Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Jewel of a Friend and a Giveaway

One of the things I love about the internet, is that you can make friends with people who live on the other side of the world, without leaving your house, or even getting out of your pyjamas!! A little while ago I became friends with a wonderful girl, Louise, who lives in Ireland. Louise is a self taught Silversmith who creates amazing jewellery in her little attic studio on her farm, where she lives with her husband and their three young children.

Louise has such an unusual and eye-catching style to her jewellery. I wanted to show off a couple of the pieces she has made for me, as well as some from her Etsy shop 'Made for an Angel'. The first ring I bought from Louise was the 'Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss' ring. The turquoise stone she has used is simply stunning and is set off beautifully by the silver 'petals' surrounding it.

Louise makes her pieces with stunning and interesting gems and stones, sterling silver and sometimes adds a touch of gold, like the centres of the flowers on my next ring, 'Luxury Woodstock'. The stones here are pools of blue Chalcedony, and they look fabulous in their setting with two silver and gold flowers on either side.

These rings are larger and slightly heavier than your usual jewellers rings, but oh-so-comfortable to wear. Louise also makes sweet earrings and gorgeous, statement-piece pendants!

An amazing custom order called Tangles & Swirls!
Check out that stunning moss agate. See more pics here
 
Bottom of the Lagoon pendant

You can read a little more about Louise's life on the farm and of her jewellery making exploits through her blog Made for an Angel Jewels. Check out some of her sales items in her Etsy shop to see some of the rings, pendants and earrings she has made and sold. Louise is happy to make custom items and is very convo friendly. Each piece Louise makes comes with her signature stamped on the back and her little heart with wings.

The wonderful news about all of this is that Louise has very generously offered a gorgeous set of clover stacking rings (the ultimate Irish ring experience, see pic below) for me to give away to you, here!


To be included in this giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post by Saturday 31st Oct. I will announce and contact the winner on Sunday 1st Nov Aussie time (please make sure you leave your email address if it's not already in your profile so I can contact you). Louise will custom make these sweet rings for the winner. Good luck xo

127 comments:

wishes, true and kind said...

Cathy, you have done a great job highlighting your friend and wonderful artist. Her work is fabulous! I will definitely check out her blog and Etsy shop.

Cardygirl said...

A lovely post about Louise- her work is beautiful!

One Flew Over said...

I am heading over to her etsy store RIGHT.NOW! Love some of her pieces.

VERY generous x

SewCalGal said...

Your friend is a very talented artist. Natural instinct. Absolutely lovely.

Thanks for sharing insights and for holding this delightful giveaway.

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

paulette said...

Wow! Your friend is a real sweetie! LOve her jewelry and would LOVE to wear her rings....they are gorgeous! Thanks so much for the chance to win one!
Paulette

Jeannette said...

What fantastic work, I will certainly pop over and have a further look. Please count me in the draw

Martina said...

Wow, those are really lovely pieces.So great that you shared. And happy the winner. Thanks so much!

Debs said...

One exceptionally talented friend you have found yourself - Oh, to wear her rings.
What a very generous give away.

PatchworkRose said...

Louises work has such impact and is stunning. Just love her jewellry and would be honoured to wear her rings. Thankyou for the chance to win. Will definately be looking at her blog and etsy :-)
Cheers
Lynne

Leah said...

Deeply, deeply cool jewellery :)

Sarah said...

Wow, seriously? What an amazing thing to give away!

Those are just beautiful, I would LOVE to win! Thanks for showing off someone who is talented and not using fabric Cathy, sometimes I think we forget that those people exsist in our quest for the latest print :) lol

Off to have a looky at her shop and other delicious makings.

Jeannie Gan said...

What a talented friend you have! I'm heading over to check out her etsy store now.

Amelia said...

Wow, self taught! I am doing the same thing as everyone else and going to have a look at her etsy store. Really what a cool giveaway! Fingers crossed!

kaiolohiakids said...

Her jewelry is stunning!I'll have to take a look at her store & her blog! I love Ireland! It's like Hawaii with the Air Conditioner on!

Andi said...

