Wedding Season – Matching Jewelry for California Almond Orchard Engagement Photo Shoot

Happy March! Wedding season is upon us, and this year I get to make the jewelry Almond blossom - by Victoria Camp

for my own wedding! I’ve already designed the necklace I will wear, and next items on my list are the jewelry for my sister (maid of honor) and her daughters (flower girls.)

Last weekend we took a drive out into the California valley, and had a mini engagement shoot in an almond orchard. We were a little late in the blooming season – most of the blossoms are at their peak around mid February, but we were able to find one area that still had some pretty white petals.

Of course, I made myself a bracelet and earrings set to match my dress! The bracelet is multi-strand and features beautiful vintage glass, olive and plum freshwater pearls, and large link brass chain, all finishing with an ivory satin tie-up ribbon. I made some petite vintage glass drop earrings to go with it.

The bracelet and earring set..

Engagement Photo Shoot Jewelry - Victoria Camp Designs

A close-up with the bracelet, and a different image where you can see it in action!

Engagement Photo Shoot Jewelry - Victoria Camp Designs

 

I absolutely had to take a photograph of my beautiful engagement ring (an Edwardian antique) over one of the almond blossoms in the orchard!

Antique engagement ring over almond blossom - by Victoria Camp

Most of the blooms here had already fallen, giving way to the little green leaves, but you can see there were still a few hanging on. The ground was filled with flower petals.. they were dropping right before our eyes!

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There were LOTS of honeybees buzzing about. I’m daydreaming about almond blossom honey..Mmm.

Honey bee in almond blossom - by Victoria Camp

This is my favorite time of year – spring is well underway in California!

Victoria Camp Designs 2013 Holiday Sale!

It’s that time of year.. my holiday sale has begun!

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This will be my only sale for the remainder of the year/winter, so if you had your eye on something, now is the time to get a deal!

The coupon codes work on both of my main shops:

Http://www.victoriacamp.com

Http://victoriacampdesigns.etsy.com

Please note that I will not be taking any Rush Orders this season, and will only offer Express shipping on domestic orders of Ready-To-Ship items. I appreciate your understanding!

Map Cuff Bracelet Clearance Sale

Map Cuff Bracelet Clearance Sale

They’ve had a good run, but I’m discontinuing my map cuff bracelet line. (This was the first map jewelry item I offered, back in 2009!) I’m holding a clearance sale on this style..the remaining in-stock map cuff bracelets are being offered for just $19, and there’s still some good cities left! (Austin, San Francisco, Richmond, Orlando, etc.) Once they’re gone, that’s it! I might add a new map bracelet line later, but definitely not before the upcoming holidays. Get ’em here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/VictoriaCampDesigns?section_id=5585826

Cyber Monday Holiday Jewelry Sale at Victoria Camp Designs

Sort of a “drive-by” post today! This image says it best..

That’s right, I’m having a holiday sale! You can purchase items in my shop on Etsy, or through my website. On Etsy, enter the coupon code in the “coupons” box in the checkout screen. On my website, write the coupon code in the “add note to seller” box in the checkout process, and I’ll refund the discount to you. This will be my ONLY sale for the holidays, so if there’s something you wanted, now is the time to purchase with a discount. The sale ends Monday, November 26th at midnight.

Despite the photograph, the sale is not just on map jewelry, of course! The discount applies to any item, with the exception of Gift Certificates.  I have two coupon codes for you to use:
Buy 1 item: Get 10% off when you enter the coupon code 10OFFONE in the checkout screen.

Buy 2 or more items: Get 20% off when you enter the coupon code 20OFFTWO in the checkout screen.

 

Yes, this sale applies to bridal/special occasion jewelry as well!

One more piece of news – I hadn’t gotten a chance to post this earlier, but my hand painted tiny constellation locket necklaces are in Etsy’s holiday gift guide: Editor’s Picks: Personalized Gifts. I took a screen capture from the website:

Pretty awesome, right?

You can order your own constellation locket through my website: http://www.victoriacamp.com/jewelry-necklaces.html I currently (as of Nov. 25th) have at least one of each constellation made and ready to ship, so the turnaround time isn’t quite as long as stated at this moment.

