Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Terrifically Talented Thursday! Dark and Romantic-TWO Fabulous Giveaways!

Tea Time Ring and Necklace Set Photo courtesy of Vampires Kisses
Greetings everyone,

It's time for another Terrifically Talented Thursday!  Today, I'm pleased to introduce you to Jennifer and Wren - two amazing artisans who share a similar love for all things darkly gothic and romantic.  I'm also quite pleased to announce that both Jennifer and Wren have each offered to give away a beautiful gift!  So, this week you will have two opportunities to win (so you may leave TWO separate comments - hurray)!  Details on both giveaways will follow each feature.
Free the Caged Bird Photo courtesy of Vampires Kisses
Meet Jennifer, the proprietress of both Vampires Kisses on etsy and Miss Bohemia on folksy.   Jennifer finds inspiration from love, life, faerie tales, gothic glamour, steampunkery, a touch of the supernatural, geekery and a dash of magic.   What began as strictly a hobby quickly became a passion.  Believe it or not, Jennifer has only been handcrafting her fabulous jewelry designs since February of last year.  Jennifer likes to combine a mix of both modern and vintage elements in her creations, like the wonderful bird cage necklace seen above. Jennifer not only creates necklaces, earrings and bracelets, but also rings (like this stunner featured below) and key/handbag charms!
Gothic Blood Lust Photo courtesy of Vampires Kisses
Jennifer, who resides in London, loves reading nearly as much as she enjoys creating jewelry.  Her work is greatly influenced by some of her favorite classic tales such as Alice in Wonderland (see the first photo in this post) and paranormal/urban fantasy novels like The Changeover, Interview with a Vampire, The Tooth Fairy, and the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series (the basis for the HBO show True Blood).  Some of her favorite films include Chocolat, Heavenly Creatures and Labyrinth.  In addition to reading and crafting jewelry, Jennifer also enjoys drawing and paper crafting - when she has the time.  All of Jennifer's creations are shipped worldwide, and she gladly welcomes custom order inquiries. 
Mermaid by the Sea Photo courtesy of Vampires Kisses
In addition to her etsy and folksy shops, you can find also Jennifer on Facebook, twitter, and her blog.  SPECIAL OFFER!  Jennifer is offering readers a special 20% discount on your entire purchase (excluding shipping fees) from her etsy or folksy shops.  Simply use "FMblogpromo1" in message to seller field.  This exclusive offer is good through Thursday, July 1st.
Photo courtesy of Vampires Kisses
GIVEAWAY #1!  Jennifer will be gifting one lucky reader with this romantic Victorian-style necklace inspired by Jennifer's favorite musical - the Phantom of the Opera!  This giveaway is open to participants worldwide!  To enter, just leave a comment sharing what you like about Jennifer's work!  The deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 30 by 10:00 pm EST.  PLEASE remember to include your email address in your comment to be considered.  If your name is selected, and we have no way to contact you, your entry will be forfeited.  Good luck to all!
Late for an Important Date Photo courtesy of Zen and Coffee
Meet Wren from Zen and Coffee on etsy.  Wren has been creating ever since she can remember. She fondly remembers her favorite Christmas presents being notepads, pencils, crayons and anything else art-related! Wren also recalls "stealing" her mom's quilting squares to hand sew clothes for her dolls, of which she would cut their hair off and replace with glued yarn.  Wren was fortunate enough to attend an international magnet school during her elementary years which enabled her to not only submerge herself in other cultures but also allowed her to try printmaking, puppeteering, stop motion animation, creative writing, photography, clay work, and also compete in art competitions and submit work to local galleries.
St. Gemma's Garden Photo courtesy of Zen and Coffee
Wren carried her great love for art with her through the years - reading, writing and painting in any way she could.  Like Jennifer, she is also an avid reading - citing Poe, Tennyson and Mercedes Lackey as favorites.  Today, most of her work involves needle and thread.  Wren has always loved sewing.  Four years ago she decided to purchase her first sewing machine and found sewing to be her true passion! So many ideas and designs were being conceptualized in Wren's mind - and she was excited to be able to bring them to life.  Although she created many different items with her new sewing machine, and still does, Wren's main focus eventually became arm warmers and fingerless gloves.
Tea and Crumpets Photo courtesy of Zen and Coffee
Wren originally intended for Zen and Coffee to be a supply shop.  But at the encouragement of her friends, she listed her first pair of arm warmers - and her business began to bloom.  Wren has been selling on etsy for just over four months now.  She never dreamed she'd find success so soon and is already preparing to open a second shop dedicated to trims.  Many people have asked Wren if she ever grows tired of "sewing for hire" or if it has become "chore-like" - but it never does.  She truly loves her work!  Wren currently owns two sergers and two sewing machines - and has a house filled to the brim with fabrics and trims. She marvels at seeing pieces of fabric with no meaning come to life in a finished creation and finds endless inspiration through specific fabric patterns or colors.  She credits her success to amazing customers and the three etsy teams she belongs to (Craftanon, EtsyDarkSide and Metaphysical Etsy).
Vision of Veronica Photo courtesy of Zen and Coffee
You can find much more of Wren's beautiful work in her etsy shop!  Interested in a custom order? Many of Wren's arm warmers and fingerless gloves can be made with or without thumb holes and sewn in a variety of fabrics or trims.  Patterns, colors, and length can also be adjusted to suit your specific needs - simply ask!  In addition to her etsy shop, you may also find Wren on twitter, facebook, and deviantart
Click on photo to enlarge for more detail!
GIVEAWAY #2!  Wren will be gifting one lucky reader with her CHOICE of either of these gorgeous  items - the Black Velvet (a bestseller!) fingerless gloves or the Jack Skellington arm warmers!  Again, this giveaway is open to readers worldwide.  To enter, just leave a comment sharing what you enjoy most about Wren's creations!  The deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 30 by 10:00 pm EST.  PLEASE remember to include your email address in your comment to be considered.  If your name is selected, and we have no way to contact you, your entry will be forfeited.  Good luck to all!

