Friday, August 07, 2009

500 Hearts

Any of your who are familiar with Etsy know about hearts. I was up to 496 hearts the other day and ran an announcement saying I'd give some earrings to my 500th heart.

the winner is Jean- a fellow jewelry maker. Here's what she has to say:

The way I started making jewelry is kind of funny. I bought a necklace at Walmart and I didn't really like it, so I took it apart and redid it, so I liked it better. Then, I wanted a matching bracelet and earrings and I did the same thing. Then I began to think that there had to be a cheaper and easier way to do this and my hobby/obsession was born.

Every summer, I sell at a very popular market and one of my friends there asked me if I'd ever heard of Etsy. "What's that?" I asked and she explained it to me. I began with just listing a few things and now I have three shops:,, and Each shop has it's own style and personality.

My current favorite materials are are flashy stones, like labradorite, moonstone, kyanite, and sunstone. I also love working with silver- hammering, oxidizing, texturing, buffing, twisting it, and just seeing what I can make it do.

This is my favorite item in your shop and a great photo too! The awesome specimen of Labradorite is perfectly accented by the hammered circle. jean you must have the magic touch because this pendant was just sold!