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What’s New with Accessoire Jewelry

It has been some time since I offered an update about my shop, life, creative endeavors.  So if you don’t mind… I think it is about time.

First, I have been slowly recovering from my accident on ice in December.  My back is still painful and I have a wonderful thing called the H-Wave that is helping with the pain.  I do not take any pain meds. so this is a great alternative.  I am in Physical Therapy and attend three times a week.  My brain seemed to take quite beating when I whacked it three times on the ice that day in December.  I now have Post Concussive Syndrome which has resulted in some pretty irritating brain injury symptoms.  I go to Cognitive Therapy twice weekly.

Just writing this blog post is hard at times, but it is good for my brain but if you notice more typos and not the best sentence structure, well at least I have an excuse now!!!!!

In my Etsy shop things have been slow to get underway, but I remember way back when I had my first shop on Etsy, that it took me over a year to really get going and gain repeat customers and find a rhythm to my sales.  I am patient and realize that there are so many talented and beautiful jewelry artists to pick from that even I would have a hard time choosing which ones to buy from, in fact I am always hearting pieces that I want to buy from other people.  Kinda like when you cook for yourself and sometimes you just don’t want to eat your own cooking.  Afterall, it is nice to go out to someone else’s house to eat or to a nice restaurant.  Plus, I love to support my fellow artists and dig wearing their jewelry.

My other pursuit is metalsmithing, I don’t have much to update on this matter.  Except I am collecting tools, books, etc.  I really want to attend classes, but my injuries have left me unable to follow that goal at this time.  I need to concentrate on getting better first!

I have been writing articles on ©Medium.com and have a Collection, Can I Just Get My Damn Story Read!  The collection has my articles, but also stories submitted to me for inclusion in my collection. View profile at Medium.com  Follow the link to read my articles and some of the great stories on ©Medium and in the Collections.

Here are my newest jewelry designs! I love all types of jewelry from modern, boho chic, hippie, gypsy, southwestern, plain and simple and sweet.

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Making my jewelry is my therapy because I just play some music and begin to design and make and before long I am lost in the piece and my thoughts.

It has been a cold winter and long recovery.  But the sun is shining, I pray I get better each day.  I love making my jewelry and seeking refuge there in my thoughts.

Creativity is my hiding place and the place I go to find myself again.

I wish you all much peace and creativity this week!

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Accessoire Blog’s Shop Find

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I am once again changing this part of my blog around a little.  Since I am finding it hard to keep up with all my projects, attend physical and cognitive therapy (due to an accident in December), and continue to design and make my own jewelry, I find I must scale my schedule back a little bit to give my brain and body rest.

Rest assured I am striving (key word) to have a post on a artisan/shop find each week.  Thus the new graphic which I made which changed to Accessoire Blog’s Handmade/Artist Shop Find.  As you may also know, I am doing a Local Find Post in which I will be highlighting artists/venues/photographers/handmade artisans/crafters right in my own local area.

Needless to say my plate is full, but not too full to bring you this week’s wonderful and exciting find thanks to the ever wonderful and inspiring IAMTHELAB Blog.  I am inspired by the way that Brett Torrey Haynes does everything on his blog, he is no doubt one of my heros in the area of advocating for handmade goodness.

I am part of the Blog Blitz at IAMTHELAB which allows bloggers to actually use information, photos and actual posts from the LAB’s blog to highlight any handmade goodness we have found while reading their blog.  Thank you a million times over.  I find such wonderful and inspirational artists while there on his blog.

This time around I have discovered the wonderful shop of Wind and Willow Home (http://www.windandwillowhome.com/).  Araya Jensen is the beauty and the brains behind these beautiful creations, which include hand-dipped bowls and a whole line of Dipped housewares. These designs are crafted by Araya in Minneapolis, MN where she lives with her family.

Here is Araya (or as her site says, Araya (like A-Ray-A Sunshine)!   

