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2017 Makers Faire, a one-of-a-kind event for local crafters, makers, and artists

2017 Makers Faire

 

The 2017 Makers Faire

The 2017 Makers Faire is about to commence! I am unbelievably excited about this amazing event.  It is the first of its kind at the TN Soybean Festival and yours truly along with my loyal side kick (aka my hubby) have worked all summer to coordinate and make this event happen.  We hope to make it bigger and better every year!  I am so thankful to the many amazing artists and creators that are taking part in this event as well as all the entertainers. We have a master illusionist, Bentley Burns, coming to perform both in the street and on stage.  We have awesome live music planned.  It is going to be a wonderfully exciting day!  Hope to see you there!

 

September 4, 2017

Noon until 9pm

 

Check the event out on Facebook  for updates and fun info!

Take a peek at the events that White Bear Jewelry will be doing and don’t forget to sign up for the exclusive group, The Tribe

 

 

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Fall 2016 Color Report

 

White Bear Jewelry Fall 2016 Color Report

 

Fall 2016 color report                         Summer is almost over…bummer right?! School is back in session (for us parents YAY!!) work hours seem to last longer as the days start to grow shorter.  If it weren’t for the gorgeous colors of fall this would all be very depressing.  Each year color experts at the Pantone color Institute scour through all of the fashion and design industries to predict the “it” colors for future seasons.  And…since fall is almost upon us I wanted to share their exciting color predictions for the fall 2016 season.  So grab your coffee, sit back, relax and enjoy White Bear’s Fall 2016 Color Report!

 

    Aurora Red

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Magma Red Coral and Copper bracelet, copper bracelet, copper jewelry, coral jewelry, red coral, red coral jewelry, red coral braceletAurora Red has to be my favorite color for the fall season.  I love seeing bright colors in otherwise drab situations.  Red is also the most beautiful color of fall.  When the leaves turn and all the trees are on fire with color ignites a fire in my creative soul.  Combining aurora red with cooper is stunningly warm.  This color will definitely transition into winter well helping the traditional black and gray blahness of winter with bursts of color. Our magma coral and copper earrings and bracelet embrace aurora red and will add warmth to any fall or winter outfit.

Riverside, Potter’s Clay and Sharkskin

Shell Storm Wrap Bracelet Riverside and potter’s clay make a very earthy combination.  They remind me of earth and sky and spark all kinds of creative thinking.  You can dress these colors up or add them to any casual outfit.  Tangerine Summer Wrap BraceletI have added small sea shells to these colors as well which brought in a bit of the sharkskin gray. Combining all three of these colors makes the riverside and potter’s clay really pop.  The seashells also add to the earthy vibe of our two bracelets.

 

Dusty Cedar and Warm Taupe

Dusty cedar feels a bit like traditional rose or mauve.  Warm taupe is a classic neutral tone.  These colors add elegance and grace to the fall season.  These two are more for the introverted at heart not standing out but still drawing attention through their subtle beauty. Dusty Cedar and Warm taupe are both very feminine.

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Airy Blue and Lush Meadow

Aventurine and blue glass earringsaventurine scrollsThese two colors remind me of earth and sky, an endless field that stretches out to meet the glorious horizon.  They are the tale end of summer.  Fresh colors in an ever graying world.  Blue and green are both calming colors.  They trigger our minds to send peace to our bodies. Not to mention they look fabulous together!

 

 

 

Bodacious and Spicy Mustard

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I have left the bold and the beautiful colors, Bodacious and Spicy Mustard, for last.  These two awesomely rich hues will make your fall wardrobe jump with excitement.  They take me back to the fashion of the 80’s with bright makeup and outlandish designs that rocked the world.  You know the times when even men wore eyeshadow and had big hair!  HA!

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I love this season’s colors.  Whether you are fierce or soft and romantic, fall 2016 meets all of your needs.  Keep your eyes out for new designs arriving soon.

 

Sarah

 

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What to Wear with White Bear Featuring RelishSav

What to Wear with White Bear featuring RelishSavWhat to Wear with White Bear Featuring RelishSav

Hello Besties!  I hope everyone’s days are going splendidly and you are all feeling beautiful.  This week I wanted to stop and take a look at a part of our ensemble that we sometimes ignore, the bag!   We all carry one big or small its makes no difference at all.  Some of us just walk around with a large wallet and some of us can swim in our bags (myself included).  We carry our lives in our bags so why not have the coolest bag possible. RelishSav is owned by Brad and Leslie Ciechanowski.  Leslie and Brad love the handmade.  They even made some of their home’s furniture!  They are talented designers and handmakers.  Their beautiful shop has everything from bowties and purses to home décor.  RelishSav is definitely worth checking out.

The clutches and purse in the picture above are just some of their beautiful creations.  Leslie enjoys working with silk, cotton, and exotic trims.  She then hand beads and embellishes her creations.  She uses glass beads, including Swarovski crystals, and sequins.  Her eye for the bohemian is out of this world.  Her color sense is fabulous! My favorite of the clutches is the pink and teal one!  These bags are perfect for a short trip out, a festival adventure or a hot night out on the town.

Now comes the question of exactly what White Bear pieces would look great with these clutches.  It is hard to answer.  I chose the Luljeta copper statement necklace.  It was newly added to our collection.  The chain and all copper components are bare copper and slightly aged.  The beautiful stones are Blue Sky Jasper which has a rich turquoise and chocolate color. The colors would bounce off any of RelishSav’s clutches and add to their brilliance.  Luljeta, copper statement necklace, statement necklace, jasper, blue sky jasper, teal, handcrafted, handmade

Besties, we all know that your accessories can make or break your outfit.  They not only accentuate your clothing but your personal style and uniqueness.  I sincerely hope that you will go and check out Brad and Leslie’s cool etsy shop, RelishSav. You might even find a little something for the special one in your life.  Don’t forget to embrace your uniqueness.  Its what makes you gloriously beautiful and immodestly you!

 

Many blessings and a ton of love,

 

Sarah

 

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What to Wear with White Bear Featuring The Look Factory

The Look Factory
The Look Factory

 

What to Wear with White Bear Featuring The Look Factory

Ladies, festival season is upon us which means you need the look baby!  Well I found just the place to find it, The Look Factory!   Let me tell you the owner of this shop is uber talented.  Julie has degrees from university and law school and has also attended art school.  She is totally into vintage finds so she upcycles quite a bit.  Julie uses her daughter as a fashion consultant just like me! The pictures above are just a glimpse of the beautiful things that are in The Look Factory store.  Her bright colors and bold designs are classically bohemian.  Her hats and boots are to die for!  I am totally in love with the bohemian top hat that is in the center of this collage.  It is western meets gypsy and I adore it.  I think Calamity Jane, from Deadwood would have rocked this hat!  All of Julie’s dresses are twirl worthy.  I can just imagine spinning carefree in circles while listening to Led Zeppelin or Stevie Nicks.  She even jazzes things up a bit and has created a more sophisticated and dressy bohemian gown.  It is so sexy without revealing everything a girl owns if you get my drift *grins*.

 

Ok so I love the top hat so much I just have to pair it with my newest pair of earrings, NuriNuri, long dangle earrings, purple, copper, spiral, wire weave, wire wrapThe purple and copper in these earrings accentuates the gorgeous colors found in the hat!   They would also go beautifully with the bohemian gown.  The length of the earrings would lead down to the v neck of the gown creating an elongating affect.    Luljeta, copper statement necklace, statement necklace, jasper, blue sky jasper, teal, handcrafted, handmade

 

The Luljeta copper statement necklace would go perfectly with both of the dresses that are in the collage above.  The teal green and chocolate brown of the blue sky jasper is a breathtaking combination partnered with the rustic feel of bare copper.

 

Teal and purple are my two most favorite colors so of course I love to see them together. They make me think of flowers and oceans.  I just have to point out that these two colors are on the bell bottom jeans in the picture *melts in her chair*.  Both of the White Bear designs would go with these jeans.  I am wishing I had a pair.  I hope that you have fallen in love with The Looks Factory as much as I have.  If you are an etsy shopper please make her store one of your favorites.  I already have.

 

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As always ladies remember that you are beautiful just being you.  Don’t let the world tell you otherwise.  Let your soul shine through and your freedom play in your smile!

 

Much Love and Many Blessings,

 

Sarah

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Why Do We Wear Jewelry?

Why do we wear jewelry

 

Hey Besties!  Have you ever wondered why we wear all this shiny stuff? Why do we love to adorn ourselves with dripping jewels and metals?  Well, it all started about 75,000 years ago when man began to wear clothing, use tools and have their basic daily needs met.  They used any material they could get their hands on.  Early man used animal hides, pebbles, animal teeth, feathers, and plants to make their jewelry.  Three main areas, Egypt, India, and China, began expanding and perfecting metallurgy, glass making, and gem collecting.  India was the first area to devise new methods to use and collect gold making them one of the earliest civilizations to use jewelry in their everyday lives and in their religious beliefs.  This made them a well known place for trade.

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But again Why do we wear jewelry?  This question has many answers.  It is believed by anthropologist and sociologists that early woman used jewelry as a type of mating ritual, a way to attract men,  much like male birds use their feathers and have intricate dances and rituals in order to attract a female.  Ladies, men are attracted to shiny stuff!  *giggles* It grabs their attention helping them to notice you! At least that is what the scientists say.  Jewelry has also been used to show social status and still in some places.  For example in India Hindu woman wear a decoration called a bindi.  This is often a red circle or a jewel.  The bindi shows the woman’s marital status.  Men will also wear a bindi showing off their social status.  Native Americans also used jewelry to delineate social status and religious distinction.  They used jewelry in their rituals and dances.  Many people also use jewelry as a way to identify with a religion or social order.  Christians wear crosses.  Jewish folks wear the star of David.  No matter the reason jewelry since its inception has led people to art and beauty through body decoration.  Today people wear jewelry as a social or emotional expression.  I wear my jewelry because it expresses my inner self.  Being yourself is often difficult and wearing jewelry that you love helps you to be yourself.  Wearing jewelry can also boost your self esteem, helping you to feel more beautiful.

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Keep being Beautifully Free and Beautifully you!  Wear what makes you happy! And always remember that if you don’t see you in our designs we can design something just for you!

-Sarah

 

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What to Wear with White Bear Featuring Timjan Designs

Timjan Designs

 

What to Wear with White Bear Featuring Timjan Designs

I spent quite sometime scouring the depths of Etsy to find this week’s amazing designer (yes I know its Monday and not Friday *grins*).  Her name is Emelie Viola Ekenberg aka Emelie Timjan.  Emelie hails from the great land of Sweden.  She spends each winter in India with her amazing team of expert tailors, pattern makers and her as Emelie describes,  “steaming hot assistant”. Ms. Ekenberg began making and designing clothing for her Barbie dolls when she was very young and then clothing for herself as she grew older.   Mother nature is the focus of Timjan Designs.  They strive to only create with ecologically sustainable materials such as cotton, hemp, linen and nettle.  Most of the fabrics are dyed using vegetable dyes with nettle being the exception.  It isn’t dyed at all.   They are also extremely sensitive to fair trade conditions.  All of their materials are bought from trusted sources.  The skilled crafts people that are hired work under fair and compassionate conditions.  Emelie says that there is a lot of singing and laughter in every piece that is made.

What to Wear with White Bear Featuring Timjan Designs

 

Emelie’s personal style changes but the love of the Indian culture and people are evident in her designs.  I love the free spirit I see in each piece, showing off its own personality.  The soft rich color pallet she uses in the designs are breathtaking.  She shares the gypsy and steampunk areas of inspiration with me.  If I could wear nothing but her clothing you would be seeing me in it everyday.   Her yoga pants alone look like the most comfy yoga pants EVER! Along with her gorgeous What to Wear with White Bear Featuring Timjan Designsclothing the designer also makes bags, belts, corsets, and gloves.  I just can’t say enough about all of the products I keep ogling over on her Etsy store.  They all just inspire me to sit down and get creating!  That’s one of the things I love most about searching out handmade designers and creators.  Each one gives me a bit more inspiration!

You can find Timjan Designs on Etsy, Instagram, and Tumblr.  I highly suggest you keep an eye on this amazing design team.

 

 

 

Two of my favorite pieces would go wonderfully with Timjan Designs.  First Crescent Moon Circletis the Crescent Moon Circlet.  This fun headpiece would go wonderfully with Emelie’s bohemian designs.   The circlet is made from vintage chains and accents with moonstones and hematite beads.  The focal rests on the forehead giving a mystical look to the piece.

Another piece that would be awesome with any of the Timjan’s designs Burnt Embers Gypsy cuff, slave bracelet, jasper, jasper jewelry, copper, copper jewelryis the type of bracelet that we here at White Bear Jewelry call the gypsy cuff.  The old terminology for this type of bracelet is the slave bracelet for its reminiscent of the jeweled shackles worn by harem girls.  The Burnt Embers Copper Cuff Bracelet, pictured on the right is a gorgeous gypsy cuff made of bare copper and rainbow jasper.   Gypsy cuffs are very sexy and very bohemian.

 

Keep on searching for your true selves besties and remember that you are always Beautifully Free and Beautifully You!

 

Much love and many blessings,

 

Sarah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What to Wear with White Bear

This week has been crazy busy for us here at White Bear Jewelry.  Creating a new line is always stressful, exciting, and ultimately fun.  This week I wanted to share a little bit with you about what goes on behind the scenes here at White Bear Jewelry, a little something about who helps me through my process and what inspires me to create.

What to Wear with White Bear Featuring the Crew

IMG_2605First, this is me!  Sarah Stewart-Skelton, designer and creator here at White Bear Jewelry.  I began making jewelry when I was first diagnosed with NASH (a liver disease that was discovered just a few years ago and is being studied).  I am not allowed to hold regular work because of the symptoms so I needed to find something that I loved and do it.  And I found shiny things and started putting them together! Since then I have reached out and learned so many new techniques.  I have obtained my certificate in jewelry design from The New York Institute of Art and Design in Manhattan, NYC.  So exciting for me YAY!!!  Wire working and simple metal working are my current forte but I am quickly learning more advanced metal working skills. So look out world here I come!  I am inspired by a lot of cultures around the world.  I have always valued my freedom and fantasized about the gypsy lifestyle.  So it was easy for me to design bohemian jewelry.  I am also inspired by Steampunk and enjoy tinkering with watches, watch parts and vintage findings.  I love nature and the glorious things that God has created.  The colors and textures found in nature are amazing.  I use natural objects such as gems and sea shells as much as I can.  I truly enjoy working with silver and copper.  I am also an artist and enjoy drawing and painting.  Patterns fascinate me.

 

 

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This handsome man next to me is my husband Shawn Skelton.  He is my quality control man.  He inspects every item for jagged edges and wires that stick out.  He is not afraid to look at me and say “Is this wire supposed to be sticking out?” or “This part right here feels rough”. I am so thankful to him and his amazing sense of touch.  He also helps me make some design decisions when I get stuck, like “hey honey does this chain seem to be to big to you?” He is an awesome support system.  He always has my back physically, emotionally and spiritually.  I could never have asked for a better partner in crime.

 

 

 

 

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This lovely young lady is my daughter, Angie.  She is my fashion trend consultant.  This girl has her finger on the pulse of fashion daily.  She wants to be a photographer and cosmetician when she grows up, which isn’t really that far away! UGH….LOL  She is a brilliant young lady with a bright future ahead of her no matter what she decides to do.

 

 

 

 

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This little guy is William,  my youngest son and my apprentice.  Whenever I am working this little guy is right there with me.  When I finish a piece he eagerly runs it over to his dad for the quality control appraisal and then back to me for fixes or polishing.  He is so much fun to watch.  He is a very creative little man and enjoys playing with all of my tools and bits of large gauge wire.  I think he is going to be a musician, artist and jewelry designer when he gets older.  He just loves to create no matter the medium.

 

 

 

 

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This cool dude is my son Nero!  He also loves to play with my tools and wire (not always when he is supposed to LOL).  He is my shipping assistant.  He helps me pack every piece that goes out to its new home.  Nero is an energetic 6 year old who loves to play video games, draw, and play outside.  When he grows up he would like to be “a chef, a fireman, or a policeman”.

 

 

 

IMG_2861   This is a little peek into what my worktable looks like on most creative days.  I surround myself with what I want to work on, materials that gave me ideas and put beautiful pictures in my head.  Most designers sit down and draw out what they want to create.  My creativity works a bit different.  I have to work on my ideas as they strike my brain.  A piece of wire, a bead, or a stone will tell me what I should do with it.  They call out their purposes to me.  I know it sounds a bit mystical but that’s what happens.  I am not the neatest of artists either.  My bench is usually cluttered and I constantly search for a tool that I just had and am now missing.  Teehee.  I find inspiration in common things like leaves and flowers and the wind.  My spirituality is really important to me.  I put a prayer in every piece.  I want my customers to have a feeling of peace and joy when they wear my creations.  I believe that every woman is exceptionally beautiful. God made them with purpose and personality!  Each woman should have a piece that is uniquely them.  A piece that when gazed upon feels like home, like it matches their inside, a soul mate in a jewelry sense.  I strive to make my jewelry like that.  I want you to feel that and to know that you can be Beautifully free and Beautifully you!

 

Many Blessings,

 

Sarah

 

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What to Wear with White Bear Featuring Mimetik

What to Wear with White Bear featuring Mimetik
Mimetik Wedding Gowns

What to Wear with White Bear Featuring Mimetik

Wedding season is upon us Sisters!  So lets get the party started!  I was a boho bride!  I wanted to have a magickal wedding (yes magickal with a K) with the perfect bohemian everything!  But what in the heck makes a wedding bohemian? What do you wear? What flowers do you use?  Do you wear a veil or a headdress?  I know that I searched for what felt like forever for the right dress.  I wish that I had found the designer I am featuring today.  Mireia Solsona makes and designs gorgeous bohemian wedding dresses!  The collage above shows just a few of the gorgeous dresses in Mireia’s Etsy shop, Mimetik. She also designs beautiful bride’s maids dresses that your ladies would not be embarrassed to wear. *grins sheepishly*

Bohemian wedding dresses are just as beautiful and intricate as traditional wedding dresses.  However, they are not your typical frilly and princess poof dresses.  Boho dresses feature lots of lace and flowing fabrics.  They are both elegant and free spirited.  These dresses show off the true sexiness of being yourself on your special day.  There are no rules in a bohemian wedding.  Just like there are no rules to a bohemian wedding dress.  Mireia dresses are fantastically free spirited with rich romance sewn in.  She makes her dresses to fit your measurements so there are no sizing issues.  Mireia also designs everyday dresses that are as equally fabulous as her wedding designs.  She also designs dresses that can be worn in a myriad of ways.  Her brand is grounded in convertible fashion and inspired by the native costumes and fabrics that she came to adore.  You can see more of Mimetik’s gorgeous dresses at the Etsy Shop.

Now for a bit about the designer.  Mireia was originally an architect!  She loves to travel.  Through her travels she became very interested in the cultures and traditional costumes of those cultures.  This interest led to Mireia changing her profession and entered into the world of fashion design.  In 2007 she launched Mimetikbnc which is located in Barcelona, Spain.   Mireia is also very close to her family and has a white Labrador named, Pluto!  You can read more about Mireia on her Etsy profile.

 

You can pair these dresses with our new Bohemian Bride Jewelry line!  So make sure that you check out both Mimetik and White Bear’s beautiful free spirited creations.

 

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Be Beautifully Free. Be Beautifully You!

 

Sarah

 

 

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What to Wear with White Bear

What to Wear with White Bear
Clothing by Blonde Vagabond

What to Wear with White Bear Featuring Blonde Vagabond

Welcome to the new What to Wear with White Bear segment.   Last week I let you know that I would begin to scour the cyber universe to find gorgeous handmade clothing, shoes and accessories that would rock with some of our jewelry.  As most of you know already *big cheesy grin* I have a gypsy soul and it comes out in my jewelry.  I have always loved the idea of gypsies.  These free people that travel in awesome little caravans who dance and sing and tell fortunes.  I know it is a bit romanticized but there it is.  Everyone has a fantasy and mine is to be a gypsy!  Now back to the article *giggle snort* I have spent the last week searching through etsy to find a fashion designer and maker that sparked my wild side.  I came across Alisha von Fleck  and her awesome store Blonde Vagabond.  Alisha hails from Northern California and spends her time traveling.  In the about section on Etsy she explains that she spends time in India, Thailand and Brazil.  She is inspired by different cultures and tribes that she has fortunately met in her wanderings.

I was floored by the beautiful colors and patterns that are in the textiles that she uses in her dresses.  They inspired the artist in me and I felt the need to gather my pen and paper and start drawing.   Alisha designs the dresses so that they can be worn in many different ways.  My absolute favorite element is the hood!  It adds a bit of mystery and sexiness. I love that the hoods are large and don’t restrain the hair of the models.  The dresses aren’t just mini.  Alisha also makes longer versions to wear like a tunic and maxi dresses.  Who doesn’t adore a maxi dress?!  If you love her look like I do please check out her links below.  She is also on instagram @blonde_Vagabond.  I have already followed her.  I suggest you do the same.  Alisha also has a blog so make sure to check that out.

Here are the links to Blonde Vagabond’s pages.  Please check them out and if you belong to etsy love her shop and add her to your favorites.  I have and I am super excited to see what she comes out with next.

Blonde Vagabond on Etsy

Blonde Vagabond on Facebook

Oh and if you do purchase something for Alisha make sure to send her a picture of you wearing what you bought for 10% off your next purchase!

My friends never forget to stay true to who you are.  Don’t let society back you into a corner and make you turn your individual spirit into conformity.  Speak out against what is wrong and speak up for what is right.  Let Freedom Live my friends.  She should never perish from this Earth.

-Sarah

P.S. If you know a handmade designer and think that they match the style of White Bear Jewelry let me know.  I would love to feature them! Until next time I will continue to seek after awesome designers for you!