Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Etsy Feature: ♥AlluRing - Handcrafted Jewelry by Lori♥

Etsy Feature: ♥AlluRing - Handcrafted Jewelry by Lori♥

Shop name: AlluRing

What do you make? First and foremost I make rings.....LOTS of rings. It's sort of an obsession~lol. I do dabble in other jewelry, though, and in the coming weeks you will be seeing a lot of new items such as earrings, necklaces, and bracelets hit my shop (hopefully!)

How did you first pick up your craft? I have been 'artsy' since I was really young. For as long as I can remember I have had this need to create. I was constantly drawing, making my own paperdolls and comic books. I drove my folks nuts with the amount of paper I would go through.

In college, I majored in illustration ~ I have a bachelors' degree in it. In my junior year the university I was attending re-opened the jewelry/metalworking shop (it had been closed due to lack of funding) for a few semesters. It was LOVE at first solder! To be able to make and wear my creations~what fun it was! I even did my workstudy in the jewelry lab so I could spend more time in there. Sadly, the funding fell through again and the lab did not re-open again until several years after I graduated. I hear they have a fantastic department now.

I dabbled off and on with jewelrymaking over the years, but wire wrapping is actually fairly new to me. About a year ago I picked up a book that had instructions for simple wire wrapped rings. I had been looking for the perfect mother's birthstone ring ~ I then became inspired to try my hand at making my own. It re-affirmed my love of creating. I started making more rings for friends and family, then I started selling my creations at the OpenMarket here in New Bedford once a month. They went over pretty well. From there I finally got brave enough to open my own Etsy shop. Now it is like a second job(that I love)!

What are you inspired by? Pretty much anything and everything. I walk through a bead shop and see beads that I instantly want to make something out of. I literally have drawers filled with beads and wire! I probably ought to destash some~lol!

Tell me about yourself: 42 years young(this June)~I have a nearly 7 year old and a nearly 16 year old. I work full time as a toddler teacher, which is why my shop isn't always as fully stocked as I'd like. Sometimes I come home from work and I am wiped out. Toddlers are busy little people! (and so are 7 year olds and 16 year olds!)

Other Etsy shops you love:
Where do I begin?? I have 78 pages of favorites! (as of this writing)
WeeBeeUniques - beautiful freehand(no pattern) crocheted items and sweet jewelry
Lauren Smash Toys - adorable handmade plushies
tinaseamonster - fun handscreened t-shirts
Milena's Supply Shop - fabulous handmade jewelry findings
Perfect Children - funky fun plushies by Marc~who is a wonderful person to deal with
and many,many MORE!!!!!!!! Shopping on Etsy is my addiction :D

Advice to fellow artist/crafters? Don't just dream it ~ do it!!! Take it from me, it is never too late:)

♥GIVEAWAY♥

This weeks giveaway is absolutely incredable and I'm so thrilled to be able to offer all of you such a wonderful prize from not only one of my favorite etsy shops, but from a seller who makes rings that I own, wear all of the time, and love!! Lori is an awesome chick and also my first etsy customer from my Twist This shop and I'm so delighted to be able to call her my friend!!

Lori of AlluRing has graciously offered any ring from her store (excluding stacking sets) to the lucky winner of this weeks blog giveaway! You Pick It!! And I can personally attest that these rings are FABULOUS!

How to enter:: RUN, dont walk, on over to AlluRing and leave a comment here stating your favorite item from this spectauclar shop! I guarentee that you'll have a hard time picking out your favorite though as Lori's shop is filled with amazing items!

Standard rules apply ---> You must leave a way for me to get ahold of you in case you win! On Tuesday 4/29 I'll announce the winner provided at least 20 people have entered this giveaway!..... what are you waiting for??? Go and check out the amazing goodies at AlluRing



36 comments:

Izile said...

Beautiful rings!

Crazy Times Candle & Bath Co. said...

WOW! What a wonderful shop!!

I love a lot of them, but my favorite has got to be the Amethyst one here - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9523568

Great shop!

http://crazytimescandles.etsy.com

tjmetz said...

So hard to pick a favorite! The turquoise trio is gorgeous. I love this one though:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11101322

Jennifer
tjmetz@mchsi.com

matilda sue said...

I love these!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8686024

Great earrings!

DragonGemStash said...

So many rings but i'm just in love with Labradorite Trio Ring.

Email :
DragonGems@yahoo.com

Allison said...

I love...
Earth Day
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11223221
and
Pink Opalite
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11143413
and
Larvakite Larvakite
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11077290
allyashbree@sbcglobal.net

casserole said...

