Monday, February 7, 2011

Spotlight: Fredbean's Nook

Even though I'm blogging less right now due to my current family situation, I really wanted to keep my Spotlight series alive. So instead of featuring a new every artist week, I'll have a new one every month for you. My goal is to post it on the first Monday, but I should always have it up sometime during the first full week and the giveaway will run for two weeks before I draw the winner. Alright, enough details, let's get to the first Spotlight of this new year!



She's a wife and mother of two, a student, a runner, a volunteer, a traveler and very proud to be a jewelry designer. Her name is Emma and her shop is Fredbean's Nook. I have a great admiration for her work because even though I'm a jewelry designer myself, I rarely have the patience to work with those beautiful little seed beads (even though I think they are so gorgeous!). Emma did such a fantastic job of describing herself that I'll let her take it from here…


Tell us a bit about you and what you create
Stepping into a local bead store many years ago, I found rows of seedbeads housed in their little tubes... such a collection of stunning color all in one spot. My creative spirit was captivated and I knew I wanted to be a part of this world. So, I attended classes, I read stacks of bead books and spent many an evening, after the kiddies had drifted off to sleep, perfecting my beading techniques. I fell completely in love with jewelry making. And with that, Fredbean's Nook was born.

Much of my inspiration comes from the home I make here on picturesque Aquidneck Island with my husband and children. Surrounded by the sea and nature, I find myself drawn to colors that remind me of where the ocean meets the land. I create all my designs from a little nook in my home, a quaint and quiet space that's filled with art, light and family photos.

I work hard to create jewelry that truly feels like a reflection of myself. Each bead and component has been carefully hand-selected before finding its place in one of my designs. Combining my love of wire and seedbeads, I feel that I've been able to create wearable pieces of art. And every time I send a piece out into the world, I get giddy, elated by the fact that there are others out there who treasure what I create.



Where are you from originally and where do you currently call home?
Born and raised in a quaint English seaside town called Budleigh Salterton, my childhood was perfect in every way. Surrounded by fields, country lanes and a hop, skip and a jump from the ocean, just magical. Even now, as an adult, I’m never far from putting on my wellies and trudging through the countryside for a brisk walk. I now call Portsmouth, RI my home with my husband, two children, 1 dog, 2 cats and a hamster named Poppy.

How long have you been selling your creations?
My husband is in the military and our recent move brought us to RI just over 18 months ago. Before RI, we lived in Sicily for 3 years, which is where Fredbean’s Nook really started. I gradually started selling my pieces to other military wives and before I knew it, people were placing custom orders.



Do you sell on your work full time or do you have a day job?
After being a “stay at home mum” for the last 13 years, I find I’m able to spend more and more time on Fredbean’s Nook these days and hope this little business of mine will eventually grow into a full time occupation.

What, if any, formal training have you had in the arts?
No formal training, just many years of being involved with different crafts, although once I found beading, I’ve never looked back. My bead stitching and wirework skills are a combination of being self taught, bead classes and lots of trial and error.

Do you sell anywhere besides Etsy?
Although Etsy is my only online shop, I do attend a variety of local shows throughout the year and still organize “Open House” parties occasionally.



How did you come up with your shop name?
Fredbean is the childhood nickname given to me by my father. He is deceased, and I chose this name because it gives me the strength, courage and determination to succeed. He gave me this name, this foundation, and Fredbean’s Nook is the culmination of my dreams.

What inspires you?
Much of my inspiration comes from the home I make here on picuresque Aquidneck Islandwith my husband and children. I am surrounded by the sea and nature. I create jewelry that I like to wear, so looking at my own style of clothes is another source of inspiration.



