Thursday, May 29, 2008

Etsy Feature: ♥Sparkling Stars - Handmade Jewelry by Ishi♥

ENTRIES FOR THIS GIVEAWAY ARE NOW CLOSED - THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT ENTERED!!
Etsy Feature: ♥Sparkling Stars - Handmade Jewelry by Ishi♥

Shop Name: Sparkling Stars

What do you make? I find small things that I love and put them together in ways that I find beautiful. Making jewelry is a way for me to be a collector (of tiny beautiful supplies) and creator. I can nurture my tendancy to be a hoarder and obsessively seek out new things and collect them. Having a shop lets me incorporate other things I love to do - take photos, network and keep up with fashions.

How did you first pick up your craft? I found jewelry making through my obsession with my own jewelry shopping and with wanting that perfect piece that I couldn't quite find but could see so clearly in my mind. I'm always so flattered and excited when people compliment my work and decide they want some for themselves.

What are you inspired by? So many things... when I've felt 'stuck' in the past I have found inspiration by going to art museums, browsing photos on flickr, design blogs, fashion blogs, finding new supplies, learning new techniques and sometimes by taking apart old pieces I've made and putting them back together in a new way.

Tell me about yourself? I've loved mathematics for a long time, I actually majored in math when I was in college. There were definitely times I thought about pulling my hair out over complicated proofs, but there's always a satisfaction once you're done, like solving a puzzle. Sometimes I get the same feeling from putting together jewelry - that "ah ha" moment when you've figured out the correct answer/design and everything falls into place beautifully.

Other etsy shops you love:

Some you may not have seen before:
snaulkter, The New Adventures of Betty Turbo, and Mod Pug

Oldies but goodies:
ArtisanImpact, Abigail A. Percy - Designer Jewellery, Letterary Press, Ramona West Vintage Boutique, Lookability, Salvage Life, and The Frantic Meerkat

Ok, I will stop listing shops because there are just too many amazing ones on etsy! I am constantly browsing around and finding amazing artists... my blog is a good source for finding which shops I love!

Advice for fellow artists/crafters? I feel so strange giving advice to others since I still feel like I am new to all this, but what has worked best for me is to keep working - be humble - and put care and effort into every part of what you do.


♥GIVEAWAY♥

This weeks giveaway is just so amazing and I am so excited to be able to offer all of you such an amazing piece!! So excited in fact that I wish I could enter my own giveaways, because I would totally rock this necklace!!!

Ishi has graciously offered the absolutely stunning Chenoa Necklace from her etsy shop to one lucky reader of this blog! So if you're like me and love gorgeous, modern jewelry then this is the perfect giveaway for you!!

How to enter:: RUN, dont walk, on over to Sparkling Stars 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 because Ishi makes some seriously fabulous pieces!!

Standard Rules apply ---> You must leave a way for me to get ahold of you in case you win! On Wednesday 06/04/08 I'll announce the winner provided at least 10 people have entered this giveaway!..... what are you waiting for??? Go and check out the amazing goodies at Sparkling Stars!!!

146 comments:

315thomas said...

oh, what a great shop! all her pieces are beautiful, but i really love the "natural wonders" necklace!

abby11 said...

I choose the Mansi Necklace!

you can cantact me at masj@comcast.net if I win!!!!

xxo Abby

Mooney ♥ said...

I love her style! Great feature hun...

ababe28 said...

Actually, this one is my favorite...It's just so interesting...
ababe28(at)hotmail(dot)com

jessilynn said...

My favorites are the raincloud necklace and the Nina Heart Lariat and both are so unique..love it!

Thanks for your giveaway!

Daniela6968 said...

I really love the moonlight earrings! Very nice!

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idyll hands said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8706792

That is GORGEOUS and if I had to pick just one favorite, that would be it.

pootieposh said...

I love the Lily Necklace!

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Kat Bryan said...

