Valerie Tyler 2011 Jewelry Collections Sneak Peek

I’ve been at work in the studio and really pleased with how the results are turning out. I’m super excited about the 2011 collections which will feature lots of mixed metals, unique textures and a minimalistic style.

Enjoy the preview!

Available from Valerie Tyler, prices range from $15-$100


New Year’s Resolution: Buy Handmade

Have you resolved to buy more handmade or local items this year? Here’s re-visiting a video with a few others sharing why they buy handmade

Winter Season Earrings Giveaway

I’m off on holiday, and now that I don’t have to drive to work in the snow every day I can actually enjoy it’s beauty for a few weeks. To celebrate I’m giving away a FREE pair of my rustic snowflake earrings.

To win all you have to do is visit my VALERIE TYLER DESIGNS main shop and tell me which piece you would like to see more of this year or the OUTLET shop and tell me which piece you think is the best deal. Then leave a comment on this post with your e-mail / etsy shop or some way for me to contact you.

I’lll use the random comment generator to pick a winner, and voila! If you want additional entries, you can tweet or facebook this contest and leave a trackback here. Don’t delay though as this is super short contest and ends at noon on December 24, 2010.

Good luck!

It’s a Cleveland Handmade Market Weekend

This weekend some of my lovely friends from Cleveland Handmade are getting together to throw another one of their delightful markets. You may remember one of their markets last year at either the Lake Erie Screw Factory of the Wooltex Gallery. Cleveland Handmade gives you the oppotrunity to find quality local art, including jewelry, functional ceramics and decor, wall art, and more. This summer they’re taking their show to the East side at the Orange Art Center. The event will be Sunday, June 27th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chris Zielski, of Copper Leaf Studios is one of the artists who will be at the Cleveland Handmade Market

Friday Favorites: It’s a Snow Day!

If you don’t happen to see your favorite activity, by all means leave it in the comments…I’d love to see it.

Here’s a few items perfect for this snowy day. Today I’m all the Friday favorites are from Cleveland Handmade members.

SNOW pillow, $12.50 from Daydream Designs

Sterling Snowflake Pendant, $28.00 from Metalworks Jewelry

Snow covered slate roof photograph, $8.00 from Photohale

Swarovski Crystal Snowflake Necklace, $19.00 by Brittany Chavers

Snow Lovers Beanie, $30.00 by LazyTCrochet

Pointed Snowflake Original ACEO, $11.50 by LifeNeedsArt

Countdown to the New Year with Cleveland Handmade: bjwCREATIVE

The Cleveland Handmade Countdown to the New Year continues today with bjwCREATIVE. JukeboxART is Brooke Witt’s own personal line of illustrations and photography inspired by music. In her own words “It is the blend of visual stimulation and audible references that trigger an emotional connection to a love, a memory or a sweet place in time.”

I decided to feature her print “The Best Thing you Ever Had” which was inspired by Radiohead, since it happens to be one of my favorite bands.

The Best Thing You Ever Had, $18

Cleveland Handmade Last Minute Market and Open Studio at The Screw Factory

Before you’re tempted to say screw it about holiday shopping, well….go ahead and say Screw It! (Don’t you love it, I’m being all edgy here! haha)

The artist and crafter lineup for the Cleveland Handmade Market has finally been listed, and along with the regular artists who will be hosting open studios in the Screw Factory (The Lake Erie Buiding at Templar Industrial Park) this event is NOT to be missed. May I repeat, NOT to be missed.

Yes, I am exhibiting my work at this event (including my recently unveiled photography, in addition to my modern nature jewelry) yet I’d be completely excited to hit the event to shop regardless. In fact, don’t buy everything before I get a chance to check it out as well.

This is the largest Cleveland Handmade show to date, and should have something for everyone.

Find more information at Cleveland Handmade

Want to spread the word? You can print flyers HERE

Bazaar Bizarre West 2009 – Don’t be a Boxhead

Get your head out of the big box store! (That’s old-school booooring shopping!)

Visit myself and plenty other artists for all your holiday shopping needs. There’s food, there’s fabulous ipod music, there’s fun (maybe Xan will even come walk on stilts again this year), and the people-watching is pretty good too.

All you need to know is it is the same location as last year: 78th Street Studios: 1300 W. 78th St to 1305 W. 80th St., north parking lot, north entrance (behind the building) — accessible from W. 78th OR W 80th St.

Saturday December 12th from noon to 9:00 p.m., and Sunday December 13th from noon to 6:00 p.m.
There’s over 75 vendors making tons of unique items.

Bazaar Bizarre 2009- Don’t Trample the Artists

For the first time ever Bazaar Bizarre Cleveland is offering a Thanksgiving Weekend show beginning on Black Friday (You know, the day after Thanksgiving, when people go so nuts about holiday shopping they get up at 3 a.m. or earlier to hit crappy big box stores and traumatize the employees!)

Here’s the scoop on Bazaar Bizarre East:
12635 Larchmere (across from Vine & Bean) during the Larchmere Holiday Stroll. 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The show takes place November 27th and November 28th

Get up at a decent hour a day after stuffing yourself with bird, check out a ton of handmade items (50 vendors) and find something for everyone on your list. Just be sure not to get **too excited** so you don’t trample the artists in your shopping frenzy k’?

Meaningful Holiday Giving

As the holidays are fast approaching I’d like to take the opportunity to I’d like to give you ideas on how to find gifts that will be meaningful to both the recipient, but also meaningful in a much larger sense.

When purchasing gifts this year consider three different possibilities other than just chain stores.

1. Shop Local
2. Shop Handmade.
3. Shop Charity

Using these three criteria you should be able to find the perfect gift for just about anyone one your list that will also give back to more than just the recipient.

Here’s a few things to consider:

Shopping Locally
In a nutshell, when you shop locally your hard earned dollars stay in your own community. The taxes you pay on items go back into your community, and often a larger percentage of the cost of the item stays in your community as well, as the seller usually spends their profits on local goods. Not only that, expensive transportation costs and environmental impacts are lessened as well. If you want to read more check out an article I wrote last year about shopping locally as well.

Shopping Handmade
When you shop handmade you are purchasing items made with care and concern. Often you will find that sellers of handmade goods give extra attention to detail, offer excellent customer service and package their items with care. When you buy handmade you are helping people support artistic lifestyles, helping them to support their families. Buying handmade helps small businesses grow, which in turn are also very beneficial for the economy. If your community is short on independent storefronts visit Etsy Shop Local to connect with home based artisans near you.

Shop Charity
There are also many gifts you can give that help improve the lives of people around the world in need. Some charities offer programs where you can donate in a gift recipients name. Others have store programs where portions of their proceeds from the sales of gift items goes to help the needy. One of my favorites is World Vision. World vision has a catalog in which you can purchase things like cows or chickens, donate to small business loans, or give a water well to someone in need in the name of your gift recipient. Visit to find out more. I am also a huge fan of unicef, which is one of the places I love to buy my Christmas cards each year, as the money goes to help children around the world.