What do you like least about your craft?
Without a doubt, it has to be the paperwork. Nothing more needs to be said on the matter :0)

Do you have any advice for other artists who are thinking about pursuing their craft as a career?
Make a plan, take courage, believe in yourself and go for it. There may be times when sales are slow, or you lack confidence, but take these times to work on your craft, perfect those naughty little techniques that have been giving you trouble and push for an even higher standard... your hard work and persistance WILL pay off :0)



Five Etsy Shops you love
Good heavens, this one is a toughy...
TheNebulousKingdom
thelittlereddoor
LittlePinkHouse
humblebea
lorelei1141

Where is the coolest place you have ever been?
Green Island, a national park located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Australia. In my early twenties, I had the opportunity to spend an entire year in Australia and I remember sitting in the sand, on this beautiful island, looking out to sea and feeling complete peace with my “adult” self... serenity



Share some of your guilty pleasures
Chocolate and staying in my pyjamas all day

Favorite junk food
Five Guys Burgers and Cadbury’s Cream Eggs... just can’t resist them

If you could trade places with any other person for a week with whom would it be?
Elaine Benes... could you imagine spending time with Seinfeld, George and Cosmo Kramer


If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the
lead role as you?

Without hesitation, it would have to be Cate Blanchett... love her

What would you like to learn?
Sign language.

What does the future hold for you and your creative endeavors?
Fredbean’s Nook has come along way in the past year and I will continue to be true to myself and design creations that are a reflection of me. My dream is for people to be able to spot, and recognize a Fredbean’s Nook creation from across the room. Basically, I hope to still be found in my little nook, doing what I love to do... makin’ jewelry because this IS “where seedbeads bloom” :0)



GIVEAWAY TIME!
Emma is offering one winner a pair of classic hoop earrings in their choice of color.

HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:
Please leave a comment on this post with your favorite item from Fredbean's Nook along with what you'd like to see more of in the shop.

You may enter once per day and
YOU MUST INCLUDE your first name -AND- etsy username or email address with every entry. (If you are worried about email spam, you can spell out the 'at' and 'dot' rather than using the standard email format.)

Receive additional entries (one each) if you:
Follow or subscribe to this blog, my Twitter or my Facebook
Follow or subscribe to Emma's blog or Facebook
(You DO NOT need to leave separate comments for additional entries, just list which apply)

You have until Sunday, February 20 at 10 pm (est) to enter and I will announce the winner Monday morning, February 21.

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SPECIAL DISCOUNT!
Looking for a sweet Valentines gift for someone special or maybe yourself? :)

Emma is offering 15% OFF all orders in her shop through next Sunday, February 13, when you enter coupon code SPOTLIGHT at checkout!

If you're wondering what to send me, I'd like this necklace, please and thank you.

126 comments:

Digital Misfit said...

I love the Garden of Color necklace. No matter what the weather is outside, I am always drawn to earthy, autumn colors.
I would love to see even more hoop style earrings in the shop. I have been on an earring kick lately.
hugs,
Heidi
heidig@gmail.com
ps:
I follow both Lillyella and Fredbean's Nook on Facebook.

Spirited Earth said...

this was a wonderful interview..i love Emma's work.
I'm very excited that she is my partner for Lori Anderson's Bead Soup Party this winter.

thelittlereddoor said...

emma is very awesome :) thoroughly enjoyed this interview! thank you so much for the shout out xoxo

jhitomi said...

I love the beautiful garland of Color necklace. Everything is beautiful.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

jhitomi said...

following you on twitter as jhitomi. oops, on above entry it is Garden of color not garland, sorry.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

kelliecaldwell said...

I absolutely love my Drops of Turquoise earrings (yes, I bought them for a Christmas gift then HAD to keep them for myself!), but that new Rainforest Blossom Bracelet has to be one of the most beautiful pieces I've ever seen. Your jewelry is stunning and priceless, Emma! xoxo

*Evelyn* said...

I love
Classic Peyote Hoop Earrings

lovely shop!

:)
Evelyn of sumikoshop

jhitomi said...

daily comment entry. Today I love the Pink lemonade necklace...what I'd like to see more of? I like post or leverback earrings.
Julie B.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Amy said...

