27 November 2012

Flowers Bloom in Gina’s Corner

Flowers bloom from every corner of Gina’s Corner Crafts as Gina, owner and designer, creates lasting blooms that she uses to adorn her jewelry, home decor and personal apparel. Gina has been creating blooms since 1990 where she was a part of the Northwest craft culture. Her blossoms are constructed from the shavings of pencils and she lovingly spins them into multicolored petals that she then attaches to other objects to make them works of wearable art.

In addition to the flowers, she enjoys reconstructing vintage finds into new jewelry. She hunts down vintage jewelry in yard sales, flea markets and other areas that may hold treasures that she can deconstruct and then reassemble into a new vintage piece of art. She has also tried her hand at ceramics and is not afraid to try different creative avenues to explore.

“My favorite material is jewelry pieces that I try to use with my flowers, soft leathers and cloths. I still love taking jewelry apart and saving the pieces for later use,” Gina said. “I enjoy soft leather and cloth because my flowers just seem to mold into the material.”

Brooch /Hat Pin Gem Stones/Center Pencil Shaving

From the designer:

This gorgeous bright brooch will also look great as a hat pin. It is gold toned and has eight gem stones of beautiful effervescent colors of light blue, darker blue, pink, topaz, green, rose, violent, and light yellow.
In the center of the brooch/hat pin I have placed my "one of a kind" flowers made from pencil shavings. It's a small bud of pink with purple swirls.
This piece really stands out and shines, and would look great with any of your outfits. It's approximately 5"


Project planning involves the creation of the flowers in order to make them sturdy and then discovering what bits and pieces she may have that will make a complimentary piece. Gina finds that her ideas come to her from determining how she can incorporate a flower into something that she has seen. She spends a lot of time scrutinizing colors and works hard to find the right colors to accent her flowers.

“I have taken a lot of time with this one-of-a-kind piece. I picked up each finished flower and placed it on there, to see which one would look the best. I took a lot of time choosing the the color of the beads to see which one would look good with my flower. Those jewelry pieces I have placed went through a lot of scrutiny, and I went through every bottle to see what piece would look the best,” Gina said of the care she puts into the creation of her pieces.

Gina loves to combine colors to see what combinations can be mixed and matched. She enjoys experimenting with the different flowers she can create, but hates the glue. If she could, she would hire someone to glue her beads, do her supply shopping and take the photos for her.

Her necklaces are her favorite, but she has not added many to her studio.

Necklace/Pendant 9'Gold Toned Chain/Pencil Shaving Flower

From the designer:

This beautiful unique necklace is 9" long with three gold toned chains on each side.
What makes it so unique and a "one of a kind", is the flower in the center that I created from pencil shavings.
The pencil shaving flower is 3", and on the outer flower the color is black, trimmed in purple. The inside of the flower is pink scalloped with dark purple edges.
I placed a red and gold bead in the center of the pink scalloped part.
This piece of jewelry is so lovely and delicate looking, and would look great with any outfit you wear. Black, purple, pink or red, it will add a certain flair.
It would make a wonderful gift. Guaranteed no one will have anything like it!


Gina’s flowers bloom in more places than jewelry.

Coffee Cup And Saucer Wall Hanging Decor/Flowers From Pencil shavings

From the designer:

This cute and adorable cup and saucer hangs on your wall and adds color to any of your decor.
It measures 5"x8", and in the center of the cup it has a braided look with tan colors.
The cup and saucer is a deep red in color, and I have placed three of my "one of a kind" flowers I created from pencil shavings along with some floral sprigs.
Two of the flowers are tan with colorful swirls in the center of deep orange, dark red, and touches of blue. The biggest flower is 3" and has a very pretty orange center bead.
The other flower is red and tan swirls with a center bead of fuchsia pink.



Gina works full time at her craft and spends most days creating new flowers and searching for complimentary pieces to go with those flowers. While watching TV, she has been known to be sharpening her pencils in preparation for an evening of creating. Her perfect day may be spent sitting all day and just creating flowers.

In addition to building her flower creations, she spends time learning the ins and outs of selling online as this is her first venture into online selling. While in Oregon, she was selling at a local market, but this was before she really had a grasp on her flower art. Now, she is located in Kentucky and has a limited selection of local places to sell. When she sold in Oregon, she was in a corner, so she decided to keep the corner in her name and add her first name. She has not given up on selling at festivals or markets; she just needs to find the right one.


Pig In A Wicker Basket Red Lace And Flower Made From Pencil Shavings

From the designer:

This pig is just too cute and adorable! It is very heavy and made from Plaster Of Paris.
It would look so sweet in front of a fire place or anywhere you decided to place her.
It has light pink throughout with a pink snout, and is lying in a brown wicker basket with green grass.
It measures 12" long and I placed a red lace bow around the neck, with my "one of a kind" flower I made from pencil shavings.
The flower is black on the outer part, and green scalloped in the center, with tinges of dark maroon.
My pencil shaving flower is 3" in diameter. For sure a "one of a kind" pig.



When Gina is not in her studio, you can find her out about enjoying nature. She loves to rock hound looking for minerals and has a rock garden filled with rocks from all over the United States. She enjoys the water and could sit and watch the waves hit the rocks for hours on end. She may miss the Oregon coast, but the Kentucky parks contain waterfalls and wooded trails for her to enjoy. She is inspired by nature and other artists who do unique crafts. Gina would love to work in glass if she could try any other craft. “I love the look of glass work, and I’ve never tried my hand at it yet,” she said.

White Knit Headband/Pencil Shaving Flowers


From the designer:

I have created a "one of a kind" women or teen headband decorated with three small red feathers with delicate touches of black in them, and one larger black and white feather.
In the center of the feathers I have put one of my flowers created from pencil shavings.
The flower in the center is a pretty bright yellow and red, with tinges of lime green around the edges.
This head band is very colorful and will look so cute with any outfit, especially one of your favorite black or red pieces.
Guaranteed no one will have one like it!


