Saturday, December 31, 2011

happy new year

put on something shiny and ring in 2012!

shoe clips by finkshop

Thursday, December 29, 2011

lee ohio

photo by south mississippi living, 2011

some of the most beautiful jewelry on etsy can be found at lee ohio. this lovely shop is owned by jennifer, who also creates each piece. she is my etsy featured seller this month.

Please tell us a little about yourself.
The visual arts in general, and painting in particular, have always been my passion. I moved away from the state of Maine to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design and earned my Bachelor's of Fine art in Painting with a minor in art history. At the time I was also working as a design assistant for a costume jewelry designer. The basic training and skills I acquired as an assistant along with my formal training as an academic painter was the perfect combination to open up the world to me as a the creator of wearable fine art.
At present I live and work full-time as an artist and designer on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.

What made you want to start your Etsy shop?
When I began this adventure as full time artist in 2007 I was unaware of Etsy. A friend showed me it and at the time it seemed like a natural extension to any company or artist working in the growing global marketplace. With the current state of the economy it has become an essential part of my business plan.

What inspires your jewelry designs?
Ironically, my work is inspired by the ephemeral (ironic I say as each piece is carefully created to be anything but). Fleeting looks caught in old photographs, an awareness that something special is being captured, nostalgia, and tiny details no one else will notice. As well I pull from the more permanent: the past century and a half or so, Louis Comfort Tiffany's stained glass, Art Nouveau architecture and Miriam Haskell's costume jewelry of the 20s-50s.
On my many sites I state over and over again that, for me, "It is not about creating a large volume of work - but creating a concise, interrelated body of work that is exceptional." Every piece is so very carefully conceived from conception to completion - so much so it may border on the level of ridiculous. Many pieces take weeks or months to complete because I'm waiting for just the right stone or antique element to finish it. But whatever the piece, whether it has one of my hand-selected natural curiosities or a coveted antique element, each of these statements is true: the designs have a subtle elegance and delicate glamour; each is individually composed, almost all one of a kind, and hand-fabricated by me in my studio.
I take the old to make it new and I take the new and give it history.

Do you have a favorite piece that you have made?
That is a hard question. Most of the time I am very pleased with my work but every so often I have a finished piece, or an element within a piece, that I become quite fond of. I think it is a tie between the Martinete brooch and the Lisle necklace with an antique Art Nouveau brooch.

Other than creating beautiful jewelry, what are your favorite things to do?
I'm an avid collector of depression-ware, jadite specifically! I just love to collect, I should say that. When it is warm I garden a bit. I also love to travel and am a bit of a political junkie. I am a proud supporter of the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and other organizations dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the protection of wildlife. My two dogs are the loveliest creatures on earth.

Jennifer has been so kind as to offer my readers both a coupon code and a giveaway. Use the coupon code THANKYOU at check out at her etsy store to get 15% off. If you'd like to enter the Jadite necklace giveaway (see photo above), please comment on this blog post (Winner will be picked at random on January 10th. You can only comment once or you will be disqualified). Jennifer describes the necklace as "Chrysoprase & green onyx charm necklace with blackened & bright sterling silver".

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

december etsy favs

my apologies for not blogging much this december. this month has been filled with parties, baking cookies and shopping. hopefully you've finished your holiday shopping, but if not, maybe you'll find something you like among my December etsy favorites.

amazonite necklace by finejewelrydesign

seafoam teapot from bejoyfulvintage

gray & mint zag dish by upintheairsomewhere

vintage turquoise heels from emiliacaracol

madison necklace by kentonbeadworks

green ceramic jar by forestdaydream

pillow tutorial by soles

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

paulina carcach

i am so excited to introduce you to my november featured seller: paulina carcach. i really love the handbags she creates... i have bought one for myself for my birthday the past two years. they hold up so well and are so beautiful. i hope you will enjoy getting to know a little about her and her wonderful shop.

Please tell us a little about yourself and your shop. I was born and raised in Guanajuato, Mexico. I’m the second child of three siblings, I remember watching my father and grandfather make cowboy boots by hand, we loved and appreciated anything handmade. I grew up helping them carry leather and materials around the place. Prior to working in the fashion world, I was fascinated by Interior Design and Architecture. I graduated from the Interior and Design Program at the Academy of Art San Francisco and worked at a Design Firm for three years. I decided to start designing and creating handbags when I found myself needing the perfect handbag for work. I founded Paulina Carcach Studio in 2008, we offer a wide selection of unique and handcrafted items, every product I personally design. My vision for my label is to create handbags that are both luxurious and wearable, with a beautiful feminine touch. We strive to make our handbags timeless and modern, but never cold. All of our materials are handpicked with care for its style, wearability and quality.

