Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Give the gift of life!

It's the time of year when we focus so much on gifts, buying, giving, how much money we spend.  We tend to forget there are important gifts we can give that don't cost a penny.  Many of us donate money and volunteer our precious time to non-profits, helping others.
Mary, a wife of one of my co workers, Fred, has been in dialysis for many years.  Because she was over 50, they did not think she would ever receive a transplant. The call came last week, and she is recovering well. What a gift they received! I have another friend who is also waiting who may not be so lucky.  Another co-worker is battling leukemia with some success thanks to bone marrow donations. Most states make it easy to be an organ donor by a check off on your license renewal.  Or you can read more by clicking this text. It costs nothing and it can make a huge difference or save some one's life.  And of course, the simple thing that many of us can do time and time again is donate blood.
Remember, the best gifts can sometimes be free!

Monday, September 06, 2010

Creative Horizons

I know a wonderful group of very creative jewelry artisans on Etsy, the JET team. We love helping each other grow our businesses. One of the discussions lately has been about expanding our creative horizons. To think "out side the box" of our usual style, and challenge ourselves to make something new and different. This idea was inspired by several of our members who are always expanding their skills by exploring new a different crafts .

One of these shops is EmotionalOasis.  You will find everything in this shop from beautiful beaded and wire work jewelry designs, to the fantastic fused glass game boards. Here is just one of them.

JemsbyJBandCompany decided to explore the word of fashion and created this very feminine necklace. It  features genuine rose quartz, crystals and pearls on a beautiful silver tone chain.

Peg of AbacusBeadCreations is a prolific artist who must eat, sleep and dream about beads.  Her shop is chock full of wonderful designs for women, and she is branching out to making unisex designs that are great for men as well as women.

Always the adventurer, Nicolle of SilverCanyons loves to try new skills. You will find only a few items in her shop, but a huge variety of designs and techniques, from beaded sterling silver, to enameling and casting.  I really love this textured sterling silver ring.

My challenge was to return to doing extreme fashion design. I love making jewelry that can be worn any day, any time. So to make a bold statement item was a bit of fun.  I found some beautiful vintage lamp crystals in a stunning shade of blue. And look what happened!
 There is so much to see it you search the tag "jetteam" when you visit Etsy.  From earrings to handbags and fused glass, you will be amazed at the wealth of designs you will find.  You can read more about the Jewelry Esty team here.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Passion for Beading

Peg, the designer and artist of Abacus Bead Creations, has a real passion for beaded jewelry.  It shows through out her shop.
It's chock full of great earrings, necklaces, and bracelets which you would expect to see.  I really love the colors in these Black Lip shell earrings with tanzanite crystals.  You'll find beads of shell, pearls, gemstones, crystal, czech glass and resin all in unique combinations.

But you will also find lovely beaded watches which will add a bit of elegance to your look when you wear them.  I love the shades of aqua in this watch.
And if you wear glasses, dress them up with colorful beaded eyeglass holders.  And for the working gals, there are practical and pretty lanyards to hold your work ID.  All kinds of beaded jewelry for your collection and I think you will just love the prices you see! be sure to set aside some time to browse, you'll be very happy with what you find in Abacus Bead Creations.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Sneak Peek

I found a little inspiration a few months ago.  While visiting one of the trade shows, I saw many artists showing monogram jewelry. But it was all the same idea, a disc or oval, with the same basic lettering.  How boring! I figured I could do something a little bit different and create some monograms with character.  Here's a sneak peek at my first one, the letter "C" handmade in sterling silver.   It will look different when it's oxidized and added to a chain.
What I'm wondering is what letters to do next.  I tried to be scientific and to look up popular names but there are too many lists.  (I did find out that Moore is a more common name in Northern Ireland than Ireland.)
So I thought I would ask you for your suggestions.  Please vote in the poll on the right side or leave a comment with the letter you think I should make next. Thanks for your help!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Classic Modern Style from Lotus Stone

Summer is coming.  While we all love jewelry, in the hot weather you want something to make you look stylish while not being too much. I found just the right handmade jewelry shop for you to visit, Lotus Stone on Etsy.com.  I love Kristen's simple modern designs, all of which are very classic. If you like sterling silver , you will like her Gala Necklace designs, here is just one of them.  Simple necklaces made with sterling silver circles.  Classic and modern!
You'll find a nice selection of bracelets in Lotus stone's shop, from simple sterling bangles made in custom sizes to lovely beaded linked bracelets. I think my favorite is the Inga bracelet, woven sterling silver which will be made in your size just for you!  Of course you will find many pretty earrings, too.  And did I tell you the prices are just terrific?