Wind and Willow's New Indegogo Project

 

Araya has added a line of hand-inked soft goods.  To celebrate the launch of her new collection, Araya has started a new initiative (her new Indiegogo campaign) that she appropriately calls BOWL FULL.  This new initiative, Araya’s Wind & Willow Home “will donate a minimum of 1 meal per item sold to feed the hungry near and far, in addition to volunteering our time in pursuit of this cause”.  Her goal with the Indiegogo campaign is to raise $12,200 to help cover the cost of materials, development, production (including a new professional website design to integrate the giving aspect of the BOWL FULL project into her current website) and administrative support to bring the soft goods line to life.

As the IAMTHELAB’s article points out, most Indiegogo campaigns offer incentives and Wind and Willow Home will be giving some lucky someone the opportunity to have an exclusive color added to her fall collection in their name.

I pretty much loved this shop right away.  But then when I found out that Araya had the Indiegogo, Bowl Full, well you could say that it was head over heels from there on in.  Of course, if anyone knows me, you know that I have another blog in which I have talked about giving and supporting causes that give to others.  (DO*CARE*ACT Blog)

Wind and Willow's New Indegogo Project

(photo courtesy of IAMTHELAB) Wind and Willow Home

Wind and Willow's New Indegogo Project

Wind and Willow’s New Indegogo Project (photo courtesy of Wind and Willow Home and IAMTHELAB)

I just love that as I was looking through the handmade goodness at IAMTHELAB, not only did I find a beautiful example of something made by hand at Wind and Willow Home… but also by heart and soul as beautiful as Araya Jensen.

Please visit Wind and Willow Home to get the chance to delight over all her beautiful handmade home goods and then head over to her Indigogo initiative and hopefully help her in this worthy endeavor.

There is a wonderful Vimeo video Wind & Willow Home : Indegogo from Hello Sunshine Films on Vimeo.

Have a great week creating and I wish you much peace!

 


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Shop Find of the Week

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I must have a slight obsession with England of late, because my next shop from hails from Great Britain.  As you may remember, my last shop was LeShopUK and is a British shop!!  

This week I have chosen a wonderful and whimsical shop, somethingtodo,  which is home is the wonderful and whimsical jewelry of Claire Lockwood.  Her jewelry is quirky, offbeat, original and certainly beautiful.  I love it!  I think her shop name is so quirky and original just like her jewelry and I guess that is one of the things that first drew me to her shop, then I read her shop introduction which plainly states, “something to do with your hands.”  Right there she had me and then I started to really study her pieces of jewelry, and the more I looked the more excited I became over her “masterpieces” of design.

She obviously has the “touch” and “eye” to put together pieces of jewelry that are interesting and not your average piece of jewelry that everyone else is wearing.  I like that about her designs.  She seems to have a boldness in her designs, a flair for the original, a fearlessness that I sometimes wish I had in my designs and so much appreciate.   Her style of design is so eclectic, drawing from a combination of different elements, textures, colours, styles.  I would wear any one of her pieces in a heartbeat!  In fact, her pieces are on my ever growing wish list of things!! 

According to her brief bio, she is a self-taught jewelry designer. She states that she makes her unique jewelry from “a wide array of materials, including handmade artisan beads and components, vintage pieces and found objects, semi-precious stones and gemstones, czech glass and other assorted lovelies.”  She also sells her handmade beads on Etsy.

But first I would like to show you a few of Claire’s beautiful creations…

This way - handmade earrings, beaded earrings, art bead earrings, arrow earrings

This way – handmade earrings, beaded earrings, art bead earrings, arrow earrings (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

Coaster - Handmade Beaded Necklace, Art Bead Necklace, Beach Necklace, Asymmetrical Necklace

Coaster – Handmade Beaded Necklace, Art Bead Necklace, Beach Necklace, Asymmetrical Necklace (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

Holding light - handmade bracelet, beaded bracelet, art bead bracelet, vintage bead bracelet

Holding light – handmade bracelet, beaded bracelet, art bead bracelet, vintage bead bracelet (photo via somethingtodo/Claire Lockwood)

 

As you can see, Clair is a very talented young woman with a natural gift for putting together designs that just draw the eye.  I encourage you to visit her shop and view all her designs.  You are in for quite a treat of eye candy.

Claire also mentioned her bead shop on Etsy, she has somethingtodobeads, here are some sweet little birds that are listed in her bead shop.  She made them by hand with polymer clay and then painted them with acrylics.