I love the Garden of Color Peyote Necklace in Shades of Newport. So pretty!
I follow her on Facebook.
abadcrafter.etsy.com

SHONDA said...

Great interview! I'm in love with the Garden of Color Bracelet, I'd love to see more necklaces, your so talented!
I follow both of your blogs, Nicole twitter, both facebook, and <3 you both!!!
Shonda herblueystudio.etsy.com
herblueyestudio@yahoo.com

Sydney said...

I love the Peyote Focal Bracelet, more pieces like that would be fun.

I follow Nicole's blog, fb & twitter

Sydney
sszumski @ Etsy

brittany kenah said...

What an adorable shop! My favorite item are the Drops of Turquoise earrings. Such a great piece. -Brittany

Birgit said...

I adore this cute necklace http://www.etsy.com/listing/36308485/pink-lemonade-necklace and in fact I'd love to see more necklaces in the shop too!

Birgit (BLehner)
danaan at gmx dot at

Birgit said...

Following your blog on GFC!

Birgit (BLehner)
danaan at gmx dot at

Amerissa G said...

hi!
i love this one :) it's very unique :)
http://www.etsy.com/listing/65192481/vintage-flower-bracelet
i am also a follower on twitter and blog :)
you can find me as amerissag on twitter or etsy :)

amerissa
a00ame00a at hotmail dot com

Blissful Bee Blogging said...

My favorite is the Elegant Swarovski Pendant Necklace! I'd love to see more Swarovski jewelry and more of a variety of color, maybe some pink and purples.

kristi.blackstone at yahoo dot com
Kristi B.

Blissful Bee Blogging said...

I follow your blog through GFC
kristi.blackstone@yahoo.com

Blissful Bee Blogging said...

Follow you on Twitter
@missblissfulbee

Blissful Bee Blogging said...

Like you on Facebook
kristi.blackstone@yahoo.com

Blissful Bee Blogging said...

Follow Emma's Blog now
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Libbi H. said...

I like this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/63753467/mosaic-earrings

and I think she shouuld have more pink :) lol

Libbi H.
libbilogs{at}gmail{dot}com

Mary Lee said...

1. I really like the Leather "All in a Row" Bracelet and would like to see more in this style with different color schemes.

2. I follow your blog on GFC!

3. I follow Emma's blog on GFC!

MaryleeByTheSea on Etsy

maryleebythesea(at)gmail(dot)com

Lee said...

I love the rainforest bracelet!
butler83ataoldotcom
I love bracelets so always more of those are good

Lee said...

I follow your blog - gfc Lee
I follow Emma's blog - gfc Lee
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Diana Dang said...

Elegant Peyote stitched Bride Necklace is so pretty!

Just keep making more! :D

faked_sugartone at hotmail

Leigh said...

I love the Peyote Focal Bracelet

leighDOTonedayatatimeATgmailDOTcom

Leigh said...

following you on twitter!

leighDOTonedayatatimeATgmailDOTcom

jhitomi said...

I love the Mosiac earrings, so pretty. Love all dangly earrings with a shot of color.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Melissa O. said...

I love all things turquoise as it's my birthstone. Also, turquoise is such a perfect macth with silver and I much prefer silver to gold. I'd love to have the Drops of Turquoise earrings.

Amanda said...

The Garden of Color Necklace... shades of green is my favorite and I'd love to see more lavendar/purple shades!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Amber said...

+1 I follow your blog with google friend connect as Amber and

+1 I follow Emma's blog with google friend connect as Amber too!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

clenna said...

My fav item is Elegant Peyote stitched Bride Necklace.
I'd love to see some toe rings.
clenna
clenna at aol dot com

clenna said...

I subscribe to your blog
clenna
clenna at aol dot com

clenna said...

I follow your FB
Clenna Emery

clenna at aol dot com

clenna said...

I Follow Emma's blog
Clenna

clenna at aol dot com

Alison B said...

