TreasuresFromTheLake – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Donna from TreasuresFromTheLake

1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

My name is Donna and welcome to my shop TreasuresFromTheLake in Mentor, OH USA.

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

I have collected sea shells for my entire life from our vacations in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. About 4 years ago, began collecting beach glass, pottery, driftwood from my husband and my walks along the beach in Ohio. One day a few years ago he said “why don’t you start making something out of this stuff”. So Treasures From the Lake Began.

3. What is your creative process?

I have self-taught myself wire wrapping, so all my designs are unique and one of a kind. Sometimes I have a design in mind, and other times it just kind of happens. It is different with every piece.

4. Where do your materials come from?

Beach glass, pottery, come from what we find on our beach walks along Lake Erie. Seashells come from Florida. So I am at the mercy of Mother Nature for most of my inventory. Wire, charms, beads to enhance and finish the pieces come from various craft stores.

5. Do you take custom orders?

Yes I love to take custom orders. They are most gratifying. One of the custom orders I did this year was a piece of beach glass a couple found on a beach walk. They had known each other for most of their life, drifted apart and led separate lives and just recently began seeing each other. On a date to the beach they found a piece of white beach glass. I love the similarity of them drifting apart, and the piece drifting along the waves for decades. I designed a lovely necklace for her to treasure always.

Below is a work in progress; I’m not sure if this is the chain I prefer on it, and I haven’t decided if I’m adding charms.

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 6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

I have self-taught myself to wirewrap beach glass which is the way most of my designs are made. Just recently have begun to learn to drill glass that will expand my design opportunities.

7. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: Treasures From The Lake

SilverTrove – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Sheila of BeadyEyedBird

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Carol from SilverTrove

1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

Hi, my name is Carol Braden-Williams and I live in Independence, MO, USA. My shop is SilverTrove.

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

I’ve always loved silver jewelry, so after doing bead work, it was a natural progression to working with sterling silver, fine silver and Argentium wire. After becoming successful with wire jewelry, I became a full-bench silversmith. Now I incorporate both wire techniques and silversmithing techniques in my work. I’m inspired by nature (especially beautiful gemstones!), art, history and faith. I also love looking at other jewelry artists’ work.

3. What is your creative process?

My creative process varies depending on the piece I’m designing. Sometimes it begins with a beautiful stone. In that case, I design the piece to show off the stone in it’s best light. Other times, it starts with an idea that I’ve drawn on paper and many times I just play with the materials I have at hand. My favorite way to design jewelry is through my customers. They see something in my shop and contact me with a variation they would like to have made. That always helps me stretch my creative muscles! Sometimes they just have an idea of their own. I work with them to come up with the piece they are longing to wear.

Here’s a work in progress – I’m attaching an amethyst stone to a wire wrapped ring.

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4. Where do your materials come from?

Every piece of SilverTrove jewelry is creatively designed and forged with love from partially recycled materials. In my studio, I follow strict environmental standards and recycle all possible materials and bi-products. I actively seek metals and materials that are responsibly sourced. I am concerned about the environmental and social impact of silver, gold and gemstone mining and I recycle the silver I work with, but no metalsmith can be sure that all the metals they work with have been ethically obtained. Did you know that producing enough ‘new’ gold for one ring generates 20 tons of mine waste that is being dumped into or rivers, lakes and streams? I hope we will someday have verified source information on all suppliers of jewelry metals and gemstones with the help of organizations like Earthworks. I am an active member of Earthworks and I urge everyone to sign the “No Dirty Gold Pledge” because gold, silver and gemstones are all obtained from the same mines. Earthworks exposes plans to open mines that would pollute natural resources and destroy wildlife and habitat and they work hard to stop them. They also expose mines with unsafe working conditions, unfair wages and underage employees and have been very successful in stopping these unethical practices. Go to: www.earthworksaction.org/ for more information including a link to the “No Dirty Gold Pledge”. Their work is important because they expose unethical mining practices and are working to establish mining standards. Someday I hope all metalsmiths will know the source of the metals and gemstones they purchase. I hope we can all honor the earth first above our desire for aesthetic beauty.