Time to get back to work .. enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Oakland Rose Garden and a Special Giveaway

Having only lived in the bay area a few years, there’s still so much we haven’t discovered or visited yet. One of the “places to see” on my list was the Morcom Rose Garden in Oakland. Given that we have dry season here almost year round, I figured there were only a few months of the year when I could catch the roses in full bloom after the California rains have finally fallen.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting this beautiful garden last month with one of my nieces, and I am so glad we went! The garden was much larger than I had anticipated. Among the rows upon rows of gorgeous roses, each one different (and labeled!.. although I didn’t bring a notebook..) the garden also had a gigantic multi-tiered waterfall that cascaded down the hill.

We meandered through each pathway and took many pictures, of course! Here’s a few of my favorites.

Not roses obviously, but these pretty flowers filled a median in the entryway.

Gorgeous magenta petals!

Partial view of the tiered waterfall..

This gorgeous rose looks like it had been hand painted.

Watercolor petals..

This rose trio reminded me of a necklace I made before..

See the resemblance?!

Classic ivory roses. So beautiful and delicate.

The petals are starting to fade away, but still look so pretty and fragile..

I just adored this one. It looked so unique!

After our tour of roses, we decided to take a break for a snack and some silly pictures!

Well, that garden sure was inspiring, to say the least. Now onto the giveaway!

Hand formed clay roses on sterling silver posts (approximately 3/8″ wide.)

As part of my Etsy Christmas in July special (and because I just love flowers, which is obvious) I’m giving away a pair of my Petite White Clay Rose Earrings! Want to win them? Here’s how to enter:

Required: Leave a comment telling me what your favorite kind of flower is. No, it doesn’t have to be roses to qualify. ;)

Additional Entries: Up to two bonus entries can be earned by doing either of the following (Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry)..

A. Become a fan of Victoria Camp Designs on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/victoriacampdesigns. Leave a comment here to tell me you did! (Addendum 7/11: Already a FB fan? Gain this extra entry if a friend signs up! For privacy, just let me know their initials in your comment here so that I can verify on my page that they’ve joined. FYI, fan name lists do not show up publicly on the FB page!)

B. “Pin” one of my jewelry items onto Pinterest and comment with the link of your pin! Items can be pinned from my Etsy shop, Website, or this blog. You can pin as many items as you want, but please be aware that only one extra entry per person will qualify.

Entries will be accepted from 7/11/2012-7/22-2012 midnight PST. I will randomly select a winner using a number generator from random.org on 7/23/2012. Winner will be notified via email and announced on this entry. Good luck!

7/23/2012- Time’s up! Congratulations to winner number 11, Marj!

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!

1000th Sale Milestone – Shop Sale and $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway!

Happy Monday!

I am excited to announce that I have reached a milestone – 1000 sales in my shop on Etsy! I am so thrilled and grateful for all of your support in helping me reach 4-digits, and wanted to celebrate with you!

Now through Sunday May 13th, I’m holding a shop-wide sale for 10% off any purchase. The discount has already been applied to the listings, so there’s no need to use a coupon code or anything else.

I’m also holding a giveaway for a $50 gift certificate to my store! To enter, simply leave a comment on this post and let me know which of my designs is your favorite. It can be something you have already purchased, or something you would like to own! I’ll use Random.org to choose a winner at random from all of the entries. Leave your comment on this post before Monday May 14th at 11pmPST. Comment entries are now completed for this giveaway. Thanks to all who participated! The winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday the 15th and will be announced here!

Now it’s time to hold a sweet little celebration of my own..with a pint of my favorite gelato on this gorgeous sunny day!  :)

 

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The winning number has been selected! Congrats, Lillea!

Weekend Jewelry Sale!

It’s finally March! I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely ready for spring time. (And summer ….. but I won’t push it!) I’ve been busy making a lot of new styles, and it’s time to move out some previous designs that will no longer be in stock. This weekend I’m having a 50% off sale on select designs! You can view which items are on currently on sale here.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s on sale! Click on the photo to go directly to the item listing. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

Peachy Pink Rose and Vintage Glass Necklace on Sterling Silver (Originally $55, currently on sale this weekend for $27.50.)

Sterling Silver Bee Necklace with Golden Honey Vintage Glass Beads (Originally $45, currently on sale this weekend for $22.50.)

Purple Amethyst Gemstone Necklace on Sterling Silver Chain (Originally $49, currently on sale this weekend for $24.50.)

