The Inner Workings of Wintertime..

My oh my.. I seem to have lost track of not only the entire month of January, but half of February as well!

February in the Bay Area is one of my absolute favorite seasons. I find this amusing, because February used to be the month I absolutely despised back in New England. (Gloomy, dark, dreary, muddy snow, snowstorms and just plain cold weather. Need I go on?!) Ah, but February here in California…quite the different story! We have nights that are cool but not freezing; days that are warm and sunny but not too hot; the occasional rain shower; springtime birds singing morning songs, and least I not forget – spring blooms! The trees in my neighborhood start blooming and it makes my heart happy.

This one is right outside my window..

spring tree flowers

I also like to pretend that my allergies do not exist during this favorite time of year. I’m living a lie, but what can I say? It’s worth it.

 

In these past 6 weeks of the new year, I haven’t been idle.. far from it, in fact. You see, the “slower” months of my business are used to prep inventory (for upcoming events, stock, and otherwise,) work on new designs, and work on business maintenance – you know, all the ‘boring’ stuff that needs to be done, such as taxes, website updates, and such.

For example, I’ve been working on a big (in terms of my usual scale) project, which I can tell you all about next weekend. It involves lots and lots of product-making. Here’s a glimpse of what my work table looked like at one point in time..

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I’ve also been taking some..okay, a LOT..of time to completely re-vamp my domain website, http://www.victoriacamp.com. When I started my site a few years back, it was originally intended to be more of a ‘portfolio’ type of site. Since then, I expanded it to include some items for sale. Fast forward to today, and the future, and it really didn’t leave me a lot of room for growth. With that being said, I now have a fancy schmancy new “shopping cart” function on my site, as well as a mobile version. Hooray! I’m excited. It’s not entirely finished – I still have quite a few items to add – but the layout is done and there are some items up. Here’s a peek..

Victoria Camp Designs site preview

Victoria Camp Designs site preview

It’s absolutely up and running, so feel free to check it out as-is, and keep in mind I’ll be adding more inventory later on.

 

Speaking of adding inventory, I did add one new product last night! I have a fun new design; a working compass necklace, with the constellation of your choice! (All 12 zodiac constellations area available, plus Orion, Ursa Major, and Ursa Major/Ursa Minor.) The graphic on the back was designed by me. The compass is made of brass and really does work! They hang from a long brass chain, so you are free to play around with it while you’re wearing it.

Compass Necklace - Custom Constellation 2

The example above shows the constellation Orion. (One of my personal favorites.)

Compass Necklace - Custom Constellation 5

Here you can see it with the 32″ length. (Recommended.) You can also order it a little longer or shorter if you prefer. This necklace is available to order right here: http://www.victoriacamp.com/Personalized-Zodiac-Constellation-Compass-Necklace-p/constellationcompass.htm

 

Alright, time to get back to work. I’ll be back to update next weekend!

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?