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Spring 2018 Collection

Stacey Bowers

I've been furiously hammering in my little studio this spring and feeling majorly inspired. Here's what's new at Bang-Up Betty! Flip through the gallery below to see all 15 new styles. 

Mother's Day Gift Guide

Stacey Bowers

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Mother's Day is about a month away. What are you going to give the woman who would lift a small car off of you if she had to? Here are a few suggestions of superb, locally made and sourced gifts to remind mom that you're her favorite child. 

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DIY Cactus Course by Dani Ives

Mom needs a new hobby. Buy her a "seat" at one of fiber artist Dani Ives's online courses, and Dani will teach her how to create adorable felt cacti. Tip: You should do the course with her! 

Get it here. 

 

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Houseplants and Hot Sauce by Sally Nixon

Make sure mom's got a good pair of reading glasses, because she's not going to want to put down this seek-and-find book for grown-ups. I'm a cat mom, and I have tested and approved this. 

Get it locally at Domestic Domestic or Moxy Modern Mercantile

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Don't Make Me Turn this Car Around Keychain by Bang-Up Betty

Make mom laugh out loud with this hand-stamped keychain that commemorates all the times she threatened to turn this car around STOP TEASING YOUR SISTER!!

Get it here. 

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I Love Jesus (But I Cuss a Little) Candle by Wick Sip Donate

Because your mom is funny as H-E-double-hockey-sticks. When she's done burning the candle, she can sip wine in the glass if she drinks a little, too. And with every purchase, Wick Sip Donate gives to animal rescue charities. 

Get it here. 

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Fern Card by May We Fly

Don't forget the card! Make mom proud that you included a great card. Cards are everything. And if she likes these a lot (she will), you can order her a whole set of them.

Get it here. 

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Renaissance Club by Thea Foundation

Mom loves to help kids. Feed her generous spirit by signing her up for Thea Foundation's Renaissance Club. Thea Foundation advocates the arts in Arkansas schools, and their new monthly or annual giving program comes with great perks, like these paintbrush pens and free entrance to art exhibitions. 

Get it here.

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Mama Bear Necklace by Bang-Up Betty

Because she fiercely protected her cubs. Mom will love this funny, adorable little nod her to strength. And c'mon... she had to be reallllllly tough to raise you

Get it here.

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Plant Lab by Electric Ghost 

Feed mom's nurturing spirit with a pretty plant she can cherish and care for. And give it your personal touch. Head to Electric Ghost in downtown Little Rock, and you can choose your plant and your pot and build something beautiful right there with the expertise of their staff. 

Get it here. 

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Oatmeal Cream Pies by Loblolly Creamery

Have you tasted these yet? You haven't? Then what are you doing with your life? Get thee to Loblolly immediately and order one of these massive, amazing, oatmeal cream pies. And get some for mom. She will somehow love you more than she already does. 

Get it here.

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Bath Products by Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium

I've been buying Bathhouse Soapery soaps, scrubs, lotions and more for years. There is a reason why this bath shop is opening new locations right and left. Everything owner Charlene Simon makes is pure, bubbly gold. My go-to is the Bathhouse Couture scent. Again, cat mom tested and approved. 

Get it here.

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Glamfestation Brooch by Krystal Bijoux

Let mom show off her wild side with a handmade "glamfestation" brooch by Krystal Bijoux. Krystal Bijoux has literally HUNDREDS of brooches and other sparkly things on her Etsy page right now. Fly over there! 

Get it here. 

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Monster Shirt by Electric Ghost

For the new(ish) mom and her little monster. At least tantrums will be kind of funny when they're wearing this shirt. 

Get it here.

Bang-Up Betty on KATV

Stacey Bowers

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Bang-Up Betty made the news this week! Monday, I brought my tools and an array of designs to KATV's Good Afternoon Arkansas to talk shop and teach Elicia Dover how to stamp jewelry and about my line of Arkansas made jewelry. I chat about where I get my inspiration, how I learned how to make jewelry and some of my favorite designs. Click here to watch the video!

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13 Lapel Pins You Need Right Now

Stacey Bowers

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What better time than the holiday season to freshen up your flair? Send this link to Santa and make sure your stocking is stuffed with the right stuff. But hurry! Some are selling out.