REMEMBER - to INCREASE your chances to win, you may leave TWO separate comments!  

ENTRIES FOR THIS GIVEAWAY ARE NOW CLOSED!
  
And now it's time to announce the winner of the $10 gift certificate to Peanuts Creations. The lucky winner is Ramona (The Paper Princess).  Congratulations, Ramona - and happy shopping!

Til next time,
Theresa

67 comments:

Lisa said...

Theresa - once again, lovely artists featured! Ok, I was just captivated by Wren's creations. I dunno what it is...maybe I'm looking to bring out a little more of that dark, playful side! What do I like best about it? The feeling that is created when I think about donning them and heading out.... LOVE IT! Your artists are both amazing...thank you again!

Olivia said...

Oh, these works are LOVELY! Everything is just beautiful and they're all so talented!
-MetalGeerGirl@aol.com

Olivia said...

Oh whoops, I meant to mention - I'm SO EXCITED about the giveaways! The Phantom of the Opera inspired necklace is beautiful and the Jack arm warmers are so much fun! Good luck everyone!
-MetalGeerGirl@aol.com

Claire said...

Jennifers creations are amazing, each piece shows great imagination and charm

Claire said...

My arms are always cold yet I hate the bulk of a sweaters so these arm-warmers are right up my alley. Congrats Wren on such a beautiful idea

NatashaMay said...

You always find the best treasures, Theresa! :) I love all the fine details in Jennifer's jewelery. That teacup ring is adorable. :) Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway.
natasa.zugecic(at)gmail.com

NatashaMay said...

Am I doing this right to leave the second comment for the second giveaway? Hope I am. :)
Anyway, I've seen a lot of hand warmers this winter but none were this fun. Look at all this design?! Amazing!
natasa.zugecic(at)gmail.com

Diane said...

Wow, these are both very cool artists--I have to say that I love those arm warmers--I'm going to check out both of their Etsy stores--thanks!!

Ella said...

What I most love about Wren's creations is that she makes all kinds of fingerless gloves- some have lace and are more dramatic and pretty, some are more fun and printed. Though I especially like all of the lacy, frilly ones, I think they're all great! :)

ellaetc@gmail.com

The Paper Princess said...