5. Do you take custom orders?

N/A

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

I created new, innovative techniques for wire name and word jewelry to give it the look of calligraphy script writing. Many other wire writers have heralded my wire name and word jewelry as the best they’ve ever seen. Soon I hope to create video tutorials on my wire writing techniques so I can ‘pass the torch’ on to other artists.

7. What are your social media sites?

Etsy – etsy.com/silvertrove
Facebook – facebook.com/silvertrovedesigns
Twitter – twitter.com/CBradenWilliams
Pinterest – pinterest.com/silvertrove
Blog – mysilvertrove.blogspot.com
Instagram – instagram.com/silvertrove

QuiddityGifts – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Anisa from  QuiddityGifts

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QuiddityGifts

1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

Hiya!

Anisa here…the creative magic behind QuiddityGifts, an online handmade jewellery shop with my studio based in Wistaston, Cheshire, England. Mustn’t forget my miniature dachshund Maya…lap warmer and model for the QuiddityGifts’ logo!

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

This is a hard question as I’m inspired by everything!

My passion for jewellery was born from my love of travelling as jewellery souvenirs are small, lightweight, and guaranteed to remind me of trips with family, friends, or even solo adventures. My goal is to make jewellery that holds special memories for those who wear it.

I’m lucky to have lived all over the world, so I’ve been influenced by Arabic architecture, bright colours of Mexican traditional clothing, abstract images of nature from Native Canadian tribes, and the nature of the English countryside.

My bestselling line of Morse Code jewellery was inspired by the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, Canada. It is a striking building with the outside covered in Morse Code. It reminded me of passing secret messages on notes in school and I love the idea of wearing messages hidden in jewellery. It brings out the kid in me, I guess!

3. What is your creative process?

My first lines of motivational jewellery started with the feeling that I wanted people to have when they wore it, and I worked backwards from that.

People may say that I’m a wee bit messy…I have a tendency of starting lots of projects at once and maybe not finishing them until weeks later when I’ve finally tracked down the perfect bead or charm.

4. Where do your materials come from?

I use a variety of different materials, most of which are sourced locally in England; however, some of my beads have come from markets in South America and Spain.

My most prized material is the vintage lace made by my great-grandmother which I use to texture paper-clay pendants for extra-special 1st anniversary gifts.

Although the wood used in my pendants is sustain-ably grown, plans for future projects include recycling and up cycling metals and woods to create more environmentally friendly collections.

5. Do you take custom orders?

The definition of “Quiddity” is the essence of what makes someone or something unique, the ‘je ne sais quoi’ that makes it special. I chose this as the name for my business as I believe that giving a handmade gift that has been created as a custom, personalized, or one-of-a-kind piece turns it into a treasured possession.

Most of my sales are custom orders, and I especially enjoy working with clients to create something that is personal and unique to them. I love wedding jewellery…but anniversary gifts are my favourite!

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

Quiddity Gifts was created after an unexpected change in my life caused me to end a 13 year long career in education, and my initial focus was on motivational pieces to remind me that “every cloud has a silver lining” and I should “turn over a new leaf”. You might be able to tell…I was an English teacher and love my idioms!

7. What are your social media sites?

Etsy: www.QuiddityGifts.etsy.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/QuiddityGifts

Instagram: www.instagram.com/QuiddityGifts

Twitter: www.twitter.com/QuiddityGifts

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/QuiddityGifts

Blog: www.QuiddityGifts.wordpress.com

Website: www.QuiddityGifts.co.uk

DianaSianCrafts – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Catherine of DesignsByCnC

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Diana from DianaSianCrafts

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1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

Hi, I am Diana and I run my little business Diana Sian Crafts – I live in the beautiful floral town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, UK

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

I started making jewellery when my teenage daughters wanted different things to match all their various outfits! Since then my 5 children have continued to be my inspiration, the older ones give me ideas for styles and colours while my 2 youngest keep me feeling seasonal and festive.

3. What is your creative process?

I love just playing with beads, charms and sparkly things – I tend to get loads of different things out all over my work desk and just play with ideas until I find something I really like (or one of the kids says ‘oooooh I want that’)

4. Where do your materials come from?

My beads and charms come from all over the place – I pick things up that catch my eye where ever I am, shops, markets etc.

