Favorite things

For as long as I can remember, I've been mildly obsessed with rings. (Is there such a thing as mild obsession?) Anyway, it's a little bit sad because I really have rather unattractive hands. It's silly to draw extra attention to my hands by adorning them in any way. There is just something about an interesting, well-made ring that is endlessly fascinating to me and my collection has grown over the years. Sadly, my hands have done the same.

A few months ago, I discovered the Etsy website where people can set up shop and sell all sorts of handcrafted items from candles to clothing. I started browsing through the jewelry category and discovered a shop I instantly loved. Gemmafactrix features a wide array of unique, colorful and fun jewelry created by Brooke Medlin. Prices are pretty reasonable for handcrafted, custom-made art, I think.

I have since ordered a few items from Brooke and have to say I absolutely love her work and she is an excellent and accomodating person to deal with. And, no, I'm not being paid to say this, really. Her feedback speaks for itself. Makes me wish I could be a metalsmith meself.

Here's a couple photos of items she has made for me:

(Move your mouse over the photo and then off again. I just learned this cool photo trick from a link.)

(Photos by gemmafactrix posted with permission)


Janzelle said...

Please have mercy! You Maxwell's are alwuz coming up with some snappy new skills. Girls only want boyfriends who have great skills. I might have to try that. If Liane can do it, then I can too!

Cool jewelry too. I loved the necklace with the boys' names when I noticed it that one day at KFC.

Simple pleasures.

St. Busta Chop IV said...

I just want to go on record saying that I will miss that little Gnome guy. All the other "me's" will too...

Cara said...

Wow. All of her jewelry is so beautiful. You have wonderful taste, Liane! :)

Avalanche Cowpoke said...

...do you call thet new trick sleight of mouse??? 8~)

del said...

I think adorning your hands will make them MORE attractive. Try it! :-) Anyway, my feeling on hands are if they're useful (as they are to crafty people) then they're beautiful.

Stephanie said...

That jewelry is very pretty. I like it. And just so you know I started putting my posts and pictures from my xanga onto my blog.

Shari said...

Wow, some of her jewelry pieces look so Scandinavian. I'm a jewelry fiend, so I'm thrilled that you recommended her.

I love the mouse-over trick. I need to try that.

Janelle, I'm laughing at your comment because my husband is constantly quoting that Napoleon line. LOL.

ljmax said...

Busta's back! I am mad that I can't comment on your site...Wus up?
Indeed, Jerome needed some head space and had to be retired. We will all miss his dear smile.?