Thank you so much Teresa for last week's win!

Entry 1: What I love most about Jennifer's work is the amazing diversity of her jewelry! That caged bird piece is just lovely! Phantom is my fave so I'd love to own her necklace!

Hugs
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com
createwithjoy at gmail dot com

The Paper Princess said...

Fingerless gloves are the ultimate in romance and mystique! I can't decide which of Wren's two prizes I like better - they both are awesome!

Hugs
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com
createwithjoy at gmail dot com

Donna said...

Jennifer's work is fun and entertaining and I would be honored to wear any of it....what a conversational piece the necklace would become.

Donna
dwarrington1@gmail.com

Donna said...

Wren's creation make me smile, how fun....I would be the talk of the town on the evenings I wear these....again, I would be honored to win, please include me. How fun!

Donna
dwarrington1@gmail.com

Melissa said...

Oh wow! They both do stunning work!

My fav thing about both is how different their work is and inspiring. Cute fluffy bunnies are cute and fluffy. But the shadow they create has it's own beauty.

~magick~
Melissa

Kottage Kreations said...

I love Wrens's beauties! Fabulous whimsical and mystic all wrapped in one! Thank you for sharing. I went to shop and favorited many!!!
KottageKreations2009@yahoo(dot)com

Kottage Kreations said...

Thank you for bringing us these gorgeous and talented artists to our attention! You sure have mine when I saw the bird cage necklace. So romantic! Loveley jewels from Jennifer and I will be stopping by to look at more soon. LOVELY!
KottageKreations2009@yahoo(dot)com

Jingle said...

Oh, my GOODNESS! There is so much in this post that I LOVE! Jennifer's work is so fun and inspired! I love that she has so many Alice themed pieces! They are my favorites!

Wren's work is stunning! I really want a pair of her fingerless gloves, but I can't decide which! They are so unique and I love that about them!

Thanks for these fabulous giveaways!!!

Kaerie Faerie said...

fabulous art work, love the glove-lets, amazing art work
Karey

MissBohemia said...

Thank you so much for featuring me on your blog Theresa!

I feel very honoured & appreciate the wonderful feature!

Thank you to everyone who has commented so far ~ it's really nice reading all the lovely comments about something I love doing!

I love Wren's creations & think she is amazing!

I hope you are all having a wonderful week!

Jennifer

x

Everyday Kathy said...

What I like about Jennifer's work is it is fringy goth... not too dark and very whimsical! A perfect combination!! Fun necklace!!!

Everyday Kathy said...

Wren's arm warmers are fabulous!! I can not figure out when I might wear them (seem an odd choice for California kid park wear!) but you can bet I am going to figure it out. Even if I have to have a tea party everyday to do it!!! Would love to win!

Emerald Window said...

Hi, I've listed you on my Give-Aways sidebar on my blog. If you have future Give-Aways, please let me know as I keep it updated regularly and I'd love to send some more readers your way.
Cenya
clsse@comcast.net

Patsy said...

The Gothic Blood Lust ring is just gorgeous!
mom1248(at)att(dot)net

sPaRkLiNg sCrApBoOkS said...

Okay Theresa! This is a test of my wallet girl! Oh nooooooooooo! I love EVERYTHING here like TONS!!!!!!!! wowwwwwwwwwwww, I have to restrain myself!!!!!!! amazing creations!!!! xoxxo

Amanda Leigh said...

I forgot to enter when I added this to my contest post. *facepalm*
Well Theresa, you and Jen both already know I love everything you both make so of course I want to enter!

notreallysouthernvampchick(at)gmail(dot)com

Amanda Leigh said...

Wren's work is absolutely lovely! I'm so glad you've brought her to my attention. Either prize would be fabulous as the one would always make me smile and the other is simply gorgeous!

notreallysouthernvampchick(at)gmail(dot)com

Giada M said...

How I wish I could create such beautiful items!
Wren's creations are gorgeous! I visited her etsy shop and already added to my favourites!
Thank you for this chance!:)

Giada M.

fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

Linda Ledbetter said...

