Wednesday, January 11, 2012

giveaway winner is....

thanks to everyone who entered the necklace giveaway from lee ohio designs. the winner was picked randomly at she is KIM GARRETT! congrats!

Monday, January 9, 2012

hippo jar

didn't get the hippopotamus you wanted for christmas? get it here. you won't have to keep this one in your two-car garage.

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!