Tag Archives: jewellery

New Arrivals

11 Feb

I’ve not been very good at blogging regularly recently but I have been a busy bee!SilverStrandEarrings4

GoldHeartEarrings4I had great fun at the weekend trying out my new anvil and hammers and I love the results.  Wire can be instantly transformed from a simple piece of jewellery into something beautifully textured and unique.

A lot of my latest designs seem to feature hearts but I’m a bit late for Valentine’s Day, however hearts make a wonderful gift for the one you love anytime of the year!

I’ve also been working on a side project for a friend of mine.  This uber geeky/fantabulous cross stitch features a scene from Monkey Island and is going to be turned into a cushion as a house warming gift.

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The thread I’m using for the sky has been hand dyed by The Rainbow Girl – I absolutely love using her threads for their amazing blend of colours!

Valentine’s Day is Coming!

13 Jan

It’s not long now until the most romantic day of the year is upon us.  Show how much you care with handmade jewellery or a cross stitched Valentine’s Day Card.


Thursday Feature – Jewelry by Bellissima

18 Jul

This week I find out all about Gina and Lynda’s business, Jewelry by Bellissima which offers a range of beautifully handcrafted beaded jewellery.  Gina and Lynda’s designs are fresh and colourful, made using good quality stones and crystals.   This is handmade jewellery as it should be!

il_570xN_399367814_jm791. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. 

[Lynda:] I am a stay at home, homeschooling mother of 6 awesome children ages 3-12 years old. My business partner is a working mother of 3 children ages 2-7.

I personally believe I was born creating. It is simply something I have done since I was a small child. My jewelry and other creations are a collaboration of what I see and hear around me, how I am feeling about those things and how I see the world. The bold, rich colors and endless variety of gem stones provides me with endless ways to express my creativity. I enjoy making something that people will be proud to wear.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.il_570xN_443837693_9lrs

Our most recent creation is the Moms Birthstone Necklace. The pendant signifies the union of mom with her children. The children, each represented by a crystal and silver birthstone tassel, are bound together and then tied to mom, who is represented by either an intricate Bali Silver Bead or silver or gold coin pearl. It is my favorite (right now) because of its representation of the bond between a mother and her children.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

We only use authentic materials – Swarovski Crystal, Bali Silver, and rich natural stones – all united with sterling silver chains, clasps and headpins. We reject imitations, silver plated components and stretchy string. We create elegant bracelets, necklaces and earrings that last for years of enjoyment.

4. What’s next in the pipeline?il_570xN_415386460_gkvy

We are researching and negotiating with high level boutiques to carry our line.

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!

We believe in quality, character, hard work, and integrity – the same principles we teach our children, we apply to our business.

6. And finally, let us know where we can find you.

Etsy: www.etsy.com/jewelrybybellissima
Website: www.BellissimaJewelers.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/bellissimajeweler
Wanelo: www.wanelo.com/bellissimajewelers
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/bellissimajewel

Thank you for sharing your shop with us, ladies – your passion for quality comes across strongly in the way your beautiful pieces are professionally presented.

As an added bonus, Gina and Lynda are kindly offering an exclusive coupon code for The Candy Tree readers!  Simply enter BLG15 at checkout to receive 15% off your order.

Giveaway! Tartan Cross Stitch Earrings

15 Jul

Avid followers of my blog and/or shop will know that I have started creating tartan cross stitch earrings.  These miniature pieces of art are created by cross stitching the tartan pattern and mounting it onto antique silver frames and matching earwires.

I want to expand my collection (I only have three tartans at the moment!) but I’m not sure what the most popular tartans would be.MacleodEarrings[1]

This is where you come in!

I am offering a free pair of custom tartan cross stitch earrings, stitched in your own family’s tartan.  What a unique prize (if I do say so myself!)

