July 4th Hours + What’s New!

We have good news and bad news. Good news: we’ll be open till 9pm on First Thursday, July 2nd, normal hours Friday, July 3rd, and 10am- at least 2pm on Saturday July 4th (call the shop after 2pm to confirm afternoon hours: 503-227-5482). Bad news: the year is now officially halfway over. But let’s not dwell on the Read More

OOTD: One Size Fits All of our Makers.

One style of shirt that looks amazing on several women: some might call this an item of fashion folklore, something they’ve heard about, dreamt about, but never actually seen. I’m here to show you that this shirt not only exists, but is currently for sale on our racks. #DreamsDoComeTrue Tienda Ho Jodi top, $134, seen L to R: Read More

Annealing is Magic.

As a jewelry maker, you see it all. From the supplies needed to make a piece laid out on your workbench, to the tools needed to bring them together, each step of the process is an up close and personal show. I passed Taylor recently annealing a tray of brass pieces that will eventually be Read More

How to Layer Necklaces.

It’s one of the most frequent jewelry styling questions we get: how do you layer necklaces without looking like you carelessly put on every piece of jewelry you own? If you’ve been to our shop, you might have noticed that the majority of the necklaces displayed in our windows and throughout the shop are already Read More

Fastest Growing Companies in Oregon 2015!

Well, here’s some cool news: betsy & iya can now claim the distinction of being one of Portland Business Journal’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies” in Oregon this year! Look, we got a trophy to prove it! Betsy, Will, and myself attended the event honoring these 100 companies and it was truly a spectacle. A room inside Read More

OOTD: Maxi(mum) Hotness.

If you google image search “perfect maxi dress” this is what should appear: it’s lightweight, it’s versatile, it’s throw-on-and-go goodness. I asked my fellow Anna to model it, and she shows off the dress perfectly. The front panels that cover the girls can be arranged in a variety of ways (two shown below) and the Read More

Small Biz Advice: How to Approach a Retail Buyer.

Small biz life: we’re living it daily, and we want to share what we’re learning. This post is intended to help any maker who’s just starting to think about wholesaling their goods, or needs a refresher on how to get noticed by a retail buyer.  Picture this: one day, it was all clear to you. Read More

Let’s just call it summer, ok?

Who cares if the “official” start of summer is still a few weeks away? The weather in Portland over the last few days – sunny and HOT – has us all ready to embrace longer days and shorter attention spans to be anywhere without a cold beverage and body of water close by. Luckily, the shop Read More

Nine is Fine (for now).

We were lucky enough to have the day off for Memorial Day, and when we all returned to work on Tuesday, it was a FULL house up in production. Our team of makers has grown steadily over the past few months, this I know, but something about seeing them all together this week in the studio Read More

Retirement Party Sale is ON!

We’re doing our own spring cleaning at b&i HQ and for us, that means pruning our jewelry line to ensure that what we offer is the freshest, most cohesive representation of betsy & iya. This time, we’re saying goodbye to over 35 styles, and to give these pieces a proper send off, they’re available online for the LAST Read More

How to Throw a Perfect Picnic.

When it’s nice outside, Portland comes alive and is eager to indulge its favorite pastime, eating. So, it makes sense that the Portland-based food power trio Marnie Hanel, Andrea Slonecker, and Jen Stevenson would author a guide to two things Portland excels at: eating and being outside. Enter, The Picnic: Recipes and Inspiration from Basket to Blanket. This book is the definitive guide Read More

Staff Bonding: Salsa Night!

For our quarterly staff bonding event, we headed to the Viscount Dance Studio in SE Portland for a group salsa lesson. Betsy, Will, and Shea had all taken salsa lessons before, but most of us were super duper beginners. Our teacher Sarah was incredibly patient and led us through an hour and a half of steps ranging Read More

Rejoice for restock of Turquoise Jewelry!

Great news: the shop is restocked with tons of vintage sterling silver and turquoise jewelry! With pieces for both men and women, this shipment is giving us hand and neck models a serious case of “OMG wish this was miiiiiiiine!!!” Ladies’ turquoise rings, sizes 3.5-9.5, $54-$160 Love us some man bling! Sizes 10 & 11, Read More

Wedding Season.

Along with sunnier skies and packing away leggings/tights for the season, springtime means the beginning of wedding season. Several of our awesome customers are excellent examples of how handcrafted betsy & iya jewelry can be dressed up for one’s special day. Take a look at these brides, looking ohso elegant in their b&i! Who says Read More

New Sliding Door.

We have a new addition to the betsy & iya office and meeting space: A SLIDING DOOR. Behold, its functional beauty… Made from reclaimed wood, this door is a divider between our office where me, Will, and Suzy work, and the break room/meeting space. Its provided more privacy while meetings are taking place and also Read More

Self Care Essentials.

I think it’s pretty awesome that our culture is starting to embrace the importance of self care. No longer is it considered as a practice for “hippies” or people with a lot of extra time and money to spend at the spa; instead, there are entire bath/body lines comprised of products meant to nurture the parts that make Read More

#betsyandiyabuildout One Year Later.

May 9, 2015: One year since our expansion party. We’ve been making, thinking, moving, and shaking in this space for over 365 days now, and I can’t help but feel a little bit reflective thinking about it all. Like with a lot of life milestones, it feels simultaneously like the party was just yesterday and also Read More

Mother’s Day 2015 Gift Guide.

Dear Mom, you’re awesome. I want to show you just how much I love you with some handcrafted items from betsy & iya. Jewelry for your collection? Here you go! A new book about how to throw a simple and delicious picnic? You got it! A colorful cross body tote with bright, hand stamped shapes? Just Read More

Item of the Week: Aster & Bay Lip Stain.

For that “just ate a cherry-licious flavored popsicle” look, without having to consume any empty calories! Pump up the natural color of your pout and moisturize your lips with this 100% natural lip stain. Hibiscus flowers, beet root, alkanet root and elderberries give this beautiful and highly moisturizing lip stain its rich berry color. Use on the lips Read More