 Glitter Pink Darth Vader by MadameCatsPurrr

Glitter Pink Darth Vader by MadameCatsPurrr

Star Wars opens next week. Do you know what you're wearing? 

Get it here. 

 The Golden Girls Pin Pack by You Silly Duffer

The Golden Girls Pin Pack by You Silly Duffer

Thank you for being a frieeeeeend! 

Get them here. 

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Cat Mom Pin by The Five15

The purrrrrrfect gift. 

Get it here. 

 Witchy Bitch Ouija Planchette Pin by Bang-Up Betty

Witchy Bitch Ouija Planchette Pin by Bang-Up Betty

Make the holiday magical.

Get it here.

 A Woman's Work is Never Done pin by Word for Word Factory

A Woman's Work is Never Done pin by Word for Word Factory

The most honest pin of all time. 

Get it here. 

 Working Two Jobs button by Word for Word Factory 

Working Two Jobs button by Word for Word Factory 

No seriously, our work is never done. 

Get it here. 

 Smash the Patriarchy Pin by Bang-Up Betty

Smash the Patriarchy Pin by Bang-Up Betty

Pick up a tiny hammer and join the cause. 

Get it here. 

 Estar Guars pin by Super Yaki

Estar Guars pin by Super Yaki

We've been saying it wrong the whole time. 

Get it here.

 Full-Time Feminist Pin by The Five15

Full-Time Feminist Pin by The Five15

In keeping with the "our work is never done" theme...

Get it here.

 Holy Smokes pin by AR T's

Holy Smokes pin by AR T's

Only holy water could put out this flame. 

Get it here. 

 Iris Lapel Pin by Culture Flock

Iris Lapel Pin by Culture Flock

Flair for the fashion-forward.

Get it here.

 FrankenNaut Pin by Big Bot Design

FrankenNaut Pin by Big Bot Design

You can't beat anything that glows in the dark, and THIS GLOWS IN THE DARK.

Get it here.

 Feminist Pin Power Pack by Bang-Up Betty

Feminist Pin Power Pack by Bang-Up Betty

Is your denim especially lacking? I just listed a feminist lapel pin power pack at a discount.

Get it here. 

The Badass Small Business Gift Guide

Stacey Bowers

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If you're like me and standing in line at big-box stores at 5 a.m. on Black Friday fills you with deep sadness and existential dread, you're likely still holiday shopping and looking for a much more fulfilling, joy-inducing way to complete your annual gifting. This gift guide checks two important boxes on my shopping requirements list: 1.) Everything here is either handmade or created by a small business run by badass people (I have met or interacted with all of them and can confirm this), and 2.) Everything on here is badass. 

 

 Monstera Leaf Ceramic Tray by Mama Coyote  For the plant lady or Golden Girls fan in your life. Seriously, have you ever seen anything more beautiful than this?!   Get it here .

Monstera Leaf Ceramic Tray by Mama Coyote

For the plant lady or Golden Girls fan in your life. Seriously, have you ever seen anything more beautiful than this?!

Get it here.

 Game of Thrones Inspired Cross Stitch by DrunkTrunk  For anyone who is on Team Tyrion or is a wise drunk.    Get it here.

Game of Thrones Inspired Cross Stitch by DrunkTrunk

For anyone who is on Team Tyrion or is a wise drunk. 

Get it here.

 It's Not Drinking Alone If The Cat Is Home Candle by Let's Put A Bird On It  Speaking of drinking, this candle really hits the spot for cat ladies like me.    Get it here. 

It's Not Drinking Alone If The Cat Is Home Candle by Let's Put A Bird On It

Speaking of drinking, this candle really hits the spot for cat ladies like me. 

Get it here. 

 Smash the Patriarchy Motel Key Tag by Bang-Up Betty  These are brand-spanking-new and great for men and women, because we should ALL be smashing the patriarchy.    Get it here.

Smash the Patriarchy Motel Key Tag by Bang-Up Betty

These are brand-spanking-new and great for men and women, because we should ALL be smashing the patriarchy. 

Get it here.

