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Thursday, November 1, 2012

GIVEAWAY: illusy jewelry

illusy jewelry necklace
illusy hand stamped jewelry

Happy November! It's holiday season, which means it's a time of gifts, shopping, joy and happy celebrations. In my October Favorites post I showed you my new favorite piece of jewelry - a hand stamped necklace with B and K initials for Ben and Katie. I absolutely love it and have been hearing compliments about it since I received it. Today I have two surprises for you - 1.) you get to meet Janet who owns Illusy jewelry store and... 2.) you have a chance to win any item from the store! Holiday season it is. :-)

Here's an interview with Janet where we talk about her jewelry, shop and big dreams:

Janet, you are currently in Torrance, California, right? Are you originally from there?
Yup! I'm originally from Torrance, CA. I lived in San Francisco for a couple years before moving back to Torrance recently.

How did you develop your style?
I can't remember a time when I didn't do something related to crafting something from hand. As a kid I was stringing rose petals to make bracelets, from there it just never stopped and I went to art school for small metal arts jewelry.

illusy jewelry shop

What inspired you to open a shop?
I always knew I wanted a shop, just because it meant I could make jewelry and do something I love, but there was one incident that made it clear of wanting to open a shop. I was making my own jewelry all throughout school and a friend purchased a necklace as a gift for her sister in Korea. Her sister sent a picture of herself wearing the necklace and it was one of those wow moments for me. The idea that somewhere, someone would be wearing my jewelry was amazing. Plus right now I'm shipping to places I've never even heard of, how cool is that!

illusy etsy

What do you use to make your pretty jewelry?
My main material is metal (sheet and wire). I try to source all my findings/beads from local stores and make it a habit to visit my supply stores regularly for new items.
I also do a lot of hammering, sawing and soldering. Depending on the jewelry piece it can vary from wire wrapping to soldering.

illusy shop etsy

Any big dreams for your future?
Yes! Illusy is actually only one part of the shop and has a sister shop called "Flat". I had two very different styles of jewelry that I made and so I decided to split it and make Flat and illusy. I'm working on jewelry for Flat at the moment and hopefully it will open in the near future.
Other than that, traveling to some of those cool places I never heard of is something I'm planing for the future :)

Thank you for the interview, Janet! It was great to learn a little bit more about your shop and how all this magic happens. Good luck with Flat! I can't wait to see what you have there.

And now... giveaway time! Win an item of your choice from Illusy shop! The giveaway is open internationally. To enter you must be a Google Friend Connect follower of Chestnut Mocha. Good luck!

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82 comments:

Lucy Jones said...

I love the Tiny skull necklace xx

Frances said...

I love all the different gold lockets, the sparkly ones are gorgeous! great giveaway :)

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Floral Danielle said...

So many gorgeous items to pick from!
I like the tiny cross ring :)
@floraldanielle
x

Betsy said...

Vintage Circle Necklace is beautiful!

Tabetha said...

What a gorgeous shop! I love the initial tag necklace-- so delicate!
http://aclosetintellectual.blogspot.com/

Szappanbubi said...

I1m in love with the Long brass tassel necklace

http://www.etsy.com/listing/99708127/long-brass-tassel-necklace-vintage-drops

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Kelsey Elizabeth said...

I'm a sucker for a monogram or initial and these necklaces are no exception! Awesome giveaway :)

SarahJane Miller said...

i love the heart stud earrings :)

lazy explorers said...

I love the gold bar necklace!

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Jessica Who? said...

omg! i love it all! some of my faves are the crown earrings, initial necklaces, infinity bracelet, bar necklace... i could keep going :)

Briseidy said...

this is so pretty! love the earrings!

sunny chou said...

awhhh so many cute jewel, i like tiny anchor, so cuteee :)

Alyssa said...

I love the tiny gold cross necklace! So cute and dainty :)

Alyssa

Alice said...

Thanks, Katie, for introducing us to Janet and Illusy!
From what I can tell, Janet seems like someone who is really devoted to pursuing what she loves and creating beautiful products. Each of the pieces that she creates is absolutely gorgeous! <3
I sure do wish her all of the best of luck with Illusy (as well as Flat)!

