Monday, December 7, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009


aren't you in luck... i am offering an exclusive sale through this blog only - here are the details:

pretty poppy pins and clips: buy 3 get one free!!

custom orders: 10% off!

and here's where it gets fun. are you ready for a little treasure hunt? here are the rules:

there are about 20 items in my shop on super secret sale. (VIP's only) that means you are the only ones who know about it! cool...
the sale prices range from 10 % off to 50% off. can you imagine the excitement!?
what is on sale you ask? your mission is to find this message in the product description: "***THANK YOU TO MY LOYAL CUSTOMERS!!

after this message there will be a number that indicates the percentage off you will receive. so fun!

still with me?


so, once you have loaded up your cart, be sure to leave me a message in the notes to seller that says something like "I love Allora Handmade on Black Friday!" or "Black Friday at Allora Handmade ROCKS!" or, "You are a genius!" you know... anything along those lines so that I know that you are a true loyal customer:)

i promise it will be worth your time, and in one quick click of a mouse you'll be able to cross off everyone on your list (well, most everyone) at a serious bargain.

once i receive your order i will do all the math and credit back your paypal account all of the moolah that you've saved and send you a message in that refund that shows your savings.
so let's recap:
*pretty poppies- buy 3 get one free
*custom orders: 10% off
*super secret sale: you find it, you get a steal of a deal.
*don't forget to leave a message so i know you're in the know.

doesn't that sound like fun?

can you think of a better way to come out of your turkey coma? i can't.

hurry! sale ends friday at midnight and while supplies last!!

may the quickest clicker win!

Monday, November 23, 2009

stay tuned!!

hi friends! i have just added a bunch of new designs to the shop and will be adding tons more over the next few days. and be sure to stay tuned for a black friday special available only to you!

a few policy changes:
***i have recently changed my shipping policies- i now automatically ship priority with tracking for $5 for all orders. if you would like cheaper shipping without tracking and priority, send me a message and that can be arranged.
***custom orders can only be guaranteed to arrive by christmas if ordered by december 1st. after that date, please contact me to purchase anything that is not labeled "IN STOCK" or if you would like a custom order to insure that your item will be available in time.
*** items marked "IN STOCK" are ready to be shipped and can be purchased up through december 15th and still guaranteed to arrive by christmas.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

this weekend

have been hibernating all week to prepare for this:

If you are in UT, come on out and see me... lots of goodies!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

didja see?

always wanting to listen to you, my dears! i'm excited to take your comments and suggestions into consideration and insert my own little point of view.
i've added more to the shop this week... a few new brooches and even a darling little girl's statement necklace. now tell me you don't want to snatch that one up right this second....

for the little diva:
pretty in pink $25

Sunday, November 1, 2009

we have a winnnnnaaaa! picked #56... JenniferB!!
thanks all for playing- for your good ideas, birthday wishes and condolences.
lots of updates in the shop this week, so i hope you're ready for some holiday shopping!! couldn't everyone on your list use a little allora handmade yumminess? i think so. (well, maybe not your dad...)
Jennifer, contact me to redeem your $30!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

well that was quick!

i had hoped to reach 100 sales by the end of this week, but after being featured on the front page again, 100 came and went before i even noticed! so, you know what that means....
drumroll please...


i just can't help myself... had to share the love since that is what i am feeling from this little shop o'mine. and from all of you, of course. it has been such and adventure already and i am excited to see what more is in store.

so, what's up for grabs, you ask?
since i am turning the big 3-0 on sunday, i will pick a winner to receive $30 towards anything in my shop. that means YOU pick what you want. k? sound good?

and how do you enter? the usual:
(please leave a comment for each of the following)

1. blog about it
2. announce it on facebook
3. tweet about it
4. send me a birthday present (just kidding!
sort of.)
5. become an allora handmade follower if you aren't already
6. comment to let me know what other kinds of designs you'd like to see
7. make a purchase (and if you win, I will credit you back the $30!)
8. comment with ideas on how to not have a mid-life crisis at 30

that means you have 8 possible ways to enter!!

i will pick the winner on sunday (though i probably won't announce until monday) and who knows... it could be you!

thank you again for your support and kindness.

oh, and one more sneak peek:

yep. those are earrings. can you imagine?!? to diiiiiiee for. more christmas-y accessories coming soon!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

front page!!

Allora made it to the front page again!! yip yip yippee!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

thank you!

thank you so much for all the comment love!! you sure know how to make a girl smile:)
makes me excited to get back into creative mode and see what you all think. speaking of that, i am getting very close to my 100th sale on etsy (crazy!) and would love to do another little giveaway here in celebration. what is it that you would love to see on a giveaway? or maybe just a gift certificate? and remember - you still have time to enter the Joy's Hope giveaway here. and did you know that if you make a purchase during the
giveaway and mention Joy's Hope you get 10% off? suh-weet.
here's a little peek of what's coming soon:

ranunculus: $8

p.s. this is merely a preview photo. boo. not great. i know. real model coming soon!!!

Friday, October 23, 2009


Hey all!
Don't miss out on a fun giveaway from Allora Handmade over at Joy's Hope.
Will be giving out one of these beauties...

plus, a 10% off coupon code! check it out!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

new in the shop

all that jazz headband $18

hear me roar headband $10

partly sunny necklace $32.50

wish it were summer necklace $30

when life hands you lemons necklace $35


Hello! My name is Jessica and this is Allora Handmade.
So, what do you do when you have 2 babies (Owen - 2 - the cutest little tasmanian devil/curly-haired tornado/ball of energy you'll ever meet, and Henry- 7 months- the smiliest/squishiest/yummiest/kissable-est baby on the planet), live in a new town, and have a husband (crazy cute and wicked smart - chemical engineering, hello!!) back in school full time? Well, start a business of course!! It definitely was not ever in my plans to start up this little shop of mine - and certainly not in one of the busiest, craziest times of my life. But, that is right where I found myself this past summer. Searching for a way to provide a few more pennies toward the starving student fund, I decided, on a whim really, to go for it. And Allora Handmade was born. Just a few months after Henry.
Truth be told, in every stage of my life I have sought an artistic outlet to express myself and have always loved the creative process. I really do believe that "The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul" - Dieter F. Uchtdorf. I used to consider myself an artist, but unfortunately, for many years school and jobs got in the way of my creativity. It wasn't until I became a mom that I found myself longing to use my little hands to make something! Anything! I started sewing - at first with terribly crooked lines, and gradually found a niche in Allora Handmade that I absolutely love.
One of my favorite things is to be able to gift something one of a kind and unique - that was not made in China, but was made by me. This has always been my best creative process- making something beautiful for someone I love. And honestly, my friends and family who have been on the receiving end have been my greatest encouragement to go ahead with this little venture. I am constantly amazed and humbled that someone would want to buy something that I made! Wow! Cool!
When I'm not busy mommy-ing, wife-ing, or Allora-ing, I enjoy running and eating. Too bad they cancel eachother out. I get giddy hanging out with good girlfriends, eating authentic mexican food, and watching so you think you can dance (i admit it!). I hope you find something you love, and something that helps you feel like your best self. That is one of my favorite things about what I do. I know these things make me feel pretty, sassy, bold, and really, I am always creating things to match my mood. Hopefully I can do the same for you as well!