Small Business Saturday

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I love being a small business owner and am so thankful to every one of you who makes it possible for me to do what I do. Now through Sunday night I’m offering 10% off all of the earrings in my shop, including 11 new pairs of stud earrings that are making their debut today, as a small token of my appreciation.  They make perfect stocking stuffers!

Happy shopping, and thank you for supporting small businesses like mine!

Xo, Ali

Upcoming Events :: Howard County Farmers’ Market

photo (19)Happy Friday, friends! It’s been a busy week here at J’Adorn – juggling bridal orders, making new pieces for my upcoming gallery show, and working through some hiccups with my wholesale supplier. There’s been a lot going on, but I’m pushing through and still having fun! That’s a sign you’re in the right line of work, right? :)

After a couple weeks away, I’m excited to be back at the Howard County Farmers’ Market again tomorrow. It’ll be at the usual place at the usual time – 9:00am to 12:30pm at the Glenwood Library. My lovely friend Melissa will be joining me at my table and likely modeling some jewelry. Come pay us a visit and pick up some fresh local food for the new week. See you there!

Xo, Ali

Pretty Little Things :: Found Vintage Earrings

VintageEarringGroupI spent this past in Philadelphia visiting my college girlfriends. It was a lot of fun and a great chance to relax with friends whom I don’t see nearly enough. On Saturday morning we spent some time at the South Philly Flea Market and I found some really beautiful treasures that I can’t wait to repurpose for my jewelry creations.

VintageEarring2The first pair of earrings that caught my eye was a beautiful antique rhinestone set with an art deco style. I’ve been pretty much obsessed with rhinestones all summer after seeing The Great Gatsby. These earrings were clip-ons that I could easily remove the backings from, so I knew I could come up with a really cool piece or two using them. I’m thinking about an asymmetrical necklace with pearls and maybe some cup chain. What do you think?

VintageEarrings1The second pair that I couldn’t put down were these screwbacks with pear shaped, marquis, and emerald cut rhinestones. Pear is one of my all time favorite cuts (my engagement ring has a pear-shaped focal stone because my husband is boss!) and I love how the different shapes were worked together to make a floral design. I’m still figuring out how I’ll use these in a new piece, but I know that when inspiration hits it’s going to be pretty awesome!

I also snagged a couple of old white shutters at the flea market that I’m planning to rework for jewelry display purposes for my stand at the farmers’ market and upcoming craft shows. Once those are all finished I’ll share them here too!

I hope you all had a great weekend and an excellent start to the new week, friends!

Xo, Ali

Custom Wedding Jewelry :: Matt + Katrina TEASER!

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Happy Friday, friends! Things have been pretty busy in my corner of the universe this week, so it’s been a bit quiet here on the blog. But I just got a new batch of photos from a wedding that I made custom jewelry for this summer and had to give you a glimpse! Today’s post is just a teaser; the full post will come next week.

Have a great weekend! I’ll be enjoying mine in Philadelphia, reuniting with a bunch of college girlfriends/soulmates. It’s just what the doctor ordered. See you all next week!

Xo, Ali

Color Me Happy :: Wine Hues

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I’ve never been one to look forward to the onset of Fall. It’s always signaled the imminence of colder weather and months of winter, so I’ve historically greeted it with sadness rather than celebration. The older I get, though, the more I find myself unexpectedly enjoying little elements of Fall.

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One of these things that I’m growing to love is the deep colors of Fall after a summer of neons and pastels. I think that these wine tones are perfect for the transition into Autumn.

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 Which one is your favorite?

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