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Featured Shop: Make Pie Not War

Nov 29, 2013

by Alana Little

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

My name is Alana Little, and I make modern custom jewelry at my shop Make Pie Not War. I live in Fresno, California.

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I was always driven to be an artistic entrepreneur. I love business and numbers, but I hated working 9-5 as a corporate accountant. I started making jewelry as a hobby, and I never thought my business would grow to where it is now. I am constantly learning new techniques, attending trade shows, and expanding myself as an artist and business owner.

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My process involves taking raw materials (like sheet metal and wire) and firing up my torch. I hammer away and polish the finished product until it’s perfect! I stamp or personalize items to fit my customer, then off they go to get a chain, ear wire or packaging. I often work into the wee hours of the morning because I know someone is waiting for their package to arrive. I want my customer’s heart to sing when they open a package and see their jewelry. If I feel something is sub-par, I am the first to start over. I take my job very seriously, and I know that makes a difference to my customers.

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Custom orders have helped my business blossom – everyone wants something that’s just uniquely theirs. When a customer contacts me with an idea, I think for a while and then draw up some sketches. Make Pie Not War has a ton of options for a wide customer base, so I’ve had to re-examine my production flow so that I could make custom work feasible on a larger scale. My goal is to make pieces that mean a whole bunch to someone.

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I sing Etsy’s praises all the time because it gave me my start as an independent artist. Putting your art out into the world is terrifying, but Etsy is such a huge part of me spreading my wings. Most importantly, it has let me stay at home with my baby Lucy, which means that I’m able to have the best of all worlds: mother, artist, and entrepreneur (all while in my pajamas)!

 All photographs by Make Pie Not War.

