Beauty / Style Finds: Lovely Handmade Jewelry from Ivana of Beads and Happiness 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I discovered the beautiful work of Ivana at Beads and Happiness through featuring her sister, Zorana (Wanderlust), who creates stunning  handmade eco-friendly bags. When I visited Ivana’s Beads and Happiness Instagram page, the joyful energy and stylish pieces instantly grabbed my attention. I am sure you will enjoy reading about this multi-talented woman who shares happiness through her artful creations!

Ivana Pavlović, owner of Beads and Happiness

Tell us about yourself and your jewelry. 
Hi! My name is Ivana Pavlović. I am a mom of one young boy, entrepreneur, creator, curator, and photographer for my small business. When my kid grew up I had more free time to try and express myself through embroidery. I wanted to create something new, and to share my feelings and vision of beauty.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

I believe that jewelry is not just for special occasions, accessories make your outfit unique and special. I like simple forms with lots of colors. Every piece that I create is unique.

I like every color (but maybe pink the most :)) and I like to use them – mixing and matching  perfectly. Because of the specific way I mix, it’s not possible to make the same necklace twice.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović
Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

That’s why I always tell my customers that I can’t make the [exact]  item from a picture. Similar, yes, but definitely not the same. My jewelry is not expensive, but it is unique. It is the kind of jewelry that any woman can afford, and it’s really wearable and comfortable.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

What lead you to start your business? What is your business philosophy / mission?
I was creative as a child. I loved taking scissors to cut everything. All of my dolls had short hair; one of my Mom’s coats became a short jacket and my shirts had trendy cut-out spots. 🙂 I grew up with my Grandma who always encouraged my creativity, and had time to help me with everything I needed.

The two of us made a lot of things together. I like to believe that I developed good taste for fashion because of her, but generally every woman in my family is making some handmade products. So I guess it is pretty normal that I chose to make handmade products, too.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

Jewelry making was just my hobby until a couple years ago; since online shopping became more popular in my country, it is my full-time job.

My aspiration in life is to be happy, and jewelry making is something that makes me HAPPY. I really enjoy doing what I do, and my goal is to make my customers enjoy it, too. That is the reason I named my brand “Beads And Happiness.”

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What inspires you to keep creating?
My inspiration comes from communicating with my customers and people who love my jewelry. When someone who lives on the other side of the world tells me that my jewelry is the most beautiful thing he’s ever seen, that’s what really inspires me.

I have a lot of new ideas; I could make a plan for all the things I want to make for the next couple years, but I never have enough time. Almost all of my photos are made by me. I take them and edit them later. I update all of my profiles (and I have a lot of them), I also sell a lot of my products at some fashion markets in my country.

Photo Credit: Ivana Pavlović

Beads and Happiness Websites:

Visit the website to see all the awesome jewelry. Beads and Happiness is also on Etsy.

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Receive 10% off merchandise with the code “liveincolor10.” Valid until the end of this summer.

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Note: Beads and Happiness logo design by Tamara Pancic

Beauty / Style Finds: Artist + Activist Ebony of Amorous Designs 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I met Ebony a year or so ago through helping to organize a march for womyn and girls of color impacted by police violence. Her fierce energy and creative spirit impresssed me, and when I began this series highlighting eclectic small shops I thought of her.

I’m sure you will admire the wide range of her  work and appreciate Ebony’s unique artistic gifts – music artistry, activism / organizing, speaking and jewelry-making – it seems she does it all!

Ebony of Amorous Designs

Tell us about Amorous Designs. What materials do you work with? 

Amorous Designs offers beautiful handmade jewelry, faux septums, healing crystals, meditation oils, and headwraps. Amorous Designs uses wire, beads, brass, copper, and suede to create handmade earrings, necklaces, rings, faux septums and bracelets. I use herbs and 100% pure oils to create meditation oils.

 What lead you to start your business? 
Art is healing. I created jewelry to combat depression, anxiety, stress, and I [also] did not want to buy anything that everyone else was wearing. I was always interested in my own style and I did not want to support major corporations when I had the gift to create my own unique treasures.

After 2 years of creating my pieces, and numerous compliments about my wears, I decided to start, Amorous Designs. Starting Amorous Designs has been very in tact with my journey. Each design is handcrafted by me and I take special care of each piece during the creative process. I only want my customers to wear something I would wear and to love it just as much as I do.

What inspires you to keep creating?  