Here is what you need to do:

  • Click on the giveaway button below to be taken to the giveaway entry page.
  • Tell me what your family’s tartan is.  This may require a little research on your part and obviously not everyone will have a Scottish name.  However even if your own name isn’t Scottish, you may have Scottish ancestors so I am happy for you to enter a substitute name.  The point being I just want to find out what the most common tartans will be!
  • You can also submit additional entries by following the steps on the Rafflecopter website (e.g. follow my blog, like my Facebook page etc)

This giveaway will be open for entries for one week – ending at midnight (BST) on 21 July.  The winner will be announced on Monday 22 July and it will take me one week to create the custom tartan earrings.


MacdonaldEarrings[1]In the meantime you can find my current offering of Tartan Cross Stitch Earrings right here.  Remember you can use Coupon Code CIJUK10 for 10% off everything in my Etsy shop until the end of July.

Thanks in advance and good luck!

Thursday Feature – Cat & Bot

11 Jul

This week’s Thursday Feature is all about Cathy’s Cat & Bot, which is a beautiful shop offering fun, simple and minimal handmade jewellery.  Cathy’s designs have such a delicate sweetness to them and I adore the subtle shades of peaches and blues.

il_570xN_467274814_7lb71. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. 

My name is Cathy, or Catabot on the interwebz! I currently work full time in PR and communications at a leading entertainment and gaming network. When I’m off the clock, I dedicate whatever free time I have left to my Etsy shop! To be quite frank, I was inspired to take the plunge and open up my Etsy shop by random chance. I was browsing the jewelry section one day when I came across a lot of different, beautiful and unique types of handmade jewelry. I heart versatility and I wanted my jewelry collection to be just that. So far, it’s been a lot of hard work… but I’m enjoying every minute of it 🙂

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.il_570xN_447672600_b8yp

Currently, I’m hearting my Gold Fringe Necklace. It’s simple, elegant and timeless. I went into making this with that thought process.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

It’s simple, versatile, and minimal with a pop of color! Not to mention, it’s reasonably affordable, and made to complement your own unique and personal style. I hope anyone visiting my Etsy shop can find something for themselves there 🙂

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

Pretty simple statement necklaces are in the making! Be on the look out for that!

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!

I have an affinity for cute animals. I love The Walking Dead and I enjoy playing video games!

6. And finally, let us know where we can find you.il_570xN_447651022_r1fu

Keep in touch with me for exclusives, sneak peeks, sales, giveaways, new items and more!

Etsy Shop: www.etsy.com/shop/catabot
Twitter: twitter.com/catabot
Facebook: www.facebook.com/catabot
Tumblr: catabot.tumblr.com/
Instagram: instagram.com/catabot
Pinterest: pinterest.com/catabot

Thank you for sharing your wonderful collection with us, Cathy!  I can see that you have already achieved great success considering the short length of time that your shop has been open, and it’s not difficult at all to see why!  I wish you plenty more success in the future 🙂

Thursday Feature – Studio 5T2

27 Jun

Today I am chatting to Candy from Studio 5T2, who offers a variety of handmade accessories and knitwear.  Candy’s shop is wonderfully presented with striking photography, which really brings her bejewelled goodies to life!

il_570xN_454596083_2he91. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. 

We are a team of three people and found out about Etsy from a small space in the Cosmopolitan magazine. They advertise that if we have any talent for crafting, sites like Etsy can help us turn our hobby into a small income opportunity. Since I already knit for charity (knitting caps for children, blankets for the Salvation Army, chemo caps for cancer patients), I figured  that it would be a good way to earn a little on the side to help those in need.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.il_570xN_454499284_lw7g

Our favorite piece and most rewarding so far has to be our dangle sparkle earrings in the form of a tear drop.  Probably because we all work in the healthcare system and we encounter so many life changing events that we see how a tear can touch people differently. Parents teared up to their newborn, loved ones being mourned for their loss, tears from acute and chronic pain, tears from frustration due to bad news, tears of joy when cancer is a sore loser.

