Yummy jewelry from Adorn You:
The stuff in the shop is really adorable, fun, fresh and affordable to boot! Do check it out.
I also love how a lot of the items are named after food, like the ring above (it’s called Chocolate Lime Souffle). I am a sucker for food.
When a shop’s tagline is “little things you didn’t know you wanted,” you’ve got to check it out, yes?
I found a few little things I wish I could get at paper pattern silk:
I’m especially digging the music note earrings. They’re so subtle and yet so elegant and fabulous!
These two pieces also happen to be made with sterling silver pieces that were hand-hammered and soldered. I love people who can do metalsmithing.
You’ll find all manner of earrings, necklaces and bracelets at paper pattern silk, as well as some lovely drawings (drawn then digitally colored) like this:
Good things come in clusters, yes? Especially in nice, big, shiny clusters you can wear …
These earrings are part of the new Cluster Yum line at Rachel Roellke Jewelry Designs.
Rachel is a jewelry designer based in Portland, Ore., and her shop is full of beautiful beaded goodness. Glassy, shiny and elegant, for sure. In addition to the earrings, you’ll also find some pretty clusters in the necklaces too, like this one:
If you see a necklace or bracelet in Rachel’s shop that’s too long or short, she can adjust the size for you. And if you ask really nicely, she can even make matching sets!
If you love nature and you love jewelry, you’ll have to check some of these pieces out:
These lovely pieces are the work of UK-based Joanna Rutter. Joanna hand-fabricates all her jewelry, which features many things found in nature: birds, leaves, squirrels, clouds. Since each piece is hand-cut, no two things are exactly alike!
There’s a really nice selection of items, from big dangly earrings to studs to good-sized pendants to rings that won’t get in the way of your holding a pen. What’s especially cool are the earring pairs that aren’t two of the same thing, but related items. For instance, there’s this robin and a branch or this squirrel and a branch.
Joanna’s style is simple and elegant, and definitely worth checking out.
Just ’cause it’s Lent doesn’t mean you have to give up good style or cool jewelry. How about these from Good Friday Designs?
It’s a Mary Poppins charm necklace. Love the umbrella.
Rebecca is the gal behind Good Friday, and she’s a member of the Sacramento Craft Mafia.
Many of her pieces have a vintage flavor (such as the blue necklace above). She finds some great stuff and turns it into cute jewelry. She also carries many themed charm necklaces, including a great All Souls’ Day one that has a big ol’ skull and crossbones.
She’s got a funky style, and if you like that, you should probably go check it out.
Sure, beads are pretty all by themselves, but beaded beads — that’s a whole ‘nother story!
I’ve always been fascinated with the peyote stitch and the way some folks are able to take seed beads and weave them into lovely color combinations. Tiny, unassuming seed beads, just a dot of color by themselves, coming together in a harmonious way.
This jewelry is made by yellowplum beads, out of Maine. It’s high-quality jewelry, with sterling silver findings and shiny glass seed beads or Czech glass beads.
There are two types of jewelry — a firepolished series that features Czech beads as the focal point, and a sculptural series that features all the peyote stitched goodness. You’ve got tubes, cubes and all kinds of pretty color combos to choose from.
And the craftsmanship is superb — it’s amazing that each of those tubes can look exactly the same!
There’s nothing like curling up in a chair with a good book, or bringing a stack with you to read on a plane, train, or some other fun place.
But what about being able to wear books? How, you ask? Why, with these totally unique and wonderful earrings!
These earrings are made by Nicolette at The Small Book Company. The earrings are painstakingly handmade, with text paper on the inside, gold wire, and either recycled paper or Italian printed paper (the kind used on the inside of some leather-bound books) for the covers. Each pair is a nice accent, and they’re just an interesting concept for jewelry.
There are all kinds of colors and patterns, some bright and bold, some more neutral and subtle. But if you love books, there’s no better way to show it. If you fancy, you might even want to write small notes or draw small pictures in your earrings (the pages are blank).
As a bonus, each earring comes on a card that doubles as a mini book about the history of books!
There’s something so lovely and so mesmerizing about this piece:
It’s such a soothing blue. It radiates calmness. It’s just so darn pretty. And it can be found at PSO Design.
Pam is the gal behind PSO Design, which is based in Eugene, Oregon, and she turns out all sorts of lovely glass jewelry. There is dichroic glass (like the periwinkle pendant above) and lots of really cool fused glass (check out this sterling silver wire-wrapped beauty). Plenty of stripes and other abstract patterns to keep things interesting. And it’s not just pendants — there are earrings and rings too!
And as an added bonus, PSO Design also gives to charity! Pam makes these glass paw pendants …
… and donates part of the proceeds to her local animal shelter (the Greenhill Humane Society). Yay for helping our cute furry friends!
A friend of mine used to make fun of chain maille, saying, “What, for all your knightly needs?” Well, poobah.