heart hoops rose yellow gold or sterling
heart hoops rose yellow gold or sterling
makepienotwar
$40.00 USD
Open Close Eye Eyelashes Earrings
Open Close Eye Eyelashes Earrings
makepienotwar
$52.00 USD
Pastel Rainbow tassel hoop semi circle earrings gold filled statement earrings gold filled ombre fabric hammered round hoops southwestern
Pastel Rainbow tassel hoop semi circle earrings gold filled statement earrings gold filled ombre fabric hammered round hoops southwestern
makepienotwar
$59.00 USD
california texas new york love custom state silhouette necklace gold rose filled sterling silver
california texas new york love custom state silhouette necklace gold rose filled sterling silver
makepienotwar
$59.00 USD
Teeny Initial necklace
Teeny Initial necklace
makepienotwar
$29.00 USD
Cactus gold filled earrings rose gold filled sterling silver southwestern silhouette design statement earrings fun party
Cactus gold filled earrings rose gold filled sterling silver southwestern silhouette design statement earrings fun party
makepienotwar
$59.00 USD
Double Hoops Round Gold filled Rose gold filled Sterling Silver Modern Hammered Light Statement Hoop Earrings
Double Hoops Round Gold filled Rose gold filled Sterling Silver Modern Hammered Light Statement Hoop Earrings
makepienotwar
$52.00 USD
itty bitty bar custom initial monogram date necklace
itty bitty bar custom initial monogram date necklace
makepienotwar
$49.00 USD
Gold Opal Triangle Ring Stone Set Gold filled Rose Gold filled Ring Hammered Wedding ring alternative conflict free solitaire prong diamond
Gold Opal Triangle Ring Stone Set Gold filled Rose Gold filled Ring Hammered Wedding ring alternative conflict free solitaire prong diamond
makepienotwar
$59.00 USD
Pastel Rainbow tassel arc gold filled necklace brass statement jewelry gold filled ombre fabric hammered southwestern
Pastel Rainbow tassel arc gold filled necklace brass statement jewelry gold filled ombre fabric hammered southwestern
makepienotwar
$57.00 USD
Enameled pin make pie not war blush pink rose gold flair hippie baker pin game modern hippie woman
Enameled pin make pie not war blush pink rose gold flair hippie baker pin game modern hippie woman
makepienotwar
$8.00 USD
Tiny Scallop Necklace
Tiny Scallop Necklace
makepienotwar
$39.00 USD
Valley Magic Star earrings central valley magical girl power double stars jewelry valley girl gift
Valley Magic Star earrings central valley magical girl power double stars jewelry valley girl gift
makepienotwar
$40.00 USD
itty bitty bar custom initial monogram date necklace
itty bitty bar custom initial monogram date necklace
makepienotwar
$49.00 USD
SAY my NAME14k gold or sterling silver wire necklace
SAY my NAME14k gold or sterling silver wire necklace
makepienotwar
$39.00 USD
Block it up Uppercase initial necklace
Block it up Uppercase initial necklace
makepienotwar
$50.00 USD
custom name date monogram bar rose gold silver necklace
custom name date monogram bar rose gold silver necklace
makepienotwar
$36.00 USD
Taco Tuesday gold filled necklace
Taco Tuesday gold filled necklace
makepienotwar
$48.00 USD
Double the love necklace
Double the love necklace
makepienotwar
$39.50 USD
best hammered bangles SET of 3
best hammered bangles SET of 3
makepienotwar
$54.00 USD
ampersand rose gold bracelet
ampersand rose gold bracelet
makepienotwar
$33.00 USD
Big Tri Mama Necklace
Big Tri Mama Necklace
makepienotwar
$42.00 USD
shoot me camera necklace gold filled or sterling silver
shoot me camera necklace gold filled or sterling silver
makepienotwar
$42.00 USD
drop hoops rose yellow gold or sterling
drop hoops rose yellow gold or sterling
makepienotwar
$40.00 USD
constellation vacation brass zodiac necklace
constellation vacation brass zodiac necklace
makepienotwar
$36.00 USD
Medium skinny bar necklace custom name date monogram bar rose gold silver necklace
Medium skinny bar necklace custom name date monogram bar rose gold silver necklace
makepienotwar
$42.00 USD
custom name date monogram bar rose gold silver necklace
custom name date monogram bar rose gold silver necklace
makepienotwar
$36.00 USD
three layered custom vertical rectangle stamped gold silver rose necklace
three layered custom vertical rectangle stamped gold silver rose necklace
makepienotwar
$59.00 USD
Open Hoops gold filled rose gold filled sterling silver earrings horseshoe lightweight everyday hammered modern easy hoops light minimal
Open Hoops gold filled rose gold filled sterling silver earrings horseshoe lightweight everyday hammered modern easy hoops light minimal
makepienotwar
$30.00 USD
Gold Triangle Ring Big Triangle Rose Gold filled Gold filled Ring Hammered Statement ring geometric anniversary band stacking
Gold Triangle Ring Big Triangle Rose Gold filled Gold filled Ring Hammered Statement ring geometric anniversary band stacking
