Happy 100th post! We've been having so much fun working on Stumbles & Stitches, we look forward to the next hundred posts! And to celebrate this accomplishment, dear readers, we're having a giveaway. That's right!
Before I get into that, let me first introduce the subject of my spotlight today: Rebecca from Rejardin. Becky is a friend of ours and a super talented crafter. You can check out her jewelry on Etsy here, and make sure to visit her blog for amazing photography and craft posts.
Aside from being talented, she is also super awesome and is offering a gorgeous pendant to one of our readers for this giveaway to celebrate our 100th post! Thank you, Becky!! For a chance to win this lovely pendant, check out the details at the end of this post!
I've made a bit of jewelry in the past, and still have some tools and a little bead stash that have sadly been left untouched for too long. It is such an art form! I love to browse Etsy for jewelry to see what handmade goodness people are creating. Such creativity and inspiration -- and Rejardin is no different!
Becky says she finds her own inspiration and ideas from magazines and stylish catalogs, for example the beautiful Sundance Catalog, as well as from watching other women. If you ever catch her staring at you, she's probably just checking out your jewelry! Working with unique materials also spurs her creativity. One of her favorite places to shop for materials for her Rejardin designs is the Brimfield Antique Show. It is billed as the "largest outdoor antique show in the world" and features incredible estate jewelry, beads and gemstones that can't be found just anywhere. She dismantles what she brings home and uses it in her own designs.
Here are some of her latest earrings. Aren't they gorgeous?!
It's been fascinating to talk to Becky and find out all about her process and journey toward making jewelry. After dabbling in a bunch of other crafts such as pottery, painting, sewing and knitting, she found jewelry-making to be the most satisfying and rewarding personally. A few years ago, it became her focused hobby, her "niche". I am so envious of that feeling, I wish I had that kind of clarity regarding crafting!
You can read about Becky's first lesson in jewelry-making here, and check out pics of her first creations here. I still love those simple bead earrings so much! But it's also very cool to see how the style and intricacies of the pieces in Rejardin has evolved since then. You can see her evolution by browsing through the jewelry posts on her blog. Her Rejardin Etsy shop also features an eclectic selection of pieces.
Becky says her process of jewelry-making is a mirror of her life: all over the place! Like us, she is a busy mama to 2 young sons, recently adopted a puppy, is pursuing photography classes and assignments, jogging, blogging, the list goes on. Similarly, her jewelry-making is passionate but diverse. She likes to constantly be trying something new and different and often takes classes to learn new techniques: ring and stone jewelry, sweat soldering, lampwork bead making, fused fine silver, etc.
She has used some of these newly learned skills in her designs like her stamped and hammered pendants (above). I love this unique twist on the popular stamped pendants: the back is stamped with simple initials, but the flowery face and beads work together to make this a gorgeous necklace. Becky seems to have a knack for finding her own style amidst trends, so her designs are hip but distinctive.
"I try to look at things differently and then develop my own unique design. The stamped jewelry is quite popular with names, inspirational words or just a letter or initial. I took it another step further with these large initial pendants made out of sterling silver wire that I've shaped and hammered and then tumbled to make extra smooth and shiny. I've yet to put these in my shop but I do get a lot of compliments when I wear my own."
I mentioned earlier that Rebecca's blog is full of great posts about photography, jewelry and various other crafts. One of my favorite posts recently was a great tutorial for making shrinky dink earrings. Check it out. You know you want to make some!!
To stay up to date on the latest designs featured in Rejardin, you can add her Etsy shop to your feed reader (find the "subscribe to shop feed" link in the right column of the Etsy page). Aside from being on Etsy, Becky also does quite a bit of custom work. Make sure and check out her blog, Rebecca the Housewrecka (love that name!). Whether it's a gift or custom order, if she features it on her blog, she can recreate it for you! Just contact her with your vision, requirements, budget... and she'll work her magic for you!
Okay, and now... drumroll... here's the giveaway!!
Bright polka dots of black, chartreuse, and teal adorn this whimsical cobalt blue and black artisan made ceramic pendant. The pendant measures 1 1/2" in circumference and is attached with a black leather cord. Findings are sterling silver. Necklace measures 19".
For a chance to win this fun pendant by Rejardin, simply leave a comment below! Make sure it includes contact info. Comments will close on Sunday 8/8 at midnight PST and we'll announce a randomly chosen winner on Monday. Good luck! And thanks again to Rebecca the Housewrecka!
Wow, can I enter to win this contest myself? Because I am loving that necklace. I have some of Becky's earrings and always get comments on them when I wear them. Her use of color and unique materials really infuses her work with her personality: classic, colorful with a touch of whimsy thrown in for good measure. I can't wait to see who wins this piece!