Sunday, January 31, 2010

Custom Valentine Request - Jewelry By Mignon

Becoming a jewelry artisan who shares her work with other people has enriched my life so very much. I had originally started on this journey for only making and designing pieces for myself. However, the fates aligned such that sharing my designs with others was inevitable. Sharing has led me to being able to be a part of so many lives for fleeting moments. There's the little girl who wears a sweet little pair of earrings I designed and her mom wrote me to tell me she can hardly get her out of her earrings to go to bed. Then there's the wedding where the flower girls all wore lovely pale lime green pearl and copper bracelets which showed up beautifully against their pale blue dresses. There are friends who smile a little bigger because they know I made them a piece with love. I have lots of sweet stories that touch my heart even from people who don't buy but are so moved by the jewelry that they touch my heart.

This time another sweet person has touched my heart with her story and we are currently chatting back and forth trying to align what's in her head and what comes out of mine. This bracelet is a culmination of this ongoing discussion.

The cord is a colorfast cotton cord that lasts longer than leather. The sweet faceted beads are uniquely enough acrylic beads I had bought to make gifts for nieces and other little girls who are in my life via the wee one's class at school, but they just may foot the bill for this order. The findings are copper. The heart is created by hand by me. I used a length of round copper wire, shaped, hammered, soldered, and antiqued. The heart has a nice varied pantina that will only become more beautiful with age.

I love this happy bracelet for all ages. Don't you?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jewelry By Mignon - Mommy's Fairy Dust

Mommy will become Mom or Momma one day soon, but not tonight. For now, I still get to be Mommy for a little while longer. Our precious miracle son went to sleep tonight with a Benadryl and a stuffy nose. By 1 A.M., he was awake, in tears, the Benadryl having worn off, and his little nose completely stopped up. Earlier in the night he had a boo-boo on his foot and he was in pain from where the kitten accidentally scratched him. I pulled out my magic band-aids and they made the pain go away a bit. Upon the wee one waking at 1 A.M., I set the kettle on the stove to bring the water to below a boil for the wee one a cup of Jasmine Green Tea with honey. Hubs administered Benadryl, Aleve, and Robitussin. Of course none of the meds have any magic. Mommy's honey by the tablespoon has a nice sprinkling of magic while we wait for the water to warm. The scrumptious cup of jasmine tea has all the magic of any fairy's wand. So, we sat on the antique sofa in the art room across from the kitchen, drank Jasmine tea with extra honey, and watched a smattering of Antiques Road Show in the middle of the night. It is wonderful to be Mommy, more wonderful to have smatterings of Mommy magic, and most wonderful of all to have the trust of one's own child who knows when hurts or sickness come that Mommy will be right there with hugs, kisses, magic band-aids, tea, and honey all in the cupboard - all coverd in fairy dust.

De-caf Jasmine Green Tea and other enticing flavors can be found at

Monday, January 25, 2010

Jewelry By Mignon - New Shop Banner

I created a new banner with sterling silver hearts I created from a coil of sterling silver wire. I cut the wire, shaped it, hammered it, soldered it, polished it and created a new design for Jewelry By Mignon. I've had the heart design in my head since before Christmas, it just takes awhile to get the designs out of my head to the work bench sometimes.

Let me know what you think of the new banner and the new pieces found in the banner. :)

M. Valentine Giveaway

Artsy Craftsy 2 is having a Valentine giveaway. ;)

Click the title to go straight to her blog for the giveaway.

Click the link below to go straight to her lovely shop.


M. ;)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Giveway Information for Dawn Correspondence on Etsy

Dawn Correspondence is having a giveaway for some of her classy and lovely correspondence. Dawn is a fellow Etsian and I just love her shop.

Click the title and you'll go straight to Rik Rak's blog - she is hosting the giveaway.

You may find Dawn's lovely shop by clicking the link below.

Dawn Correspondence


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Valentine Ideas :)

Do you have Valentine's on the brain yet?? We artists have to start planning the next occasion well in advance of the big day so that we have awesome ideas to get those cogs turning about what you might would like for the big day. I'm already planning next Valentine's jewelry presentation and this one hasn't gotten here yet. That's how we do it. So enjoy the first pieces in my Valentine Ideas thinking box. ;)


Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thinking About a New Giveaway

Why do giveaways??

Giveaways are fun for those who enter and those who do them. It's a great way to advertise, but have fun while doing so. I can pay for advertisement, which I do here and there, or I can do a giveaway. Which would you rather do? Pay for advertisement which doesn't really make anyone smile or do a giveaway which makes both the shop owner and the entrants smile. It's fun, it's quirky, and at the end of the day - giving someone an unexpected gift is very rewarding and leaves a warm spot in your heart. I did a giveaway in December on Facebook and I can't wait to hear from the recipient about her necklace. What's really fun is the people who tell me they've never won anything in their whole lives, yet they win a piece of jewelry from me. It's rather a pay-it-forward endeavor. So, look for the next giveaway to be coming soon, but this one will be on the blog. ;)

Hope are you having a fabulous New Year so far! ;)