So as you can see, I end up seeing that shape as a form of opportunity. Starting that piece was also a healing process since I had to grieve over my loss of a parent. So, the final product is very personal to me and yes, we decided to put it on sale (with the rest of our jewelry creations) to complete my healing process and letting it go.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

From the critics we have read so far, our shop can be quite confusing for a regular shopper: knitting products with fashion jewelry! But, that is so us! Life should be all roses and diamonds, unfortunately, it ain’t for some. Plenty of wealthy people do charity work in different forms. So, why can’t we have both! We love the glam and we also love doing some good for those in need.

Charity support goes mainly to three foundations that we have supported for a long time: St-Jude Hospital, Breast Cancer and the National Kidney Foundation in California. Each year, we also try to sponsor a few random participants for the AIDS walk. Some of our knit items that have not sold or sample pieces are sent to the Salvation Army for better use.

4. What’s next in the pipeline?il_570xN_454527318_6ubj

Our next project goal is to expand the tech accessories (iPhone 4/4S is so 2012!), we are in the process of crafting other 3D molds for iPhone 5 and iPad mini cases. We are also looking into having more jewelry pieces added soon. And, a website is under construction. That will be a good way to let the world see “what’s next” and also a more intimate side of us.

5. And finally, let us know where we can find you.

Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Studio5T2
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Studio5T2
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CandyLau
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/Studio5T2

Thank you for sharing your wonderful shop with us, Candy!  Not only are you crafting beautiful products, you are helping so many people in the process – it must be so rewarding!

Thursday Feature – Ashley Partica Design

20 Jun

Steaming ahead into another Thursday Feature, we get to know Ashley from Ashley Partica Design, an Etsy shop full of one of a kind wire wrapped jewellery.  I just love the swirling patterns and organic shapes featured in Ashley’s designs – her work is wonderfully unique and beautiful!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. 

il_570xN.432440231_snreMy name is Ashley, I have a background in Art and Design. I got my start doing graphic design work but I have a love of so many art fields. When I got married I DIY’d 90%, I made the personalized wire hangers for all of my bridesmaids and everyone loved them. I made a few that I sold locally to friends and family. Fast forward to the fall when I had my son, I decided to stay home with him and not go back to work & I love it so much, being a mom is amazing and he is the light of my life. But being home all the time I started getting crafty, I had a ton of scrap wire from when I made the personalized hangers and I didn’t know what to do with it. Until it dawned on me that I could make really unique funky rings with it. So started my jewelry. I came up with some cool designs that people really liked, plus they are almost all adjustable, without looking like a cheap adjustable ring. From there I just delved right in, I started wire wrapping stones and beach glass that I’ve collected. I love working with natural stones! It grew and grew and so I decided to open an Etsy shop! Its been a wonderful experience & I am loving every minute of it!

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.

It’s hard to have a favorite, because I really try to create organically and just let things happen as they will. I throw myself into each piece so they’ve all been my favorite.il_570xN.437266073_ll6m

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

I truly strive to make jewelry that is different and certainly not run of the mill. I like things to tell a story or start a conversation, make an impact. I work with natural elements because I think that the natural world has so much beauty to offer. Each piece is handcrafted and therefore nothing is exactly the same, every piece of jewelry I create is unique, everyone receives a one of a kind creation.

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

I’m just trying to keep adding inventory. I am constantly looking for new materials and expanding. I am going to start working on original packaging and creating more of a “brand” ….it’s the graphic designer in me.

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!

I really love sending my jewelry off into the world. When I package something up to ship it, I always look where it’s going and smile because something I created is being worn and enjoyed all over the country. It is an awesome feeling.il_570xN.414456793_pw0y

6. And finally, let us know where we can find you.

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/AshleyParticaDesign
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Ashley-Partica-Design/120444268040341
Twitter: twitter.com/AParticaDesign
Pinterest: pinterest.com/jarringimpact/

Thank you for sharing your shop with us, Ashley!  I’ve enjoyed sharing all of the shops in my Thursday Features, however there is something truly special about your designs.  I especially love that they are each one of a kind.

