Friday, July 6, 2012

Friday Fun!

Happy Friday My Friends!
Hope you're all enjoying a lovely long weekend.
I can't wait to tell you all about mine . . . but that will have to wait.
I have something SUPER fun for you this Friday!

I have a friend who is very near and dear to my heart.
I met Jen a few years ago when our oldest kids were in kindergarten together.

We connected on so many levels- she just gets me.
When ever I spend any time with this girl I laugh till it hurts and usually cry with a heart felt conversation.
She recently opened an Etsy shop with the most AMAZING jewelry!

(Blogger is being a booger and not letting me post pictures of her magnificent stuff )

But . . . .  You need to go take a look for yourself!

I asked Jen a few questions so you could get to know her too.

1.  What led you to making jewelry and wanting to have a shop?At the New Year a friend had posted on Facebook, "The next 5 people to sign up, I will make them something homemade.  Only catch, you have to post this as well and it must be homemade!"  I love making, creating, or baking what ever seasonal project is pinned the most, so I thought this would be a fun task.  Once I decided mailing heart shaped muffins wouldn't be the best idea, I started digging deeper & discovered what made me happy.  {Hello jewelry.}  When I started a few months ago, it was with simple rings.  I wasn't expecting it to go beyond the gift giving, nor was I expecting to have so much fun!  Now things have evolved to more unique designs that allow me to be creative and having a shop felt like the next step.  It is still a work in progress kind of shop, but it feels good to have something to tend to!

2.  What inspires you/ your creations?
Browsing thrift stores.  I love vintage, so seeing old accessories or old sweaters, give me ideas of what color combinations work.
Audrey Hepburn.  A classic gal, with endless style.
Trips down memory lane.  Thumbing through family photo albums and seeing the way my grandparents lived just makes my heart swoon & my head spin.
My husband.  He is so creative and has such an amazing work ethic.  I love that he can think of something, build it, and the final outcome is beyond what I could ever imagine.
Things of the past inspire me, but the people in my life move me. 

3.  What is your future hope for Sweet Elegance?
That it will grow to the point that I will be able to hire a photographer:) Ahh, some day!  For now, I hope that it will have a steady growth to support my new ideas (or the ones I have started and stopped to try something else!!).  I always want to be able to add new items, but being an accountant by day keeps me practical and thinking, "If they buy, then I can create more!"  Boring, but practical.  

4.  Being a busy mom, how do you find time to create? 
Late nights or early mornings mostly.  But, I do enjoy working side by side my 3 kiddos.  I think it's important for them to see me doing something that brings me joy & for them to know that you should love what you do, because it will show in your work!

5.  What have you loved most about starting your shop?
That it reflects who I am beyond my 9 to 5 day.  It has been an outlet for me to keep learning and growing. 

I absolutely LOVE wearing her jewelry.
And I know YOU will love wearing it too! 

On this fun Friday, you have the chance to win this purty lil' necklace

 Take a lil' visit to her Facebook page for one entry
(and be sure to 'like' her) 
and take a shopping trip to her Etsy Shop and tell me what you fell in love with for another entry.
We'll draw a name on Tuesday.

**** This Give-Away is now closed******
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  1. What a great way to start my day! Thank you for all your support my friend. And now that I've figured out how to comment...look out:) Happy weekend!

  2. Just one will be a hard decision, but I have special love towards the opaque beige bead necklace....although those rings.... :) Beautiful times Jen! Congratulations.

  3. Oh and I visited Facebook and clicked LIKE! :)

  4. I love the aqua ring AND necklace...beautiful shop!

  5. I checked out the etsy shop, and you are right .... the items are lovely! I like the locker number bracelet the best. A great idea! Jean

  6. How awesome to have such a sweet friend! Her shop has such cute things! I also love the aqua ring and necklace :)
    Where are you girlie? Can't wait to hear all about it! xoxo

  7. Very fun! I love so many things... but the red flower necklace is awesome!

  8. Been missing you darlin' (and your fun posts). I would bet that you could guess what necklace I loved...the pink bird necklace with the silver "soar." Beautiful stuff...hard to choose!

  9. wow Jen's work is amazing!! i fell in love instantly with the taste of tangerine and the honeydew melon rose rings!! i think there is a purchase in my future :)

  10. I love Jennifer's Work!! Highly recommended! I have bought Hair clips, A custom bracelet, and a few rings!! My favorite I have so far is my Bracelet and Black Rose Ring! Just visited her Etsy shop! I love the Turquoise blossom ring and the beautiful turquoise flower necklace with pink beaded chain!! I will definitely be back for more purchases!! :)

    Michelle Brown ( Using Hubby's Gmail )

  11. What a great shope and wonderful giveaway!! Thanks to the bot of you! I really like the aqua ring...SO CUTE!

  12. how did i miss this?
    what a cute shop!
    i love the aqua flower necklace! ;)

  13. Love it all, but my favorite right now is my new silver bracelet with the 3 flowers on it! I get tons of compliments! Thanks!
    Kristina Bieber

  14. Just found you from another site/great blog and shop you have. This also looks like a very fun shop-love the tangerine and honey dew melon rings-so cute!!!

  15. Thank you all for your sweet comments & for participating! Amy, a HUGE thank you for being a wonderful host and for having me as a guest on your blog. It was fun:) CONGRATULATIONS MARY!!!! I hope you love your new necklace!