What gorgeous work!!
I'm not big ring wearer so maybe don't include me in the giveaway.
But thanks for introducing me to this wonderful artist!!
Andi :-)

Kathleen said...

ooh lovely....my dad is irish so this is my kind of giveaway!

thanks for the link to louise's blog...off there now

Sue said...

OMG what beautiful works of art. I've just been admiring her blog and etsy site.

Lilly said...

Wow what a beautiful shop! Her work is amazing!
Thanks for this great giveaway ^^
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

Miriam said...

Wow, hand made silver rings all the way from Ireland!
I admire anyone who is original and creative, no matter what materials they use.
Beautiful work, Louise!! Thank you for offering such a generous giveaway!

Thank you for sharing, Cathy!

Quilts on Bastings said...

Such beautiful works of art!

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

OMGosh what a creative and talented person Louise is! The rings, pendants and earrings are all stunning! Thanks for the link - heading over to Etsy now!

Rita

Chookyblue...... said...

I was looking thru all these pics and thinking it is gorgeous and thinking of a friends silver jewellery out west and how creative they are and and very different stuff that they make........
then to get to the bottom and find she is giving someting away...........how very generous.......

love your ring......

alobsiger said...

GASP! Louise's work is GORGEOUS, Cathy! Thank you for introducing it to us. Just such beautiful work. Thanks to Louise for the generous giveaway that I would love to see adorning my hand. :-)))

Stephanie said...

Wow, I'm thrilled to learn of amazing crafters of any medium. Gorgeous jewelery and so generous to have a giveaway. I'll be off to visit her blog and etsy. Thank you!!!

Louise said...

Wow...Thank you Cathy for such a lovely write-up! and thank you all for your lovely comments. You are all very welcome at Made for an Angel.....(in Cathy's case, her pieces WERE made for an Angel).

Kathleen Young said...

That's really generous of you, and a fantastic excuse to do some Christmas shopping - although when I see beautiful things like that I end up keeping them all myself :-). Love your blog, and thanks again for the opportunity XXX

Kathleen, Troon, Scotland

Kate/Massachusetts said...

What beautiful work!!!

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

Very unique jewelry! Please add me to the drawing

ranette said...

Louise has some awesome jewelry making talent!!! I am going to check out her site later today. Wonderful way to feature your friend Cathy.

Jackie said...

Here jewelry is just stunning! They are definitely show stopper pieces. How wonderful to give away such a gorgeous ring. Definitely include me in the drawing, Cathy!

Corrie said...

WOW! What beautiful jewelry Louise makes! I would be so excited to win those beautiful rings!

Jacque said...

Gorgeous designs, beautiful work, stunning materials.. pls enter me into the drawing.

jleibfried@aol.com

Dee said...

She is totally awesome! I love the stones and am so into custom art jewelry...because that is what it is...aret. The Lagoon piece is fabulous! Thanks for the heads up and yes, the internet is the bomb (US for the best!) for meeting and making sweet, new friends all over the world...like, oh, say, Australia!
TTFN

Marlena said...

Great post and what beautiful jewerly! The Rainbow Ring just made its way to my Christmas list and the stacking rings are gorgeous. What a generous giveaway! Thanks Cathy and Louise.

Rafael's Mum said...

What beautiful jewellery! Thank you for introducing Louise to us Cathy. She has a beautiful personal style. I had a look at her Etsy shop straight away. Fantastic.

Thanks also for the chance to take part in this generous giveaway.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

How pretty! I do love how small the world feels via my computer :) I love Louise's pieces - each is stunning! Thank you for sharing her with us :)

Stephanie said...

Wow, your friend is an amazing artist. I've been very interested lately in artists who are not quilters. Her work is wonderful and creative and inspiring. And what an incredible giveaway!

Anonymous said...

o gosh, I love the half-square triangles and love the jewellery. Thanks for a great blog,beate@linearg.com

Jody said...

You are a good friend to Louise and her work truly deserves your promotion! It's true about this internet - we connect in ways that were never before possible.
The jewelry is TO DIE FOR. Maybe I will break my record of NEVER winning this time!

greenbuttonstudio said...

oooh gorgeous! i love "chunky" jewelry that has heft and weight.

two hippos said...

