adventure awaits

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Just a quick post in between frantic packing and list making and doing 100 loads of laundry...

Thank YOU for a fantastic last update. Please share what you make with your owls! Seeing them strung up and ready to wear, always makes my day. 

We are leaving this frosty tundra and heading to the warm tropics! A much needed break from reality. 
My shop will remain closed until we return mid-March. I will have a few destash bead bundles up for grabs...and then a tropical, Costa Rica- inspired bead update with loads of new designs...including the mossy stones and sloths! (pictured below). 

I'm not sure how much I will be posting, but if you'd like to follow along...instagram @kylieparry

Owl Shop Update

Monday, February 23, 2015

A hootenanny of owls (and beads too!)...
Over the last two months I made over 160 owls and as many beads!! I was a nervous wreck during their final kiln firing (you just never know when the kiln will malfunction). Everything went smoothly and the owls (and beads) turned out fantastic- I can't wait for them to fly off to their new homes. 
update details:
Owl pre-orders and an owl shop update!
The collection launches:
Tuesday, February 24 @
6am CST
All owl pre-orders will be ready and labeled with your name in a reserved shop listing.
An important note:
My shop will be CLOSING on Sunday, March 1 and will remain closed for a couple weeks while my family is in Costa Rica! Orders placed before 3/1 will be shipped on or before Monday, March 2. If you are unable to purchase your pre-order before this date, please get in touch.
More previews on my Facebook page!

studio update: January

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I made a goal this year to at least blog once a month with an informal studio/ life update. One down!

On my table today, fresh from the kiln, is a large custom order of colorblock fish pendants. I don't often take large custom orders, but these fish have been a favorite since I started making them in college. They are going to a youthful group of do-gooders- traveling and offering their service to help different communities. I hope these fishes bring them joy. 

Next up is owls (I will be starting all of your custom orders shortly). I have a whoooole lotta owls to make. Please be patient, this is going to take me awhile.  Pre-orders have now been closed. However, I may have extras and if so, will have an owl shop update. 

January has been COLD. Hurts to breathe air cold. We've been taking mental vacations to plan our Costa Rica trip that is coming up in less than two months! We will be renting a car and have our route plotted. Volcanos, waterfalls falling into volcanos, waterfalls with freaky blue water, waterfalls to swim in, hot springs to dip in, cloud forest, sandy beaches.......checkcheckcheckcheckcheck. We can't wait. We are a little nervous about the plane ride with juni. Hopefully with a little help from elmo, and a shiz-ton of snacks...we will live to tell.

I'm warming up my sketchbook with new ideas for my next shop update. I can't wait to translate my drawings to clay. Tropical, colorful... and there will be sloths! Watch for previews on FB. 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy New Year!


Owl Pre-Order Details

Friday, December 26, 2014

Classic owls (first two photos). In order to place an order for classic owl/s, I need the following details:
Your name. Contact (email, FB).
STYLE: BEAD with vertical OR horizontal hole or CHARM.
COLOR: color names are noted on the photos below.
Details: These are made by hand (no molds)- the photos below are representative of the range of differences among owls. Backs are unglazed and signed. They measure approx. 20-24mm. Horizontal holes are slightly off-center towards the top of the owl. Charms have metal wires that are permanent.

Tiny owls (last photo). In order to place an order for tiny owl/s, I need the following details:
Your name. Contact (email, FB).
COLOR/DESIGN: names are noted on the photos below.
all tiny owls are CHARMS
Details: These are made by hand (no molds)- the photos below are representative of the range of differences among owls. Backs are unglazed and signed. They measure approx. 18-20mm. Charms have metal wires that are permanent.
Owls are $16 each.
Payment will be collected upon completion. Pre-ordered owls will be listed in my shop when they are finished. I will have coordinating sets of rounds/pebbles available at that time- however, I am NOT taking pre-orders for anything besides owls. Thanks for understanding!
Please contact me via EMAIL or via MESSAGE on my Facebook Page. (whichever way you'd like to hear back from me)
It will take several weeks to complete these, but please get pre-orders in asap!
Thank you! Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 15, 2014

I will be taking a break over the holidays to spend time with my main squeezes!

I will also be dreaming up a plan for 2015. I am tentatively planning on doing a round of pre-orders for OWLS (shortly after the holidays)! If you haven't already, sign up for my newsletter, as I will be emailing out information, including glaze color charts. Newsletter sign-up is to the right------>

Thanks for reading. I cherish your support. I hope you have a wonderful, peaceful December.
Happy Holidays :)

Shop Update FAQ

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

I've had a lot of questions regarding my shop updates...I will try to answer some of them here. If I forgot something, send me a note and I will add it!

Shop updates, which happen every other month or so, are a scheduled day/time that I add new work to my shop. Previews of new work and notice of when new collections launch happen on FB, via newsletter (check your spam folder) and (previews) on Instagram. I try to vary the time of day, to be fair, but am limited to early mornings/ evenings when my husband is home to help with mr. Juniper.

Shop updates of late are bonkers- meaning, if you want something, you have to show up on time and be fast with the keys. I've garnered some criticism that this atmosphere is kind of stressful...which is pretty accurate (for me too), but that isn't my intention. Scheduled shop updates are a reflection of my new limited working hours (I spend all day chasing after a toddler and do most of my work when I probably should be sleeping). Scheduled shop updates save me time (photographing, shipping, promoting, etc.) and less time spent on those things = more time spent dreaming up new designs and bringing them to life!

When shopping on my site, placing things in your cart does not guarantee them. Completing the transaction (paying) is the only way to ensure your items. I have no control over this feature.

I would recommend scoping out what you want before hand and go for those things first and check-out. If you decide to continue shopping and need to place another/ multiple orders, I always combine and refund shipping overcharges.

I typically don't take reserves on new designs.

This is a fairly new concept for me. I offered pre-orders on bears before my last shop update. I was/am waiting to see how this goes before I decide whether or not to offer it again. My hope is that it allows everyone that wants a popular item (that is hard to snag otherwise), the chance to get one. If I can figure out a way to do this efficiently and not get bogged down with time on the computer (correspondence, hunting people down, changing orders last minute, etc...)- I think it could be a good thing. Last time I used the "honor system" and basically took a list of what people wanted. Honestly, I was very nervous about making so many of one item, without having advance payment. Yet, taking payment and then making folks wait a month+ for their goods doesn't sit well with me either. I am definitely open to suggestions here. Really! Your feedback helps a lot.

If you are reading this, you've probably shopped with me before (or might some day), and I really am grateful for your support. It really does impact my life (and my family's life) in a big and very real way. I am thankful to spend my days with Juni and still get to pay the bills doing something I love. Thank you.
(my little "helper"...what the inside of my house (and head) usually always looks like...)

Woodland Winter Collection

Monday, December 1, 2014

Bears and birch. Lumberjack inspired sets with cozy flannel and rustic lanterns. Forests of tall pines, pinecones and evergreen boughs. A winter wonderland of earthy, seasonal beads. 
These will be added to my shop Tuesday, December 2 @ 7:00pm CST.