Holiday Open House

Holiday Open House

AJE Blog Holiday Open House

Check out the Art Jewelry Elements blog all day Friday for fun holiday posts, recipes, holiday jewelry and beads, as well as giveaways. The whole team is pitching in to bring you a short new post every 30 or so minutes! We’re hoping to make it festive and lighthearted like a virtual open house.   Most of the members of our blog, including me, are offering coupons with great holiday savings.  For complete info and a chance to get in on the fun, please visit the Art Jewelry Elements Blog today!

green and purple bead woven bracelet

green and purple bead woven bracelet

Shopping In My Kitchen

Jewelry Open House

A lot of artists host Open Houses around the holidays, where people come to their homes or studios and can do some artisan-made shopping right at the source.  A variation of this has developed spontaneously for me over the past year or so.  Rather than a formal Open House event,  friends will just give me a call and ask if they can come over to do some jewelry shopping. They usually let me know a few days in advance.   This has occurred over the holidays, but also, it sometimes just goes like this, “Hey Linda, my Mom is in town visiting me, can we come over and look at your jewelry tomorrow?”

jewelry shopping in my kitchen

Jewelry set up in my kitchen

We have a long island in our kitchen.  I lay out all my jewelry there, put on some music and just step back and let my visitors browse.  I answer questions, maybe tell the story behind the piece they are looking at and encourage them to try on pieces of interest.

Jewelry shopping in my kitchen

Jenelle and Daniel of Beads & Botanicals

Recently Jenelle and Daniel of Beads and Botanicals, came over to do some Christmas shopping.  This husband and wife team make the most amazing lampwork glass beads.  If you are familiar with my work, then you know that I often include their beautiful handmade glass beads in my jewelry.  (Here’s a link to an interesting article about how lampwork beads are made.)  My recent Michaels Challenge necklace featured Daniel’s Black Sea Sand Dollar focal bead.  Their kitchen shopping excursion netted them a bracelet, a pair of earrings and two necklaces.

Artisan ewelry open house

Lampwork glass bead by Beads and Botanicals

Black Sea Sand Dollar by Daniel Caracas

If you are an artisan craftsperson perhaps an informal open house would work for you too.  What do you think?