Handmade Bird Bead (1), Hand-painted bird bead, Polymer Clay Bird Bead, bird bead

Handmade Bird Bead (1), Hand-painted bird bead, Polymer Clay Bird Bead, bird bead (photo via somethingtodobeads/Claire Lockwood)

 

Please be sure to stop in to Claire’s shops and heart the items you love and let her know you love her items.

Links:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/somethingtodo

https://www.etsy.com/shop/somethingtodobeads

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Something-to-do-with-your-hands/146954858726274

On her Facebook you will find a lot of interesting designs and things, so please head over there to “like” her page and follow her designs!

As always, thank you for supporting handmade artisans!

Have a wonderful week of creating beauty.

 

 


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Great Shop – Peg and Awl Shop

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This little beauty comes from IAMTHELAB (http://www.iamthelab.com/blog-blitz/)

 

I am quite literally in awe (pun in intended) of this shop that I am about to talk about, and I found them while perusing my favorite blog of handmade goodness over at IAMTHELAB.  They are the Peg and Awl shop and I am excited to introduce you to them.  I am following the rules of IAMTHELAB’s Blog Blitz and the photo I use are in accordance with said rules.  All the photos used are the property of the Peg and Awl shop.

First, I would like to give you the direct link back to IAMTHELAB’s post on this shop… it is a wonderful piece written by Brett Torrey Haynes http://www.iamthelab.com/craftiness-handmade/get-inspired-more-handmade-goodness-from-peg-and-awl/.

The Peg and Awl shop is run by a husband and wife team and they are amazing in their widespread approach to handmade. Here are a few of the pieces made by the husband and wife team that are a creators of this shop:

 

Small Botanical Desk Caddy

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Small Botanical Desk Caddy

The Small Botanical Desk Caddy is one of my favorite things because I can see using it on my desk for brushes, pencils, or even tools I use in my jewelry making.  This shop’s inventory ranges from dry goods, jewelry, home, office/studio, kitchen, garden, journals, decoupage, photography, and one of a kind items.

Here is an example of their one of a kind items:

Book Necklace: Ben Franklin 1906

Book Necklace: Ben Franklin 1906, “This useable and wearable miniature book is covered with a bit of an antique leather postcard from 1906 still baring the original 1 cent Ben Franklin stamp and postmark.”  – Peg and Awl

This is one of those shop that my mind just says “uh-oh” the minute I see it, because I know that it has everything that I love to pause, touch, and wonder over for long moments at a time.  The little tiny books remind me of books I used to gather as a child.  Good craftsmanship can be found at every turn in this shop.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and find time to leave them some positive feedback and perhaps take something with you.

I know I plan on making a list of must haves and then purchasing a few items to add to my collections of handmade love!

Here are links to follow the Peg and Awl shop!!

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/pegandawl

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/pegandawl

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/PegandAwl

Shop:  http://pegandawlbuilt.com/

Much peace and creativity!

 


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Changing Designs, Finding Inspiration, Staying True!

My own design aesthetic feels like it is evolving, I have always loved leather and can remember when I was a teen buying hand tooled leather bracelets. I am always intrigued with new ways to design jewelry and the interesting materials used in design.

I am the type of person that thrives on redecorating, rearranging furniture, clothes, the color of my hair, nails, etc. (although I have slowed down on the hair color)… and my family can tell you about my obsession with lamps.  I know that just changing out the lamps in a room can make me feel that the room has a fresh feel.  I guess I get bored easily and need the change and that can show through in my designs.  I am never quite happy making the same thing over and over again, it feels too much like a production line.

One design that I do tend to make over and over is my Gingko Leaf earrings, although right now I do not have any in my Etsy store.  I have to get going on making some more.  They have always been a very popular design of mine.

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**Here is one of my Gingko Leaf designs.**

 

Recently, I began to reevaluate my designs and ask myself “what designs do I like, what jewelry do I want to wear right now, and would I wear my own designs?” and in response I began to change my designs to reflect the answers that I found to my questions.

Here are a few of my new designs:

TierraCast® Antiqued Copper-plated Focal Plate with Leather Cord, Embellished Leather and Copper Bracelet, Adjustable

TierraCast® antiqued copper-plated “pewter” focal piece laced with the light brown leather. I have affixed the wood beads to the leather to keep them in the position you see them here. and then placed copper coil end caps and a copper lobster clasp. I made the chain extender so that you can adjust the size of your bracelet.

