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This month’s treasury contest was about celebrating in style. These are fabulous collections, and it’s going to be a tough decision. We need your vote! Check out these gorgeous collections; each one featuring March’s challenge winner:
Julie Farrell from Odd Lot Emporium.
Voting ends at midnight on April 30th EST, and the winner will be posted on 5/01/13.
Please vote for your favorite collection here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NLZ3C7F
We like to feature one of our team member’s shops each month…
Here is an interview with Keri, owner/designer at DelaneyJewelry, and one of our team leaders.
How did you start your shop?
I was making seasonal jewelry collections and selling it in local boutiques, and through my main website, but wanted another presence online other than eBay. A friend told me about Etsy, so in July “08 I opened my shop. In 2010 I almost closed it due to low activity. Thankfully, I decided to give it one last big attempt, joined my local Etsy team, learned how to work with Etsy and my sales started picking up.
How did you come up with your shop name?
After having 3 boys (I wanted 4 girls) I decided that my business would be named after the daughter I never had. Fast forward a couple years; I got the girl, but the name did not fit her. I decided to change the name of my business. My daughter’s name is Delaney Jane, after her grandmother.
What has the response been like from the (local/online) community since you opened?
I love what I make. My business has always been well supported by my community. I think the sweet e-mails that I get from people around the world are what makes it doable, even at 2 or 3 am.
Tell us about some of your favorite items in the shop.
My favorite items, by far, are the sterling silver and 14K gold framed photo tiles. I think they are so pretty, and they make my work (your jewelry) even more one-of-a-kind.
Who or what would you say has had the most influence over your craft?
I met a photographer, Michaela Winkley, who became the catalyst for my photo tiles. I desperately wanted to design something with photos baked in clay, but for over a year I had one fail after another. Michaela’s desire to offer her clients high end photo jewelry is what kept me plugging away.
What inspires you?
The birth of my daughter is what inspired me to create my photo jewelry. I had gorgeous photos of her that I wanted to wear for everyone to see. I thought mother’s with new babies would be my audience. Ironically, my memorial charm is my #1 seller. I find myself working with the images of very loved and very missed people from around the world. Giving my customers a way to remember their loves ones was my new found inspiration. I have lost many
loved ones, and I definitely feel the magnitude of loss, heartache, and love in every order.
What is your favorite wedding trend (now or past)?
Using personalized items to remember the day; like shoes, hangers, memorial bouquet charms (of course), clothing, jewelry, cake cutting utensils, toasting glasses, etc. But running a close second are items that can be handed down to your oldest son or daughter, or borrowed by all of your children for their own special day.
What would you like to see at more weddings?
I love the guest participation, so anything along the lines of table games would be a favorite of mine.
Given the opportunity, which celebrity would you like to see wearing your designs?
Oprah; I wanted to make something with her dog on it.
What is your unicorn – that is, what is an object or skill that has eluded you so far?
I love custom designs, and I feel that PMC (precious metal clay) skills would allow me to produce one-of-a-kind sterling frames for my photo tiles. I just can’t find the time to take a class. But it’s coming.
What do you think the future holds for you / your shop?
I feel myself being pulled into finger/thumb print photo tiles. And a even stronger pull toward pet memorials.
It’s time to get your vote on! This month there are only 4 entries, but I don’t know if that will make voting any easier; they are beautiful! Check out these gorgeous collections; each one featuring both of January’s challenge winners: Clay Bouquet Shop and Bag Secrets.
Voting ends at midnight on February 28th EST, and the winner will be posted on 3-01-2013.
You have just a couple days to vote, and the winning treasury will be selected by majority vote. The winner will be announced here on the 1st. Please vote for your favorite collection here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6JDP9WK
It’s time to get your vote on! This month’s treasury contest was a team challenge that produced over 50 treasuries. I think we covered every possible wedding theme, and now we need your vote. Check out these gorgeous collections; each one featuring one, or both, of December’s challenge winners: Forest Candle Studio and Delaney Photo Jewelry.
Voting ends at midnight on February 8th EST, and the winner will be posted on 2-09-2013.
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Here are some of my favorite trends topping the charts. If only I could do it again.
#1 Wedding Dresses with Pockets.
Of course, pockets. And it’s about time. Why didn’t I think of that? Okay, that wasn’t exactly my first thought. It was more like: What? Wedding Dresses with pockets? Well maybe just a little one for lipstick, or money, but wedding dresses are heavy enough without bulky pockets. That is what the maid of honor is for. But seriously, look how clever this is. Nothing like what I had imagined when I first read about them. I love this gorgeous dress by PureMagnoliaCouture:
This one I found on The Art of Weddings almost completely hides the pockets. It’s amazing!
I realized that pockets in a wedding dress can be completely invisible with the right designer. They are nowhere near as obvious as I had originally imagined. I would probably have a hard time not loading them up with miscellaneous stuff, so mine would need to be small. But this one by PantoraBridal is what made me realize you can hide them on almost any dress.
#2 Lace, Lace and more Lace
Everything I’ve read states that lace will not only maintain its very large presence in 2013, but it will continue to grow in popularity. I now see it everywhere, but some of these designers are clearly trend setters paving the way. Lace is nothing new when it comes to shoes, but now there are so many options. In fact, even if you have already purchased shoes for your big day, but you’re not loving them as much as you did when you first spotted them, or if you have a favorite pair of shoes that you wish you could wear down the aisle, this shop will help you redesign and decorate your shoes to give them a new look!! Check out this makeover by Something thine wedding shoes:
You absolutely have to spend time perusing this shop! You will fall in love with so many designs. I love the platform heels on these gorgeous shoes by DesignYourPedestal:
One place I didn’t even consider incorporating lace was on my invitations. This elegant design by Vintage Lace Wedding Cards makes me want to plan another wedding:
#3 Reality Wedding
Technology can play a larger part in weddings as live streaming becomes more popular. It’s a great way to share your special day with loved ones who cannot attend. Broadcasting your wedding to anyone anywhere is a fun way to include more people in your real life event. Check out “I DO” Stream to broadcast your wedding live. They offer a D.I.Y. package and they even allow you to share it on Facebook.
Owner/Artist: Keri O’Hara