Saturday, February 21, 2009

New Twitter Background!

OK I have been using Twitter for a couple months now. At first I was skeptical, but intrigued - I signed up, formed some opinions and observed. At first impression I thought the micro-blogging service was a bit self-serving. But then I started to get the hang of @Replies and started to build my network. I started following links to cool articles on the Tweeters I am following. I started learning, being inspired, and sharing cool stuff with my followers! I finally have a new background that shows off ecocessories jewelry and communicates my message. Please come see it and start tweeting with me! Visit my Twitter page here and join the conversation!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Love for ecocessories!

I was excited to receive two very generous testimonial quotes for my site this week. Read about Mary's great experience with the website, and her custom order for knitwear with recycled beads - the Tokyo Purple Neck Cowl.

Allison is another customer who found shopping on the ecocessories site a very positive experience! Read about how easy ordering jewelry was and how quickly it arrived on the testimonials page.

The picture is of Mary, looking radiant in her neck cowl! She sent it to me because I am collecting photos for the ecocessories Facebook page album, Style Watch. Do you have a shot of yourself wearing ecocessories jewelry or originals?

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Threadbanger Video: Recycled Crafts at the CHA World Fair

This week I'm taking a break from "Rad Recycled Jewelry" due to a defunct camera cable. Stay tuned next Wednesday for the next post in the series!

Tonight I want to show you a wicked video brought to us from Threadbanger. Rob and Corinne are at the Craft & Hobby Association World Fair and the theme is all about being eco and green! Take a few minutes to watch this exciting inspiring video about all the other artists out there making a living from a recycled craft.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

ecocessories Style Watch: Kristen & Terri

I thought it would be fun to start an album of anyone seen showing off their ecocessories style! If you are seen wearing ecocessories' handmade jewelry and accessories, I'll ask your permission to post your photo to my Facebook Album on the ecocessories page and my blog.

I was browsing my friends photos on Facebook and I saw Terri and Kristen here both wearing recent purchases from ecocessories! Kristen is glowing in the Midnight Sky Necklace and Terri is looking tropical in the Hawaiian Nights Necklace.

If you have a photo, post it to my ecocessories page as a Fan Photo! I want to encourage people to interact using the Facebook page, and please comment on the blog if you've stopped by!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day

I hope you are having a great day! In a relationship or not, I hope you are surrounded by love today and everyday. To share the love I'm going to post a simple tip for a safe way to remove tarnish (no matter how much!) from your sterling silver.

This technique can be used for anything silver - jewelry, silverware, cups or saucers even? First you need the ingredients - salt, dish soap, baking soda, tinfoil, a pot. Take your pot and line it with the tinfoil. In the bottom, squirt a bit of dish soap and a scoop each of baking soda and salt.

Fill the pot 3/4 of the way with water. Stir and bring the solution to a boil. I had to scoop out the bubbles that accumulated on top into the sink at this point. Throw in your sterling silver and let simmer for about 10 minutes. You will quickly see the tarnish fly off the silver and be attracted instead to the tinfoil. It almost feels like magic!

Drain the mixture and rinse your silver. It will be sparkling like new at this point!

I recently used this technique when I designed this sterling silver "Key To My Heart" pendant as a custom design for a client to give as a Valentine's Day gift. Check out my Flickr album here, and please feel free to leave comments! I love to hear anything and everything you have to say.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Week 4: Rad Recycled Jewelry

I can't believe it's been a week since I've posted! To be fair though, things are pretty busy and exciting these past days since the site is officially launched. I am packaging/shipping website orders, designing and fulfilling custom orders, and exploring the next steps for ecocessories!

This week I am featuring three small but stunning items that I found in my recycled jewelry stash and cleaned up to incorporate into new jewelry and accessories!

Of interest first is this sterling silver ring. This ring came to me in a package from Toronto, Ontario. A woman had a need to recycle jewelry, so she did a Google search and found out about ecocessories' recycling services. We got in touch and she sent me a small bag of goodies! I reimbursed her shipping costs - I get new inspiration, she has an easy eco-friendly solution for her unwanted jewelry.

I think I'll probably start by removing the inscription from inside. I just invested in a new tool - a Fordom (similar, but better than, a Dremol) and I think I'd be able to use it to make some interesting designs in this recycled sterling silver ring!

Next is the recycled silver blossom. This flower was a vintage clip-on earring in its former life. The sparkle in the bud caught my eye and I knew I could modernize this beautiful antique component! I have already recycled the blossom into a new piece - the "Earth Angel Neck Cowl" as the focal button! This neck cowl is one of a kind and sure to be a cherished handmade possession. Buy it here!

Finally, I adore this bright pink pendant. I plan on simple stringing this on a sterling silver chain that has been given some added character with hand formed sterling silver shapes and recycled beads.

I would love to receive your recycled jewelry - contact me to let me know it's coming, and I'll reimburse your shipping charges when it arrives!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Week 3: Rad Recycled Jewelry

This week's collection of recycled jewelry is an eclectic mix! All of these were pieces of recycled jewelry received over the holidays. I think they are all from Sarnia. Are any of them yours? If so, contact me for your free gift! I like to reward those who give me my rad recycled jewelry because these are pieces that especially inspire me.

Let's talk about the necklace. This is a combo of chunky beads that I would probably never dream of putting together, because the combination is too bulky and disorganized. However, the pendant is what caught my attention. What an amazing bird! That is a dove made from a seashell. When you look closely, you see that this is an ordinary shell that has been carved into to make this incredible piece. I am not sure what I will do with this yet. Do you? Contact me to design a custom project!

Next there is this amazing silver and pastel blue bracelet. I am SO excited by this bracelet and its parts! First we have sterling silver hearts and high heel charms that I have already reserved for a custom project. I am also so inspired by the beautiful blue faux pearls. These beads are high quality with a solid core and a shimmery blue opaque surface. I have already used them in some designs, notably the "Gates of Heaven" necklace. Finally, I tumbled the sterling silver chain it was made on it and will probably recycle this chain and clasp into a new bracelet!

Finally, the colourful disco diva necklace! I was thrilled when I received this piece. Unfortunately for the original owner, it was broken. By recycling it, I'll be able to give each of the beads and gold shapes a new life! I am sure I will stretch these parts across a few necklaces and possibly some earrings? Stay tuned to find out!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

New Handmade Jewelry for Sale!

I just spent the night posting a bunch of new jewelry to my site. It's a lot of work! First I have to design and create the piece, then take its picture, upload it to Photoshop, edit, watermark, save, upload to the site, price, describe and then hopefully sell to you! It is definitely a labour of love, and its really exciting to see this portfolio of my work coming together.

I am dying for feedback on the new site - this is so huge and exciting for me! If you have any thoughts - anything at all - please send me a note at!

Tonight I posted a bunch of earrings to support my Grand Opening special - buy any necklace, get a FREE pair of earrings! How sweet is that - now you won't even have to worry about whether you have a pair for that chain you've been coveting. Simply enter "Free Earrings" as your coupon code at checkout (up to a $15 value). See more details here!