Monday, May 2, 2011

Verabelle & Ornamentea

This weekend Melissa (of Mason & Virginia) and I traveled to Raleigh to share a space at the Designers Downtown Market. The market is held in the parking lot of Ornamentea several times a year, and is hosted by the beading/craft supply store, known for their "fine craft ingredients."

(L) beads by NC designer Elaine Ray. (R) bead bins.

It was a great day of selling and meeting other crafters,  but I was also lucky enough to make the acquaintance of Cynthia Deis. Cynthia is the owner of Ornamentea, a project that originally began out of her home 16 years ago. Cynthia first began making and selling her own jewelry designs using vintage and handmade materials and soon expanded to a studio space that also offered beading supplies and other cool collectibles. Now Ornamentea is housed in a giant apple-green metal building with space for multiple classrooms and shelf upon bin of beads and other crafting supplies.

a workroom for painting
(L) jars of jewelry supplies. (R) repose.

I am happy to say that Ornamentea also now carries Verabelle Sew-It-Yourself animal appliques! As Cynthia was browsing the market booths, she saw them and asked if I sold wholesale and said she'd love to have them in her shop. And I course, I loved that too!

If you're not in the Raleigh area, you can still shop online at Ornamentea, as well as take advantage of their long list of tutorials, which include everything from jewelry-making to decoupage. In fact, I picked up some decoupage materials from the shop to work on a Mother's Day project!
love: walls covered in vintage dress patterns.

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