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'Stay Gold' Retro Jewelry Collection Draws Inspiration from The Golden Girls

Stacey Bowers

I'm turning 30 tomorrow, and while I know these BY FAR are not my golden years, I wanted to do something big to celebrate change, getting older and taking risks.

Last year, my husband (we got married days ago, that still sounds weird) and I bought our first house. Around that time I decided I hated minimalism and obsessively watched The Golden Girls (one of those things may have influenced the other). I took a style risk and painted the solid white house mint green and coral and filled it with tropical plants and rattan furniture and embraced the pink tile in the kitchen (you’ll have to pry it from my cold, dead hands).

Since I discovered Nine Inch Nails in about the 8th grade, I’ve worn almost exclusively solid dark colors. Designing a pink and green house inspired by Blanche Devereaux’s bedroom is a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiig shock to my system.

Naturally, this color adventure made me realize that most of my jewelry has also been monochromatic like the rest of my style. I decided to stop denying myself the pure joy and exhilaration that I get from looking at and decorating myself in big, bright, wild colors.

The Stay Gold Collection is a designer’s first immersion in color, with brass bases and stamped accents that stay true to the Bang-Up Betty style and the materials I love to work with.

Below are a few highlights from the Stay Gold Collection. See the full collection here. I hope you enjoy this limited, small-batch collection featuring retro and vintage pieces. Like these warm summer nights spent on the lanai, they’ll be gone soon.

  Rose Necklace  and  Earrings  with Hammered Brass Accents, part of Bang-Up Betty's  retro collection of Golden Girls-inspired handmade jewelry

Rose Necklace and Earrings with Hammered Brass Accents, part of Bang-Up Betty's retro collection of Golden Girls-inspired handmade jewelry

  Stay Gold Necklace , the signature piece in Bang-Up Betty’s newest  collection of retro jewelry inspired by The Golden Girls

Stay Gold Necklace, the signature piece in Bang-Up Betty’s newest collection of retro jewelry inspired by The Golden Girls

Special thanks to my brand-spanking-new hubby for taking these pictures on our little lanai.

We Raised More Than $500 for Moms Demand Action!

Stacey Bowers

 20% of sales of Bang-Up Betty's One Tough Mother Handmade Necklace go to Moms Demand Action's Arkansas chapter. 

20% of sales of Bang-Up Betty's One Tough Mother Handmade Necklace go to Moms Demand Action's Arkansas chapter. 

Over the past three months, we've raised more than $500 for Moms Demand Action and their Arkansas chapter of tough mothers who are working tirelessly to advocate gun sense in our state and our country. Last week marked $522 donated so far, and I couldn't be more proud of anything else. During the past few months, I've witnessed these women (and men!) work their asses off during what has seemed like an incredibly violent, confusing and disheartening time for gun legislation (or lack thereof) and advocates for smart gun laws. I can't thank them enough for persevering and fighting as hard as they do and for keeping the spirit, energy and hope alive. And I thank everyone who purchased a handmade One Tough Mother necklace and helped me raise money for them. 

Fundraising and supporting Moms Demand Action in Arkansas has been an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling thing for me. I'm someone who lost a loved one by firearm, and the act of making these necklaces gives me something to fight the helpless feelings that creep in when I read the news or start thinking too much about the past. 

 Handmade One Tough Mother Necklace by Arkansas jewelry maker Bang-Up Betty gives to Moms Demand Action.

Handmade One Tough Mother Necklace by Arkansas jewelry maker Bang-Up Betty gives to Moms Demand Action.

I'm grateful for the tough women (and men!) in Moms Demand Action who show up and speak out, and I'm glad that organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety have compiled research and statistics about guns and suicide. This issue is one of many important firearm-related issues with which they're concerned; for me, it's the most personal and the one that brought me here. 

Let's talk about the problem. Let's change the culture around guns in the U.S. Let's shake the mental health stigma in this country and stop automatically blaming gun violence on mental illness. To start, let's lock up our damn guns and keep them out of reach of young people. And let's pass laws to make this place safer. 

If you're struggling with suicidal thoughts, please know that you are loved and you are important to your loved ones and friends. If you need to talk to someone, you can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the US, anytime, about any type of crisis.