What prompted you to start creating and selling handbags?
I have always been a handbag fanatic, and I found myself looking for the perfect handbag many times. With the experience I have gained over the years on leather and designing, in the year of 2000 I thought it was the perfect time to start making my own bags.

What inspires your designs? Anything around me. My family, my friends and the fashion world.

Do you have a favorite bag that you have made? Well, that changes every year, every handbag I make becomes my favorite until I start making a new one. But, if I had to choose one it will be Valentina in Mint Calfskin.

Other than creating beautiful purses, belts & earrings, what are your favorite things to do? I love spending quality time with my 10 month old son. It is the most wonderful thing has ever happen to me.

You can find Paulina Carcach on etsy, facebook, twitter and her website.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

black friday / cyber monday SALE

get 20% off your entire order
friday november 25th through
midnight (EST) monday november 28th
when you use the coupon code 2011HOLIDAY
at checkout at my etsy shop
(excludes shipping and PA sales tax).

have a great thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

november etsy favs

turkey day is quickly approaching. here are a few of my etsy favorites for thanksgiving.
the cutest invites ever by girlingearstudio

autumn succulent centerpiece by aprilhilerdesigns

ceramic turkeys by thenewtonlabel

cozy cowl by happiknits

organic/vegan pumpkin pie butter (or pie filling) by rhiamon

Friday, October 28, 2011

sweet ride

such a sweet photo by beautifulawakenings.
love the car, color, plate... everything!

Monday, October 3, 2011


one of the many glass pieces i collect are mckee jardinieres. i love their shape and the chevron design around the outside. mckee glass didn't have the best quality control, so the colors of green vary from light jadite to dark skokie. this makes each one unique. last week i found #3 in my collection, which is a beautiful teal color (left, below). i fell in love with the color... and the price. only $15! they are valued at $125.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

october etsy favs

i love fall in pennsylvania! pulling out the sweaters and taking brisk walks outside are some of my favorite things to do this time of year. here are a few of my etsy favorites too...

barn wood rustic vase by braggingbags

wedding card box birdhouse by doorcountywoodworks

flower crown wreath by whichgoose

powder blue debbie bliss yarn from hardysupplyco

jadite colored storage tin from littlebeachdesigns

star garland by thepathlesstraveled

Sunday, September 11, 2011

the help

if you haven't heard of the movie, The Help, you've probably been living under a rock. it has been the blockbuster movie of the summer. you must see it, not only for the heartwarming story, but also for all of the vintage clothing, kitchens & (of course) glassware. one scene in aibileen's kitchen you see ivory Anchor Hocking range shakers, spun aluminum shakers and canisters, a Fire King milk glass devil egg plate, and Pyrex turquoise striped cup & saucer. i loved her kitchen as well as celia's.

Friday, September 2, 2011

necklace giveaway winner is...

thanks to all of you who entered osage orange studio's necklace giveaway. i went to to randomly selected a winner, and that the lucky winner is commenter number 15! enjoy your new necklace.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

martha stewart living - jadite

this month's martha stewart living magazine showcases martha's massive collection of jadite. i'd been looking for the article for a few months now, and was pleasantly shocked at her collection. she has a ton of rare (and high-priced) jadite! here's a sneak peak, but make sure you check out the article for yourself!

magazine photos are property of martha stewart living

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

necklace giveaway... two more days to enter!

just a reminder that you have until tomorrow night to enter osage orange studio's necklace giveway (photo above). click here to see rules to enter.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Osage Orange Studio

i am happy to announce that linda of osage orange studios is my august etsy featured seller. take a second to get to know more about her and her shop.

Please tell us about yourself. I grew up in Michigan, went to college for interior design and worked in Wisconsin, Boston and Chicago in commercial architectural design firms for close to 15 years. I worked on all types of interiors from offices, universities and hospitals with projects located in the United States and internationally including the African country of Angola and Mumbai, India. After working nonstop and many long hours, I decided to explore other creative ventures on a smaller scale that allowed a better quality of life. I currently live in Chicago with my architect husband, David and our persistently meowing cat, Charlie.

How did you become interested in making jewelry? Several years ago, my husband and I traveled back to Cambridge, MA where we lived when we were first married. We happened upon a charming bead store that had always been in town but that I had never really ‘seen’, until this time around. When we ventured in I was immediately inspired by all the beautiful stones & color possibilities. When I was working so much, I really had no idea these type of stores existed! At the time, I had been looking for a necklace for myself that I had not yet found, so decided to try my hand at making my own. That visit put a little seed idea in my head and after a bit of time and thought, Osage Orange Studio was created via Etsy.

You use such interesting beads ... where do you find them? I find most of my materials at local Chicago area bead stores. I go to each shop for different things, some carry a good vintage bead selection and others beautiful stone strands. I do sometimes shop online, but prefer to see and feel the stones in hand to check for quality. I go with what speaks to me when I see it.

