Friday, February 27, 2009

today's featured seller-The Mint Wagner Gallery

I met this wonderful fellow jewelry artist through my supply shop on Etsy. She has always been the kindest person, with a true appreciation for the product and the story behind it. The beads that she incorporates into some of her lovely creations come directly from my stash of vintage brass beads that I inherited from my Grandmother, who worked for the Vogue jewelry company from the 1940s through the 60s. Shown on the pieces here are the textured gold brass rondelles and beads.

here is an excerpt from her profile on Etsy:
About Me and my Jewelry:
"My name is Melissa and I am a woman who loves opposites: Light/Dark, Organic/Industrial, Ancient/Modern - and the best thing about these opposites is when they come together in the middle, co-mingling and creating interest and support for one another. It is like magic and it is what I strive for when I design jewelry."
here are some of her other beautiful designs:

here is her SHOP
here is my supply shop
thanks Melissa! happy creating to all....

Monday, February 23, 2009


I've Been Spotted on IndieSpottingIt's been a little while since I've posted....I've been busy trying to figure out some advertising.... The Etsy forums are a great source and I've been pursuing some tips I've discovered on them. A good place is which costs $15 for a side bar ad, but there are alot of great places to get noticed for free... there's this really cool site called that has a whole Indie finds section, where you can submit a piece for them to display. Today I got the notice that "the magic garden" has been featured :) Where do you advertise? (here's the link)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

merlot charmer

an amalgamation of vintage and new charms, re-purposed elements, sparkling rhinestones, Swarovski crystal, glass jewels and more... I love the deep merlot color of the rose at the center, from which the design is based on. I'm experimenting with new backgrounds for my pictures. I think I like the richness of these better. necklace available here

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

the magic garden

This necklace was so fun to make, just lots of playing around with flowers! In the center is a very special vintage re-purposed filigree leaf brooch with emerald rhinestones, and it's surrounded by vintage copper and gold metal flowers layered together and set on filigrees. Crystal octagon chandelier connector beads create lovely accents. available here