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.
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.