Freekend Weekend Pop-Up Brings Together Arkansas Artisans and Food Trucks Aug. 4-5

Stacey Bowers

  One Tough Mother Necklace  by artisan jewelry designer Bang-Up Betty, vintage clothing from  Crying Weasel Vintage , and handmade leather clutch by  O'faolain

One Tough Mother Necklace by artisan jewelry designer Bang-Up Betty, vintage clothing from Crying Weasel Vintage, and handmade leather clutch by O'faolain

It's a TAX Free-kend Weekend Pop-Up Shop at the Moxy Warehouse! Brought to you by the same crew who brought you the Speakeasy Pop-Ups last year! We are excited to come together again and bring you a few new vendors, some of our new goods, AND at TAX FREE prices! Woohoo! 

We will have a preview party Saturday night with complimentary beer so you can sip and shop and we will be there on Sunday as well with a complimentary self-serve (careful now) mimosa bar!

 Freekend Weekend Pop-Up brings together Arkansas artisans with Little Rock food trucks for a shopping weekend that coincides with Arkansas's tax holiday

Freekend Weekend Pop-Up brings together Arkansas artisans with Little Rock food trucks for a shopping weekend that coincides with Arkansas's tax holiday

RSVP on Facebook!
 

Vendors List:
AR-T's
Bang-Up Betty
Crying Weasel Vintage
DOWER
Krystal Bijoux Jewelry
O'Faolain

Food Trucks:
Viva Vegan (Saturday Night 6:00pm-10:00pm)
Philly Phresh Water Ice (Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm)

Wanna know more about tax free weekend? 
Learn what it's all about and what items are tax free at: https://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/images/uploads/exciseTaxOffice/faqsConsumers.pdf

 Handmade leather wallet by  Dower , Arkansas t-shirt by  AR-T's , Glamfestation brooch by  Krystal Bijoux Jewelry  

Handmade leather wallet by Dower, Arkansas t-shirt by AR-T's, Glamfestation brooch by Krystal Bijoux Jewelry 

Thanks for Voting Bang-Up Betty Jewelry Best Artisan in Arkansas

Stacey Bowers

 Bang-Up Betty jewelry voted best artisan crafter in the Arkansas Times's best of Arkansas

Bang-Up Betty jewelry voted best artisan crafter in the Arkansas Times's best of Arkansas

I am so grateful and so humbled that y'all voted Bang-Up Betty jewelry best Arkansas artisan crafter in the Arkansas Times's Best of Arkansas 2018. It's so thrilling and so rewarding to hear from you that this little handmade jewelry business I started five years ago is meaningful to someone other than just me and my mama (who still doesn't approve of my nope middle finger necklace, that's for sure). 

I feel that making jewelry has been a part of my life forever. My sister Amy would take me to the original Argenta Bead Company in North Little Rock (where The House of Art is now), and let me pick out beads and make shiny things, and I felt so loved and encouraged by everyone in that shop, especially Ellie Roy, the owner. I made some TERRIBLE jewelry when I was 12 years old, but they let me try to sell it (no one really bought it), and therefore planted the seeds to Bang-Up Betty a long time ago.

 Handmade necklaces by Arkansas artisan jewelry designer Bang-Up Betty. Find the I'll Cut You Necklace, Custom Heart Necklace, Made of Magic Unicorn Necklace, Salty Pretzel Necklace and more in the shop. 

Handmade necklaces by Arkansas artisan jewelry designer Bang-Up Betty. Find the I'll Cut You Necklace, Custom Heart Necklace, Made of Magic Unicorn Necklace, Salty Pretzel Necklace and more in the shop. 

I ended up working at Argenta Bead as one of my first jobs (I've always simultaneously had at least 2 jobs, always, because I'm a workaholic) and learned a lot more about making jewelry. I left for college with an arsenal of beaded necklaces I made myself, and I fit right in at the art studio in school. 

I put jewelry away in college and focused on getting a degree in communications (and minoring in binge drinking). I graduated with a good knowledge of marketing, writing, media, design, Español (my actual minor) and my entrepreneurial spirit intact. I interned at marketing firms, film sets and worked at stationery and invitation companies (hey, Mint Julep Paperie!) out of college, which sparked my first small business, Betty Pearl, hand-drawn greeting cards I printed myself. Like my jewelry, the cards were cute, offensive and salty. That's just what I do. 

 Betty Pearl Valentine postcards, the prelude to Bang-Up Betty handmade jewelry 

Betty Pearl Valentine postcards, the prelude to Bang-Up Betty handmade jewelry 

I sold my stuff on street corners (at craft fairs! got you!!) while simultaneously working as a writer and editor in the Little Rock publishing scene until selling $4 cards ran me ragged and I retired Betty Pearl. Pretty soon after that, I found myself back into beads. Creativity and entrepreneurship needs an outlet. 