I used this patina verdigris filigree piece and bent and lightly sanded the finish to attain a soft color with copper showing through the finish. I then accented with a beautiful brown leather cord and copper elements.

Modern Wood Circle Ring, Sterling Silver and Wood Ring,Wood Sterling Minimalist Ring

I love the color of this round wood bead, I then added the small upcycled silver oval and made the ring base with sterling silver German square wire.

Leather Cord Choker, Leather and Beaded Choker Necklace, Beaded Necklace, Silver Plate, Handcrafted Hook and Eye Closure

I love brown leather cord and added small wood, glass, and silver plate beads and tiny silver tubes with the silver plated long tube bead as the focal point with a small silver heart charm. I handcrafted the hook and eye clasp with sterling silver German square silver.

I am acting as my jewelry model!

I used this flat cable 16k gold necklace and added the adjustable chain that adjusts necklace from a 16 inch necklace to an 18 inch necklace. I then made the gold bar focal piece with gold metal cubes and black iridescent glass pieces.

My dainty flat sterling silver chain and handmade sterling silver circle and bronze wire pendant with metal heart charm.

I just keep moving forward with my designs, always amazed by the wonderful handmade artisans that I find and get to know.  I would love to hear how your designs have changed through the years and what new skills you may have added and used in your designs?

Much Peace and Creativity!

 


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My Shop of the Week!!

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This is a sweet little shop I found on Etsy called, Plantillo.

Here is the link:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Plantillo?ref=shopinfo_shophome_leftnav

This is just one example of the exceptional and creative items you will find at Plantillo.  Yes, it is a pillow.  Check the reviews all her customers have left as a testament to her handmade goodness!

Pine cone pillow made to order

Plantillo’s Beautiful Pinecone Pillow

The shop owner, Sabine Hermann, makes all her beautiful pillows by hand and they are inspired by nature and the photos she takes.  Please take the time to visit her store, buy and snuggle!!

Much Peace and Creativity!

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Handmade Artisan Spotlight – Thomas Houha Designs

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Well, I have the wonderful Brett Torrey Haynes, Founder of IAMTHELAB to thank again for this wonderful find and my newest Handmade Artisan Spotlight.  I am also doing this as part of IAMTHELAB’s Blog Blitz and in accordance with their guidelines.

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 His name is Thomas Houha and he is both an architect and artist and he creates wonderful 3D models and kits that you can buy in his Etsy shop.

Here is one of Thomas Houha’s Bridge designs.

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I have to tell you that making models are a little love of mine.  My dad used to make model airplanes when I was little and I have always loved to watch the process.  Now I actually love to buy little kits and put them together.  I have just “hearted”<3 Thomas Houha’s Etsy shop for my future shopping needs!

In his shop he even has a little drafting table, that is a must have for me. When I was looking at his models and kits I could see the architectural elements in each one. I don’t think there was anything in his shop that I would not want to buy!  My poor wallet, eek!

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Design by Thomas Houha

Brett of IAMTHELAB did a recent article where he writes about his interview with Mr. Houha.  The interview can be found here:

http://www.iamthelab.com/craftiness-handmade/handmade-profiles-thomas-houha/

It’s a great look into the thoughts of Mr. Houha’s inspiration, and the fact that his early design inspiration came from Erector sets.  How many of us had those in our toy chests?!  He now collects them as a hobby.

He also names Leonardo DaVinci as a dream collaborator, because he was both architect and artist.  He names other people he would love to work with and goes on to talk about the materials he uses in his design work.  He even talks about music tastes, social media, and his future as an artist.

Handmade artistry spans so many art genres, and Thomas Houha Designs was a wonderful find.  I hope you take the time to visit this beautiful website and Etsy shop and leave him some kind comments about his work.  His models and kits are reasonably priced and will definitely add a beautiful and unusual design element to your space.

Here are his links:

Website:  http://www.thomashouhadesigns.com/

Etsy Shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThomasHouhaDesigns

I wish you a creative week and much peace!