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October 10, 2016

Vintaged: the New Katya Valera Collection

Introducing the new Fall/Winter 2016 Collection at Katya Valera: Vintaged! Each of the forty-five bohemian, minimalist, and statement pieces in this exclusive collection features vintage or vintage-style components to add decades' or even centuries' old inspiration to a modern design.

There are dozens of necklaces and earrings (and one bracelet ;) in gold, bronze, silver, and gunmetal in all different price ranges and each with a "Vintaged" touch, of course. 

I am extra excited about this collection, as you'll see why below, and here are just a few of the highlights:

"Laced," available here

"Architectured" available here

"Marbled" available here

"Cat-Eyed" available here

"Gemmed" available here

"Hooped" available here

"Pendulumed" available here

"Jeweled" available here

"Renaissanced" available here

"Victorianed" available here

"Flourished" available here

"Peacocked" available here

"Bronzed" available here

"Eightied" available here

"Regencied" available here

"Petaled II" available here

And finally, my absolute favorite pieces, not just from this collection but of all the jewelry I've ever made in nearly five years of Katya Valera!

These four fabric necklaces are very special to me for a couple of reasons. First, these are my first necklaces incorporating fabric, something I dreamed of and planned for many months before the necklaces became reality. In addition, every fabric necklace in this collection features vintage fabric inherited from my great-grandmother, a talented, prolific seamstress with her own deep love of crafting. I am so happy to give just a little bit of her fabric new life in these pieces and think she would be pleased with them.

"Damasked" available here

"Floraled" available here

"Gardened" available here

"Patchworked" available here

If you haven't gotten a chance to take a look at the full collection, you can find it all in my shop right here!

"Vintaged" now concludes a full year of releasing seasonal collections, my first year doing so. I cannot convey to you the time, planning, scheming, and work that went into each of these three collections: "Reborn" for the spring, then "Drops of Summertime," and now "Vintaged" for the fall and winter (all of which you can browse in my shop). That's around 125 brand new pieces planned around specific themes, designed, made, photographed, edited, and listed. (When you put it that way, it sounds way too simple....) Each collection took months of work and was proceeded by my other new launch, KV Wishbox, my jewelry box that let you browse each collection early and choose up to three pieces at a huge discount, a venture that also entailed a massive amount of work.

All that to say, I have no doubt worked harder on Katya Valera this year (and the end of 2015 leading up to it) than I ever have! And I have to say that it was honestly a blast. While at this point I don't have immediate plans of continuing to release seasonal collections or the KV Wishbox in its original format, I am so glad I latched onto those ideas and went for them; they haunted my thoughts for weeks before they even began to meet reality. My overflowing creativity got some extra chances to play, and it was wonderful.

As if all that I just listed wasn't enough work fun for this year (I said 2016 would be big!), I still have some super exciting new jewelry designs headed to the shop very soon, and I also have some HUGE plans for Katya Valera's 5 year anniversary coming up December 9th. That's right, somehow we've been doing this thing for five years (longer than Daniel and I have been married, which is just weird to think about!). And KV Wishbox may be reborn in the near future as well. ;)

So you most definitely want to stay tuned to see what else could possibly be happening at Katya Valera. It may be fall, but this year isn't over yet! Be sure to follow along on Facebook and/or Instagram so that you don't miss out on any of these developments coming over the rest of the year. And in the meantime, feel free to do some browsing in the shop--it's definitely not too early to get some early Christmas shopping out of the way ... which I'm all about!

August 9, 2016

Officially Streetlights at Midnight

You may have noticed that KV Designs has suddenly (though not so suddenly on my end ;) become Streetlights at Midnight. Streetlights at Midnight existed briefly on its own last year and then morphed into just one big collection at KV Designs. But now at long last, my cards, prints, and printables have taken over and morphed into one big shop and I am so happy!

Can you walk into a store, browse the card aisle, and find a card specifically to encourage someone who's dealing with a chronic illness? Nope. Even though an astounding number of people (I am finding more and more and more...) deal with some form of chronic health problems, invisible or not. And while you can't find Streetlights at Midnight cards in a retail store (for now! ;) you can find them in my Etsy shop.


The lack of chronic illness cards out there is reason enough for this shop to now exist. But combine that with the fact that chronic illness is very isolating (I would know this well) and the fact that I've gathered that it's very difficult to know how to help someone you care about who's dealing with such issues, and the need for Streetlights at Midnight is all the more apparent.


So we've got:
  • A gaping whole in the market
  • The chronically ills' need for encouragement
  • The eternal question of how to help
Problem solved! :)


There's a secret about helping those we care about who are going through any kind of trial that took me a long time to realize was a secret. It's that saying, "I don't know what to say," is a good thing. I think that often, people want to help but because they don't know how or don't know what to say, for fear of doing or saying the wrong thing, they do nothing. *Insert game show buzzer.* Wrong choice.


I promise. If you want to help but don't know what to say or do, a card that says just that is perfect. And once you send it, you can check out this post for more ideas or good ol' Google it. There are many posts on the subject by people like me who realize how tricky it is to help.


At Streetlights at Midnight, in addition to cards focused on faith and chronic illness, you'll find cards for every occasion, like birthdays, anniversaries, and just because, and more broad encouragement cards that can apply to more than illness. And extra perk: these printed cards are 5x7" so they can easily be framed for continued enjoyment!


Even better, all the cards in the shop are also available as digital downloads! One (really small) price gets you the image that you can print over and over however and as many times as you want. (You just can't sell it, 'hear?)


In addition to greeting cards, in my shop you'll also find original quote printables, many of which focus on Chronic Illness, that I've attempted to condense into three categories: Faith, Life, and Love.







I'm very excited to say that each of the quote printables will soon be available in printed form also! In the meantime, if there is a printable or two that you really want in printed form but can't wait, please just message me and I will set up a custom listing for you!

And an extra tidbit: I was honored to be interviewed recently by my new friend Kami at Living Grace about life with chronic illness and my two shops, and if you're interested in either of those and snagging a limited time sale or two, I highly recommend you check it out! :)

I'll leave you now with the new Streetlights at Midnight commercial ;) and please feel free to browse around the shop and find something for yourself and also something to encourage someone you care about.

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June 14, 2016

Drops of Summertime Has Arrived!

I thought I was excited about my Spring Collection at Katya Valera in March, but I think I am even more excited about the Summer Collection, and it is officially now available for purchase in the shop!


"Drops of Summertime" is inspired by the quintessential moments of summer days and nights, from beach breezes to campground stargazing. 

Cirrus Sky necklace | $30

Honey Strands convertible bracelet/necklace | $40.50

Sunbeams earrings | $23

Sea Moss earrings | $22.50

Golden Waves earrings | $25

That's right--each piece is inspired by one of summer's most-loved events, elements, and memories, and you can find your favorite moment in the 35 necklaces, bracelets, and earrings in silver, gold, gunmetal, and bronze. I'm sharing just a few of my favorites here, but you can of course see them all on Etsy.

Watermelon necklace | $37.50

Iris necklace | $40.50

Sea Breeze bracelet | $33

Fruit Salad bracelet | $39

Sunkissed necklace | $54

Tea Party necklace | $48

Lemon Meringue necklace | $46

Pool Blue earrings | $24

Strawberry Picking necklace | $42

There are so many more not pictured here, so be sure to check out the rest of the collection in my shop!

Which is your favorite? See them all here!

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