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Amy Wells Designs, located in Memphis, Tennessee is the entrepreneurial dream of designer and artist, Amy Wells. Amy began her professional life with a successful career in the financial services industry. After her daughter was born Amy decided to return to her passion…creating beautiful and eclectic jewelry. Her love of all things rustic combined with her love of design formed the perfect balance for Amy Wells Designs, and has continued to do so for over a decade.
Amy describes her unique jewelry as “Free Spirited”. Each piece is handcrafted using natural gemstones, freshwater pearls, Thai silver, Sterling silver, other mixed metals, and fine leather. The amazing color variations in the stones and the diversity of organic shapes mean no two pieces are exactly alike.
We hope you enjoy Amy Wells Designs as much as we do. You may notice that most of her necklaces are named after songs! Amy says one of her favorite bands, the Grateful Dead, said it best and is an inspiration for her art: “Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.”
Visit Desperado Boutique and see our special collection available starting this July and watch for pieces to be added to our website soon!
Desperado Boutique is excited to be a part of downtown Bend’s first Art Walk of 2021! Come meet our resident artist Barbara Slater, see her brand new installation at the store and join the fun! Read more about Barbara in our blog!
Our monthly “Artist Spotlight” takes us to the small town of Eagle Creek, Oregon where jewelry artists Hannah & Andy park their tiny home on wheels. We recently met Hannah & Andy when they popped into our store on one of their road trip adventures. We immediately fell in love with their vintage leather ‘upcycled’ jewelry. The jewelry is lightweight, very affordable, and comes in a wide variety of styles from playful cactus and sasquatch designs to geometric shapes made from old tooled leather belts and handbags.
When not making jewelry, this Oregon couple spends their time adventuring in the woods, fishing, and looking for materials to use in their art. They also scour thrift stores for vintage leather goods to create their amazing and unique jewelry line. But that’s not all that makes Hannah & Andy special. The two have also been traveling to places ravaged by natural disasters and volunteering their time to help these communities rebuild.
During the 2018-2019 hurricane season in the Gulf states of Florida, Alabama, and Georgia the two volunteered for 7 months on the front line. Hannah says, “On many occasions, we were overwhelmed by the devastation, but more often we were overwhelmed by the generosity, kindness, and fellow feeling displayed by both the volunteers and the victims of Hurricane Michael.” Hannah has been deeply and profoundly moved by their experiences as volunteers and calls it “love in action”. She adds, “There is truly more happiness in giving than receiving!”
We think their work reflects that happiness! Please stop by our shop or check out the ‘Jewelry’ tab under ‘Accessories’ on our website for a look at our special collection of Handy Crafted Goods!
Our March artist spotlight shines on jewelry designer, Susy Pino/CEO & Owner of Samkas, one of our favorite and longtime vendors here at our boutique. Susy’s favorite thing about making jewelry is taking unusual, rough or earthy designs and softening them into elegant elements. “We like to layer our jewelry with pearls and crystals to give it a brighter lighter feel,” reflects Susy. Samkas silver jewelry is bold, strong, and is handmade in Europe using fine Italian leather, Swarovski & Murano Crystals and non-tarnishing metals. For the rest of March come see our special spring collection of jewelry including necklaces, earrings, rings, and bracelets for Women & Men.
Desperado Boutique’s Featured Artist
As part of our commitment to support artisans and craftspeople from around the region we are pleased to welcome the work of west coast jeweler Paula Carvalho to our Bend boutique. For a limited time we will be showcasing some of Paula’s unique and eclectic necklaces and bracelets. We first fell in love with Paula’s work last summer and have enjoyed how great it pairs with the boho style of our store. Paula creates one of a kind pieces carefully curated from antique coins, pendants, precious and semi-precious stones and more. Please stop by to check her work out, or if Central Oregon is not your home please see our Facebook & Instagram accounts to see this special collection. We are also always happy to text photos or shop with you via FaceTime. Simply call us to set up whatever works best for you…. 541-749-9980.
Our February Artist Spotlight featuring Paula Carvalho will be on display from Monday, February 1st through Valentine’s Day. We gladly gift wrap and with enough time will ship jewelry for free. Stop by our boutique in downtown Bend and enter to win one of our giveaways or simply share a post of this event on one of our social platforms.
Paula Carvalho Trunk Show
Desperado Diva & artist, Mikki Krohn, has turned her talent for portrait painting to Santa! Yes Santa! When Mikki isn’t working at Desperado you’ll often find her with a paintbrush in hand. Mikki discovered her love of painting Santas after using a Mall Santa photo for inspiration. “I have always enjoyed painting portraits and I stumbled onto the idea of painting “Santa” last year when I created my own holiday cards,” reflects Mikki.