I made funny, four-letter-word bracelets for my friends as holiday gifts in 2012, after teaching myself how to stamp and drill copper and brass. When the bracelets were a success, I launched an Etsy site to make some money off my handmade jewelry on the side. It got kind of big kind of fast. 

 One of the first Bang-Up Betty jewelry designs, a handmade stamped copper bracelet, called the four-letter-word bracelet. You could order customs! You still can in my  brass or silver mantra bracelet.  Photo by Arshia Khan. 

One of the first Bang-Up Betty jewelry designs, a handmade stamped copper bracelet, called the four-letter-word bracelet. You could order customs! You still can in my brass or silver mantra bracelet. Photo by Arshia Khan. 

In the next couple of years, my handmade jewelry was featured in Bust Magazine, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Bustle, Cosmo UK and more. I created my own website. I expanded the business into wholesale, and now stores across the United States carry Bang-Up Betty jewelry, enamel pins, koozies, shirts and more. Oh yeah, I expanded the products as well. There are now about 100 designs in my repertoire, where I started with about four designs. I did all this while maintaining a thriving career as a nonprofit marketing director.

And when I say "all this," I mean all this. I do 98% of this business by myself. Designing and making the jewelry, marketing retail and wholesale jewelry, maintaining the website, fulfilling orders, photographing products, attending markets and craft shows, planning events, professional development, bookkeeping... that's all me. Shout out to Collin Buchanan and Katie Childs Photo for photography help and Lee Lee Arts + Design for graphic design help. 

Anyway, I've derailed from thanking you for voting Bang-Up Betty jewelry best artisan (for the fourth time!!). I guess I just wanted to share a little bit behind why this makes me feel so special. It's a lot of work (see above paragraph) to start, manage and expand your own business, especially if you yourself MAKE nearly every single thing that you sell. And it can be really scary to put your art out there, especially if it tends to lean one way politically and you live in a state that trends the opposite way. Sometimes my hands hurt, but my heart is always full. Thank you. 

 Handmade jewelry artisan Stacey Bowers (AKA Bang-Up Betty) in her studio in North Little Rock, Arkansas, with her popular Smash the Patriarchy hammer. Photo by Katie Childs. I'm talking about myself in the third person. This is weird. But, you know, captions. 

Handmade jewelry artisan Stacey Bowers (AKA Bang-Up Betty) in her studio in North Little Rock, Arkansas, with her popular Smash the Patriarchy hammer. Photo by Katie Childs. I'm talking about myself in the third person. This is weird. But, you know, captions. 

 

 

Badass Babes Unite Bracelet For Women Who Support Women

Stacey Bowers

 Badass Babes Unite Bracelet is handmade by Bang-Up Betty Jewelry in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Badass Babes Unite Bracelet is handmade by Bang-Up Betty Jewelry in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

North Little Rock-based jewelry designer Bang-Up Betty has teamed up with Northwest Arkansas-based organization Tribe of Women, which aims to empower women to support each other and fight for gender equity in our personal and professional lives.

This Badass Babes Unite Bracelet is handmade, stamped letter by letter, and serves as a great reminder that women get shit done and we're stronger together. 10% of the proceeds from this bracelet go to Tribe of Women

The Badass Babes Unite bracelet is solid brass or silver aluminum and is made in Arkansas by Bang-Up Betty Jewelry, a designer of salty and feminist handmade jewelry, shirts, stickers, enamel lapel pins and more since 2013. 

Get your Badass Babes Unite handmade bracelet here! 

 Bang-Up Betty jewelry is handmade in Arkansas and gives back to many local and national causes. 

Bang-Up Betty jewelry is handmade in Arkansas and gives back to many local and national causes. 

Betty the Cat Makes the News!

Stacey Bowers

Betty the boy cat made his evening news debut on KARK4 last week, and the whole thing has gone to his head. KARK's Aaron Nolan stopped by the Bang-Up Betty jewelry studio in North Little Rock, Arkansas, to learn about my handmade jewelry and apparel and, of course, to meet Betty the cat. 

Watch Betty's news appearance above, and be sure to follow him on Instagram (@bettyisaboy) as he posts updates and behind-the-scenes peeks from the studio as he acts a fool and generally tends to mock my handmade jewelry. 

