Pages

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Red Bracelet [Interview, Review, Discount, Giveaway]

Today I am sharing a lovely shop with you, called "Red Bracelet". It features both of the LuckXury collections and consists of trendy, handmade accessories and jewelry, created and designed by a sweet Israeli artist named Tali. Every piece of her jewelry combines sculpturing and hand-knitting. Besides the element of fashion, Tali's creations also have a lot of meaning. I was intrigued by the unique, interesting, and exotic look of Tali’s items and wanted to find out more.
Please tell us a little about yourself in a nutshell.
I am a mother for 2 children. Shelly is 11.5 years old and Alon is 6 years old. We live in Tel Aviv, Isreal. I am 38 and well educated. My MA is in political sciences and communication. I am a co-manager in  PR firm. My husband works in a family business now, after 10 years of managing in Adidas, Israel.
 
What is “LuckXury” all about?
LuckXury jewellery collection is an original combination between good luck, wishes, fashion, trendy design, and a comfortable feeling. Luckxury could be part of your daily life- no need to take the jewellery off, thanks to durable & waterproof materials. Well... let's face it who wants to take off a vital piece of jewellery that has the power to give you luck, joy, success and protection against the evil eye.
Luckxury - red bracelet fashion luck jewelry and turquoise amulets
How did you get your start in creating jewelry?
Like all good things in life- accidentally. I designed and created a unique turquoise hamsa-hand necklace. Just one, for myself. For years I think that turquoise is a vital color. I have designed lots of jewellery from metal and sometimes combined turquoise components. My love for this color is mostly in the jewellery field, not connected to folklore beliefs, but to fashion taste. I think this is powerful color, as well as almost every color. I had all materials because I needed to add some products into a shop to get a certain sum for a credit card transaction. I took calcium, polymer clay etc. I had some stones I bought three years ago during a vacation abroad and used only few of them since. I already had crafting tools. I combined it all together for a wonderful, strong, and unique look. Many people were asking me to make jewellery for them. I was used to such requests since over ten years I crafted jewellery as a hobby, but this was different. It looked like nothing else… I decided to respond and accept the orders. After a few months of marketing to shops, I started to get the interest of on-line marketing. This format was really cool because it suits my life-style as a career PR woman.
 
I love the positive atmosphere that you express all around your shop. What is your inspiration?
When I got married my grand mother, which came long-long time ago from Bulgria to Israel, put inside my bra, at the morning of the wedding day, A GARLIC! She said that it will protect me from evil-eye and will assure that only good energies are around me. That strong memory was on my top of mind when I first created this turquoise jewellery… which is another belief of my grandmother. This family tradition gives the concept a real meaning.  Optimistic, believing in the good, hoping for the best, feeling the joy of color and remembering good energies: each time the eyes look on LuckXury jewellery.
 
What is a typical day in the life of Tali like?
I work on a clean table made from wood, with a high chair and lots of colored and clear plastic boxes to organize all of the small components inside, craft tools, and materials.
The room has lots of windows and air directions. I think that is what makes it easy for me to sit for hours and work. I have a place in the corner of my table for a laptop, but I try not to touch it  with dirty hands.
Besides handcrafting beautiful accessories, is there anything else you are passionate about?
Beauty , fashion and aesthetics… and vegetables.
Do you have any advice to an artist just starting out?
To find a category and have friends connected to it
To be real lightened and friendly
To be a giving person – customers will be back!!
Oh, and Good pictures.
 LuckXury brown leather bracelet or anklet - Jerusalem with luck amulets and good energies keepers
Is there anything else that you would like to share with us?
 The "LuckXury" collection and cameos have a chance to be the best gift for yourself or your beloved, whom you wish to be safe, healthy and happy! "Hamsa" is believed to be a power of protection from the Evil Eye and for good energy, prosperity, health and happiness. All these good things will happen to the one who hangs Hamsa in his house, car, on his body etc. This is the reason for hanging small Hamsa ('Hamsika') on baby's strollers. Hamsa is the most popular and ancient protective symbols of many religions all over the world, but it came first from Arab traditions. "Hamsa" means "five" in Arabic, a number who reminds the five fingers of the human hand and its fiscal abilities to fight, change situations, and to protect. The number Five has, according to the common believes, magical power to gain fulfillment and it symbolizes the creators protective due to the analogous to god's name in Hebrew and Jewish mysticism.  
 
(Cont.) Turquoise is the traditional color of the Hamsa that suits her thanks to its strong energy against Evil Eyes. Garlic is a symbol for mystical powers that can protect the wearer from negative vibrations of the evil eye, jealousy, and law energies. These beliefs were created mostly at the Balkans countries due to its strong smell that can keep the demons of the evil eye away. Eye symbolizes the fight in the evil eye. The ancient Greek seafarers painted eyes on the prows of their ships as protection against the evil eye power. According to the traditional story, the evil eye ran away as soon as it meet the jewellery eye. Evil eyes tend to think it is a real eye that catches their worst behavior. Red string, according to the Kabbalah wisdom colors have specific frequencies and energies. Red is the color of danger associated with blood but also the color of love and passion. Thanks to those associations, it is the most powerful symbol and color for evil eye protection, as the Kabbalah wisdom recommend.
 