5. Do you take custom orders?

I love receiving custom orders – each one gives me butterflies inside until it is finished and the customer is happy but the feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction I get from making someone else’s ideas a reality just can’t be matched.

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

Our house is full of people (family of 7) which leads to so much love, laughter, fun and complete madness – we are all very imaginative, which leads to a completely eclectic mix of creativity. My work space is permanently filled with a mix of things ranging from paper flowers to crystal spiders.

7. What are your social media sites?

You can follow me at:

Etsy – www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DianaSianCrafts
Facebook – www.facebook.com/DianaSianCrafts
Twitter – www.twitter.com/74_bilverstone
Instagram – www.instagram.com/diana.sian.crafts/

Member Feature: Ceraminic

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Please join us in welcoming Ildi of Ceraminic, our featured member!

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Ceraminic

Tell us about yourself.

I’m Ildi, a psychotherapist and an economist, mother of 2 girls and a ceramic lover from the Netherlands. I like to see our world in a creative way and I am very interested in most of the things that have to do with crafts. As many other girls, I learned knitting at a young age, then I started sewing clothes for my dolls, made cross stitches, tried decoupage techniques, glass and silk painting and at last started pottery.
I’m together with my younger daughter on the picture, she helps me as a model very often.

When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?

5 years ago I was one of the Etsy customers. I bought many supplies and made DIY items. I loved the sites and I started to dream about my own shop and one day I just did it.

Tell us a bit about your products.

I really enjoy the process of making pottery: I sit down at a table with a clay and try to make something that I have an imagination of. I want something and the clay wants something but in the end I can work until I am most satisfied with the outcome. For me, the best part is after the first kiln firing when I can paint with bright, shiny colors and decorate in different ways. I love the tiny details and mix the traditional line with the modern.

Most of my customer ask something different and I’m happy to make their custom dishes, I’m happy to give them a unique item.DSCN6778a

What inspires your work?

I always looking for new trends, colorful items, beautiful motifs. When I work, I have many ideas and make them. When  I go to a creative shop, I buy tons of supplies. I always have more idea than time to realized them.DSCN6884a

What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?

I need to reorganize my shop, cancel some old design and making powerful new items . Both are very hard task, I’m emotional with my plates and design.

I would like to be present in more places, retail shops and online websites.DSCN6767a

What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?

This is really hard, every year more and more competitors. I have to be flexible and figure out new things, new technique, new photo, new color, better presentation, be present in Social Medias etc.DSCN6746a

Tell us a bit about your work space. Do you have a separate studio?Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

I’m working at home in a tiny room.

What have you learned since opening your business that you wish you had known before hand?

Etsy is changing all the time, sellers have to be very flexible and  respond very quickly. This is a never-ending business. If you have a gorgeous product line, it is good but not enough. If I sell a lot in January, no warranty March will be as same good!DSCN6648b

Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?

If you are a professional or you would like to be, let’s start it.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?

I really love walking in the nature or biking near to the ocean. I love to be with my family. Sitting in the garden with a good book always a fantastic program. I’m the fun of Bollywood! What is the top of my pyramid is the TRAVELLING. I love to see different culture, talk with local people, visit museums, try the food specialties etc.IMG_1768-1

What is your favorite quote?

I think I really like this one:

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Courtesy Pinterest

Where can people find out more about your business?

My ceramics are here: Ceraminic

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If you would like to be featured, please go to the CIJ Etsy Forum and fill out the questionnaire. Please note you must be a member of the CIJ Etsy team to be featured.

TheRedLotusDesigns – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Amanda from TheRedLotusDesigns

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TheRedLotusDesigns

1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

Hi! I am Amanda, a 35-year-old. I live in Fort Mitchell, KY with my husband and our two cats. My shop is Red Lotus Designs and I make handmade, colorful bohemian jewelry and home decor items.

2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

I am inspired by quotes, music and nature. I love helping people and love donating a portion of my sales to others in need each month. I come from an artistic family. You can say it’s in my blood. I love expressing myself through art.

