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Wednesday WINspiration: Handmade Gauges

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Our second edition of Wednesday WINspiration is all about handmade earrings for people with stretched ears! So far the market is not very vast for this form of body jewelry, especially if you’re the type that would rather buy something a little more personal and a little more creative, so today I’d like to introduce you to 3 people selling their own handmade treasures especially for your ears.

1. Our first set is handmade by Andreanna of an awesome shop called Glamasaurus! While Glamasaurus is chock full of kawaii jewelry and accessories, you will find the items featured here in her alternative shop, Glam². Glamsquared specializes in unisex jewelry such as plugs and cufflinks, and it is full of imaginative cameos, elegant details, and a little bit of geek chic.
Glamsquared / Glamasaurus / Facebook / Blog

2. This beautiful set is handmade from spent copper casings by Curtis of Curtis Copper Concepts! I’ve always been able to appreciate how beautiful yet deadly a single round can be. These plugs are especially edgy and also masculine. I love that he’s recycling something used into something gorgeous, and I’m definitely loving them with the added glitz of Swarovski crystals. Did I mention those are reversible? At Curtis’ shop you’ll also find a great selection of handmade copper bird-feeders and art.
Curtis Copper Concepts

3. The third shop in this collection was made by Sasha of Pierced & Belligerent! These were especially hard to choose from because there were just so many options! If you’re into clay spirals & plugs, steel tunnels with pictures, fakes, or just something really fierce, you should give this shop a look-through. She does tons of custom creations, and I’ve also found that Sasha has a knack for crochet!
Pierced & Belligerent  / SashmoCo / Facebook / Tumblr

I’d like to thank these three folks for allowing me to show off their awesome designs!

These shops feature some very special handmade creations for folks with alternatively-sized ear-piercings. I hope they’ve awed and inspired you this Wednesday! Thanks for reading!

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My New Year’s Resolution: A Mid-Year Review

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Hello there! At the beginning of this year, I wrote this post regarding my new year’s resolution. In it, I basically stated these two key points:

  1. Open my creative business. Status: Achieved! (Sort of) I listed my very first item in my etsy shop, therefore declaring Shubette Handmade open for business!
  2. Make and list a new item every week. Status: Abandoned/Failed. Very early on I realized that this exercise would not be a good move to make for my business. I wanted to put quality time and so much thought into my projects, and one week to design and construct a new product didn’t seem like enough.

My main idea was just to put myself out there. The more I make, the more people will see, the more my business will grow…right? Shortly after(I did say somewhere in the previously mentioned post that I’m rather fickle) I decided that I don’t want to make crap. I wanted the items that I would be making and selling to be of the utmost quality. I didn’t think I could provide that kind of quality and I let this keep me from making anything for fear that it would not be good enough.

So here are my Resolution Amendments:

  1. Sew every day. If I want to sell items that I sew, I need to keep my skills sharp. I should be doing some sort of sewing-related activity every day. I certainly have enough projects piled up to work on at least one thing for an hour a day, even if I’m just doing something trivial like pre-washing and ironing my fabric.
  2. Sew better. This goal is inherent to the primer. If I’m putting in the hours and the effort I will get better at what I’m doing.

Looking back, I’m starting to feel like all of my blog posts are about doing it better and making it happen, but none are about me doing and making. I’m realizing that my blog is not as big of a priority to making my business happen as making things and improving my skills before I start my business is. This business is my goal, and I’m not going to mess this up.

Wednesday WINspiration: Hair

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Haircut Ideas

I’ve been mulling over a new haircut for quite some time now, and I have some ideas brewing that I really wanted to share!

  1. I miss having a mohawk! When I met Bradley, I was sporting a super-cute “chelsea-hawk” and I’ve been debating returning to a similar cut for quite some time. This photo definitely inspires me to go back.
  2. If I were to return to the ‘hawk, I would like the sides cut to about this length. From experience I know that with how thin and fine my hair is, it won’t look much better than a comb-over if my mohawk is draped over a bare-shaved head.
  3. Add some nice blunt bangs to keep it looking femme. I think the color of the hair in this picture is close to what I would like to dye mine to. Or possibly black.
  4. I’m absolutely loving this dip-dyed ponytail on Lauren Conrad. I would like to do this, but with a shade of neon yellow-green to match my work uniform. I might consider dying the shorter sections of the mohawk this color, as well.

Happy hump day! I hope the rest of your week is lovely, and if I do happen to finally get my hair cut, I’ll certainly be posting pictures! Thanks for reading!