What inspires your pieces? Simply, color. I believe at heart I’m a ‘colorist’ if there is such a thing. I’m inspired by the colors in food, summertime farmers markets, all the glorious greens and blues in nature, the quality of light, old classic films and on it goes ... I’ll see a color combination and it will trigger a design idea that translates to my jewelry. I love the subtleties of colors and the architectural quality of geometric patterns. I believe always looking is the key.

Do you have a favorite piece that you've made? If so, which? My favorite necklace is called ‘Honeydew’, which previously sold. It was inspired by a lovely colored melon that I ate one summer with a yellow skin and light green flesh. I created a long necklace out of creamy light green rectangular beads that were knotted with canary yellow silk thread. This piece represented my style and color sense well and felt like ‘me’ to the core. It was young and fresh, a little bit delicate but still modern. A current favorite in my shop are the Raindrop & Midnight series. These necklaces are so lightweight to wear for summer and feel like they float on the neck.

Do you sell anywhere other than Etsy? If so, where? Right now, I only sell on Etsy. I always list current information and sales in my shop announcements. I also welcome custom work based on a current design or something completely new based on a specific stone. Come say hello anytime… I would love to have you visit.

linda has been so kind to offer my readers a giveaway and a coupon code. please include your email address in a comment below to be eligible for her beautiful Raindrop necklace (necklace length selected by winner). the last day to comment is august 31. the winner will be randomly picked september 1st. you may only comment once. if you'd like to purchase one of her other items, enter the coupon code "jaditekate" at checkout to receive 10% off.

Friday, August 5, 2011

august etsy favs

turquoise is one of my favorite colors, so this month's etsy favorites are all about that gorgeous hue. enjoy!

i love the color and detail of this vintage bracelet from greenhilljewelers

cute poster by sugarfresh

custom made and one of a kind brooch bouquet by lionsgatedesigns

pendant by aurumjewelry

skinny cowhide belt by paulinacarcach
*i highly recommend this seller*

pom-pom trio by pomtastic

Monday, July 18, 2011

lamp goods

i've been looking for a pendant lamp for my kitchen for a while. one day i was searching etsy for a vintage lamp when i came across lamp goods, a light fixture store run by jann. i have chosen her to be my july featured seller. here is a little about jann and her shop.

Please tell us a little about yourself. I spent many of my youthful days re-creating found objects into decorative items for my room. From a beaded curtain made from paper beads to a window shade of roofing circles. Through out my young adult life, I continued my love of re-purposing objects. Upon graduation from college, I went on to be involved in the design field and achieved both regional and national recognition for my work.

How did you become interested in creating lamps/fixtures? A few years ago when I built my new house, I wanted lighting fixtures that were a 'little different' than what everyone else had or could have, so, I started creating my own. I was so pleased with them and received so many compliments, I decided to open my shop so others could have more unique lights for their home too. I think lighting fixtures are such an important part of a home. Not only for the function of but also it becomes the ‘jewelry’ of the home and can really make a statement. I believe you can totally change the 'feel' or look of a room by changing the light fixtures.

You use such beautiful globes and shades. Where do you find them? Right here in the wonderful state of Maine and on my weekly shopping sprees.

What inspires your work? I love browsing lamps in PotteryBarn, Schoolhouse Electric, decorator magazines and even a sitcom or two.

Do you have a favorite lamp/light that you have made? That’s an easy question to answer because without a doubt any light I’ve created as a one-of-a-kind lamp by using found objects is a favorite. But in general I really enjoyed creating the varies applications and looks of my canning jar light series.

Do you sell anywhere other than Etsy? If yes, where? When I knew my lights were going to be in a national magazine, I decided to venture out and create my own web-site. Its called I originally thought it wouldn’t do much after the magazine ran, but I’m happy to announce its far exceeding my expectations!

What are your goals for your shop for 2011? My goals are to show more vintage shade/globe pendants and to expand my industrial lights selection. I won’t however push aside the canning jar lights. But will be looking to design a more ‘horizontal’ fixture suited for multiple pendant lights over an island or table but needing only one electrical box.

JaditeKate readers discount: visit jann's etsy shop and receive 15% off at checkout (for a limited time) when you enter jkreaders in the coupon code section at checkout.

jann preparing a light for shop photos

Friday, July 15, 2011

i heart fenton

i've never been a huge fan of Fenton glass. my grandma has a few pieces that have been in her collection for FOREVER, so i've always associated that brand as being "old lady-ish". not anymore.

last week my mom and i took a trip to one of our favorite local antique shops. almost as soon as i walked in i saw a blue Fenton hobnail planter. it was pretty much love at first sight. i had never seen one of these in blue, only their lime/jadite color. this color is fantastic - not turquoise, but not royal blue - more of a chalaine. Fenton's beautiful colors seem to forgive their frou-frou shapes.