Very unique pieces. My favorites are the Opal earrings and the Willow earrings.

polinka said...

my fave is the Neiva Necklace!! this shop is really great!! :)

Kari said...

I love them all, but really, the one she's giving away is my favorite because it's so unique!!

Linda said...

The Lily necklace!

Christopher And Tia said...

Ok, the chances of me winning are against me, BUT, I love this http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10914600 her Lily necklace. Its so purdy :)

Amber said...

The Chenoa Necklace is actually my favorite piece, so naturally I would be thrilled to win!

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Bunny B said...

Lovely pieces! My fave would be the Black Label Necklace :) Thanks!

The Apple In The Tree said...

What a fabulous shop! I'd wear any of the gorgeous jewelry, so picking a favorite was certainly challenging!

I *think* - too hard to choose!- that the Natural Wonders Necklace is my fav - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=11560282

Kreated by Kelly said...

I love the lace earrings:

Click Here to see the Lace Earrings

Very nice ship!!

I can be found on etsy too *smiles*

http://kreatedbykelly.etsy.com

woolies said...

The flutter necklace - but it was hard to choose!
I'm having a giveaway on my blog now too! I love giveaways!!

Erin said...

Great jewelry! I like the neiva necklace. My email is mdxstudios@yahoo.com

cre8tveminde@optonline.net said...

I would love to win. The black label necklace is my fav

Steph said...

Tough decision. I'd say the Summer Bouquet Necklace is my favorite.

K.Cleaver said...

The Geometric Chain Necklace. It's perfect!

vboackle said...

i like the flutter necklace.

peg42 said...

What a great necklace. This is so pretty. I also love the Lily necklace. Thanks for this giveaway.

monica said...

love the Neiva Necklace

sk8fancat said...

I like the flutter necklace

PAIGE said...

I love all the necklaces, but lily is my favorite.

monky said...

My favorite is the Neiva Necklace it is so gorgeous!


Thank you for the great giveaway!


themonkinme(at)gmail(dot)com

danosor said...

The lily necklace is my fave

sweetsue said...

All of her jewelry is very pretty! My favorite is the Lace Hardware Necklace.

Cataroo said...

My favorite item from Sparkling Stars is the Neiva Necklace!

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mverno said...

neiva necklace

mar said...

My favorite item is the Mia Bracelet - thank you

bison61 said...

my pick is the Swing Thing Earrings

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southernlady823@yahoo.com said...

Everything is marvelous but I do especially like the Water Lily Locket. southernlady823@yahoo.com

fidofido said...

The reine necklace is really beautiful.

Anonymous said...

I love the Copper Lace Hardware Necklace-all the jewelry is so beautiful!
Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

Anonymous said...

The Lily necklace!Is my favorite.

platt
neneelynn@yahoo.com

Susan W said...

I love the Lily Necklace!
Thanks so much!

joannaonthelake said...

Sparkling Stars has very unique and stunning jewelry that definitely will turn some heads when someone is wearing one of these works of art! Besides really being drawn to the Chenoa Necklace, I would love to pair it with the Raincloud Necklace. Those are my favorites and they are the most unusual designs I have seen in a long time! The bright Texas Stars must have some inspiration for these pieces! Thank you for introducing us to this great artist and offering this terrific giveaway!

gkstratos said...

My favorite piece is the Reine necklace. The amazonite is beautiful.
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mommysweeps said...

I choose the Lily necklace

zoe hunter said...

I love the lacy necklace..and the natural wonders :)

Sunnyvale said...

I like the black label necklace

Anonymous said...

I love the Chenoa necklace. Pick me, please!


My email is: swiener1(at)tampabay.rr.com

Bern said...

The Moonlight earrings are my favorite.
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alegnahas3 said...

my favorites are the Nina Heart Lariat and the Mia Necklace!

RebelV said...

I love everything, so many cool designs! I really like the Sadie necklace. rebel1980@comcast.net

Toasters said...

Arda necklace

icylass said...

