Sep 26, 2008

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Sep 17, 2008

BlueBonnet Jewelry Design by Yvonne

BlueBonnet Jewelry Designs of Texas

This feature is really Part 2 of the last post. On September 11th I also had the priviledge of chatting online in consultation with Yvonne the enchanting founder and genius behind BlueBonnet Jewelry Design - "Jewelry sophisticated enough for a night on the town - Casual enough to wear with a T-shirt and jeans".

Beaded Spiral Lariat
Now Yvonne and I don't know each other that well yet, but we certainly do share many of the same passions. Yvonne has a broad experience base with needlework and several fiber arts media but I'm most in love with her intricately beaded wearable artwork.

Even just a brief visit to Yvonne's new online jewelry boutique located at reveals a wonderful array of beautifully crafted jewelry from this artist who tastefully blends bold fashion tones with elegant and timeless designs. Yvonne marries a variety of weaving, crochet, netting and embroidery techniques into her unique jewelry designs with stunning results.

Yvonne's drop dead gorgeous heavily beaded exotic cuff bracelets are to die for, and I can only describe the quality of her pieces as "sheer excellence" in execution.

You won't regret choosing any lovely creation from BlueBonnet Jewelry Design either to pamper yourself or to give as gifts (for even the pickiest of friends!). Each piece from BlueBonnet Jewelry is hand crafted with love and Yvonne's careful attention to even the tiniest of details is evident in the perfect choice and placement of each bead and stitch.

Follow Yvonne's blog to keep abreast of what's new in her creative world. I can't wait to see what she'll come up with next!

Submitted by:
Anna Lee Husband
Oshawa, Ontario

Sep 12, 2008

Day of Service - Consultation with Victoria Flaherty

Jewelry By Victoria store in Ogunquit, Maine
I'm pleased that on the anniversary of those horrendous terror attacks on the USA, a day now deemed a National Day of Service, I was able to donate some time yesterday helping a few of my neighbours to the south. Y'all already know that I'm a strong supporter of warm international ties between our two countries, so here's what's new.

I had the joy to speak by telephone yesterday with an interesting member of my eSMArts yahoo group and etsy team. Victoria is a multi talented lady who has run a successful bricks and mortar handmade jewelry storefront in Ogunquit Maine for the past decade! The financial planner in me isn't quite sure how Victoria has managed to pull this feat off what with soaring overheads and a dismal economy of late, but anyway I applaud her marketing efforts (which in my view are stellar).
Victoria Flaherty's Ogunquit Maine Handmade Jewelry Shoppe
Victoria's cute storefront will unfortunately close after Columbus Day due to soaring rents, so this savvy gal is taking portions of her jewelry business online. Stay tuned to this story via Victoria's new blogs one of which is JustBrilliant where we'll likely hear how Victoria's juried Swarovski delights resulted in her being awarded approved Swarovski dealer status. When Victoria's quality sparklies (Swarovski crystals) are listed on etsy, grab them quick before she changes her mind on the remarkable pricing she's thinking of offering.

Ogunquit Maine Handmade Jewelry store
At her JewelryByVictoria blog we'll likely learn more about the trials of running a bricks and mortar shop and we'll get a sneak peak into how Victoria manages to move this business online.
For more information visit the Jewelry By Victoria website. Her etsy shoppe called "Just Brilliant" featuring quality Swarovski crystals will open soon. And hopefully Victoria will share with the etsy community her gorgeous handmade jewelry too! Stay tuned. :)
-Anna Lee Husband
eSMArts team founder

Sep 8, 2008

Growing by Leaps and Bounds

eSMArts is truly growing by leaps and bounds!

Our list of member shops continues to blossom and our eSMArts handmade Gallery of unique artwork currently available for sale is impressive.

We're pleased to endorse the many gorgeous creations from these new members of our team:

Silver Rabbit Studio

Kelly Snelling

M5 Creative Corners

Pine Tree Designs


Twisted Sister Arts

Vamp Kitty Designs

More will be written here about these artists over the following weeks and months. I take this opportunity to welcome all of these talented artisans to our group and I wish them continued success in their creative endeavours.
Anna Lee Husband

Sep 7, 2008

See What Our Team Does in Copper

Copper is gaining in popularity, and is no longer the very distant third against gold and silver. It is much more common in jewelry today than in recent years. The warmth, the earthy color and its natural beauty radiate in jewelry. Copper is warm against the skin and has been used in jewelry for thousands of years. Copper has the reputation as an environmentally natural metal, making it very earth-friendly.

Our eSMarts team has many members who have created pieces in copper, not just jewelry, but also bookmarks, copper wire and findings so you can create your own, and a wonderful handmade copper gemstone box! Beyond the designs that I high-lighted in the montage, there are many other copper designs in our esmarts etsy teams. Search for tags with esmarts, or go to our esmarts team and look through our stores.

In our designs, you will find hammered copper, wire wrapped pendants and beads, and combinations of gemstones with copper components. There are some wonderful pendants created almost totally from copper wire, with small gemstone chips to highlight the shape. There are some lovely copper charm bracelets and necklaces, and drop dead gorgeous drop earrings. And, if you like the more natural look, check out the copper chain maille designs, some with a patina finish that makes it look like an heirloom, or a find from an archeological dig! Want a gift, I love the bookmark, great for a teacher, professor, book club, any avid reader, or as an added touch for a coffee table book. The gemstone heirloom box is a gorgeous brushed finish; give that special someone the ring of her life this year, in this keepsake box!

See some of our teams copper work at flickr. Here you can click on one you like and it will take you to that listing on etsy:

Or see a photo montage on bubble share:

Shop for the "in" metal this season with our esmarts team on etsy!! Enjoy!