Yellow Quartz and White Pearl Drop Earrings on Sterling Silver (Originally $50, currently on sale this weekend for $25.)

White Clay Rose and Dark Olive Pearl Drop Earrings (Originally $40, currently on sale this weekend for $20.)

Tiny Silver Bow and Rose Quartz Drop Earrings on Sterling Silver (Originally $32, currently on sale this weekend for $16.)

All of the sale designs are one of a kind pieces. Once they’re styles are sold, they’re gone for good!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

DIY Easter Chick Necklace

Victoria Camp Designs - Easter Chick Tutorial

Now that Valentine’s Day is over, Easter inspiration will be popping up everywhere you look. I’ve decided to join in on the fun and offer a DIY tutorial on how to make your very own Easter chick necklace! The original little marshmallow treat these are inspired by are quite popular here in the United States – typically most people either love them or hate them. If you’re in the “love” group, you’re sure to enjoy the following tutorial! These instructions are for a necklace, but you can create the chick for any use (bracelet, earrings, or just to put on your desk!)

DIY Easter Chick Tutorial

Materials needed:

– Yellow Polymer Clay

-Brown Polymer Clay

– Flat end head pin

– Finished necklace chain

– Pliers (round nose and flat nose recommended)

– Waxed paper (for keeping your work surface clean)

– Aluminum foil (for baking the clay in the oven)

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Step 1: Gather your materials (listed above.) As you can see, I like the Sculpey brand clay. I think it’s softer to work with than some of the other brands, but any brand of polymer clay will work!

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Step 2: Break off a small piece of yellow polymer clay, and begin to knead and soften the clay. This is called “conditioning” the clay.

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Step 3: Once the clay has been conditioned, roll it into a ball.

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Step 4: Hold the clay in one hand, and use your other hand to gently make an “edge” around the entire perimeter of the bottom of the ball.

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Step 5: You can see the “edge” along the bottom of the ball here. Make the edge a little longer on one end of the ball. This will be the “tail” of the chick.

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Step 6: Working on the longer end of the edge, pinch the clay together to form a soft point. (The “tail”.)

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Step 7: Working towards the tail end, gently pinch the clay upward from the round dome/top section (this will be the head.)

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Step 8: Working with the head area you just formed, gently pinch the tip of it and fold it towards the front of the chick (to form the beak.)

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Step 9: Keep pinching the “beak” section until it has formed a small point. You can then gently push the beak downward a little bit, if you so desire.

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Step 10: Now it’s time for the eyeballs! Using a pin (or the pointed end of the headpin) press a small dot onto each side of the head where you’ll be placing the eyes.

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Step 11: Using a VERY small piece of brown clay (smaller than you think you’ll need! Smaller than showing here!) make a teeny tiny round dot of clay for each eyeball.

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Step 12: This is where the eyeball placement comes in handy. Gently press the tiny piece of brown clay eyeball into each side of the head. You can use your fingers, or the tip of the headpin to put the clay in place. Gently press down on the clay with your finger to set it in place and flatten it slightly.

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Close-up of the completed chick (with eyes!)

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Step 13: Starting from the underside of the chick, gently push the headpin through the clay, making sure the flat part is on the bottom. I like to angle the pin so it exits out behind the chick’s head, although you can certainly angle it any way you choose.

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Step 14: Bake the clay in your oven according to package instructions. (Mine went in for 15 minutes at 275F. Your temp/times will vary based on the brand of clay and size of your chick.)

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Step 15: Once the clay has baked and cooled, you’ll want to form a wire wrapped loop with the end of the head pin. Here’s an easy tutorial from Artbeads if you aren’t sure how to do that part already: http://www.artbeads.com/howtomawrlo.html

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Step 16: Attach the chick onto your necklace chain/ribbon/etc. (I had pre-made my chain already. You can make your own chain, or buy a pre-made chain. You could also slip the charm onto a ribbon.)

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Ta-da! Here’s the finished necklace!

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You can make these in any color of clay you choose, and for any type of jewelry. This photo is an example of various colors I had made for earrings.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial! I’ve been working with polymer clay for over 15 years. It’s really very fun, and those with any level of skill can create something! You can browse some of my other clay creations in my Etsy shop, Victoria Camp Designs.