makepienotwar
$36.00 USD
Say my Name Initial SMALL size
Say my Name Initial SMALL size
makepienotwar
$33.00 USD
Tiny Initial Sterling silver Rose gold filled ring monogram kids jewelry Little Crumbs
Tiny Initial Sterling silver Rose gold filled ring monogram kids jewelry Little Crumbs
makepienotwar
$28.00 USD
The three dot ring
The three dot ring
makepienotwar
$33.00 USD
My other half best friend necklace set
My other half best friend necklace set
makepienotwar
$59.00 USD
Mama bear custom name date monogram bar rose gold silver necklace
Mama bear custom name date monogram bar rose gold silver necklace
makepienotwar
$36.00 USD
Say it BIG ring
Say it BIG ring
makepienotwar
$42.00 USD
tiny little roman numeral bar necklace
tiny little roman numeral bar necklace
makepienotwar
$36.00 USD
curved bar bracelet
curved bar bracelet
makepienotwar
$40.00 USD
City love Fresno Fresyes custom city town name gold filled rose gold filled sterling silver wire necklace city pride
City love Fresno Fresyes custom city town name gold filled rose gold filled sterling silver wire necklace city pride
makepienotwar
$39.00 USD
Deep V Necklace triangle chevron gold filled brass hammered necklace minimal rustic modern statement choker adjustable
Deep V Necklace triangle chevron gold filled brass hammered necklace minimal rustic modern statement choker adjustable
makepienotwar
$40.00 USD
solid hammered bangle custom rose gold sterling silver coordinates bracelet
solid hammered bangle custom rose gold sterling silver coordinates bracelet
makepienotwar
$60.00 USD
The Love Knot Necklace
The Love Knot Necklace
makepienotwar
$65.00 USD
Oval gold filled rose gold sterling silver hoops
Oval gold filled rose gold sterling silver hoops
makepienotwar
$36.00 USD
One Teeny Tiny Bar Bangle monogram initial bar gold filled brass custom stamped adjustable bracelet
One Teeny Tiny Bar Bangle monogram initial bar gold filled brass custom stamped adjustable bracelet
makepienotwar
$46.00 USD
Blush pink circle tassel hoop earrings gold filled grey statement earrings denim blue rose gold filled ombre fabric hammered round hoops
Blush pink circle tassel hoop earrings gold filled grey statement earrings denim blue rose gold filled ombre fabric hammered round hoops
makepienotwar
$59.00 USD
heart hoops rose yellow gold or sterling
heart hoops rose yellow gold or sterling
makepienotwar
$40.00 USD
itty bitty bar custom dog cat paw initial monogram date necklace
itty bitty bar custom dog cat paw initial monogram date necklace
makepienotwar
$49.00 USD
Gold Triangle Ring Small Triangle Gold filled Rose Gold filled Ring Hammered Wedding ring alternative geometric anniversary band stacking
Gold Triangle Ring Small Triangle Gold filled Rose Gold filled Ring Hammered Wedding ring alternative geometric anniversary band stacking
makepienotwar
$34.00 USD
vertical short bar gold filled necklace
vertical short bar gold filled necklace
makepienotwar
$40.00 USD
Mini Snake Necklace rose gold filled sterling silver gold filled serpent small necklace curvy swirl hammered delicate layering necklace
Mini Snake Necklace rose gold filled sterling silver gold filled serpent small necklace curvy swirl hammered delicate layering necklace
makepienotwar
$36.00 USD
double heart goodness Sterling silver or gold filled chain
double heart goodness Sterling silver or gold filled chain
makepienotwar
$17.99 USD
tiny custom bar gold filled sterling silver rose gold filled necklace bougie basic girl woman funny necklace gift best friend
tiny custom bar gold filled sterling silver rose gold filled necklace bougie basic girl woman funny necklace gift best friend
makepienotwar
$36.00 USD
Double Vertical Long Bars custom silver rose gold necklace
Double Vertical Long Bars custom silver rose gold necklace
makepienotwar
$69.00 USD
Vertical Long Bar custom silver rose gold necklace
Vertical Long Bar custom silver rose gold necklace
makepienotwar
$47.00 USD
curved bar necklace
curved bar necklace
makepienotwar
$46.00 USD
Double vertical straight bar necklace
Double vertical straight bar necklace
makepienotwar
$63.00 USD
wrap me bangle
wrap me bangle
makepienotwar
$45.00 USD
Moon Star Gold filled rose gold filled sterling silver hoop earrings crescent constellation galaxy hammered statement earrings
Moon Star Gold filled rose gold filled sterling silver hoop earrings crescent constellation galaxy hammered statement earrings
makepienotwar
$40.00 USD
Best mom ever bar rose gold silver necklace
Best mom ever bar rose gold silver necklace
makepienotwar
$36.00 USD
super mom custom hammered gold filled rose gold sterling silver hoops
super mom custom hammered gold filled rose gold sterling silver hoops
makepienotwar
$50.00 USD

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