Friday, March 27, 2009

What I've Been Up To , as Well as Two Necklace Giveaways

I haven't posted for a while, but I've been very busy wrapping up some much needed tasks. I completed the jewelry for a May wedding of some dear friends of mine. I will do a complete post on the jewelry and the wedding after the big day, which is May 16th. I don't want to take anything away from the bride by posting ahead of time, so stay tuned for that. I was asked to design and make six bridal attendant necklaces and earrings to go with them. The bride is wearing a gorgeous vintage bib style necklace, so I created pierced earrings to go with her vintage necklace as well. The brides Mom also had me make jewelry for her two dresses out of vintage beads as well. Two of the bracelets and earrings were designed from her Great Aunts jewels and the other two bracelets and earrings were designed from another vintage piece of jewelry. In all there were seven necklaces, four bracelets, and eight pairs of earrings that I made this week for the May wedding. Stay tuned for future post on these items.
I've also been working on some vintage button style pins that are a custom order for a lady that liked the pendant button necklaces, but preferred them as a brooch style. I spent last night working on a variety of choices for her to choose from. She had sent me a Girl Scout brownie pin to incorporate into one of the designs, as well as colors she would like her brooches to be. I will post about them later, after I have the pin backs on them and they are completely finished. It can take quite some time to get the elements to look just right, and these pendants and pins aren't a thrown together in a hurry project when they come out of my studio.
I also have finished up a couple more of the vintage redesign necklaces, which I've been waiting on a sunny day for photography reasons, but looks like we may get one yet today. I see blue sky and the sun trying to peak out, now if it would just move along to the south window, I could do some photographing. It has been suggested that I invest an ott light for this reason, and I will be looking into that today as I plan to go to Jo Ann's and check them out.
Now, for the giveaways. They both are ending March 31st. One of them is here on my blog site, and the other one is at the Junk Revolution site. The link for that give away is . Same rules apply there as do mine, leave a comment and you're entered into the giveaway. Please tell your friends about it and spread the word.

Ki has graciously offered up this Junk Queen dog tag style necklace to one lucky winner. Now, I'm hoping it would be me (lol), but invite you on over to get in on the contest fun as well. I will be selling my jewelry and wares at Ki's "Junk Bonanza" event this upcoming September 17th-19th down at Canterbury Downs in Shakopee, Minnesota.

I've been a shopper at this event for three years, and this will be my first year as a vendor. I am very excited to be a part of this event. It is a fabulous venue to shop at, so come on down and be sure to look me up if you do. I will be sharing two booth spaces with three other gals, and it should be a great combination of items for sale. To find out more about this event you can check it out here: .

Be sure to leave a comment on my blog site for a chance to win this pendant necklace shown above. It is in the grey/black tones with a beautiful white hand carved mother of pearl button in the center as its focal.

Also, if you see any jewelry that you'd like to add to your collection, you can always contact me at to inquire and find out if the item is still available for sale as well as pricing information.

Have a blessed day! Please keep those in Minnesota and North Dakota whom are struggling with flooding conditions in your prayers as they fight the clock against the uprising flood waters in their cities and homes.


  1. Gretchen! Another lovely necklace giveaway - what fun! Thanks!

    I'll be home again in WI next week with a Florida giveaway on my blog - come and visit me there!


  2. Can't wait to see the wedding jewelry and the pins....I know they will be awesome!

  3. You do beautiful work! Love the necklace! Linda

  4. I'm putting the Junk Bonanza on my calendar- I hope I can make it.

    Thanks for the mention of the rising waters on the Red River- my parents are in Wahpeton and I have a lot of family in Fargo, we're anxiously awaiting news of the crest.

  5. Can't wait to see your wedding creations! As always, your button pendants are adorable. I smell a roadtrip to JunkBonanza!


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