jewelry

Beautiful Vintage: Ethnic, Tribal, Bohemian

vintage ethnic design

70s tribal pattern tote bag : Ginger Root Vintage
vintage tribal print tank : FriendsWithBothArms
1980s Ikat tribal print jumper dress : gisela and zoe vintage
vintage cloth & leather tribal totebag : pinkMonday

vintage tribal accentsethnic sterling silver turquoise cuff bangle : Amrapali
1990s wooden beads tribal necklace : Old Baltimore Vintage
Sarah Coventry beaded necklace (hangtag marked SC (1960s – 1970s) : malibloom
vintage Indian style leather belt : pursenbootz

tribal jewelryantique tribal solid silver bangle cuff : Amrapali
vintage pair of hand-carved bone and wire earrings : Harmonicajane
two tone tribal inspired 1980s necklace : Capricious Traveler
vintage sterling silver tribal design band : Argyle23

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Colors of Spring: Accessories! Must-Haves!

Continuing with the spring theme, here’s four must-have accessories for the season:

spring accessories

butterfly necklace pendant : My Selvaged Life

Bomber ear flap hat : Shanionie

thin beaded tribal bracelet : jewelry by carmal

recycled leather and floral handmade ladies sandal : Cholesburys

Junghwa Accessories

Shop of the Week:Junghwa

Our shop of the week, Junghwa, is owned by Amy Stewart, who some of you may know through her blog. I happen to love the pieces of accessories in her shop- the rope bracelets, being my favorites so it is truly a great joy to have her be part of this segment. Amy and her husband, Sean are expecting their first baby, so congratulations and best wishes to them both!  

What’s the inspiration behind your shop’s name?

My middle name and my Korean name is Junghwa. For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to name my future brand Junghwa. It has a special meaning to me because my grandparents were the only ones to ever call me by that name but they passed away several years ago. I think of them when I think of the name.
Read the complete interview at Beautiful Handmade blog.

Shop of the Week: Maneggi + a Giveaway

I am terribly sorry for not properly posting last week but I am happy to start this week with another Shop of the Week interview.  Nikki Ainscow is the owner of the new Etsy shop called, Maneggi. It is always a pleasure to help out new shops so thank you Nikki, for writing me and for being part of this segment.

Nikki is also generous enough to giveaway this grey Abbeliska petite ruffle necklace to one commenter.  (You can read the details on how to enter after the interview 🙂

What’s the inspiration behind your shop’s name?
I found it so hard to pick my shop name, I knew what I wanted just couldn’t find the right word, that’s when I began searching other languages to find the right name. I have a slight obsession with Italy ever since I holidayed there some years ago, so the Italian language seemed the perfect place to look. Maneggi – is the Italian term for handling/doing something with your hands which seemed to fit perfectly. I instantly fell in love and it stuck.
How old is your shop?
Maneggi is still in it’s first year and has developed dramatically since it began. I have tested what works and what doesn’t and ultimately am creating the things that make me happiest, at the moment that is my jewellery and accessories but this could change again as I progress. It’s really exciting.
What inspired you to start your own home business?
After I graduated I knew I wanted to create I just didn’t know what or how. I exhibited my portfolio and final year collection, it was then that people commented that I should turn my pieces into jewellery and embellishment. This got me thinking and I began developing my ideas. I have always been creative and always dreamed of having my own ‘design’ business but was unsure what form this would take. For many years I wanted to be an interior designer, it was only after my degree in textile craft that I found my passion for accessories.
Can you give us a peek on the creative process involved in your craft?
I begin by surrounding myself with materials and supplies (this gets quite messy) then refer to my notebook for my latest ideas and sketches and just begin to manipulate and experiment until I am happy. I work and rework ideas until I produce the finished product. I like to work on a few items at once so I am forever surrounded with half finished necklaces and brooches then move on to another item before I go back and complete it.
What was the toughest challenge you faced so far?

Managing my time has been the hardest part of running my own business as I work full time at the moment, I have struggled to find the right balance.

How did you get over it?

I still haven’t managed to work this out, I seem to spend all my spare time sewing and creating but this is what I love to do and I know ultimately it will allow me my dream of quitting my day job. One day . . . .