There are many pieces of handmade jewelry in lovely gemstone beads with interesting colors.  I'm sure you will enjoy your visit to Lotus Stone's shop and you might very well decide to buy some wonderful handmade jewelry for yourself!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Handmade Jewelry Creations from Sending Love Gallery

The first time I went to Sending Love Gallery, I had a strong sense of serenity and could feel the love that was used in making all the beautiful handmade jewelry. Phyllis uses top quality gemstone beads, crystals and pearls with her unique sense of style.  Not only will you find handmade jewelry in sterling silver, but there are many creations in gold filled and vermeil as well as vintage look metals.  If you love the rich look of copper jewelry, this is a great place to shop!
Whether you are shopping for yourself or for a gift, visit Sending Love Gallery to  find a wonderful array of earrings, necklaces and bracelets each of which is charged with positive energy and love.   For the latest news, you can follow Sending  Love Gallery on Facebook too!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sparkling Treasures from Art Made by Tammy

I'm writing today to introduce you to another wonderful jewelry shop, ArtMadebyTammy on Etsy.  You'll find many very beautiful handmade jewelry creations at very affordable prices.  There are plentiful flowers, teardrops and unique lucite beads, fun fashion for many different tastes.  This is a wonderful place to shop for Mother's day gifts, there is so much variety.
Tammy has several very special shop sections, the first I'll mention is Precious metal art.  You'll find very lovely cast metal flowers,  all carefully hand painted for a one of a kind look, like the red poppy shown.  Not only will you find the usual earrings and necklaces that you might expect, there is a pretty selection of floral hair pins.  Need a gift for Mom, but she doesn't like jewelry? You will find beautiful flower bookmarks i Tammy's shop as well.  And don't forget to check out the SALE section, with many great handmade creations from which to choose.

I think my favorite section is Tammy's original art.  She has talent for hand painted  components too.  Look at this beautiful wild flower bead she created for this bracelet, a true one of a kind creation!

Stop by Art Made by Tammy to see more wonderful handmade jewelry and accessories.
You can visit her blog too for cool jewelry finds and other news. Happy shopping!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Creativity Abounds!

It's getting close to Mother's Day.  I know you men are famous for waiting til the last moment to shop, but you will miss out on some beautiful finds if you do.  Today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite shops, LittleBrownBird.  I've made several purchases from Mary, and each item arrived quickly and beautifully crafted.
Two of my friends had babies last year. I ordered these fine silver handprint earrings personalized and my friends were just delighted with them.  There is also a footprint pendant which would make another wonderful Mother's gift.
If you want a personalized gift, you need to order soon!  Of course there is a wonderful selection of earrings in many different flavors.  And you'll find a number of other great creations as you browse around the shop.... be sure to look for the pin-up girls!
You will find many beautiful pendants, many with a vintage flair like this  Blue Bird Pendant.    There are many different necklaces at LittleBrownBird,  I'm sure you'll find something that you will just love.

Mary is more than just a jewelry designer, she makes fabulous fabric hair accessories as well.  There are combs and hairpins and headbands.  I can't tell you how much I wish I had the kind of life where I could wear these beautiful flowers in my hair.

You'll be so happy that you stopped at LittleBrownBird, I guarantee it!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Jewelry Creations from Silver Canyons

I want to introduce you to another wonderful artist who makes handmade jewelry, Silver Canyons. Nicolle is a very adventurous designer who loves to try new techniques and incorporate them into her unique designs.  I love the touches of color she adds to silver by utilizing epoxy enamels or fired cloisonne enamels. You'll find many beautiful jewelry designs with applied color, from bracelets to earrings  at Silver Canyons.  You'll also many classic designs with beautiful gemstones and lamp work glass beads.  Be sure to visit Silver Canyons and browse the neat collection of artisan crafted sterling and fine silver jewelry, you'll be pleased with what you see!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Jewelry 24 Seven

All jewelry, all the time.  This business is very appropriately named.  Bob and Terry, a dynamic creative team, make all kinds of jewelry. Mostly sterling silver with gemstones, pearls, and crystal but you will also find beautiful copper creations as well.
In addition tho their shop on Etsy, you can find their stand alone shop on the web. Bob specializes in making custom sterling silver chains. He has many styles, all made to the size you order, what could be better?

