Monday, April 30, 2012

Alloy Necklace giveaway . . . .

Today I am very happy to tell you that I will be giving away a beautiful necklace from Alloy Jewelry. I recently had the pleasure of being introduced to a wonderful young mother, Leah from Vermont, who not only makes beautiful jewelry, but has a beautiful story behind what she does and why she does it. First, take a look at this lovely necklace........
This 'Listen to the Surf' necklace is hand stamped on to this 1 1/2" copper bar. The bar is hand hammered to give a rustic texture, and a sterling silver starfish charm and freshwater pearl charm finish it off. Chain length is 16".


And now, please meet Leah. . . . . 


First and foremost, the most important thing I do is take care of my children.  That being said, while I think there's a certain amount of becoming a mother that comes naturally, I think people overlook the aspects of motherhood that DON'T come naturally.   Motherhood was a shock in many ways, and making jewelry (and the myriad of other half-finished creative projects I have strewn around the house) became my daily practice of paying attention to myself, even if it was for five minutes.  I began to see that the more I took care of myself the more patience I had with my kids. I went with it, and soon people started asking if they could "commission" a piece here and there.  I opened an Etsy shop and saved and saved, buying a new piece of equipment with the money from each necklace I sold.  I sent out samples to magazines, relentlessly looked for other ways to market myself and dreamed of the day I would have my own website and be able to call this my "job".  (All this while I had been editing legal books for a former employer as my "profession" and it was just SO not me!)

Eventually, I got an edit mention in Family Circle Magazine, and boy do they have loyal readers there! It made Alloy Jewelry more visible to the public and the business took off from there. I started doing quote and zodiac pieces to make the business more attractive to retail stores since custom work is hard to stock in stores.  I found that the quote pieces were becoming an obsession for me-I have a love of reading and words.  I started to see that as I would choose a quote for a necklace, I would associate that quote with one of my dear friends-for example "be with those who help your being"-Rumi necklace is for my girl, Anne, who lights up our lives even though we are far apart.  The necklaces I made had a new meaning to me now-I wore them and could hold that friend close to my heart-AND I could connect with customers in a different way, because they would ask for suggestions and would tell me the story of who they were buying for and I could help them pick out a quote (or design a new one) that was perfect.  Fun! 


More of her lovely creations.......

"I began to see that the more I took care of myself,
the more patience I had with my kids."
-Leah


All you have to do to win is leave a comment below before 11:59 p.m. EST on May 7th. The drawing will be Tuesday, May 8th and is open to readers worldwide. Good luck!

11 comments:

  1. Oh what a lovely story.........and what lovely necklaces!!It is so true that when we take better care of ourselves we can offer care better for others whether it be children, spouses, parents or grandchildren!!
    I love quote necklaces........when I am missing my youngest daughter I often wear one that says,"A mountain keeps and echo deep inside itself.....that's how I hold your voice."
    Someone will be thrilled to receive that beautiful necklace!! KC

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  2. When I read her quote"the more i took care of myself the more i had patience with my children" struck a chord with me.I do not have children but I have found in my life with its many struggles,that the more i could grasp my own responsibility to myself the more it helped my relationships with others.I wouldve never thought it but it is so true.Her creations are so delicate and lovely.Thank you for the article.

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  3. Your jewelry is lovely. Nothing is quite like a handmade piece!

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  4. Colleen in Bennington VTApril 30, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Colleen C in Benn. Vt April 30,2012 8:31PM
    Lovely and made in Vermont. That has be sold right there. I always try to purchase made in USA products and to see such original and unique creations fashioned for the people who purchase them. What a lovely idea! Good luck to you both!!

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  5. Beautiful! I love that Rumi quote.

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  6. Handmade things are always special because of the love and care that go into making them.
    eugeniewu at gmail dot com

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  7. When looking at the heart with the XO, I think of my daughter that passed away 10 years ago. How lovely to be able to wear jewelry that makes you think of others, by a message. Hooray for Vermont artisans!

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  8. inspiring post like always Connie. I start with your blog everyday... thanks for the happiness.

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  9. Always inspiring and meaningful posts that are always so appreciated!
    I haven't ever left a comment to enter for a giveaway before but your encouragement in todays post prompted me to!

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  10. What a beautiful collection of jewelry. I would be proud to wear any of the inspiring pieces . I would love to be the owner of such a beautiful piece of art.

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