Thursday Feature – A Beaded Story

13 Jun

Today I am getting to know Candace from A Beaded Story – an Etsy shop focused on creating inspirational poem bracelets for special gifts.  Candace offers peace and comfort with her beaded bracelets and has a wide variety tp choose from for all occasions.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. 

I have been doing crafts for as long as I can remember. My earliest memories are of Mom and I at the kitchen table making shrinky dinks. I have dabbled in almost every craft out there over the years. Those times spent crafting with Mom are very dear to me and formed a special bond between us.

In 2012 without notice my place of employment shut down along with some other bumps in the road. I took these as signs to do something that would make me happy in life. In the past I had owned a ceramic business and mural business and really enjoyed creating for people. This time I wanted to do something different maybe online sales so not to have storefront costs.

il_570xN_423869162_h00oI had been doing the Life of Christ bracelets for a few years for friends and family and they seemed to enjoy them so much I thought I would expand on that. I searched or wrote poems for a few bracelets and started beading the words. In the mean time a friend suggested Etsy. I looked into the site and was impressed with the ease and low cost of starting. It was just what I was looking for so I signed right up! I did get cold feet and sat on the idea for a few months while still looking for a traditional job. At night I would make the bracelets to pass the time and once my craft table started overflowing with bracelets I knew it was time to take the plunge and get serious, and so A Beaded Story was born. In June of 2012 I opened my business and have never looked back. I enjoy the freedom it gives me and all the wonderful customers I get to work with. I now make 22 different poem bracelets in my line. You will find Family, Bridal, Cancer, Faith, Military and much more in my shop.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.il_570xN_444624865_ez34

My favorite piece is my memorial bracelet. It is to remind the wearer that their loved one is always near to them. I enjoy making them because I know each one is giving comfort to those with a broken heart of loss of a loved one. Losing my own mother not to long ago I know that pain.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

My poem bracelets are not only a beautiful piece of jewelry but each one holds special meaning. I take a poem, pick out the significant words and put it to color. Each bead has a meaning in relation to the poem which makes it a special present to give. Each bracelet comes with a poem that outlines the meaning of the beads.

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

I’m working on an Aunt and Grandmother one. I’m always open for suggestions on new bracelets. Many of my best sellers come from suggestions from customers.

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!

I really enjoy making custom orders for people. Over Christmas I had a customer contact me asking if I could use a special poem she wrote to her Sister in Law. She sent me a family heirloom cameo to be included in the design. I thought this was such a special gift for her Sister in Law and enjoyed making this bracelet for her.

6. And finally, let us know where we can find you.

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ABeadedStory
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ABeadedStory
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/abeadedstory/
Email: Abeadedstory@hotmail.com

il_570xN_441859433_a0ivCandace has also kindly created a coupon code exclusively for The Candy Tree readers!  Use Coupon Code THANKS at checkout for 10% off your purchase.

Thank your for sharing your shop with us, Candace.  I love that you have taken an original idea and used it to create not only a beautiful piece of jewellery, but a meaningful gift as well.

The Week Ahead – Rainbow Beads Everywhere!

20 May

So last week I was devastated to discover that The Bead Shop had 2013-05-17 08.20.41closed it’s Edinburgh branch.  It was in the perfect location for me to pop down during my lunch break and buy what I needed for a last minute order.  I guess I’m going to have to be more organised from now on and make sure I have a good stock of the beads and findings I need for made to order items.  Having said that, I placed an order through The Bead Shop’s website and my beady package arrived two days later – not too shabby at all!

So this week I am planning to make some new chunky beaded necklaces and carry on cross stitching more Christmas cards.

And here’s a sneak peek of new products!

