Movers Makers Hustlers Shakers

Hi guys! I wanted to jump on here and spill my heart out before things get completely crazy next week and time becomes even more sparse than it already is.

Through social media, I see SO many friends, acquaintances, and people that I’ve never met prepping their small businesses for all the Christmas shopping that’s about to take place and I had to give a shout out and tell you how much I admire all of their hard work. The majority of these small business owners I follow are also mamas and I wonder every single day how they make it look so easy! I know better though - they are busting their booties and killing it because they’re passionate about what they do, and because, let’s face it - we kinda like the crazy and most of us have bills to pay. ;)

As a small business owner myself, I know there is SO much more to running a business than just making the actual product - the behind the scenes for artisans can be absolutely NUTS and more often than not, it’s a one person show. It.is.hard. When people find out that I work a lot in the local coffee shop (its become my home away from home), the response is always the same. “Oh?! How do you make your jewelry there??” I don’t. The jewelry making is only part of what I do. What I do involves soooo much more than that! Those that have a little business like mine are probably nodding their heads, right? There is so much that goes into it all year long, but especially during the holidays when demand is higher. You want to prep and plan as best as you can, but it’s really a guessing game and you’re often left scrambling to try to keep up. It’s nonstop trial and error. Committed small business owners get knocked down, then get back up. They feel defeated, yet they keep chugging along. They get stuck, but they somehow find a way to power through. It can seem like it would just be easier to throw in the towel sometimes, but the feeling is temporary and tomorrow is always a fresh start. I remind myself of this often.

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I ask that you look around you this holiday season and make a list of the small business owners you know that work tirelessly on their craft year round - how can you support them this year? Maybe it’s a purchase? Maybe it’s sharing their social media pages to your friends and family? Maybe it’s visiting them at a show/pop-up/craft fair? Maybe it’s just a like or comment on the products they post? As it becomes increasingly difficult to be seen on social media, every little bit helps and I guarantee we all appreciate it!

I am beyond grateful to all of you that support my small business as I go into my 8th holiday season! Not only do I help support my family by doing what I do, but this business is how my family is able to give back in the capacity that we do. You’re part of a bigger picture and I can’t express how much we appreciate all the things you do to support this! A special shout out to the other businesses in the community that collaborate with chip+chisel - StarCycle Felida, StarCycle Vancouver, Barre3 Camas, Sass Beauty - you guys have been so good to me and my gratitude runs deep.

A huge thank you in advance for considering shopping small with chip+chisel this holiday season - you allow me to be home with my babies yet still maintain (most of) my sanity with this creative outlet of mine. ;)

xo
lindsy

For more ideas on shopping small, here’s an article I read if you’re interested: https://www.tabithaemma.com/7-ways-to-support-small-business-this-year-and-why-you-should/

How To Remove Patina From Your Brass Jewelry

I don’t offer much in the way of brass jewelry, but these cuffs have been faves of mine forever and I’ve kept them in the lineup for quite some time because of it. If you love them too, this blog post may come in handy for you!

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brass cuff love…

I’ll make this super easy. Toothpaste, ketchup, vinegar - all things you have around the house that can double as brass jewelry cleaner!

Brass is a metal that will quickly oxidize and develop a patina, especially if exposed to sprays, chemicals, water, etc. While this is a process that lends to the uniqueness of each piece, some prefer to maintain that shiny new finish instead.

Below is a link to an article with 5 of the easiest ways to remove the majority of the patina that your brass pieces develop. There are lots of other methods out there, but these happen to be my faves and relatively easy so I thought I would share!

https://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/surface/how-to-clean-brass/

Have a tried and true way that you use to clean your brass jewelry? Share it below!

xo,
lindsy

You Asked, I'm Answering

Hi guys!  A few weeks ago, I wrapped up an event at Vivi's Vintage Market in Sherwood, OR - such a beautiful event and so well done.  Everything from the colors to the location were totally my vibe and I walked away so inspired and feeling so great to have been a part of something revolving around such a great cause.  To learn more, visit www.vivianleefoundation.org. 