 Betty the cat's account behind the scenes and Arkansas jewelry designer Bang-Up Betty's studio.

Betty the cat's account behind the scenes and Arkansas jewelry designer Bang-Up Betty's studio.

Inside the Crafter's Studio

Stacey Bowers

 Arkansas Jewelry maker Stacey Bowers at work on new jewelry designs in her North Little Rock studio.

Arkansas Jewelry maker Stacey Bowers at work on new jewelry designs in her North Little Rock studio.

I'm about to celebrate one year in my studio space, and what better way to do that than invite y'all over? Consider this your invitation to a virtual visit! 

Brilliant, badass photographer Katie Childs recently stopped by to snap some pics of me at work, and while I'm sad to dispel the rumor that I work in the fires of Mordor, I'm thrilled to show off my newest space. Take a peek at how and where your jewelry gets made. All pics by Katie Childs except for the panorama I took to really show off that wall paint ;-) 

 Jewelry designer Stacey Bowers selects a piece of brass to stamp with a hammer in her studio in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Jewelry designer Stacey Bowers selects a piece of brass to stamp with a hammer in her studio in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

 North Little Rock jewelry designer Stacey Bowers' studio, where she creates Bang-Up Betty jewelry.

North Little Rock jewelry designer Stacey Bowers' studio, where she creates Bang-Up Betty jewelry.

 Arkansas jewelry maker Stacey Bowers at work in her home studio in North Little Rock stamping Bang-Up Betty jewelry.

Arkansas jewelry maker Stacey Bowers at work in her home studio in North Little Rock stamping Bang-Up Betty jewelry.

 Arkansas jewelry designer Stacey Bowers stamps brass jewelry and more in her North Little Rock studio. 

Arkansas jewelry designer Stacey Bowers stamps brass jewelry and more in her North Little Rock studio. 

 Nevertheless She Persisted, I'll Cut You, Get Shit Done... a few of the many phrases jewelry Arkansas designer Stacey Bowers stamps onto her line of jewelry, Bang-Up Betty. 

Nevertheless She Persisted, I'll Cut You, Get Shit Done... a few of the many phrases jewelry Arkansas designer Stacey Bowers stamps onto her line of jewelry, Bang-Up Betty. 

 Arkansas jewelry designer Stacey Bowers poses with a giant cut-out of her nationally celebrated Smash the Patriarchy hammer design. 

Arkansas jewelry designer Stacey Bowers poses with a giant cut-out of her nationally celebrated Smash the Patriarchy hammer design. 

 Betty, the boy cat behind the name Bang-Up Betty, an Arkansas handmade jewelry company. 

Betty, the boy cat behind the name Bang-Up Betty, an Arkansas handmade jewelry company. 

 Betty the boy cat poses with necklaces by Arkansas jewelry designer Stacey Bowers of Bang-Up Betty jewelry. 

Betty the boy cat poses with necklaces by Arkansas jewelry designer Stacey Bowers of Bang-Up Betty jewelry. 

 Nasty Woman, Smash the Patriarchy, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Hands Off, Witchy Bitch, I Believe in Science... these are few enamel lapel pins created Bang-Up Betty in Arkansas. 

Nasty Woman, Smash the Patriarchy, I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Hands Off, Witchy Bitch, I Believe in Science... these are few enamel lapel pins created Bang-Up Betty in Arkansas. 

 Smash the Patriarchy, Buzz Off, Food Over Dudes... a few necklaces by Arkansas jewelry maker Stacey Bowers of Bang-Up Betty jewelry. 

Smash the Patriarchy, Buzz Off, Food Over Dudes... a few necklaces by Arkansas jewelry maker Stacey Bowers of Bang-Up Betty jewelry. 

 Arkansas jewelry designer Stacey Bowers holds Betty, the boy cat who inspired the name of her handmade jewelry business, Bang-Up Betty. 

Arkansas jewelry designer Stacey Bowers holds Betty, the boy cat who inspired the name of her handmade jewelry business, Bang-Up Betty. 

Betty and I are so happy to have your support! Thanks for letting me make keepsakes for you and for letting him sprinkle a little cat hair onto them as they go into the envelope. 

 

 

Spring 2018 Collection

Stacey Bowers

I've been furiously hammering jewelry in my little North Little Rock 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, including handmade necklaces and bracelets, enamel lapel pins, feminist bumper stickers and more jewelry and apparel made in Arkansas.