, white freshwater pearls, brass chain and creamy ivory satin ribbon tie closure.

White Rose White Pearls Bridal Necklace with Ribbon Tie (2) - Victoria Camp Designs

 http://www.etsy.com/listing/99495719/white-rose-and-white-pearl-ribbon

Peach Pink Rose White Pearls Locket Necklace - Victoria Camp Designs

Peachy pink hand formed clay rose, white freshwater pearls and a tiny brass locket, on brass chain.

 

Peach Pink Rose White Pearls Locket Necklace 2 - Victoria Camp Designs

http://www.etsy.com/listing/99494344/pink-rose-and-white-pearl-locket

That’s all for today. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!