Now on to my second thank you.
Thank you for having this lovely little giveaway for us!
There's so many pretty pieces that I want from Illusy. If I were to narrow my extensive list to just 3 pieces that I absolutely would die without (it was hard narrowing it to 3!), my list would NEED to include the stacking rings, the infinity bracelet, and the tiny circle ring necklace.
Everything is just so delicate and cutesy...I wish I could scoop it all up and just put it into my pocket!
I'm just so enamored with everything. Each piece is special and pretty and fascinating and oh so very dreamy.

Kudos to Janet for her amazing jewelry-making skills!

Well, I'm off to go cross as many fingers as possible in hopes of winning this giveaway. Even still, best of luck to everyone entering!! <3



~Alice
Ainfinitaire

NATALiJA WANTS YOU! ♥ said...

suuuuuuuuuuper cute <333333333333

Jessica Robinson said...

I love the tiny anchor necklace!

Rachel Hinderliter said...

Everything is gorgeous! I love the gold hammered bar necklace the most.

Lulu said...

My favorite is Gold double drops necklace - tiny facet and round drop on gold filled

Salvaged Strawberry said...

What a cute store! I love this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/95613063/hand-stamped-initial-necklace-hexagon

Diana, Down Home Traveler said...

I love the necklace! I'm so into gold right now!

emily said...

i seriously love everything -- it's all so dainty and pretty! but, i'm DYING for the initial tag bracelet! so cute! hope i win!
x

Caitlin said...

The tiny skull necklace is so cute!

Elsha Bodily said...

I've been wanting some of the initial necklaces like you showed for SO long! That's definitely what is get. New follower and thank you for the invite over here

Sarah said...

The jewelry is all so pretty! And that's a lovely top you're wearing :)

Jessica said...

great interview and giveaway my favorite piece is the gold triangle necklace!

Jessica
http://www.jumpintopuddles.com/

Gill said...

I like the initial heart necklace!

Saimaeve said...

Sooo cute!!! Love it all!

Alice Barton said...

Such a lovely giveaway!!!
Love those initial bracelets!!! xx
Alice Barton ♥ The Mow Way

Jessica said...

ENTERED ! Looove those necklaces :) Beautiful blog, thanks for introducing us to this etsy store!

teenyblnd2 said...

the tiny anchor neckace, the gold initial necklace, the tiny circle eternity necklace....i could go on for days! Love this shop!

Rachel said...

I love the initial necklace! beautiful.

Rachel
http://www.postcardsfromrachel.com

Baylee said...

eaded crystal bracelet - swarovski chaton on gold filled

Jessica Allen said...

I am loving that heart locket! Gorgeous!

Jennifer Corsillo said...

love the tiny circle necklace

Anna Patricia Ladiana said...

I like the initial heart necklace.

April said...

I love this necklace! http://www.etsy.com/listing/99708127/long-brass-tassel-necklace-vintage-drops

Thanks for all of the hard work that goes into your blog!

Marija said...

I love the gold curve bar necklace.

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

Colleen Boudreau said...

The Tiny silver cross necklace.

MaeveBe said...

love this! http://www.etsy.com/listing/96945881/tiny-circle-necklace-unity-eternal-charm

Kim Gorman said...

I absolutely love the Turquoise cross necklace!!! Turquiose and Silver - nothing can beat that!!!!

Kayla Hall said...

I like the initial heart necklace!

Melody said...

Gold Flower Necklace.

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Stephanie Y. said...

Love the tiny gold infinity bracelet!

gustosa giveaways said...

i like Gold butterfly necklace

va said...

to be honest it is hard to just pick one cause I have lots of faves so I will post some of them ..
http://www.etsy.com/listing/99708127/long-brass-tassel-necklace-vintage-drops
http://www.etsy.com/listing/93100840/bead-drop-necklace-rose-jade-on-gold
http://www.etsy.com/listing/97350031/gold-heart-locket-necklace-customized
http://www.etsy.com/listing/92742026/pink-coral-bracelet-beaded-dash-bar-on
http://www.etsy.com/listing/112165136/tiny-star-ring-raw-brass-whimsical
http://www.etsy.com/listing/90908156/heart-stud-earrings-brass-heart-studs

tumblemumbo at gmail.com

va said...
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va said...

to be honest it is hard to just pick one cause I have lots of faves so I will post some of them ..
http://www.etsy.com/listing/99708127/long-brass-tassel-necklace-vintage-drops
http://www.etsy.com/listing/93100840/bead-drop-necklace-rose-jade-on-gold
http://www.etsy.com/listing/97350031/gold-heart-locket-necklace-customized
http://www.etsy.com/listing/92742026/pink-coral-bracelet-beaded-dash-bar-on
http://www.etsy.com/listing/112165136/tiny-star-ring-raw-brass-whimsical
http://www.etsy.com/listing/90908156/heart-stud-earrings-brass-heart-studs

tumblemumbo at gmail.com

Leila Teixeira said...