Every item on this page is just gorgeous! Theresa, thanks (as always) for introducing two wonderful artists to a wider audience!

Itch2stitch.com said...

Hello Theresa! Beautiful and so talented peeps again! I love the mermaid, and the goves are fabulous! Thank you for your wonderful support to these brilliant talents! Suzie xxx
suzie@itch2stitch.com

Sares said...

What amazing jewelery! The Alice inspired pieces are lots of fun but I love the mermaid and candelabra pieces. I may just have to go and enter myself!
I hope you are having a great week, the weekend is almost here!

Sares said...

Oops, I read it wrong. I need to leave two comments HERE! You can reach me through my email on my blog IF by some spectacular chance I happen to win!

Maggi said...

Wow, I think these may be my favorite of your features so far!

I love Jennifer's sense of fancy!

Jamie Creason said...

Wow what a fantastic Thursday!!! This tops them all! Beautiful photos!!! Thanks again Theresa great job!!

Maggi said...

And I love Wren's creativity, these are fingerless gloves I would totally wear!

Cathy said...

I love Jennifer's jewellery! They're so pretty! The birdcage is gorgeous!

stitches & stones said...

Wren is a fabulous designer! I love her work. Her armwarmers are different from the rest & have a very goth yet girly feel. My favorite are the Jack Skellington!
Her passion is truly reflected in her work.♥

stitches & stones said...

Wren's work is fabulous!!!(2nd comment)
stitchesxstones@yahoo.ca

Poisoned Creations said...

I love Wren's choice of fabrics. She has a good eye for pairing fabric and adding embellishments. They look very well made and fitted.
Poisoned_Creations(at)yahoo .com

Storybook Woods said...

Good day Theresa,
I hope you are well and have sun xoxo

Oh more fun artists. My Chloe would go crazy over those gloves !!!! Have a wonderful weekend sweetie xoxo Clarice

Kate said...

Beautiful work, both of you! These are the types of things that make my mouth froth with jealousy. :) Anyway, just thought I'd tell you how much I love these- but now I have to go because I realized I'm going to be late for work!! Well, crafts clearly come first with me. Ha ha! <3

kateskirmish@gmail.com

smarmy said...

And I love the fairytale feel of Jennifer's pieces!

smarmy said...

I love that Wren's armwarmers have such a range: from dainty and frilly and girly to dark and sophisticated!

Zen and Coffee said...

Such a fantastic feature! I ADORE Jennifer's work! Such stunning jewelry! So many pieces I truly enjoy! Thank you so much for featuring me and my arm warmers and fingerless gloves! I am so very honored, and thank you everyone who has commented so far! I love seeing what everyone thinks! You guys are amazing!

<3
Wren

wormits said...

Why I love Zen and Coffee? Her works are not only the best quality I've seen, but also has a wide variety of styles and I, being a picky person myself, have found a lot of "faves" between her works <3

wormits said...

Why I like Vampire Kisses?
I love Alice in Wonderland, too and couldn't get enough of it! I also love her jewelery! It's subtle, but unique! It's the little things! <3 It's all very feminine and loveable!

Anonymous said...

Wren makes beautiful armwarmers! It'd be a blessing to win them anyday. Such fabulous items all together, thank you for hosting this giveaway!
nlconover@hotmail.com

Dovile said...

i like Jennifer's jewelry, because they look so vintage, and I especially love the silver-and red gems jewelry items in her shop.

97.107.132.149

Dovile said...

I must say I love Wren's arm warmers - so feminine and beautiful!

spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

meeyeehere said...

What I love most about the arm warmers is that they have a real function and yet they are so attractive. I have my fingers crossed to win!! Wish me luck
jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

R.E.B. said...

I liked Vampire Kisses work since I spotted a link on NRSVampChick's blog/Twitter, especially since she does pretty goth and Alice pieces, like a vial I really want (would love to wear that prize candelabra 'cause I love the gunmetal look, red roses and enjoy Phantom, what a nice link-up). I have this shop favorited on Etsy, too (I'm wherelittlethingsare). That 20% off sounds really tempting with all that beautiful stuff to buy...

wherethelittlethingsare(at)yahoo(dot)com

R.E.B. said...

