If you visit my actual blog, not just read it in a blog reader or on facebook or whatever, you may have noticed the little widget (I love that widget is an official word) on my sidebar. I have one that shows stuff in my own Etsy shop up in the tabs across the top, but I really love the one on the side because it shows off the things I have noticed in my travels through Etsy-land and marked as favorites.
The reason this is so cool is that when my birthday or some other gift-giving holiday rolls around, my sweet husband scrolls through this magic assortment and buys me presents! Which is why I am really careful about what I mark as a favorite; some people just "Heart" things willy-nilly, but my favorites are almost more curated than my own shop.
this necklace that Robb bought for me for Christmas. It's pretty obvious why I would be drawn to china. And up-cycling (that's when you use something old to make something new but better...it's not up-cycling if you are just making more junk to say that you used junk...that's why regretsy.com is in business). Broken china jewelry isn't rare, but I think that The Broken Plate has a great take on this kind of jewelry. It has a modern feel that isn't too granny. It's all about the china and how great it is; it's not, "Oh, I'm so cool...I used a plate in my jewelry." It's a subtle difference, but a good one. I'm sure there are lots of copy-cats wrapping up broken shards into jewelry, but this artist has a consistently beautiful product.
The other plus about this seller is that she is wildly successful. I love seeing sellers that are really making their craft work for them and setting a great example for the rest of us how to do it. Juliet Ames is doing just fine without my plug for her. I love the fact that the same person that made my necklace made one that Rachel Ray is wearing. Find out more about her here: http://ibreakplates.com.