Wow, those are gorgeous. I love the blue/silver ring as well. While I'm not a pendant person, those rings call out to me!!

YankeeQuilter said...

Beautiful jewelry! I love how individual each of the pieces are!

Allie said...

WOW! I love all her beautiful rings! What talent!

NiCoLe said...

OMGoodness! Her work is absolutely stunning. Her style is one of a kind. Thanks for sharing with us!

Tiffany said...

Oh my gosh, what talent! Thanks for letting us know about her designs.

izzy inspired said...

Thank you for sharing this amazing jewelry. I am headed straight to her blog, when I am done catching up on yours. It is amazing how many talented people there are and their creativity is such a joy to see.

Anonymous said...

Oh my, what lovely jewelry...such artistry. I would love to have the rings for myself, but my daughter's birthday is coming very soon and I would be so thrilled to have something so unique and special to give her. Please, please choose me, so I can make her birthday over the moon. soardkg@fuse.net

Katherine said...

What stunning pieces!! I am going to search around her etsy site right now!!

Nova said...

I like the Amethyst patterned Ring.

rebecca said...

Just happened upon your blog! Wow, stunning jewelry. I'll definitely go visit her Etsy shop. I LOVE the stacking rings!

BlueButtonwood said...

So happy to see this post about Louise- an amazing artist and friend who deserves all things wonderful! Just reading it brought a big smile to my face :D Thank you Cathy! Have a great week!

Becky said...

Sign me up. What beautiful eye candy!
Becky

Sew Many Ideas, So Little Time said...

Her work is gorgeous as is she!!!! I really loved the ring in the second photo. Thanks for sharing her work with us. I am also going to her etsy store to take a look.

carole ann said...

Went over to check out her site, what gorgeous work she does. I have already thought about some of those earrings. Thanks for sharing.

jo kramer said...

I am not a jewelry girl...my fingers and just too chubby and I hate to draw attention to them BUT if I did, this is the jewelry I would like. My daughter is a big jewelry girl and I would LOVE to give it to her.

janine said...

Beautiful jewelry i just love them, will be going over to etsy to have a peep jan_ken@optusnet.com.au

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I have a ring in mind I'm dying to have. I wonder if I sent her a picture if she'd make something like it for me in my ring size? I really love her work. Thanks Cathy.

Love 2 Quilt said...

She does beautiful work. I love the rings! I'm going too check out her site. paweis(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jenny said...

Really lovely work. I am excited for the chance to win this lovely ring. Thanks for the chance!

lyn said...

Love the rings but especially love your work, the colours you use etc etc

Hi! My name is erica. Would you be my friend? said...

Oh wow! They're all so lovely!

I'd love to win those rings! My grandmother was irish and I was born on St. Patty's day. I think they'd be just right for me! ;)

Kelly said...

oh WOW, what beautiful work, Thanks for the link Cathy. (my wishlist is starting to get really really long)

Lynda Halliger-Otvos said...

The color blends speak to me on several levels...

incredible balance...

the delicate beauty of the offered rings offsets my sadness this evening-my best friend has died at 54 unexpectedly.

Nancy in GA said...

What a sweet face your friend has and what an outstanding artist she is. Would love to have one of her pieces.
nmratliff at mindspring dot com

Ellsworth said...

Thanks for this post. My daughter will be thrilled with her birthday gift!
Judy in cFL
bonnyarts(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mama Spark said...

OMG her jewelry is just stunning. What a kind and generous spirit she is for sharing with you and you for sharing with us! I love natural stones and am Irish and would love to have something from there too. What sweathearts you both are!

Ave said...

Ohh, those rings are so beautiful! Count me in!

Claudia said...

Oh, these pieces are beautiful! And what a great idea for getting people to visit your blog (which is a fantastic one, BTW).

Claudia

va said...

I love this ring and all the other pieces as well ! The color of the green stone is gorgeous and it stands out . Thanks for having this giveaway ! How fun :)

tumblemumbo@gmail.com

409cope said...

What a cute ring and being of Irish descent this would be great. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

Thankyou for hosting such a wonderful giveaway! I love rings and stacking rings are my newest love, so I'm very excited about this new store and the giveaway.