 Big Bang Print by Jason Jones  Speaking of gifts you should DEFINITELY open in front of your relatives, this bubbly Jesus comes in print and t-shirt form and will make you feel blessed.    Get it here.

Big Bang Print by Jason Jones

Speaking of gifts you should DEFINITELY open in front of your relatives, this bubbly Jesus comes in print and t-shirt form and will make you feel blessed. 

Get it here.

 Golden Snitch Stud Earrings by InkStandStudio  Everyone has a Harry Potter fan in their life. I got these for the lil Hermoine in mine.    Get them here.

Golden Snitch Stud Earrings by InkStandStudio

Everyone has a Harry Potter fan in their life. I got these for the lil Hermoine in mine. 

Get them here.

 You're Super card by Power and Light Press  Be bold with your holiday cards and your friends might remember to get you a good gift ;-)    Get it here.

You're Super card by Power and Light Press

Be bold with your holiday cards and your friends might remember to get you a good gift ;-) 

Get it here.

 Pouts Blocked Me Pin by The Outrage  Get them an early membership to the club we'll all eventually belong to.    Get it here.

Pouts Blocked Me Pin by The Outrage

Get them an early membership to the club we'll all eventually belong to. 

Get it here.

 Drake Embroidery Hoop by YesStitchYes  For your newly single friend. I'm obsessed with everything YesStitchYes. She also stitched the Mary J. Blige hoop at the top of the page.    Get it here.

Drake Embroidery Hoop by YesStitchYes

For your newly single friend. I'm obsessed with everything YesStitchYes. She also stitched the Mary J. Blige hoop at the top of the page. 

Get it here.

 Witchy Bitch Ouija Planchette Pin by Bang-Up Betty  For the witchy woman on your list. This gift is Krampus-approved.   Get it here.

Witchy Bitch Ouija Planchette Pin by Bang-Up Betty

For the witchy woman on your list. This gift is Krampus-approved.

Get it here.

 Witch Balm by Crimson and Conjure  Speaking of witches, I just picked this up at the Wampus Wonderland and I'm under its spell.   Get it here.

Witch Balm by Crimson and Conjure

Speaking of witches, I just picked this up at the Wampus Wonderland and I'm under its spell.

Get it here.

 Crybabies Trophy by Get Bullish  Applicable if they have kids or a terrible job.    Get it here.

Crybabies Trophy by Get Bullish

Applicable if they have kids or a terrible job. 

Get it here.

 Holy Smokes Tank by AR T's  Light one up for the big guy's birthday.    Get it here.

Holy Smokes Tank by AR T's

Light one up for the big guy's birthday. 

Get it here.

 Gay Holiday Button Party Pack  Everyone at the party is gonna fight over that snowflake button.    Get it here.

Gay Holiday Button Party Pack

Everyone at the party is gonna fight over that snowflake button. 

Get it here.

 Krampus Long-Sleeved Glow-In-The-Dark Shirt by Big Bot Design  Keep the kids in line with the constant fear of Krampus.   Get it here.

Krampus Long-Sleeved Glow-In-The-Dark Shirt by Big Bot Design

Keep the kids in line with the constant fear of Krampus.

Get it here.

 Get Shit Done Brass Bar Necklace by Bang-Up Betty  For the go-getter in your life.    Get it here.

Get Shit Done Brass Bar Necklace by Bang-Up Betty

For the go-getter in your life. 

Get it here.

Street Style: Bang-Up Betty/Maddox Fashion Shoot in Downtown Little Rock

Stacey Bowers

 Keesha, Syd and Quiniese in tops from Maddox and jewelry/pins by Bang-Up Betty.

Keesha, Syd and Quiniese in tops from Maddox and jewelry/pins by Bang-Up Betty.

It was HOT in July,  but these lovely ladies braved the sweltering atmosphere to make my cotton candy-colored fashion fantasies come true. Maddox Boutique provided the wardrobe, Katie Childs captured the moments, and Bang-Up Betty added the flair and jewels. Here are a few fiery shots and some funny outtakes, because that's what happens when a bunch of badass babes bond over salty jewelry and boob sweat. 

