Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What Inspires Me: Binx Ceramic

If one were to accuse me of a Binx Ceramic obsession, I'd be totally OK with that. After all, I think you'd be fair in that assessment. I love these cute, little, adorable, handmade creations.

I have a collection of them at home and more at work. This is my view at my day-job desk:
Binx Ceramic Collectible
Binx Ceramic Collectibles

Those frogs and mushrooms make me so happy every time I look at them. Every.Single.Time. And I look at them a whole lot.

If you need a pick me up today, go to the Binx Ceramic Facebook page or follow one of her Pinterest boards, like Varmits I Would Huff. It might just put you into cuteness overload, and you're still gonna want more. I know I sure do.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Irish Font for Personalized Jewelry

Irish Personalized Jewelry

I am so pleased to be able to offer you an Irish font for personalized jewelry by Crow Steals Fire. Inspired by the famous Irish Book of Kells, I call this font Saga. Saga comes in two sizes and some of the letters differ slightly in the large and medium sizes. This variation couldn't be more perfect. Probably composed in the 8th Century, the Book of Kells was not printed on a press with movable type -- each letter was meticulously hand written by a scribe. An entire book, written by hand. Not so different as how each letter of your personalized jewelry is hand stamped individually.

Irish Initial Jewelry

Saturday, January 25, 2014

I Found One! Dennison's Wax Seal X

Antique Wax Seal X
Most wax seals you see are round and only a few designs have been offered in ovals.

Between 1880 and 1910, the American company Dennison's offered distinctive oval initial wax seals with rosewood handles.

I've been collecting this series for a while now and am ecstatic that I found an X wax seal! Other Dennison's wax seal collectors I've talked to have never even seen an X before. 

I now can offer fine silver wax seal pendants handmade from these antique wax seals in all letters except Z. I never thought I'd get so close to a complete set. These are so unique and beautiful.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Meeting the Author of Hot and Cold Jewelry Connections

I'm so excited that I got to meet and get my book signed by the metalsmith and national instructor Kieu Pham Gray at my favorite local beading store, Lady Bug Beads.

Kieu Pham Gray is the author of Hot & Cold Jewelry Connections. The book takes you through several design projects and shows you how to complete them using either cold connections or hot connections (soldering with a torch). The detailed, close-up photography by Zim Photography truly makes this book informative. It is so interesting to see how to use both techniques and how the finished products turn out.

You can purchase a signed copy of her book on the website, The Urban Beader. (BTW, I highly recommend their metal stamps.)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Every State But One!


I am thrilled to realize that Crow Steals Fire has shipped artisan made jewelry to every state in the United States of America ...except South Dakota. Seriously. All but one!

Come on, Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Start shopping!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

As Seen In: Style Bakery Mom

The editors of StyleBakeryMom selected my Samhain Cat Necklace as part of their Halloween Accessories for Grown-ups story -- a collection of accessories that you can actually wear every day.

Screenshot October 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

As Seen In: Everyday Fancy

Fashion blogger Ellen shows off her new Crow Steals Fire mother's necklace at EverydayFancy.com. Get your Two Dates Necklace here.

Everyday Fancy Review