Win Personalized Jewelry from Valerie Tyler Designs

I started a new blog and to celebrate you can win a personalized necklace made just for you! Visit Valerie Tyler Designs to win! Visit soon though because the contest ends February 11, 2013!




Organized Office Space

It is such a relief to finally have a organized, and natural looking office workspace.  I can now happily work on the internet, list jewelry for sale, and process orders in a more zen like manner. Ahhhhhhh…….

ImageThe little purring office assistant is kind of nice too!


I’m not entirely sure about the mental stability of the other office assistant though who put himself in this predicament.

(Don’t worry, no critters were harmed in the making of this photo essay–I got him out!)

Arts Collinwood’s 2011 Holiday Art Sale


I’ll have work as part of the Arts Collinwood Gallery Holiday Sale next week.  There will be a selection of mixed metal earrings, some of my geode and druzy necklaces, and a few of my oxidized silver pieces.

 Hours and Schedule:

Holiday Art Sale Sneak Preview

Thursday, December 8th – 6pm-10pm

Become a member of Arts Collinwood for as little as $10 and enjoy this early bird shopping experience exclusive to our members. The evening will include wine and light appetizers,  a live performance by the Carnegie Brass Trio, holiday drink specials in our Café, first pick at the work of over thirty of the regions best artists, and of course, lots of holiday spirit!

Arts Collinwood Annual Holiday Sale Hours

Friday, December 9th -11am-11pm

Saturday, December 10th -11am-11pm

Sunday, December 11th – 11am-5pm


Here’s the details from Arts Collinwood:  Shop local this holiday season at Arts Collinwood’s Annual Holiday Art Sale featuring over 30 of the region’s best artists. The Arts Collinwood Holiday Art Sale has become a popular Cleveland destination and a draw for holiday shoppers from around the city, featuring a wide array of unique, affordable artwork including: wearable art, award- winning jewelry designs, prints, adorable baby items, museum quality paintings, exquisite glassworks, luxurious knitwear, beautiful holiday cards and much more.

Take advantage of free childcare while you shop from noon-4pm on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy lunch, dinner or cocktails in our adjoining Café. The Café at Arts Collinwood features a full bar with a great selection of microbrews, wine and espresso drinks, as well as soups, salads, sandwiches and daily specials.  Also, enjoy live music Friday and Saturday night with no cover charge.


MOCA Gal-lery night

Visit me this Weds.  June 15th for a very special event!




Orange Art Center Invitational Craft Show

It’s your first chance to see my 2011 pieces in person. My first exhibition of the season will be at the Orange Art Center Invitational Craft show on April 15th and April 16th
I’ll be there with Gina DeSantis, Cindy Kepler, Susan Kleinstub, David Shafron, Susan Skove, Jenn Szalkowski, and Terra Verde Soap Co.

April 15th is the Patron party and admission is $5, April 16th is free and open to the public.

Change is…good?

This month I volunteered to take part in the Etsy Chattymetalsmiths blog rollcall, carnival, theme, challenge or whatever it ends up being called.
This months theme is : “Change – how do you deal with it?”

I originally was thinking; How do I handle change?….not well. The more I thought about it though, that was only because I’ve gone through so much in a little over ten years. When my father passed away I pretty much decided I detested change. It was too hard, too difficult, and for my type-a, highly organized self–too unpredictable and unplanned.

When I’m unprepared for it, and it’s not a good change, it can really send me in a tizzy. I practically have a nervous breakdown when I lose something even if it’s insignificant (just ask my poor husband who has countless times had to turn the house upside-down)

Though without change life would be boring, uninspiring, and like a pretty bad sitcom. With change it’s more of a highly exciting epic film, with deep, inspiring characters and breathtaking settings.

Change is what led me to my beloved husband, to a new home, to graduate school, to recognize my truly loyal old friends and to make new ones, and new endeavors I never thought possible. Change even led me to the creation of my business. It was never in the plans, it just evolved somehow, and it’s become a part of my identity I’m proud of.

How do I *really* handle change? I try to find whatever is positive in it and to grow from it, and use it to help me discover who I am, where I’m going and to help tell the story of life in general.

Since I hate to put up a post without pictures, I thought I’d also explore just a few years of change by looking through snapshots of how my art has grown through the years. Here’s the evolution of the art show booth over the last four years.

Want to see how others handle change?
Visit the other bloggers, for their stories:

Valerie Tyler’s Mixed Metals Collection is now at MOCA

I have some exciting new to share. You can now find my mixed metal jewelry at MOCA, the Cleveland Contemporary Museum of Art. I recently dropped off a large collection of pieces, and they will be available for purchase in the gift shop.
Here’s just a few items available as of this posting: