Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Helene's Dreams Jewelry is moving!!

turquoise necklace gemstone pendant
Art Jewelry- Turquoise Gemstone Pendant Necklace - Sold

Hello my dear friends! I hope this message sees you well.  I know I have not been blogging much and I am realizing that I am needing to be more active in this department.  I wanted to make a big announcement.  Yes!

I have decided to take a leap of faith and move my studio out to a working artist co-op space here in my sweet town of Bend, Oregon!  As of Sept. 1st, I will be open to the public in my new studio in The Willow Lane Artists Creative Space!!

After all of these years of learning my craft of metalsmithing, I finally feel ready to open myself to the public.  I recently did my very first local show with COMAG (Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild).  I admit, this was just a scary scary thing for me as it was my first show and also amongst my metal head peers! These people are my sweet friends, but they are also pretty fascinating artists..so I felt a bit nervous. In the end it actually turned out wonderful! I met a ton of nice new friends and had a blast being super social.  I also sold a few things, which honestly I did not really expect to do so.

blue flash labradorite necklace pendant
Art Jewelry- Blue Flash Labradorite Gemstone Pendant Necklace - For Sale

As some of you know, I do sell my work on Etsy.  I started doing this way back in 2008 and I feel truly grateful that I could have this venue to share my work.  And, yes, it has been wonderful being able to work from home in my studio as I parent my children and take care of my family and home.  Sophia, my youngest daughter is now nearly 14 and I feel really ready to be out in the world working with other people.  I admit working from home has its benefits, but its definitely lonely too if you get stuck in the home cave life.  So, I  am ready..ready for a change in life...ready to be a bigger part of my community.  So, wish me luck!

green flash labradorite gemstone necklace
Art Jewelry - Green Flash Labradorite Gemstone Necklace Pendant - For Sale
For the last month I have been buried in work trying to get ready for the COMAG show. I now have a lot of new pieces I need to get posting on Etsy.  I am really enjoying working on the "one of kind" pieces.  It's been good for my creative spirit and I feel excited about working in the creative space which I feel will be inspiring for my own spirit.    I realized that I can not get caught up in what "I am called" or what "I am doing" with myself. I realize that "I am"... I am here now and every moment I live I want to focus on the now.  So, I really don't know what the future has to hold for me, but I am going to take this in like a new adventure and allow life to open up to me, instead of trying to plan every single thing.  I just want to enjoy what I am truly grateful for.

Thank you for hearing me..and supporting me. I hope that in the future you may want to stop in Willow Lane and say hello to me in person.  I had many inquiries of people wanting to come see my work and now you can!

400 SE 2nd Street. Suite 2 
Bend, Oregon 97701

Have a happy summer folks!  I will be definitely blogging a lot more so please keep in touch!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Happy Mother's Day from Helene's Dreams!!

mothers birthstone ring
Mother's Birthstone Rings Handstamped - Helene's Dreams Jewelry

It's been a pretty busy week with handcrafting these mother birthstone rings. I think about each child when I make them...wonder what they are like and how sweet it is that some mom will be thinking about their child when they look at this ring. 

I wanted to do a Mother's day Giveaway contest and yet because I just became a bit to busy ..I was not able to make that happen.  I will be hosting a  Summer Days Giveaway in June, so please check back.

Gold mothers birthstone ring
Gold Mother's Birthstone Ring - Helene's Dreams Jewelry

Just a few other things. I have and still am working on new designs. I will be in my very first show this summer at The Oxford Suites here in Bend, Oregon with the Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild. The show dates are August 5-7th, 2016.  I am so excited!!  It's really pushing me to get my ideas out now!!  NO excuses!

name bar necklace
Sterling Silver Bar Name Necklace - Helene's Dreams Jewelry

 And last but least...I am working on a my own personal website right now!!  This is the real deal!  As much as I am grateful to Etsy for all of the love it has given me...I am thinking I need to get a little bit diversified so that all my eggs are not in one basket.  I will be updating this post when the site link is ready.

Thanks for reading and checking in!
xo Helene

Monday, April 11, 2016

Wide Gold Ring Band with a Mountain, Tree and River Scene listed in my shop!

Gold Ring Nature Scene Mountains River
 Wide Gold Ring Band with Mountains, Trees and River Carved Into it

Just listed in my shop yesterday!  This gorgeous ring came to life by request from a dear and sweet customer in Canada.  She asked me to make her a ring that had a mountain and river with some trees on it as it is her favorite place to go run.   I could not refuse this lesson!

A few years back, I had taken some wax carving classes with Kate Wolf in Portland, Maine.  Yes, I flew to the east coast for a work shop.  It was so much fun.  Since then, I admit with the selling of our family retail store and having to build a new home, I sort of set aside my wax endeavors.   But then,this asking came along ...and well here is the outcome.  It turned out gorgeous in my mind... truly beautiful.  I really want to make more now!  Check it out in my Etsy shop.

mothers ring with flush set gemstones

14kt Gold Mothers ring with flush set birthstones

Mother's Day is around the corner and I must admit gold is the thing these days.  I'm one of those lucky people who can wear either silver or gold.  I love both metals and find beauty and great styles in both of them.   I sell a lot of the Mother's rings in sterling silver, but gold is always a much better choice as it will hold the engraving longer then silver and overall just wear better.   These rings are great to add your children's names or date of birth, or a word that reminds you of someone or something.  Adding the birthstones will just make it more sparkly. And of ourse you can always have either yellow or white gold.  Remember, mom truly deserves the best!

Thanks for checking in friends.  Cheers!