Thursday, March 25, 2010

Aunt Tala's Jade

My great Aunt Tala lived to be well over 100 years old. When I began making jewelry my grandmother gave me one of Aunt Tala's old necklaces: a strand of jade pearls. The necklace had been broken many years before and the stone had just been sitting in her jewelry box. I'm working on diving the stones into several pieces of jewelry so that each woman in my family can have one.

Here are 2 pieces I created this week using wire wrapping techniques I learned from
Beautiful Wire Jewelry
by Irina Miech

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Handmade Louisiana: Cards for Cancer Drive

Wanted to share some photo of my precious angel helping mommy make
handmade cards for
Cards for Cancer

(scroll down to learn more about Cards for Cancer)

She is very excited about her artwork
and that it was going to make "them feel all better".

For more info on Cards for Cancer and how you can participate
scroll down a bit more or click here

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A Modern Twist on a Family Heirloom

My cousin challenged me to come up with a modern way for her to wear an antique family heirloom. This beautiful brooch belonged to her grandmother-n-law. My cousin, who's not a brooch wearing kinda girl (neither am I), wanted a simple yet sophisticated way to incorporate it into somthing she could wear almost everyday.

By connecting double chains to the filigree work on the brooch, I was able to create this simple necklace.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Here Comes Baseball Season

The last few days have been filled with orders for Baseball Charms!
Here are a few I've finished recently:

I also made this sweet tag for my Mother-n-Law. She sell diaper bags and baby items on Etsy and wanted to include a zipper pull on one of her custom bags. Check out her shop here -

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Handmade Louisiana: Cards for Cancer

The first annual
Cards for Cancer
will take place on
April 10, 2010
and Handmade Louisiana (a group I am a member of)
is among the groups participating in the event.

What is Cards for Cancer?
Cards for Cancer is a worldwide event focusing on letting people with cancer know others are out there thinking of them. Having cancer can often be lonely. Sometimes something as simple as receiving a card provides an uplifting of ones spirit. Cards for Cancer sponsored by Spirit Jump and Bloggers Unite.

Groups participating in Cards for Cancer have the opportunity to honor someone who has been touched by cancer. Handmade Louisiana had chosen this year to honor the memory of Jonathan DiLeo. Jonathan was an amazing person and a friend to everyone he met. He was the best friend of one of our member's daughter and he is greatly missed every day.

Each group chooses a cancer center to deliver the cards to on or before April 10th. Handmade Louisiana will deliver our cards to the Mary Perkins Cancer Center in Covington, LA. In addition to the cards, some of our members have offered to donate items as small gifts for the patients who received treatment at the center. We hope that these offerings of comfort and hope help cheer and lift up the recipients' spirits.

To learn more about Cards for Cancer please go to
If you'd like to make a card or donate a small gift to the patients at the center please contact me for more details at

Monday, March 1, 2010

Etsy-versary Hide & Seek Contest

I'm celebrating my Etsy-versary
by having a
Hide & Seek Contest!!!

Starts: Monday, March 1st

Ends: Wednesday, March 31th

How to play:

  • First, find three of the Hide & Seek logos (like the one above) hidden within three separate listings in my shop.

  • Then, send an email or Etsy Convo to me with the following information:

1. Links to all three items with the Hide & Seek images.

2. Your Name and Address to mail the prize to.

3. Your prize choice (select from list below)

No purchase necessary!

All entries will be collected and a drawing will be held and the prize winner selected at random. The winner will be announced Thursday April 1st
right here on my blog!

The winner will get to select ONE of the following prizes up for grabs:

Prize #1
A pair of Hand-Stamped Sterling Silver Earrings

Discs are 3/8" and you select the design stamps
(Disc and earwires are sterling silver)

Prize #2
One Stretch Necklace

You select the color beads and charm

Available colors:
Slate Grey
Silver Blue

Giving Tree
Tiger Face
Tiger Body
Fleur de Lis (SOLD OUT)

You can DOUBLE or TRIPLE your chances to win by
leaving a comment and letting me know you've done any of the following:

  • Blog about this contest and provide a link.

  • Tweet this contest and provide a link.


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