Growth. As I continue to grow as an artivist, (activist and artist), so does my business. I am constantly changing my hair, ideas, style and redefining who I am. It’s important for everything that I interact with to reflect this. I am inspired by the beauty of African women.  

The colors, style, original and tradition beauty that African women exude is both inspiring and intriguing. I create jewelry with many colors to compliment the infinite beauty of indigenous women from head wraps to traditional garments.

  

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All photos courtesy of Ebony at Amorous Designs.

Beauty / Style Finds: Jewelry with a Message, The Sassy Trashionista

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I started Beauty / Style Finds to highlight small shops and vegan / eco-friendly  brands. Normally, I focus on both small shops  / boutiques and larger brands, but after reading April’s responses (founder of The Sassy Trashionista) to my questions, I was compelled to only highlight her work this week. She’s quite inspiring! She’s  encouraged me to give these small shops their own features. Enjoy the read, lovelies!

April, The Sassy Trashionista
April Lemmon, founder of The Sassy Trashionista

What is your jewlery made from?
I upcycle as many materials for my jewelry as I possibly can. The handstamped pendants and bracelets as well as the knife end tassels pendants are made from vintage and antique silver plated flatware. I like the idea of using beat up, broke down and long forgotten materials {let’s face it, very few of us are using silver plated flatware for our daily meals} and transforming them in to something beautiful and new.

The scarves and leather I use in my tassel necklaces are created by repurposing vintage scarves and leather furniture swatches. We live in such an incredibly disposable society, it makes me feel good knowing I might be saving something from the landfill.

I’m always poking around at my local thrift stores to see what I might find that can be turned in to something new. My granny called this “make do.” When she was growing up in rural West Virginia they didn’t have all the necessary materials they needed to get a job done, so they learned to improvise. I’d like to think I carry on some form of this Appalachian ingenuity.

The findings {clasps, closures, etc.}, and stringing materials are brand new as I want to ensure the structural integrity of each piece. Additionally, I use new Czech glass and natural gemstone beads, however every now and then I get lucky and find some fabulous vintage beads that I throw in to the mix!

LICBLOG 1What led you to start your business?
I have been making jewelry as a hobby for the past 10 years or so, but what eventually led me to make this a full time job was a swift kick in the pants called losing my job. The company I worked for went out of business after 18 years, and I lost my job as a graphic designer. So the family and I talked it over and I decided to go for it!

I literally started out with a $20 set of stamps and a set of spoons I found at the thrift store. I started my company with zero dollars in capital and no investors. Looking back I see how incredibly crazy the idea was, but somehow I made it work.

A year ago I felt like I was just stamping words in to metal, and to be honest I guess I was. It was only recently when I started to heal some old wounds and deal with past issues that I found the courage to stamp the things I wanted to say, or that touched me personally and not to worry so much about the things I think people would want to buy. At that point there was literally a switch in my work and the intention I put in to it.

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I did a lot of shows and to see the expression on women’s faces…the work really resonated with them. I have seen women cry because they felt like someone understood how they felt. That’s when it really hit home for me…my purpose was to make jewelry to inspire and empower women. 

Since then I’ve reworked my website which just recently relaunched and I’m working on getting my Etsy shop updated as well. I also have several wholesale accounts here in Ohio as well as Kentucky and Virginia. In addition to that, my work is featured at the Arthurdale Heritage Museum Craft Shop in Arthurdale, WV which is the site of Eleanor Roosevelt’s first New Deal Community.

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What are your creative sources of inspiration?
There are a lot of things that inspire me to keep creating. I am continually inspired working with women to create their personal “I Am” pendants. This pendant is completely customizable and allows you to choose up to 28 words to describe yourself.

It occurred to me that, as women, we’re really good at pointing out all of the magnificent things about our girlfriends and female family members, but when it comes to ourselves, we sometimes struggle. I want to inspire women to think of themselves in a more loving and positive light and to wear their pendant as an affirmation of who they truly are. I want every woman to recognize her personal and unique beauty and the gifts she has to offer this world.

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I am further inspired by my recent partnership with The Domestic Violence Project. Ten percent profits from sales are donated to the organization and we are currently in discussion about how else I can be of service, be it through speaking or hands on activities with residents of the shelter.

I am organizing a benefit October 1, 2016 {October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month} called “Stamp Out Domestic Violence” with all of the proceeds from auction items going to benefit the Domestic Violence Project.

All product photos taken by April Lemmon

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