Terry is an earring fanatic. She has a great blog all about earrings.  Bob is a prolific and talented writer as well. You read about his favorite jewelry designers in his blog.
Here is a small preview of Jewelry24Seven on Etsy. You'll find all kinds of beautiful jewelry, from gemstone rings, bracelets and watches and of course earrings and necklaces. There many very unique creations in these shops- so just go and look- you'll be glad you did!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

a find.....Blue Scarab Jewelry

I'll admit that I have a problem- I'm a jewelry junkie. It's a rather serious addiction.  I make jewelry, wear jewelry, and wish I could buy way more than I can possibly afford.
I found this great shop I wanted to share with you on Etsy.

Ambers Jewelry has everything from simple earrings and pendants you can wear every day, to beautiful luxe special creations.  Her charm pendants are very cool because you can wear the stones in combinations that you choose.

If you are looking for a very special one of a kind piece, this is the place to look.
And Amber is very generous , donating 10 percent of her sales to the Susan G Komen cancer research fund.

Oh- are you wondering where Amber finds so many beautiful gemstones? I know her secret... she also sells them!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Winter Challenge

Welcome to the EtsyNJ Team Tuesday blog hop! This is our very first edition.
Here in the Northeast, some weeks we are are stuck in out homes for days on end... too much snow, or rain, or too cold, too windy.
It can be a real challenge if you have children to keep them away from the boredom monster.  Here are a few fun items I've found on Etsy that may help you win the battle.
The Enchanted Cupboard is full of great wooden playthings... And there are dolls and playsets for girls AND boys. Check out the astronaut !

How about some crochet or knit playthings? There are many shops you can visit: Made by Melissa,  Creations by Danielle, Chimera,  and Snoodle Studio just to name a few.
If your children are creative and love crafting, be sure to visit DribsNDrabs for scrapbooking supplies.
Remember, shop local, shop handmade!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Garnets for January

Garnets have been used in jewelry from the ancient times. The most familiar color is deep red, but they may range from red to yellow, green and black. There is even a rare variety which changes color throughout the day! Garnets are rumored to help with business success and protect travelers. Garnet has been known as a stone of purity and truth as well as a symbol of love and compassion.

But lets' talk about the jewelry here. You can find lots of beautiful garnet jewelry from the JET team on Etsy.
First, some beautiful earrings from Sending Love Gallery. Sterling silver with rhodolite garnets and fresh water pearls. A sweet and simple design!

In a more romantic mode,  these sterling silver filagree earrings  from the Brass Hussy will make you feel feminine and flirty!

Lastly, I'll show you a lovely stacking ring in sterling silver in my shop. But don't stop looking here! Head over to Etsy and search the tags "jetteam, garnet" under "Handmade". You'll find dozens of beautiful jewelry creations to fulfill your garnet cravings.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Fashion Tips!

I've found a few blogs with great jewelry fashion tips.
Lots of beautiful jewelry shops are featured by the Jet Team here.
Here's a new one with color tips for spring by Silver Canyons
And Michon's blog always has wonderful fashion finds.
And if you want to find out what the NJ artists are up to, you can peek here.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

New Year's Surprise!

My etsy shop has been rolling along now for almost 2 years. Lots of great jewelry, a variety so there are many choices for many tastes.
It was a big surprise to me when my Acorn Pendant was included in the latest voter poll.  This acorn has  a long history. The bottom was cast from a real acorn. I carved the top of the acorn in wax.  It sat dormant for several years in my idea box.  This year I finally dusted it off and made several in brass and sterling silver as well as all sterling. Because it is made in lost wax, each one will be slightly unique, a one of a kind treasure.

There are many great jewelry items from my JET team  in this voter poll.  So, if you are not fond of my acorn, take time to check out the other jewelry and I will not mind if  you vote for one of my friends!