As you all know I am a huge fan of Twitter, its such a great way to get to know people from around the world and last week, Shelly from Mystic Pieces sprung up in my inbox. Well, lets just say, after a few clicks through her shop I just knew I had to share her amazing jewelry with you guys!
So Shelly, how did you get started?
At the age of 7, my journey began in the art world when my Mother enrolled me into an oil painting class. As the years continued my art background includes an art history major, traveling to many art events, working in a museum and now my favorite – creating delightful jewelry to adorn. Jewelry creating started 12 years ago when I had a strong desire to create something. Since then it has evolved into my Etsy store, local art shows in Phoenix, and selling my creations to boutiques in the Valley of the Sun.In the last three months, I have started creating full time. I have envisioned this path for so many years and am tickled pink that I have finally arrived at one of my many on going destinations.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Inspiration for me comes in way too many places to list just one. I am constantly fascinated by what other artist, jewelry designers, writers and musicians can create! Talent and inspiration is everywhere. I’m fascinated by design whether it be in an ad, billboard, interior decorating, or clothing. Composition and materials are always running through my brain.
My current inspiration is to look for the positive in all events. There is a reason and season for everything. I’m constantly on the look out for quotes that encourage one to better themselves or to inspire to push the limits of one’s potential. I think in life as with my jewelry its finding the right pieces of the puzzle to fit together to create something wonderful.
One of my favorite quotes: “Life expands or contracts in direct proportion to one’s courage” ~Anais Nin
You mention Steampunk often, what exactly is it?
Steampunk is a genre of time traveling to an era of steam powered engines, Victorian motifs and attire, industrial, and mechanical (thus the watch parts) themes. It’s a life for some including dressing the part, events and creations. It completely fascinates me, however it’s a little warm in Phoenix to be wearing all those heavy Victorian clothes. Steampunk to me is a time of romance and luxurious items. The Victorian era is rich in details from the intricate Victorian homes to the elaborate laces, dresses and furniture. I just love it all. You can see more here.
What is your favorite piece available now?
One of my favorites is the Steampunk French Bee Necklace. (shown above, it was one of my favs too!) I love the composition, the many different components and the uniqueness of this piece. It incorporates a time that once was from the vintage pieces, plus a little fun with a French bee and flower. It’s just a delightful piece.
Have any favorite shops around Etsy?
I love The Home Centric. Love her choice of materials and composition. Just scrumptious!
Tilly Bloom, love all the unique images. The black and white themes add to the richness of her whimsical and fun pieces.
A true Steampunk artist, Winona Cookie, features imaginative individuals with Victorian flair, love her work!
And of course, Stiletto Heights, a favorite photographer on Etsy, the richness of colors and romantic themes are gorgeous!
Be sure to stop by and say hi to Mystic Pieces over on twitter and facebook!
And a Giveaway!
That’s right, one lucky reader will be a seriously lucky winner! Mystic pieces has graciously selected the Delicate Steampunk Crystal Vintage Necklace for one of Our Designed Life’s readers!
How might you enter to win this lovely little guy? Well, its quite simple, and there are several ways to get entries!
~Hop on over to Mystic Pieces, find a piece that tickles your fancy. Come back over here and leave me a comment about it.
~Tweet about it, make sure to include @Ourdesignedlife so I see it. Be sure to come back to the blog and leave me a comment letting me know about it.
~Blog about it, again leave me a comment here on Our Designed Life!
That’s it. Three possible entries per person! Be sure to always leave me a comment, I will be picking a winner Sunday, November 29th at midnight, PST. Winner will be selected using Random.org, so make sure your comments are all here! This giveaway is open worldwide, so please tell your friends!
Happy giveaway and a huge thank you to Shelly at Mystic Pieces!
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