Mikki used an old Santa Clause costume she had and started talking men into posing for her wearing Santa’s suit. “I discovered that no amount of wigs, beards, or hats could cover up the true personality of who was wearing them,” laughs Mikki. She adds, “Putting men in Santa suits really brings out a twinkle in their eyes!” Mikki has created more than a dozen Santa portraits for family and friends and is now working on commission pieces for others. “Everyone has someone in their lives who bring out the true spirit of Christmas, my Santa portraits just help that along.”
Click here to listen to Olivia’s new song…‘Gypsy’
Our very own Desperado Diva, Olivia Harms, just released her second single from her new album ‘Rhinestone Cowgirl’ and we are excited to share it with you! This song written and performed by Olivia is called “Gypsy” and is about life on the road. The first single titled “Hey There Cowboy”, blurs the lines between country and western music, including a hint of Bakersfield to make any honky-tonk proud. Find the link to listen to her first song at the bottom of this story!
Olivia, an Oregon native has been working part time at Desperado for the past 3 years. She moved to central Oregon shortly after graduating from Oregon State University with her bachelor’s degree in agriculture business. After college she decided to pursue her true passion of music. Working here at Desperado allowed her to travel back and forth to Nashville and offered a flexible schedule for her to play music around the country.
After commuting back and forth to Nashville for the past 3 years, Olivia decided it was time to record. After all the writing Olivia had done during that time, she had plenty of songs to choose from. She narrowed it down to the 10 songs she connected to most, she cut the demos and set a date for the master recording. Olivia had planned to spend 10 days in March tracking instruments and recording the master vocals. Unfortunately, a little thing called Covid-19 got in her way.
Olivia thought it was just a small setback at the time. Not realizing how much covid would affect her recording process. After rescheduling twice and no sign of change in the world, Olivia decided to go back to Nashville in May and record. “It was an interesting experience traveling during covid. I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t want to put anyone in danger, but life also had to go on. All I knew was covid wasn’t getting any better, who knew how long it would last, and I didn’t have the patience or will power to sit around and wait till it was over to share my new music.”
Olivia recorded all 10 songs while she was in Nashville in May. “Such an exciting feeling to hear a song that you wrote, come to life with all the right instruments” she says. After returning home from a successful trip Olivia made a plan for her release. With less live concerts and places to play, she decided to release her music one song at a time throughout the Fall.
‘Hey there Cowboy’ was her first release from the project on September 25th. The song debuted with over 20k views on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. In an interview with Y-102 Gorge Country Olivia jokes that the song was written on accident. She said she was driving home from a long day of writing session on a trip to Nashville in January and had been thinking about all of the extra confident cowboys that she had met at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas just a few weeks prior in December. As she was driving, she thought, “what would I say if I were trying to introduce myself to a handsome stranger. What kind of things would we talk about?” Then before she knew it, she had a voice memo with a rough draft of Hey There Cowboy, and she was 20 miles past her exit. It may have cost her a little time to get turned around, but she ended up with a great song.
Music has always been Olivia passion, she grew up playing and performing with her mom, Joni harms, who will be inducted into the western music hall of fame this year. Olivia says “music is a way for us to connect with strangers, sometimes it gives us confidence, other times it helps us heal. In my experience music has always been there for me, and I hope that my listeners will feel that I will always be there for them. I play music to share my stories, make people laugh, cry, happy, and sad. The idea that not just someone, but hundreds of people, can relate to a little song I wrote driving down the freeway blows my mind. I’m forever grateful for anyone that lends an ear and takes a chance on listening to my music.”
You can listen to Olivia’s new release using the link or find it on any streaming platform. Be sure to catch her local performances by checking www.oliviaharms.com and mark your calendars for her second release “Gypsy” in November 5th.
Follow this link to YouTube to hear ‘Hey There Cowboy’ now and please listen, like, and share!
We’re celebrating our 24th Anniversary at our new downtown Bend location and we’ve got six days of in-store specials just for you!!!
-Friday, October 16th enjoy 24% off any Sofft shoe or boot in our store!
-Saturday, October 17th receive 24% off all scarves!
-Sunday, October 18th get 24% off our entire in-store stock of candles and specialty soaps!
-Monday, October 19th celebrate our 24th anniversary with 24% off all graphic tees.
-Tuesday, October 20th enjoy a 24% discount on all denim.
-Wednesday, October 21st visit our boutique and receive 24% off any one item…all day long!
And for our on-line customers on 10/21/2020 please use Promo Code: Anniversary & receive 24% off any 1 item at checkout. Free shipping on all purchases over $100.