The Adoration of the Magi Bangle is my favourite. I also love the Rustic Copper Bangle so I guess I'd have to say I'd love to see more variations of bangles!

I also started following both of your blogs!

Alison B said...

oh and my email is abrydges8 at gmail dot com

jc said...

I like the Elegant Swarovski Earrings, these are pure chic! It'd be nice to see more of these in the shop, simple yet so elegant!

I follow via gfc.

Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

jc

yumihamano@gmail.com

janetfaye said...

I like Garden of Color Bracelet.

I love bracelets, so I would like to see more.

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

I like you on FB - Janet Fri

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Roni said...

I love these:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/48803301/elegant-swarovski-earrings

Roni
roniros (at) gmail.com

Roni said...

gfc follower (Beads By Roni)

Roni
roniros (at) gmail.com

Roni said...

twitter follower (BeadsByRoni)

Roni
roniros (at) gmail.com

Gintare said...
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Gintare said...

Drops of Turquoise Peyote Necklace

gintare[dot]amber[at]gmail[dot]com

Gintare said...
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Gintare said...

followwing you via GFC

following Emma's blog

Gintare
gintare[dot]amber[at]gmail[dot]com

Sheena Gossett said...

I love the Drops of Turquoise Earrings. They are dainty but speak of strength.

chamsmama@gmail.com

The Smith Family said...

I love the Garden of Color Peyote Necklace in Shades of Newport. Wow...such pretty stuff, don't know what I'd like to see more of, I love it all.

Lorie

marcandlorie[at]embarqmail[dot]com

Nicole said...

I love the Peyote Focal Bracelet and would love to see more styles of hoop earrings and more necklaces. I love shades of green and blue.

I follow and subscribe to your blog, follow you on Twitter @maybaby522 and follow you on FB.

I am following Emma's blog via GFC.

Nicole
Etsy name: maybaby522
nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

Jacqueline said...

.Classic Peyote Hoop Earrings are my favorite!! jmmccarr@gmail.com

Trish said...

I love the Rustic Copper/Peyote Stitched Bangle! I am a bangle freak, so I'd love to see more in different metal and color combos!

Trish
ketelcopia@charter.net

Trish said...

I'm a follower!

Trish
ketelcopia@charter.net

ligata said...

I like the Lemonade Necklace!
I would like to see some rings in the shop.
vena.nedkova at gmail dot com

ligata said...

I am following via gfc!
vena.nedkova at gmail dot com

mframe said...

I love the Drops of Turquoise Earrings and would love to see more black jewelry.
mframe00@gmail.com

mframe said...

I follow you on twitter- @mframe00
mframe00@gmail.com

mframe said...

I like you on FB- Michelle Frame
mframe00@gmail.com

mframe said...

I like Emma on FB- Michelle Frame
mframe00@gmail.com

fisiwoman said...

Enter me please! My fav item is Rustic Copper/Peyote Stitched Bangle.
Following on google, on FB (Ana Belén R M) and twitter (@fisiwoman)
Following Emma blog on FB.

Ana Belén R.M
fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
Spain

Melody said...

I like Fountain Of Seeds Earrings.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

Melody said...

I follow on GFC.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

TopHat said...

I love the Mosaic earrings!

hrfarley at gmail dot com
Heather

Anonymous said...

I really like the Garden of Color Bracelet... shades of green.

Shannon
rs_mathena@yahoo.com

Vicki S said...

My fave is the Elegant Swarovski Pendant. I wouldn't mind to see some rings

sswpss at yahoo dot com

Brooke said...

This is my favorite item: http://www.etsy.com/listing/64803609/leather-all-in-a-row-bracelet

I love earring. So more of those arealways great. :D

Brooke

whitsend@live.com

AmbreRose said...

I really like the hoop earrings. I would choose the Classic Peyote Hoop Earrings to grace my lobes. I love the blue color. ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

Kylie Parry Studios said...

I love everything! but my favorite is the ceramic suspension necklace. I would love to see more like this!

