DIY

Here’s a little do-it-yourself project, a very simple, yet elegant necklace you can make just with one strand (2 yards) of brass cable chain. I purchased my chain from a local bead shop but if you can’t find a similar chain, message me and I can send you some if you pay for the shipping charges. Simply take the chain and wrap it twice around your neck and let the ends dangle, ‘ta-da!’ Here’s a pic:

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star*fish?

Here is a new necklace available in my shop, La Jolie Femme. Basically, I got the idea from spreading out all the beads I had and matching this tiny pink czech glass star with this fish bone charm, and linking them together in a knot to make ‘star-fish’. Get it? No, there is no deeper meaning behind this piece, sorry. Heh heh. The thing I like about this one is you can tie the knot yourself, so if you want it tied evenly in the middle you can do that, but if you want an assymetrical design you can tie it off to the side as well! Well, here are pictures. Click any of them to visit my shop.

star fish necklace - $10.90

star fish necklace - $10.90

star fish necklace - $10.90

star fish necklace - $10.90

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Just bought…

I’d like to share with you some recent purchases I made off of etsy! First up is an art print by brandnameartist which was originally a woodcut design turned into laser print.  I really love the contrast, the texture and the movement inherent in this piece as well as the ‘raw feeling’ of it. I also purchased a beautiful handcrafted ‘French Princess Pendant’ from EXOTICO. I love the simple elegant, yet luxurious style all of her jewelry has, and I love all the ‘little things’ about this pendant such as the worn vintage look of the bronze beadcap contrasting the clean bright frosted look of the crystal and it even has a tiny gold nugget accent! Somehow even the name ‘french princess’ was calling me, heh heh! Here are pics:

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Art print from brandnameartist

French Princess Pendant

French Princess Pendant from EXOTICO

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Under $10

I’m becoming an etsy fiend. Seriously, I am starting to live and breathe it. In any case, I came across an interesting thread in the forums, which was ‘What items do you have for under $10?’ So I decided to post my favourite items from people’s shops for all you last minute holiday shoppers looking for something handmade and special, but that won’t turn your pockets inside out. You can click on any image to visit the sellers’ sites and purchase these items.

rain on trees print

rain on trees print - $9.50

hot pink scale earrings

hot pink scale earrings - $6.00

Green and Black Bracelet

Green and Black Bracelet - $10

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Alice Roche

I found this shop through etsy’s ‘pounce’ feature searching for undiscovered talent, and look what I found! Alice Roche‘s clean, contemporary jewelry designs immediately caught my eye. Apparently, Alice draws inspiration from the natural and built environment. “Her architectural jewelry is composed like a pencil sketch capturing line weights, movement, texture and positive and negative space.” The thing that kills me is that she still has no sales. But she deserves to be discovered! You can see some of her works below. For more, see www.aliceroche.com.

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Baubles for ads…

Well, I’m proud to announce that my shop, La Jolie Femme, will soon be featured on the busy mom blog in exchange for sending the owner a free Jolie Femme handmade necklace. Woot! This blog seems like a really good, well-rounded resource for new moms including contests, recipes and craft product reviews all-in-one! Click the button below to check it out:

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coming soon!

Okay, I admit that I’m new to etsy and the fine art of selling and creating your own business. So, unfortunately the first mistake I made was to order enough supplies to make just one of each item.  This african glass bead necklace seems popular and I learned from my mistake and now am expecting several shipments of supplies so MORE ARE COMING! In fact, getting all the supplies was not that easy. The african bead dealer who I purchased these from was only in town for a week, selling at a local bead shop. I was LUCKY and found that they had actually purchased a couple of strands of beads from him to sell in their shop after he left, and just so HAPPENED to have these dark green translucent glass beads. I think this necklace is destined to exist. Well, they should be up on my site in about two to three weeks. Will keep you posted!

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