After my Valentine's pop-up at Wishbone Home Decor & Design in Lake Oswego, I started writing down a list of the questions I get when I'm onsite at events and thought it would be fun to start a little Q&A series here on the blog!  I've kept the list going the past few months and it's grown and grown, so I'm just gonna dive in and try to start answering one question each week.  (oh the anxiety brought on by the commitment of a blog post each week, haha!).  The questions range from family, to jewelry, to our IVF experience ... if you have any to add, feel free to email me at lindsy@chipandchisel.com or send a message through the website via the 'contact us' page.  

xo, lindsy

Beautiful Chaos

So yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind - who can relate??  If you could've seen me at the end of my chaotic day, you would've witnessed me walking in the door at almost 9pm, eating a heaping plate of doritos and avocado while standing alone in a dark kitchen ... i'm calling it a win because avocado is very healthy, my friends.  ;) 

After a rough first half of the day that included my phone dying, having to drag two little girls around while trying to get a new phone while being totally unprepared to be out and about for hours and hours (never good with kids!), then deal with all the hooplah that inevitably surrounds driving across the city to actually pick up the new phone ... well, I wasn't feeling super great by the time I got home. I missed out on hours of prep time and was totally frantic once I actually got into the studio. Life, right?  I was overwhelmed, super tired, and felt totally unprepared.  Don't you hate that feeling when what you really need is to be "on"? Seems like the two go hand in hand more often than not.  Well regardless of how I felt, the shoot (luckily) went off without a hitch!  The models (baby too!) were amazing, the photographer, Whitney Summers, was incredible as always, and to top it all off, we got super lucky with the lighting and a beautiful sunset!

These ladies made the jewelry look gorgeous and they did it all so effortlessly!  I headed home last night with a full heart, feeling so lucky to be surrounded by such strong and big-hearted women.  

I can't wait to share more pics with you guys along with some details about how I was lucky enough to have these ladies come into my life, so stay tuned!  

xo, lindsy

Obsessed Is An Understatement

If you've seen my social media posts this past week, you already know that I am completely and utterly obsessed with this new design!  I love a lot of personalized pieces, but this one takes the cake. 

Now maybe you're wondering why all the love for this piece when I've obviously personalized bar necklaces before?  Well, I'll tell you!  The combination of this bar size with the tiny font is just FAB - couple that with the stacked personalization, right alignment and, well, it's beyond visually appealing to me.  If I could send one of these to every one of you, I totally would! 

The biggest bonus of this design is that it looks amazing with one, two, three+ names.  Dots between names are perfect separators, so you can fill the bar and it doesn't look crowded. Don't want to go with names?  How about dates, roman numerals, your favorite word, mantra or quote?  I mean, the options are endless.

 

I feel like the pictures just can't completely convey everything that I love about this beauty, but I promise that it will have you swooning!  Click HERE or on the images to view the listing for this piece.

How would you personalize your bar?

xo,
lindsy

12 Days & Counting

I am desperately craving some spring weather <insert crying face emoji here> ... like I NEED it.  Now. 

Floral prints, brighter colors, some sort of strappy high heel ... I'm lost in a daydream just thinking about being able to pack away all my sweaters and boots!  While spring around here brings rain, it also brings some sunshine and this girl is totally craving it.

Pinterest has me ready to revamp my wardrobe and I'm loving the casual style of this light floral top paired with either a personalized disc or bar necklace at a shorter length so it lays right on the collarbone ...

Both of these necklaces are perfect designs for everyday wear which is why I love them and have a hard time choosing!  I'll admit that the disc necklace rarely leaves my neck - even when I layer, this piece usually stays. 