Kylie
www.kylieparry.etsy.com

xlacrimax said...

My favorite item is Elegant Swarovski Earrings and I would like to see a bigger choise of earrings in the shop!
Vilija, xlacrimax[at]gmail.com

PoppyLand said...

So pretty items! I like Drops of Turquoise Peyote Necklace! and I love the earrings- I adore purple!! so I'd love to see more purple, well more colors:)

Maria
landofpoppies at gmail.com

fisiwoman said...

I love Ceramic Suspension Necklace!

Ana Belén R.M
fisiwoman at hotmail dot com
Spain

jhitomi said...

I love the Leather all in a Row bracelet. It's very unusual and looks cool.
jhbalvin at gmail dot com

fisiwoman said...

Drops of Turquoise Peyote Necklace is fantastic!


Ana Belén R.M
fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
Spain

fisiwoman said...

I think that Drops of Turquoise Earrings are very smart!

Ana Belén R.M
fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
Spain

Mona said...

I just loved Drops of Turquoise Peyote Necklace.
I'm actually very fond of lockets so I'd like to see more of them in the shop :-)

Mona
monamhassan[at]gmail[dot]com

Mona said...

A subscriber via e-mail.
Mona
monamhassan[at]gmail[dot]com

Mona said...

A follower via GFC.
Mona
monamhassan[at]gmail[dot]com

alexandra_digiorgio said...

I am a follower via GFC

I liked both facebook pages

I love the Garden of Color bracelet (which goes with the hoops you are giving away) and I would like to see (as another person said) a locket. But also, I would love to see if you could mix your jewelry style into making some rings! I adore rings!

Alexandra
Etsy ID: lexacd

alexandra_digiorgio at comcast dot net

Tamara said...

I love the Vintage Flower bracelet and I would like to see more necklaces.

Tamara said...

I love the Vintage Flower bracelet and I would like to see more necklaces. forgot to add my email in my previous post.
sunflower3811@gmail.com

fisiwoman said...

Peyote Focal Bracelet is fantastic!


Ana Belén R.M
fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
Spain

liz said...

Absolutely love love love this http://www.etsy.com/listing/59759244/peyote-focal-bracelet
I follow you on twitter bird name doki doki co :)
I already fan of Fredbean in FB name doki doki co :)

Much Thankies for the chance dear
Good luck for me and everyone :)

liz_crowny(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win the beautiful hoops (esp. in green)! I would love to see some beaded rings in the collection. My favorite piece are the MOSAIC earrings.
Zoe0825@verizon.net

BEadECLECTIC said...

I love the drops of turquoise earrings! I'd alos love to see some seed beaded cuff bracelets in the shop.


bead.eclectic at gmail.com

fisiwoman said...

Ceramic Suspension Necklace is beautiful!

Ana Belén R.M
fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
Spain

Lyudmila said...

I like the Mosaic Earrings http://www.etsy.com/listing/63753467/mosaic-earrings
Fan on Facebook = Lyudmila Sizova
Follow to Emma's Facebook = Lyudmila Sizova
lusizova at gmail.com

Jules said...

I love the Mosaic Earrings! I follow Lillyella on FB and Emma' facebook!

juliesimpson73@hotmail.com

Julie Simpson

Bracey Pate said...

Bracey here...
Following yours and Emma's blogs!!

My favorite item in her shop is the hoops featured in the giveaway! Love her beadwork!! I'd love to see more color choices in the hoops!

braceypate at gmail dot com

andalene said...

Drops of Turquoise Earrings - they're my fave - would love to see more bright yellows - but love the jewellery - nice.
abrennan09@hotmail.com

jhitomi said...

Love the drops of turquoise earrings and would really love to see these or similar drops in leverbacks.
Jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Simple Mama said...

oh my gosh...this is so beautiful.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/40073714/garden-of-color-peyote-necklace-shades

Simple Mama said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/40073714/garden-of-color-peyote-necklace-shades

Sorry - forgot to leave my contact info.