 Syd breaking hearts in the  Cry Me a River Necklace  and Maddox crop top

Syd breaking hearts in the Cry Me a River Necklace and Maddox crop top

  Nasty Woman Statue of Liberty Necklace  and peach top from Maddox

Nasty Woman Statue of Liberty Necklace and peach top from Maddox

 Keesha shares her  Liberal Vagenda  with the world

Keesha shares her Liberal Vagenda with the world

 Keesha gone wild in all the  Bang-Up Betty lapel pins

Keesha gone wild in all the Bang-Up Betty lapel pins

 Keesha, an unstoppable force, this time in the  Nope Middle Finger necklace  and top from Maddox

Keesha, an unstoppable force, this time in the Nope Middle Finger necklace and top from Maddox

 Kyla in a jaw-dropping ensemble from Maddox and the  Don't Touch Me cactus necklace

Kyla in a jaw-dropping ensemble from Maddox and the Don't Touch Me cactus necklace

  Resist stamped mantra bracelet . Silver and brass cuffs are customizable. 

Resist stamped mantra bracelet. Silver and brass cuffs are customizable. 

 Kyla in the  Hot Mess necklace , even though she is FAR FROM a mess 

Kyla in the Hot Mess necklace, even though she is FAR FROM a mess 

 Quiniese in a saucy lace-up top from Maddox and my  Strong as Hell necklace  and  Wonder Woman earrings

Quiniese in a saucy lace-up top from Maddox and my Strong as Hell necklace and Wonder Woman earrings

 Quiniese in my  Strong as Hell necklace  and  Wonder Woman  earrings

Quiniese in my Strong as Hell necklace and Wonder Woman earrings

  Get Shit Done necklace  and lace-up top from Maddox

Get Shit Done necklace and lace-up top from Maddox

 Quiniese, fierce af, in the  Strong as Hell necklace  and Maddox top

Quiniese, fierce af, in the Strong as Hell necklace and Maddox top

 Amy and Laura in the  Smash the Patriarchy shirt

Amy and Laura in the Smash the Patriarchy shirt

  I Believe in Science necklace . $4 from each sale through bangupbetty.com goes to the NRDC to protect the environment. 

I Believe in Science necklace. $4 from each sale through bangupbetty.com goes to the NRDC to protect the environment. 

 Syd, Vogue as hell, in my  Nasty Woman necklace  and top from Maddox

Syd, Vogue as hell, in my Nasty Woman necklace and top from Maddox

Pop-Up Shop at Electric Ghost, August 6

Stacey Bowers

Bang-Up Betty is setting up shop at the most magical place on earth! Stop by Electric Ghost Screenprinting (1218 Main Street in Little Rock) between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, August 6, and pick up the newest summer designs as well as classic favorites in sweet and subversive hand-stamped jewelry, enamel lapel pins, high quality stickers and apparel printed right here at Electric Ghost.

Have brunch at one of the many mouthwatering restaurants nearby, grab groceries at the Bernice Garden Farmers Market, do a little shopping, pot a succulent at Electric Ghost, and make it a great morning in SoMa!

Want to preview what'll be at the pop-up shop? Click here!

RSVP on Facebook and invite friends by clicking here

How to Care for Your Bang-Up Betty Jewelry

Stacey Bowers

Congratulations on your new neck candy! Now here are a few tips for keeping it in tip-top condition so you can cherish it forever. 

As with all brass or sterling silver jewelry, I highly recommend keeping a good quality, soft polishing cloth on hand. In fact, I recommend this polishing cloth. I use this cloth on my own personal collection of jewelry that I wear every day. Don't ever use a polishing cloth that has grit in it! You could scratch your jewelry, and we wouldn't want that. 

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If your brass jewelry has been through hell and high water (especially salty high water), you can use Brasso on the charm, but be careful not to use it on the chain or it could be very difficult or impossible to get out of the tiny chain links. You can find Brasso for around $2 in the cleaning section of a hardware store. Or you can ask a friend to borrow some because you will only need the tiniest amount. Once I use Brasso on a piece, I thoroughly wipe off the piece with a paper towel because it kinda smells funny. Sorry. 

Shine bright, beauties!