3. What is your creative process?

I can look at a wall of beads and make up designs in my head. I love putting patterns and colors together. I love making one of a kind items. I want you so show off your personality and not have to worry about the person next to you wearing the same exact thing.icm_fullxfull.94943208_blx5pq7yog00ck4g8wgs

4. Where do your materials come from?

I try to buy from handmade artists for beads and packing supplies. I love shopping small and know how it can positively help a community.

5. Do you take custom orders?

Yes! They are my favorite. I’ll take all the wedding orders!

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

After working years in customer service, I strive on giving customers the best of me. I ship the same or next day. All items are gift wrapped. I believe you should give gifts to yourself. Everyone is unique and special and I want you to feel that love when you shop from me for yourself or someone else.

7. What are your social media sites?

Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/RedLotusDesigns

Facebook: www.facebook.com/redlotusdesigns

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/redlotusdes

Twitter: twitter.com/amanda_redlotus

Instagram: www.instagram.com/red_lotus_designs

BeadyEyedBird – #CIJJewelryTrunkShow

Contributor post by Alicia from AliciasFindings

Virtual Jewelry Trunk Show – Sheila and Shannon from BeadyEyedBird

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BeadyEyedBird

1. Please introduce yourself! What is the name of your shop? What city and country do you live in?

Hi! I’m Shannon Schreiber of The Bead (aka BeadyEyedBird on Etsy). I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S. You can see my photo and learn more about me (and my mom, who runs the ‘biz’ side of things) here:

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2. Tell us the story of your work – what inspires you?

I love fine quality natural gemstones, precious metals, and also exotic components, focal beads and pendants. I am also awed by the skilled work of fellow artisans who make distinctive and unique items.

3. What is your creative process?

I am usually most inspired by natural, untreated gemstones, and it leads me to gather a group of matching and/or complimentary stones together to create a design that is pleasing in terms of color, balance, texture, and even a sort of ‘personality’ for the piece.

I have boxes and tins of beads and pendants that I know I want to work with, and get around to each in its own good time. And it does take some time to ‘brew’ an idea. Sometimes I have to sketch it out, and others go more easily with a quick arrangement of beads and other components on a bead board.

4. Where do your materials come from?

Both mom and I share a fascination (well, maybe an obsession) with beads, and over the years, we’ve gone out of our way to find the most special beads and pendants wherever we are in the world. The collection seems to have a spirit of its own, with each bead associated with wonderful memories or impressions of Malaysia, Africa, India, Australia, and more.

Here’s just one example of what an incredible story a simple bead can have — as explained by mom on the blog features (and bead descriptions) she writes weekly:

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5. Do you take custom orders?

Absolutely! I love hearing about a vision someone else may have for a very special piece, and working with them to bring it into reality. My most recent custom piece was for a woman who wanted a stunning and bold black necklace. Working together and looking at samples, we found some gorgeous large black lampwork beads with gold highlights. We ordered a large enough supply of these from the lampwork artisan to create a beautiful necklace and matching earrings — and I’m pleased to say she was absolutely delighted — which delighted me!

6. What do you want us to know about you that is unique and innovative?

My inspirations come from things I am exposed to in my daily life, nature, and my travels. I love to look at (and touch!) interesting patterns and textures, and think about how that can be translated into a beautiful piece of jewelry.

So each of my pieces tends to be unique — definitely not mainstream! As a woman, I make jewelry with amazing women in mind — to express their special qualities, personalities and values.

Also, I pay attention to quality. I am a professional, knowledgeable, experienced craftswoman, and I pay attention to the finer details that make each piece distinctive.

I strive to use only natural, untreated gemstones and other materials from nature. It is important to me to have an ethical business and to care for our environment in the process.

Finally, I am passionate about customer service and client satisfaction. Check out our policies and also our reviews on Etsy to see that we have been highly successful in this arena.

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7. What are your social media sites?

Web Site: www.thebead.net

Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/BeadyEyedBird?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebeadcollection

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/sortego1/

Twitter: twitter.com/BeadSheila

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pulse/activities/sheila-ortego+0_20cJIlchtx4svpbDc…

Instagram: Sheila.McLaughlin