So many pretty things! However, I finally chose the Abila necklace. :)

abbygirl said...

All this jewelry is so unique and pretty. Love the Lace Butterfly necklace.

ky2here said...

The water lily locket is a modern classic.

Sandra said...

occ9156Wonderful jewelry! I really like the Love the Lace Necklace, but all of them are unique!

jessh1218 said...

Thanks for introducing me to her site! I love it! I want the Lulu necklace and all of her earrings!

jessh1218@hotmail.com

Aisling said...

I love the Neiva necklace. It's gorgeous and so unique!

Grace said...

The Nina Heart Lariat Necklace is my favorite! It is so beautiful!

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Dixie T said...

Love the Ruby Roxx earrings. Simply gorgeous.

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Anonymous said...

lOVE YOUR WORK-UNIQUE AND TRENDY LOOKING.
I like th Lily necklace.

Candie said...

I liked the Nina Heart necklace. All of the pieces looked absolutely gorgeous. Thank you

chromiumman said...

love the lily necklace

fangirl said...

I really like the "Mansi Necklace".

fae said...

i adore the Raincloud Necklace! so pretty!

Jinxy & Me said...

So many pretty things! The Chenoa Necklace is my favorite.

Rocky said...

I love the Chenoa necklace.

yellowlabs said...

I love the Sadie necklace!

Anonymous said...

I love the Lulu necklace!!

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Roxy said...

I love the Vibha Necklace

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Renee G said...

I like the Swing Thing Earrings. They would be great for work.

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jaydonco1 said...

Love the Lily Necklace!

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Krystal744 said...

I love the Moonlight Earrings, they're gorgeous

strawberry3d said...

i like the lulu necklace

Anonymous said...

I hope I win this pretty necklace. I also like the Abila necklace.
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Samantha P said...

i love all of them, but i really like the Abila Necklace

bndraldy said...

I really love the Chocolate and Copper Necklace. I love the classic style that works with anything from casual to a dress-up evening out. Thanks for the chance to win!

azrosebud said...

Ooh my favorite has to be the Sadie necklace - but everything else is gorgeous too!

ldrnc2000 said...

Nice prize! I LOVE Nina Heart Lariat!Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

I like the "Mansi" or plucked flower necklace.
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Anonymous said...

It really was hard to choose a favorite, but i'd have to say the Abila Necklace. It was such a unique piece.


jlamont81@yahoo.com

Sandy M said...

I really like the Tapered Edge earrings.

masonsgranny59 said...

I heart the Natural Wonders Necklace !TY !! THE GREAT CONTEST!!

intime said...

Nina Heart Lariat Necklace

Sharon said...

Lily Necklace is my favorite (but I must say...this was a tough decision!)...gorgeous!

orchidfae said...

Lily Necklace

Patty said...

Thank you for having this contest. I really appreciate it.
Love the Chenoa Necklace

sally said...

beautiful craftmanship. i especially like the
Moonlight Earrings

blueviolet said...

You're right...that was so hard to pick a favorite but one of the pieces I really liked is the Lace Hardware necklace. It is really pretty and different.
doot65[at]comcast[dot]net

idahomom said...

The Nina Heart Lariat is very nice. Thanks for the chance.

klp1965 said...

The flutter necklac is beautiful :)

chasb926@yahoo.com said...

This Would look great on my new kitchen counter tops

egrieser said...

i love love love the Abila necklace!

ELSIE said...

I really like the Mia bracelet. Plus, I have a great deal of black and white in my wardrobe, so it would be a well used piece. Thanks for the chance to win.

elsmangeri@snet.net

Michelle said...

I love the willow necklace.

denyse said...

The Abila necklace is perfect for me!

Anonymous said...

raincloud necklace we would love this

Starshine3 said...

This is exactly the kind of jewelry I like to wear- unique, handmade, and interesting to look at :) One of my favorites pieces is the Mia Bracelet.

purango said...