That was some great insight from Tali! I learned a lot about different beliefs associated with certain pieces of jewelry and it is all quite fascinating. The Red Bracelet items that I have the pleasure of reviewing are a Black Loop Bracelet/Necklace from the LuckXury collection as well as a Pure Red Bracelet that Tali kindly included. Everything was packaged with attention to detail. The package even smelled pleasantly from the vanilla scented sheets. Customers get cute greetings cards (blank, for personal use) with blessings on them, as well as a discount card for themselves and a friend.


I love the hand braided string on both of these pieces. It appears nice and delicate on your body but is very durable. The the hand-molded and decorated turquoise beads add a unique look. The various symbolism in the decoration of these items is intriguing. I appreciate the fact that each is one of a kind. Like Tali had mentioned, these creations will not be harmed by water because of the special materials used in the production process. Since this jewelry is very versatile (the wrap bracelet can even be worn as a necklace) and great for daily wear, dressed up or casual, you won't have to worry about the elements damaging them. These are both adjustable for different sized wrists (or for your preferred necklace length, in the case of the loop piece). Red Bracelet products definitely stand out and are conversation starters.

 10% DISCOUNT to Red Bracelet!
Just mention "Samy" in the note-to-buyer during checkout 
and you will receive the appropriate refund through paypal.

(Hurry, this discount is valid until "09/28/10". 
Discount may be combined with a "Happy Hour" Card.) 

GIVEAWAY
*$20 Gift Certificate to Red Bracelet*
 
 

TO ENTER: Make sure that you are a follower of "Samy in Wonderland" through google friend connect (top of left side-bar) and browse "Red Bracelet", then leave 1 comment stating


 - I follow your blog, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: _______.

- One of my favorite items from Red Bracelet is [insert link] because _______. 

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: _______.



  
EXTRA ENTRIES: After doing the mandatory entry above, you may complete any or all of these for additional entries. A random number generator picks my winners, so the more times you enter, the more chances you have of winning! For these to count as extras, please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.


My favorite parts of the interview were: _______. I also liked the review because: _______.

I commented on Tali's Treasury mentioning my favorite item! My etsy username is: _______.

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is _______ because _______.

I "favorite" Red Bracelet on Etsy! My etsy username is: _______.

I "favorite" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: _______.
 

I "friended" LuckXury / Red Bracelet on Facebook! My facebook username is _______.

I "like" LuckXury on Facebook! My facebook username is _______.

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is _______.

I "follow" @talirosen on twitter! My twitter username is @_______.

I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @_______.


I shared this giveaway on my facebook wall! I included a link back to this page so that my friends can find it as well as a link to my favorite item from Red Bracelet. Here is a link to the wall post: _______. 

I tweeted about this giveaway on twitter. I included a link back to this page as well as a link to my favorite item from Red Bracelet. Here is a link to the tweet: _______.

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: _______. (Subscription box can be found in my left side-bar)


OPEN: WORLDWIDE
ENDS: Sept. 28th @ 11:59 PM
 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Andros Creations [Interview, Giveaway]


Browsing Etsy's vast supply of jewelry, I came upon a shop that I believe has the most perfect styles of wedding bands. Simple, elegant, shiny, and with the option to get free inner engravings. It drew me in to viewing the rest of the pieces Andros (aka Andrew) creates. After getting to know him a bit, I see that he has a real passion in metalsmithing and it translates into his beautiful work. Inside "Andros Creations" you will find handcrafted guitar picks, silver, (white, yellow, rose) gold, and copper rings. I recommend watching Andros' youtube videos showing parts of his work process. They are quite fascinating. Find out more about Andros and his Creations in the interview below and then enter to win a particularly lovely ring.
 
Please tell us about yourself in a nutshell, Andros.

My name is Andrew and I live with my wife, Jolene, and our orange cat, Arlington, in North Canton, Ohio. I have always enjoyed art; whether it be drawing, music, woodworking, metalsmithing or other forms. It's in my blood to create things for others to enjoy and I'm generally not happy unless I have a project in the works. My sense of humor is pretty intense and I find myself trying to suppress it when working with people. On the other hand, I try to conduct my business according to strong values which means treating the customer with care and making sure they're satisfied.
Do you have hobbies outside of Wayfaring Art?

Too many to list! The thing I enjoy most outside of my visual artwork is music. I have played the guitar since I was quite young and enjoy electric, acoustic, and flamenco guitar immensely. I also love learning the art of engraving. Although I do incorporate it into my work, there are also elements that I study more for pleasure than business.
How did you begin "Andros Creations"?