Donnelly said...

Wow! How generous of Louise! Her jewelry is amazing! Thank you for introducing us to such and amazing artist.
Have a great day!

InJuneau said...

Wow her work is beautiful. What a wonderful friend to give you such lovelies to giveaway.

damons [at] gci [dot] net

Sophiespace said...

Wow, what delightful, exquisite jewelry.
Can I have piece?

Just kidding. I will most certainly have a look at the artist's website.

Thanks, Cathy. It is lovely of you to host this giveaway on your website.

Best regards,

Zofia

CathyH said...

I LOVE this jewelry. So original and the work of an artist.

monika said...

omg! i really like them all! i like the style indeed. but my favourite ones are, as always, rings!! it'd be great to participate in this giveaway :)

Monika - Creative Bliss said...

Seriously fabulous jewellry...would love to win
Love your blog by the way
Monika

Anna of Bohemian Cotton said...

Whoa Baby! I am a bohemian jewelry wearer and maker right along w/quilts. These trio of rings will fit in with my collection in an amazing way. What an artist from Ireland!!

annafogg1@aol.com
~anna in md, right near Wash, DC

JennTRC said...

these are gorgeous, amazing artist indeed!

Jenn
jrerwin6@gmail.com

CarrieM said...

These rings are so beautiful! Thanks for the chance!!

blesdbe AT att DOT net

Turtle said...

love them! and irish makes them extra special !

moonhonu at yahoo dot com

Annie1 said...

Gorgeous, creative work!

Love it!

ty


nancyrobster@gmail.com

Silvergirl said...

lovely pieces :)love her works :) hope i can win :)

silverlilacc at hotmail dot com

khaski said...

What terrific pices- very unique and stylish! khaski78@ hotmail.com

Anne J said...

the clover rings are beautiful, great giveaway

ajolly1456 at gmail dot com

Mizz Snape said...

You are right! The jewelry she makes are very unique. Count me in please :]

darkntwisty@hellokitty.com

AlisonWonderland said...

I'd love to own that gorgeous set...what an amazing colour that stone is!

gemini5757 at hotmail.com
gemini5757.etsy.com

Tumbletalk.blogspot.com said...

That's what I love about blogs, finding new people and sites to see. I came to your site through Material Obsession. One site leads to another, always an adventure! The jewelry is amazing! I love the stacking rings and was drawn to the 300 million year old fossil fern necklace. Now I'm off to her blog to see where that leads me!

Brooke said...

Her work is amazing! So many beautiful pieces!

brooke.lynn12@gmail.com

mim said...

please count me in! this is an awesome giveaway!

email is miriam dot nussbaum at gmail

pippirose said...

What fabulous jewelry!
:o)
pippirose59 at gmail dot com

Jean C. said...

What wonderfully amazing jewelery she makes. How sweet of her to be so willing to share! If I were to win it would make a great present for my sweet Red Headed daughter in law who also loves nicely made jewerly.

Carol Anne said...

Her jewelry is gorgeous!!

cac922[at]cccb[dot]edu

Kiley said...

just finished admiring her etsy shop. Would love a chance to win a piece of amazing custom jewelry! Such a generous giveaway!

kwillison1@gmail.com

Kim said...

Oooh nice! I LOVE unique jewelry and will definitely be jetting over to etsy! Please enter me in the giveaway. I'd LOVE to sport these beauties on my fingers! Thanks for the info about her great jewelry!

alicia said...

her jewelry is gorgeous & absolutely stunning! thanks for offering the giveaway!

alicia.bianchi at hotmail . com

:)

ChickieChirps said...

What beautiful and unusual jewellery! Very striking!

Arabella
jrmorawitz@yahoo.co.nz

sharon said...

Love her designs and the colour in the stones,so talented!
Sharon
sjlou27@gmail.com

pish said...

Thanks so much for introducing me to Louise's shop! I'm drooling all over my keyboard, LOL!
melaniesands[at]yahoo[dot]ca

Wendy said...

Thanks for the heads up on Louise's shop. She has some gorgeous stuff! I would love to win this ring! Keeping my fingers crossed.

Carapace said...