The Ornament Necklace is my favorite. garrettsambo@aol.com

Anonymous said...

eujxjmI'm a Jewelry freak love the accessories to make our outfits/clothes look top notch I'll take the Mia bracelet; but the natural wonders neacklace is also very stunning. That applies to all.

lilyk said...

I love the Lily necklace for obvious reasons. ;0p

rlgrady said...

I love the Nina Heart Lariat necklace.

LINDALSHOT said...

Raincloud necklace

David Johnson said...

The Abila necklace looks great!

dhunt said...

nice

Meredith said...

Unique,earthy and affordable! I love the Layla earrings and others too!

Helen said...

I love the Ornament Necklace!

Anonymous said...

I really like the lily necklace.
Nanette
nanoart@yahoo.com

babakers5 said...

I really love the Abila Necklace...it's colors are radiant and would look incredible on my neck...

Great contest!!!

littlelatina said...

I like the Eve necklace best

kinchst said...

I really like the Chocolate and Copper Necklace. Very beautiful!!

Swtlilchick said...

I had a hard time choosing,since
I like alot of the jewelry.I
really like the Heidi earrings.
Please enter me and thanks for
the contest

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

Erica G said...

I like the Neiva Necklace!

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Misty R. said...

I think I like the Geometric Chain Necklace. But, it's a tough decision picking a favorite.
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Mya said...

Nina Heart Lariat

Everything is so gorgeous!

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Janice Wright said...

I love the Lily necklace.

jwright@iowatelecom.net

diesel51 said...

Lily Necklace

D. said...

I like the Swing Thing Earrings.

Alice said...

Nina Heart Lariat

mogrill said...

I love the Lily Ring!

Darcy said...

Great shop. Fave is the Raincloud necklace. Thanks for the chance!

catherine said...

Vibha Necklace
ishi $16.00

This is the one I would pick very nice

Anonymous said...

I like the Lace Butterfly necklace. Thanks for hosting!

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Miranda said...

lily necklace

Anonymous said...

I love the natural wonders necklace.. the neveih necklace.. all of your stuff is so beautiful.. I would love to win anything on there.. thanks!!

K said...

besides the cool retro necklace you're giving away,I also love the lace hardware necklace

jennem said...

Neiva Necklace

M.A. said...

I'm an earring kind of gal and the Swing Things are my kind of earrings.

Amira M said...

i like this shop! i like the roxx ruby earrings the best

kmbennet said...

Nice jewelry. I like the Reine Necklace the most though. Thanx for the contest.

Christine Groce said...

I love the Reine necklace. Please count me in. Thanks!!

DOODLEGIRL said...

I like the Reine Necklace too

Anonymous said...

I like the moonlight earrings!!

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Anna said...

I want the Mansi Necklace. Beautiful jewelry!

Thanks.

Anna
a[dot]bassham[at]hotmail[dot]com

poppafarmer said...

love the mansi necklace

bfox74 said...

I really like the Natural Wonders Necklace, but it was a very hard decision...very nice choices!

donna444444 said...

I like the Pearl Collage Necklace.

Shannon said...

I really like the Sadie necklace. Copper is a favorite of mine.

Noggy said...

My favorite is the Lotus Necklace.

Zipporah said...

I like the Mansi Necklace and the Natural Wonders necklace.

fancyfeet48 said...

love the moonlight earrings

Tabby said...

I love the Lily Necklace. It's so delicate. Perfect for a summer dress.

rosannepm said...

The Lulu necklace

msrodeobrat said...

the Reine necklace is absolutely beautiful

jennmalan said...

love the Copper Lace Hardware Necklace

lilyk said...
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Barbara said...

my favorite is the Tapered Edge Earrings.
thanks for the chance to win
barbmccrea@hotmail.com

ishi said...

thanks for the compliments everyone, it's great to hear your favorites!

xoxo,
ishi

Alberto said...

Gorgeous... you are so talented. I'm impressed with your Jewelry designs.