Monday, September 24, 2012

Winners all around!

I won!  Dusti won, actually.  A few weeks ago, I entered a giveaway at The Knotted Chain, an Etsy shop that specializes in hand-stamped personalized jewelry.  When Shellie contacted me to say that I'd won, I immediately thanked her and requested a chain for Dusti.  At thirteen, she loves pretties and what is prettier than this?  Not much, so it's perfect for our darling granddaughter.  

Although it was difficult, I managed to snap a photo of the piece.   It's sterling silver, which means it's very shiny and reflects the camera flash.  Oh yes, included in the little bag is a small piece of cleaning cloth so she can shine it if it should tarnish a bit.

Dusti's necklace has her initials (DM), her birthstone, and a cute little heart.  Each piece is separate on the chain and attached with it's own jump ring.  Talk about impressed!  Shellie has a fine taste for the pieces that work together and her hand stamping is exquisite.

Originally I was going to wait to give it to Dusti but, you know, I took one look at all that loveliness and just couldn't put it off: after all, Christmas is rather far away, and her birthday is even farther.  So, for no special reason, except to say we love you, we gave it to her yesterday.  She says she loves it.

It's been such a long time since my last shop profile, and because Shellie was so sweet about the whole process, I thought I'd do her a favor in return and tell you a bit about  The Knotted Chain and it's owner.  

Here's her interview:
Where/when did you learn to make such beautiful jewelry?
I wanted a mommy necklace after I had my first baby 7 years ago....So I got some supplies and taught myself.

What are some of your favorite designs to make? I really love the pieces that have a heart-warming story behind them. Some times they make me laugh and some make me cry.
Describe your creative process.
Well I have to wait till the boys are out of the house and it is quiet. haha 
Then I just sit down and start putting things together. I like to search for some great sayings on the computer. 

Who has influenced your art the most?  In what way(s) did this person influence you?  I think my kids and my husband. I was the girl that never wanted a family.  I went to art school and was going to move far away from everything.  Then I met my hubby about 10 years ago.  Everything changed.  He has always believed in me. 

What does "handmade" mean to you?  I think it comes from within, you have to feel it in your heart and care for it. 

Mary again: If you haven't visited The Knotted Chain, do so now and pick out a few pretties for someone to whom you would like to say "I love you."  They wil make darling Christmas gifts, bridesmaids gifts, birthday gifts or just "I love you" surprises.  I'll have to wait just a little longer to place my order since I'm not able to wait till the event to give away the prize!  


jenclair said...

Lucky you! Lucky Dusty! The necklace is beautiful and even more special being one of a kind. And I enjoyed the interview, too. Now, off to visit The Knotted Chain....

theknottedchain/shellie said...

Oh this is great, I am so glad that she liked it. I love to hear that the folks that receive my jewelry like/love it. Thanks for the plug also. You are a great writer.

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Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Thanks, Jenclair. Dusti is very lucky to have a gram who loves her so.

Thanks to you, too, Shellie for the compliment. I'm hopeful that some of the 200 visitors who saw the post visited your shop and purchased a few pieces. Besides, you made it all very easy.

Here's hoping that you're doing better in Bangalore and do make it to the show.