Please Name:
the things you do when you’re not busy in your shop

drink cocktails, shop, watch rugby, cycle, read, eat out

stuff inside your bag you can’t leave home without

•    Notebook (also referred to as my Bible)
•    Iphone
•    Camera

your favorite shops

This is soooo hard as I love so many shops on etsy but I think my absolute favs are:
ohhellofriend
veronicabuttons
BagatellesAndCo

your top 3 favorite picks from your shop
Abbellisca Petite Ruffle Necklace – So cute and feminine
Abbellisca – Black Spiral Necklace – I love this necklace I wear mine all the time it adds a little bit of glamour to an ordinary outfit
Maneggi Me . . . Nautical – These brooch sets are so easy to wear and customise anything
What tips would you want to share for aspiring home based entrepreneurs like you?
Never give up, it can be very frustrating when sales are slow or you don’t seem to be getting anywhere. I use times like these to get organised and develop new designs. I have really learned to improve my photography and this has seen an increase in sales and features in treasuries and blogs. I am still learning so much and read everything I can get my hands on to help me improve.
Nikki Ainscow, owner/designer of Maneggi
Any message to your customers and the people who support you?
A Huge thank you to everyone who has supported Maneggi. The customers are what make a handmade business so enjoyable as the feedback and comments I receive are worth all the effort I put into my items. I would also like to say a big thank you to my family who have been so supportive and are behind me all the way.
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To enter the giveaway:
1. Hop over Maneggi. Then come back here and tell us your favorite piece from the shop. (1 entry)
Additional Entries:
2. Become a follower of my blog by clicking the FOLLOW button on the sidebar. (1 entry)
3.  Twit or Facebook about this giveaway. (if you Twit, please tag it as @theshopbug) (1 entry)
4 Blog about this giveaway. Please leave your blog’s URL in your comment.  (1 entry)

The winner will be picked via Random generator and will be announced on Monday, August 23.

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Thank you so much Nikki for this great interview & giveaway!  
All the Best to Maneggi!

Shop of the Week: Simag Jewelry

It has been months since we have featured a Shop of the Week and I’m very happy to make up for the lost time with a very special shop and seller.  I’m sure that many of you may have been acquainted with Sima Gilady, either through her Etsy shop or through her blog
This interview has long been put on hold and finally, it’s here.  And so without further ado, let’s get to meet the woman behind Simag Jewelry:
What’s the inspiration behind your shop’s name?

♥ SPREADING YOUR LOVE ♥  ONE LETTER AT A TIME 

If every necklace were like every others, our kids will not be so unique.
How old is your shop?
My shop is two years old
What inspired you to start your own home business?
Everything… because inspiration is all around me. I get inspired by my family, my beautiful kids, my life, my dreams, nature (I live in beautiful Boulder, Colorado), and song lyrics.
I often browse fashion and home magazines for inspiration and get ideas from friends and customers. I truly see each custom personalized design as my opportunity to share the life of that family – through joyous occasions such as a birthday or holiday or wedding and through their sadness in my pieces of remembrance in sharing a family’s loss.
Necklaces by Simag
I create every piece with love, one letter at a time – it’s the ultimate personal experience for me. This isn’t just a job for me, it’s a great passion and blessing to be able to be a part of a family’s story – even if just in that short moment of time.
I never forget a family’s special request for a custom order and every time I duplicate that certain piece, I’m taken back to the wonderful unique stories that my work allows me to share with my community.
Rings by Simag
Please Name: 
the things you do when you’re not busy in your shop:
I love being with my family.
I LOVE to cook, bake and photography.
But my biggest passion is thrift store art.  I bought some amazing pieces of  furniture,then repaint them.
The Gilady Family
stuff inside your bag you can’t leave home without:
My camera, My Lipgloss, My Sunglasses and Money
your top 3 favorite picks from your shop:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sima for being a sweetheart since the first day I tried to get in touch with her through e-mail.  Thank you so much for offering to sponsor the “iloveyou necklace giveaway“.  If you haven’t yet entered, please do so now before March 29th, when the winner will be announced.  And please do visit Sima’s shop, you’ll surely find a lot of beautiful ways to spell love.