In order to answer this question, I need to go back to when I was an early teenager. My good friends father was a jeweler and allowed me to work in his shop for a couple of days doing simple tasks. I really enjoyed the environment and found it to be similar to my own fathers woodshop in its own way. Reflecting back on that short time, I felt that becoming a jeweler was something I wanted to pursue when I was able to acquire some of the tools needed. Fast forward to 2006. The winter of that year, I found some simple plans for a jewelers bench. The lumber was purchased and I put the bench together in my driveway with the minimal woodworking tools I had at the time. I knew nothing of making jewelry so there was allot of trial and error with tool purchases along the way. At that time I was doing accounting work for an oil & gas company after graduating with my degree in 2005. The work was fine, as I enjoy working with numbers, but it wasn't the artistic outlet that I desired.

In the late spring of 2007 I started to have some health problems that made working out of the home difficult. Later that year, I had to quit my job as my health deteriorated. In an effort to keep our bills paid, I resorted to trying to sell some of my work on Ebay. This wasn't the best venue for jewelry sales and my items did not do well. A friend informed me of a new handmade marketplace called Etsy where I may be able to have better success. I listed some items and before I knew it, it became a full time job.

With my Greek / Cypriot heritage, I incorporated the meaning of my name "Andréas", which means man, into my business name. "Andros" is a more endearing reference to my name in Greek, and from this word I formulated my business name.
 
When someone steps into your shop, what can they expect to find?

My objective is to eventually market high end jewelry. There is allot of information to digest and much skill to develop if one is to be a success in this field. That being said, my shop contains many pieces that I feel I can make with confidence and plan to slowly expand my items to include more elegant pieces. Therefor, my offerings are ever changing to reflect my level of skill. 
 
What is a normal day like for you?

One of the joys of being my own boss is having my own schedule. Most days I try to have a relaxing morning and take care of any computer work and any study I need to do. In the afternoon I go down to my studio and work on the items in que. By early evening the items are being packaged and mailed. It's a luxury to be able to adjust my schedule in case I need a day off. In the evenings I like to read or practice my artistic skills with pencil and paper. 
When working on a certain piece, what is the process like for you?

The process varies widely as not all of my pieces are constructed in like manner. In metalsmithing, there is a process of steps that must be followed in order for things to turn out right in the end. The metal is subject at different times to high heat, acids, abrasives, forging and a variety of other techniques. Before fabrication can begin, the more detailed items must be drawn and planned carefully. Often templates are submitted for approval by the customer. After the items creation is complete, the item is gently polished, cleaned, and examined for flaws. When I'm satisfied with the outcome, I am confident to send it off to its new owners.
 
Is there something specific that inspires you?

I wish that I could say I was inspired by nature. I find so much natural beauty in the world but can't really translate that beauty into my jewelry. What inspires me the most is the work of others in my field. It can be difficult to be imaginative and innovative but the more design elements you assimilate, the more you can rework, rearrange, and remodel your own ideas. One of my self authored adages is "Imagination is just memory rearranged". It's according to this constant drawing from memory that new designs are born.
Is there anything that you would like to add?

Making elegant jewelry is not just a source of income for me, it's my desire. I'm often in my studio working quite late developing new skills. When your work is your passion, it will show in every aspect of the endeavor.

 GIVEAWAY
(Includes Free Inside Ring Engraving - Made To Your Size)

TO ENTER: Be sure that you are a follower of "Samy in Wonderland" through google friend connect (top of left side-bar) and browse "Andros Creations", then leave 1 comment stating


- I follow your blog via google friend connect, Samy! The username that I used to follow you is: _______.

- One of my favorite items from Andros Creations is _______ because _______.  

- If I am the winner, you can reach me here: _______. 



 EXTRA ENTRIES: After doing the mandatory entry above, you may complete any or all of these for additional entries. A random number generator picks my winners, so the more times you enter, the more chances you have of winning! For these to count as extras, please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.

I visited Princess Samy Vintage on Etsy and my favorite item is _______ because _______.
 
I "favorite" Andros Creations! My etsy username is: _______.

I "favorite" Princess Samy on Etsy! My etsy username is: _______.

I "like" Andros Creations on Facebook! My facebook username is _______.

I "like" Princess Samy on Facebook! My facebook username is _______. 

I "follow" Andros Creations on twitter! My twitter username is @_______.


I "follow" PSVintage on twitter! My twitter username is @_______.

I follow Andros Creations Blog via google friend connect! The username I used is: _______.

I "Don't Miss a Thing" because I subscribed to Samy in Wonderland and confirmed my subscription! The e-mail address used was: _______. (Subscription box can be found in my left side-bar) 

I "Read You" because I subscribe to Samy in Wonderland feed via an RSS reader. My username is: _______.

I shared this giveaway on my facebook wall! I included a link back to this page so that my friends can find it. Here is a link to the wall post: _______. 

I tweeted about this giveaway on twitter. I included a link back to this page as well as "@PSVintage" somewhere in my tweet. Here is a link to the tweet: _______.

I left a new and relevant comment on this non-giveaway post on the Samy in Wonderland blog: _______. (You may count up to 3 comments - use separate entries for each) 

OPEN: WORLDWIDE
ENDS: SEPT. 20TH @ 11:59 PM