Chain maille is cool, visually interesting and darned intricate. And if you hop over to Elements by Dawn, you’ll see some fabulous stuff like this:
Dawn’s jewelry is a mix of styles, ranging from the simple, elegant lines of the silver jewelry — like this lovely heart pendant — to bold and chunky (check this necklace out). And it’s versatile jewelry and can go with both your elegant outfits or add some pizazz if you’re wearing jeans and something casual.
Do take a look.
Roses are red, but they’re silver too:
This necklace from Jessica at San Francisco-based Future Momo is made with the aforementioned silver flowers and garnets. Simple and lovely, and would add an elegant touch to that kickin’ cocktail party your friends will throw to celebrate the end of summer.
Simple and lovely would describe just about all the jewelry at Future Momo, as Jessica combines gold or silver with semi-precious stones and gems for that right touch of color.
And just in case you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for in the shop, you could always get something custom-made at Future Momo! But chances are, you’ll find something to fit your taste.
You know, most times coasters serve one purpose — they’re supposed to keep icky rings from forming on your table because someone left his or her can of beer just sitting on your precious wood … and you’re too lazy to wipe up after your guests (or you have way, way, way better things to do).
Well, coasters can be fun, too. And they can make you laugh while you’re setting your beer down. Like these:
Appropriately called the “Luscious Lush” coaster.
Freaks of Nature coasters
Where is all this coaster madness coming from? Why, it’s all from Handmade Luck*. Melody is the gal behind Handmade Luck, and she is also a member of the Sacramento Craft Mafia.
Not only is she out decoupaging these fab coasters — there’s even a set of Coaster Coasters (featuring roller coasters, wouldn’t you know?) — she makes other stuff too, like earrings and other beaded jewelry.
Maybe you’ll get lucky and find something you like over at Handmade Luck*.
I’ve always had an interest in beadwork and weaving, though my dexterity is questionable and it’s highly doubtful that I will ever produce anything that looks like this:
(On the right is a necklace called Ice Maiden, which features a woven spiral. At left is Dancing Butterflies, featuring a beautiful flock of butterflies.)
Where to find such delights, you ask? Why, they’re at Erthe Fae Designs!
Erthe Fae Designs is run by AJ Reardon in Tucson, Arizona. AJ is inspired by myths, folklore and nature, and much of that is reflected in the accoutrements (like the butterflies), the bold earthy colors and the designs of her jewelry. Those photos above don’t do it justice. The chokers and collars are seriously a must-see and offer a great glimpse of her intricate work.
And, if you hop over before June 15th, you can get free shipping! That’s the sale part!
Erthe Fae Designs will also have another sale around the 4th of July … to keep abreast of new projects and potential sale info, check out AJ’s blog.
The dictionary defines “gallimaufry” as a hodgepodge. And that’s exactly what you’ll find at Gallimaufry Arts — a hodgepodge of vintage inspired pins and magnets, jewelry and nice paperie!
Take this stunning chain maille bracelet, for instance:
Or maybe you’re not really in a jewelry mood. Maybe you want something nice to doodle in, or to write a nice note to attach to a gift to a friend?
The above is from the mini book collection. They are less than 3 inches square and come in a variety of prints. You can even personalize them with a letter or number pebble for 50 cents more!
This is just a sampling of the gallimaufry at Gallimaufry Arts. Do click on over.
I know Mother’s Day is long past, but if you know a mom or mom-to-be and you need a nice gift, try this one:
This is the Funky Mom coil cuff from PamperingBeki. Each one features lots of seed beads, crystals and other colorful beads, and each one is unique! And it’s one size fits all and has no clasps to mess around with. (Perfect for uncoordinated folk, like me.)
There is a lot of fun jewelry at PamperingBeki, like the brightly colored Fruit Salad earrings. And there’s plenty of kid stuff too — hair adornments and jewelry.
When I was in college, I used to carry around a whole case of 3.5″ diskettes. Remember those? Burning a CD was still a newfangled craze, the Zip disk (remember that?!) was just taking hold, and no one had thought of the flash drive yet.
I wanted to be snazzy, so I always bought the colored disks. Yellow, red, blue, green … I could spot my disks a mile away. Until I left an important one in the lab, of course.
The floppy has gone the way of the dodo bird, but Acorn Studios has found a way to resurrect those little babies:
These little notebooks contain 50 pages. Perfect for quick notes. And they’re colorful, too. Maybe by some sort of karma my lost yellow disk from the lab long ago has become a notebook. Fat chance, but it’s nice to dream.
If you’re a computer fan (or geek in general), you’ll find all sorts of other cool stuff at Acorn Studios, including earrings made of keyboard keys, circuitboard earrings and keyboard magnets and cufflinks. There are even floppy disk notebooks, if you really feel like going into the wayback machine! Now those have pretty much gone the way of the dodo!
It’s always nice to know someone has managed to make old computers and junk useful. Yay!