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Thursday Feature – Finding Starlight

16 May

Today we are getting to know Sarah from Finding Starlight, an Etsy shop featuring a wonderful selection of handmade earrings and crocheted headbands.  I especially love Sarah’s headbands as they make a wonderful and versatile accessory!

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where the inspiration came from to start your Etsy shop. 

I first started crafting as a young girl. My mother was the one who first put a crochet hook in my hand and who bought me my first beading kit. I was seven years old when my mom taught me how to crochet, and I fell in love with it right away. My first ever project was a scarf. My mother taught me how to create my own patterns. She always says, “Why use someone else’s pattern when you can make your own?” When I was nine, she bought me my first “grown-up” beading kit, and I suddenly had a new and wonderful hobby. I spent my time creating bracelets and earrings for everyone I knew. Ever since then, crafting has been a passion of mine.

Many years later, I’m now a poor college student who does this in my spare time to try to make some extra money for necessities. But first and foremost, I do this because I love it. I love having a way to express my creativity. When I first discovered Etsy, I was so excited because up until then I had just been making things for my loved ones. But to have an opportunity to share my passion with the world is truly thrilling.

2. Do you have a favourite piece? Tell us about the thought process involved in creating it and why it is your favourite.il_570xN_357120266_ojud

My favorite piece in my shop would have to be my “Something Blue Earrings.” When I look at them I instantly think of walking down a beach on a partly cloudy day (my favorite kind of day). It’s like I can almost feel the mist of the ocean on my skin and the wind blowing my hair in my face. When I was making them, the inspiration for them all started with the ear wires. I loved the seashells on them so much and I knew I had to make something with those. I’ve seriously considered on more than one occasion taking them down and keeping them for myself.

3. What is it that makes your shop unique?

I specialize in making quality handmade jewelry and accessories. But I also do my best to make them affordable as well. As I mentioned earlier, I’m a poor college student, so I understand wanting to be able to buy nice things for myself and as gifts, but not wanting to spend too much. So in addition to trying to keep my prices low, I frequently have coupons also.

I put my whole heart and soul into everything I make. And I never put something up for sale unless it’s something I would proudly wear myself. Also, in most of my listings, I put a quote in the description. And I do that because before I started selling on Etsy, I saw a listing once where someone did that. And it made me smile. And I started thinking that if I smiled from seeing that, then maybe other people do also. So when I opened my shop I started putting quotes in my descriptions as well. Because that’s who I am: I’m the girl who likes to make people smile.il_570xN_421396835_4toe

4. What’s next in the pipeline?

Hopefully this summer you’ll start to see some brand new products in my shop. I really want to expand my crochet line that I have. So hopefully soon you’ll start seeing some new headband designs, some scarves, and some crochet flower hair clips.

5. Tell us something about you or your shop that you haven’t previously shared!

I’m going to let you all in on a secret. I’m going to tell you the meaning behind my shop name: Finding Starlight. To me, stars represent something beautiful that seems so close – like if we just reach out a little bit further we could touch them – but when in fact they’re far away. So to me, stars are sort of a metaphor for life. We’re always searching for something. Whether it’s love, friendship, a new career; we’re always on a journey to some sort of end goal. And that’s what Finding Starlight is all about. It’s about that beautiful journey we’re all on to make our dreams our reality. It’s about finding the starlight.

6. And finally, let us know where we can find you.

You can find me on my Etsy shop page at www.FindingStarlight.etsy.com. Or on my Facebook page where you can be the first to hear about coupons, sales, and giveaways! www.facebook.com/FindingStarlightil_570xN_352283078_51xv

Sarah has also kindly offered The Candy Tree readers an exclusive 10% off coupon!  Simply use coupon code 10FORSPRING13 at checkout!

Thanks for sharing your shop with us, Sarah – I especially love your explanation of where your shop name came from!  Also, I’ve never been able to master crochet and I just adore your designs – I can’t wait to see your new products!