And I've just discovered those armwarmers from Wren today on your Twitter to head over to this blog contest and favorited her store from mine on Etsy, too (wherelittlethingsare). I LOVE armwarmers and fingerless gloves, and these look so nice and form-fitting/high quality with perfect little dainty (but not overly cute for my taste) trims. I'd like the velvet pair if I won. I kind of want the whole shop full to put in my hat box of gloves. I also like her Alice-inspired clock armwarmers and the pretty goth styles. Beautiful. Glad I stopped over today to check it out.

wherethelittlethingsare(at)yahoo(dot)com

SiNn said...

all i can say is wow i wish i was that tallented Alice in wonderland need i say more really honestly its all beautiful expecially the free the caged bird

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SiNn said...

wrens work is fantastic shes a new to me creator but those gloves r just wow all of them would love love love to w in some if not ill deff be buying some

Sharli said...

What I love about her work are the beautiful little details! They are all lovely :D

Thank you for the giveaway!
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who.knows.what.dreams.may.go said...

these are all so lovely

Sylvia Smiser said...

Wow, unbelievable that Jennifer is such a new artist. She has a lot of talent! Please enter me to win her beautiful gothical necklace!
My email address is sylvia@anaboocreations.com
OH I hope I win!
Thank you,
Sylvia

Sylvia Smiser said...

Theresa,
Wren's gloves are just beautiful! I love the fingerless gloves that she is giving away. How very generous. I love them both so we would be extremely lucky to win either pair. I love surprises!!!
Thank you,
Sylvia
sylvia@anaboocreations.com

Tore said...

I love all her jewelry especially the Phantom of the Opera piece. Would you please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Ashley said...

Where do I start I love Jennifer's work on the Phantom of the Opera necklace. Her work always gives me the impression that there is a story behind each piece.

Pleases enter me into this contest.
Email: ashleycsy_09@yahoo.com

I am now a follower of yours will you please return the favor?

Check out my blog and giveaway: Live for this World by Sonya Chung!
http://ashleybook.blogspot.com/

**Please sign up for my giveaway: low entries=easier chance of winning**

Happy reading!
Ashley C.

Ashley said...

I absolutely love Wren's work. Its so much fun to dress up with these. They are so very intricate and beautifully made. I love everything about them.

Please enter me into this contest.
Email:ashleycsy_09@yahoo.com

I am now a follower of yours will you please return the favor?

Check out my blog and giveaway: Live for this World by Sonya Chung!
http://ashleybook.blogspot.com/

**Please sign up for my giveaway: low entries=easier chance of winning**

Happy reading!
Ashley C.

Jasmine1485 said...

I love Wren's pieces because they have a gothic feel, whilst still feeling feminine with a Victorian vibe. You could definitely wear these and have a dark look without necessarily being pigeon-holed as a goth or an emo.

Kate1485 at hotmail.com

Michikit said...

Vampires Kisses, I love so much the jeweleries that are combined with red stones, I adore the old aspect of the rings and pendants, I'm a huge fan of the Victorian style. And I really like the complexity of yor key chains.

Michikit said...

I forgot my e-mail. I'm so sorry.

kaguya2000[at]gmail[dot]com

Michikit said...

Zen and Coffee, I don't think I saw at any store in Romania that kind of gloves but most of them are so appealing and I would be glad to wear a pair. So glad that I have the chance to win such original prizes. Thank you!

kaguya2000[at]gmail[dot]com

He he. Did not forget this time. :P

Angela said...

fantastic artisans. I've bookmarked Zen and coffee, I will buy from there sometime soon I hope.

k_sunshine1977 said...

i love jennifer's works! they look like they came right out of the books/movies they were inspired by...

k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

k_sunshine1977 said...

wren has such lovely things! i love that they would completely change any outfit they are worn with....

k_sunshine1977 at yahoo dot com

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