18 November 2011

handmade // piano bench designs

"hello" necklace from Piano Bench Designs
A BIG theme for holiday gift-giving is personalization, so I couldn't resist a feature from our next guests: Piano Bench Designs. I was first drawn to the shop for its unique name, and I stuck around for the amazing jewelry they create: "wire jewelry that makes a statement," as the shop's tagline suggests.  From sweet one-liners you'd expect {like "wish," "believe," and "dance"} to the cheeky and adorable "necklace" necklace, Piano Bench Designs truly has something for everyone.

"crap" necklace in sterling silver
"My biggest source of inspiration is my customers! So many of my ideas have come from custom orders. I love seeing what other people have in mind," shop owner Alayna says. 

My own personal favorite is the "crap" necklace.  I love the irony of the lovely, feminine script contrasted with the curse of the word it spells! {Dear Santa!}

Piano Bench Designs also offers a plethora of earrings, rings, initial pendants, and non-word wire necklaces in shapes like bicycles and music notes, so even if you're shopping for a loved one without something to say {literally}, you can still find lovely gifts for everyone on your list.  Shop after Thanksgiving for a special bonus: "On Cyber Monday, I will be offering free shipping on all orders. Yay!"

5% of proceeds from purchase of "Love" necklace goes to the ACS
"The most giftable items in my shop have always been my sterling silver Love and Hope necklaces," Alayna says.  "These necklaces are a sweet sentiment for any special lady in your life. Additionally, 5% of the sale price is donated to the American Cancer Society, so you know that your gift is helping to make a difference."  Score!

Asked where her lovely designs are born, Alayna replies, "I do most of my work in the kitchen. My favorite piece in my workspace is an old headboard from a bed. The headboard is tall, so I am able to do some of my work standing. This is where I finish necklaces by adding pendants to chains, and carefully measuring the length of each one."

I don't think I'll be able to resist Piano Bench Designs' amazing creations for holiday gifting {and why should I?  Better yet, why should you?!}.  Pop on over to the shop and check out all the lovelies Alayna has to offer -- you won't be disappointed.

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