I really like my outfit today.

Posted on January 10, 2009

I really like my outfit today. This one's gotta be a quickie. (uh...remember those orders I talked about yesterday (insert: HUGE SIGH), I still haven't sent them out, so you know what today is about). But I couldn't let today's post opp slip by without a shoutout to today's rockin' fashion spin.  Sometimes, especially when I'm not feeling in top form---I gotta fake it.  And sometimes... Read More

Friday?

Posted on January 09, 2009

Friday? I've been working so incessantly lately that the above word has lost its exciting societal meaning. Not to disappoint all of you who are actually celebrating the word right now...on the east side and middle of the country, hopefully you're soaking up a nice happy hour, on the west, you're solidifying your happy hour plans (esp. in Portland because if... Read More

A little more about me and you...pretty please?

Posted on January 08, 2009

A little more about me and you...pretty please? I'm really lovin' the modern homebody blog lately.  Those girls bring a lot of color into my life.  Recently, Courtney posted a cool blog-interactive-interview thingy circulating through the blogworld.  It was interesting to read the fun questions and her personal responses--- lets us get to know the people behind the blogs a little better. I decided to participate and I'd... Read More

New Items (a lot of them, all the time).

Posted on January 07, 2009

New Items (a lot of them, all the time). Sprightly quaintly filigree teardrop beauties (and EXTREMELY affordable)! I have so many new items that I haven't had a chance to list in my online shop.  With cramming in all the orders I could possibly fill before Christmas (including a last minute snow selling party in the studio), I had a tough time keeping up with everything (it seriously makes... Read More

I'm back!!

Posted on January 05, 2009

I'm back!! When I returned to Portland on December 31, I jumped right into friends and NYE celebrations as if I hadn't skipped a beat; though on the inside (and a little on the outside) it looked as if I was about to collapse.  Christmas break in DC was fantastic, and came and went so quickly that for a brief moment before... Read More

Breaking it up.

Posted on December 28, 2008

Breaking it up. Miraculously, I made it out of the Portland airport and into D.C. by 3 am on Christmas Eve.  I was exhausted and grateful that I was not aboard one of the 500 flights that were cancelled that day.  Since then, I have been truly enjoying this break with my family.  I do think I really needed it.  My hands and... Read More

One thing dies a new thing arrives.

Posted on December 19, 2008

If you haven't already noticed, my new website quickly became my old website and we've made a transition to the one you are viewing now.  I'm excited how fantastic this newer new site is proving to be with the integration of my newer new blog.  I hope those of you who were "following" me are here now, feeling cozy and... Read More

Handmade Bazaar

Posted on December 14, 2008

Not too much has changed since my last post because I have another show TODAY. I am sorry, so late at warning you, but all those who are able to come out (in this beautiful snowy day), I'd love to see you! By the way, I am loving the snow. It reminds me of Virginia...(sigh)... Here is the poster: noon-5... Read More

Trunk shows and pantyhose

Posted on December 11, 2008

I am chompin' at the bit to get the last few designs made for tonight's Trunk show at Phlox boutique on Mississippi. They have a second Thursday deal where the whole street participates. Booze and shopping and DJs--should be a great combination. While I always try to look my best at these things, I have decided AGAINST wearing pantyhose this... Read More

The importance of Shopping local/handmade/independent

Posted on December 09, 2008

The importance of Shopping local/handmade/independent Working Hands (Image comes from www.ryanwilliam.net) I did a show this weekend on Belmont Street (the flier is listed below) and I did really well. It was a double day show and I sold nearly all of my best hits on Saturday evening. I guess that explains why when in my sweaty insomniatic state on Sunday morning, I decided to... Read More

Yo y'all...Come out Come out!

Posted on December 05, 2008

2 shows this weekend, 2 sides of the country: Pennsylvania: WHAT - Odd Ones Holiday Craft Show - at the Old Bank on Third Street across from the Broad Street Market in Harrisburg, PA. WHEN - 11-6 Saturday, December 6th WHO - Ask for Ooh La Jena, she's in the Community Room selling lovely pocket belts along with Betsy and... Read More

Footed

Posted on December 04, 2008

Last night my wares were on display and for sale at the CRAVE shopping party. Some of my favorite parts of the evening include: meeting other great vendors, admiring all the talent and hard work, making sales, people watching, playing dress up, women in general, bright pink fuchsia scarves, neon royal blue shoes, overly expensive (plastic) glasses of red wine,... Read More

Brand spanking LOVEly sparkly sweet new WEBSITE fun

Posted on December 01, 2008

  Today is dedicated to this: www.betsyandiya.com You can now order directly through ME. AHHH!!!! I'm soooo excited! I will keep my current Etsy.com store and start shifting it to only very limited and one-of-a-kind pieces. That way, I can remain a part of the handmade revolution AND offer you my stellar staple goods that flow more readily. Please let... Read More

The Truth Behind the Name

Posted on November 28, 2008

Quite often I am asked the question: Who is this "iya" (pronounced "eye-yah")? There is a perfect truth to this answer. She is NOT a figment of my joyously creative imagination (though she does feed it). She is NOT my alter-ego. She is actually not even a co-owner or creator in the business (though she does give me very sound... Read More

FULL Capacity

Posted on November 26, 2008

Disclaimer: After reading this post, you might feel tense. Please go sit down, drink a glass of cool water and take a deep breath. I cannot be held responsible for the stress you absorb. Please don't sue me. The only thing, really, that I could give you are a few pairs of GREAT earrings. You should just buy those for... Read More

The Lipstick Factor

Posted on November 21, 2008

Today I am nothing but a shower and some rouge. THAT =   I've recently discovered the power of lipstick. I never fully understood before. In fact, I have never really liked lipstick. Sure, I felt pretty when I'd paint my lips in the past, but it was almost a nuisance. Anyhow, we're going way beyond pretty here, folks. This... Read More

Awareness

Posted on November 20, 2008

  I really love Portland. Last night Will picked me up on his motorcycle; the temperature was perfectly not-too-cold, the skies clear. When we hit the OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) exit off of I-5, I saw an image similar to this:   I took a deep breath in and fell in love with Portland again. (This happens... Read More

Work with what you got

Posted on November 18, 2008

Lately, I've been experimenting with vintage lace. The response has been ...well...exactly how I felt when I finished the first pair: hot hot hot. (insert (HUGE tangent): That phrase just reminded me of a dance I did in my adolescence to a song called, Feelin' Hot Hot Hot. Wow. How come no one ever told me that wasn't really okay?... Read More

Entertainment and Jewelry?

Posted on November 16, 2008

When I decided to start writing this blog, I wasn't sure exactly what I would talk about or where the ideas would come from. I think it's been three days since I took the leap and made the blog commitment. That has become THREE whole days of stories and ideas bumping up against each other in my mind. Wow. I... Read More

After this post, I will no longer be a Blogger virgin

Posted on November 13, 2008

Hello B.L.O.G. world! I have been wildly overwhelmed by the new opportunities I discover daily as I continue in this crazy jewelry business I've created. I remember months ago when I was finally adjusting to the whole Etsy phenom, there was a kind woman who loved my designs so, that she asked if I had a blog so she could... Read More