Oh, what really amazing work! I am hearting the heck out of that shop!

I love how BOLD the pieces are-- great full rocks, not small and retiring. Perfect! I would love to wear that clover ring about. Thank you both for giving us the chance!

carapacenator(at)gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you for giving us the chance to win such a beautiful piece of jewelery! BTW, I enjoy reading your blog very much!
Joycemcushing@aol.com

Badger Momma said...

Those rings are lovely. I would love to be wearing them. Thank you for the opportunity.

badgermomma at gmail dot com

Little Boobook said...

Ooooh, Louise has been on my etsy favourites list forever! I love her distinctive style, and her choice of stones is always amazing. Thanks Cathy for blogging about her beautiful pieces!
littleboobook )at( gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Louise's pieces are stunning and very original. I'm going to have a look at her shop on etsy. Would be great gifts for my sister-in-laws' b'days!

libwark@gmail.com

Rae Ann said...

Very beautiful jewelry. I will go check it out!

Sue said...

Very inspiring, she does wonderful work!

Tara said...

Stunning jewelry! I'd be thrilled to win!

taraz9 (at) excite (dot) com

Nancy said...

Wow, beautiful rings and awesome giveaway.

Egater said...

So awesome jewelry, I'd love to win!
egateris at gmail dot com

LoveCharlesVintage said...

This is quite possibly the most amazing giveaway I've seen. I adore rings, and have a nice little collection coming along.
I just can't resist entering for these beautiful stacking rings!
-Lily
lilygreig at gmail dot com

Diana Napier said...

Oh my! What lovely jewelry and what a great designer.

fashionfrugality said...

What BEAUTIFUL rings! Count me in, for sure! :)
kkondek at gmail.com

Kitty said...

I lover the organic designs!
contact@liquidambarstudio.com

Nelsby said...

Thanks so much for the fabulous giveaway - I would be SO thrilled to win! This ring is so unique and just gorgeous!
Aimee
sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com

Kaaren said...

Are you serious, Cathy? Thank you and thanks to Louise for her generosity. I would consider it an honor to were a piece of her jewelry. Now I'm off to check her blog and etsy shop.

Aik said...

This is so great! I'd love love love to wear Louise's jewelry!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

scrapworking said...

What a great post! I'd love to own and wear a piece from this fabulous artist. Wow! Thanks for the opportunity. scrapworking at yahoo dot com

Sharon in FL

Barbara Philiotis said...

Whether I win these rings or not, I am already a winner ... I already own some of Louise's jewelry. I have her silver flower garnet earrings and she's making me a flower ring with a garnet and peridot. Her work is so beautiful, not the shiny mass produced stuff. I always get compliments. Come to think of it I think I need to order that ocean jasper ring she has listed on etsy ... its just calling to me ..... (bkphiliotis@yahoo.com)

Whytefeather said...

Louise is a very talented artist. Just got done looking around her Etsy store, wonderful wonderful Silversmithing!! I admire any one who is self taught and she definitely has true knack there. Thank you for offering the chance to win a giveaway featuring those beautiful rings.
Love your blog, Cathy... you always have some thing that inspires me!

Live Well With Judi said...

Wow! She is one talented gal. I love her jewelry and my daughters will too. I'm on my way to her etsy site right now! Thanks for sharing!!

eriven said...

Wow, beautiful! More to add to my xmas wishlist ;)

Marsha said...

What a truly talented artist. Thanks for spotlighting her work. Going to go check it out for myself. Good timing with Christmas on the way. Thanks for the opportunity.

Anonymous said...

Hi Cathy Thank you for the opportunity to enter the comp. The rings are unique stunning and beautiful. A very cheery thing to perk up the soul. Cheers Kkerrybrack@hotmail.com

Alma Allen said...

Hi Cathy,

I would love to win those beautiful rings! Thank you for highlighting her work. I'm going to check out her blog too.

alma@blackbird-designs.com

JenniferB said...

Beautiful ring- all of her work is gorgeous- thanks for the chance to win.

ejxd95@gmail.com

lluvia said...

I really want. Her artwork is amazing and I am stunned to see the kind of jewellery I love come true...
alkarazb@gmail.com