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 June 4th!

Join us for a Retirement Party on Thursday, June 4th 5-9 PM at betsy & iya! 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 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 three brides, looking ohso elegant in their b&i! Beautiful 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

Maker Life Lately.

I love being able to share what goes on in our production studio. As we’re growing – and dang, are we growing! – there’s more and more action in the studio; more bodies, more equipment, more and more moments to capture and share with our people. Here are some recent snaps straight from the studio. Read More

OOTD: For your consideration.

There are SO many great clothing items in the shop right now that I thought for this OOTD post, I’d suggest a few ensembles to make as your outfit of the day in the near future. I think it’s pretty freaking awesome that you can come to one shop – betsy & iya, of course! – and Read More

Where there’s a group, there’s a selfie.

We recently changed up our all-staff meeting format, going to a once a month schedule as opposed to the once a week routine we’d been in for the last few years. In doing so, we’re able to include more staff, report on bigger picture things, as well as have a moment for each department to Read More

Party Funds to Friends of the Children Portland.

Parties come and go and there’s usually not much to recap afterwards, beyond discussing any notable party outfits. Our recent 7th anniversary bash was different, though; we pledged to donate 10% of all sales during the party, as well as 50% of each original artwork sold to Friends of the Children Portland. I’m happy to update Read More

New in the Shop: April 2015.

Hello, dear blog readers! Are you all loving our new website or what?! We’re all smitten with it, and super big shouts to Will and Needmore Designs for all their hard work making it beautiful and functional. One of the most exciting things about the new website is that we are able to offer items other Read More

betsy & iya 7th Anniversary Artwork.

Our 7th anniversary party has come and gone, and I speak for everyone when I say “THANK YOU” all for your support. Whether you made it out for the party or just sent us a good word online, we really, really appreciate it. The completed artworks are more incredible than we could’ve imagined and coincidentally, Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 7: Expansion!

Moment 7: The first few months of our 2014 can be summed up in four words: betsy and iya buildout. Construction on the huge project that more than doubled the space we occupy in a historic building on the corner of NW Thurman & 24th began in December 2013, but it really started several months Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 6: Sign of the Times.

Moment 6: We got a sign! It sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Why would we celebrate something that seems like nearly every business has? Because this wasn’t just any sign; we already had an A-frame sign that sits on the sidewalk in front of our shop, and one for our door letting people know whether Read More

7th Anniversary Moment 5: Eat, sleep, make jewelry, repeat.

Moment 5: So this plan Betsy had to make jewelry is taking off. Like, really taking off. She and Will, along with the help of friends, worked their booties off in the spring of 2011 to finish building out our current retail space. They moved b&i HQ to NW Thurman St. and in August 2011, Read More