Gina can be found on Artfire GinasCornerCrafts

Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/Ginascornercrafts

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HomeCraftedItems

and her website http://ginascornercrafts.com/

21 November 2012

Back Friday Sale With Pamela Bead Jewely

Pamela Bead Jewelry will be having a Black Friday sale! Everything will be 30% off! Visit my store and find that special gift. Girls, womens, and mens jewelry 30% off! Ships out next day with USPS

15 November 2012

Trinkets and Treasures with Gifts for All Pocketbooks

No matter what budget you might have in mind, Trinkets and Treasures will have something to meet your needs. “I make very inexpensive pieces for the younger pocketbook,” Winona, owner of Trinkets and Treasures explained. “I also make some very high priced items.” Trinkets and Treasures can fill a need for a silver plate hoop earring set or a Cubic Serconium sterling silver bracelet over the $100 mark.

For more than six years, Winona has been creating jewelry. Her jewelry career took off after she retired as a Pathologist Medical Secretary and found her hands were bored. She had spent over 10 hours a day typing medical reports and her fingers started looking for something else to do with their extra time. A simple jewelry supply catalog started a new career, which she is working on making a full-time career. With too much time invested in jewelry creation and learning new techniques, jewelry design is more than a hobby to Winona.

“To me, this is a second career,” Winona said. “I have spend much on traveling to classes to fine tune my craft and also learn new and exciting methods to bring to my customers.”

Winona is not new to having other small business interests on the side. She has decorated wedding and all occasion cakes, and she has had a small business with her sister-in-law sewing lingerie and wedding gowns. She even did a stint as an angelfish breeder, selling her fry to local pet stores. But none of those other activities have given her the ability to touch someone’s life the way that she derives from creating jewelry.

“I once was asked to make a bracelet with three horse pictures and two dogs as a present for the purchaser’s friend,” Winona said. “Then there was the request for a ‘two peas in a pod’ pendant that brought tears to my customer’s eyes because of personal reasons. Things like that really make me feel good… that I can touch someone in such a personal way with my jewelry.”

Winona enjoys creating her picture charms that contain photos sealed in bezels for bracelets and pendants, which gives her a chance to create intimate jewelry for individuals.

The Patches Pendant

From the designer:

This pendant is a picture of my little dog Patches. Every time I wear it, I remember the good times we had. You too can have a pendant of your own from a photo of your favorite pet or person. This is a heavy silver plated 5/8 x 5/8 inch pendant. I have had mine for two years and it still looks like new.
You can give yourself a piece of jewelry and at the same time help the Humane Society. I will give one dollar from every purchase to the Herkimer County Humane Society. Thank you for helping me help all the homeless animals. They truly need our support.

Please allow 6-8 weeks before shipment for processing of your pendant. Your photo will be returned with your purchase.



She derives her inspiration from magazines, classes and some available commercial patterns. She also finds inspiration by observing people and their clothing, as well as from television and movies. She plans her projects through sketches, meditation and while off running when she is free to dream up designs.  Her creative time is not just spent at the bench, but always exercising her creative thoughts to mentally design and describe her studio pieces.

“I really like anything featuring laboradorite.. it is one of my favorite stones,” she said of her favorite items in her studio. “I love the play of colors across a well cut stone as it twists and turns in the light.”

This beautiful pendant was an award winner in a local college art show.

Labradorite Necklace

From the designer:

This laboradorite and silver necklace won Honorable Mention in the 2010 HCCC Arts & Crafts Show. Created with laboradorite and sterling silver, the beads, separated by silver flower spacers and an occasional satin finished silver bead, show flashes of bright blue as does the focal drop, which is surrounded by a fancy bezel and solidly backed with silver. This creation would be equally at home in the office on a turtleneck, at a luncheon, or to a formal evening event. Only one necklace is available and will not be duplicated. The length is 19 inches and (7-861N)


Winona also loves sterling silver, but has recently picked up a torch and after a three hour class in “painting with fire”, her attention is being directed into lampwork and glass bead art. She currently works in sterling, filigree and enameling, so with the addition of glass, she has decided she does not want to spread herself any thinner.

Men’s Narrow Crusade Ring

From the designer:

A sterling silver Crusade ring for him. This men's Crusade ring is created in size 13 1/2 and measures approximately 1/8 inch in width.

Winona says that because of the method she uses to make her crusade rings, they are truly one of a kind, in that not even she is able to duplicate the ring. That means these free formed torched rings are unique and there will never be another one.


When Winona is not firing up a torch her favorite past time is reading and she loves Christmas because she can bestow her lovely handcrafted gems to her family members.

Artfire is Winona’s first online venture, but she and her husband manage to participate in eight shows a year in their central New York area. Her husband has the grand title of CEO because he Carries Everything Out.

Winona encourages new jewelry artists to be open to opportunities and to ask other artists any questions they may have. Most jewelry designers are generous and willing to offer advice and encouragement.

Other than hating to do the paperwork and bookkeeping, Winona loves all aspects of her craft and is always looking forward to creating pretty things that may become someone’s cherished heirloom.

Winona is a member of:

* Copper Fold Forming Guild

* Checked in Today! Guild

* Jewelry Artist-Designers on Artfire Guild

She also has the coveted Certified Handmade Artifact from Artfire that distinguishes her as a certified handcrafted artisan.

She can be found in her studio: Trinkets and Treasures

She can be found online at: http://www.tandtjewelry.com

She can be “liked” at Trinkets and Treasures Facebook

Winona also has a home studio that can be visited by appointment only. Please contact her through her Artfire studio for more information.