Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Oh Baby!

I just created this adorable bracelet for little baby girl. It is going to be a baptismal present. I think it so adorable (and tiny) and is a lovely keepsake. A client of mine showed me a few pictures with elements that she liked and I came up with the bracelet.

I love when clients come to me with ideas and pictures. It helps with the creative process and everyone is happy with the finished product.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Crystallized with Artbeads

Those of you who know me personally know about my love for Penn State University. My husband and I both went there for undergrad, as well as most of my extended family. So, my kids do not have a choice in the matter. Even though they are ages 6 and 2 they will be going there. It's a family tradition. I'm only partially joking here...LOL!

The bracelet I created for Artbeads' Swarovski Month is inspired by tradition and Penn State University colors (blue and white). I used various sizes of faceted crystal roundels, small white crystal pearls, a filagree crystal lily as a charm, and a sterling silver crystal toggle. Since, I create jewelry for bridal party attendants, I thought this would be really stunning and different colors could be used to match bridesmaid dresses.

Let me know what you think and We Are.........

Penn State

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Whole Package

The Whole Package

You could say that five designing women were thinking outside the box when they came up with the idea of packaging their talents inside a box.

Specifically, “A Wedding in a Box.”

The friends’ services and products — custom jewelry, honeymoon planning, photography, makeup consulting and yoga/massage — don’t literally come packed in a box, of course.

But for the time and frustration the one-stop shopping can save, the concept itself might seem like it’s gift-wrapped and tied with a bow to a detail-oriented bride-to-be.

“It all has to do with branding,” said Carrie Grabowicz, the jewelry crafter of the group.

“We do give out a jewelry-size bracelet type box that has our cards inside explaining all about our services. So everyone sort of can remember us as ‘those box people.’ The idea just makes it all easier for brides, with everything in one place, neatly packaged up for you.”

The idea for A Wedding in a Box evolved from the successful businesses of the five women, who found that the synergy of collaborating ultimately enhanced the experience for the entire bridal party, Grabowicz noted.

“Brides can benefit from our combined expertise. We combine our talents and treat brides the way they should be treated, with custom and personal touches that are top notch.”

The partnership helps each of the A Wedding in a Box businesses grow independently as well, she added.

“We’re all separate entities and function separately,” Grabowicz said. “ But ‘A Wedding in a Box’ is a way to have five people promoting you, working together and trying to offer you the best.”

Should photographer Melia Rios-Lazo’s display at The Court at King of Prussia, promoting her own business, Priceless Moments, drum up some new clients for her, it could well bring some of those wedding dollars to the other partners’ endeavors as well.

“Everything we offer can also be purchased a la carte,” Grabowicz pointed out. “So people aren’t obligated to take everything we offer.”

With Hammi Jammi Jewelry, Grabowicz creates brooches and other pieces of “wearable art” from sterling silver, copper and even domino tiles.

“My company name comes from a name I gave my kids when they’re acting goofy,” she said, laughing. “I customize everything according to what the bride wants, like earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Many brides tend to wear pearls, but sometimes they may want something a little more bold, like a ruby color.”

The jewelry items can be for the bride herself, or for the bridesmaids to wear the day of the wedding, Grabowicz said.

Squaring off “A Wedding in a Box” enticements are stress-relieving yoga and massage by therapist Barbara Kosciewicz, who tends to both “the bodies and minds of the wedding party,” makeup and skin care attention by Clare Herkendaal of Arbonne and honeymoon possibilities offered by CruiseOne’s Danielle Weber.

Though most of the women live in Pottstown, they are all “very mobile” and available to present a mini bridal show throughout the area, Grabowicz said.

“A bride and her attendants can have a massage, try on make-up, enjoy a high fashion photography session, learn about honeymoon destinations, try on some one-of-a-kind jewelry ... while enjoying camaraderie with friends — and some chocolate.”

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Guess What People Are Sayin'????

I thought I would let all my faithful readers out there know what people are saying about Hammi Jammi Jewelry:

"I have several of Carrie's creations and always receive so many compliments! I also bought a necklace and earrings for my mom for Christmas. She is IMPOSSIBLE to please! But, when she opened her gift she was so visibly pleased. She only seemed disappointed that it didn't match her outfit!" --Anna

"Carrie's jewelry is beautiful, unique, and well-made. Carrie is an absolute pleasure to do business with...she will work with you and figure out exactly what you want!!!" --Kristin

"Carrie makes very unique brooches from domino tiles and wire wraps them in a charming style. Love these pins because they are larger than the current trendy scrabble tile pendants. They stand out when worn. I know I get a lot of comments about mine! Carrie is quite a clever designer." --Ally

"Carrie does just beautiful, quality work! I am proud to wear her pieces and always get compliments on them! I would highly recommend Carrie and Hammi Jammi Jewelry!" --Jean

"Carrie's jewelry is creative, beautiful, and well-made. She does personal consultations to create special pieces designed to your liking. I highly recommend Hammi Jammi jewelry for gorgeous everyday pieces - as a treat for yourself or a gift for someone special. You will not be disappointed!" --Shelley

"I have several pieces of jewelry from Carrie and I LOVE them all. She made a custom grandmother necklace for my mother in law, and has customized pieces for me. Her customer service is excellent, her jewelry is made to order and done quickly and the prices are affordable. I would highly recommend Carrie for gift ideas, special events or for something special for yourself!" --Barbara