Sunday, November 22, 2009

“Contemporary Copper Jewelry” inspiration!

I just finished reading “Contemporary Copper Jewelry” by Sharilyn Miller and I couldn’t help but raid my copper stash!! Watch for my review of this book on BellaOnline this week. The pieces pictured here were inspired by Sharilyn’s book. I really enjoyed her book and came away with these jewelry ideas. These pieces will be added to my Etsy and ArtFire stores this week.

Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving- have a safe and happy holiday.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Hidden Santa Treasure Hunt

Contest Update: eSMArts team is sharing the love with a handmade bundle to warm your holidays!

Enter our Hidden Santa Treasure Hunt to WIN a Christmas Gift Bundle of unique handmade creations.

The complete prize package, item photos and detailed descriptions will be announced on the Esmarts Blog shortly.

Our contest begins November 14th so check the Esmarts Blog for the full list of Sponsor Shops.

Sponsor Shop banners will be displayed at the top of the Esmarts blog (both left and right sidebar).

Simply click the banners to visit each of our Sponsor Shops.

How to Play:

Check the Esmarts blog for contest details and a list of participating eSMArts Sponsor Shops.

  • Visit each participating shop to find images of our santa.

  • Make note of the url where you find our santa pictured!

  • HINT: santa images are not embedded yet. They won't be online until the contest start date of November 14, 2009.

Here's how to complete each entry:

  1. find 3 Santa images that you haven't previously submitted.

  2. Email the urls along with your name & address to esmartspromos [at] to be entered.

  3. Find new/unsubmitted Santa image urls and enter as many times as you like!

  4. Entries will be validated to ensure that contestants are submitting fresh Santa spottings.

  5. Remember that 3 new Santa image urls equals ONE additional contest entry.

  • Contest runs November 14-28, 2009 (close is November 28/09 at midnight eastern).

  • Drawing takes place November 29th

  • Winner will be announced here November 30th

  • Prize package ships December 1st, 2009.

check back for hunting hints and tips!
and Happy Hunting :)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Special awards, A question to ponder and our Hidden Santa Event


Thank you Mary Anne!!


What items of interest spark your desire to collect and create jewelry?

I am an eclectic Aquarian.... let’s start right there!  I love the “odd and unusual”, but take comfort in the “tried and true”. My collection of jewelry and gemstones began with the former. As a little girl, I can recall having a shoebox at my Nana's house that accommodated all my "treasures". A wonderful golden topaz stone is an item that stands out in my memory. Of course it was a rhinestone, but to me it was a thing of wonder. How it sparkled in the sunlight. I never did outgrow the amazement derived from the glitter of light through a faceted gem that breaks into a wonderful rainbow across the room! I now have a studio instead of a shoebox that houses all my treasures, including those that I create.

Items from Ireland and religious symbols resonate with me due to my heritage. My great grandmother hailed from Ireland. I grew up directly across the street from the Catholic Church I attended as a child, St. James, so all those things play into my “tried and true” category.  One of my favorite items to make is a Keepsake Rosary. I love the link this makes between family and religion. Birthstone colors from all family members are employed in creating this one of a kind family heirloom piece. I take custom orders for these on my website, at Etsy and on ArtFire.  The Irish in me loves Celtic knots, Trees of life, spirals and weaves, in addition to chainmaille- again, all can be found on my website, at Etsy and on ArtFire.

As of late, my focus is on that of mixed metals. I have begun fashioning my own copper pieces using different hammers for textures, letter stamping, hole punching and lots of filing. I have incorporated patinas using liver of sulfur giving the pieces an old or antique feel to them. Speaking of antique I do collect and sell vintage rhinestone and costume jewelry. You can find those here at Bonanzle.

As with any of my designs, gemstones are an integral part. A sprinkle here and there, while others have a bold focal piece. So many gemstones… little time!

Join me at BellaOnline to discuss your take on my question:

What items of interest spark your desire to collect and create jewelry??



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