Thanks for sharing about this store! So many beautiful rings, but I'm partial to the Old World Pearl Antiqued Ring.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11160148

www.casseroleblog.blogspot.com

Polly mpvandever@yahoo.com said...

Wow! There are so many beautiful rings, but I would have to say my favorite was the Earth ring. It was gorgeous!!

pootieposh said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10127055

I love this Snow Princess Fresh Water Pearl Ring!!!

idyll hands said...

I like this one!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9999562
Oranges and Grapes

I bought from Twist This (three necklaces, three necklaces that I wear the heck out of!)

Anywhoo, I love this giveaway and I better win!

lorenzstudio said...

I'm in love with the Gemstone Strand Ring and the Crazy for Carnelian Ring!

Lesley of Banana Pants Clothes said...

Love the Lava Lamp Carnelian Ring!

You can reach me at my Etsy shop:
bananapantsclothes.etsy.com

polinka said...

I love them all, and this one especially:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11195600
(Turquoise Trio Ring)

I'd love to be so creative!! ;)

have a nice day!

gwendell said...

I can attest to how lovely Lori's rings are in person. My favourite ring of hers was the purple crystal ball one she used to have -- it was gorgeous. Of her current rings, it would have to be the Luscious Amethyst ring. (I'm a sucker for purple, have you guessed.)

Bunny B said...

Lovely rings! Can't make up my mind which I love best! I love the Gemstone Strand Ring, the Turquoise Trio Ring and the Luscious Amethyst Ring! Thanks for the chance to win such beauty! :)

TexasTesla said...

I love her carnelian one!
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9857203

I'm blogging about this contest too - AND have my own giveaway ending 4/25.
http://texastesla.blogspot.com

raych said...

I would HAVE to pick the Howlite Happiness ring. Unbelievable!

aweso said...

great stuff!
this is my fave:
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11195600

cheers!
jenn
lifeadorned@gmail.com

Denise Felton said...

Great find, Henhouse! These rings are precious. And what a value!

I flipped back and forth trying to figure out which was my favorite. For myself, I can't decide--I want them all. But I knew from first glance which would be my daughter's favorite: Oh My Opalite. Her birthstone is opal, and her style is a funny cross between simplicity and femininity--just like that ring!

Mary Ann said...

You were right. They are all so beautiful it was hard to pick a favorite, but I've decided my favorite is Turqoise Trio.
I can be reached through my shop at http://www.morningskyjewelry.com

Great interview.

JLC Studio said...

Ooooh!!!! I love her rings...I can't choose just one! But, if I have to, this is my favorite:

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10650472

you can find me at http://www.jlcstudio.blogspot.com

Amanda said...

I choose this one! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11077290 it's so pretty, and not a style you see every day. I'd need a larger size, but the ring itself is a winner!

katayvlik AT gmail DOT com
DesignsByMandaRaine.etsy.com

Karma by Morgan said...

cool rings! I like her style!

ps my mom is a professor of illustration and has her MFA in it!

Chauncey said...

What a nice feature on a very talented and really nice person! Choosing a favorite was hard but I'm going with
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11143413

BabyLyons said...

WOW!!! Do I really have to choose a favorite???? I can't! Okay, okay, I'm thinking the Larvakite Larvakite Larvakite Ring is my fav...all of them are so beautiful! Thanks for letting me know about this great seller :)

woolies said...

Pink Opalite Ring is one of my favorites - but how do you CHOOSE? I love all of them!!!

Bonghi Vestiti said...

What an awesome giveaway, these rings are beautiful!

Amanda said...

Wow....the drums totally freaked me out...LOL...but those rings are wonderful and you did a great job of the interview...thanks for sharing.

Amanda

ElegantSnobbery said...

Gorgeous rings! And what a nice feature interview!! I would have to say I am very much in love with the Moonstone and Silver ring. Soooo beautiful!!

Thanks for sharing such a talented artist!!

Helen said...

Larvakite Larvakite Larvakite Ring!

That's my fav. But I want them all.

sales@ozknits.net

Winklepots said...

I've purchased two rings from her and I LOVE them. My fave in her shop right now is Larvakite ring. Similar to the green pearl one I already own. :o) LOVE IT!

Beth said...

What a wonderful blog you have. The ring I love the best is the Earth ring, love the green color and also the name you've given it.

BackwoodSophisticate said...

Gorgeous rings! I love the little landscape ring!

My Crafty Little Page said...

Am I too late???? Well anyway I love the rings whether I'm in time or not!
Cute blog too. Come and see me! Nancy

My Crafty Little Page said...

oops, forgot to say how the blue chalcedony ring is my favorite! Nancy

Carrie said...

all very cute!
I liked this one.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11224368

krophoto@yahoo.com