Which piece suits your personal style best?

xo,
lindsy

1. || http://mindymaesmarket.com/collections/new-releases/products/alexia-floral-top-off-white
2. || http://www.chipandchisel.com/necklaces/tiny-names-disc-necklace
3. || http://www.chipandchisel.com/necklaces/personalized-thick-large-bar-necklace

 

 

Put A Ring On It!

There's really no wrong way to stack or wear multiple rings. Sticking to a particular metal or motif is one way to do it, but mixing stones, metals and jewelry styles can look just as fab! Your look will be more balanced and more comfortable if you wear your smaller rings on top and your heavier statement rings on the bottom, but beyond that it's really just a matter of personal taste. 

I'm loving the wide band ring pictured above, which is now also available in a hammered finish...wear it plain or have it handstamped with up to three lines of personalization.  You can even personalize the underside of the ring with hidden initials...LOVE! See our entire collection of rings HERE.

xo

Rose Gold Love Affair

Because no wardrobe is complete without a few little rose gold accessories! 

This order came at the perfect time - spring is right around the corner and when I think of spring and some slightly warmer weather, I'm drawn to add a bit of rose colored metal to pretty much every outfit! 

This doesn't mean you need to move all of your gold and silver jewelry to the back of your jewelry organizer - mix it up!  Rose gold is gorgeous paired with other metals, but don't fret - there's no right or wrong way to do it!

The rose gold bar necklace is the perfect start to your collection and as luck would have it, every bar necklace design that we offer is available in rose gold.  This will easily become your staple go-to piece ... a design that undoubtedly goes with every single piece of clothing in your closet!

You can't forget our most FAVE wide band ring - this gorgeousness is available in gold, silver, and rose gold and they are all stunning!  The rose gold is amazing personalized or left untouched as shown in the upper left corner of the photo above.

And if you're just looking for a simple yet eye catching accessory, these bar drop earrings are calling your name.  Also available in silver and gold, you can't go wrong!

Still not sure what the best piece or combination is for you?  Let us help you find the perfect design or customize a pairing that fits you best - we're here to assist in helping you create your perfect look!!  Click the link to contact us through the website or send an email to hello@chipandchisel.com to get started!

xo

 

Thank You For The Inspiration!

“Lindsy, I have been meaning to write to you since Christmas. My husband ordered me a necklace for Christmas from my boys, Landon & Colton. I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me. I was diagnosed with AML on January 1st. I have been wearing my necklace every day to remind me why I’m so positive. Thank you again for the amazing necklace!”  
~ Lesley                                                                                                          

We love hearing the stories and meanings behind the pieces we create for our customers and feel so blessed to be able to do something we are so passionate about and that others love and appreciate as well! As a new mama to twins, it’s been a real challenge to find a work/life balance and I can’t tell you how much it means when that work is validated by your positive comments and testimonials.

A huge thank you to our customers around the world…we LOVE being your source for personalized, handstamped jewelry and are continually inspired to create each individual piece with love and the utmost attention to detail. After I personally handstamp each piece, it passes through two more sets of hands for a little extra TLC before I give the final seal of approval for it to be sent on its way to you.  We are confident that every detail has been taken care of and your purchase is something we’d be proud to wear ourselves!

We’d love to hear more of your stories, the meanings behind the pieces or any general feedback you’d like to share, so please feel free to comment below or send us an email if you’d prefer. We hope to feature more testimonials on our website in the future!

Say Hello To Our Newest Collection - Mommy & Me

I am so excited to finally share our newest collection, a true labor of love inspired by my two sweet girls, Addi and Livi! There is nothing sweeter than a gift set and one shared between a Mommy and her mini (or minis!) makes me squeee!!

Our Mommy & Me collection offers several options to celebrate the mother daughter bond with one piece for mommy and one piece for her mini(s)! As always, each piece is handcrafted with love and the utmost attention paid to every detail! Below are just two of the fabulous new pieces available...you can shop the entire Mommy and Me Collection HERE! Watch the blog for updates as we're inspired to create new pieces to add to this collection.