Greenbaboondesigns on Etsy

danitaberg2000 at gmail dot come

Katie said...

i love the Elegant Peyote Brides/ Bridesmaid bracelet!!

Katie
Katmckid at aol dot com

k@tie said...

following on twitter as katiebmcp

katmckid at aol dot com

katie

k@tie said...

liked on facebook as kate mcp

katmckid at aol dot com
katie

Heather said...

I like the Vintage Flower Bracelet. Probably more ceramic.
jswandrn at gmail

asuka said...

My favorite item on the shop is Garden of Color Bracelet.
The necklaces are lovely and I'd like to see more of them!

Ingrid (magnolica on etsy)
so.kitsch at gmail dot com

asuka said...

Following your Facebook page with the name Andreia Sousa.

Ingrid (magnolica on etsy)
so.kitsch at gmail dot com

asuka said...

Following Fredbean's Nook Facebook page with the name Andreia Sousa.

Ingrid (magnolica on etsy)
so.kitsch at gmail dot com

Megan said...

I think this neckalce is great!---> http://www.etsy.com/listing/34077639/drops-of-turquoise-peyote-necklace

I would like to see rings in the shop.

rosiebud63athotmaildotcom

angie lilly said...

My favorite item is actually the giveaway item. I love the green beads in the Mosaic Earrings and would love a pair of the Classic Peyote Hoop Earrings in that green color. I would love to see more earrings in different designs on her site.
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I follow you via GFC.
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I subscribe via email.
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I subscribe via google reader.
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I follow you via Twitter as FotoMacro.
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I like you on FB as Tofu Fairy.
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I follow her via GFC.
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I subscribe to her via email.
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

I like her on FB as Tofu Fairy.
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

angie lilly said...

OMG so sorry...I just realized that you didn't want seperate entries...in one place you say you do (I thought) and then in the other you say not too...so sorry!
Angie
14earth at gmail dot com

fisiwoman said...

Finally, my fav item is Rainforest Blossom Bracelet.

Ana Belén R.M
fisiwoman(at)hotmail(dot)com
Spain

Kristi aka Fiber Fool said...

I'm loving the Garden of Color series. The necklaces would probably get the most wear. But I love the vintage huggable earrings you included in the post too.

Thanks for exposing me to such great Etsians!

I'm fiberfool on Etsy and at gmail.

For My Sweet Daughter said...

I am loving the rustic copper/peyote stitched bangle.
Such pretty things!
I follow lillyella on fb and gfc.
and I am now following fredbean's nook on fb and gfc
Shannon
formysweetdaughter at hotmail.com

Emily said...

http://www.etsy.com/listing/61534406/lemonade-necklace

Love this! Like I need another necklace... it's my favorite color, though. I'm a big fan of pendants, would love to see more of those.

eeohlin atgmaildotcom

Scott said...

Drops of Turquoise Earrings would be awesome to get for my wife. She would love them! Def need more styles of earrings. That is all my wife wears.
Scott
nynekats at gmail dot com

Scott said...

follow w/google friend
Scott
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Scott said...

subscribe w/email
Scott
nynekats at gmail dot com

Scott said...

subscribe w/google reader
Scott
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Scott said...

follow w/twitter under repurrpussed
Scott
nynekats at gmail dot com

Scott said...

your facebook liker Heath Cole
Scott
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Scott said...

follow them w/google friend
Scott
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Scott said...

subscribe w/email to them
Scott
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Scott said...

their facebook liker Heath Cole
Scott
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jhitomi said...

Love the Peyote Focal Bracelet; I love pieces that are noticeable so people will comment on the prettiness!
Jhbalvin at gmail dot com

Carrie said...

Hi!

I *love* the Drops of Turquoise necklace, and I would love to see more of everything in the shop! Beautiful, beautiful work!

I follow Lillyella on Facebook and Twitter.

Carrie
kiwisaskatoon

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