Wednesday, March 30, 2011

harold & jane

i'm happy to introduce you to theresa carlton, my march featured etsy seller. she runs her custom jewelry shop, harold & jane, out of her seattle apartment which she shares with her husband. theresa was kind enough to make four custom necklaces for me, which i love!!! here is a little more about her and her work.

Please tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in a small town in Northern Idaho and moved to Seattle for college. I met my husband Elias while we were attending classes in the Visual Communications program at Seattle Pacific University. We married after I graduated and moved into a small apartment where we have lived for nearly 4 years. We are both very creative and put a lot of time into our home, blog, and miscellaneous projects that inspire us.

What made you interested in jewelry? My Mom and I started making jewelry when I was in high school for a fun hobby. We all know however that if you have a fun hobby or collection, soon you will be over-run with the very item you love to make or collect. Making and selling jewelry is a way for me to keep creating pieces I love without being crowded out of my own home by bracelets and necklaces.

What is your favorite thing/piece to make? I don't have a particular item that is my favorite to make, I just have to be inspired. I have sat down before with sense that I HAD to make something. Without inspiration I don't have much fun and I get frustrated with the materials I have on hand. If I am inspired, I can sit down and create for hours, have a great time, and make some pieces that I am really in love with.

Do you sell anywhere other than Etsy? If yes, where? I don't sell jewelry anywhere other than Etsy but I have started selling hand studded ballet sippers (a fairly recent addition to my shop) on a site called Emmaline Bride, a great resource if you are looking to do a handmade wedding.

What are your goals for your shop for 2011? I would love to re-brand the site. My header "Logo" was something that I threw together just to get the shop up and running. I want to spend some time creating a mark that will last and grow as my shop grows. I have added the ballet slippers to my site yet it is still marketed as a jewelry shop. My husband and I both love to use our hands to create. I would love for this to be a place where we can be free to make whatever we are inspired to make and put it up in Harold & Jane.

Theresa and her husband also have a blog. Check it out here.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

i love lamp

i'd been looking for lamps for my office for what seemed like forever. i didn't want just any old lamps... some with character. that's when i came across a little jadite beauty on ebay. i loved the color, shape and fact that it was made in france. it cost a small fortune, but i paid the price and couldn't be happier. my handyman dad rewired it for me and i finally (after months of looking) found a shade for it. it now has a home next to my reading chair.

one lamp down, one to go. still needed one for my desk. i loved the art deco lamp from slofabulous but sadly, it was out of my budget. once again i turned to ebay, which did not disappoint. i found a lovely black and jade lamp made by Houzex. it had been rewired but needed a shade. found one at the lamp shade factory in trexlertown, pa. now i have a beautiful desk lamp to keep me company when i work late at night. :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

egg cups

with easter just over a month away, i thought i'd do an feature on egg cups. i never really got into collecting these little holders, but i found three that i couldn't pass up. they are shaped like a chick and were produced by the french glass company, opalex. what i love most about them are the colors... pale pink, milk glass, and the perfect shade of turquoise. these little guys have a permanent home in my kitchen cabinet.

here are some other egg cups that are for sale in my etsy shop:

McKee jadite

Fire King jadite

painted milk glass

jadite with grape leaf detail

Saturday, March 5, 2011

march etsy favs

it's that time of the year for everything green. since green is my favorite color, i had no problem quickly putting together this list of etsy favs. hope you enjoy them too!

love the shape and color of this art deco clock (i have a cream colored one like this in my shop too) from moonstruckcottage

this scrub sounds delightful and refreshing. by opheliasapothecary

really like the colored enamel on this necklace by wildwomanjewelry

cupcake liners for your st. patty's day party from cupcakesocial

this picture holds a special place in my heart. by luciusart

the pattern on this clutch is too cute. by armcandyforyou

love, love, love this vintage lamp from slofabulous