Thank you so much for this amazing opportunity!!

It is very hard to choose a favourite piece, but right now, i'm kind of in love with the ones who have the initials... Just beautiful!!!

Keep up the good work :)))

Lyseria Pesvita said...

Everything is simple but beautiful. Sometimes those are the best things. :) Thanks for the give away, and you're doing a great job, hope to see more, Particularly i like the skull. Earings would be cute to see. :)

Diana said...

What an adorable blog you have! Lovely shop Illusy is too!! The Tiny heart necklace- blue enameled hearts, antique brass chain- delicate jewelry caught my eye!! Thanks for the chance!

lin3arossa said...

I love the Gold teardrop necklace - long gold filled - simple minimal illusy
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Hana's Clay said...

i love this : http://www.etsy.com/listing/97350031/gold-heart-locket-necklace-customized


Thankyou for this lovely giveaway! ^^
hana_clay@yahoo.com

asteride said...

Love the heart necklace and the earrings

Marta K said...

Love it! So delicate and beautiful!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/91529956/tiny-silver-charm-necklace-silver-charm

Kimberly Rampersad said...

I love the gold locket necklace.

Chiara Handmade said...

Love this necklace http://www.etsy.com/listing/92144568/gold-flower-necklace-pendant-charm-on

agnieszkazg said...

My fav item is http://www.etsy.com/listing/97350031/gold-heart-locket-necklace-customized

Jasanna Czellar said...

Love the initial arrow necklace. So pretty!!

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Despina T. said...

i really love this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/96222006/gold-double-drops-necklace-tiny-facet

intensev5 said...

I really like the Eternity - Gold circle necklace- twist ring gold filled chain- dainty minimal jewelry

daer0n said...

Love this necklace:
http://www.etsy.com/listing/107974557/gold-triangle-necklace-brass-and-gold

Despina said...

I adore the Gold fringe necklace- thin brass bar!!

DESPINA
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Cerissa Beveridge said...

i like so many of them. i like the anchor and the skull. i like the ones with blue beads and the small stamped one!

cerbev (at)gmail(dot)com

phioniray said...

I love tiny brass tiara ring! :)
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Gigi Sweeps said...

I love the Silver bar necklace - curved twist bar on sterling silver chain

Gigi

87dd1b2a-689b-11e1-b6ad-000bcdcb5194 said...

Love the Tiny bar necklace - silver etched dash on sterling silver

Kat E.
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chachamisu said...

i love gold wings necklace, it's looks magical

Nataya

Birgit said...

I adore the Eternity twist link necklace!
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AbSa said...

i love gold wings necklace, it's looks magical

Roman M said...

The little crown earrings are the cutest!

Susana DurĂ£es said...

Love this one Gold triangle necklace - brass and gold filled - minimal geometric jewelry

Best wishes

Vanessa Jade Smith | www.7Jaded.com said...

I adore the anchor necklace! I have wanted one for so long!

Wayne Lecoy said...

Please Enter Me In Your Giveaway.
It Would Be Great To Win An item of My choice from Illusy shop!
In Response To Your Question Of
What Is Your Favorite
Item From illusy?
I Liked The Tiny silver cross necklace.
Thank You For Having This Giveaway!!!

clenna said...

Love the Tiny red coral earrings

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Michelle Frame said...

I love the
Tiny heart necklace- blue enameled hearts, antique brass chain- delicate jewelry
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Shani said...

I love the silver cross necklace: http://www.etsy.com/listing/94139595/tiny-silver-cross-necklace-sterling

taletrader said...

My favorite is the tiny heart initial necklace! I love anything personalized.

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Kasie said...

Love the Initial arrow necklace - brass charm on gold filled - personalized custom!

Adriana Madrigal said...

Cuuute giveaway! Thanks for hosting it. I really like the tiny brass tiara ring :)

rusty said...

fave: http://www.etsy.com/listing/105664830/tiny-anchor-studs-brass-anchor-on

Serenap95 said...

I absolutely love the Tiny anchor studs - brass anchor on sterling silver posts - nautical beach jewelry

aogable said...

I really like "tiny" things...I can't decide!

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