Hurrah for custom orders! Here are a few of my favorite commissioned pieces.
P.S.: if you recognize one of these as your’s, please feel free to send a photo of you wearing it so that I can include it with these! My e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emperor Dragonfly Pendant / Pin
Luna Moth Inspired Bracelet Set
Rainbow Bracelet Set
Labradorite Inspired Bracelet Set
(oh . . . bad camera phone! The auto-focus can’t be turned off!)
Woodland Bracelet Set
“Spot On” Bracelet Set
It has taken a while, but finally I have been amassing some new work! I took some time out from creating enameled pieces to start a new line of sterling silver jewelry with hand-painted miniatures. I can’t wait until I get some more of these pieces made, so the that collection will feel a bit more complete.
On the chilly night that first opened the box containing this set of hand-crafted earrings from SugarSpoon, I remember being instantly enamoured. I could not have imagined just how intricate and eye catching these earrings were until I saw them for myself! They were cold in my hands from spending the afternoon in the mail box – and they were as light as a pair of snowflakes.
Heather Beauchene is the artisan behind all of the sweet delights that SugarSpoon has to offer. Perhaps the most striking aspect of Heather’s jewelry is just how fine each bead is – apparently smaller than any currently manufactured. Each unique set of earrings is crafted from antique seed beads ranging in size from 18/0 to 22/0 per bead (the smallest currently made is 15/0). “I love to work with colour” says Heather, “And the tiny seed beads have given me the chance to do that with out having to set gem stones. I’ve been using them since I was a teenager.”
Heather is a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently taking some time away from her job as a bench jeweler and jewelry designer to spend time with her new baby.
Each set of earrings in SugarSpoon’s shop is a hybrid of rich, textural color and an artful homage to organic, nature-inspired forms. The set I was given reminds me of delicate, pink coral branches – though a much more tasteful and eco-friendly version of the coral jewelry that has become so fashionable in the past years.
As sugary sweet as this Etsian’s style might be, the obstacles Heather has overcome reveal her adamantine spirit. Part of her time away from her jeweler work will be used to help her recover from a tumor. Heather described her illness: “It made me very sick and made my bones dissolve… I’m sort of like the glass man from the movie Amelie right now.”
Heather has quite a few plans for the months ahead – “I’m planning a new jewelry line using lots of colour and texture. Weight training to build up my bones again….and lots and lots of Mommy-Baby time!”
(and keep an eye out for her new line of wearables!)
This Saturday (Nov. 1), my friend Sunny has organized a craft and artisan fair at her house in Chester Springs, PA! I’ve made a ton of new items just for the occasion – including some new necklaces that I am really excited about.
Another local Etsier will be there as well: LoveleePrint! I am excited to see her hand-made greeting cards in person!
On top of my Halloween Dinner Party, this might be a great, big bite of the more-than-you-can-chew – but it’s sure to be a fun way to get a head start on holiday gift shopping!
I will be there – though I can’t guarantee that I will be entirely conscious (and I might even still have my Marie Antoinette costume on from the night before)!
For the casual Etsier this post title might sound a bit bizzare (but just to set the record straight: no, I am not expecting a child). The Storque is a portion of Etsy’s website that features articles about trends, artists and the latest Etsy “finds”. The Storque has about 17,500 e-mail subscribers currently and is an excellent way to stay in the loop.
In an article written by Etsy admin, Anda, my Limey bangles were featured alongside the work of many other talented artists. Anda pens: “Bangles are a wardrobe essential to me. I feel nervously under-dressed if I leave the house with empty wrists.” I second that notion! As an antidote to bare wrists, Anda provides a long list of lovely items (including my bangles! Hurrah!).
Where can you find the Storque? On Etsy’s home page
, at the very bottom (below the featured artist and most recent additions), there is a que of Storque article headlines and photos. Or you can find it by clicking on the “Community” tab . . . but here’s a link to make matters easy!: The Storque
Here is the full article on bangles:
Thank you so much, Anda!!!
>This list is beautiful – I love the warm shades and gorgeous photography for the pieces picked by Esty user MissBird. Included is my Red Mini Cattleya boutonniere styled pin. (And right next to it, is a marvelous pendant by Asymmetry . . . which from the photographs is clearly not only beautiful, but has been meticulously fabricated!)
Take a moment and enjoy!